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KCOS-TV logo
El Paso, Texas
Channels Digital: 13 (VHF)
Affiliations PBS
Owner El Paso Public Television Foundation
First air date August 18, 1978
Former channel number(s) Analog:
7 (VHF, 1978-1981)
13 (VHF, 1981-2009)
Digital: 30 (UHF)
Transmitter Power 27 kW
Height 259 m
Facility ID 19117
Transmitter Coordinates 31°47′15″N 106°28′47″W / 31.7875°N 106.47972°W / 31.7875; -106.47972 (KCOS)
This article is about a PBS-member television station in El Paso, Texas.
For the unrelated religious television station in Phoenix, Arizona, see KCOS-LP.
"KCOS" is also the ICAO airport code for Colorado Springs Airport.

KCOS channel 13 is a PBS member station based in El Paso, Texas. It also operates on cable channel 12 and digital channel 13. The station is owned by El Paso Public Television Foundation, a non-profit agency.



KCOS began broadcasting on August 18, 1978 on channel 7. It swapped channels with KVIA-TV in July 1981, moving from channel 7 to channel 13.

Prior to KCOS's debut, El Paso was the largest city in the United States without a PBS member station. Some viewers did receive KRWG-TV in Las Cruces, New Mexico, but most of the market was unable to receive it due to the Franklin Mountains blocking the signal coverage. Thus, KTSM-TV aired Sesame Street to El Pasoans from the show's debut in 1969 until KCOS's launch in 1978 (this was a common practice in other markets throughout the country with a similar lack of public television access). Cable-viewers in El Paso did receive PBS coverage from both Las Cruces and from Albuquerque's KNME until 1978.

KCOS-LP channel 28 Phoenix, Arizona is unrelated to KCOS.

Digital Television

Currently, the station's digital channel is not multiplexed:

Subchannel Programming
13.1 Main KCOS / PBS programming

Analog shutdown

On June 12, 2009 at 11:30 P.M. MDT, KCOS completed the analog television shutdown and digital conversion during its scheduled daily sign-off period. Additionally, KCOS moved its digital broadcasts from channel 30 to its former analog channel number, 13.[1]

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