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KLCS
Klcs2007.jpg
Los Angeles, California
Branding KLCS
Slogan The Education Station (for all generations)
Channels Digital: 41 (UHF)
Virtual: 58 (PSIP)
Affiliations PBS
PBS Kids (DT2)
Create (DT3)
Owner Los Angeles Unified School District
First air date November 5, 1973
Call letters’ meaning Los Angeles
City
Schools
Former channel number(s) Analog:
58 (UHF, 1973-2009)
Transmitter Power 162 kW
Height 900.8 m
Facility ID 38430
Transmitter Coordinates 34°13′26″N 118°3′45″W / 34.22389°N 118.0625°W / 34.22389; -118.0625
Website www.klcs.org

KLCS, digital channel 41 and virtual channel 58 via PSIP, is a member station of the Public Broadcasting Service, and is owned by the Los Angeles Unified School District. KLCS is known on the air as "The Education Station for all Generations" and is based in downtown Los Angeles. It is the fifth most-watched PBS station in the country and one of four PBS stations serving the Los Angeles television market, alongside KCET (also based in Los Angeles), KVCR-TV in San Bernardino and KOCE in nearby Orange County.

The station began operations on November 5, 1973, and is one of eight television stations licensed to a local school system. KLCS produces more than 700 hours of educational, informational, sports, and entertainment programming a year, including live telecourse instruction from the California State University system.

Since 1984, KLCS has produced "Homework Hotline" a weekday after-school call-in program where students receive homework help from teachers and other faculty from the LAUSD who appear on the show. The emmy-award winning show has received much acclaim and was featured in Time Magazine [1]

KLCS is one of five television stations directly licensed to Los Angeles that continues to utilize their original call signs. The others are KTLA, KTTV, KCET, and KMEX.

Unlike most public television stations, KLCS neither does not hold a pledge drive nor is presented in High Definition.

Digital television

KLCS' digital signal is multiplexed:

Virtual channel Programming
58.1 KLCS-TV/58
58.2 PBS Kids
58.3 Create: various instructional programming
58.4 Telecourses*

*The Annenberg Channel originally aired on channel 58.4 until October 1, 2008, when that service was discontinued.

On June 12, 2009 at 3:00 PM, KLCS permanently ceased analog broadcasting on channel 58 as part of the national digital TV transition in the United States. Its short farewell video was a montage of the station's on-air logos over the years, set to the song It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by the American alternative rock band R.E.M..[1] Through the use of PSIP technology, KLCS continues to be identified and mapped on digital tuners by its former analog channel 58.

References

  1. ^ YouTube video of analog TV shutoffs in Los Angeles

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