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KLVX
Vegas PBS logo
Las Vegas, Nevada
Branding Vegas PBS
Slogan Television and So Much More
Channels Digital: 11 (VHF)
Subchannels 10.1 PBS
10.2 Create
10.3 V-me
Translators see list below
Affiliations PBS
Owner Clark County School District
(KLVX Communications Group)
First air date March 25, 1968
Call letters’ meaning Las Vegas
X = Roman numeral 10
Former channel number(s) Analog:
10 (VHF, 1968-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1968-1970)
Transmitter Power 105 kW
Height 371 m
Facility ID 11683
Transmitter Coordinates 36°0′27″N 115°0′24″W / 36.0075°N 115.00667°W / 36.0075; -115.00667
Website www.vegaspbs.org

KLVX is a PBS member station, serving the Las Vegas DMA in Nevada. Owned by the Clark County School District, the station first signed on the air as Nevada's first public television station on March 25, 1968. Its transmitter is located atop Black Mountain in Henderson, Nevada.

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History

In 1964, following authorization of federal matching grants for the construction of educational TV facilities, the Clark County School Trustees proposed a statewide educational television network with multiple statewide transmitters offering programming originating in Las Vegas. The proposal was vigorously opposed by educators in other communities, and in 1966 the school trustees gave up the dream of a statewide service. They then sought and received FCC authority to construct a single educational station in Las Vegas. KLVX began broadcasting on March 25, 1968 as Nevada's first educational and public television station. Nevada wouldn't get another educational station until KNPB signed on from Reno in 1983.

Operations originated from two converted classrooms located at the Southern Nevada Vocational Technical Center (aka VoTech High School) in Las Vegas. Students were involved in all engineering and production operations as part of a vocational training program of the School District.

In September, 1968 the station activated four Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS) channels which offered live instructional programs produced by the station covering foreign language, math and fine arts. Between 1978 and 1996, sixteen other ITFS channels were activated to provide 67,000 hours a year of instructional television, career professional development, college courses, and staff orientations serving schools in the communities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, and Pahrump.

In 1971, Charlotte Hill convened a group of community leaders who eventually founded Channel 10 Friends, a 501 (c) 3 non profit corporation established to raise private support for KLVX's non-instructional programs, and encourage community viewing of channel 10. The organization renamed itself Southern Nevada Public Television in 2002, when they assumed leadership of a $64 million campaign to fund digital television conversion and a new building for the station.

Expansion of KLVX's viewing area continued through the 1970s and 1980s throughout Clark, Lincoln, Nye and White Pine counties with construction of a network of 19 translator stations that repeat KLVX's programming for viewers in a four state, 38,000-square-mile (98,000 km2) service area. Some translators are operated by the station, but others are operated by counties or rural translator districts that rely on voluntary support.

In 1976, CCSD School Superintendent and future Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn proposed that a new building be constructed to house KLVX operations. the proposal was adopted by the School Trustees and the Murray Peterson Public Television Center was dedicated in 1978. The new facility was located at 4210 Channel 10 Drive on 10 acres (40,000 m2) of desert land sold by the Bureau of Land Management for $1,200 at the "eastern edge of urban development". The facility was designed for 35 employees and student vocational training using "state of the art" film production and development processes.

In 1994, Tom Axtell became the third general Manager of KLVX.

In September 2006, KLVX rebranded as Vegas PBS to reflect its current multiple-channel offerings and diversified multimedia services provided to the Las Vegas metropolitan area and statewide schools, in addition to its regular programming on its main channel.

KLVX is expected to move in 2009 from its current studios to the new 112,000-square-foot (10,400 m2) Educational Technology Campus. The new facility will house the KLVX Studios, the Clark County School District's Virtual High School and Educational Media Center and the Homeland Security and Emergency Response support system. The new structure will meet the Media Security and Reliability Council's guidelines, the first in the United States.[1]

Digital Emergency Alert System

In 2004, KLVX was the first station in the United States to demonstrate what digital television has to offer in times of emergency. The Homeland Security Department saw first hand how digital transmission of information could be broadcast in the open, encrypted and ever targeted to specific users or groups of users. That demonstration and the follow on technology led to the Digital Emergency Alert System (DEAS). During 2007, using $1.2 million, KLVX installed equipment to broadcast DEAS data, including the ability to do so for up to 7 days without external power. The grant will also cover installation of digital television data receivers in 120 Clark County School District Police Department vehicles.[2]

Digital television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

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KLVX-DT

KLVX-DT broadcasts on digital channel 11.

Digital channels

Channel Name Programming
10.1 KLVX-DT Main KLVX programming
10.2 KLVX-DT2 Create
10.3 KLVX-DT3 V-me

KLVX also operates an affiliate of MHz Worldview as a cable-only channel.[3]

Translators

KLVX-TV is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:

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