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KMBH
Kmbh2009.jpg
Harlingen, Texas
Slogan It's all about education
Channels Digital: 38 (UHF)
Affiliations PBS
Owner Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville
(RGV Educational Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date October 8, 1985
Former channel number(s) Analog:
60 (UHF, 1985-2009)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW
Height 345.5 m
Facility ID 56079
Transmitter Coordinates 26°7′15.6″N 97°49′19.3″W / 26.121°N 97.822028°W / 26.121; -97.822028 (KMBH)
Website www.kmbh.org

KMBH is a public television station in Harlingen, Texas, broadcasting locally on digital channel 38 as a PBS member station for the Rio Grande Valley. Initially licensed sometime before 1979 and signing on on October 8, 1985, the station is owned by RGV Educational Broadcasting, Inc., under the aegis of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville.[1]

KMBH carries general PBS fare, as well as some programming pertaining to the Catholic faith, including Sunday Mass, a Spanish-language Bible study program, and a Catholic family issues program. Because of this ownership, KMBH occasionally refuses to show programming that is contrary to the Catholic faith -- one example is a 2007 Frontline documentary, "Hand of God", which dealt with sex abuse by clergymen.[2]

KMBH is one of at least three PBS members owned at least in part by a Catholic-related organization (WXEL-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida and WLAE-TV in New Orleans are the others), and one of at least four run by a religious organization in general (counting Provo, Utah's KBYU-TV).

Logo for KMBH, prior to 2009.

Prior to 1985, PBS programming was provided to the valley's commercial stations, on a per-program basis, or via cable from KLRN in San Antonio.

Unlike other stations, KMBH never used virtual PSIP channels to display their digital channel as 60.1 to reflect their analog channel number, instead displaying their digital channel as 38.1. While the FCC mandates stations to use their analog number for PSIP identification, it allows stations to identify themselves by its digital channel instead.

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