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Smoky Hills Public Television
western Kansas
Slogan Making Kansas a Better Place to Live and Work
Channels Analog: see table below
Digital: see table below
Affiliations PBS
Owner Smoky Hills Public Television Corporation
First air date November 10, 1982
Call letters’ meaning see table below
Transmitter Power see table below
Height see table below
Facility ID see table below
Transmitter Coordinates see table below

Smoky Hills Public Television is the PBS member network for 71 counties in central and western Kansas. The network is headquartered in a historic native stone building in Bunker Hill, just east of Russell.

The network consists of full-power stations KOOD (channel 16) in Hays, KSWK (channel 8) in Lakin, and KWKS (channel 19) in Colby along with a low-power station KDCK (channel 21) in Dodge City. KOOD is the flagship station, with its transmitter in southern Russell County, approximately 10 miles south-southeast of Russell.

Smoky Hills Public Television annually televises several Kansas high school athletic championship events sponsored by the Kansas State High School Activities Association: the Eight-Man Division 1 and 2 Football Championship games (November), Class 3-2-1A state wrestling tournament (February), and the Class 1A basketball tournament championship games (March).

The Smoky Hills Public Television Corporation was founded in 1978 to bring PBS to western Kansas. The region is part of the Wichita market, and up to that time much of the area got PBS programming on cable via either Wichita's PBS station, KPTS, or Denver's PBS affiliate, KRMA. KOOD was the first station in the network to sign on the air, on November 10, 1982. KSWK followed on March 15, 1989. KDCK signed on on March 3, 1998 and flash-cut to digital in 2003. KWKS signed on as a digital-only station in June 2007.

The combined broadcast power of the network's three full-power stations and one low-power transmitter covers almost half of Kansas. The majority of their coverage watches the network on cable, which is all but essential for an acceptable signal in most of this vast area. Since 2005, it has also been available on the Wichita DirecTV and Dish Network feeds, boosting its potential viewership to over 1.5 million people in Kansas and Nebraska.



Station City of license Channels
First air date Call letters’
Facility ID Transmitter coordinates
KOOD1 Hays 16 (UHF)
November 10, 1982 496 kW 304 m 60675 38°46′16″N 98°44′17″W / 38.77111°N 98.73806°W / 38.77111; -98.73806 (KOOD)
KSWK Lakin 8 (VHF) March 15, 1989 South
33 kW 153 m 60683 37°49′39.9″N 101°6′36.9″W / 37.82775°N 101.11025°W / 37.82775; -101.11025 (KSWK)
KDCK1 Dodge City 21 (UHF) March 1998 Dodge
8.42 kW 99 m 79258 37°49′32.8″N 100°10′42.5″W / 37.825778°N 100.178472°W / 37.825778; -100.178472 (KDCK)
KWKS1 Colby 19 (UHF) June 2007 Western
464 kW 383 m 162115 39°14′31″N 101°21′40″W / 39.24194°N 101.36111°W / 39.24194; -101.36111 (KWKS)


  • 1. KOOD, KDCK and KWKS are digital-only stations. KDCK flash-cut to digital in 2003.

Television Programs Produced (2010)

Program Title Debut Date Notes
Doctors On Call (Season 5) (LIVE) February 2, 2010 Season 5 features hour long episodes
The Kansas Legislature (ongoing series) (LIVE) February 5, 2010 ---
Miss Southwest Kansas Pageant February 7, 2010 Marks the 4th year of coverage

Taped: January 9, 2010

KSHSAA 3-2-1A State Wrestling (LIVE) February 26-27, 2010 Quarter-Finals, 1st Round Consolations, Semi-Finals, Finals
KSHSAA 1A State Girls' Basketball Championship April 1, 2010

Replay: April 10, 2010

Girls' Championship Game: South Gray vs Argonia

Taped: March 12, 2010

KSHSAA 1A State Boys' Basketball Championship April 8, 2010

Replay: April 10, 2010

Boys' Championship Game: South Gray vs Hanover

Taped: March 12, 2010

2010 Signature Auction (LIVE) April 17-18, 2010 Fundraiser for Smoky Hills Public Television
Kansas Candidates: 1st District Congressional Forum (LIVE) April 26, 2010 Live from Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas
Kansas Candidates: Senate Race May 2010
Down Home Country: Live In Branson 2010 ---
Kansas Weekly Ag 2010 ---

Doctors On Call (Season 5)

Doctors On Call is a live viewer call-in show. This Smoky Hills Public Television Production features Kansas doctors and health care professionals talking about health-related topics. You can call your questions in or email them prior to the program about the selected topic of the week.

Season Debut Date Topic Doctor 1 Doctor 2
5 February 2, 2010 Heart Disease (Special 1hr Episode) Dr. Jeff Curtis, MD - Hays Med, DeBakey Heart Institute Dr. Gary Benton, MD - Hays Med, DeBakey Heart Institute
5 February 9, 2010 Kidney Issues Johanna McCullagh, MD, Nephrology Center of Western Kansas, Hays Henry Reed, MD, Mowery Clinic, Salina
5 February 16, 2010 Weight Loss Zuarab Tsereteli, MD, Southwind Surgical, Hays Kristi Schnuerle, RN, Southwind Surgical, Hays
5 February 23, 2010 Diabetes (Special 1hr Episode) Jon Richards, MD Salina Regional Health Center
5 March 2, 2010 Colon Cancer Mark Fesen, MD, Hutchinson Clinic Kris Canfield, MD, Beloit Medical Center
5 March 23, 2010 Sleep Disorders TBA TBA
5 March 30, 2010 Digestive Disorders (Special 1hr Episode) TBA TBA
5 April 6, 2010 Urology TBA TBA
5 April 13, 2010 Childhood Illness & Behavior TBA TBA
5 April 20, 2010 Eye Health (Special 1hr Episode) TBA TBA
5 April 27, 2010 Stroke TBA TBA
5 May 4, 2010 Pet Health TBA TBA
5 May 11, 2010 Cancer/Mind & Body Connection (Special 1hr Episode) TBA TBA
5 May 18, 2010 Plastic Surgery TBA TBA

The Kansas Legislature (2010)

The Kansas Legislature is a live veiwer call-in show from Smoky Hills Public Television, which features Kansas representatives and senators discussing state issues.

Show Date Host Guest 1 Guest 2 Guest 3 Guest 4
February 5, 2010 Chris Crawford Rep. Bob Bethell (R), Dist #113, Alden Rep. Mitch Holmes (R), Dist #114, St. John Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer (R), Dist #40, Grinnell
February 12, 2010 Richard Shank Rep. Eber Phelps (D), Dist #111, Hays Rep. Charles Roth (R), Dist #71, Salina Sen. Janis Lee (D), Dist #36, Kensington Rep. Elaine Bowers (R), Dist #107, Concordia
February 19, 2010 Chap Rackaway Sen. Pete Brungart (R), Dist #24, Salina Rep. Don Svaty (D), Dist #108, Ellsworth Sen. Jay Emler (R), Dist #35, Lindsborg Rep. Don Hineman (R), Dist. #118, Dighton
March 26, 2010 TBA Rep. Deena Horst (R), Dist #69, Salina Rep. Mitch Holmes (R), Dist #114, St. John Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer (R), Dist #40, Grinnell

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