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Lubbock, Texas
Channel Digital: 39 (UHF)
Subchannels 5.1 PBS
5.3 PBS-HD
Affiliations Public Broadcasting Service
Owner Texas Tech University
First air date October 16, 1962[1]
Callsign meaning TeXas Tech
Sister station(s) KOHM-FM
Former channels Analog:
5 (VHF, 1962-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1962-1970)
Effective power 890 kW
Height 143 m
Facility ID 65355
Antenna coordinates 33°34′55.2″N 101°53′26.6″W / 33.582°N 101.890722°W / 33.582; -101.890722

KTXT-TV is a PBS member station broadcasting on digital channel 39. KTXT is owned by Texas Tech University and housed on its campus in Lubbock, Texas.


History and facilities

An open circuit, noncommercial, educational television station licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, KTXT-TV began broadcasting on October 16, 1962.[1]

The station is located on the southwestern part of campus of Texas Tech University, near the 817-foot broadcast tower. Its mission is "to serve the public interest, convenience and necessity, and satisfy all federal regulations relating to its staffing, operation, and funding; to support all aspects of the University, with special emphasis given to curricula and cultural contributions; and to make a positive contribution to University-community relations throughout the South Plains". KTXT-TV, also referred to as South Plains Public Television, began digital transmission in the fall of 2002.[2]

KTXT has broadcast solely digitally since 4:30 pm February 5, 2009; as the Channel 5 analog transmitter had failed less than two weeks before the scheduled end of analogue broadcasting, the approximately $25,000 cost of repair could not be justified.[3]


In 2007, KTXT was awarded a Silver Telly Award for the first season of its original series, StoryTellers & MusicMakers. The 13-part music interview show is hosted by Lubbock native singer and songwriter Kenny Maines, member of The Maines Brothers Band and uncle to Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines. It features various regional musicians and industry insiders talking about West Texas' musical influence on the rest of the world.[4]

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