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KVIE
Kvie logo 185x49.jpg
Sacramento, California
Branding KVIE
Channels Digital: 9 (VHF)
Subchannels 6.1 SD and HD
6.2 KVIE2
6.3 V-Me
Affiliations PBS
Owner KVIE, Inc.
First air date February 23, 1959
Call letters’ meaning VI = Roman numeral 6
Education
Former channel number(s) Analog:
6 (VHF, 1959-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1959-1970)
Transmitter Power 33 kW
Height 566 m
Facility ID 35855
Transmitter Coordinates 38°16′18″N 121°30′18″W / 38.27167°N 121.505°W / 38.27167; -121.505
Website www.kvie.org

KVIE is the local PBS station in Sacramento, California, USA. Its transmitter is located near Walnut Grove, California. The station broadcasts from a 2000 foot (610 meter) tall tower owned by KTXL. The VI in the station's call letters stand for the Roman numeral 6 and the E stands for education.[1]

KVIE's audio signal was heard on 87.7 MHz on the FM dial in Sacramento and surrounding areas until June 12, 2009.

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Station history

KVIE was incorporated in 1955 and signed on the air on February 23, 1959. During its early years, it operated daily only in the afternoons and evenings (during the school year) and nearly all day on the weekends. By the end of the 1970s it was on all day throughout, and in the mid-1980s moved to 24-hour-a-day programming.

In addition to PBS programming, KVIE produces in-house programs for distribution locally, regionally and nationwide. Examples of current and past series include America's Heartland, ViewFinder, Central Valley Chronicles, California Heartland, Rob on the Road, and New Valley.

Like other PBS stations, KVIE has held many fund-raising events. For over three decades until the early 1990s, it held an annual auction during the early summer months from many different venues, and emceed by numerous personalities from Sacramento broadcasting. The station's annual art auction has been on the air for more than 25 years and has been airing recently in September for three days. The 2009 auction will be held August 28-30. The station also has pledge drives throughout the year covering approximately 70 days of the year with the majority of it in the months of March, June, August and December.

Among KVIE's personalities have been former news anchors George Reading (KOVR,KRON, KTVU, KUSI) and Pat McConahay (KTXL), former weather anchor Bette Vasquez (KCRA), and Christina Dillon (the only key personality from the annual auction who still appears on KVIE today).

The station is independently owned and operated, governed by a volunteer board of directors.[2]

Digital television

KVIE-DT is an ATSC digital television signal broadcast over channel 9 from Walnut Grove. Three sub-channels are available:

Digital channels

Channel name Programming
6.1 KVIE main KVIE/PBS programming
6.2 KVIE2 alternate PBS programming
6.3 V-me spanish language programming
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Analog-to-digital conversion

After the analog television shutdown on June 12, 2009, KVIE moved its digital broadcasts to channel 9 using PSIP to display KVIE's virtual channel as 6.

References

  1. ^ KVIE Station History, KVIE.org, accessed 2008-10-29
  2. ^ KVIE Board of Directors, KVIE.org, accessed 2008-10-29

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