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KETC, virtual channel 9 ( UHF
UHF
digital channel 39), is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to St. Louis, Missouri, United States. The station is owned by St. Louis Regional Public Media. KETC's studios are located at the Dana Brown Communications Center on Olive Street in St. Louis' Grand Center neighborhood, and its transmitter is located in South St. Louis County. On cable, the station is available on Charter Spectrum channels 9 (standard definition) and 709 (high definition), and on AT&T U-verse channels 9 (SD) and 1009 (HD).

Contents

1 History 2 Digital television

2.1 Digital channels 2.2 Analog-to-digital conversion

3 Programming 4 References 5 External links

History[edit]

KETC
KETC
building.

The station first signed on the air on September 20, 1954, the call letters KETC
KETC
represent the St. Louis
St. Louis
Educational Television Commission, the former name of the organization responsible for bringing public television to St. Louis. It was the first community-licensed educational television station in the United States. The station's first general manager was Charles Guggenheim who hired the technical staff and first group of producer/director/writers, five in all. While waiting for the broadcasting tower to be completed, a number of programs were recorded using kinescope recording technology (the same as used for The Honeymooners). Once on the air, there were a number of award winning programs produced by Mayo Simon, Bill Hartzell, Ran Lincoln and Guggenheim. They included the first live broadcast of the St. Louis City Council. Another featured the St. Louis
St. Louis
Post-Dispatch nature columnist Leonard Hall of Possum Trot Farm. Among the taped program series was a pioneering science program intended for sixth graders to see in their classrooms, Science in Sight, produced by Martin L. Schneider. Film making was encouraged and with Len Hall's collaboration a documentary film about the rare beauty of the relatively unprotected Current River was produced. It was later used by the National Audubon Society
National Audubon Society
in the successful effort to make Current River the first National Scenic River under the protection of the National Park Service. Soon after the station went live, its emphasis on current affairs and local politics, fostered by Guggenheim, rattled the political leaders. Following a public controversy, covered by the Post-Dispatch, and under the influence of the well-connected local public relations firm, Fleischman and Hilliard, Guggenheim was replaced by Martin Quigley who had no experience in broadcasting. A few months later, Shelby Storck was hired. An experienced broadcaster, recommended by Guggenheim, he emceed the station's first evening of broadcasting. KETC
KETC
originally broadcast from temporary studios in McMillan Hall on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, with transmitting facilities atop the former Boatmen's Bank Building (now the Marquette Building) in downtown St. Louis. In 1955, it moved to the Julius and Freda Baer Memorial Building, also on the Washington University campus. It was the first facility specifically built for an educational television station. It activated its current tower in South County in 1970, allowing it to begin color broadcasts a year later. In 1998, the station moved its studios from the Washington University campus to the Dana Brown Communications Center in the Grand Center district. During the 2004 elections, KETC
KETC
partnered with area NBC
NBC
affiliate KSDK (channel 5), to provide St. Louisans with comprehensive and up-to-date local and national election results. This partnership was first utilized to simulcast a gubernatorial debate between Republican candidate, Missouri
Missouri
Secretary of State Matt Blunt
Matt Blunt
and Democratic candidate, State Auditor Claire McCaskill. On election night (November 9), KSDK
KSDK
aired NBC's primetime election coverage with Tom Brokaw
Tom Brokaw
and Tim Russert
Tim Russert
as well as segments of local results. KETC, meanwhile, ran three hours of local election results hosted by KSDK
KSDK
anchors Mike Bush and Karen Foss. Viewers could also watch election results online on the websites of both stations. The successful KETC/ KSDK
KSDK
partnership was used again in September 2005 when, along with radio partners KYKY (98.1 FM) and KEZK
KEZK
(102.5 FM), a telethon for Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina
relief was simulcast that raised more than $5 million. The telethon featured an appearance by Affton native John Goodman, who now calls New Orleans
New Orleans
home and whose family went missing for a time during the storm's peak. Kennett native Sheryl Crow and her then-fiancé Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong
urged viewers to call when they were interviewed by phone from the region. In May 2008, E! contracted with KETC
KETC
to film two episodes of the cable network's weekly pop culture series The Soup
The Soup
at the KETC
KETC
studios to accommodate host Joel McHale's filming of The Informant!
The Informant!
in the St. Louis area.[1] After being known for most of its history as " KETC
KETC
9," the station rebranded itself as "The Nine Network" in 2010. On October 13, 2010, the station partnered with the St. Louis
St. Louis
Beacon, an online-only, non-profit news publication, to form the Public Insight Network, a citizen journalism initiative created in conjunction with American Public Media. Digital television[edit] Digital channels[edit] The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]

9.1 720p 16:9 KETC
KETC
HD Main KETC
KETC
programming / Nine PBS

9.2 480i KETCKid Nine Kids

9.3 WORLD Nine World

9.4 KETCDIY Nine Create

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit] KETC
KETC
shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 9, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States
United States
transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal continued to broadcasts on its pre-transition UHF
UHF
channel 39.[3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 9. Programming[edit] KETC
KETC
is known among viewers in St. Louis
St. Louis
for pre-empting PBS
PBS
programs to air library program content or less controversial pledge drive programs[citation needed], such as WQED-produced doo-wop specials, using the default network feed in late night to premiere those PBS programs instead, though St. Louis
St. Louis
has traditionally had stations, commercial and non-commercial, pre-empt programming from their networks due to content. KETC
KETC
has given some leeway as far as some pre-emptions, such as a case where St. Louis
St. Louis
Post-Dispatch columnist Eric Mink wrote an editorial complaining about the station's scheduling of a pledge drive ice skating show instead of a PBS documentary on the September 11 attacks; KETC
KETC
announced the next day that it would instead air the 9/11 documentary as nationally scheduled. Some of the programs produced by KETC
KETC
for national distribution include selected episodes of Inside/Out. The station also produced The Letter People, an instructional program about reading, which was seen on many PBS
PBS
and educational television stations in the mid-1970s, as well as A Time for Champions, an hour-long documentary chronicling the St. Louis
St. Louis
University soccer dynasty of the 1960s and 1970s; and Homeland, a miniseries examining the topic of immigration in the United States. References[edit]

^ [1] ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KETC ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

External links[edit]

KETC
KETC
official website Nine Kids & Family Query the FCC's TV station database for KETC BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KETC-TV

v t e

Broadcast television in the Greater St. Louis
St. Louis
and Metro East
Metro East
Illinois areas

Reception may vary by location and some stations may only be viewable with cable television Network O&Os are in bold

Full-power

KTVI
KTVI
(2.1 Fox, 2.2 ANT, 2.3 Escape) KMOV
KMOV
(4.1 CBS, 4.2 Cozi TV, 4.3 MNTV) KSDK
KSDK
(5.1 NBC, 5.2 Bounce, 5.3 Justice, 5.4 Quest) KETC
KETC
(9.1 PBS, 9.2 PBS
PBS
Kids, 9.3 World, 9.4 Create) KPLR-TV
KPLR-TV
(11.1 CW, 11.2 This TV, 11.3 Comet) KNLC
KNLC
(24.1 MeTV, 24.2 Rel. Ind., 24.3 H&I, 24.4 Movies!, 24.5 Decades) KDNL-TV (30.1 ABC, 30.2 TBD, 30.3 Charge!, 30.4 Stadium) WRBU (46.1 Ion, 46.2 Qubo
Qubo
, 46.3 Ion Life, 46.4 INFO, 46.5 QVC, 46.6 HSN)

Low-power

KPTN-LD (7.1 HSN, 7.2 SBN, 7.3 QVC, 7.4 Front, 7.5 Beauty iQ, 7.6 OnTV4U, 7.7 Jewelry Television) KDTL-LD (16.1 RTV) K25NG-D (25.1 3ABN, 25.2 3ABN Proclaim, 25.3 Dare to Dream, 25.4 3ABN Latino, 25.5 3ABN Radio, 25.6 3ABN Radio Latino, 25.7 Radio 74) KBGU-LP (33.1 Buzzr, 33.2 Liquidation, 33.3 getTV, 33.4 Laff, 33.5 QVC+, 33.6 QVC, 33.7 Grit) K38HD-D (38.1 HSN) WODK-LD (45.1 Cozi TV, 45.2 H&I, 45.3 INFO, 45.4 Decades, 45.5 ASN, 45.6 Tuff TV, 45.7 AMGTV) KEFN-CD (49.1 EWTN) W50CH 50 (Rel. Ind.) KUMO-LD (51.1 Daystar)

Outlying statons

Missouri

KDKZ-LD
KDKZ-LD
(18.1 AMGTV
AMGTV
-- Farmington)

Illinois

WSIU-TV (8.1 PBS, 8.2 World, 8.3 Create, 8.5 PBS
PBS
Kids -- Carbondale) WPXS (13.1 Daystar, 13.2 Retro TV -- Mt. Vernon) W29CI-D (29.1 3ABN, 29.2 3ABN Proclaim, 29.3 Dare to Dream, 29.4 3ABN Latino, 29.5 3ABN Radio, 29.6 3ABN Radio Latino, 29.7 Radio 74 -- Salem)

Cable

Fox Sports Midwest

Defunct stations

K07SD 7 ( NBC
NBC
-- Rolla)

See also Quincy Columbia/Jefferson City Kansas City Springfield, MO Springfield, IL Peoria Evansville Memphis Paducah Terre Haute

v t e

PBS
PBS
member stations in the state of Missouri

KMOS 6.1 (Sedalia) KETC
KETC
9.1 (St. Louis) KCPT
KCPT
19.1 (Kansas City) KOZK
KOZK
21.1 / KOZJ 26.1 (Springfield / Joplin)

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