KACV-TV branded as Panhandle PBS is a PBS member educational television broadcasting in Amarillo. Broadcasting in Amarillo the channel was launched on Aug 28, 1988 under NET. KACV 89.9 FM is the sister of the television having offices at Gilvin Broadcast Center on Amarillo College’s Washington Street Campus. The transmitter is fixed at West of U.S. 87/U.S. 287 in unincorporated Potter County. Suddenlink Communications carries KACV in HD on channel 703 and in SD on channel 3.
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Amarillo Junior College District launched instructional programming for its students in 1955. The programs were carried by local commercial television services for local college and secondary school students. The channel at the helm of its broadcasting was airing 40 hours of instructional content from Monday to Friday. The college setup its own academic department for Radio and television in 1971. It would further add Amarillo Badgers college Basketball games and local productions. A local educational access cable channel was added in 1982 to the Amarillo-area cable carriers.
Following the suspension of NET and its replacement by Public Broadcasting Service in 1970, it became a PBS member. On Dec 19, 1984, it filed an application with FCC for a construction permit but had to contest it with the Family Media, Inc., another company seeking to have channel 2 for non-commercial broadcasting. Federal Communications Commission eventually gave its decision in favor of Amarillo Junior College District in 1986. In 1987, the college would get a grant of USD 1m to buy the radio equipment for their project. KACV officially went on air on Aug 29, 1988 as the first PBS member channel in Texas Panhandle. The channel celebrating its 25th anniversary on Sep 3, 2013, rebranded itself as Panhandle PBS. On June 12, 2009, the station shut down its analog signal and flash-cut to digital broadcasting. KACV owns two less than a dozen translators to cover the areas of Canadian, Clarendon, Follett, Memphis, New Mobeetie, Perryton, Quitaque an Tulia.
Programming of the channel includes programs like Arthur, Wild Kratts, Sesame Street, Odd Squad, curious George and others. KACV hosts programs for children, cultural and educational content, documentaries, and general interest programs. Follow the station on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Here is the website: http://www.panhandlepbs.org/home/