WKAS owned by Kentucky Authority for Educational Television is s PBS member channel active in Ashland, KN. It is operated as part of the statewide Kentucky Educational Television with transmitter located on DeBord Hill in Ashland.
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It began its operations on Sep 23, 1968 as a member of the ten charter channels of KET Network. All of the network’s satellites were strategically placed to cover a widespread area of the state. WKAS-DT is the digital companion of the Public Broadcasting Service station and was officially launched alongside other KET sub-channels in May 2002. It completed digital transition on April 16, 2009 after dropping its analog signal however, remained airing on its pre-transition UHF ch 26. It through PSIP digital receivers displays the virtual channel as its former UHF ch 25.
Spectrum incentive auction
It currently holds a construction permit reallocated its digital station onto UHF ch 36 as part of Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction. The transition in this case was consummated on Oct 18, 2019.
WKAS digital sub-channels reach Lawrence, Carter, Boyd, Elliott and Greenup counties in northeastern Kentucky, as well as the southernmost counties of Cabell, Wayne and Ohio and northwestern Lincoln counties of West Virginia. Ashland, Kentucky; Portsmouth, Ohio; Huntington, West Virginia and are the major cities covered by WKAS.
Its signal is available in some of the same locations as two other KET stations, WKPI-TV in Pikeville to the south, and WKMR in Morehead to the west. It also gets some of the coverage area of WKMR’s LP translator W28DD-D in Louisa. Signal coverage of all three channels is subject to change due to the 2016 Federal Communications Commission Spectrum incentive auction.
Coverage and Programs
Charter Spectrum, DirecTV and DISH Network are providing coverage to the channel in northeastern Kentucky. Audiences can watch Kentucky Educational Television affiliate online for programs like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Curious George, China Undercover, Great Performances, Elinor Wonders Why, Comment on Kentucky and Washington Week. Educational programs, documentaries, videos and features can be accessed live on WKAS. Follow the channel on Facebook and Twitter. Here is the website: https://www.ket.org/