WKYU Bowling Green

WKU Kentucky

WKYU-TV is a PBS channel serving Bowling Green, Kentucky. Owned by Western Kentucky University, WWHR and WKYU-FM are the siblings of the channel. The latter is associated with NPR: National Public Radio. WKYU and its radio sister are located on College Heights Boulevard on the WKU campus. The transmitter of the channel is located six miles north of Bowling Green along KY 185 on a tower shared with ABC/Fox/CW+ linked WBKO.

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Slogan: Western’s Public Broadcasting

Sisters: WWHR and WKYU-FM

Website: www.wkyu.lunchbox.pbs.org/home/



On Feb 28, 1986, the Broadcasting and Mass Media Department of Western Kentucky University was able to acquire a construction permit by FCC to set up a public television under the calls WKYU-TV to align with its pre-existing National Public Radio member outlet WKYU-FM. It not only challenged local Kentucky Educational Television service WKGB-TV but was also a source for locally produce public affairs content solely on south-central Kentucky area. It went on air on Jan 15, 1989 and upon launch was the second Public Broadcasting Service member channel not linked with PBS child network Kentucky Educational Television. The channel became only Public Broadcasting Service channel not linked with KET when Louisville-based WKPC was bought by KET in 1997. After maintaining its branding as WKYU and WKYU PBS since its launch the station in 2013 was rebranded as WKU PBS.


MainStreet, Outlook, Coach’s Corner and Lost River Sessions are the notable local programs broadcasted by WKYU. NewsChannel 12 is the notable news-bulletin of the station. Legacy List with Matt Paxton, Weather Radar, PBS NewsHour, Dismantling Democracy, Democracy Now!, America’s Test Kitchen from Cook’s Illustrated, Weather Radar, Market to Market, Ask this Old House, Song of the Mountains, Neven’s Spanish Food Trails and more is available on the official site of the channel. Audiences can watch PBS affiliate online for latest news, educational programs, kids content, documentaries and more. Follow the station on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Here is the website: https://www.wkyupbs.org