KNME-TV signed on the air in 1958 as the first public “educational” television station in New Mexico. Licensed to both the University of New Mexico and Albuquerque Public Schools, KNME-TV is unique in broadcasting with this diverse, collaborative licensee structure. New Mexico PBS serves the people of New Mexico by providing engaging local and national content, in-depth news and public affairs, digital media, education and outreach services, lifelong learning, an interactive web site, and a celebration of arts and culture.
As the television industry has matured and changed so has KNME-TV. Our history of accomplishments includes a number of groundbreaking television shows like Dr. George Fishbeck’s Science, Colores!, and New Mexico in Focus. KNME was the first television station in New Mexico to broadcast a digital signal and to adopt the new digital high-definition standard on a continuous basis. KNME-TV is one of the most watched public television stations in the country reaching almost 700,000 households each week with 20,000 members in central and northern New Mexico.
In 2009, KNMD-TV joined KNME-TV as a second Public Television service, providing enlightening and entertaining programming in support of New Mexico’s education systems. This increase in capacity, concurrent with innovations in on-line delivery of content, and expansion of our satellite distribution services drove the need for a new umbrella brand, New Mexico PBS.
New Mexico PBS operates two digital high power transmitters and 33 low-power translators to provide free over the air viewing to the people of New Mexico. These transmitters provided greater than 99% reliability during the past year. New Mexico PBS recently added a new translator to the Shiprock area which serves the Navajo Nation.
New Mexico PBS has extensive partnerships throughout the community. These partnerships include the K-12 community, higher-education, dozens of community service organizations and more. Our broad reach on-air, on-line and on the ground comprise an extensive educational and community service organization in New Mexico. New Mexico PBS’ Ready to Learn Service impacts the lives of thousands of children in New Mexico presenting over 90 workshops for parents and caregivers and distributing thousands of books.
New Mexico PBS provides important local programming to the citizens of New Mexico. New Mexico PBS productions have won national and regional awards including a Peabody Award, a national Emmy, and 40 regional Emmys.