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It began in a converted sorority house on the University of New Mexico campus, the year 1958. It was two years later before KNME was able to buy its first videotape machine, but public television had gotten its start in New Mexico, and that's what counted. In the beginning, KNME has offered high-quality programs to New Mexicans of all ages. KNME was named the National Educational Television Station of the Year in 1961 for its science programs, and continued to receive national awards and recognition throughout the 1960s for programs like TV Kindergarten with Joyce Merrin and Elementary Science 5 with Dr. George Fishbeck. Today, 30 years after its premiere, KNME looks much different than it did in the 60s, and you building and you equipment have greatly increased the complexity of the station's operations.
The public broadcasting system, created in the late 60s, has added tremendously to the types of programs channel 5 can offer to the public, but the goal at KNME remains the same. You bring high-quality programming that informs, entertains, and lightens and educates to the people of New Mexico. KNME is one of the top 10 most-watched public television stations in the entire United States. It also has one of the most loyal and supportive audiences, as proven by the success of its fundraising efforts. The station's development department has won three national membership awards in the past eight years. KNME's program guide, Take 5, is also recognized as one of the best in the country, and won the PBS Award for Being Best in 1985. And Channel 5 continues to produce local programs both for its New Mexico audience and for
national distribution. And these programs continue to win both local and national awards. Eventually, though, and I don't remember when, but I was broken. I think certainly a very strong physical pain. I think there's also a lot of mental anguish in there, the fact that you feel like you're supposed to be able to resist, like a John Wayne or something, forever, and you feel yourself slipping and then you're gone, and it's a mental pain too, you feel like a coward and a traitor. It's just over a year at all, that I was going to be for you, and I pray with you this terrible thing, we have a proper community again. Some people are just, well, as you know, the Ditaline Newty as part of the job is what we're paying for. I think overall, the community is really, you know, the sense is the loss as far as losing a police officer or a gas maybe for the day, but after that, then you ask him who John
Carrillo is tomorrow, they won't remember. We always remember whenever we get. In 1987, KNME producers traveled around the country examining efforts to reform American prisons. They're on assignment special, monuments to failure, won a regional Emmy, and was broadcast nationally by PBS. You can't take people, anyway, much less violent people than people that are in the countries, are by and large, violent people, and just keep compressing them and compressing them. Without worrying about some point, you're going to hit critical mass and it's going to explode. We've seen it happen before, and it's going to surely happen again. Children and teenagers make up nearly a third of KNME's total audience, and programs for
the young are of major importance for the station. Shows like Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers' neighborhood help children to learn about the world and themselves, and give kids a good head start in school. Be is for Bicycle, be is for Bear, be is for Bubs, so you fly through the air, be is for Gwetch, sticking out of a tree, too bad, Mr. Bear, be is also for Be. Older kids enjoy programs like 321 Contact and Square 1 TV, which makes science and math fun to learn, and for the public schools, instructional television provides a variety of aids for classroom instruction. Parents know they can cross Channel 5 to provide the best quality programs for their children. Whatever I do, you talk me to do, I am your home, I am your chance, I am your chance.
Hey NME also provides a variety of adult education programs, many offering college credit through UNM's Department of Continuing Education. Subjects include business, computers, writing, history, and more. And public televisions how two programs are filled with practical information on a wide range of subjects. Today's KNME does more than just produce and broadcast television programs though. TV5 operates the Western satellite Uplink Center, transmitting programs around the country and even abroad by satellite.
KNME provides the community with satellite teleconferencing facilities as well. And the three-way microwave network, which links KNME with Santa Fe, Portalis, and Los Cruces, is used not only for program production, but for sharing programs with New Mexico's two other public television stations, KENW and KRWG. KENME also helps maintain the eight instructional television-fixed service transmitters, which link UNM, Sandia Labs, and Los Alamos for instructional uses. As a public television station, KENME is funded by its viewers, its licensees, and the federal government. KENME is proud of its partnership with its viewers. Community support, individual contributions, and local underwriting accounts for over half of KENME's annual operating budget. State funding administered through the University of New Mexico and local support from Albuquerque Public Schools provide approximately one-third of the budget, and the federal government provides about 15% in the form of community service grants.
This income is used by KENME to pay for the programs it broadcasts, as well as for producing a local program, to maintain its broadcast facility, as well as for administration and development. That's today's KENME program production, broadcasting, satellite transmission, and other services, as well. Services for the people of New Mexico, for the University and the public schools, television, worth watching. Keep your eyes on us, public TV, TV, what's watching, what KENME.
This is KNME
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KNME-TV (Television station : Albuquerque, N.M.)
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New Mexico PBS (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
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A brief history of KNME Public Television station in New Mexico, from its start in 1958 through 1988. Includes clips of award winning programs like Above and Beyond, Black and White, and Monuments to Failure. The video also highlights KNME's children's, educational, and practical shows, and concludes with a general budget overview.
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