Wyoming PBS

Riverton, Wyoming


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KCWC-TV/Wyoming PBS is a full-service, public television station licensed to Central Wyoming College, with studio and office facilities located in Riverton, Wyoming. The station, under call letters KCWC-TV, was built in 1982-83. KCWC-TV signed on the air May 10, 1983, providing approximately 16 hours of programming per day, with 10 full-time and 3 part-time staff. Initially the coverage area served was Fremont County with 33,000 people, including the Wind River Indian Reservation. Over the last 31 years, with the generous support of state and federal grants combined with private donations the station has expanded its coverage area to reach approximately 85% of Wyoming. To alleviate the confusion of various channel numbers and a multitude of call signs for each translator, KCWC-TV started using the title of "Wyoming Public Television," which more correctly reflected its statewide public television network. On January 1, 2008, after 25 years of service, the station adopted a new name: Wyoming PBS. The station now has 23 full-time staff, with approximately 5 part-time people, providing 2 channels of programming 24 hours a day.

KCWC-TV/Wyoming PBS was established for the purpose of providing a public television service and distance learning to the citizens of Wyoming. Recognizing that technologies have essentially eliminated time and distance, and created a global village, the Wyoming PBS network seeks to provide a television medium which recognizes the state's unique needs, and which informs, educates and enriches the lives of Wyoming citizens and helps them more fully understand and participate in local, national and global events that affect their lives. The station seeks to balance the differing needs of its citizens by providing a service that is open to public input with program offerings and services built around Wyoming's needs and providing communications opportunities which would otherwise be unavailable.