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College Station, Texas
United States
Branding KAMU
Channels Digital: 12 (VHF)
Subchannels 12.1 PBS
12.2 Weather
12.3 PBS Kids
Affiliations PBS (1970-present)
Owner Texas A&M University
First air date February 15, 1970
Call letters' meaning Texas A&M University
Former channel number(s) 15 (UHF analog, 1970-2009)
Former affiliations NET (February-October 1970)
Transmitter power 58.2 kW
Height 105 m
Facility ID 65301
Transmitter coordinates
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website KAMU-TV

KAMU-TV is a full-service Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member public television station in College Station, Texas. Owned by Texas A&M University, it broadcasts on digital channel 12 from its transmitter near the university campus, with studios at the Moore Communications Center on campus. It serves as the sole PBS member station for the Waco/Temple/Bryan/College Station/Killeen market.

Digital channels

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming
12.1 1080i 16:9 KAMU-HD Main KAMU-TV programming / PBS
12.2 720p KAMU-WX Local Weather Information
12.3 KAMU PBS Kids


KAMU-TV began broadcasting on February 15, 1970.[1] It originally aired on UHF channel 15, and was the first educational station in central Texas.

Moore Communications Center, where KAMU studios are located

On April 1, 2003, KAMU was the first station in the region to begin broadcasting in HDTV.[2] KAMU made the first live HDTV broadcast in the region on April 22, 2004, with the program "Meet the Candidates 2004".[3]

KAMU switched from analog to digital broadcasting on June 12, 2009. It opted not to use PSIP to remap to channel 15, instead opting to use channel 12 as its virtual channel. KAMU offered ResearchChannel on subchannel 12.3 until that service folded in August 2010.

On February 27, 2018, the Central Texas College's board of trustees voted to close down KNCT (which served the western portion of the Waco/Temple/Bryan market) over budgetary concerns related to the FCC spectrum repacking that would have required that station to move from RF channel 46 to RF channel 17 starting in 2020, as well as the need to replace its original transmitter.[4] The shutdown of KNCT, which would occur on August 31, 2018, would leave KAMU-TV as the only PBS member station in the market.[5][6][7]

See also


  1. ^ http://kamu.tamu.edu/aboutus.php History of KAMU
  2. ^ LeBas, John (2003-03-30). "KAMU makes waves with digital upgrade". The Bryan-College Station Eagle. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "KAMU has first live HD broadcast". The Battalion. 2004-04-24. Retrieved .
  4. ^ FCC TV spectrum Phase Assignment Table, FCC Incentive Auction Television Transition Data Files, April 13, 2017.
  5. ^ Angeline, Jillian (February 28, 2018). "Local PBS station KNCT going dark soon". KCEN. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Hoover, Carl (March 3, 2018). "Killeen-Temple public television station KNCT to end broadcasts". Waco Tribune-Herald. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ Ferraro, Julie A. (March 3, 2018). "Eventual closure of KNCT a tough decision". Killeen Daily Herald. Retrieved 2018.

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