KAKM is a Public television station in Anchorage, Alaska, broadcasting locally on digital channel 8 as a PBS member station. The station is owned by Alaska Public Telecommunications, Inc., and was the only PBS station in Alaska that was not part of AlaskaOne during its existence. Its program is transmitted from Knik TV Mast, and its studios are located at the Elmo Sackett Broadcast Center on the campus of Alaska Pacific University. The call letters were chosen to represent the 3 major geographic areas served by the station Anchorage, Kenai, and Matanuska.

History

The station first started regular transmissions on May 7, 1975. Previously, PBS programming had been offered to Anchorage stations on per-program basis. (For example, Sesame Street was carried on KTVA, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood on KIMO (now KYUR), and The Electric Company on KENI-TV (now KTUU-TV.)

KAKM became the flagship station of Alaska Public Television, the successor to AlaskaOne, replacing KUAC-TV in Fairbanks, on July 1, 2012.[2]

Station presentation

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Digital channels

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming[3]
7.11080i16:9KAKM-HDMain KAKM programming / PBS
7.2480i4:3KAKM-CRCreate
7.3KAKM-7.360 North

360 North provides statewide coverage of Alaska public affairs, documentaries, historical programs, and Native topics. Originating at KTOO-TV, 360 North replaced Gavel to Gavel Alaska, which televised the Alaska Legislature.[4]

Analog-to-digital conversion

KAKM shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 8.[5] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 7.

Translators

KAKM extends its over-the-air coverage through a network of translator stations.

Translators of KAKM
Call signCommunity of licenseAdditional Information
K05FW-DGirdwood, Alaska
K07PF-DHomer, Alaska
K12LA-DKenai, Alaska
K21AM-DNinilchik, Alaska
K48AC-DKasilof, Alaska