KUSM-TV Channel 9 (Montana PBS)
Boseman, Montana (Montana State University)
Sign-off and Color Bars circa 1994

Page modified Sunday, 9 August 2020

Non-commercial educational/public television in the U.S. commenced in May of 1953 with the launch of KUHT Channel 8 in Houston, Texas. However, it wouldn't be until 1984 that all of the fifty states could boast of having at least one such TV facility. Montana State University first signed on KUSM-TV 9 in October of that year, making that state to be the final one in the Union to have a public TV station of its own. In January 1997, KUSM was joined with KUFM-TV Channel 11, licensed to the University of Montana in Missoula, to form the Montana PBS network, which is now comprised of six full-power stations (KUSM being the flagship) and sixty low-power translators scattered across the state.

The video's visuals consists of views of KUSM's studio building on the MSU campus, the station's transmitting tower, and a potporrui of clips from the station's local programs as well as those from the PBS network. Twenty seconds of color bars follow this, afterwards the juice to the transmitter is cut off.

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