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KNPB Channel 5 Public Television announces new service for viewers in Truckee and Tahoe City

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Residents of communities in and near Truckee and Tahoe City now can receive national PBS and local KNPB public television programming from over-the-air broadcast. A new translator located on Mt. Rose delivers the KNPB signal to communities formerly unserved by local public television. Using an antenna and a digital television set, viewers will find three KNPB channels at 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3 through a simple channel scan.

KNPB channels deliver both national PBS programs and local news/public affairs coverage at KNPB SD/HD on Channel 5. Viewers can learn how to cook a souffle or when to plant tomatoes, or how to plan a European vacation on lifestyle channel KNPB Create on Channel 5.2, and Spanish speaking viewers can explore the world through public television style programs in Spanish on KNPB Vme at Channel 5.3. All channels are on the air 24/7.

KNPB President and CEO Kurt Mische commented, and#8220;Headquartered less than 30 miles away in Reno, Nev., KNPB offers viewers in Truckee and surrounding communities both full PBS programming and local KNPB programs specific to northern Nevada and eastern California interests and needs. We are delighted to welcome these communities to the KNPB audience!and#8221;

KNPB local productions, and#8220;A Conversation Withand#8230;and#8221; broadcast weekly, and and#8220;OpenLine,and#8221; broadcast live monthly, keep viewers informed and offer them the opportunity to discuss local issues important to northern Nevada and eastern California communities. Local documentaries tell the stories of the Sierra and the high desert: Recent local programs, and#8220;Living in the Big Emptyand#8221; and and#8220;Stewards of the Rangeland,and#8221; explore rural lifestyles enjoyed by residents in both states. The stories behind local events are documented in KNPB productions such as and#8220;Pylon Chasers,and#8221; profiling the pilots who participate in the Reno Air Races, and and#8220;Legends of the Lake,and#8221; examining the preservation of the beautiful wooden boats featured in the Concours dand#8217;Elegance annual celebration at Lake Tahoe.

Besides television programming, KNPB offers services including program screening and facilitated discussion, the Program Guide published and sent to members each month, special events in communities across the viewing area, and regular program and activity updates via knpb.org, e-newsletters, and social media Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Full length PBS and KNPB programs may be viewed at any time on watch.knpb.org. Daily Nevada legislative coverage with partner public radio station KUNR is found on-air and at http://www.sessionaccess.org linked from http://www.knpb.org.

The KNPB Academy for Digital Learners offers professional development for educators through PBS TeacherLine online graduate courses. Local professional development is also available both face-to-face and online. The Digital Learning Library, a new public television project for teacher access to online learning objects and video, will launch in time for fall 2011 classes. KNPBand#8217;s Ready To Learn service offers workshops and resources in both English and Spanish for the youngest viewers and their parents and caregivers.

KNPB looks forward to building a great relationship with the California communities in and around Truckee and Tahoe City to serve the station mission to inform, educate, and entertain KNPB viewers through broadcast programs and the special services that extend their value.

KNPB reaches some 800,000 people in the communities of northern Nevada and eastern California with public television programming and related education/outreach services. Three KNPB digital channels deliver 24/7 programming services including PBS national programming in standard and high definition, Create lifestyle, and V-me, public television programs in Spanish. Through the support of local corporations and foundations as well as individual members, KNPB has been delivering public television services to the communities it serves for the past 27 years.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com


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