Looking Back...and Looking
The History and the Future of KVIE Public Television
The FCC reserves channels for educational use.
Central California Educational Television is incorporated, later becoming
A call goes out to the public to help choose the call letters for Channel
6. A man in Sacramento came up with KVIE, pointing out that the "VI"
was the Roman numeral for "6" and the "E" for "education."
The idea was later emulated by other stations, the closest being KIXE,
Channel 9 in Redding.
First continuous broadcast
on Channel 6 begins February 23 under the direction of general manager
John Crabbe. Channel 6 is the 34th public television licensee in the
nation and the 2nd in California. KVIE shares a studio with Channel
13 and its first camera is a loaner from Channel 3.
Ford Foundation education
grant enables Channel 6 to provide 12 hours of in-school programming
KVIE has the countrys largest educational viewing audience: 125
school districts with a total of 34 classroom hours.
President Lyndon Johnson signs Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 and ETV
becomes Public Broadcasting.
After nearly 10 years of occupancy, Channel 6 purchases studio building
and six surrounding acres on Garden Highway in Sacramento.
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) evolves from Public Broadcasting.
Sesame Street premieres on
KVIE November 10.
Channel 6 move its transmitter and antenna to the 1549 foot "tall
tower" in Walnut Grove under a lease arrangement with the towers
owners, channels 3, 10, and 13, improving reception and expanding viewing
Art Paul becomes KVIEs
second general manager overseeing a staff of 14.
Channel 6 auction is first
locally-produced show on KVIE broadcast in color.
KVIE purchases a state-of-the-art mobile production truck.
Membership exceeds 15,000. Annual budget: $965,000.
Channel 6 begins receiving PBS programs from the networks new
satellite distribution system.
John Hershberger hired as
KVIE's third general manager.
Leo Buscaglia tapes the first of several nationally-acclaimed self-help
California Week In Review,
a statewide political journal, begins five-year production run.
First computer-controlled editing system installed at KVIE.
February 23: Channel 6 celebrates silver anniversary.
An independent study conducted
in March concludes that Channel 6 "is an indispensable community
institution throughout Central California."
KVIE Cable 7 is launched with a grant from Sacramento Cable.
Membership at 57,500.
KVIE goes on the air from
a new transmission facility, using Channel 40s 2000 tower.
"Pledge Free" fundraising
drive in August earns $425,000.
Begins broadcast of stereo audio.
Groundbreaking at Capitol
Oaks Drive for KVIEs new studios.
Channel 6 moves to its current home, a new studio/office complex built
with funds from the stations $7.5 million capital campaign.
Covert Baileys "Fit
or Fat for the 90s" a KVIE production, sweeps the nation
as a popular pledge program.
Membership stands at 61,000.
"To Quench A Thirst," hosted by Roger Mudd. A documentary
about California water, the show garners three Emmy nominations.
KVIE broadcasts "Home Toxics Quiz," and "Fit or Fat with
Covert Bailey" is a PBS series.
Exclusive statewide broadcast of Wilson vs. Brown gubernatorial debate.
Van Gordon Sauter, former President of CBS News, hired as KVIEs
fourth general manager
Premiere seasons for California Heartland, Central Valley Chronicles,
and California CapitolWeek.
Membership exceeds 68,000.
Dr. David Hosley becomes KVIE's fifth general manager.
KVIEs budget: $10,000,000.
Station sets all-time audience
record in July and November ratings sweeps.
First non-linear digital
editing suite goes on line.
Station applies for construction
permit for digital channel 53.
Money Moves with Jack Gallagher becomes the fourth weekly series
on KVIE, three of which are shown statewide and the fourth regionally.
Begins using digital video
server and begins phasing out videotape.
Studio B becomes fully operational
KVIE is named "Business of the Year" by the Sacramento Area
Council of Governments (SACOG) for its efforts in creating programs
and outreach that connect the Central Valley's people together.
All public television stations required to have digital service. KVIE
goes on the air in June and holds a sign-on celebration June 18 honoring
donors to the capital campaign.
Begins multicasting on its
new digital TV service with high-definition programming and additional
content in standard definition.
KVIE plans completes conversion of studio facility to a full digital
America's Heartland series produced by KVIE debuts across the
country. Produced in SD widescreen, the series is also aired on the
PBS HD channel.
David Lowe becomes KVIE's sixth general manager.
KVIE plans to cease
broadcasting on its analog Channel 6 and broadcast all digitally in
response to the federal mandate for digital television service.