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Iowa Public Television

Iowa Public Television (IPTV) is a statewide network of television stations in the state of Iowa. A member of the Public Broadcasting Service, it is owned by the Iowa Public Broadcasting Board, an agency of the state education department which holds the licenses for all the PBS member stations in the state. IPTV's studios are located in Johnston, Iowa; a suburb of Des Moines.


IPTV began in 1969 as the Iowa Educational Broadcasting Network, after the state of Iowa purchased the former KDPS-TV from the Des Moines Public Schools and renamed it KDIN-TV. KDPS had signed on in 1959, taking National Educational Television programming from WOI-TV.

KIIN-TV in Iowa City, serving most of eastern Iowa, became the network's second affiliate in 1970. By 1977 the newly-renamed Iowa Public Broadcasting Network had eight full-power stations. The Iowa Public Television name was adopted in 1982. In 2003, it purchased KQCT-TV in Davenport, which repeated the programming of Quad Cities PBS station WQPT-TV in the Iowa side of the Quad Cities. The calls were changed to KQIN.

IPTV was originally run by the state's General Services Department before then-Gov. Terry E. Branstad signed a bill creating the Iowa Public Broadcasting Board on May 16, 1983. In 1986 IPTV became part of the state's Cultural Affairs Department, and on July 1, 1992, IPTV became part of the Iowa Department of Education.

Combined, the nine IPTV stations reach almost all of Iowa, plus portions of Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Missouri.


Nine full-power TV stations make up the network, all stations have callsigns beginning with a K, as licensed by the FCC, & ending in IN "IN" stands for Iowa Network.
Station City of license Channels
First air date Second letter’s
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
KBIN-TV Council Bluffs 32 (UHF)
33 (UHF)
September 7, 1975 Council Bluffs 575 kW
200 kW
98 m
98 m
KDIN-TV1 Des Moines 11 (VHF)
50 (UHF)
April 27, 1959 Des Moines 316 kW
966 kW
600 m
593 m
29102 (analog)
KHIN Red Oak 36 (UHF)
35 (UHF)
September 7, 1975 Horizons 2040 kW
600 kW
475 m
475 m
KIIN Iowa City 12 (VHF)
45 (UHF)
February 8, 1970 Iowa City 316 kW
922.3 kW
439 m
423 m
KQIN2 Davenport 36 (UHF)
34 (UHF)
December 16, 1991 Quad Cities 6.03 kW
150 kW
65 m
102 m
5471 (analog)
KRIN Waterloo 32 (UHF)
35 (UHF)
December 15, 1974 WateRloo 5000 kW
250 kW
579 m
584 m
KSIN-TV Sioux City 27 (UHF)
28 (UHF)
January 4, 1975 Sioux City 4070 kW
400 kW
327.7 m
348.3 m
KTIN Fort Dodge 21 (UHF)
25 (UHF)
April 8, 1977 Television 1580 kW
600 kW
355 m
355 m
KYIN Mason City 24 (UHF)
18 (UHF)
May 14, 1977 Your 1740 kW
250 kW
436 m
448.5 m
29086 (analog)

  • 1. KDIN-TV used the callsign KDPS-TV from its 1959 sign-on until 1969.
  • 2. KQIN used the callsign KQCT as a relay of WQPT from its 1991 sign-on until it was acquired by IPTV in 2003.

The network also has eight low-power repeater signals, located in Decorah (channel 14 K14AF), Ottumwa (channel 18 K18GU), Rock Rapids (channel 25 K25AA), Sibley (channel 33 K33AB), Fort Madison (channel 38 K38AB), Lansing (channel 41 K41AD), Keokuk (channel 44 K44AB), and Keosauqua (channel 54 K54AF). KIIN's transmitter, while listed as residing in Iowa City, is actually situated north of West Branch.


Although IPTV provides PBS programming, it also produces original programs such as Iowa Press, a panel discussion show; Living in Iowa, a magazine show focusing on Iowa life; and Market to Market, a nationally distributed show about agribusiness. Dan Wardell is the Host of the Children's Television block, featuring programs such as "The Big Comfy Couch" and "Sesame Street".


  • IPTV History from the Iowa Public Television web site, accessed April 1, 2006

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