South Dakota Public Broadcasting

South Dakota Public Broadcasting, or SDPB for short, is a network of PBS television and NPR radio stations serving the state of South Dakota. The stations are operated by the South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunication, a state agency. The studios and offices are located in the Allen Neuharth Media Center on the University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion, South Dakota.


SDPB's history with radio can be traced back to May 22, 1922 when KUSD signed on the air. But it wasn't until the 1970s that South Dakota Public Radio became a reality. Today KUSD-FM 89.7 in Vermillion serves as the flagship station for the nine-station network.

South Dakota Public Radio stations in the lineup include:

Location Frequency Call sign Callsign Meaning
Vermillion 89.7 KUSD University of South Dakota
Rapid City 89.3 KBHE Black Hills Educational
Sioux Falls 90.9 KCSD Clark (as in "Lewis and Clark") South Dakota
Aberdeen 90.9 KDSD AberDeen South Dakota
Brookings 88.3 KESD Educational South Dakota
Eagle Butte 97.1 KPSD Public Broadcasting South Dakota
Lowry 91.9 KQSD Quality South Dakota
Reliance 91.1 KTSD Television South Dakota
Martin 102.5 KZSD Zenith South Dakota

South Dakota Public Radio also rebroadcasts on the following stations:

Location Frequency Call sign
Aberdeen 91.7 K219CM
Belle Fourche 88.1 K201AP
Edgemont 90.7 K214BN
Hot Springs 88.1 K201AQ
Huron 91.3 K217CE
Lead 91.9 K220BA
Mitchell 90.9 K215AI
Pierre 96.1 K241AT
Pringle 88.5 K203BN
Spearfish 91.1 K216AO

South Dakota Public Radio was also broadcast in Vermillion on KUSD-AM 690 before that station went off the air during the 1990s.

In March of 2007, South Dakota Public Radio started broadcasting on HD Radio.


The flagship TV station is KUSD channel 2 in Vermillion, South Dakota. It signed on the air on July 17, 1961 and is the state's first educational television station.

SDPB television stations in the lineup include:

Station City of license Channels
First air date Call letters’
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
KUSD-TV Vermillion 2 (VHF)
34 (UHF)
July 5, 1961 University of
100 kW
236 kW
232 m
204 m
KBHE-TV Rapid City 9 (VHF)
26 (UHF)
September 13, 1967 Black
45.7 kW
76.3 kW
202 m
191.7 m
KCSD-TV Sioux Falls 23 (UHF)
24 (UHF)
June 13, 1995 Clark (as in "Lewis and Clark")
11.2 kW
29 kW
84.7 m
75 m
KDSD-TV Aberdeen 16 (UHF)
17 (UHF)
January 1, 1972 AberDeen
537 kW
19 kW
359 m
349 m
KESD-TV Brookings 8 (VHF)
18 (UHF)
February 19681 Educational
245 kW
126.5 kW
229 m
208 m
KPSD-TV Eagle Butte 13 (VHF)
25 (UHF)
September 16, 1973 Public Broadcasting
316 kW
101 kW
516 m
489 m
KQSD-TV Lowry 11 (VHF)
15 (UHF)
19762 Quality
234 kW
82 kW
295 m
274 m
KTSD-TV Pierre 10 (VHF)
21 (UHF)
August 1, 1970 Television
316 kW
113 kW
488 m
457 m
KZSD-TV Martin 8 (VHF)
23 (UHF)
February 19783 Zenith
273 kW
128.5 kW
266 m
242 m

  • 1. The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says KESD-TV signed on February 6, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on February 4.
  • 2. The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says KQSD-TV signed on January 1, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on March 9.
  • 3. The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says KZSD-TV signed on February 8, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on February 9.


The television programming from SDPB is also rebroadcast on the following translator stations (low-power rebroadcasters):
Call sign Analog
K04GW 4 Spearfish
K06HG 6 Pine Ridge
K07JD 7 Aberdeen
K09UN 9 Mitchell
K13PN 13 Wasta
K29UN 29 Belle Fourche
K55AV 55 Pringle
K55BG 55 Wagner
K64AL 64 Edgemont


Although SDPB provides PBS programming, it also produces original programs such as:

  • Dakota Life — a magazine show focusing on South Dakota life.
  • Kids' Quest — an educational series for students.
  • On Call — a show which discusses medical topics.
  • South Dakota Focus — a panel discussion show.
  • Statehouse — a show which focuses on the South Dakota State Legislature.
  • Today's Ag — a show about agriculture.

SDPB has also produced educational programs, such as:

  • By The People, For The People — a series about government in South Dakota.
  • Dakota Pathways — a series about the history of South Dakota.
  • Infinite Variety — a series about the geography and environment of South Dakota.
  • South Dakota Adventure — a series about the history and culture of South Dakota.

Saturday Night Line Up

Like most PBS stations SDPB airs comedy and other shows on Saturday starting Saturday at 7:30 PM - 12:00 AM CST and the line up is as follows :

  • 5:00 PM Classic Gospel
  • 6:00 PM The Lawrence Welk Show
  • 7:00 PM Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians
  • 7:30 PM As Time Goes By
  • 8:00 PM Keeping Up Appearances
  • 8:30 PM May To December
  • 9:00 PM Last of the Summer Wine
  • 9:30 PM The Vicar of Dibley
  • 10:00 PM Austin City Limits
  • 11:00 PM Soundstage
  • 12:00 PM Globe Trekker

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