KAWB Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KAWB

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BrandingLakeland PBS
Affiliations9.1: PBS
9.2: First Nations Experience
9.3: Lakeland PBS Kids
9.4: Create
9.5: Lakeland Plus
9.6: Minnesota Channel
OwnerNorthern Minnesota Public Television, Inc.
First air date
June 1, 1980 (42 years ago) (1980-06-01)
Former channel number(s)
9 (VHF, 1980–2009)
18 (UHF, until 2009)
Call sign meaning
Derived from the Ojibwe word 'akawe' generally meaning 'first in a line of succession'
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID49578
ERP27.0 kW
HAAT334.7 m (1,098 ft)
Transmitter coordinates47°42′3″N 94°29′15″W / 47.70083°N 94.48750°W / 47.70083; -94.48750 (KAWE)
Translator(s)see article
Public license information
Satellite of KAWE
Brandingsee KAWE infobox
Affiliations22.1: PBS
22.2: First Nations Experience
22.3: Lakeland PBS Kids
22.4: Create
22.5: Lakeland Plus
22.6: Minnesota Channel
OwnerNorthern Minnesota Public Television, Inc.
First air date
March 1, 1988 (34 years ago) (1988-03-01)
Former channel number(s)
22 (UHF, 1988–2009)
Call sign meaning
KAWE Brainerd
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID49579
ERP137.5 kW
HAAT227 m (745 ft)
Transmitter coordinates46°25′21″N 94°27′42″W / 46.42250°N 94.46167°W / 46.42250; -94.46167 (KAWB)
Translator(s)see KAWE infobox
Public license information

KAWE, virtual and VHF digital channel 9, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Bemidji, Minnesota, United States. The station is owned by Northern Minnesota Public Television, Inc. KAWE's studios are located on Grant Avenue Northeast in Bemidji, and its transmitter is located southeast of Blackduck, Minnesota.

KAWB (virtual channel 22, UHF digital channel 28) in Brainerd operates as a full-time satellite of KAWE; this station's transmitter is located near East Gull Lake, Minnesota. KAWB covers areas of central Minnesota that receive a marginal to non-existent over-the-air signal from KAWE, although there is significant overlap between the two stations' contours otherwise. KAWB is a straight simulcast of KAWE; on-air references to KAWB are limited to Federal Communications Commission (FCC)-mandated hourly station identifications during programming.

The two stations are collectively branded as Lakeland PBS.[1] The network first took to the air on June 1, 1980 and was formerly known as Lakeland Public Television; it re-branded on January 8, 2018 to better align its brand with PBS. It is the only full-power television broadcasting operation based in north central Minnesota, an area that is served mainly by translators of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul television stations.

Lakeland PBS utilizes KAWB's channel 22 position on DirecTV and Dish Network's Twin Cities local lineups to avert confusion with Fox owned-and-operated station KMSP-TV (channel 9) in Minneapolis.

Digital television[edit]

Lakeland PBS' television signals are multiplexed into six subchannels.

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming
9.1 22.1 720p 16:9 L-HD Main programming in high definition
9.2 22.2 480i FNX First Nations Experience (Native American programs)
9.3 22.3 L-Kids PBS Kids
9.4 22.4 Create Create
9.5 22.5 L-Plus Encore PBS and Lakeland PBS programming
9.6 22.6 L-MN Minnesota Channel


The broadcast areas of KAWE and KAWB are extended by way of seven digital translators in northern Minnesota and one in central Minnesota.

City of license Callsign Translating Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Owner
Alexandria K36KH-D KAWB 36 0.81 kW 123 m (404 ft) 59641 45°55′59.0″N 95°26′51.0″W / 45.933056°N 95.447500°W / 45.933056; -95.447500 (K36KH-D) Selective TV
Baudette K25MW-D KAWE 25 0.71 kW 97 m (318 ft) 36330 48°40′14.0″N 94°34′25.0″W / 48.670556°N 94.573611°W / 48.670556; -94.573611 (K25MW-D) Lake of the Woods County
Birchdale K35MY-D 35 0.406 kW 87 m (285 ft) 12117 48°29′03.0″N 94°00′27.0″W / 48.484167°N 94.007500°W / 48.484167; -94.007500 (K35MY-D) Koochiching County
Big Falls K29KE-D 29 77 m (253 ft) 14105 48°11′28.0″N 93°47′24.0″W / 48.191111°N 93.790000°W / 48.191111; -93.790000 (K29KE-D)
International Falls K18MB-D 18 0.442 kW 118 m (387 ft) 14112 48°34′22.8″N 93°19′21.5″W / 48.573000°N 93.322639°W / 48.573000; -93.322639 (K18MB-D)
Red Lake K36OA-D 36 0.476 kW 93 m (305 ft) 55349 47°50′37.0″N 95°02′19.0″W / 47.843611°N 95.038611°W / 47.843611; -95.038611 (K36OA-D) Red Lake Indian Reservation
Roseau K24MS-D 24 1.17 kW 118 m (387 ft) 57689 48°51′10.0″N 95°46′14.0″W / 48.852778°N 95.770556°W / 48.852778; -95.770556 (K24MS-D) Roseau County
Walker K24KT-D KAWE 9.1 24 (24.1) 3.5 kW 150 m (492 ft) 369361 47°05′36.0″N 94°35′48.0″W / 47.093333°N 94.596667°W / 47.093333; -94.596667 (K24KT-D) Leech Lake Television
Williams W32EG-D KAWE 32 0.73 kW 95 m (312 ft) 36333 48°51′49.0″N 94°58′23.0″W / 48.863611°N 94.973056°W / 48.863611; -94.973056 (W32EG-D) Lake of the Woods County


Lakeland PBS produces a 30-minute local newscast Monday through Friday. The newscast originates from its studios in Bemidji, and the station also has a news-production facility in Brainerd. Lakeland PBS airs the only local newscast in north central Minnesota.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "About". Lakeland PBS. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2018.

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