Basin PBS FAQs
- Basin PBS is the only public television station serving
the Permian Basin community. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) service to
our community. Donations to Basin PBS are tax deductible to the fullest
extent of the law.
State Tax Exempt Form
Federal Tax Exempt Form
- Basin PBS broadcasts in High-Definition and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound to more than 300,000 viewers and 133,000 households on digital channel 38. We are cable channel 13 on most local systems and are carried on the Dish 500 Network and DirecTV.
- Communities we reach include: Midland, Odessa, Andrews, Alpine, Big Spring, Crane, Kermit, Monahans, Pecos, Seminole and Stanton.
- Basin PBS sets standards. We were the first station in the Basin to broadcast in high-definition TV, in October 2003. We were the first in Dolby 5.1 surround sound and we were the first to switch to full digital in June of 2009.
- Basin PBS is licensed to our community and operated by an energetic Board of Directors made up of community volunteers. These volunteers created Permian Basin Public Telecommunications, Incorporated in 2005 specifically to build public television into a broadcast and community service leader for the Permian Basin.
- We became YOUR station, a community-owned station, in 2005 but Basin PBS has informed, inspired and entertained West Texans for more than 20 years. We signed on the air as KOCV in 1986 with the support of more than 500 charter members, among them....former First Lady Laura Bush.
- PBS is number one in public trust. For the seventh year in a row, Americans call PBS the most trusted national institution, more trusted than courts of law, other TV networks, newspapers...even the Federal government. *
- Americans call PBS the second most valuable service taxpayers receive, second only to military defense.*
- Basin PBS is made possible by viewers like you through Memberships and Local Corporate Sponsorships as well as Local Grants and Federal Grants. Become a Member. Become a Sponsor.
- Our Members and Sponsors help ensure Basin's mission to see that television is used to provide quality programs and services which advance education, culture and community for everyone in the Basin - regardless of ability to pay.
- Basin PBS offers quality, viewer-oriented programming without commercial interruption. We are safe viewing for children.
- Basin PBS supports the Permian Basin community through local programming and educational outreach programs which encourage families to read and learn together. Basin PBS is...The Proud Heritage Series. QUIZ SHOW. Texas Monthly Talks. Charlie Rose. Tavis Smiley. Antiques Roadshow. American Experience. NATURE. NOVA. Masterpiece Theatre. Mystery! The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Austin City Limits. Sesame Street. Lawrence Welk. American Masters. Julia Child. WordGirl. Bill Moyers Journal. And all the programs you know and love.
*Source: 2010 Roper Poll