The owner of KCSM TV, San Mateo Community College District, decided several years ago that they could no longer afford the maintain KCSM TV, the PBS station which had been serving San Mateo and the South Bay area for 50 some years.
KRCB TV, the public television station in the North Bay, submitted the winning bid to acquire the station. We felt that losing this public television station would be an unacceptable loss of a public asset which would probably never be re-gained. We are very happy that our bid prevailed.
KPJK TV signed on the air on July 31, 2018.
What is Northern California Public Media?
Now that KRCB and KPJK are sister stations – along with KRCB FM Radio 91 (NPR) – we have adopted the organizational name of Northern California Public Media as an “umbrella” name for this group of public stations serving Northern California.
What about KCSM-FM, the jazz station?
The College District did not sell the radio station and is still running that very popular jazz station.
What programming will be on the new channels?
Like KCSM, KPJK will provide programming on cable, on satellite, and over the air (with an antenna). The programming available will depend on how you receive your programming. Please visit this scheduling page to see the programming options available on KPJK TV and KRCB TV. Note that programming changes will occur over the next year as we add popular public television programs, international dramas, and local shows to serve the community.
How will KPJK be supported?
Like KCSM, KPJK will rely on financial support from individuals and businesses. Local support is critical to a strong public station.
Would you like to us to send you a programming guide?
Also, we can send a brief weekly email which lists the staffs’ recommendations on upcoming programming. You can join the email list by clicking here.