Las Vegas, NV–Sept. 12, 2006–Southern Nevada Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) affiliate KLVX-TV Channel 10 has officially re-branded itself as Vegas PBS to provide consistency of its brand and more accurately reflect the breadth of services provided by the organization. In 1968, KLVX-TV began as a simple television station and now decades later it represents “so much more” to the Las Vegas community.

“Vegas PBS and our range of services have grown significantly over the last 40 years, moving us beyond just television into multiple broadcast and non-broadcast mediums,” said Tom Axtell, Vegas PBS general manager. “We’re the primary video-on-demand source for all Clark County school teachers and students; we provide program production for the largest high school in the state through the CCSD Virtual High School; we house a lending library with more titles in stock than any local video store and duplicate enough DVD titles every year to build a tower twice as high as the Stratosphere; we operate an online college that has helped certify over 1,000 Clark County teachers; we’re a last mile provider for local homeland security communications and we will operate nine program channels by 2007.”

In addition to the new name, logo and slogan, Vegas PBS is launching the last phase of its capital campaign. Along with the Clark County School District, Vegas PBS is building an Educational Technology Campus to house Vegas PBS studios, educational tools and services, the Virtual High School and homeland security support technologies.

“What we’ve happily called ‘home’ for the past four decades, we’ve outgrown,” said Axtell. “Over the years, it has become increasingly difficult to operate in a building that originally was only meant to house television studios and support production using film. This new campus will not only address our broadcast needs, but the ‘so much more’ that we’ve become.” About the Educational Technology Campus

The Educational Technology Campus is a 112,000 square foot state-of-the-art capital project that will be one of the most environmentally conscious facilities in Nevada with cutting-edge geothermal and solar energy capabilities. This facility will house the Clark County School District’s Virtual High School and Educational Media, Homeland Security and Emergency Response support system and all Vegas PBS departments. The campus will offer a data repository for state and county emergency communications and will be built with various materials and techniques that meet LEED standards for sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, waste management, recycling and indoor environment quality. Vegas PBS intends to pursue a LEED Gold Certification for the campus. About Vegas PBS

Vegas PBS is dedicated to providing media and media delivery technologies for Southern Nevadans, teachers and emergency management professionals. Vegas PBS Broadcast

Vegas PBS provides universally accessible public service media programming on broadcast Channel 10 and digital HD Channel 10.1. Sprout, a pre-school channel, is offered on cable 355 and satellite 295. Educational access cable is offered on Cox 110 and 111, and Create is available on digital 10.3 and Cox channel 112. Additional channels are scheduled to launch in 2007. Vegas PBS is the largest producer of local television programming which includes, “Nevada Week in Review,” “Outdoor Nevada,” “Wonders of the West,” “Inside Education,” “Book Club,” “Movie Club,” “Homework Hotline,” “Capitol Issues,” election debates and coverage and daily live classes for the CCSD Virtual High School. These productions are created in a facility with two production studios, five edit suites, three field production units, satellite uplink facilities and a complete closed captioning system. In addition, Neilsen Media Research ranks Channel 10 as a highly viewed children’s television station service in Spanish speaking households during morning and early afternoon time periods. Vegas PBS provides additional services for Spanish speaking viewers through its Second Audio Program (SAP) broadcasting and literacy workshops offered at schools and through the Clark County Library District. Vegas PBS Education Services

Vegas PBS operates 20 closed circuit educational broadband TV channels and a network of 120 satellite downlinks are used to serve schools, colleges, prisons and professional education centers. Vegas PBS manages a multi-format media center to schools, offering a lending library of audio and video media, plus DVD and CD-ROM duplication services and an 80,000+ library of on demand video and other media for educational users. Vegas PBS also operates the U.S. Department of Education supported Captioned Media Program in Nevada for the National Association for the Deaf, as well as the Ready to Learn and Reading for Smiles early childhood literacy and dental health programs. The organization also provides TeacherLine courses for Clark County teachers who need to re-certify or meet the standards set by the “No Child Left Behind” Act.

Vegas PBS Homeland Security Support

Vegas PBS has worked closely with local and national security organizations to provide a comprehensive and reliable communications network for emergency responders. Vegas PBS operates the Las Vegas Digital Emergency Alert System and a technology system called Xtra-Cast, which in emergency situations provides key personnel with critical information.


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