IPTV History - 1970s

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  • The State of Iowa agreed to purchase Channel 11 and all KDPS-TV equipment from the Des Moines School Board. The call letters were changed to KDIN-TV. The network was known as Iowa Educational Broadcasting Network (IEBN).


  • KIIN-TV, Channel 12, Iowa City was activated. Friends of IEBN was organized to provide financial assistance to the growing network, develop citizen awareness, and help promote viewing.


  • A 55-foot mobile unit was purchased and began operating to facilitate programming in all parts of the state.


  • Network headquarters was moved to 2801 Bell Avenue in Des Moines.


  • Applications were filed for construction of a tower and transmitter in southwestern Iowa.
  • Iowa Educational Broadcasting Network (IEBN) won national Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for "Take Des Moines...Please."


  • KRIN-TV, Channel 32, Waterloo, was activated.


  • KSIN-TV, Channel 27, Sioux City; KBIN-TV, Channel 32, Council Bluffs; and KHIN-TV, Channel 36, Red Oak, were activated, bringing public television to three new areas of the state.


  • The network's name was changed to Iowa Public Broadcasting Network (IPBN) to better define the network's objectives.


  • KTIN-TV, Channel 21, Fort Dodge, and KYIN-TV, Channel 24, Mason City, were activated bringing the total number of operating transmitters to eight.
  • UHF Channel 33 Translator in Ottumwa was activated. A translator is a low-powered broadcasting facility used to provide coverage to areas lacking a primary signal from a transmitter.


  • IPBN Satellite Terminal was installed adjacent to IPBN headquarters. The terminal receives programming directly from PBS via satellite.


  • Additional UHF translators were activated: Channel 25, Rock Rapids; Channel 33,Sibley; Channel 54, Keosauqua; Channel 38,Ft. Madison; and Channel 44, Keokuk.
  • IPBN celebrated its tenth anniversary.
  • The first phase of a three-phase remodeling plan began.