SAT 10PM / austin city limits - residente

Puerto Rican rapper presents songs from his solo debut album.

SUN 7PM / off 90

Arts, culture and history in southern Minnesota.

SUN 8PM / wargames (1983)

A high school student unwittingly hacks into a military supercomputer.


Connections and Transformations


KSMQ Public Television partnered with MacPhail Center for Music to produce "Connections and Transformations." This special was recorded at the MacPhail building in Austin and in Minneapolis. The theme for "Connections and Transformations" was inspired by the construction of the new MacPhail building in Austin. This special features modern interpretations of several musical standards.


Erin Stoeckig - National Essay Winner


Rochester high school student Erin Stoeckig was the first place national winner of the VFW Voice of Democracy scholarship program. In this video, she talks about how she won the award by following in her father’s footsteps, and Erin reads her winning essay “Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?”


The Covid Gap


In this feature of the COVID Gap: Addressing the Pandemic Racial Divide, R-Town Associate Producer Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara discusses the large divide in COVID hospitalizations and deaths between the white and black communities in Minnesota. Joining her in this discussion is Dr. LaPrincess Brewer, a cardiologist with a primary focus in developing strategies to reduce cardiovascular disease health disparities in racial and ethnic minority populations, and Pastor Kenneth Rowe, Senior Pastor of Christ's Church of the Jesus Hour in Rochester and well known community advocate.



— KSMQ Public Television received a national Public Media Award (PMA) for its 2020 media campaign “Every 1 Counts” to promote participation in the United States Census. The award was presented to KSMQ President & CEO Eric Olson during the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s 2021 Public Media Thought Leader Forum, held virtually January 26.

As part of the “Every 1 Counts” campaign, KSMQ Public Television worked with local immigration groups to record “how to” census videos in 15 different formats. KSMQ enlisted Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to be the public face of the campaign. The videos explained the purpose of the census and why participating was important for all residents.

Before creating the content, KSMQ researched differences in culture and communication styles beyond the original English language version initially envisioned. Utilizing this research, the videos were then produced for the following communities: Amharic, Anyuak, Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Dinka, French, Hmong, Karen, Karenni, Khmer, Nuer, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

To aid in distribution of the content, KSMQ partnered with Rochester Public Schools and Austin Public Schools as well as the Minnesota Department of Education. Downloads were then made available to schools statewide, and students were encouraged to take the language-specific media home to play to their parents and/or caregivers from a laptop or smartphone.   

Assisting KSMQ in the project were the Immigration Law Center of Minnesota and the Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association in Rochester.  

KSMQ won the PMA in the “Community Initiative – Small Stations” category. The runner up was Lakeshore Public Media, the PBS station representing northwestern Indiana/Chicagoland.

“Every year, for the past 52 years, these awards have celebrated excellence in public media,” said Eric Hyppa, president of the National Educational Telecommunications Association. “This year, that excellence was amplified by the profoundly creative and inspired local media responses to multiple topics.”  

For more information:
Matt Bluhm 507 481 2102


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