SAT 6PM / the lawrence welk show: tribute to jerome kern

You'll have a renewed appreciation for his beautiful melodies.

SAT 9PM / backstage pass: tunde olaniran

Performing songs from "Transgressor," as well as "I'm Here."

SUN 2PM / spaceballs (1987)

In a distant galaxy, planet Spaceball has depleted its air supply.

SUN 8PM / the last picture show (1971)

Two best friends look to a future somewhere other than their dying Texas town.

SUN 10 PM / classic gospel

Jimmy Fortune performs hits and hymns.



The COVID Gap: Addressing the Pandemic Racial Divide
This KSMQ produced special is a discussion about the large divide in COVID hospitalizations and deaths between the white and black communities in Minnesota.

State Capitol Closeup

We’ve reached a midpoint in the Minnesota Legislative session. Catch up on the latest
activity with our local legislators on State Capitol Closeup.
1 Hour Program Senate District 20
Senate District 25 Senate District 25B
Senate District 26 House District 27
Senate District 27B  Senate District 28


— 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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