KBTC is Tacoma’s source for award-winning programs that have been appreciated and loved by viewers for decades. Our lineup includes smart, informative, and entertaining shows such as

Antiques Roadshow, Nova, Nature, and Masterpiece Theatre. We are renowned for our children’s shows, which include Sesame Street, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Curious George, Arthur, and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

KBTC is also home for exclusive original productions that are created for and about the people, places, and events around the South Sound. We have been able to partner with other local news outlets to broaden our local public affairs offerings. Among these programs are Full Focus, Northwest Now, South Sound Business Report, The Impact and Inside Olympia.

EmmyKBTC has received Emmy Awards each year for the last 5 years from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), most recently including one for Mystery Vignettes. To date, KBTC has received over 25 nominations and nine Emmys.

From Nova to Charlie Rose, KBTC offers our audience spectacular on-air content. Over 600,000 weekly viewers tune in to the variety of programming available because it stimulates every part of their minds. Your company will be branded as one that appreciates shows that encourage social consciousness and intellect. Showcase your business/service on KBTC and you’ll engage their minds too.

Noncommercial, Uncluttered and Educational

For more than a half decade, Americans have ranked PBS the most trusted institution among nationally known organizations. KBTC inspires learning experiences for all ages. In the mornings and afternoons, PBS Kids teaches cognitive skills through imaginative shows like Sesame Street, Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog. In the evenings, business and community leaders rely on objective news programs. Cultural enrichment abounds in prime time with favorites like Nova, Antiques Roadshow, and Nature. On weekends hobbyists find tips for their next “big thing” from quilting arts to home improvement to cooking.

Your Message Stands Out on PBS

PBS has fewer non-programming minutes per hour than any of the commercial networks.

PBS Average Non-Programming minutes per hour………....5:03

Commercial TV Networks (CBS - FOX , etc.)………………. 15:12

Cable TV Networks (CNN - Discovery, etc.)………………....14:38

PBS delivers your message in a program-rich, announcement-sparse environment that our viewers have come to expect and appreciate.

Result: You gain the appreciation of the KBTC audience that values the non-commercial and uninterrupted PBS programming.

Full Focus

Our Emmy Award winning weekly documentary series Full Focus takes a thoughtful and in depth look at the arts, history and cultural diversity that make western Washington such a special place to call home.

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Thursday nights at 10 p.m., on our Public Affairs program Northwest Now explores the issues that affect Washingtonians living in the South Sound.

Antiques Roadshow

They came, they saw, they appraised! From St. Paul, to Omaha, an army of Antiques Roadshow appraisers swept across the U.S. on a search-and-describe mission to find America’s hidden treasures.

Charlie Rose

Acclaimed interviewer and broadcast journalist Charlie Rose engages America’s best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and other newsmakers in one-on-one interviews and roundtable discussions.

Masterpiece Theatre

For more than 30 years Masterpiece Theatre has enthralled audiences with the works of the finest classic and contemporary writers interpreted by the world’s foremost actors.

This Old House

The crew of This Old House travels to the homes of perplexed homeowners around the nation, responding to home challenges presented to them from viewers. These shows take do-it-yourself to a whole new level.

The Victory Garden

Full of tips to help your thumb turn greener no matter your experience level, or where you live (in the city or suburbs). The Victory Garden is America’s longest running garden program.


Nova shows the human side behind the science story as it mixes investigative journalism with scientific reporting. Seen in over 100 countries, Nova is one of televisions premier science series.

Rick Steves' Europe

This series has been an introduction to Europe for thousands of many would-be travelers. Rick’s many destinations range from Amsterdam to Istanbul, as he provides his viewers with a virtual tour. What to see, what to eat, and where to stay are all addressed by this “happy traveler.”

PBS Kids

We offer 10 ½ hours daily of the best in children’s programming. Including such beloved names as “Sesame Street”, “Arthur”, “Clifford the Big Red Dog”, “Dinosaur Train”, “Curious George” and many more.

The Red Green Show

This is a unique half-hour comedy series targeted at family audiences. Its purpose is to entertain and to provide an escape from the pressures of urban living. It's a show for anyone who thinks God created man to give the rest of the world something to laugh at!

Doctor Who

KBTC has a cult like following for The Doctor, in his eleventh incarnation, is an excited explorer of the universe, with a keen intelligence that means he often notices what everyone else has missed.