PBS12 IS 40 YEARS BOLD!
PBS12 is celebrating 40 years of alternative PBS, independent, and international programming
It all began in a garage in Broomfield with an idea to “broaden the local discourse in local television.” Today, PBS12 remains invigorated by the bold principles that launched the station 40 years ago. While platforms and technology continue to evolve, PBS12’s commitment to serving the Colorado community does not.
The legacy of our founders that included citizens, activists and media organizers, has guided us to this point. We still believe in critical thinking, alternative viewpoints, and we remain fierce champions of free speech and independence.
The early days of the station – then known as KBDI Channel 12 – were humble. Nostalgic stories abound, including an antenna literally made from an orange juice can! KBDI began its operations in a converted Quonset hut in a Broomfield industrial area in 1980. Master control and the production studio were jammed into adjoining garage stalls, while the station’s single edit suite was a little room framed out with a blanket hung as the door. You can read the full story on our station history page.