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Our offices and studios are located in Austin, Minnesota in the West building of Riverland Community College.

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KSMQ Public Television

2000 Eighth Avenue NW
Austin, MN 55912

800-658-2539 – Toll-free
866-520-6696 – Fax
General Inquiries -  Email KSMQ


KSMQ Staff

Michael Bednar Membership Coordinator
Matthew Bluhm Producer
Timothy Gassmann Business Manager
Carlos Gomez Producer
David Hagen Account Manager
Kevin Hanson Producer
Michael Herrmann Engineer
Michele Hoeper Director of Operations
Matt Larsen Broadcast Technician
Edward Nelson Producer
Eric Olson President & CEO
Penny Skauge Community Outreach 
Suzi Stone Programming Manager

Downton Abbey Party


Saturday January 11th at 8pm on KSMQ Public Television

Downton Abbey Season 4 on MASTERPIECE


Presented by KSMQ Public Television



Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
5:30-8:00 p.m.

Plummer House
1091 Plummer Ln SW
Rochester, Minn.

As a special thank you, party guests will have a seat reserved for them at a free private screening of the first hour of the first episode of the new season of Downton Abbey on MASTERPIECE. (no purchase necessary to attend free screening, call 507-481-2098 for availability)

Not broadcast until next year!

 Included with your party invitation:

Downton Abbey-era hors d’oeuvres

Wine, apple cider, hot cocoa, etc.


Musical Entertainment

Prizes and surprises!

Reserved seating during a free private screening of Downton Abbey Season Four on MASTERPIECE! (no purchase necessary to attend free screening, call 507-481-2098 for availability)


•  Two invitations to the KSMQ Downton Abbey Party Season 1-4 on Blu-ray Downton Abbey cookbook - $300

•  Two invitations to the KSMQ Downton Abbey Party Season 1-4 on DVD Downton Abbey cookbook - $300

•  Two invitations to the KSMQ Downton Abbey Party Season 1-3 on Blu-ray - $225

•  Two invitations to the KSMQ Downton Abbey Party Season 1-3 on DVD - $225

•  Two invitations to the KSMQ Downton Abbey Party - $120

•  One invitation to the KSMQ Downton Abbey Party - $75


Click to View All Options for Your Party Invitations


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Christmas At Assisi


Christmas at Assisi 2013



Holiday Harmony


Dec. 13, 2012
Contact: 800-658-2539


ROCHESTER, Minn.— An annual Rochester holiday tradition will be shared with a regional television audience for the first time ever this year. KSMQ-TV, the PBS television station serving the Rochester region, has partnered with Rochester‟s Choral Arts Ensemble to televise the ensemble‟s 28th annual “Christmas at Assisi” performance, direct from Lourdes Chapel of Assisi Heights. With special guests Med City Brass and the Honors Concert Choir, viewers will be treated to composer John Rutter‟s magnificent Gloria as well as the premiere of this year‟s Lloyd Ketterling Christmas Carol, David Dickau‟s setting of Love Came Down at Christmas.
"We are thrilled that viewers throughout southern Minnesota and northern Iowa will be able to enjoy our „Christmas at Assisi‟ concert,” said Rick Kvam, Choral Arts Ensemble Founder and Director. “Through our partnership with KSMQ-TV, we can share the majestic space of Lourdes Chapel, as well as marvelous performances from our singers and instrumentalists, with a much wider audience.”

Hailed as "One of the Rochester area's cultural crown jewels" (Rochester Post-Bulletin), the 40-voices of the Choral Arts Ensemble have inspired audiences since 1985 with performances of marvelous choral repertoire. More information about the group can be found on its website

Broadcast times on KSMQ-TV are as follows:
Thursday, Dec. 20 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 23 at 4:00 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 24 at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Now in its 40th year of operation, KSMQ-TV broadcasts free over-the-air television on Channel 15.1, serving the communities of Austin, Rochester, Mankato, Owatonna, Albert Lea and Mason City, IA. The locally-owned, non-profit public television station also provides unique content on its three other broadcast channels: KSMQ Worldview; KSMQ Create; and the KSMQ Minnesota Channel, a cooperative venture with the five PBS television stations in Minnesota and Prairie Public Television, Fargo. Winner of Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Awards, KSMQ‟s locally-produced programs can be seen anytime on the station website and on the KSMQ YouTube Channel.

Billy McLaughlin Concerts in Austin

billy mGuitarist and composer Billy McLaughlin returns to the Paramount stage on December 13th at 7:30pm, with his Simple Gifts Holiday Celebration, featuring music of the Season! Some of our favorites he will perform are: “O Holy Night”, “White Christmas” and “Silent Night”. Get your tickets by visiting our website or calling 1-866-859-7908. We are also offering tickets for his concert with the Austin Symphony Orchestra at the Paramount Theatre on February 24th at 2pm, “Blue Jeans, Billy and Beethoven”. We are very fortunate to also offer a meet and greet with Billy at BOTH performances, exclusively with KSMQ tickets! IF you can’t attend the concerts, you can also get Billy’s CD’s and DVD’s!


Please call 1-888-859-7908 or click here to get your tickets and music NOW!