SAT 9PM / journey through breast cancer

Diagnosis through surgery, chemotherapy, breast reconstruction and remission.

SUN 2PM / good night, and good luck (2005)

A senator begins his campaign to root out Communists in America.

SUN 8PM / ghosts of mississippi (1996)

A white supremacist, acquitted twice for murder, comes to trial decades later. 


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KSMQ Public Television began its construction on a new multimedia broadcast facility in downtown Austin by holding a ceremonial groundbreaking event Thurs. Oct 7. In attendance were local and state business and political leaders, the Austin Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, as well as members of the public.
  Speakers included KSMQ CEO Eric Olson; KSMQ Producer Annie Krenik; Elaine Hansen, President of the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce; from the KSMQ Board of Directors, Fred Bogott; from The Hormel Foundation, Chair Jeff Ettinger and Vice Chair Bonnie Rietz; Mayor of Austin, Steve King; Mayor of Rochester, Kim Norton; Former Representative Jeanne Poppe; Former Senator Dan Sparks; and Senator Dave Senjem.
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Care Under Fire


Bill Strusinski, longtime friend and champion of Minnesota PBS stations, stopped by the KSMQ studio to talk about his book Care Under Fire which was recently selected as the best work of “Military Nonfiction” by the National Indie Excellence Awards. The book recounts Bill’s experiences as a medic during the Vietnam War.



— 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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