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FCC/Public File

SDPB is committed to complying with all regulations and making our information easily accessible to the public. Our public inspection files for television and radio are maintained, pursuant to FCC permission, on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Al Neuharth Media Center, 555 N. Dakota Street, Vermillion, SD 57069. They are available for viewing to the general public during regular business hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and printed copies are available. For more information call (605) 677-5861.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or others with issues relating to the content of SDPB's public inspection files should contact or (605) 677-5861.

Financial, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Content and Services Reports

The FCC and CPB require SDPB to provide a number of reports pertaining to financial, EEO, local content and services. That information can be found in the following PDFs:

FY 2023 CPB Annual Financial Report - TV

FY 2023 CPB Annual Financial Report - Radio

FY 2023 SDPB Audited Financial Statements

FY 2023 CPB Local Content & Service Report

FY 2023 CPB Station Activity Survey – TV

FY 2023 CPB Station Activity Survey – Radio

FY 2023 CPB Station Activity Benchmarking Survey

2023 South Dakota Educational Television EEO Report

FY 2023 Friends of SDPB Audited Financial Statements

FY 2023 Friends of SDPB Form 990

FY 2023 Friends of SDPB Annual Report

FCC Applications

89.1 MHz, Mitchell, South Dakota
On November 8, 2021, South Dakota Board of Directors for Educational Telecommunications, applicant for a new noncommercial FM station on 89.1 MHz, Mitchell, South Dakota, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for a construction permit for the new station. Members of the public wishing to view this application or obtain information about how to file comments and petitions on the application can visit: .

SDPB is governed by the South Dakota Board of Directors for Educational Telecommunications, which also holds licenses for all SDPB broadcast facilities. Members of the board are appointed by the Governor of the state of South Dakota. Current members of the South Dakota Board of Directors for Educational Telecommunication are:

Kay Jorgensen (Board Chair)
Julie Ashworth
Jeff Clines (Commissioner, Bureau of Information & Telecommunications)
Doyle Estes
Dave Landry
Shuree Mortenson (Director of Communications, Board of Regents)
Julie Overgaard (Executive Director, South Dakota Public Broadcasting)
Jerry Oster
Erika Tordsen

SDPB adheres to the open meetings requirement prescribed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Board of Directors meets “as often as necessary to perform its duties” (§ 13-47-5). Meetings are typically held quarterly at locations around the state. For information about the next meeting of the South Dakota Board of Directors for Educational Telecommunications call SDPB at 800-456-0766.

Friends of SDPB is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, which has the purpose to support the mission of South Dakota Public Broadcasting through effective advocacy and fundraising, and to carry on other charitable activities associated with this purpose as allowed by law. Members of the Friends of SDPB Board of Directors are elected from the population at large.

The Board serves as the Community Advisory Board, advising SDPB regarding the Community Problems and Needs and assisting SDPB in furtherance of its mission: To use the power of public media to connect South Dakotans with education, information, culture and the arts.

“Each year, the Board shall hold at least one meeting, at a time and place fixed by the Board, for the purposes of election of Directors, appointment of Officers, review and approval of the corporate budget and transaction of other business. This meeting is sometimes referred to in these Bylaws as the ‘annual meeting.’ Other regular meetings of the Board may be held at such time and place as the Board may fix from time to time by resolution.” (Article 7, Section 5 – Friends of SDPB Bylaws) Meetings of the Board of Directors of Friends of SDPB are open to the public. Information about board meeting dates and locations may be obtained from Friends of SDPB at 800-333-0789.

Current members of the Board of Directors of Friends of SDPB are listed here.

Community Representation Statement
 (*The Communications Act requires the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to support diverse non-commercial educational content for unserved and underserved audiences and to make public media’s content available for free to rural and urban audiences throughout the United States. Locally owned and operated public media stations are uniquely connected to America’s communities and positioned to reflect and serve the diverse and varying populations of their communities.

 CPB encourages stations to continue to reflect and include their communities in station employment, membership on boards primarily responsible for station governance, community advisory boards (if required) and to provide educational, informational, and cultural content that meets the need of the community populations they serve. Station activities and practices in support of these objectives must be consistent with the Equal Employment Opportunity provisions in the General Provisions and with other applicable federal and state laws.

To affirm this ongoing commitment, stations are required to adopt a “Community Representation Statement” that documents their support of these goals and how they plan to achieve them. The Community Representation Statement must be posted on the station’s website or made available at its central office. Stations must biennially review their Community Representation Statements with their governing body and modify them as necessary to reflect significant changes in their communities’ populations served and their strategies to serve them.)

As a media organization, SDPB is responsible for reflecting the issues, cultures, and lives of South Dakota residents. SDPB, as a member of a free and independent press, reports without fear or favor and provides nonpartisan news coverage for the entire community, including historically underserved communities. SDPB’s live coverage of the South Dakota Legislature provides an open door to government and allows all to share equally in the legislative process.

SDPB, as a key voice in the South Dakota music scene, broadens cultural understanding, exposing listeners to new cultures and communities through music.

SDPB is an equal-opportunity employer and includes staff from a wide range of backgrounds. We are members of NPR’s Public Media Village recruitment measures. SDPB partners with Mahpiya Luta (Red Cloud Indian School) to pilot a youth content project. SDPB also offers internships geared toward developing a pipeline of talent for public media, and the station participates in job fairs and other outreach.

Friends of SDPB board of directors serves as an ad hoc community advisory board. This board provides advice and direction on community issues and the station’s public service strategy.

The SDPB Education department develops, distributes, and promotes learning opportunities and classroom resources that may be implemented in public and private classrooms and in homeschooling situations that meet state standards and address issues of diverse learning.

SDPB produces content shared on multiple platforms and designed to reach underserved communities. Programs about the protection of the Siouan languages, the traditional ways of Indigenous peoples, news and events in Indian Country, and stories about residents of other ethnic backgrounds are produced and presented on TV, Radio, and online.

SDPB explores music of all genres through partnerships with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the Levitt Shell in Sioux Falls.
* Corporation for Public Broadcasting 2024 Radio Community Service Grants General Provisions and Eligibility Criteria, page 13, Section 8.

Closed Captioning Certification
All programming provided by SDPB, KUSD-TV complies with the closed captioning requirements published by the Federal Communications Commission as embodied in 47 C.F.R.§ 79.1, including regulations concerning closed captioning quality. Programming provided by KUSD-TV complies with these regulations by either: (i) satisfying the caption quality standards set forth in 47 C.F.R. § 79.1 (j) (2); (ii) adopting and following the “Video Programming Best Practices” set forth in 47 C.F.R.. § 79.1 (k) (1); or (iii) being subject to one or more of the captioning exemptions set forth in 47 C.F. R. § 79.1 (d), including programming for which the audio is in a language other than English or Spanish and that is not scripted programming that can be captioned using the “electronic news room” technique; interstitial material, promotional announcements, and public service announcements that are 10 minutes or less in duration; and/or programming that consists primarily of non-vocal music.

FCC - Self Implementing Exemptions From Closed Captioning Rules

Please direct Closed Captioning Certification questions to:
SeVern Ashes
Director of Engineering and Operations
(605) 677-5861

SDPB is South Dakota. Diversity throughout SDPB is important for the success of our organization. We are stronger, more credible, more knowledgeable and more effective when our board of directors, community advisory board, management and staff include qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds, cultures and traditions that are varied and reflect the composition of our state.

SDPB recognizes that diversity considerations extend beyond race and gender. The spectrum of diversity also includes disability, religious belief, age, culture, sexual orientation, physicality, education and socio-economic status.

SDPB will strive to have its governing body, advisory groups and workforce reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

When choosing to fill community advisory board, management, or staff positions, SDPB will consider its current organizational makeup regarding diversity.

For any opening, SDPB will actively seek and encourage qualified individuals, including women and minorities, to apply.

SDPB’s Diversity Plan

SDPB will continue to explore new opportunities for achieving and promoting diversity and to monitor and evaluate our success. SDPB strives to meet the standards of federal and state law. SDPB’s Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Diversity Eligibility Criteria.

On an annual basis SDPB reviews our established goal of supporting diversity in our workforce, management, and advisory boards.

  • SDPB will annually review its employment practices to support our commitment to diversity and assure our compliance with applicable Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Federal Communications Commission requirements with the Board of Directors for Education and Telecommunication.
  • SDPB will include individuals representing diverse groups in internships or work study programs designed to provide professional-level experience in order to reflect the diversity of our community and further SDPB’s commitment to education.
  • SDPB will educate our management and staff annually in best practices for maintaining an inclusive and diverse environment for all persons through resources made available by the state of South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources.
  • SDPB will participate in job fairs at various locations in order to make potential employees of diverse backgrounds aware of the type of jobs available at SDPB and the skills and knowledge required to obtain jobs at SDPB.
  • SDPB will provide job opening information to organizations that make such requests, and promote the fact that such a list exists through on-air announcements.
  • SDPB will periodically promote where jobs are listed through on-air announcements.

SDPB has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this website: SDPB.

When you use our digital platforms, we may automatically recognize information like your IP address, operating system, what type of device you’re using, geotargeting information (what geographic area you’re in), and your user behavior (e.g. how long you stay on the website).

SDPB uses cookies, other similar small files sent to your computer which store information through your browser and web beacons (tiny graphics, aka “pixel tags”) as part of our digital functionality (e.g. to store your preferences or password and understand your user behavior), and to offer responsive elements based on users’ actions.

In addition, SDPB uses third party vendors that provide services for our digital platforms (e.g. analytics) which may each use their own cookies and web beacons as part of our digital platforms.

This site contains links to other sites. SDPB is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites.

Our site uses an order form for customers to request information, products, and services. We collect visitor's financial information (like their account or credit card numbers). Financial information that is collected is used to bill the user for products and services.

Our online surveys ask visitors for contact information (like their email address). The customer's contact information is used to contact the visitor when necessary. Users may opt-out of receiving future mailings; see the choice/opt-out section below.

We run contests on our site in which we ask visitors for contact information (like their email address). The customer's contact information is used to contact the visitor when necessary. Users may opt-out of receiving future mailings; see the choice/opt-out section below.

SDPB DOES NOT disclose, trade, or sell information to other entities.

Public Forums: This site makes chat rooms, forums, message boards, and/or news groups available to its users. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.

SDPB does NOT prescreen submissions to public forums. SDPB does reserve the right to remove postings that are obscene, defamatory, or not within the stated purpose of the discussion group at any time.

Security: This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control.

Children's Guidelines: According to the answers that you have chosen, your Web site meets the guidelines of TRUSTe's Children's program.

NOT collect online contact information without prior parental consent or parental notification, which will include an opportunity for the parent to prevent use of the information and participation in the activity. Without prior parental consent, online information will only be used to respond directly to the child's request and will not be used for other purposes without prior parental consent

NOT collect personally identifiable offline contact information without prior parental consent

NOT distribute to third parties any personally identifiable information with out prior parental consent

NOT give the ability to publicly post or otherwise distribute personally identifiable contact information without prior parental consent

NOT entice by the prospect of a special game, prize or other activity, to divulge more information than is needed to participate in the activity

Choice/Opt-Out: Our site provides users the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from us and our partners at the point where we request information about the visitor.

This site gives users the following options for removing their information from our database to not receive future communications or to no longer receive our service. You can send email to or you can call the following telephone number: 605-677-5861

Correct/Update: This site gives users the following options for changing and modifying information previously provided. You can send email to email or call the following telephone number: 605-677-5861

Contacting the Web Site: If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact:

Kent Osborne - Director of Digital Engineering
South Dakota Public Broadcasting
555 Dakota Street
PO Box 5000 Vermillion, SD 57069

SDPB's privacy statement was updated 12/21/2017 to include language related to the collection of demographic and interest data.

FCC Station Profiles & Public Inspection Files


Television Translators

  • Belle Fourche K19CG Ch. 19
  • Edgemont K15IZ Ch. 15
  • Pine Ridge K10PS Ch. 10
  • Pringle K36NX-D Ch. 36
  • Spearfish K04GW Ch. 4
  • Wagner K08PM-D Ch. 8


Radio Translators

  • Aberdeen, 91.7
  • Belle Fourche, 88.1
  • Edgemont, 90.7
  • Hot Springs, 88.1
  • Huron, 91.3
  • Lead, 88.7
  • Mitchell, 90.9
  • Pierre, 96.3
  • Pringle, 88.5