Basin PBS signed on the air 30 years ago as KOCV-TV at Odessa College. The station was founded on New Year's Eve 1986 and was owned by Odessa College and later by the Ector County Independent School District, briefly, before transferring to Permian Basin Public Telecommunications, Inc. in 2005. On February 14, 2006 the station changed its call letters from KOCV to KPBT (the "P" & "B" stand for Permian Basin). Basin PBS holds a community license and has oversight from a very energetic Board. We received our 501(c)(3) designation as a public charity on June 20, 2006. In the summer of 2007, we branded ourselves "Basin PBS" which reflects our station's mission to "show its love" for the culture and personality of our unique west Texas community here in the Permian Basin. Now years later, Basin PBS continues to grow and thrive answering the needs of the Permian Basin, and soon to have a permanent home at the historic Ritz Theater in Midland.

It is Basin PBS' mission to see that telecommunication and broadcast media are used to advance education, culture and community throughout our Permian Basin home. We're here to empower West Texas' most valuable resource...YOU!

Basin PBS serves the Permian Basin with programming and services of the highest quality. We use media and programs like WESTERN PERSPECTIVE to inform, inspire, entertain, educate and express a diversity of perspectives.

As a trusted, community-owned, non-profit asset, Basin PBS empowers West Texans to achieve their potential and strengthens the social, democratic and cultural health of the Permian Basin. We, quite literally, belong to you, serve you and need you.


Basin PBS will touch the lives of West Texans by advancing their ability to learn and succeed. Basin PBS will be the most trusted, valued and supported media organization in the Permian Basin.


Trust is the foundation of Basin PBS and PBS. We are valued for our integrity, independence and investment in the Permian Basin community we call home.

We take pride in delivering the gold standard for high-quality content.

Serving the public is at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to making a difference in people's lives and in the Permian Basin.

We respect our audience's intelligence and ability to draw their own conclusions.

We celebrate cultural differences and embrace diverse perspectives.

We are committed to the education of West Texans, with a special emphasis on the development of young children.

We do all of this under the guidance of a community board made up of local volunteers who feel as strongly about the value of public television as you do. These volunteers created Permian Basin Public Telecommunications, Incorporated in 2005 specifically to build public television into a broadcast and community service leader.