Iowa PBS

From Audiovisual Identity Database


Iowa PBS is the statewide PBS member network serving Iowa with nine stations. It began as KDIN-TV on April 27th, 1959. On February 8th, 1970, with the launch of KIIN-TV, it became the Iowa Educational Broadcasting Network (IEBN). Later, in 1976, it became the Iowa Public Broadcasting Network (IPBN). In 1982, it became Iowa Public Television (IPTV). Recently, on January 1st, 2020, in honor of the PBS rebrand, the network's name changed to Iowa PBS.

Iowa Educational Broadcasting Network

1st Logo (February 8, 1970-1976)

Logo: At the end of a show, we see the word "AN IPBN PUBLIC AFFAIRS PRESENTATION" in white stays still for 5 seconds before the show fades out.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extinct.

Iowa Public Broadcasting Network

2nd Logo (1976-1982)

Logo: On a purple background, we see the text "FRIENDS OF IPBN" in an orange-yellow color with a black outline.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: A voice-over saying, "Major funding for this program was provided by a grant from Friends of IPBN."

Availability: Unknown.

Iowa Public Television

3rd Logo (1982-1998)



Logo: On any background, we see the big word "Friends", and under that are the words "Iowa Public Television". Next to the words is a circle in any color, with some repeating split curves.


  • 1982-1985/1986:
    • From 1982-1985/1986, the logo fades in and takes place on a black background, the big word "Friends" and the words "Iowa Public Television" are in white, both the circle with the repeating split curves are in blue, and all of it stay still for 8 seconds before the logo fades out
    • There's a local ID version which has the word "Iowa Public" and the word "Television" below in white, with the circle and the repeating split curves are both in red, and all of it are at the top of a black background. And under them, a bunch of stations that have callsigns beginning with the letter K (as licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)), and ending with the word "IN" (standing for Iowa Network). These stations are colored in yellow, except the numbers are colored in white, including:
      • KDIN. Des Moines 11
      • KRIN. Waterloo 32
      • KIIN. Iowa City 12
      • KTIN. Fort Dodge 21
      • KYIN. Mason City 24
      • KSIN. Sioux City 27
      • KBIN. Council Bluffs 32
      • KHIN. Red Oak 36
    • There's also a version that takes place in a sunset over a farm and has the word "Iowa Public Television" with the circle and the repeating split curves in white and at the bottom of the screen.
  • 1986-1990: TBA

FX/SFX: None from 1982 to 1987. From 1987 to 1998, the logo flips in. Sometimes, the logo would flip out.

Music/Sounds: A voice-over saying, "Major funding for this program was provided by Friends of Iowa Public Television."

Availability: Seen on IPTV programming at that time, including Iowa Press.

5th Logo (2015-December 31, 2019)

Logo: On a black background, the words "Iowa Public Television" and the PBS logo spin in. After that animation, the text "" (the station's former URL) wipes in. Then, the logo shines.

FX/SFX: The spinning, the URL wiping in, and the final animation.

Music/Sounds: Some whooshing sounds.

Availability: Seen on IPTV programming at that time, including The Woodsmith Shop.

Iowa PBS

6th Logo (January 1, 2020-)

Logo: We begin with the current PBS slide-in effect. We then land on a white background. The words "EDUCATE" and "INFORM" slide in. Then, the words "ENRICH" and "INSPIRE" slide into their places. After that, the PBS logo zooms out, and "IOWA" and "PBS" slide out of it.

FX/SFX: The sliding and the PBS logo zooming out.

Music/Sounds: A generic PBS theme.

Availability: Seen on current programming, or used as a station ID.

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