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The 1990s

KPBS' current building and broadcast center is located on the SDSU campus.
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Above: KPBS' current building and broadcast center is located on the SDSU campus.

In response to the first Gulf War in 1991, KPBS Radio shifts to an all news and information format during the day and creates the call-in show "These Days." To this day, "These Days" remains the signature, locally produced program on radio. KPBS Radio expands further with a myriad of local programs including: "A Way with Words," Eleanor Widmer’s "A Taste of San Diego" and "Editors at the Roundtable with Gloria Penner." On TV, young viewers are introduced to new characters with "Barney and Friends," "Arthur," and "Teletubbies" - solidifying PBS as the leader in children's television.

In 1995 KPBS opens a state-of-the-art facility on the San Diego State University campus to support the TV and radio operations under one roof. During the mid-to-late nineties, KPBS invests further in radio news production, covering the top local and regional stories.

KPBS Newsroom in the 1990s set a new standard for radio journalism.  Pictured from left to right: Scott Horsley, Michael Marcotte, Alison St John, Erik Anderson, Carrie Kahn, Nancy Greenlease, Tom Fudge, and Christine Noriega.
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Above: KPBS Newsroom in the 1990s set a new standard for radio journalism. Pictured from left to right: Scott Horsley, Michael Marcotte, Alison St John, Erik Anderson, Carrie Kahn, Nancy Greenlease, Tom Fudge, and Christine Noriega.

The effort pays off with increased audiences and numerous local and national awards. In the nineties, KPBS launches its own website, laying the groundwork for investment and expansion in this growing area in the next decade.