KATN

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KATN-TV
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Fairbanks, Alaska
City of license Fairbanks
Branding KATN ABC 2 (general)
Your Alaska Link (newscasts)
Slogan Alaska's Superstation
Your Alaska Link
Channels Digital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
Affiliations ABC
The CW (DT2)
Owner Vision Alaska LLC
(Vision Alaska II LLC)
First air date March 1, 1955
Call letters' meaning Alaska
Television
Network
Sister station(s) KJUD, KTBY, KYUR
Former callsigns KFAR-TV (1955-1981)[1]
KTTU-TV (1981-1984)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
2 (VHF, 1955-2009)
Former affiliations NBC (1955-1996, secondary from 1985)
ABC (secondary 1955-1985)
Transmitter power 16 kW
Height 230 m
Facility ID 13813
Transmitter coordinates 64°55′17.4″N 147°42′57.4″W / 64.921500°N 147.715944°W / 64.921500; -147.715944
Website www.youralaskalink.com

KATN, virtual channel 2 (digital channel 18), is the ABC-affiliated television station in Fairbanks, Alaska. The station is owned by Vision Alaska LLC.

Digital television[edit]

Channel Video Aspect Name Programming
2.1 720p 16:9 KATN-TV Main KATN programming / ABC
2.2 480i 4:3 KATN-DT2 Main CW Alaska programming / The CW

History[edit]

KATN's studios are located in the Lathrop Building in downtown Fairbanks.

KATN debuted on March 1, 1955 as KFAR-TV, and was Fairbanks' second television station after KTVF. It became KTTU-TV (no relation to the Tucson, Arizona station) in 1981 and KATN in 1984. It is now a part of the ABC Alaska Superstation and was the first TV station in Fairbanks to broadcast in color in 1967 (while KTVF was temporarily off the air due to a flood).

KFAR/KTTU was primarily an NBC station with ABC as the secondary network until 1984, when the owners of KIMO (now KYUR) bought the station, changed the call letters (the ATN in KATN stood for Alaska Television Network, a consortium of KATN, KIMO, and KJUD), and made them the primary ABC affiliate. KATN would continue to carry NBC programs as a secondary affiliate until 1996 when KTVF flipped from CBS to NBC in response to KATN's new ownership. Until the launch of KFXF in 1992, they were Fairbanks' only two commercial network stations.

In September 2006, KATN began to show programming from The CW Television Network on its digital subchannel. The subchannel is called Fairbanks CW and uses the fictional call letters KWFA-DT (the actual call letters of the subchannel are still KATN).

Smith Media sold KATN and the remainder of the "ABC Alaska's Superstation" system to Vision Alaska LLC in 2010.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mitchell, Elaine B., ed. (1973). Alaska Blue Book (First ed.). Juneau: Alaska Department of Education, Division of State Libraries. p. 136. 
  2. ^ "Alaska TV group sold". Television Business Report. January 15, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 

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