KGNS-DT2

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KGNS-DT2
Logo of ABC Affiliate NGNS (KGNS-DT2).jpg
Laredo, Texas-
Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
City of license Laredo, Texas
Branding NGNS 12
Channels Digital: KGNS-DT 8.2 (VHF)
Virtual: 8.2 (PSIP)
Affiliations ABC (2014-present)
Owner Gray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air date September 21, 1998 (as cable-only "KTXW")
September 18, 2006 (as a digital subchannel of KGNS-TV)
Call letters' meaning see KGNS-TV
Former affiliations The WB (via The WB 100+; as "KTXW", 1998–2006)
The CW (2006–2014)
Transmitter power 20 kW (digital)
Height 312 m (digital)
Facility ID 10061 (digital)
Transmitter coordinates 27°40′21″N 99°39′51″W / 27.67250°N 99.66417°W / 27.67250; -99.66417

KGNS-DT2 is the ABC-affiliated television station for Laredo, Texas, and the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Owned by Gray Television, it operates as a second digital subchannel of NBC affiliate KGNS-TV.

Over the air, it broadcasts in high definition on VHF channel 8.2 from a transmitter located near the Pinto Valle Industrial Park (to the immediate north of the United States-Mexico border), northwest of Laredo. KGNS-DT2 is carried on channel 9 on Time Warner Cable and channel 12 on DirecTV and Dish Network; the subchannel's on-air branding of NGNS 12 references the latter. It operates out of studios located on West Del Mar Boulevard and Springfield Avenue (near I-35) in northern Laredo.

History[edit]

KGNS studios on Del Mar Boulevard near the intersection with Interstate 35

The subchannel's history traces back to the September 1998 launch of a cable-only affiliate of The WB Television Network that was part of The WB 100+ Station Group, a similar service to The CW Plus that was created to expand national coverage of The WB via primarily local origination outlets managed by cable providers in markets ranked above #100 by Nielsen Media Research. From its inception until July 2014, it was seen on cable channel 19. Since it was cable-exclusive, the channel used the "KTXW" callsign in a fictional manner. Prior to the sign-on of KTXW, Laredo viewers received their WB programs via Superstation WGN, and in early 1998, KRRT when that station dropped UPN in exchange for The WB.

Former CW branding (2006-2014)

On January 24, 2006, The WB and CBS Corporation-owned UPN announced that the two networks would cease broadcasting and merge into a new broadcast network called The CW. On September 18, 2006, KGNS-TV launched a second digital subchannel affiliated with The CW through The CW Plus (a similar operation to The WB 100+ Station Group). With the subsequent sign-on of digital subchannel 8.2, the subchannel assumed control of "KTXW" bringing the channel over-the-air coverage throughout the market. In May 2013, SagamoreHill Broadcasting reached a deal to sell KGNS, along with KGWN-TV in Cheyenne, Wyoming and KSTF in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, to Yellowstone Holdings, a subsidiary of Frontier Radio Management.[1][2] On November 4, 2013, Gray Television announced a deal to acquire Yellowstone Holdings for $23 million. KGNS-TV was operated under a local marketing agreement by Gray until the closure of the deal.[3] The sale was competed on December 31.[4]

On November 6, 2013, two days after Gray Television announced that it would buy KGNS-TV, the company reached an agreement with the ABC Television Network to add the ABC affiliation to KGNS-TV for broadcast on subchannel 8.2, mostly carrying ABC's entire schedule.[5][6] Laredo hadn't had its own ABC affiliate since KLDO switched to all-Spanish programming in 1988, only four years after signing on. In the two decades since, cable systems in Laredo piped in KSAT-TV in San Antonio or KIII in Corpus Christi.

Following the affiliation's launch in July 2014, CW programming was dropped. The CW programming became available through the CW Plus cable feed on Time Warner Cable, The on-air branding for The CW Plus cable feed in Laredo is branded simply under "The CW" brand name with no call sign or channel number indicator whatsovever.

Newscast[edit]

On June 21, 2008, KGNS-TV began producing a weeknight 9 o'clock newscast on digital subchannel 8.2 that was titled Laredo's First News at 9:00. This program was the only primetime newscast in the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo market until Fox affiliate KXOF-CA launched a competing 9:00 p.m. newscast on April 9, 2012. The half-hour newscast was aimed at young adults between the ages of 21-34 years old. [7] As of 2013, this newscast no longer airs and Rules of Engagement is shown instead, leaving KXOF-CA as the only station in the market, to air a weeknight primetime newscast at 9:00 p.m. As of July 2014, the subchannel is one of the few ABC affiliates to not offer local newscasts.

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