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
Owner Gray Television
(Yellowstone LicenseCo, 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] Following the affiliation's launch in July 2014, CW programming was dropped.

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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