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KHAS 2013 Logo.png
Hastings/Kearney/Grand Island/Lincoln, Nebraska
Branding News 5
Slogan Coverage You Can Count On
Channels Digital: 5 (VHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
Subchannels 5.1 NBC
5.2 Cozi TV
Affiliations NBC
Owner Hoak Media
(Sale pending)
(Hoak Media of Hastings, LLC)
First air date January 1, 1956; 58 years ago (1956-01-01)
Last air date June 13, 2014
Call letters' meaning HAStings
Former channel number(s) Analog:
5 (VHF, 1956–2009)
Former affiliations NBC Weather Plus (DT2, 2005–2008)
This TV (DT2, 2010–2013)
Transmitter power 45 kW
Height 217 m
Facility ID 48003
Transmitter coordinates 40°39′6″N 98°23′4″W / 40.65167°N 98.38444°W / 40.65167; -98.38444
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

KHAS-TV, channel 5, was a television station in Hastings, Nebraska. It served as the NBC affiliate for the western side of the Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney market. The station was owned by Hoak Media, which also owns and operates sister station KNOP-TV in North Platte. The station was rebroadcast on translator K02HJ in Ord on channel 2 and K35AL in Lexington on channel 35. Both translators broadcast an analog signal.

In its later years, KHAS-TV promoted itself as a full-market NBC station, challenging the long-standing status of Omaha's WOWT as the default NBC affiliate in the capital. It identified as "Hastings/Kearney/Grand Island/Lincoln" on-air and on its Website. It was also available on the Lincoln DirecTV and Dish Network feeds as the local NBC station, boosting its potential audience to over 700,000 people across Nebraska and Kansas.

At midnight on June 13, 2014, KHAS-TV signed off the air permanently, as the local NBC affiliation was transferred to KSNB-TV and the subchannels of KOLN and KGIN.


KHAS was founded by a group of local investors headed by Fred A. Seaton, publisher of the Hastings Tribune newspaper and Secretary of the Interior during the Eisenhower Administration.[1] It took its calls from KHAS radio, which Seaton had founded in 1940. In 1967, it was one of the first stations in the area to acquire color broadcasting equipment.

The Seaton family owned KHAS-TV until 1997, when it was sold to Dick Shively and Ulysses Carlini Sr., owners of North Platte TV stations KNOP-TV and K11TW, operating the three stations under the name Greater Nebraska Television. In 2005, Greater Nebraska Television sold the stations to Hoak Media.[2]

The station's studio is located north of Hastings on U.S. 281. The transmitter tower is located next to the studio. KHAS-TV was formerly rebroadcast on translator station K14IY in Holdrege; this translator went dark in 2009. KHAS-TV is now also carried on K35AL, analog channel 35, in Lexington, Nebraska.[3] K35AL formerly carried programming from sister station KNOP-TV, but Lexington is in the Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney market while North Platte is a separate market. Both local and national programming on KHAS is carried in high definition.

In June 2012, KHAS and other Hoak-owned stations were pulled from Dish Network after they failed to renew a carriage agreement. The refusal to renew reportedly surrounds Dish Network's "Hopper" digital video recorder and its controversial commercial-skipping feature AutoHop—which has also led to complaints from the major U.S. television networks.[4][5]

On November 20, 2013, Gray Television announced it would purchase Hoak Media in a $335 million deal. As Gray already owns KOLN/KGIN, KHAS will be sold to Excalibur Broadcasting and operated by Gray under a local marketing agreement.[6] However, in the wake of the new FCC rules disallowing joint sales agreements, on June 11, 2014, KHAS-TV announced it would leave the air at midnight on June 13 and NBC programming would be moved to KSNB-TV and the digital subcarrier of KOLN/KGIN.[7] KHAS will then be sold off to minority interests pending approval from the FCC, which under this arrangement would allow the station to continue operating on the conditions that it would continue to operate the station independently (under minority, female and/or non-profit ownership) and not make any partnerships or sharing arrangements with other broadcasters.[8]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[9]
5.1 1080i 16:9 KHAS-DT Main KHAS-TV programming / NBC HD
5.2 480i 4:3 KHAS-DT2 Cozi TV

In September 2010, KHAS-TV digital subchannel 5.2 switched from a standard definition simulcast to This TV. It identified locally as "This Nebraska". On November 1, 2013, KHAS replaced This TV with Cozi TV.[10]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KHAS-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 5, on December 1, 2008. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 21 to VHF channel 5.[11][12] Due to Nebraska's cold winter weather, the station elected to make the transition early rather than on the national February 17, 2009 analog shutoff date.[13] The digital signal on channel 5 is one of only 48 US full-power stations to broadcast digitally using a low-VHF/Band I channel.[14]

News operation[edit]

KHAS-TV produced16 hours of local news per week, with 3 hours each weekday and 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday. Newscasts aired weekday mornings at 6:00 and 11:30 a.m., weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. and a weekend newscast at 10:00 p.m. KHAS-TV began producing newscasts in High-Definition on November 6, 2013, starting with News 5 at 5:00 p.m.

Upon the station going dark on June 13, 2014, the entire news operation moved to KSNB-TV.

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast Titles[edit]

  • Five Star News (1960s)
  • The Sixth Hour Report/The Eleventh Hour Report (1968–1970s)
  • Newswatch 5 (1970s)
  • NewsCenter 5 (1970s–1985)
  • Channel 5 News (1985–1994)
  • News 5 (1994–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Your Full Color Station!" (1960s)
  • "Channel 5 is Alive in the Air" (1969–1970)
  • "Coverage You Can Count On" (1997–2011)
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News team[15][edit]


  • Lauren Conley - weekends at 10:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
  • Shelby Fenster - weekday mornings News 5 Today (6:00-7:00 a.m.) and 11:30 a.m.; also reporter.
  • Colin Murphy - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Katie Gauthier - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also weather anchor.
  • Chris Schukei - weekday mornings News 5 Today (6:00-7:00 a.m.); also assistant news director

Stormtracker 5 Weather Team

  • Travis Klanecky - chief meteorologist; weekday mornings News 5 Today (6:00-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at 11:30 a.m.
  • Tim Jones - meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 p.m.
  • Nathan Gogo - meteorologist; weekends at 10:00 p.m.; also reporter

Sports team

  • Ed Littler - sports director; weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Will Sharrett - sports anchor; weekends at 10:00 p.m.; also sports reporter


  • Kelly Baumgarten - general assignment reporter
  • TBA - general assignment reporter
  • TBA - general assignment reporter

Former on-air staff[edit]

  • Bram Weinstein - sports (now at ESPNews)
  • Joe Thompson - meteorologist (now at WNWO in Toledo, OH)
  • Brittany Rainey - meteorologist (now at KJRH in Tulsa, OK)
  • Katie Ferrell - anchor (now at WDAF in Kansas City, MO)
  • Jeniffer Berry - anchor
  • Ginger ten Bensel - reporter


  1. ^ "KHAS-TV : A History". Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  2. ^ Fowler, Gretchen (2005-08-31). "Hoak Media reaches deal to purchase KHAS-TV". The Grand Island Independent. Retrieved 2008-02-08. [dead link]
  3. ^ "News 5 Severe Weather Safety (refer to coverage map on last page)". Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  4. ^ "Because of dispute, DISH customers lose Hastings' KHAS-TV". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Jeffrey, Don (June 5, 2012). "Dish’s Ad-Skip Tool May Benefit From Cablevision DVR Case". Bloomberg. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gray Buying Hoak, Prime Stations For $342.5M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "KHAS TV - KSNB TV Statement". Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Press Release from Gray Television (June 13, 2014)
  9. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KHAS
  10. ^ "FCC 398 Children's Television Programming Report". KidVid Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. January 9, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014. "In the 4th Qtr of 2013 we also became a COZI TV affiliate. On November 1st 2013 we switched from THIS TV to COZI TV on our 5.2 digital channel." 
  11. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  12. ^ KHAS Hastings Makes Digital Switch, TVNEWSDAY, Dec 11 2008
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