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KHGI: Kearney/Hastings/Grand Island, Nebraska
KWNB: Hayes Center, Nebraska
United States
City of license Kearney, Nebraska
Branding NTV
Slogan Where Your News Comes First
Channels Digital:
KHGI: 13 (VHF)
Subchannels 13.1/6.1 ABC
13.2/6.2 Fox (KFXL)
Affiliations ABC (1961-present)
Owner Pappas Telecasting Companies
(Pappas Telecasting of Central Nebraska, LP (A Delaware Limited Partnership))
First air date KHGI: December 24, 1953
KWNB: February 9, 1956
Call letters' meaning KHGI:
Grand Island
Western NeBraska
Sister station(s) KFXL-TV
Former callsigns KHGI:
KHOL-TV (1953–1974)
KHPL-TV (1956–1974)
K13VO (1989–2005)
WSWS-CA (2005–2009)
KHGI-CA (2009–2010)
K27GV (2001-2002)
KAZK-LP (2002-2009)
KHGI-LP (2009-2011)
KHGP-LP (2011-2012)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
13 (VHF, 1953–2009)
6 (VHF, 1956–2009)
Former affiliations CBS (1953-1961)
DuMont (secondary 1953-1955/6)
Transmitter power KHGI: 8 kW
KWNB: 11.9 kW
Height KHGI: 340 m
KWNB: 221 m
Facility ID KHGI: 21160
KWNB: 21162
Transmitter coordinates KHGI:
40°39′28″N 98°52′4″W / 40.65778°N 98.86778°W / 40.65778; -98.86778
40°37′32″N 101°1′45″W / 40.62556°N 101.02917°W / 40.62556; -101.02917 (KWNB-TV)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: / KWNB-TV Profile

KHGI-TV is the ABC-affiliated television station for most of central and western Nebraska and the northern third of Kansas that is licensed to Kearney. It broadcasts on VHF channel 13 from a transmitter in Lowell. Owned by Pappas Telecasting Companies, KHGI operates Lincoln-based Fox affiliate KFXL-TV (owned by the Omaha World-Herald) through a local marketing agreement. Both stations share studios located along Nebraska Highway 44 near Axtell (though the mailing address says Kearney).


KHGI-TV's programming (with the exception of commercials) is repeated on KWNB-TV (channel 6) in Hayes Center, both stations are branded as the Nebraska Television Network, or NTV for short. The station is part of the Lincoln-Hastings-Kearney market, but this market has no basis in television reality and is only truly realized on the local satellite feeds. The market only shares three television stations, CBS affiliate KOLN in Lincoln (which operates a satellite in Grand Island, KGIN) NBC affiliate KSNB-TV in Superior and Fox affiliate KFXL. KHGI/KWNB serves as the ABC affiliate for the western half of the market, while KLKN serves as the network's affiliate for Lincoln and the eastern half of the market. Omaha ABC affiliate KETV also has significant viewership in the eastern part of the market, as all of the Omaha stations are available in Lincoln either over-the-air or on cable.

KHGI has gained cable coverage on the Lincoln side of the market in recent years, though the station has not yet gained carriage on Time Warner Cable in Lincoln proper. However, both KHGI and KLKN are carried on the Lincoln DirecTV and Dish Network feeds.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1][2]
x.1 720p 16:9 KHGI-DT
Main programming / ABC
x.2 KFXL-DT HD simulcast of KFXL-TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KHGI-TV & KWNB-TV shut down their analog signals, respectively over VHF channels 13 & 6, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). Both stations' digital signals relocated from their pre-transition UHF channels 36 & 18 to VHF channels 13 & 6.[3]


KHGI signed on December 24, 1953 as KHOL-TV, a CBS and DuMont affiliate based in Holdrege.[4] The station was founded by the Bi-States Co., headed by Holdrege doctor F. Wayne Brewster.[5] DuMont would end network operations in 1956, and KHOL-TV briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[6]

NTV News in the 1980s.

A little more than two years after its sign-on, KHOL added a satellite in Hayes Center, KHPL-TV, on February 9, 1956. After KGIN signed on from Grand Island as a satellite of Lincoln's KOLN in 1961, KHOL and KHPL became full ABC affiliates. In 1964, another satellite joined the network, KHQL-TV in Albion. KHTL-TV in Superior followed in 1965.

The station featured local programming, including The Bobby Mills Show on Saturday evenings from 9:30 until 10 p.m. The Bobby Mills Orchestra was the "house band" and hosted guest artists, though the bulk of the show was dedicated to the band and its soloists, similar to Lawrence Welk, who was on a syndicated network. Bobby's sons, Bobby Mills Jr. and Ron, were featured extensively on the program. Taping of the show was done once a month on a Friday night, after the station had signed off at Midnight. An average of 5 shows were done per taping, which typically ended at 4 a.m. The show ran during the late 1960s into the early 1970s.

NTV station ID from ABC's "America's Watching" campaign in 1991.

On June 3, 1974, the call letters of all the stations were changed: KHOL became KHGI-TV, KHPL became KWNB-TV, KHQL became KCNA-TV and KHTL became KSNB-TV.[7] Joseph Amaturo bought KHGI and its satellites in 1979, and changed the on-air from "NTN" to "NTV" in the early 1980s. KCNA was spun off from NTV on November 1, 1983 and became an independent station under the call letters KBGT-TV; it was sold in 1986 to Citadel Communications and became a satellite of Sioux City, Iowa station KCAU-TV. Citadel later moved the station to Lincoln as a stand-alone station, KLKN. KSNB was sold to Colins Broadcasting and became a Fox network affiliate in September 1996 as a satellite of Grand Island's KTVG; Pappas, which by this time owned KHGI, operated KSNB and KTVG under a local marketing agreement.[8]

KHGI-CD in North Platte, Nebraska signed on in 1989 as translator station K13VO, becoming WSWS-CA on July 4, 2005 and KHGI-CA on June 12, 2009. The WSWS-CA call sign was unique, as it made it a station with a "W" call sign prefix was west of the Mississippi River. This was allowed due to the fact that "WSWS" was the former callsign of current Pappas station WLGA, and the calls were grandfathered to the former K13VO. In 2010, KHGI-CA switched to digital and became KHGI-LD. KHGI-LD is not a true repeater of KHGI-TV in that its digital television broadcast is identified as "KHGI-LD Digital Television" on compatible television receivers and appears as channel 27.1 rather than 13.1. KHGI-LD also does not rebroadcast KFXL on a digital subchannel as North Platte already receives Fox on KIIT-CA. ABC programming on KHGI-LD is carried in high definition. When the analog KHGI-CA license was surrendered on September 1, 2011, KHGI-LD became KHGI-CD, inheriting the analog station's class A status.

As of February 18, 2014, KHGI is the only big three affiliated station owned by Pappas.

News operation[edit]

KHGI-TV currently broadcasts a total of 27 hours of local newscasts each week (with five hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). In May 2006, NTV became one of the first television stations in the country to generate a community based news site. Community Correspondent allows registered users to post stories, photos, and videos to the site. Many of the postings are used on air in different stories.

In Mary 2013, NTV added a weekly agricultural news program, called NTV's Grow, which was the station's first regular broadcast in HD.[9] The station began broadcasting its news in HD on September 5, 2013.

Former on-air staff[edit]


KHGI/KWNB repeats its programming on four translator stations: KHGI-CD and KHGI-LD rebroadcast KHGI-TV, while KWNB-LD and K06EY directly repeat KWNB. Three of these stations (listed in bold italics) are owned by Pappas, one is government-owned and another is owned by a local Jaycees chapter.

Active translators
City Callsign Notes City Callsign Notes
Broken Bow K06EY 6 Analog; owned by the Broken Bow Jaycees McCook KWNB-LD 29 Digital HD; NTV and KFXL)
North Platte KHGI-CD 27 Digital/HD; does not rebroadcast KFXL O'Neill KHGI-LD 27 Digital; broadcasts NTV and KFXL programming in standard definition
Defunct translators
City Callsign Notes
McCook KBVZ-LP 42 Was shut down in favor of KWNB-LD on March 19, 2010.[10] Stapleton K11KW 11 Was owned by municipal government


  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KHGI
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KWNB-TV
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  4. ^ "Holdrege TV Signs With CBS, DuMont", Sunday Journal and Star, 1953-10-25: 85 
  5. ^ 1954 Telecasting Yearbook-Marketbook, 1954, p. 190 
  6. ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films", Boxoffice, November 10, 1956: 13 
  7. ^ "For the Record". Broadcasting. June 24, 1974. p. 70. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Stations turn on high-definition digital signals". McCook Daily Gazette. March 5, 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 

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