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Jefferson City, Missouri
United States
Channels Digital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 25 (PSIP)
Subchannels 25.1 CTN
Affiliations CTN (since 2007)
Owner Christian Television Network, Inc.
First air date March 30, 1986; 28 years ago (1986-03-30)
Call letters' meaning New
Life in
Jefferson City
Former channel number(s) Analog:
25 (UHF, 1986-2009)
Former affiliations religious independent (1986-2007)
Transmitter power 1000 kW (digital)
Height 293 m (digital)
Facility ID 48521
Transmitter coordinates 38°42′15.5″N 92°5′22″W / 38.704306°N 92.08944°W / 38.704306; -92.08944
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

KNLJ digital channel 20 is a full-powered Christian television station, licensed in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA, with studios near New Bloomfield. KNLJ is owned by the Christian Television Network. They broadcast only Christian programming from CTN 24 hours a day.


The station first signed on on Easter Sunday in 1986 at 3PM, as a sister station and simulcast to KNLC in St. Louis, Missouri; both stations at the time were owned by Reverend Larry Rice's ministry, the New Life Evangelistic Center. In September of 1986, KNLJ broke away from KNLC, still running most of the same Christian programs such as 700 Club, Richard Roberts, Jerry Falwell, among others as well as locally produced programs from the ministry. They also ran secular shows about 12 hours a day such as syndicated cartoons, some classic sitcoms, westerns, and outdoor sporting shows. In 1990, KNLJ affiliated with Fox Kids and also ran Disney Afternoon. A few years later when Jefferson City got its own Fox Affiliate, a low powered station, Fox Kids moved there. As the 1990's progressed, the secular shows were becoming more low budget. Much of this was because of the availability of product, amount of stations in the market increasing, and changes in the needs of the station itself.

In mid-2007, the station was sold to the Christian Television Network, with the New Life Evangelistic Center retaining KNLC. After the sale, the intellectual unit of KNLJ was shut down totally. Both Secular and Christian programming was dropped in favor of simulcasting the Christian Television Network full-time. Some shows on CTN did previously air on KNLJ but that was fully coincidental. The religious groups had previously bought time both on CTN and KNLJ.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
25.1 480i 4:3 KNLJ-DT Main KNLJ programming / CTN

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KNLJ shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 25, in 2009, before the full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 20.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 25.


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