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Monroe, Louisiana/El Dorado, Arkansas
United States
Branding KNOE 8 (general)
KNOE 8 News (newscasts)
Monroe/El Dorado CW (DT2)
Slogan Your Breaking News and Weather Authority (newscasts)
Always On (general)
Channels Digital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
Subchannels 8.1 CBS
8.2 ABC (future)
8.3 The CW
Translators K18AB-D El Dorado AR
Affiliations CBS (primary until 1974; exclusive 1974-present)
Owner Gray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air date September 27, 1953 (1953-09-27)
Call letters' meaning Founder James A. Noe
Sister station(s) KAQY
Former channel number(s) Analog:
8 (VHF, 1953-2009)
Digital: 7 (VHF)
Former affiliations All secondary:
DuMont (1953-1955)
NBC (1953-1955, 1966-1974)
ABC (1953-1972)
Transmitter power 17 kW
Height 518 m
Facility ID 48975
Transmitter coordinates 32°11′50.5″N 92°4′14″W / 32.197361°N 92.07056°W / 32.197361; -92.07056
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

KNOE-TV, channel 8, is the CBS-affiliated television station for Monroe, Louisiana. The station is owned by Gray Television, which also controls ABC affiliate KAQY (channel 11; owned by Parker Broadcasting) under a shared services agreement.

KNOE's digital transmitter islocated south of Monroe in Columbia, Louisiana; the station also operates a low-powered translator, K18AB-D in El Dorado, Arkansas, which rebroadcasts KNOE's digital signal in high definition. Even though the translator is broadcast on channel 18, PSIP displays K18AB-D under the virtual channels 8.1 and 8.2, respectively.


KNOE-TV went on the air in 1953. Its facilities are located on Oliver Road north of Louisville Avenue in Monroe.[1] It remains the oldest surviving station in the northern part of the state. James A. Noe, Sr., former governor of Louisiana, owned the television station as well as KNOE radio (AM 540, now KMLB, and FM 101.9, now KMVX).

The station affiliated with all four television networks of the "golden age": CBS, NBC, ABC and DuMont. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[2] Even when rival station KTVE became a primary ABC affiliate, KNOE continued to air ABC programming until 1972, and it also aired NBC programming on a secondary basis until KLAA (now KARD) signed on in 1974.[3]

The Noe family owned the station until 2007, when it was sold to Dallas-based Hoak Media.[4][5][6][7] The sale closed on October 3 of that year. The family had already sold KNOE AM to Holladay Broadcasting in November 2006,[8] and would sell KNOE-FM to them the following year.[9][10] The sale of the stations followed the death of Noe's son, James Albert "Jimmie" Noe Jr., of cancer in 2005,[11] in which it was decided by the family to leave the broadcasting business.[12] On August 25, 2010, KNOE started broadcasting syndicated programing in high definition.

On November 20, 2013, Gray Television announced it would purchase Hoak Media in a $335 million deal. [13] The sale was completed on June 13. KAQY was to be assigned by Excalibur Broadcasting, at which it would remain under an LMA with KNOE. But upon the closing of the sale, and in the wake of the new FCC rules disallowing joint sales agreements, Excalibur has now abandon its plans to acquire the station.[14]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[15]
8.1 1080i 16:9 KNOE-HD Main KNOE-TV programming / CBS
8.2 480i 4:3 KNOE-CW Monroe/El Dorado CW

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KNOE-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, 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). The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition VHF channel 7 to former VHF analog channel 8.[16]


Syndicated programming on KNOE includes: Inside Edition, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Dr. Phil, and Judge Judy. Prior to 2006, Monroe was one of the few television markets that aired Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune on different stations, as Wheel aired on KNOE and Jeopardy! on KTVE. The two programs were in direct competition with each other as the respective programs aired at 6:30 PM local time on each station.

News operation[edit]

KNOE-TV has been the dominant news station in the Ark-La-Miss for more than a quarter-century. It has won numerous state, regional and national journalism awards, including the 2008 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for News Director Taylor Henry's investigative series on rogue members of the Louisiana National Guard who looted stores they were deployed to protect during Katrina.

On November 1, 2010, KNOE debuted a new news set, fit for high definition broadcast. On January 17, 2011 KNOE began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition, becoming the first station in the Ark-La-Miss region to do so; in-studio as well as in the field.

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

  • Ken Case (1925-2006) - news reporter, metereologist, host of Southern Angler sports program[17]

Good Day ArkLaMiss[edit]

It was announced on January 8, 2014 that a new mid-morning show called Good Day ArkLaMiss has been added to the KNOE-8 schedule. It began airing on February 3, 2014. The show is hosted by Good Morning ArkLaMiss anchor April Dovorany and the KNOE-8 evening news producer, Kurt Boyd.


  1. ^ "KNOE Goes on Air: First North Louisiana Television Permit", Minden Herald, Minden, Louisiana, May 1, 1953, p. 1
  2. ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films". Boxoffice: 13. November 10, 1956. [dead link]
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbooks, 1972 and 1973
  4. ^ KNOE to be Sold to Hoak Media Corporation (June - 13 - 2007)
  6. ^ Noe family selling KNOETV to Hoak Media Jun 13 2007 Associated Press
  7. ^ KNOE-TV sold to Hoak Media Associated Press - June 13, 2007
  8. ^ "KMLB Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  9. ^ "Deals 2007-10-20". Broadcasting & Cable. October 20, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-20071005ABA)". FCC Media Bureau. May 13, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Monroe TV, radio stations owner James Noe, 77, dies". The Baton Rouge Advocate. July 12, 2005. "Jimmie Noe, as he was known, spent nearly four decades running the stations founded by his father, former Louisiana Gov. James A. Noe." 
  12. ^ "Louisiana: Monroe's KNOE-TV sold". ABC Money. June 14, 2007. 
  13. ^ "Gray Buying Hoak, Prime Stations For $342.5M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  14. ^ Gray closes Hoak deal; completes refinancing.,, Retrieved 13 June, 2014.
  15. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KNOE
  16. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  17. ^ "Former newsman dies in fatal wreck, May 11, 2007". Monroe News-Star. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 

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