KNOP-TV

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KNOP-TV
KNOP.png
North Platte, Nebraska
United States
Branding News 2
Slogan Coverage You Can Count On
Channels Digital: 2 (VHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
Subchannels 2.1 NBC
2.2 Fox
Translators K09GW Broken Bow
K18DH Broken Bow
Affiliations NBC
Owner Gray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air date December 15, 1958 (1958-12-15)
Call letters' meaning NOrth Platte
Sister station(s) KNPL-LD, KIIT-CA
Former channel number(s) Analog:
2 (VHF, 1958-2009)
Digital: 22 (UHF)
Transmitter power 16 kW
Height 196 m
Facility ID 49273
Transmitter coordinates 41°12′17.3″N 100°44′4.6″W / 41.204806°N 100.734611°W / 41.204806; -100.734611
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.knopnews2.com

KNOP-TV is the NBC affiliated television station in North Platte, Nebraska. It's owned by Gray Television along with CBS affiliate, KNPL-LD, and Fox affiliate KIIT-CA. The station is also seen on rebroadcast translators K09GW and K18DH in Broken Bow. Both of the translators currently broadcast an analog signal.

History[edit]

The television station went on-air on December 15, 1958. In 1968, it was purchased by Dick Shively and Ulysses Carlini Sr. After purchasing Hastings, Nebraska station KHAS-TV in 1997, Shively and Carlini operated the stations (as well as K11TW, now KIIT-CA, which they founded in 1994) as Greater Nebraska Television. Shively died in 2003. In 2005, Greater Nebraska Television sold the stations to Hoak Media.

KNOP started rebroadcasting NBC programming in high-definition, and carrying K11TW's Fox programming on its .2 digital subchannel, in March 2011.[1]

KNOP gained national attention in February 2012 for being the only station in the country to air a Will Ferrell-produced Super Bowl commercial for Old Milwaukee beer.[2][3]

On November 20, 2013, Hoak announced the sale of most of its stations, including KNOP-TV and K11TW, to Gray Television. The sale will make them sister stations to CBS affiliate KNPL-LD; it will also partially separate KNOP from KHAS-TV, which will be sold to Excalibur Broadcasting but be operated by Gray's KOLN/KGIN and KSNB-TV through a shared services agreement.[4] However, 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.[5] The whole sale was completed on June 13.[6]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
2.1 1080i 16:9 KNOP-HD Main KNOP-TV programming / NBC
2.2 720p K11T-SD simulcast of KIIT-CA / Fox

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KNOP-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, in early February 2009. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 22 to VHF channel 2 for post-transition operations.[8][9]

News operation[edit]

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • Your Esso Reporter (1958-1961)
  • KNOP-TV Reports (1962-1968)
  • TV-2 News (1968-1975)
  • NewsCenter 2 (1975-1991)
  • News 2 (1991-Present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • KNOP-TV Channel 2, Nebraska's Full Color Station (1960s)
  • The TV-2 News Team: Covering all of Central Nebraska (early 1970s)
  • Nebraska's Choice for News (mid 1970s)
  • NewsCenter 2, Nebraska's Most Complete Television News Service (late 1970s)
  • You've Got a Friend on 2 (1979-1980)
  • Get the Picture, on NewsCenter 2 (early 1980s)
  • You're at Home with Channel 2 (1980-1981)
  • The Power of 2 (1981-1982)
  • Nebraska's 24-Hour News Channel (early 1990s)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (1999–present)

Newscast music[10][edit]

On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[11][edit]

Anchors

  • Alex Egan - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.; also reporter
  • TBA - weekday mornings News 2 Sunrise (6:00 - 7:00 a.m.); also reporter
  • Jacque Harms - weekdays at 11:30 a.m.; also news director
  • TBA - weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also reporter
  • GinaLisa Tamayo - Saturdays at 6:00 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
  • Kent Winder - weeknights at 6:00 p.m.; also assignment editor

TrueView Weather Team

  • Carl Rippy - chief weather anchor; weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Tara Moore - meteorologist; weekday mornings News 2 Sunrise (6:00 - 7:00 a.m.), also reporter and fill-in anchor
  • Tom Clements - weather anchor; Saturdays at 6:00 and weekends at 10:00 p.m., also weeknight reporter

Sports team

  • Joe Swift - sports director; weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Rachel Kilmer - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6:00 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.; also sports reporter

Reporters

  • Beatriz Reyna - general assignment reporter
  • Ross Ferguson - general assignment reporter
  • Ethen Herrington - general assignment reporter

Former on-air staff[edit]

  • Jacqueline Skarda - anchor
  • Jenn Hatcher - anchor (Now at KLKN In Lincoln, NE)
  • Dan Hawk - anchor Sports Director (Now at KOAM In Joplin, MO)
  • Amber Krycka - anchor (Now at WTVQ In Lexington, KY)
  • Wayne Stafford - anchor

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