|St. Joseph, Missouri
|Branding||Fox 26 KNPN (general)
News-Press NOW on Fox 26 (newscasts)
News-Press 3 NOW (on DT2)
|Channels||Digital: 26 (UHF)
Virtual: 26 (PSIP)
26.2 News-Press 3 NOW
|Owner||News-Press & Gazette Company
(News-Press TV, LLC)
|First air date||June 2, 2012|
|Call letters' meaning||News-Press NOW|
|Sister station(s)||KBJO-LD, KNPG-LD
News-Press 3 NOW
|Transmitter power||15 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KNPN-LD, virtual channel and UHF digital channel 26, is a Fox-affiliated television station located in Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States. As the television flagship of the News-Press & Gazette Company, KNPN is a sister station to CW affiliate KBJO-LD (channel 21), Telemundo affiliate KNPG-LD (channel 30) and local news and weather channel News-Press 3 NOW; this arrangement also places the four outlets under the same ownership as the St. Joseph News-Press newspaper.
All five media properties are based out of NPG's corporate offices on Edmond Street/I-29 in downtown Saint Joseph; KNPN maintains transmitter facilities located between South 16th and 17th Streets (adjacent to U.S. 36), near downtown Saint Joseph. There is no separate website for the station, instead it is integrated with that of the co-owned St. Joseph News-Press.
On March 14, 2012, News-Press & Gazette acquired two low-power digital television licenses in Saint Joseph, K16KF-D and K26LV-D from Sunrise, Florida-based DTV America 1, LLC for $72,000; two weeks earlier on February 29, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted the company's construction permit application to relocate the two stations' transmitter facilities from a tower near Mound City to the Saint Joseph transmitter and upgrade the effective radiated power for both stations (the channel 16 license would not be activated until March 7, 2013 when it signed on as CW affiliate KBJO-LD). K26LV-D was assigned the call letters KNPN-LD on April 5, 2012, before reverting to the original K26LV-D callsign on May 8, 2012; the callsign reversion was deleted from FCC authorization records two weeks later on May 23, 2012, reverting to the KNPN-LD callsign.
The station officially signed on the air at 6:00 a.m. on June 2, 2012, becoming the first broadcast television station to have been built and signed on by News-Press & Gazette Company and the third station in Saint Joseph, after ABC affiliate KQTV (channel 2) – which signed on in September 1953 as primary CBS affiliate KFEQ-TV, and TBN owned-and-operated station KTAJ-TV (channel 16) – which launched in October 1986 and also serves the adjacent Kansas City market. KNPN-LD displaced Kansas City's WDAF-TV (channel 4) – which is among the seven full-power Kansas City stations that provide city-grade signal coverage in Saint Joseph proper – as the area's default Fox station on Suddenlink Communications, DirecTV and Dish Network; however some providers continued to supply CW programming through out-of-market stations (Kansas City affiliate KCWE on some rural cable systems and Omaha affiliate KXVO – which provides rimshot signal coverage in the far northwestern tip of Missouri – on DirecTV; and WPIX/New York City, KTLA/Los Angeles and KWGN-TV/Denver on Dish Network through its superstation package) instead of KNPN's CW-affiliated third digital subchannel (News-Press & Gazette assumed promotional and advertising control of cable-only CW Plus station "WBJO" from Suddenlink with the sign-on of the subchannel); KNPN's Telemundo-affiliated fourth subchannel, meanwhile, only replaced the network's national feed on local cable providers, as Telemundo did not have an existing affiliate in Missouri.
KNPN's launch marked News-Press & Gazette's return to a television presence in Saint Joseph as the company had formerly owned NPG Cablevision (which included Saint Joseph as one of its service areas) until it sold its cable television holdings, including ownership of News-Press 3 NOW (which News-Press & Gazette would re-acquire in May 2012), to Suddenlink for $350 million in November 2010; News-Press & Gazette's ownership of KNPN and the St. Joseph News-Press does not violate FCC regulations preventing cross-ownership of a television station and a newspaper in the same market as FCC rules allow such joint ownership of a station is licensed as a low-power outlet.
On October 9, 2013, KNPN was pulled from DirecTV due to a retransmission consent dispute involving News-Press & Gazette Company (that resulted in the removal of the company's 12 other stations throughout the country) and the satellite provider over carriage fees. KNPN and the other NPG stations were restored through an interim agreement reached on October 25, 2013.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|26.1||720p||16:9||KNPN-HD||Main KNPN-LD programming / Fox|
|26.2||480i||4:3||NNPN||News-Press 3 NOW|
|26.4||QNPN||Simulcast of KNPG-LD|
Syndicated programs broadcast on KNPN-LD includes TMZ on TV, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Big Bang Theory, Inside Edition and Entertainment Tonight. In addition, the station produces the community affairs program St. Joe Live Presents on Saturday afternoons.
Unlike most Fox stations, the main channel of KNPN-LD does not air any syndicated children's programming that fulfills FCC E/I requirements as low-powered stations that are not licensed as Class A outlets are exempt from the regulations (although KNPN's CW and Telemundo-affiliated sister stations, KBJO-LD and KNPG-LD, do carry E/I-compliant programs by default through their respective affiliations). Until September 2013, it dId not fill weekend afternoon time periods when Fox Sports programming is not scheduled with feature films supplied by syndication distributors (instead opting to fill those time periods with infomercials and syndicated programs).
KNPN-LD presently broadcasts 22 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with four hours on weekdays and one hour on Saturdays and Sundays), which are produced in-house at the station's Edmond Street studios. The station's news department utilizes reporting and coverage resources from the St. Joseph News-Press, and also shares content with the News-Press 3 NOW news channel.
The station's Doppler weather radar is presented on-air as "Storm Tracker 26", operating at the main studios in Saint Joseph and utilizing live VIPIR data from several radars operated by regional National Weather Service forecast offices. Its VIPIR radar system existed prior to the launch of KNPN-LD as the radar system used during forecasts and severe weather coverage on News-Press 3 NOW. The station does not have a sports department.
Local newscasts debuted on KNPN the day the station began operations on June 2, 2012 with the launch of a 5:30 p.m. newscast and have been broadcast in high definition from their debut; this was later followed by the debut of a half-hour primetime newscast at 9:00 p.m. Two days later on June 4, the station debuted a weekday morning newscast (running for 2½ hours from 5:30 to 8:00 a.m.) and a half-hour midday newscast at noon. Upon the debut of the newscasts, KNPN became the second Fox affiliate in NPG's portfolio to have its newscasts produced in-house (the other being KECY-TV in Yuma, Arizona/El Centro, California, which began producing local newscasts on its main Fox and secondary ABC subchannels, and Telemundo affiliate KESE-LP on March 23, 2012). Local newscasts on the company's three other Fox outlets (KQFX-LD in Columbia, KDFX-CA in Palm Springs and KFXO-LD in Bend, Oregon) are produced by a co-owned Big Three network affiliate in the respective market.
KNPN-LD also holds the distinction of being the smallest Fox affiliate by market size (as Nielsen Media Research ranks Saint Joseph #201 out of 210 U.S. television markets) to produce its local newscasts in-house; previously, the smallest media market with a Fox affiliate that produced its own local news programming in any form was San Angelo, Texas (ranked #197), where KIDY at the time of KNPN's sign-on aired hourly local news updates during daytime programming and simulcasts of KABB in San Antonio's morning and 9:00 p.m. newscasts (the station has since launched its own full-fledged newscasts). KNPN moved its early evening newscast from 5:30 to 5:00 p.m. in January 2014.
- Fox Station Coming to St. Joseph, Mo., Broadcasting & Cable, March 20, 2012.
- Weekly Station Trading Roundup: New York LPTV Goes For $2 Million, TVNewsCheck, February 14, 2012.
- FCC document for transfer of K16KF-D and K26LV-D, March 14, 2012.
- FCC Construction Permit information for K16KF-D, February 29, 2012.
- FCC Construction Permit information for K26LV-D, February 29, 2012.
- Resumption of Operations for KBJO-LD
- "Call Sign History (K26LV-D)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
- "Digital Low Power Television/Television Translator Broadcast Station License". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- Fox station to debut on June 2, St. Joseph News-Press, May 17, 2012.
- NPG bringing FOX station to St. Joe, St. Joseph News-Press, March 19, 2012.
- Fox 26 KNPN Coverage Area
- Suddenlink to buy NPG Cable for $350M, St. Louis Business Journal, November 29, 2010.
- Contract dispute leaves KNPN unavailable on DIRECTV, St. Joseph News-Press, October 9, 2013.
- News-Press & Gazette Lifts DirecTV Blackout for First Game of World Series, TVSpy, October 24, 2013.
- KNPN, DirecTV reach agreement, St. Joseph News-Press, October 25, 2013.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KNPN
- News-Press & Gazette to Launch Fox Affiliate in St. Joseph This Spring, TVSpy, March 20, 2012.
- Fox Affiliate Coming To St. Joseph, Mo., TVNewsCheck, March 20, 2012.
- FOX 26 KNPN to debut Saturday, St. Joseph News-Press, May 31, 2012.
- www.newspressnow.com/knpn - KNPN-LD section on NewsPressNOW.com
- www.newspressnow.com - News-Press NOW website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KNPN-LD
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KNPN-D