|KOLN: Lincoln, Nebraska
KGIN: Grand Island/Hastings/Kearney, Nebraska
10/11 News (newscasts)
(pronounced as "ten-eleven")
KOLN: 10 (VHF)
KGIN: 11 (VHF)
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||KOLN: February 18, 1953
KGIN: October 1, 1961
|Call letters' meaning||KOLN: LinK(C)OLN
KGIN: Grand Island
|Sister station(s)||KSNB-TV, WOWT|
KGIN: KGIN-TV (1961-1986)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
12 (VHF, 1953-1954)
10 (VHF, 1954-2009)
11 (VHF, 1961-2009)
KOLN: 25 (UHF)
KGIN: 32 (UHF)
|Former affiliations||ABC (1953-1957, secondary from 1954)
DuMont (secondary, 1953-1955)
|Transmitter power||KOLN: 28 kW
KGIN: 25 kW
|Height||KOLN: 453.9 m
KGIN: 314.6 m
|Facility ID||KOLN: 7890
||It has been suggested that this section be split into a new article titled KNPL-LD. (Discuss) Proposed since October 2013.|
KOLN, digital channel 10, is the CBS affiliate in Lincoln, Nebraska. The station also serves as the default CBS affiliate for North Platte; it airs its programming on translator KNPL-LD in that city, though KNPL was converted into a separate CBS affiliate in September 2013. It is sister station to MyNetworkTV affiliate KSNB-TV, and operates from a studio on North 40th Street in downtown Lincoln.
KOLN operates a semi-satellite, KGIN, on digital channel 11 in Grand Island. KGIN simulcasts all KOLN programming, but airs separate commercials.
Combined, the two stations serve one of the largest coverage areas in the nation, stretching across 42 counties in southern and central Nebraska—almost two-thirds of the state's land mass—and an additional four counties in Kansas. The stations, branded together on-air as 10/11 (pronounced ten-eleven), are owned by Gray Television.
The station is officially part of the Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney television market, but this market has little basis in television reality and is only fully realized on the local satellite feeds. KOLN/KGIN and Fox affiliate KFXL-TV are the only full-power stations shared by the entire market. Via broadcast and cable, Lincoln and the eastern portions of the market receive NBC from WOWT in Omaha, ABC from KLKN in Lincoln (as well as KETV in Omaha) and The CW from KXVO in Omaha. The rest of the market receives ABC from KHGI-TV in Kearney and NBC from KHAS-TV in Hastings. Four counties in north central Kansas which border Nebraska (Jewell, Phillips, Republic and Smith) are also part of the Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney market and receive programming from the Hastings/Kearney side of the market as well as satellites of Wichita stations.
- 1 Digital television
- 2 History
- 3 News operation
- 4 Translators
- 5 References
- 6 External links
|1080i||16:9||Main KOLN/KGIN programming / CBS|
|10.2||11.2||KSNB-DT||480i||4:3||Simulcast of KSNB-TV / MyNetworkTV/Me-TV|
UPN was broadcast on a DT2 subchannel of KOLN and KGIN under the banner UPN Nebraska; the service switched to MyNetworkTV in September 2006 and was locally branded as "MyTV" until being renamed "10-11 Central Nebraska" after the acquisition of KSNB in 2013. It not only airs syndicated programs, Me-TV programming, and the entire MyNetworkTV schedule, but also 10/11-produced programming like Pure Nebraska, Star City Buzz and Prepzone Weekly.
KOLN/KGIN also produces nightly newscasts called 10/11 Central Nebraska, formerly Nebraska Central News, targeting Grand Island and Central Nebraska, which air at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on KSNB and KOLN/KGIN's digital subcarrier. It is produced and aired in high definition.
KOLN aired its digital programming on channel 25, while KGIN aired digital programming on channel 32. KOLN/KGIN broadcasts have been digital-only since midnight February 16, 2009; both stations returned to their analog channels for their digital broadcasts.
KOLN-TV signed on for the first time on February 18, 1953, on channel 12 as Nebraska's third television station and the first outside Omaha. Shortly after launching, it was purchased by broadcasting pioneer John Fetzer along with KOLN radio (1400 AM; now KLIN). Fetzer also purchased Lincoln's other TV station, KFOR-TV, channel 10, which had launched a few months after KOLN. (This station is not related to the Oklahoma City TV station of the same name.) In 1954, to avoid running afoul of FCC ownership regulations (and to create a broadcast monopoly for himself in the Lincoln market), Fetzer moved KOLN to channel 10, then donated the channel 12 facilities and the KFOR license to the University of Nebraska for its educational station, KUON-TV.
The station was originally the DuMont Television Network affiliate for the Omaha/Lincoln market. Later in 1953, it became a primary ABC affiliate. However, after a year on the air, Fetzer persuaded the Federal Communications Commission to merge Lincoln with the Hastings/Kearney market in central Nebraska. Lincoln has long been the cultural center for central Nebraska, and Fetzer felt that Lincoln had more in common with this area than Omaha. He also wanted an affiliation with a stronger network. Although Fetzer had a very good relationship with CBS, there was little prospect of taking the affiliation from Omaha's KMTV. During the 1960s, KOLN/KGIN frequently broadcast games of the Detroit Tigers, the baseball franchise that John Fetzer owned.
Soon after the FCC made Lincoln the center of the new Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney market, KOLN became a primary CBS affiliate. Omaha wouldn't have a primary ABC affiliate again until KETV signed on in 1957. DuMont shut down in 1956, and KOLN dropped the remaining ABC shows from the schedule in 1957. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network. Over the next few years, KOLN signed on translator after translator across its vast and mostly rural coverage area, cementing a dominance that continues to this day.
KGIN-TV debuted on October 1, 1961 as a satellite of KOLN; since then, the two stations have been known on-air as "10/11." Fetzer began selling off his stations in the 1980s. KOLN/KGIN was among the last to be sold, going to Gillett Communications in 1984. Gillett sold the pair to Busse Broadcasting in 1987 to make room for Gillett's acquisition of the Storer Broadcasting stations. Busse merged with current owner Gray Communications, now Gray Television, in 1998.
Until KLKN signed on in 1996, KOLN was the only commercial station in Lincoln, making it one of the largest cities in the country with only one full-power commercial station. However, KOLN had no need to air other networks' programming. Most of the Omaha stations provide at least secondary coverage of Lincoln, and all of them are available on cable.
Well into the 1980s, when nearly every other local television news broadcast began with the latest news, KOLN began its newscasts with the weather report as a service to its mostly rural audience. A. James Ebel, KOLN's general manager from 1954 to 1985, began this practice not long after he arrived, saying years later, "The first thing I learned when I arrived here in 1954 is that the weather is the No. 1 story in Nebraska."  Mel Mains served as KOLN's main news anchor for 34 years, from 1961 to 1995.
For a time in January 2009, the KOLN/KGIN website included a section about a Fox affiliate on its second digital subchannel (currently used for MyNetworkTV, which was to have moved to the DT3 subcarrier). However, station officials later said there were no immediate plans to launch such a station, describing the page as part of an experimental project not meant for public consumption. Although the station refused to rule out launching a digital Fox station in the future, this was rendered moot when then-CW affiliate KCWL-TV relaunched as Fox affiliate KFXL-TV.
KOLN/KGIN is one of the only television stations in the United States with a husband/wife anchor team, Jon Vanderford and Taryn Vanderford serve as anchors for the station's 4 p.m. newscast. On September 15, 2007, KOLN/KGIN started airing weekend morning newscasts from 7-8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It now competes with weekend morning newscasts on WOWT and KETV out of Omaha.
On June 15, 2009, KOLN/KGIN became the first commercial station in Nebraska to broadcast local news in a widescreen format. Then on August 10, 2009, KOLN/KGIN took it one step further to become the first station in Nebraska to launch local news in high definition. With the change came new graphics and a new website www.1011now.com. On September 13, 2010, KOLN/KGIN debuted the market's first 4 p.m. newscast with 10/11 First at Four, the newscast air on Time Warner Cable channels 11 and 1011 in Lincoln, and is streamed live on www.1011now.com, and now on KOLN and KGIN.
On September 3, 2013, KNPL-LD was relaunched as a local CBS affiliate for North Platte, NE. Not only does it include CBS programming and several locally-produced 10/11 branded shows, 10/11 North Platte (the station's official branding), currently airs that area's local news weeknights at 6:30 and 10:00 p.m. Currently anchored by Adam Uhernik and Kristin Bauer, along with 10/11 Weather from meteorologist Rusty Dawkins, KNPL-LD is the first station in the North Platte market to air local news in high-definition.
- Lincolnland News (1950s)
- Newscene 10 (1970s)
- 10/11 News (1980s–present)
- "10 Strong" (1970s)
- "Hello Nebraska, 10/11 Loves You" (1980s; used during period station used Frank Gari's "Hello News")
- "10/11, Nebraska Strong!" (1988–1998; general slogan)
- "Every Day..." (2005–2007)
- "Anytime. Anywhere. Every Day." (2007–2011)
- Kristin Bauer - weeknights at 6:30 and 10:00 p.m. (both on KNPL-LD 10/11 North Platte); also video journalist
- Melanie Bloom - weekday mornings First News Nebraska (5:00-7:00 a.m.)
- Bridget Fargen - Mondays-Thursdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:30 and Sundays-Thursdays at 10:00 p.m.
- Cassandra Hager - weekends at 9:00 p.m. (KSNB / KOLN-DT2 / KGIN-DT2 MyTV); also Grand Island video journalist
- Owen Jensen - Mondays-Thursdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:30 and Sundays-Thursdays at 10:00 p.m.
- David Jespersen - weeknights at 5:00 p.m.; also special reports coordinator
- Eamon O'Meara - weekends at 9:00 p.m. (KSNB / KOLN-DT2 / KGIN-DT2 MyTV); also Grand Island video journalist
- Torin Otis - weekday mornings First News Nebraska (5:00-7:00 a.m.)
- Nick Starling - weekend mornings (6:30-7:30 a.m.); also video journalist
- Abby Turpin - weekdays at noon and weeknights at 5:00 p.m.
- Adam Uhernik - weeknights at 5:30 (KSNB / KOLN-DT2 / KGIN-DT2 MyTV), 6:30 (KNPL-LD 10/11 North Platte), 9:00 (KSNB / KOLN-DT2 / KGIN-DT2 MyTV) and 10:00 p.m. (KNPL-LD 10/11 North Platte); also video journalist
- Jon Vanderford - weekdays at 4:00 p.m.; also Pure Nebraska host/producer
- Taryn Vanderford - weekdays at 4:00 p.m.
- Ken Siemek (AMS Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; Mondays-Thursdays at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Brad Anderson (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings (5:00-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Brandon Rector (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval; member, NWA) - meteorologist; weekdays at 4:00 and weeknights at 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. (KSNB / KOLN-DT2 / KGIN-DT2 MyTV)
- Rusty Dawkins - (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval; member, NWA) - meteorologist; Fridays and Saturdays at 6:00 and 10:00 and Sundays at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m. + weeknights at 6:30 and 10:00 p.m. (both on KNPL-LD 10/11 North Platte)
- Tony DeGrand - meteorologist; weekend mornings (6:30-7:30 a.m.)
- Kevin Sjuts - sports director; weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Jeff Packer - sports anchor; weeknights at 9:00 p.m. (KSNB / KOLN-DT2 / KGIN-DT2 MyTV)
- Ryan Mix - sports anchor; weekends at 9:00 p.m. (KSNB / KOLN-DT2 / KGIN-DT2 MyTV); also Grand Island video journalist
- Adam Krueger - sports videojournalist
- Josh Kellams - video journalist
- Lance Schwartz - special projects coordinator
- Amber Smith - Assistant News Director
- Stephanie Hedrick - News Director
- Sue Ramsett - General Manager
Former on-air staff
- Leta Powell Drake - morning show host/portrayed Kalamity Kate for KOLN-TV's Cartoon Corral
- John Fortney - anchor (2008–2011; now news director/anchor at WTAP in Parkersburg, WV)
- Dave Roberts - anchor (2011-2013)
- Mel Mains - anchor (1961–1995)
- Bob Taylor - anchor (1953-1981)
- Joe Kinney - weather (1954-19??)
- Mark Ahmann - sportscaster (1972-1980)
- Bob Schnuelle - weekend newscaster/KGIN general manager (1960-1974) 
KOLN/KGIN serves its large coverage area with 13 translators. Repeaters in bold are owned by Gray Television; all others are owned by local municipalities or organizations. All owned-and-operated repeaters broadcast a multiplexed digital signal including high-definition programming. The remainder broadcast an analog signal. The repeater in North Platte, KNPL-LD, relaunched as a locally-focused CBS affiliate on September 3, 2013.
Six of the translators directly repeat the KOLN signal, while seven directly repeat the KGIN signal.
- "CBS Adding Gray's KNPL As Affiliate". TVNewsCheck. March 19, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
- McGuire, Jana (Fall 2004). "50 Years of Service NET". Nebraska Alumni Magazine. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
- Ganzel, Bill. "TV Comes to Lincoln, Nebraska". NebraskaStudies.org. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
- "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films". Boxoffice: 13. November 10, 1956.[dead link]
- "NE BA Hall of Fame".
- Korbelik, Jeff (January 21, 2009). "KOLN/KGIN-TV explains mysterious "Fox 10/11' Web sighting". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved January 23, 2009.
- "New Website".
- News Team
- "NE BA hall of fame".*
- "NE BA hall of fame".*
- "NE BA hall of fame".*
- "NE BA hall of fame".*
- "FCC Callsign WQEV903 (Gray Television Licensee LLC)". RadioReference.com. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
- Official website
- KGIN/KSNB-TV website
- KNPL-LD website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KOLN
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KGIN
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KNPL
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KOLN-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KGIN-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KNPL-LD
- Obituary of A. James Ebel (longtime KOLN general manager)
- Nebraska Broadcasters Association profile of Mel Mains (longtime KOLN news anchor)
- Lincoln Journal-Star's Jeff Korbelik reports on departure of Randy Lube (longtime 10/11 news director)