|Branding||NBC Nebraska (general)
NBC Nebraska News (newscasts)
10/11 Central Nebraska (on DT2)
|Channels||Digital: 4 (VHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
|Translators||K18CD-D 18 Lincoln
KWAZ-LP 35 Lincoln
KOLN 10.2 Lincoln
KGIN 11.2 Grand Island
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||October 1, 1965|
|Call letters' meaning||Superior, NeBraska|
|Sister station(s)||KOLN, WOWT|
|Former callsigns||KHTL-TV (1965–1974)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
4 (VHF, 1965–2009)
34 (UHF, c. 2004–2009)
ABC (1965–1996, as satellite of KHGI)
Antenna TV (2012–2013)
UPN (to 2005)[specify]
Ion Television (2000s)[specify]
|Transmitter power||23.5 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KSNB-TV is the NBC, MyNetworkTV and Me-TV-affiliated television station for Lincoln and Grand Island, Nebraska. Licensed to Superior, it broadcasts on VHF channel 4 from a transmitter located near York. Owned by Gray Television, it is sister to Lincoln CBS affiliate KOLN and its satellite KGIN in nearby Grand Island; KSNB's operations are split between KOLN's facility on North 40th Street in Lincoln and a separate facility located north of Hastings on U.S. 281 that housed the area's former NBC affiliate, KHAS-TV. Since KSNB's signal is weak in Lincoln, its main channel is carried on KOLN and KGIN's digital subcarriers. The station also operates two translators in Lincoln, K18CD-D digital channel 18 and KWAZ-LP analog channel 35.
KSNB is officially part of the Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney market, which spans much of the state of Nebraska. Until recently, it was only fully realized on satellite local feeds. However, with the conversion of KSNB to NBC, the market does now share all major network affiliates except for ABC, as the western, central and northern parts of the market receive ABC from KHGI-TV while the southeastern portion of the market receives ABC from KLKN-TV.
KSNB signed on the air on October 1, 1965 as KHTL-TV, and was part of the ABC-affiliated Nebraska Television Network (NTN) alongside KHOL-TV (now KHGI-TV) in Kearney, KHPL-TV (now KWNB-TV) in Hayes Center and KHQL-TV in Albion (later joined by KHGI-CA in North Platte). The callsign was changed to KSNB-TV on June 3, 1974. During the 1980s, the chain was rebranded as NTV; around this time, KCNA-TV (the former KHQL) was spun off (the station is now Lincoln-based KLKN).
In September 1996, KSNB broke off from NTV and became a Fox affiliate, operating as a satellite of KTVG in Grand Island. The two served as the Fox affiliate for the western portion of the sprawling market. By this time, KSNB was owned by Colins Broadcasting Corporation, while KTVG was owned by Hill Broadcasting Company. Both were operated by Pappas Telecasting Companies, owner of KHGI, under a time brokerage agreement.
During the early 2000s, KSNB and KTVG would pick up a secondary affiliation with Pax (which was renamed i: Independent Television on July 1, 2005 and Ion Television on January 29, 2007); the Ion affiliation was later discontinued. It was also during this time that the station carried programs from UPN — that was until KOLN/KGIN launched a UPN-affiliated subchannel on September 1, 2005. The network shut down a year later in favor of The CW, which was picked up by KCWL-TV (channel 51), owned by the Omaha World-Herald and operated by Pappas.
Prior to June 2009, the stations were identified on-air as "Nebraska Fox 4 & 17". KSNB and KTVG began broadcasting network programming in high-definition on January 1, 2009 prior to the broadcast of the Orange Bowl.
KSNB was hampered by opting to return to channel 4 after the June 12, 2009 transition date (its digital signal had broadcast on UHF channel 34 before then), as the issue of lower VHF frequencies not transmitting well in digital (along with KSNB being one of the few stations digitally on channel 4 in the country) meant the station's coverage area was less than what had been mapped, and the lack of viewers with VHF-optimized digital antennas further complicated the situation. This likely led Pappas to switch Lincoln's KCWL from The CW to Fox as KFXL-TV, in order to maintain Fox service to southern Nebraska in a way that KSNB could not. When KFXL became a Fox station, KTVG and KSNB became its satellites. All three stations became branded as "KFXL, Fox Nebraska".
Shutdown and transition
The time brokerage agreement between Pappas Telecasting and Colins Broadcasting expired on November 30, 2009. As a result, KSNB and its two translators were removed from the Fox Nebraska network and shut down on December 1 (a third Colins-owned translator, K17CI in Beatrice, Nebraska, had left the air on June 12, 2009). KTVG soon followed in April 2010, leaving KFXL as the market's sole Fox station.
In 2010, Colins then put the dormant KSNB license up for sale. The station was broadcasting intermittently as an affiliate of the Three Angels Broadcasting Network. On June 23, 2011, Colins Broadcasting filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to increase the ERP of the station to 23.5 kW, moving the transmitter site to the existing tower of FM radio station KTMX, near York, roughly 50 miles (80km) northeast of the current site.
Sale to Gray Television and MyNetworkTV affiliation
On November 21, 2012, it was announced that Gray Television, the owners of KOLN/KGIN, would acquire KSNB for $1.25 million. The Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney market has only five full-power stations (KOLN/KGIN and KHGI/KWNB are both counted as single stations for ratings and regulatory purposes), not enough to legally permit a duopoly. Colins and Gray sought a "failed station" waiver to allow the acquisition to move forward. The station deal includes Lincoln translators K18CD and KWAZ-LP. On February 15, 2013, the FCC granted the assignment of license to Gray, with the sale officially completed on February 25.
KSNB aired programming from Antenna TV in the interim on channels 4.1 and 4.2 from the new licensed facilities near York, as well as on its digital K18CD-D and analog KWAZ-LP translators in Lincoln. The affiliation agreement with Antenna TV was exclusively intended for the station's second digital subchannel, but was carried on the primary digital channel as well while the station ownership changed hands. On April 1, 2013, the station took the MyNetworkTV affiliation previously held by the second digital subchannels of both KOLN and KGIN. It also resumed a general entertainment programming schedule and introduced increased local programming, including the expected addition of local high school sports coverage. The second digital subchannel eventually began to also carry the same programming as the main channel, replacing Antenna TV. On September 2, 2013, KSNB became an affiliate of Me-TV; the network provided the majority of channel 4's schedule, with local and modern syndicated programming (including primetime MyNetworkTV programming) continuing during the evening hours. Soon after KSNB returned to the air full-time, it was added to all cable systems on the Lincoln side of the market as part of the retransmission consent compensation for carrying KOLN.
On June 11, 2014, Hastings-based KHAS-TV (channel 5), the longtime NBC affiliate for the western part of the Lincoln market, announced on its website and Facebook page that it would leave the air at midnight on June 13, with NBC programming being moved to KSNB and the second subchannels of KOLN and KGIN. KHAS' owner, Hoak Media, had recently merged with Gray, and original plans called for it to be sold to Excalibur Broadcasting to satisfy duopoly rules. Gray would have operated the station under a local marketing agreement. However, increased FCC scrutiny of LMAs prompted Gray to shut down KHAS. KSNB's existing Me-TV and MyNetworkTV programming continues to air on channel 4.2, with both channels being broadcast in high definition. The switch actually improved NBC's coverage in the market, giving that network a full-market affiliate for the first time ever. For most of the broadcasting era, WOWT in Omaha (a sister station to KSNB and KOLN/KGIN) had doubled as Lincoln's NBC affiliate as well.
With the change, Time Warner Cable's Lincoln system (and surrounding smaller systems near Lincoln) carries the 4.2 subchannel on the channels occupied by KSNB, and the primary 4.1 channel on the channels formerly occupied by Omaha-based WOWT. WOWT was moved to a standard-definition digital tier channel position following KSNB's NBC affiliation. Lincoln-area cable systems historically have never carried KHAS, instead opting to carry WOWT. As of August 2014 other Lincoln-area cable systems including Charter Communications and Zito Media have continued to carry WOWT as the default local NBC affiliate.
KSNB rebranded from "News 5" (the branding inherited from KHAS-TV) to "NBC Nebraska" on October 1, 2014.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|4.1||1080i||16:9||KSNB-HD||Main KSNB-TV programming / NBC|
|4.2||720p||MyNetworkTV / Me-TV|
With the sale to Gray Television, KSNB began to air two half-hour daily newscasts produced by KOLN: an early evening broadcast at 5:30 p.m. on weeknights and a nightly primetime newscast at 9:00 p.m. Both newscasts, which debuted on April 1, 2013, are broadcast in high definition and originate from KOLN's studios on North 40th Street on the northeast side of Lincoln. With the move of KHAS-TV's programming to KSNB-TV's primary channel, the station inherited KHAS' separate news operation and newscasts; the second digital subchannel continued to air the two KOLN-produced newscasts, though the 5:30 newscast has since been dropped.
|Station||Channel||Founded||First air date||Facility ID||ERP||Status|
|K18CD-D||Digital: 18 (UHF)||1988||1999||21165||15 kW||On air|
|KWAZ-LP||Analog: 35 (UHF)||1989
|2007||21167||0.236 kW||On air at reduced power|
- "For the Record". Broadcasting. June 24, 1974. p. 70. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
- "RESPONSE OF PAPPAS TELECASTING OF CENTRAL NEBRASKA, HILL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC., AND FANT BROADCASTING COMPANY OF NEBRASKA, INC. REGARDING LOCAL MARKETING AGREEMENTS" (PDF). Electronic Comment Filing System. Federal Communications Commission. July 8, 1997. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
- Korbelik, Jeff (July 13, 2005). "KOLN/KGIN-TV to launch UPN channel". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
- "KSNB-TV signs off for final time". The Superior Express. December 1, 2009. Retrieved December 10, 2009.
- northpine.con Broadcasting News, December 28, 2010.
- FCC records: "KSNB-TV, Superior, Nebraska (Facility ID No. 21161), STA – Exhibit, December 2010"
- FCC: COLINS BROADCASITNG CORPORATION, KSNB-DT TV4, Superior, Nebraska, Quarterly List of Issue – Responsive Programming (Third Quarter 2012 – July 1, 2012 thru September 30, 2012)
- Gray Lines Up 2nd Station In Lincoln, NE, TVNewsCheck, November 26, 2012.
- Consent to Assignment Application
- Consummation Notice
- Gray TV Plans to Add MyNet to KNSB Lincoln, Broadcasting & Cable, November 28, 2012.
- Gray Television Buys KSNB Lincoln, Neb., TVNewsCheck, February 25, 2013.
- FCC Purchase Agreement, November 21, 2012.
- "FCC 398 Children's Television Programming Report". KidVid Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. October 1, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
KSNB-TV switched to the MeTV Network effective 9/2.
- "KHAS TV - KSNB TV Statement". http://www.khastv.com/. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
- "KHAS 5.1 Signal Moving to KSNB 4.1". 1011now.com. June 12, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
- Korbelik, Jeff (June 12, 2014). "KSNB-TV to become an NBC affiliate". Lincoln Journal-Star. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KSNB
- Official website
- KSNB-DT2 website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KSNB-TV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K18CD
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KWAZ-LP
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KSNB-TV