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(satellite of KSNW, Wichita, Kansas)
Great Bend/Hays, Kansas
Branding KSN (general)
KSN News Central (local news)
KSN News (state news)
Slogan We've Got Your Back
Channels Digital: 22 (UHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
Affiliations NBC
Owner LIN Media, LLC
(sale to Media General pending)
(LIN License Company, LLC)
First air date November 28, 1954
Call letters' meaning Kansas
Central Kansas
Sister station(s) KSNW
Former callsigns KCKT (1954-1982)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
2 (VHF, 1954-2008)
Transmitter power 500 kW
Height 284 m
Facility ID 72359
Transmitter coordinates 38°25′54″N 98°46′18″W / 38.43167°N 98.77167°W / 38.43167; -98.77167
Website www.ksn.com

KSNC, digital channel 22 (virtual channel 2 via PSIP), is an NBC affiliate based in Great Bend, Kansas. It is owned by LIN Media.

KSNC is part of the Kansas State Network (KSN) network of NBC affiliates, repeating the signal of KSNW in Wichita, Kansas, with local advertising and news inserts. KSNC maintains a studio and transmitter three miles north of Great Bend on US 281.


It signed on the air on November 28, 1954 as KCKT, under the ownership of Central Kansas Television Co., Inc. In 1958, it signed on a satellite station, KGLD, channel 11 in Garden City. The two stations became known as the "Tri-Circle Network". They were joined in 1959 by KOMC-TV, channel 8 in Oberlin. For years, during the 1970s and 1980s, KCKT/KSNC had a translator station in Salina, K18AA, Ch. 18.

In 1962, after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled that central and western Kansas was part of the Wichita market, Central Kansas Television bought Wichita's KARD-TV merged with KCKT and its satellites. The Tri-Circle Network then renamed itself the Kansas State Network, with KARD as the flagship station. KCKT changed its calls to KSNC on August 16, 1982 as part of KSN's effort to help viewers in its huge coverage area think of the four stations as one large network.

Channel 2 aired its own newscasts for many years. However, its local operations were progressively cut back from the mid-1980s onward. By the start of the 21st century, local news had been reduced to inserts in KSNW's newscasts, and local identifications had been largely eliminated.

Most cable systems in the viewing area carry KSNC on analog cable channel 2, except for Cox Communications which carries KSNC on analog cable channel 3.

On July 24, 2007, then-owner Montecito Broadcast Group announced the sale of all of its stations to New Vision Television. The sale was finalized on November 1 of that year. [1]

On October 1, 2008, KSNC turned off its channel 2 analog signal. It is the second KSN station that is aired in all digital.[1][2] KSNC-DT will remain on channel 22 [3] using PSIP to display KSNC's virtual channel as 2 on digital television receivers.

On May 7, 2012, LIN TV Corporation announced that it will acquire the New Vision Television station group, including KSNW and its four satellite stations, for $330.4 million and the assumption of $12 million in debt. On October 2, the FCC approved the proposed sale to LIN TV.[4] The transaction is expected to close in late 2012.[5] The deal will mark a re-entry to Kansas for LIN, who briefly owned the licenses of rival Wichita station KAKE and its satellites in 2000 but never held operational control of the stations.

On March 21, 2014, Media General announced that it would purchase LIN Media and its stations, including the KSN stations, in a $1.6 billion merger—giving KSNC its sixth owner since 2000. The deal will result in Media General's return to the market; it previously owned competitor KBSH-TV (a satellite of KWCH-TV) from 2000 to 2006.[6][7]

News programming[edit]

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • NewsCenter 2
  • KSN News (1998–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Clear. Accurate. To the Point." (2002–2006; news)
  • "Chime In!" (late 2000s; localized version of the 2008-09 NBC ad campaign)
  • "We've Got Your Back" (2014–present; news)
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