|McCook, Nebraska/Oberlin, Kansas
KSN News (state news)
|Slogan||We've Got Your Back|
|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
|Owner||LIN Media, LLC
(sale to Media General pending)
(LIN License Company, LLC)
|First air date||1959|
|Call letters' meaning||Kansas
|Former callsigns||KOMC (1959–1982)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
8 (VHF, 1959–2008)
|Transmitter power||10.4 kW|
|Public license information:||
(satellite of KSNW, Wichita, Kansas) Profile
(satellite of KSNW, Wichita, Kansas) CDBS
KSNK, virtual channel 8 (UHF digital channel 12), is an NBC-affiliated television station located in McCook, Nebraska, United States. The station is owned by LIN Media. KSNK maintains offices located on US 36 in northwestern Oberlin, Kansas, and its transmitter is located along US 36 in rural northwestern Decatur County.
KSNK is part of the Kansas State Network (KSN), a regional network of four stations relaying programming from Wichita, Kansas NBC affiliate KSNW across central and western Kansas; KSNK incorporates local advertising and news inserts aimed at areas of northwest Kansas and bordering counties in southwestern Nebraska within the Wichita-Hutchinson Plus television market. It is the only KSNW satellite to be licensed outside of Kansas and also outside of the Wichita market, although it covers the general Oberlin/Colby/Goodland area as well.
The station first signed on the air on November 28, 1959 as KOMC-TV (for Oberlin-McCook), a satellite of Great Bend's KCKT-TV, under the ownership of Central Kansas Television Co., Inc. The three stations, which were collectively branded as the "Tri-Circle Network," relayed NBC programming throughout central and western Kansas. In 1962, after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled that central and western Kansas was part of the Wichita market, Central Kansas Television purchased KARD and merged it with KOMC, KCKT and KGLD-TV. The Tri-Circle Network changed its name to the "Kansas State Network" a few years later, with KARD serving as the flagship of the new four-station regional network.
The station changed its call letters to KSNK on August 16, 1982, as part of an effort to help viewers think of the four stations as part of one large network. Around this time, the station's city of license was relocated across the Kansas-Nebraska border from Oberlin to McCook. In 1988, the KSN stations were acquired by SJL Broadcast Management. The stations were then sold to Lee Enterprises in 1995. Emmis Communications bought most of Lee Enterprises' television properties in 2000. Montecito Broadcast Group, a newly formed partnership between SJL and the private equity firm Blackstone Group, acquired the KSN stations from Emmis on January 27, 2006.
On July 24, 2007, Montecito announced the sale of its five stations (KSNW, KHON-TV in Honolulu, KOIN in Portland and KSNT in Topeka, as well as satellites of KSNW and KHON) to New Vision Television; the sale was finalized on November 1, 2007. On May 7, 2012, the LIN TV Corporation announced that it would 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; the sale – which was approved by the FCC on October 2 and was completed 1½ weeks later on October 12 – marked a re-entry into Kansas for LIN, which briefly owned the license of KLBY (channel 4), a satellite of Wichita ABC affiliate KAKE-TV (channel 10), in 2000, before selling them to Benedek Broadcasting shortly after the purchase was finalized.
On March 21, 2014, Media General announced that it would purchase LIN Media and its stations, including KSNW, in a $1.6 billion merger – giving the station its sixth owner since 2000. Like the earlier acquisition of KSNW by LIN, this deal will mark Media General's re-entry to the market, as it previously owned KBSL-TV (channel 10), a satellite of KWCH-TV (channel 12), from 2000 to 2006.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|8.1||1080i||16:9||KSNK-DT||Main KSNK programming / NBC|
KSNK shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 12, on November 26, 2008. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 12. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 8.
Although KSNK originated its own newscasts for many years, the station's 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 separate identifications had been largely eliminated.
- KSN News (1998–present)
- Clear. Accurate. To the Point. (2002–2006)
- "Chime In!" (2008–2010; localized version of 2008–09 NBC ad campaign)
- We've Got Your Back (2014–present)
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says November 28, while the Television and Cable Factbook says October 16.
- Malone, Michael (May 7, 2012). "New Vision Buys Montecito Stations
- Malone, Michael (May 7, 2012). "LIN Acquiring New Vision Stations for $330 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
- Harrison, Crayton (March 21, 2014). "Media General To Buy LIN For $1.6 Billion". Hartford Courant. Bloomberg News. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
- Voorhis, Dan (March 21, 2014). "Media General buying KSNW’s parent company, LIN Media". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
- Roy, Bill (March 21, 2014). "Media General to buy KSNW parent company for $1.6B". Wichita Business Journal. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KSNK
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- CDBS Print
- KSN official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KSNK
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KSNK-TV