|Branding||27 KSNT (general)
Kansas First News (newscasts)
Fox 43 KTMJ (on DT2)
|Slogan||Topeka News and Weather (general/news)
Always Watching. Always Tracking. (weather)
|Channels||Digital: 27 (UHF)
Virtual: 27 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||NBC (exclusive since 1983; primary until 1983)|
(LIN License Company, LLC)
|First air date||December 28, 1967|
|Call letters' meaning||Kansas State
|Former callsigns||KTSB (1967–1982)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
27 (UHF, 1967–2009)
The CW (2006–2008)
|Transmitter power||77.9 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KSNT is the NBC-affiliated television station for Topeka, Kansas. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 27 from a transmitter at its studios on Northwest 27th Street (U.S. 24) near the Kiro section of Topeka. Owned by Media General, the station is sister to and shares facilities with Class A Fox affiliate KTMJ-CD. It also operates ABC affiliate KTKA-TV under a shared services agreement with Vaughan Media, LLC.
On cable, KSNT is carried on analog channel 7 in standard definition and digital channel 2007 in high definition on Cox Communications in Topeka, on analog channel 8 in standard definition and digital channel 208 in high definition on Knology in the Lawrence area, and on analog channel 8 in standard definition on RESNET in Lawrence.
The station debuted on December 28, 1967 as KTSB, originally owned by Ralph C. Wilson Jr., founding owner of the Buffalo Bills NFL football team. It was Topeka's second commercial television station and the first full-powered UHF station in Kansas. The station has been an NBC affiliate from the first day. Unlike most then two-station markets, KTSB did not take a formal secondary affiliation with ABC but did clear a few shows from that network. It had little need to air many ABC shows because KMBC-TV in Kansas City and KQTV in St. Joseph both decently cover Topeka. In any case, KTKA got the ABC affiliation when it began operations in 1983.
In 1982, George Hatch (owner of the Kansas State Network based at KARD-TV in Wichita—now KSNW) bought the station. Later that year, this station was renamed KSNT as part of an effort to help viewers think of the KSN stations as part of one large network. During the next few years, the station referred to itself as KSN but only did limited simulcasting with KSNW and the other three KSN stations in Western Kansas, but still provided stories from the northeast area to KSNW and the other KSN stations. KSNW provided central and western Kansas news stories to KSNT. Today, KSNT airs University of Kansas Jayhawks basketball games in addition to NBC programming. While in its role as airing partial simulcasts of KSNW programming, it used the Hello News music package until 1986.
George Lilly (SJL Communications) purchased the station from Hatch in 1988 along with KSNW and eventually dismantled part of the microwave system that linked the two stations in a cost cutting effort. In 1995, Lee Enterprises picked up the KSN group including KSNT. In 2000, Emmis Communications acquired the KSN stations but eventually sold it back to Montecito Broadcasting Group (formerly SJL Communications) for $259 million.
It was announced in April 2006 that KSNT-DT2 would be Northeast Kansas' home of the The CW beginning on September 18. On July 24, 2007, Montecito announced the sale of all of its stations (KSNT, KSNW and its satellites, plus KHON-TV in Honolulu and its satellites, and KOIN in Portland) to New Vision Television. The sale closed on November 1 of that year. In July 2008, New Vision purchased low-powered Fox affiliate KTMJ, and in November, replaced The CW programming on KSNT-DT2 with a digital broadcast of that channel since it did not air one of its own due to being a Class A station. KTMJ moved from its original studios on Southwest Southgate Drive in Topeka to KSNT's facilities.
On February 4, 2011, Free State Communications announced that would sell KTKA-TV to PBC Broadcasting, which also owns stations in Youngstown, OH and Savannah, GA. Both operations are part of shared service and local marketing agreements with stations owned by KSNT's owner New Vision Television in their respective markets, suggesting that KTKA would be structured under the same sort of arrangement with KSNT. Despite objections to the sale by the American Cable Association that the sale could give the virtual triopoly too much leverage in retransmission consent negotiations, leaving the possibility of the blackout of three of Topeka's network affiliates should retrans negotiations with area pay television providers break down in the future, the FCC approved the sale of KTKA to PBC Broadcasting for $1.5 million on July 21, 2011.
On May 7, 2012, LIN TV Corporation announced that it will acquire the New Vision Television station group, including KSNT and KTMJ-CD, for $330.4 million and the assumption of $12 million in debt. The agreement includes operational control of KTKA-TV through the existing shared services agreement with KTKA's owner PBC Broadcasting. On October 2, the FCC approved the proposed sale to LIN TV. The transition is expected to close by within the 4th quarter of 2012. The deal would mark a re-entry into Kansas for LIN, who briefly owned the licenses of Wichita ABC affiliate 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 KSNT, KTMJ-CD, and the SSA with KTKA-TV, in a $1.6 billion merger. The FCC approved the merger on December 12, 2014, but a condition of the deal requires Media General to end the SSA between KTKA-TV and KSNT within two years due to tighter scrutiny such deals are getting by the FCC. The merger was completed on December 19.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|27.1||1080i||16:9||KSNT-DT||Main KSNT programming / NBC|
|27.2||480i||4:3||KTMJ-FO||SD Simulcast of KTMJ-CD|
KSNT shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 27, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 28 to former UHF analog channel 27.
|This section requires expansion with: further information of KSNT's news operation prior to August 2011. (August 2011)|
Currently, KSNT broadcasts a total of 18½ hours of local newscasts each week (with 3½ hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays).
On July 30, 2011, KSNT and KTMJ-CA combined its news operations with KTKA-TV, under the banner name of Kansas First News; the newscasts are based out of the KSNT studios. The arrangement is similar to other virtual triopoly joint news operations such as Raycom Media/MCG Capital's Hawaii News Now in Honolulu, Hawaii and Granite/Malara's Indiana's NewsCenter in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Northland's NewsCenter in Duluth, Minnesota. On Saturday, May 4th, 2013, Kansas First News switched to HD.
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- FCC Approved of LIN-TV buying New Vision Stations
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- FCC Okays Media General/LIN Merger Broadcasting & Cable (12/12/2014)
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- RabbitEars TV Query for KSNT
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- FCC Digital Channel Info
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- KSNT and KTKA Combine News Operations