|St. Joseph/Kansas City, Missouri/
Kansas City, Kansas
|City of license||St. Joseph, Missouri|
|Channels||Digital: 21 (UHF)
Virtual: 16 (PSIP)
16.2 The Church Channel
16.4 TBN Enlace USA
16.5 Smile of a Child TV
|Owner||Trinity Broadcasting Network, Inc.
(TCCSA, Inc., d/b/a Trinity Broadcasting Network)
|First air date||October 1986|
|Call letters' meaning||Keep
|Former callsigns||KTAJ (1986–2003)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
16 (UHF, 1986–2009)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KTAJ-TV, virtual channel 16 (UHF digital channel 21), is a TBN owned-and-operated television station serving Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas, United States that is licensed to St. Joseph, Missouri. The station is owned by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. KTAJ-TV maintains studio facilities located on West 31st Street in St. Joseph, and its transmitter is located in Kansas City, Missouri. The station has been available on cable television providers in both the St. Joseph and Kansas City areas since its sign-on.
The station first signed on the air in October 1986, and was built and signed on by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. KTAJ is the only full-powered TBN partner station in the state of Missouri, and was one of only two stations licensed to St. Joseph – alongside ABC affiliate KQTV (channel 2) – until the June 2012 sign-on of Fox affiliate KNPN-LD (channel 26) – although KTAJ and KQTV remain the only full-power stations licensed to the city (two other stations owned by KNPN parent News-Press & Gazette Company have signed on since that point – low-powered KNPG-LD, channel 30, and KBJO-LD, channel 21).
As KTAJ-TV's virtual digital channel is mapped as "16" (its former analog channel assignment) through PSIP, CW affiliate KBJO-LD instead maps its PSIP channel as virtual channel 21 to avoid co-channel mapping issues with KTAJ.
This station's digital signal, like most other full-service TBN owned-and-operated stations, carries five different TBN-run networks.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|16.1||480i||4:3||TBN||Main TBN programming|
|16.2||TCC||The Church Channel|
|16.5||SOAC||Smile of a Child TV|
TBN-owned full-power stations permanently ceased analog transmissions on April 16, 2009.
KTAJ-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 16, on that date. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 21. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 16.
Locally-produced programs that are taped in the station's St. Joseph studios include local versions of TBN's flagship program Praise the Lord and Joy in Our Town, a public affairs program format that is produced by TBN partner stations on a local basis.
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says October 6, while the Television and Cable Factbook says October 7.
- News-Press & Gazette to Launch Fox Affiliate in St. Joseph This Spring, TVSpy, March 20, 2012.
- KNPN to upgrade transmission to all HD, St. Joseph News-Press, March 5, 2013.
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTAJ
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTAJ-TV
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