KTMJ-CD

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KTMJ-CD
KTMJ 43 logo.png
Topeka, Kansas
United States
Branding Fox 43 KTMJ (general)
Kansas First News (newscasts)
Slogan Topeka News and Weather (general/news)
Always Watching. Always Tracking. (weather)
Channels Digital: 43 (UHF)
KSNT-DT 27.2 (UHF)
Affiliations Fox
Owner Media General
(LIN License Company, LLC)
First air date June 16, 1982 (1982-06-16)
Call letters' meaning Kansas Topeka Manhattan Junction City
Sister station(s) KSNT, KTKA-TV
KSNW
Former callsigns KTLJ-CA:
K06KZ
KTMJ-LP
Former affiliations UPN (secondary)
Transmitter power 15 kW
77.9 kW (KSNT-DT2)
Height 200 m
320 m (KSNT-DT2)
Class CD
Facility ID 43649
67335 (KSNT-DT2)
Transmitter coordinates 39°3′50″N 95°45′49″W / 39.06389°N 95.76361°W / 39.06389; -95.76361Coordinates: 39°3′50″N 95°45′49″W / 39.06389°N 95.76361°W / 39.06389; -95.76361
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.kansasfirstnews.com

KTMJ-CD is the low-powered, Class A Fox-affiliated television station for Topeka, Kansas. It broadcasts a digital signal on UHF channel 43 from a transmitter in the city between the Kansas River and I-70/US 40/US 75/KS 4. Owned by Media General, the station is sister to NBC affiliate KSNT and also ABC affiliate KTKA-TV through a shared services agreement with its owner Vaughan Media, LLC; KSNT and KTMJ-CD share studios on Northwest 27th Street (US 24) near the Kiro section of Topeka.

History[edit]

What is now KTMJ began its life on June 16, 1982 as K06KZ on channel 6 in Junction City. It became a low-powered Fox affiliate under the call sign KTMJ-LP (Topeka / Manhattan / Junction City). It was known as "KTMJ-TV 6" in TV Guide listings and other references in newspapers. KETM-LP went on-the-air on November 30, 1988 as K17CK. Eventually, it became a repeater of the main signal. In 2001, it became a Class A station and changed its calls to KETM-CA. On March 30, 2011, it surrendered its class A license and reverted to a standard low-power one, with the call sign changing to KETM-LP. When the KTMJ-CA calls were moved to channel 43 in Topeka and became the flagship station, KETM became a repeater of that channel. KMJT-CA began life on August 4, 1992 as K15DQ. It became a Class A repeater of the original signal on September 24, 2001.

It became a Class A station in 2001 and gained the "KTMJ-CA" call sign. The KTMJ calls would be moved to a Topeka repeater of the Junction City station leaving the original KTMJ to become KTLJ-CA while the modern KTMJ-CA became the flagship of several Class A Fox stations in the Topeka viewing area. It carried UPN as a secondary affiliation until 2003. On July 7, 2008, New Vision Television (owner of NBC affiliate KSNT) announced its intention to buy KTMJ and its repeaters from Montgomery Communications.[1] The purchase was completed on September 1. In November 2008, KTMJ started broadcasting as a second digital subchannel of KSNT replacing a CW Plus affiliate. It can be received in 720p HD by using a ClearQAM device connected to Cox cable.

From June 16, 1982 until the transition to a digital-only signal, K06KZ at first, KTMJ-LP and KTMJ-CA at the time, and now KTLJ-CA is broadcast on the radio in the Junction City area on 87.7 FM. This is possible because channel 6 is close to the FM radio band and radios sold in the United States at the time. When the DTV transition is done to KTLJ-CA, it will be the last 87.7 FM radio station in the state of Kansas that will go off air. The first station that went off air was K06LZ licensed in Salina in the year 2008. The second station that went off air was KBSD-DT on June 12, 2009, because of the full power license.

On September 1, 2010, KTMJ-CA applied to flash-cut from analog to digital on channel 43, which it was granted a construction permit on September 28.[2] On September 29, 2011, KTMJ-CA began broadcasting its programming in high definition.

On May 7, 2012, LIN TV 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 the acquisition of New Vision's shared services agreement with Parkin Broadcasting, giving LIN operational control of KTKA-TV.[3] On October 2, the FCC approved the proposed sale to LIN TV.[4] The transaction is expected to close in late 2012.

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.[5][6] The merger was completed on December 19.[7]

Newscasts[edit]

Kansas First News logo (2011–present)

In April 2007, KTMJ began to simulcast newscasts from fellow Fox affiliate WDAF-TV in Kansas City. In April 2009 following New Vision's purchase of KTMJ-CA, NBC affiliate KSNT began producing a two-hour weekday morning newscast at 7 a.m. and a half-hour newscast at 9 p.m. weeknights for the station. Currently, KTMJ airs 2.5 hours of local newscasts on weekdays, which are produced by KSNT and KTKA's shared news department under the Kansas First News branding. On Saturday, May 4, 2013, Kansas First News switched to HD, becoming the second, and last news service in the Topeka area to switch to HD.

Repeaters[edit]

The station operates three repeaters that broadcast the Fox signal to the majority of the Topeka viewing area. KTLJ was the original KTMJ-CA before Topeka became the flagship home. It has an application to air a signal on channel 46 from a transmitter on the KANV-FM 91.3 tower.

Call sign Channel
(UHF, unless notice first)
Cable City of license Transmitter location
KTLJ-CA 6 (VHF),
87.7 (FM)
Cox Cable 6 (SD),
Cox Digital Cable 2006 (HD)
Junction City southeast of downtown and I-70 / U.S. 40 / K-18
KMJT-LP 15 (UHF) Cox Cable 6 (SD),
Cox Digital Cable 2006 (HD)
Ogden southwest of downtown Manhattan
KETM-LP 17 (UHF) Emporia south of Admire and I-335 / Kansas Turnpike

References[edit]

  1. ^ TVNEWSDAY – New Vision Buying KTMJ Topeka, KS
  2. ^ Analog to Digital
  3. ^ Malone, Michael (May 7, 2012). "LIN Acquiring New Vision Stations for $330 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ New Vision sale approved from FCC to LIN TV
  5. ^ Harrison, Crayton (March 21, 2014). "Media General To Buy LIN For $1.6 Billion". Hartford Courant. Bloomberg News. Retrieved March 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ Reid Blackwell, John (March 21, 2014). "MG will combine with LIN TV chain". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved March 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ Media General Completes Merger With LIN Media, Press Release, Media General, Retrieved 19 December, 2014

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