|Branding||FOX39 Jonesboro (primary channel)
CBS39 Jonesboro (secondary channel)
|Subchannels||39.1 - FOX
39.2 - CBS
(Jonesboro TV, LLC)
|Founded||December 19, 1994|
|First air date||December 19, 1994
August 1, 2015 (current incarnation)
|Last air date||circa 2010 (original incarnation)|
|Call letters' meaning||JoNEsboro|
|Former callsigns||K54ER (1994–2005)
|Former affiliations||TBN (1994–2010)|
|Transmitter power||15 kW|
|Height||547 feet (167 m)|
KJNB-TV is a low-powered (LD) television station that is licensed to and is located in Jonesboro, Arkansas. It is broadcasting as a primary FOX and secondary CBS affiliate. The station also broadcasts a low-power signal on UHF channel 42 to help reach its entire viewing area. It is currently owned and operated by Waypoint Media and Jonesboro TV, LLC.
As a TBN translator
The station was previously K54ER channel 54 and later, K42GX; during both instances, the station served as an owned-and-operated repeater of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, with all programming retransmitted from a satellite feed. K27FC, a defunct low-power station, also served as a TBN translator. In 2010, TBN closed down many of its low-powered repeaters, due to ongoing economic problems. Many of these repeaters would be donated by TBN to the Minority Media and Television Council (MMTC), an organization designed to preserve equal opportunity and civil rights in the media.
As a silent station
The MMTC would later sell K42GX, along with three other translators in three other translators in three other markets to New Moon Communications. They were WZMC-LP in Jackson, Tennessee, WDON-LP in Dothan, Alabama, and KUMK-LP in Ottumwa, Iowa. New Moon had the intent to convert them to affiliates of the NBC Television Network. After the transaction, on June 14, 2011, K42GX changed the station’s callsigns to KJNE-LD. The intent of KJNE-LD was to bring a local NBC affiliate to the small Jonesboro market. NBC was available locally on cable via either WMC-TV in Memphis, Tennessee or KARK-TV Little Rock, Arkansas.
In September 2012, New Moon has placed all its stations, including KJNE for sale. Jackson, Tennessee’s WZMC-LP  and Ottumwa’s KUMK-LP had their licenses cancelled at New Moon’s request, while WDON-LP (now WRGX-LD) in Dothan signed on as an NBC affiliate after its sale to Gray Television. However, WNBJ-LD, another station unrelated to WZMC-LP, signed on in the Jackson area to serve as an NBC affiliate for that area in October 2014.
Foiled plan for a NBC affiliation
Four days after Christmas Day 2014, it was announced that KAIT, the ABC affiliate in the Jonesboro area, would begin broadcasting NBC programming on a subchannel on January 26, 2015. NBC was already taken, but plans for KJNE to become affiliated with any network were still all but terminated. Of the four stations New Moon Communications acquired in 2011, KJNE is the only station still under New Moon’s ownership and with an active license.
Satellite and translator of KJNB
In June 2015, Waypoint Media announced that it would be acquiring KJNE-LD. On July 29, 2015, Waypoint Media announced in a press release that KJNE-LD would serve as a satellite and translator of KJNB when it returned to the air, with Fox programming airing on 42.1 and CBS airing on 42.2.
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- FCC document: “COMMENTS OF LPTV ENTREPRENEURS”, December 17, 2010
- MMTC Website
- "Jonesboro to Gain NBC Affiliate" Arkansas TV News Watch (July 1, 2011)
- Malone, Michael (June 28, 2011). "New Moon Brings NBC to Four Tiny Markets". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
- Per radiotvdeals.com/ radiotvdeals.com
- “Request for Cancellation of License, WZMC-LP, Jackson, TN, Facility Id. 68047”, July 30, 2013
- Northpine.com: March 2014
- "KAIT Says It Will Launch An NBC Affiliate". Arkansas Business. December 29, 2014. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
- "CBS makes debut in northeast Arkansas"
- RabbitEars TV Query for KJNE-LD