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KJNB-LD3 & KJNE-LD3 (MeTV Northeast Arkansas) Logo.pngKJNB-LD3 & KJNE-LD3 (MyNetworkTV Northeast Arkansas) Logo.png
Jonesboro, Arkansas
United States
BrandingKJNB Northeast Arkansas Fox (on LD1)
KJNB Northeast Arkansas CBS (on LD2)
MeTV Northeast Arkansas (LD3-primary)
MyNetworkTV Northeast Arkansas (LD3-secondary)
Northeast Arkansas News[1] (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 27 (UHF)
Virtual: 39 (PSIP)
TranslatorsKJNE-LD 42 (22 UHF) Jonesboro
Affiliations39.1 Fox
39.2 CBS
39.3 MeTV/MyNetworkTV
OwnerWaypoint Media, LLC
(Jonesboro TV, LLC)
FoundedNovember 22, 2011 (2011-11-22)
First air dateJune 1, 2015 (3 years ago) (2015-06-01)
Call letters' meaningJoNesBoro
Former callsignsK39LS-D (2011–2014)
Former channel number(s)Digital:
39 (UHF, 2011–2018)
Former affiliationsDark (2011–2015)
Transmitter power15 kW
Height106.4 m (349 ft)
Facility ID187271
Transmitter coordinates36°03′30.0″N 90°56′36.0″W / 36.058333°N 90.943333°W / 36.058333; -90.943333
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile
(translator of KJNB-LD)
Jonesboro, Arkansas
United States
Brandingsee KJNB-LD infobox
ChannelsDigital: 22 (UHF)
Virtual: 42 (PSIP)
Affiliations42.1 Fox
42.2 CBS
42.3 MeTV/MyNetworkTV
OwnerWaypoint Media, LLC
(Jonesboro TV, LLC)
FoundedDecember 19, 1994
First air dateDecember 19, 1994 (1994-12-19)
(original incarnation)
September 6, 2017 (17 months ago) (2017-09-06)
(current incarnation)
Last air datecirca 2010 (original incarnation)
Call letters' meaningJoNEsboro
Former callsignsK54ER (1994–2005)
K42GX (2005–2011)
KJNE-LP (2011–2017)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
54 (UHF, 1994–2005)
42 (UHF, 2005–2017)
42 (UHF, 2017–2018)
Former affiliationsTBN (1994–2010)
Transmitter power15 kW
Height167 m (548 ft)
Facility ID60836
Transmitter coordinates35°53′27″N 90°40′26″W / 35.89083°N 90.67389°W / 35.89083; -90.67389
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:
translator of KJNB-LD) Profile

translator of KJNB-LD) CDBS

KJNB-LD, virtual channel 39 (UHF digital channel 27), is a dual Fox/CBS-affiliated low-power television station licensed to Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States. Owned by Waypoint Media, LLC, KJNB-LD maintains a small office in the Regions Bank Building in Jonesboro, and its transmitter is located on Highway 91/Southern Avenue in unincorporated Lawrence County, southeast of Walnut Ridge.

KJNB-LD operates translator KJNE-LD, virtual channel 42 (UHF channel 22), serving Jonesboro proper. This station's transmitter is located on County Road 730 north of Jonesboro (on the tower of Arkansas State University's NPR member station KASU).


KJNB-LD history[edit]

Logo used from June 1, 2015 until November 2, 2017.

The station first signed on the air on June 1, 2015 as the market's second commercial television station, after ABC/NBC affiliate KAIT (channel 8), which signed on the air in July 1963 as an independent station. Until this point, Fox programming was available in northeast Arkansas over-the-air and on cable through WHBQ-TV (channel 13) in Memphis, Tennessee (prior to former owner Fox Television Stations' purchase and subsequent affiliation switch of WHBQ in 1995, area cable systems previously piped in that station's predecessor affiliates: WMKW-TV (channel 30, now CW affiliate WLMT) from 1987 to 1990, and WPTY-TV (channel 24, now ABC affiliate WATN-TV) from 1990 until it lost the Fox affiliation to WHBQ).[2] Despite being licensed as a low-powered television station, Waypoint Media secured the affiliation agreement with Fox by promising to provide coverage of at least 93% of the market through its over-the-air signal and through distribution on local cable and satellite providers.[2]

Logo used from September 1, 2015 until November 2, 2017.

On August 1, 2015, KJNB-LD signed on a second digital subchannel, carrying programming from CBS (as the Jonesboro area's first locally based CBS affiliate). Previously, the default CBS affiliates were KTHV in Little Rock and WREG-TV in Memphis over the air and on cable, as well as KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Missouri via DirecTV. The station also announced plans to sign on KJNE-LP as a satellite station to expand the station's coverage.[3]

On September 1, 2015, KTHV/Little Rock was replaced with KJNB-LD2 on the Jonesboro area Suddenlink cable system, but WREG/Memphis remains on the lineup. [4]

KJNE-LD history[edit]

As a TBN translator[edit]

KJNE-LD 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.[5][6]

As a silent station[edit]

The MMTC would later sell K42GX, along with 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 NBC affiliates.[7][8] After the transaction, on June 14, 2011, K42GX changed the station's callsign to KJNE-LP. The intent of KJNE-LP was to bring a local NBC affiliate to the small Jonesboro market. NBC was available locally on cable via either WMC-TV in Memphis or KARK-TV in Little Rock.

In September 2012, New Moon has placed all its stations (including KJNE) up for sale.[9] Jackson's WZMC-LP [10] and Ottumwa's KUMK-LP had their licenses cancelled at New Moon's request,[11] 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. This was followed on January 24, 2018 by the relaunch of Fox affiliate KYOU-TV's second subchannel as the new NBC affiliate for the Ottumwa area.[12]

Foiled plan for a NBC affiliation[edit]

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.[13] 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 was the only station still under New Moon's ownership and with an active license.

Satellite and translator of KJNB-LD[edit]

In June 2015, Waypoint Media announced that it would be acquiring KJNE-LP. On July 29, 2015, Waypoint Media announced in a press release that KJNE-LP would serve as a satellite and translator of KJNB-LD when it returned to the air, with Fox programming airing on 42.1 and CBS airing on 42.2.[14]

The station was issued its license for digital operation on September 6, 2017, at which point it changed its call sign to KJNE-LD.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels for KJNB-LD and KJNE-LD[edit]

The stations' digital signals are multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[15][16]
39.1 42.1 720p 16:9 KJNB KJNE Main KJNB-LD/KJNE-LD programming / Fox
39.2 42.2 1080i CJNB KJNEDT2 KJNB-LD2/KJNE-LD2 / CBS
39.3 42.3 480i Metv Metv KJNB-LD3/KJNE-LD3 / MeTV & MyNetworkTV


Main channel (Fox)[edit]

In addition to the Fox network schedule, syndicated programs broadcast on KJNB-LD/KJNE-LD include The People's Court, Maury, TMZ, The Jerry Springer Show, Family Feud, and The Big Bang Theory.[17]

KJNB-LD2 & KJNE-LD2 (CBS)[edit]

The station's second subchannel carries most of the CBS schedule, except for the CBS Overnight News, which it preempts in favor of some infomercials and the daily syndicated agricultural news program AgDay. Other syndicated programming includes The Dr. Oz Show, Family Feud, and The Rachael Ray Show.[18]

KJNB-LD3 & KJNE-LD3 (MeTV & MyNetworkTV)[edit]

In addition to Fox and CBS programming, KJNB-LD/KJNE-LD operates the Jonesboro market's MeTV affiliate on its LD3 subchannel.[19] On weeknights, KJNB-LD3 and KJNE-LD3 also carry programs from the MyNetworkTV programming service, filling in programming for all time slots outside of the MyNetworkTV programming schedule with the MeTV schedule.[20][21] There is now local branding (via a separate logo) indicating the secondary MyNetworkTV affiliation status, as well as network promotions and a mention of it on the schedule listings section of the station website and in the TV Lineup listings within the Ritter Communications website.[22][20] In 2015, the MyNetworkTV website listed K30MF-D to become the MyNetworkTV affiliate for the Jonesboro area in the near future[21]; however, the addition of the programming service to KJNB-LD3 and KJNE-LD3 on September 3, 2018 means that Waypoint Media, LLC (not DTV America Corporation/HC2 Holdings) picked up the MyNetworkTV affiliation in the Jonesboro market. Prior to September 3, 2018, the default MyNetworkTV affiliates in Jonesboro were KPMF-LD of Memphis, Tennessee, and WDKA of Paducah, Kentucky.

News operation[edit]

Logo of "Northeast Arkansas News" (which has been being used ever since the July 17, 2017 launch of the station's news department).

The station's news department launched July 17, 2017, under the branding of Northeast Arkansas News. Prior to that, neither its Fox nor CBS subchannel broadcast local news, choosing instead to air syndicated programming. KJNB-LD/KJNE-LD presently airs 7½ hours of local newscasts each week, all on weekdays. The newscasts air at 6 and 10 p.m. on the CBS subchannel and at 9 p.m. on the Fox subchannel.

Lon Tegels, a 30-year veteran at various television stations, including WXXV-TV in Biloxi, Mississippi, is KJNB's first news director. Sarah Blakely is the station's inaugural news anchor, broadcasting from a Media Gateway-owned studio in Little Rock, airing segments from Jonesboro-based reporters Simone Jameson and Alexis Padilla.[1][23] Blakely also anchors similar newscasts on sister stations WPBI-LD and WPBY-LD in Lafayette, Indiana.[24]


  1. ^ a b 2 TV stations in Arkansas set to launch joint weeknight newscast
  2. ^ a b "Jonesboro Gets New Fox TV Affiliate". Talk Business. June 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "CBS makes debut in northeast Arkansas"
  4. ^ Suddenlink Cable Channel Lineup Jonesboro, Arkansas
  5. ^ FCC document: “COMMENTS OF LPTV ENTREPRENEURS”, December 17, 2010
  6. ^ MMTC Website
  7. ^ "Jonesboro to Gain NBC Affiliate" Arkansas TV News Watch (July 1, 2011)
  8. ^ Malone, Michael (June 28, 2011). "New Moon Brings NBC to Four Tiny Markets". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  9. ^ Per radiotvdeals.com/ radiotvdeals.com
  10. ^ "Request for Cancellation of License, WZMC-LP, Jackson, TN, Facility Id. 68047". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. July 30, 2013.
  11. ^ Northpine.com: March 2014
  12. ^ "KYOU to Bring Local NBC Affiliate to Ottumwa-Kirksville Area". KYOU-TV (Press release). American Spirit Media/Raycom Media. January 8, 2018.
  13. ^ "KAIT Says It Will Launch An NBC Affiliate". Arkansas Business. December 29, 2014. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  14. ^ "CBS makes debut in northeast Arkansas"
  15. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KJNB-LD
  16. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KJNE-LD
  17. ^ KJNBLD (KJNB-LD) TV Listings, TV shows and schedule - Zap2it
  18. ^ KJNBLD2 (KJNB-LD2) TV Listings, TV shows and schedule - Zap2it
  19. ^ "Where to Watch MeTV In Jonesboro". © 2018 MeTV National Limited Partnership. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  20. ^ a b "Northeast Arkansas/Southeast Missouri Cable TV Channel Lineup". © 2018 Ritter Communications. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  21. ^ a b "MyNetworkTV Affiliate List". Archived from the original on November 3, 2015. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  22. ^ "kjnb / WHAT'S ON". Waypoint Media, LLC (© 2018 Jonesboro TV, LLC). Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  23. ^ New Jonesboro TV news launched Monday night
  24. ^ "WPBI bursts onto local TV news scene". Purdue Exponent. Retrieved August 6, 2017.

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