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Pago Pago, American Samoa
ChannelsAnalog: 30 (UHF)
Digital: 30 (UHF, never built)
BrandingIsland Television
AffiliationsDefunct (formerly Independent)
OwnerSouth Seas Broadcasting, Inc.
Founded2002; 20 years ago (2002)
Former call signs
K30HO (2003–2005)
WVUV-LP (2005–2008)
KKHJ-LP (2008–2020)
TBN (2002–2005)
NBC (2005–2012)
Technical information

KBAD-LP, UHF analog channel 30, was a low-powered independent television station serving the U.S. territory of American Samoa that was licensed to Pago Pago. Owned by South Seas Broadcasting, it was a sister station to WVUV-FM, KKBT-FM and KKHJ-FM. KKHJ is also known as "93KHJ", a tribute to the Southern California former-Top 40 AM radio station KHJ. KBAD-LP's transmitter was located between A'oloau and Mapusaga.


Logo used until 2012

The station was founded on November 4, 2003, as TBN repeater K30HO.

In 2005, it was acquired by South Seas Broadcasting. It changed its call sign to WVUV-LP on March 21, 2005, after its acquisition by South Seas Broadcasting; however, it branded itself as "KHJ-TV".[1] It was the first privately owned television station and, later, network affiliate, in American Samoa—government-owned KVZK-4 and KVZK-5 carry programming from ABC and CBS, and had carried NBC before WVUV's acquisition by South Seas. Even though the station was located on a Pacific island, it had originally taken a call sign beginning with "W". Co-owned WVUV had been established during World War II and was "grandfathered" with a W-call, and the FCC allowed co-owned channel 30 to use it as well. WVUV-LP had the distinction of being the furthest west television station with a "W" call sign in the United States and the only "W" television call sign in the Pacific.

On March 11, 2008, the station changed its call sign to KKHJ-LP, reflecting its branding. The call letters were changed again to KBAD-LP on May 21, 2020.[citation needed]

KBAD-LP's license was canceled by the FCC on August 4, 2021, due to the station not being licensed to convert to digital operation by the July 13, 2021 deadline.

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  1. ^ "NBC-TV AFFILIATE TO BROADCAST IN PAGO". Pacific Islands Report. Samoa Reporter. February 3, 2005. Retrieved June 12, 2020.

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