KTPN-LD

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KTPN-LD / KLPN-LD
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KTPN-LD: Tyler, Texas
KLPN-LD: Longview, Texas
United States
Branding The Z
Channels Digital:
KTPN: 48 (UHF)
KLPN: 47 (UHF)
Virtual: 47.1 (PSIP)
& KFXK-DT 51.2 (PSIP)
Affiliations MyNetworkTV & ASN
Owner White Knight Broadcasting
(Warwick Communications, Inc.)
Operator Nexstar Media Group
First air date KTPN-LD 1990; 27 years ago (1990)[specify]
KLPN-LD: 1995; 22 years ago (1995)[specify]
Call letters' meaning KTPN: K Tyler Paramount Network
KLPN: K Longview Paramount Network (both in reference to stations' former UPN affiliation)
Sister station(s) KETK-TV, KFXK-TV
Former callsigns KTPN: K48DP (1990–1997)
KLPN-LP (1997–2012)
KLPN: K22EH (1993–1998)
K58FS (1998–2000)
KLPN-LP (2000–2012)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
KTPN:
58 (UHF, 1990–2010)
KLPN:
22 (UHF, 1995–1998)
58 (UHF, 1998–2012)
Former affiliations Independent (1990–1995, January–September 2006)
The WB (1995–1997)
UPN (1997–2006)
Transmitter power KTPN: 17 kW
KLPN: 0.7 kW
Height KTPN: 124 m
KLPN: 311.5 m
Class LPTV
Facility ID KTPN: 8098
KLPN: 8097
Transmitter coordinates KTPN: 32°21′43″N 95°16′10″W / 32.36194°N 95.26944°W / 32.36194; -95.26944
KLPN: 32°36′4″N 94°52′15″W / 32.60111°N 94.87083°W / 32.60111; -94.87083
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: / KLPN-LD Profile
/ KLPN-LD CDBS
Website www.easttexasmatters.com

KTPN-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 48, is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station located in Tyler, Texas, United States. The station is owned by White Knight Broadcasting, and is a sister station to Fox affiliate KFXK-TV (channel 51); Nexstar Media Group, which owns NBC affiliate KETK-TV (channel 56), operates KFXK and KTPN-LD under a local marketing agreement. All three stations share studio facilities located on Richmond Road (near Loop 323) in Tyler; KTPN-LD maintains transmitter facilities located west of Texas Loop 323 in northeast Tyler.

Syndicated programs broadcast by KTPN-LD include Jerry Springer, 30 Rock, The People's Court, The 700 Club, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Feud and Friends. On cable, the station is available on Suddenlink Communications channel 9 and Longview Cable Television channel 4.

The station's signal is relayed on KLPN-LD (channel 47) in Longview, which provides KTPN's programming to the central and eastern portions of the market; that station maintains transmitter facilities near East Mountain. Even though KTPN-LD and KLPN-LD operate digital signals of their own, the low-powered broadcasting radius of both stations do not reach the entire Tyler-Longview market. Therefore, the station can also be seen through a standard definition simulcast on KFXK's second digital subchannel in order to reach the entire market. This signal can be seen on UHF channel 31 (or virtual channel 51.2 via PSIP) from a transmitter in unincorporated northwestern Cherokee County.

History[edit]

KTPN-LP first signed on the air from Tyler in 1990 as K48DP; originally operating as an independent station, it later became a charter affiliate of The WB when the network launched on January 11, 1995. KLPN-LP signed on in Longview as K22EH in 1995, serving as a repeater of K48DP and also carrying WB network programming. In 1997, the two stations both dropped their WB affiliations to join the United Paramount Network (UPN); channels 48 and 58 were collectively branded as "UPN 22/48". The two stations were then collectively branded as "UPN 22/48". Accordingly, channel 48 changed its callsign to KTPN-LP (standing for "Tyler Paramount Network"). In 1998, K22EH moved to UHF channel 58 and changed its callsign to K58FS in order to allow KETK-TV (channel 56) to sign on its digital signal on UHF channel 22 (both stations were accordingly rebranded as "UPN 58/48"); two years later in 2000, K58FS changed its callsign to KLPN-LP (standing for "Longview Paramount Network") to match its sister station.

KTPN and KLPN received a full-power satellite when KCEB (channel 54, now a MeTV affiliate) signed on in July 2003, simulcasting UPN programming from the low-power outlets; the three stations collectively branded as "UPN 54/58/48". In 2005, KCEB dropped its UPN affiliation to affiliate with The WB; subsequently thereafter in January 2006, KTPN-LP and KLPN-LP lost the UPN affiliation to CBS affiliate KYTX (channel 19), which added the network as a second digital subchannel; this resulted in the two stations reverting into independent stations.

Logo as "My KLPN," used from 2006 until 2015

On January 24, 2006, CBS Corporation (which split from Viacom in December 2005) and Time Warner's Warner Bros. Entertainment (the division that operated The WB) announced that the two companies would shut down The WB and UPN and combine the networks' respective programming to create a new "fifth" network called The CW.[1][2] One month later on February 22, News Corporation announced the launch of a new "sixth" network called MyNetworkTV, which would be operated by Fox Television Stations and its syndication division Twentieth Television.[3][4] KTPN and KLPN became charter affiliates of MyNetworkTV when the network launched on September 5, 2006; KCEB took the CW affiliation when the network launched two weeks later on September 18 (The CW Plus feed carried by the station has since moved to KYTX's second digital subchannel).

On April 24, 2013, the Communications Corporation of America announced the sale of its television stations, including KETK-TV, to Nexstar Broadcasting Group. KFXK-TV and KTPN will be sold to Nexstar partner company Mission Broadcasting; in the case of KFXK, that station is being sold to Mission to comply with FCC duopoly rules. Nexstar will continue to operate KFXK and KLPN under a shared services agreement with sister station KETK.[5]The sale was completed on January 1, 2015.[6]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7][8]
48.1
47.1
480i 4:3 KTPN-LD
KLPN-LD
Main KLPN-LD & KLPN-LD programming / MyNetworkTV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KLPN-LP shut down its analog signal over UHF channel 58 in January 2012, and "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation to UHF channel 47. KTPN-LP shut down its analog signal over UHF channel 48, in 2013, and flash-cut its digital signal into operation UHF channel 48.

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