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AlbuquerqueSanta Fe, New Mexico
United States
City Albuquerque, New Mexico
Channels Digital: 24 (UHF)
Virtual: 23 (PSIP)
Subchannels 23.1 TBN
23.2 Hillsong Channel
23.3 JUCE TV/Smile of a Child
23.4 Enlace
23.5 TBN Salsa
Affiliations TBN (O&O; 1986–present)
Owner Trinity Broadcasting Network, Inc.
First air date 1975 (43 years ago) (1975)[1]
Former callsigns KMXN-TV (1975–1980)
KLKK-TV (1980–1982)
KNAT (1982–200?)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
23 (UHF, 1975–2009)
Former affiliations SIN (1975–1978)
Independent (1978–1985)
Dark (1985–1986)
Transmitter power 320 kW
Height 1,245 m (4,085 ft)
Facility ID 993
Transmitter coordinates 35°12′54″N 106°27′4″W / 35.21500°N 106.45111°W / 35.21500; -106.45111
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

KNAT-TV, virtual channel 23 (UHF digital channel 24), is a TBN owned-and-operated television station licensed to Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States and also serving Santa Fe. Owned by the Trinity Broadcasting Network, the station has studios located on Coors Boulevard in northwestern Albuquerque, and its transmitter is located on Sandia Crest.


Channel 23 began operation as KMXN-TV in 1975 as a Spanish-language television station most of the day. They ran programming from the Spanish International Network (now Univision) daily in the afternoon and evening hours. In the mornings they ran religious programs in English.

In the spring of 1978, New Mexico Visions purchased KMXN and changed the format to English-language general entertainment making it a traditional independent. The station ran cartoons from 7–9 a.m./3–5 p.m. weekdays, religious shows 9 a.m. to Noon weekdays, sitcoms/westerns/dramas/movies from noon to 3 p.m. weekdays, classic sitcoms or drama shows 5 to 7 p.m., movies from 7-9 p.m. weekdays, and a blend of dramas and westerns late at night. On weekends, the station ran more movies and drama shows along with religious shows on Sunday morning.

KMXN changed its call to KLKK-TV in 1980.

In 1981, KGSW (channel 14) signed on and KLKK began to have financial difficulties. In the summer of 1982, KLKK was sold to Carson Broadcasting which was owned by a group of celebrities headed by Johnny Carson. Carson Broadcasting also owned KVVU channel 5 in Henderson, Nevada. The station was renamed KNAT.

KNAT dropped all the religious programs and began to add more recent off network sitcoms and more recent movies. The religious shows would move to KGSW and a new sign on station KSAF channel 2. While KNAT had good ratings, the station continued to lose money.

In April 1985, Carson Broadcasting decided that they could no longer put money into KNAT's operation. At the same time they sold KVVU to Meredith Corporation, which still owns them today. They put KNAT up for sale and sold the programming to KSAF, which became known as KNMZ that same year. KNAT then began airing music videos around the clock. In mid-May 1985, Carson Broadcasting shut down KNAT altogether after being unable to sell the station.

The station stayed up for sale through the Fall of 1985, when Trinity Broadcasting Network, through National Minority Television, purchased KNAT. By the winter of 1986, KNAT was back on the air running TBN programming 24/7.

Digital television[edit]

This station's digital signal, like most other full-service TBN owned-and-operated stations, carries five different TBN-run networks.

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
23.1 480i 4:3 TBN Main TBN programming
23.2 TCC Hillsong Channel
23.3 COMBO JUCE TV/Smile
23.4 Enlace Enlace
23.5 SALSA TBN Salsa

TBN-owned full-power stations permanently ceased analog transmissions on April 16, 2009.[2]

KNAT-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 23, on that date. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 24.[3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 23.


  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says October 17, while the Television and Cable Factbook says August 10.
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KNAT
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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