|Albuquerque–Santa Fe, New Mexico|
|City||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Channels||Digital: 24 (UHF)|
Virtual: 23 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||23.1: TBN (O&O)|
23.2: Hillsong Channel
|Owner||Trinity Broadcasting Network|
|Licensee||Trinity Broadcasting of Texas, Inc.|
|First air date||1975|
|Call sign meaning||NATional Minority Television|
|Former call signs||KMXN-TV (1975–1980)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
23 (UHF, 1975–2009)
|Former affiliations||SIN (1975–1978)|
|Transmitter power||320 kW|
|Height||1,245 m (4,085 ft)|
|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 the state capital of Santa Fe. The station is owned by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. KNAT-TV's studios are located on Coors Boulevard in northwestern Albuquerque, and its transmitter is located on Sandia Crest.
Channel 23 began operation owned by New Mexico Visions 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 1980, Channel 23 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. The station changed call letters to KLKK to reflect the new format.
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.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|23.1||720p||16:9||TBN HD||Main TBN programming|
TBN-owned full-power stations permanently ceased analog transmissions on April 16, 2009.
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. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 23.
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says October 17, while the Television and Cable Factbook says August 10.
- "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.