|Slogan||Be More Connected|
|Channels||Digital: 46 (UHF)
Virtual: 46 (PSIP)
46.2 PBS Kids
|Owner||Central Texas College|
|First air date||November 23, 1970|
|Call letters' meaning||North Central Texas|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
46 (UHF, 1970–2009)
38 (UHF, until 2009)
|Transmitter power||500 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KNCT is a PBS member station serving the Waco / Killeen / Temple area on digital channel 46. Founded in November 1970, the station is owned by Central Texas College. Licensed to Belton, Texas, KNCT is based at studios at Central Texas College in Killeen. In the Waco area, it airs on cable channel 4 on Charter Communications and Grande Communications.
When KNCT signed on in 1970, it was the sole PBS station for the western portion of the market, with the eastern portion served by Texas A&M's KAMU-TV. In 1978, KNCT set up a low-powered translator in Waco. The main KNCT signal barely covered Waco, while KAMU's signal just missed it. In 1989, it was upgraded to a full-fledged station, KCTF, which was spun off as a separate station in 1994 and ultimately taken over by Baylor University in 2000 as KWBU-TV. However, in July 2010 KWBU-TV began winding down operations and dropped all PBS programming prior to going off the air entirely on July 31 (it would later become KDYW, whose license was voluntarily cancelled in 2012 following a failed attempt to sell the station to the Daystar). This left KNCT, once again, as the sole PBS station for the western side of the market. On July 1, KNCT took over KWBU's cable slots on Time Warner and Grande, and became available on DirecTV.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|46.1||1080i||16:9||KNCT-HD||Main KNCT programming / PBS|
KNCT added Create to 46.3 in July 2010, after the imminent closedown of KWBU-TV. However, KNCT does not offer the Spanish-language V-me network, which was seen on KWBU until that station's closedown.
KNCT shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 46, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 38 to channel 46 for post-transition operation.
After the 2016-2017 FCC TV spectrum auction, KNCT will need to move from RF channel 46 to RF channel 17 for testing starting in January 2020. The switch is to be complete by March 13, 2020.
- Harding, Kevin R. (September 27, 2012). "In Re: BLCDT-20060622AAS…" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KNCT
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- FCC TV spectrum Phase Assignment Table, FCC Incentive Auction Television Transition Data Files, Aril 13, 2017.
- Official site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KNCT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KNCT-TV
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