|Branding||NBC Right Now|
|Slogan||NBC Right Now (primary)
We are where you are (secondary)
|Channels||Digital: 16 (UHF)
Virtual: 23 (PSIP)
23.3 SWX Right Now
|Owner||Cowles Publishing Company
|First air date||October 15, 1959|
|Call letters' meaning||Sounds like "Can-Do"|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
23 (UHF, 1959-2009)
|Former affiliations||ABC (1959-1970, secondary from 1965)
CBS (secondary, 1959-1965)
NBC (secondary, 1959-1965)
|Transmitter power||150 kW|
KNDO, virtual channel 23, is the NBC-affiliated television station serving the Yakima, Washington area. It is owned by the Cowles Publishing Company of Spokane as part of The KHQ Television Group. It is sister station to KNDU in the Tri-Cities, which is considered a semi-satellite of KNDO even though the two stations produce separate newscasts.
KNDO is rebroadcast on K32IG-D (channel 32), a low-powered digital translator in Ellensburg, Washington, owned and operated by the Kittitas County TV Improvement District. On satellite, KNDO is only available on DirecTV, while Dish Network carries KNDU instead.
|23.1||1080i||16:9||Main KNDO programming / NBC|
|23.3||480i||4:3||SWX Right Now - Sports and Weather|
KNDO and KNDU have been digital-only since February 17, 2009. NBC Weather+ had been carried on digital subchannel 23.3; the originating national network ceased operation on December 1, 2008. On September 1, 2010, KNDO dropped Universal Sports (channel 23.2) from their subchannel line-up.
KNDO debuted on the air on October 15, 1959 as an ABC (primary) affiliate. It was owned by Hugh Davis and his Columbia Empire Broadcasting Corporation. During this time it also showed occasional programs from NBC, as well as a few CBS programs turned down by KIMA-TV, including The Andy Griffith Show. In 1965 KNDO became a primary NBC affiliate but showed some ABC programming until KAPP debuted in 1970 to take the ABC affiliation.
Davis sold the two stations to Farragut Communications in 1988. Federal Enterprises acquired KNDO and KNDU in 1995. Federal was bought out by Raycom Media in 1997. Current owner Cowles Publishing purchased the two stations from Raycom in July 1999.
On October 15, 2009, KNDO celebrated 50 years of broadcasting to the Yakima Valley. Leading up to that date, KNDO aired stories of local businesses and organizations that have also been around for 50 years or longer.
Notable former on-air staff
- Jamie Kern (now with IT Cosmetics)
- Whit Johnson (now with KNBC)
- Jim Snyder (1987–1989; now with KSNV)
- FCC list of full-service US TV stations, February 16, 2009
- "KHQ Launches Centralcasting With ABS". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
- "Retrans Deal Drives Cowles Centralcasting". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
- KNDO Official Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KNDO
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for KNDO
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KNDO-TV