|Branding||NBC Right Now|
|Slogan||We Are Where You Are|
|Channels||Digital: 16 (UHF)|
Virtual: 23 (PSIP)
23.3 SWX Right Now
|First air date||October 15, 1959|
|Call letters' meaning||Sounds like "Can-Do"|
|Former channel number(s)||23 (UHF analog, 1959–2009)|
|Former affiliations||ABC (1959–1970, secondary from 1965)|
CBS (secondary, 1959–1965)
|Transmitter power||150 kW|
|Height||266 m (873 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KNDO, virtual channel 23 (UHF digital channel 16), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Yakima, Washington, United States. The station is owned by the Cowles Company of Spokane as part of The KHQ Television Group. KNDO's studios are located on West Yakima Avenue in downtown Yakima, and its transmitter is located on Ahtanum Ridge.
KNDO operates a semi-satellite in Richland: KNDU (channel 25), which serves the Tri-Cities area. KNDU repeats KNDO most of the day, and the two stations share a website. However, KNDU produces its own weeknight newscasts and airs separate legal identifications and commercial inserts. Master control and most internal operations for KNDO and KNDU are based at the studios of sister station and fellow NBC affiliate KHQ-TV on West Sprague Avenue in downtown Spokane.
KNDO debuted on the air on October 15, 1959 as a primary ABC 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 (channel 29), including The Andy Griffith Show. In 1965, KNDO became a primary NBC affiliate but showed some ABC programming until KAPP (channel 35) debuted in 1970 to take the ABC affiliation; since then, the station has been an exclusive NBC affiliate.
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 Company 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.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP short name||Programming |
|23.1||1080i||16:9||KNDO-HD||Main KNDO programming / NBC|
|23.3||KNDO-SW||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.
In the past, as in many stations not owned and operated by the network, it preempted selected NBC shows. For example, the station did not carry the program Friday Night Videos after they moved to the 1:30 a.m. slot in the Summer of 1987 until 1996 (by that time, the program had undergone a format change and a name change to Friday Night), opting to sign off until later in the morning. The station had also preempted the entire Bob Costas incarnation and the pre-1996 broadcasts of Greg Kinnear's incarnation of Later from the show's premiere in 1988 until they picked up the show in 1996. From 1991 to 1996, the station preempted NBC Nightside due to the station signing off for the night as a result; Nightside was cleared on the station starting in 1996 until the show's end in 1998, when the station cleared the NBC All Night block that succeeded the program. NBC was far less tolerant of program preemptions during the entire timeframe where the station preempted programming from that network.
Notable former on-air staff
- Jamie Kern (now with IT Cosmetics)
- Whit Johnson (now with KNBC in Los Angeles)
- Jim Snyder (1987–1989; now with KSNV in Las Vegas)
- Anish Shroff (now with ESPN)
- "KHQ Launches Centralcasting With ABS". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
- "Retrans Deal Drives Cowles Centralcasting". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
- FCC list of full-service US TV stations, February 16, 2009