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KNLJ CTN Mid Missouri.jpg
Jefferson CityColumbia, Missouri
United States
CityJefferson City, Missouri
ChannelsDigital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 25 (PSIP)
BrandingCTN Mid-Missouri
AffiliationsCTN (since 2007)
OwnerChristian Television Network, Inc.
First air date
March 30, 1986 (35 years ago) (1986-03-30)
Former channel number(s)
25 (UHF, 1986–2009)
Religious Ind. (1986–2007)
Call sign meaning
New Life in Jesus or Jefferson City
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID48521
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT316 m (1,037 ft)
Transmitter coordinates38°42′15″N 92°5′22″W / 38.70417°N 92.08944°W / 38.70417; -92.08944
Public license information

KNLJ, virtual channel 25 (UHF digital channel 20), is a CTN owned-and-operated television station licensed to Jefferson City, Missouri, United States and serving the Columbia–Jefferson City television market. The station is owned by the Christian Television Network. KNLJ's transmitter is located near New Bloomfield.


The station first signed an agreement on Easter Sunday in 1986 at 3 p.m. to be a sister station and simulcast to KNLC in St. Louis; at that time, both stations were owned by Reverend Larry Rice's ministry, the New Life Evangelistic Center.

In September 1986, KNLJ broke away from KNLC while it was still running most of the same Christian programs (such as The 700 Club, Richard Roberts, Jerry Falwell, among others) as well as locally produced programs from the ministry. They ran syndicated cartoons, some classic sitcoms, westerns, and outdoor sporting programs about 12 hours a day. In 1990, KNLJ affiliated with Fox Kids and also ran The Disney Afternoon. When Mid-Missouri got its own Fox affiliate a few years later, the Fox Kids block moved there. As the 1990s progressed, the secular shows were becoming much cheaper.

In mid-2007, the station was sold to the Christian Television Network with the New Life Evangelistic Center retaining KNLC. Both secular and Christian programming was dropped in favor of simulcasting the Christian Television Network full-time. Religious groups had previously bought time on both CTN and KNLJ.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
25.1 1080i 16:9 CTN Main KNLJ programming / CTN HD
25.2 480i 4:3 CTNi CTNi (Spanish)
25.4 CTNLife CTN Lifestyle

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KNLJ shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 25, 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 remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 20.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 25.


  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KNLJ
  2. ^ "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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