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|Monroe, Louisiana/El Dorado, Arkansas
|Branding||KNOE 8 (general)
KNOE 8 News (newscasts)
KAQY ABC (on DT2)
Monroe/El Dorado CW (on DT3)
|Slogan||Your Breaking News and Weather Authority (newscasts)
Always On (general)
ABC for the Arklamiss (on DT2)
Dare to Defy (on DT3)
|Channels||Digital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
8.3 CW+ (primary) /
|Translators||K18AB-D El Dorado, AR|
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||September 27, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||Founder James A. Noe|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
8 (VHF, 1953–2009)
7 (VHF, until 2009)
|Former affiliations||All secondary:
|Transmitter power||22.3 kW|
|Height||576 m (1,890 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile
KNOE-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 8, is a CBS and ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Monroe, Louisiana, United States. The station is owned by Gray Television. KNOE's studios are located on Oliver Road north of Louisville Avenue in Monroe, while its transmitter is located south of Monroe in Columbia, Louisiana. The station also operates a low-powered translator, K18AB-D in El Dorado, Arkansas, which rebroadcasts KNOE's digital signal in high definition. Even though the translator broadcasts on UHF channel 18, it remaps to virtual channel 8 via PSIP. The station's CW+-affiliated third digital subchannel also broadcasts on KCWL-LD, formerly K40MB-D (channel 40), in Monroe.
KNOE-TV went on the air on September 27, 1953. Initially, the station had a 774-foot tower, weighing 4 tons and costing $65,000. At the time, it was the most powerful tower in the American South. KNOE is the oldest surviving station in the northern part of Louisiana. Its sign-on forced its only competitor, KFAZ (channel 43), off the air in the summer of 1954. James A. Noe, Sr., former governor of Louisiana, owned the television station as well as KNOE radio (AM 540, now KMLB, and FM 101.9, now KMVX).
The station affiliated with all four television networks of the "golden age": CBS, NBC, ABC and DuMont. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network. KNOE continued to air ABC programming until 1972 when KTVE became a primary ABC affiliate and NBC programming until 1974 when KLAA signed-on.
Noe died in 1976, and passed the station to his son, James "Jimmie" Noe, Jr. The Noes continued to own the station until 2007, when it was sold to Dallas-based Hoak Media. The sale closed on October 3 of that year. The family had already sold KNOE AM to Holladay Broadcasting in November 2006, and would sell KNOE-FM to them the following year. The sale of the stations followed Jimmie Noe's death from cancer in 2005, in which it was decided by the family to leave the broadcasting business. On August 25, 2010, KNOE started broadcasting syndicated programing in high definition.
On November 20, 2013, Gray Television announced it would purchase Hoak Media in a $335 million deal. The deal also included the acquisition of Parker Broadcasting, owner of ABC affiliate KAQY, which KNOE had operated under a local marketing agreement since 2008. However, due to recent scrutiny by the FCC regarding LMAs (KAQY was originally to be sold to the shell company Excalibur Broadcasting, and would have maintained its LMA with Gray), KAQY was sold to a minority-owned company, and KNOE would forgo any operational agreements with the new owner. In September 2014, KAQY signed off, and its programming was moved to KNOE's second digital subchannel, displacing CW+ to the third. Gray picked up MyNetworkTV in late 2017 for the KNOE-DT3 subchannel, airing the service's programming from 1:30 to 3:30 a.m., overlaying default network-fed overnight paid programming from the CW Plus. It is the market's third station to carry MyNetworkTV programming since KEJB ceased operations in 2010 and KMCT dropped the network in 2017 in order to carry only religious programming.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|8.1||1080i||16:9||KNOE-HD||Main KNOE-TV programming / CBS|
|8.2||720p||KAQY-HD||KAQY / ABC|
|8.3||480i||KNOE-CW||Monroe/El Dorado CW (primary) / MyNetworkTV (secondary)
(simulcast on K40MB-D/KCWL-LD)
KNOE-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition VHF channel 7 to channel 8.
KNOE-TV has been the dominant news station in the Ark-La-Miss for more than a quarter-century. It has won numerous state, regional and national journalism awards, including the 2008 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for News Director Taylor Henry's investigative series on rogue members of the Louisiana National Guard who looted stores they were deployed to protect during Katrina.
During the weekdays, KNOE airs a two-hour morning newscast called Good Morning Ark-La-Miss (the last half hour is simulcast on KNOE-DT2 (ABC KAQY), as well as half-hour newscasts at noon, 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m. During the weekends, the station airs two half-hour newscasts at 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 5:30 p.m. on Sundays and 10 p.m. both days. Newscasts are typically branded as KNOE 8 News and have been since 2008.
On November 1, 2010, KNOE debuted a new news set, fit for high definition broadcast. On January 17, 2011, KNOE began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition, becoming the first station in the Ark-La-Miss region to do so; in-studio as well as in the field.
Beginning in September 2016, the station began broadcasting two unique newscasts using staff from KNOE. Airing weeknights at 5:30 and 10 p.m. (the latter against KNOE), KAQY News Now features short segments/news capsules in a rapid fire progression.
"Good Night and Good Duck", the second episode of Season 7 of the A&E series Duck Dynasty, was shot mostly at the KNOE studios, and aired nationally November 26, 2014. The episode had all mention of KNOE's CBS and ABC affiliations obscured on-set for copyright reasons, through virtual or physical means.
Notable former on-air staff
- Keith Babb (born 1944) - co-host with Jack McCall of Good Morning Ark-La-Miss, prior to 1972; later auctioneer of American Quarter Horses
- Jennifer Sneed Heebe (born 1966) - former television personality; subsequently member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for Jefferson Parish, 1999-2004; member of the Jefferson Parish Council, 2004-2008
- TitanTV Query for KNOE
- "KNOE Goes on Air: First North Louisiana Television Permit", Minden Herald, Minden, Louisiana, May 1, 1953, p. 1
- "KNOE-TV Station to Open on August 2", Minden Press, June 26, 1953, p. 1
- "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films". Boxoffice: 13. November 10, 1956. Archived from the original on June 14, 2009.
- Broadcasting Yearbooks, 1972 and 1973
- KNOE to be Sold to Hoak Media Corporation (June - 13 - 2007)
- NOE CORP ANNOUNCES SALE OF KNOE-TV Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine. June 12, 2007
- Noe family selling KNOETV to Hoak Media Jun 13 2007 Associated Press
- KNOE-TV sold to Hoak Media Associated Press - June 13, 2007
- "KMLB Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- "Deals 2007-10-20". Broadcasting & Cable. October 20, 2007.
- "Application Search Details (BALH-20071005ABA)". FCC Media Bureau. May 13, 2008.
- "Monroe TV, radio stations owner James Noe, 77, dies". The Baton Rouge Advocate. July 12, 2005.
Jimmie Noe, as he was known, spent nearly four decades running the stations founded by his father, former Louisiana Gov. James A. Noe.
- "Louisiana: Monroe's KNOE-TV sold". ABC Money. June 14, 2007.
- "Gray Buying Hoak, Prime Stations For $342.5M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "Gray Sets Buyers For Its Six SSA Stations". TVNewsCheck. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
- Gray closes Hoak deal; completes refinancing., rbr.com, Retrieved 13 June, 2014.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KNOE
- "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.
- Greg Hilburn (October 2013). "Hall of Fame auctioneer gets record price for quarter horse". Delta Business. Archived from the original on September 25, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
- Richard Rainey (August 19, 2008). "Jennifer Sneed resigns Jefferson Parish Council". The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved May 21, 2015.