|North Platte, Nebraska
|Branding||NBC Nebraska News 2|
|Slogan||Coverage You Can Count On|
|Channels||Digital: 2 (VHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
|Translators||KNEP 4.2 Scottsbluff
K18DH Broken Bow
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||December 15, 1958|
|Call letters' meaning||NOrth Platte|
|Sister station(s)||KNPL-LD, KIIT-CA|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
2 (VHF, 1958–2009)
Digital: 22 (UHF)
|Transmitter power||16 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KNOP-TV is the NBC affiliated television station in North Platte, Nebraska. It is owned by Gray Television along with CBS affiliate, KNPL-LD, and Fox affiliate KIIT-CA. Both stations share studios and transmitter on U.S. 83 in North Platte. The station is also seen on rebroadcast translator K18DH in Broken Bow, which broadcasts an analog signal.
KNOP was founded by local investors headed by attorney Rush Clarke and went on-air December 15, 1958. In 1968, it was purchased by Dick Shively and Ulysses Carlini Sr. After purchasing Hastings, Nebraska station KHAS-TV in 1997, Shively and Carlini operated the stations (as well as K11TW, now KIIT-CA, which they founded in 1994) as Greater Nebraska Television. Shively died in 2003. In 2005, Greater Nebraska Television sold the stations to Hoak Media.
On November 20, 2013, Hoak announced the sale of most of its stations, including KNOP-TV and K11TW, to Gray Television. The sale will make them sister stations to CBS affiliate KNPL-LD; it would have also partially separated KNOP from KHAS-TV, which will be sold to Excalibur Broadcasting but be operated by Gray's KOLN/KGIN and KSNB-TV through a shared services agreement. However, in the wake of heightened FCC scrutiny about local marketing agreements, on June 11, 2014, KHAS-TV announced it would leave the air at midnight on June 13 and NBC programming would be moved to KSNB-TV and the digital subcarrier of KOLN/KGIN. The whole sale was completed on June 13.
In May 2016, KNOP gained a semi-satellite station in KNEP, licensed to Sidney, Nebraska. KNEP is the former KDUH-TV, formerly a satellite of Rapid City, South Dakota-based KOTA-TV. Gray Television obtained KOTA and KDUH as part of its purchase of the broadcasting assets of Schurz Communications announced in September 2015. As part of the satellite switch, Gray sought and received FCC approval to move KDUH's city of license from Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Sidney to avoid regulatory conflict with KSTF-TV, a Gray-owned, Scottsbluff-based semi-satellite of Cheyenne, Wyoming-based KGWN-TV. KNEP, which dropped the ABC affiliation it held as a KOTA satellite for KNOP's NBC affiliation, is branded as "NBC Nebraska Scottsbluff" and produces its own newscasts.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|2.1||1080i||16:9||KNOP-HD||Main KNOP-TV programming / NBC|
|2.2||720p||KIIT-HD||Digital simulcast of KIIT-CA|
KNOP-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, in early February 2009. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 22 to VHF channel 2 for post-transition operations.
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