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North Platte, Nebraska
United States
BrandingNBC Nebraska 2 (general)
NBC Nebraska News 2 (newscasts; visually displayed as NBC Nebraska News)
ChannelsDigital: 2 (VHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
TranslatorsK18DH 18 Broken Bow
KAQY-LP 35 Lexington
Affiliations2.1: NBC
2.2: Fox
2.3: Ion Television
OwnerGray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air dateDecember 15, 1958 (60 years ago) (1958-12-15)
Call letters' meaningNOrth Platte
Former channel number(s)Analog:
2 (VHF, 1958–2009)
22 (UHF, until 2009)
Transmitter power16 kW
Height196 m (643 ft)
Facility ID49273
Transmitter coordinates41°12′13″N 100°44′0″W / 41.20361°N 100.73333°W / 41.20361; -100.73333
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

KNOP-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 2, is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to North Platte, Nebraska, United States. Owned by Gray Television, it is sister to two low-powered stations: CBS affiliate KNPL-LD (channel 10) and Class A Fox affiliate KIIT-CD (channel 11). The three stations share studios on South Dewey Street in downtown North Platte; KNOP's transmitter is located on U.S. Route 83 in the northern part of the city. However, master control and most internal operations are based at the studios of CBS-affiliated sister station KOLN on North 40th Street in Lincoln.


KNOP-TV was founded by local investors headed by attorney Rush Clarke and went on-air December 15, 1958.[1]

In 1968, it was purchased by Richard F. Shively, Harold O. Shively and Ulysses Carlini Sr.[2] Richard died on December 4, 2003.[3] In 1997, Shively and Carlini bought KHAS-TV in Hastings, and formed Greater Nebraska Television as a holding company for their television interests.

In 2005, Greater Nebraska Television sold its stations (including KNOP-TV) to Hoak Media.[4]

KNOP started rebroadcasting NBC programming in high definition, and carrying K11TW's Fox programming on its second digital subchannel, in March 2011.[5]

KNOP gained national attention in February 2012 for being the only station in the country to air a Will Ferrell-produced Super Bowl commercial for Old Milwaukee beer.[6][7]

On November 20, 2013, Hoak announced the sale of most of its stations, including KNOP-TV and K11TW, to Gray Television. The sale made them sister stations to North Platte CBS affiliate KNPL-LD, a semi-satellite of Gray's KOLN/KGIN; it would have also partially separated KNOP from KHAS-TV, which was planned to be sold to Excalibur Broadcasting but be operated by Gray's KOLN/KGIN and KSNB-TV through a shared services agreement.[8] 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.[9] The whole sale was completed on June 13.[10] (KHAS was ultimately sold to Legacy Broadcasting,[11] the call letters were changed to KNHL,[12] and it returned to the air in June 2015 as a SonLife Broadcasting Network affiliate.[13]

On September 14, 2015, Gray announced that it would purchase the television and radio stations owned by Schurz Communications, including Scottsbluff, Nebraska based KDUH-TV (a satellite of Rapid City's ABC-affiliated KOTA-TV) for $442.5 million.[14][15][16] Gray planned to convert KDUH into a satellite of KNOP-TV,[17][18] change the station's call letters to KNEP, and also change KDUH/KNEP's city of license to Sidney, Nebraska (which will move it from the Cheyenne–Scottsbluff market to the Denver market, eliminating an ownership conflict with KSTF, a Gray-owned, Scottsbluff-based semi-satellite of Cheyenne, Wyoming-based CBS affiliate KGWN-TV).[19][20][21] The sale approved by the FCC on February 12, 2016,[22] and was completed on February 16.[23] The FCC approved the change of station's city of license on May 16.[24] KNEP's NBC feed for the Nebraska Panhandle (which is branded as "NBC Nebraska Scottsbluff" and produces its own newscasts) signed on May 5, 2016.[25] However, the station is still airing KOTA-TV programming on its DT1 channel.[26]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[27]
2.1 1080i 16:9 KNOP Main KNOP-TV programming / NBC
2.2 720p KIIT Simulcast of KIIT-CD / Fox
2.3 480i 4:3 ION TV Ion Television

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KNOP-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, on February 10, 2009.[28][29] The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 22 to VHF channel 2 for post-transition operations.[30]


KNOP-TV presently broadcasts 17 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with three hours each weekday and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). The station also produces 2½ hours of weekly news programming each for CBS and Fox affiliated sister stations KIIT-CD and KNPL-LD. Between the three stations, the news operation produces about 22 hours of news programming each week.


  1. ^ 1959 Broadcasting Yearbook (PDF), 1954, p. B-53
  2. ^ Sportscaster Joe Swift out of job - The North Platte Bulletin
  3. ^ Application for Consent to Assign Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License, or to Transfer Control of Entity Holding Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License - Federal Communications Commission
  4. ^ KNOP may get new owners - The North Platte Telegraph
  5. ^ New Broadcasting Qualities - KNOP News 2
  6. ^ Burke, Timothy. "We Now Have The Will Ferrell Old Milwaukee Super Bowl Ad In HD, Along With More Info About It". Deadspin. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  7. ^ Carlini, Holly. "Commercial Ran Only On KNOP-TV". KNOP-TV. Archived from the original on 8 February 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "Gray Buying Hoak, Prime Stations For $342.5M". TVNewsCheck. November 20, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  9. ^ "KHAS TV - KSNB TV Statement". KHAS-TV. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  10. ^ Gray closes Hoak deal; completes refinancing.,, Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Gray Sets Buyers For Its Six SSA Stations". TVNewsCheck. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Resumption of Operations". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. June 9, 2015.
  13. ^ "September 2015". Upper Midwest Broadcasting. 11 September 2015.
  14. ^ "GRAY TELEVISION PURCHASES KOTA-TV, KDUH". KNEB. September 15, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  15. ^ "Schurz Communications to sell WSBT and other TV, radio stations". South Bend Tribune. September 14, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  16. ^ Kuperberg, Jonathan (September 14, 2015). "Gray Acquiring TV, Radio Stations from Schurz for $442.5 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  17. ^ "Comprehensive Exhibit" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  18. ^ Gray Television unveils some changes for Scottsbluff station. KOTA-TV, 17 February 2016, Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  19. ^ "Comprehensive Exhibit" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. October 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  20. ^ KOTA Territory News to bring more statewide coverage., Scottsbluff Star-Herald, 19 February 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  21. ^ "Sale of KDUH-TV Parent Complete". KCSR. February 16, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  22. ^ FCC Approves Gray-Schurz TV Station Deal. Broadcasting & Cable, 12 February 2016, Retrieved 13 February 2016
  23. ^ Gray Closes Schurz Acquisition, Related Transactions, And Incremental Term Loan Facility Press Release, Gray Television, Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  24. ^ Report and Order, Federal Communications Commission, 16 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  25. ^ "KOTA announces switch to KNEP in May". Scottsbluff Star-Herald. March 29, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  26. ^ May 2016 - Upper Midwest Broadcasting
  27. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KNOP-TV
  28. ^ Notification of Suspension of Operations - Federal Communications Commission
  29. ^ KNOP switches to digital - The North Platte
  30. ^ "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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