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North Platte, Nebraska
United States
Branding NBC Nebraska News 2
Slogan Coverage You Can Count On
Channels Digital: 2 (VHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
Subchannels 2.1 NBC
2.2 Fox
Translators K18DH Broken Bow
Affiliations NBC
Owner Gray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air date December 15, 1958 (1958-12-15)
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
Height 196 m
Facility ID 49273
Transmitter coordinates 41°12′17.3″N 100°44′4.6″W / 41.204806°N 100.734611°W / 41.204806; -100.734611
Licensing authority FCC
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.


The television station went on-air on 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.

KNOP started rebroadcasting NBC programming in high-definition, and carrying K11TW's Fox programming on its .2 digital subchannel, in March 2011.[1]

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.[2][3]

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.[4] 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.[5] The whole sale was completed on June 13.[6]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
2.1 1080i 16:9 KNOP-HD Main KNOP-TV programming / NBC
2.2 720p KIIT-HD Digital simulcast of KIIT-CA

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

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.[8][9]


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