|St. Joseph, Missouri
|Branding||Telemundo St. Joseph|
|Channels||Digital: 30 (UHF)
Virtual: 30 (PSIP)
|Owner||News-Press & Gazette Company
(News-Press TV, LLC)
|First air date||January 1, 2014|
|Call letters' meaning||The WB St. JOseph
(original callsign of sister station KNPG-LD)
|Sister station(s)||KNPN-LD, KNPG-LD,
News-Press 3 NOW
|Former callsigns||KNPG-LD (2014–2016)|
|Transmitter power||0.75 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KBJO-LD, formerly KNPG-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 30, is a Telemundo-affiliated television station located in Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States. The station is owned by the News-Press & Gazette Company, and is a sister station to Fox affiliate (and the company's television flagship) KNPN-LD (channel 26) and NBC-CW affiliate KNPG-LD (channel 21). The three stations share studio facilities located in News-Press & Gazette's company headquarters (which also house operations for the St. Joseph News-Press and local news and weather channel News-Press 3 NOW) on Edmond Street and Interstate 29 in downtown Saint Joseph; KBJO maintains transmitter facilities located between South 16th and Duncan Streets (adjacent to U.S. 36), just southeast of downtown Saint Joseph.
The station traces its history back to June 2, 2012, when News-Press and Gazette Company signed on KNPN-LD as the St. Joseph market's Fox affiliate, the first broadcast television station to have been built and signed on by the locally based company. The station affiliated its fourth digital subchannel with Telemundo, which replaced the network's national feed on local cable providers as the Spanish-language network did not have an existing affiliate in Missouri.
On December 19, 2012, News-Press & Gazette acquired a low-power digital television license in St. Joseph, K30ND-D from DTV America 1, LLC of Sunrise, Florida; concurrent with the consummation of the purchase, the station's call letters were changed to KNPG-LD (in reference to its parent company).
The station signed on the air on January 1, 2014. In addition to carrying programming on its main signal in high definition, Telemundo programming continues to be simulcast in HD over KNPN's third digital subchannel (which replaced CW programming on that subchannel after KBJO-LD signed on in March 2013). Although both stations are low-power, the coverage area of KNPN is still significantly larger than that of KNPG. Low-powered television stations are exempt from the must-carry and retransmission consent regulations that full-powered stations enjoy, meaning that KNPG's carriage on other area cable systems besides Suddenlink and satellite providers is not guaranteed.
It was announced on Thursday, August 18, 2016, that the KNPG-LD callsign would move to channel 21, then CW affiliate KBJO-LD, and become the NBC affiliate station for the St. Joseph TV market sometime in the fall (later confirmed to be November 1), giving the market its first locally based NBC affiliate. The CW affiliation was moved to subchannel 21.2 and KBJO-LD's callsign was relocated to channel 30, which remains a Telemundo affiliate.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|30.1||1080i||16:9||Main KBJO-LD programming / Telemundo|
Although the station is co-owned with KNPN-LD, which produces its own newscasts, KBJO-LD does not broadcast any of them.
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