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OwnerSanphyl Broadcast Network, LLC
First air date
June 21, 1998 (1998-06-21)
Last air date
February 15, 2021 (2021-02-15)
(22 years, 239 days)
(license canceled)
Former channel number(s)
17 (UHF, 1998–2012)
America One, FamilyNet, AMGTV
Call sign meaning
Technical information
Facility ID56189
ERP15 kW
Transmitter coordinates31°44′20″N 93°8′1″W / 31.73889°N 93.13361°W / 31.73889; -93.13361
Digital translator
  • Natchitoches, Louisiana
  • United States
Technical information
Facility ID40584

KNTS-LP (channel 17) was a low-power television station in Natchitoches, Louisiana, United States.

In 1998, CP-Tel Network Services, a local Internet services provider, acquired a former Italian restaurant to convert it into studios for the station.[1] KNTS-LP went on the air in June and was affiliated with America One and FamilyNet;[2] the studios were completed later, at which time the station was added to local cable systems.[3] Weekday newscasts, originally at 6 p.m. and eventually also at 10 p.m., were added beginning in March 1999; the station also produced shows covering Northwestern State University and high school sports.[4]

KNTS-LP ceased local operations and news production on March 31, 2001. CP-Tel president Richard Gill cited insufficient advertising revenue, rising costs, and the failure to secure a network affiliation.[4] The station was then sold to Sanphyl Broadcasting Network; it continued to air local sports and church services.[5] It moved from channel 17 to channel 19 in 2012.

Despite its broadcast in analog, KNTS-LP had a digital translator, KNYS-LD (channel 27). Sanphyl Broadcast Network surrendered the licenses for KNTS-LP and KNYS-LD to the Federal Communications Commission on February 15, 2021; the FCC cancelled both licenses the same day.


  1. ^ Flynn, Leigh (January 10, 1998). "Natchitoches to get commercial TV station". The Town Talk. p. D-1. Retrieved April 13, 2023 – via
  2. ^ Pinnell, Gary (March 25, 2000). "New business of year named: Natchitoches TV station's coverage area has grown since its inception". The Town Talk. p. C-1. Retrieved April 13, 2023 – via
  3. ^ Richard, Jeff (June 23, 1998). "Natchitoches TV station flickers to life". The Times. p. 1B. Retrieved April 13, 2023 – via
  4. ^ a b "KNTS-TV to shut down operations". The Town Talk. March 8, 2001. p. C-1. Retrieved April 13, 2023 – via
  5. ^ "Small television stations struggling with digital conversion". The Times. May 26, 2008. p. 16. Retrieved April 13, 2023 – via