|Owner||Sanphyl Broadcast Network, LLC|
First air date
|June 21, 1998|
Last air date
|February 15, 2021|
(22 years, 239 days)
Former channel number(s)
17 (UHF, 1998–2012)
|America One, FamilyNet, AMGTV|
Call sign meaning
In 1998, CP-Tel Network Services, a local Internet services provider, acquired a former Italian restaurant to convert it into studios for the station. KNTS-LP went on the air in June and was affiliated with America One and FamilyNet; the studios were completed later, at which time the station was added to local cable systems. 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.
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. The station was then sold to Sanphyl Broadcasting Network; it continued to air local sports and church services. 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.
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