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KSN News Salina (local news)
KSN News (state news)
|Slogan||We've Got Your Back|
|Channels||Digital: 47 (UHF)
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
(sale to Nexstar Broadcasting Group pending)
(LIN License Company, LLC)
|First air date||May[specify] 1970|
|Call letters' meaning||Kansas
Low Power Digital
|Former callsigns||K74?? (1970–1982?)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
74 (UHF, 1970–1982?)
18 (UHF, 1982?–1989),
6 (VHF, 1989–2008)
|Transmitter power||15 kW|
|Public license information:||
(repeater of KSNW, Wichita, Kansas) Profile
(repeater of KSNW, Wichita, Kansas) CDBS
KSNL-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 47, is an NBC-affiliated television station located in Salina, Kansas, United States. The station is owned by Media General. KSNL-LD maintains studio facilities located on North Santa Fe Avenue in downtown Salina, and its transmitter is located on State Street and Halsted Road in unincorporated Saline County (west of the Salina city limits).
KSNL-LD is part of the Kansas State Network (KSN), a regional network of four stations relaying programming from Wichita, Kansas NBC affiliate KSNW across central and western Kansas; KSNL incorporates local advertising and news inserts aimed at areas of central Kansas within the Wichita-Hutchinson Plus television market. On cable, KSNL is available on Cox Communications channel 3, and in high-definition on digital channel 2003.
KSNL traces its history to the sign-on on K06LZ in May 1970. From 1989 to 2008, K06LZ's audio feed was receivable in the Salina area on radio over 87.7 FM; television stations broadcasting on VHF channel 6 were audible over this frequency during the analog television era, due to a quirk in the FM bandplan that correlated television channel 6 with the radio frequency; however in May 2008, K06LZ shut down and flash cut its digital signal into operation on UHF channel 47 as KSNL-LD. As a result, the station is no longer audible due to the transition, even for stations that broadcast their digital signals on channel 6.
On May 7, 2012, the LIN TV Corporation announced that it would acquire the New Vision Television station group, including KSNW and its four satellite stations, for $330.4 million and the assumption of $12 million in debt; the sale – which was approved by the FCC on October 2 and was completed 1½ weeks later on October 12 – marked a re-entry to Kansas for LIN, which briefly owned the licenses of K51GC (channel 51, now KHDS-LD), a low-power repeater of Wichita ABC affiliate KAKE-TV (channel 10), in 2000, before selling them to Benedek Broadcasting shortly after the purchase was finalized.
On March 21, 2014, Media General announced that it would purchase LIN Media and its stations, including the KSN stations, in a $1.6 billion merger. The deal will result in Media General's re-entry into the market, as it previously owned KBSH-TV (channel 7), a satellite of Wichita CBS affiliate KWCH-TV (channel 12), from 2000 to 2006. The merger was completed on December 19. On September 28, 2015, Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced it had offered to purchase Media General and its stations, including KSNW and its satellites. If approved this would mark Nexstar's first entry in the Wichita Market. On January 27, 2016, Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire Media General. The acquisition of KSNL and its other satellites by Nexstar will reunite with former satellite KSNF, whose ownership was split from the rest of the Kansas State Network in 1986.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|6.1||1080i||16:9||KSNW-DT||Main KSNL-LD programming / NBC|
- Malone, Michael (May 7, 2012). "LIN Acquiring New Vision Stations for $330 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
- Voorhis, Dan (March 21, 2014). "Media General buying KSNW's parent company, LIN Media". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
- Roy, Bill (March 21, 2014). "Media General to buy KSNW parent company for $1.6B". Wichita Business Journal. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
- Media General Completes Merger With LIN Media, Press Release, Media General, Retrieved 19 December 2014
- "Nexstar Broadcasting seeks to buy Media General for $1.9 billion". Usatoday.com. 2015-09-28. Retrieved 2015-10-07.
- Pickler, Leslie (January 27, 2016). "Nexstar Clinches Deal to Acquire Media General". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KSNL