|Branding||Fox 43 KTMJ (general)|
Fox 43 News at 9 (newscasts)
|Slogan||The Local News You Want (general/news)|
Always Watching. Always Tracking. (weather)
|Channels||Digital: 43 (UHF)|
(to move to 20 (UHF))
Virtual: 43 (PSIP)
|Translators||KSNT-DT 27.2 (UHF) Topeka|
|Affiliations||43.1 Fox (1987–present)|
|Owner||Nexstar Media Group|
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||June 16, 1982|
|Call letters' meaning||Kansas|
Justice Network (until 2017)
|Transmitter power||15 kW|
9.27 kw (CP)
|Height||200 m (656 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KTMJ-CD, virtual and UHF digital channel 43, is a low-powered, Class A Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Topeka, Kansas, United States. Owned by Nexstar Media Group, it is a sister station to NBC affiliate KSNT (channel 27); Nexstar also operates dual ABC/CW+ affiliate KTKA-TV (channel 49) under joint sales and shared services agreements with owner Vaughan Media, LLC. The three stations share studios on Northwest 25th Street (US 24), near the unincorporated community of Kiro in Shawnee County; KTMJ-CD's transmitter is located between the Kansas River and I-70/US 40/US 75/K-4 in Topeka.
Even though KTMJ-CD operates a digital signal of its own, the low-powered broadcasting radius does not reach the northern and eastern fringes of the Topeka market. Therefore, the station is simulcast in high definition on KSNT's second digital subchannel in order to reach the entire market. This signal can be seen on virtual and UHF channel 27.2 from KSNT's transmitter at its Northwest 25th Street studios. There is no separate website for the station; instead, it is integrated with that of sister station KSNT.
KTMJ traces its roots to the June 16, 1982 sign-on of K06KZ in Junction City, an independent station which broadcast on VHF channel 6. In 1987, the station changed its call letters to KTMJ-LP (representing the station's service area of Topeka, Manhattan and Junction City); however, the station was referenced as "KTMJ-TV 6" in the Kansas City edition of TV Guide and Topeka area newspapers. On April 6, 1987, the station became an affiliate of the Fox Broadcasting Company. KETM-LP signed on the air on November 30, 1988 as K17CK; also operating as an independent station initially, it was eventually converted into a repeater of the Junction City station, which served as the main signal. On March 30, 2011, it surrendered its Class A designation and reverted to a standard LPTV license; at that time, the station changed its call letters to KETM-LP. KMJT-CA began operating on August 4, 1992 as K15DQ; it became a Class A repeater of the original Junction City signal on September 24, 2001. On January 16, 1995, KTMJ-LP became a secondary affiliate of the United Paramount Network (UPN). Channel 43 originally maintained studio facilities located on Southgate Drive in southwestern Topeka.
In 2001, then-owner Montgomery Communications reassigned the KTMJ-CA call letters to the repeater on UHF channel 43 in Topeka, converting that outlet—which was also re-designated as a Class A station—into the flagship station of the group. At that time, channel 17 became a Class A station and changed its call letters to KETM-CA, subsequently becoming a repeater of channel 43. The Junction City station that originally held the KTMJ calls also had its call letters changed to KTLJ-CA. With the reassignment of the Topeka station as the originating station for KTMJ, Montgomery Communications relocated the station's operations from Junction City to facilities on Southgate Drive in southwest Topeka; master control operations remained in Junction City, before moving to the Topeka facility in May 2004. KTMJ-CA and its repeaters dropped the secondary UPN affiliation in 2003.
New Vision Television ownership
On July 7, 2008, New Vision Television (owner of NBC affiliate KSNT) announced its intention to buy KTMJ and its repeaters from Montgomery Communications. The purchase was completed on September 1. As a result, KTMJ relocated its operations into KSNT's facilities on Northwest 25th Street. In November 2008, KSNT began providing a simulcast of KTMJ-CA on its second digital subchannel, replacing CW Plus affiliate "Northeast Kansas CW 5" (which concurrently moved to present-day sister station KTKA-TV).
Sale to LIN Media, and then Media General
On May 7, 2012, LIN TV Corporation announced that it would acquire the New Vision Television station group, including KSNT and KTMJ-CD, for $330.4 million and the assumption of $12 million in debt. Along with the outright ownership of KSNT and KTMJ, the agreement included the acquisition of New Vision's shared services agreement with PBC Broadcasting, giving LIN operational control of KTKA-TV. LIN and Vaughan Media (which concurrently purchased the PBC stations) also entered into a joint sales agreement to provide advertising services for KTKA. The sale of New Vision to LIN Media and KTKA's purchase by Vaughan Media was approved by the FCC on October 2, with the transaction closing on October 12, 2012. The deal marked a re-entry into Kansas for LIN, who briefly owned the licenses of Wichita ABC affiliate KAKE and its satellites in 2000, but never held operational control of the stations.
On March 21, 2014, Media General announced that it would purchase the LIN Media stations, including KSNT, KTMJ-CD, and the SSA/JSA with KTKA-TV, in a $1.6 billion merger. The FCC approved the merger on December 12, 2014, with the deal being consummated on December 19; however as a condition of the sale's approval, Media General was originally required to terminate the joint sales agreement between KTKA-TV and KSNT within two years, due to the FCC's ban on agreement involving the sale of advertising encompassing more than 15% of a separately-owned station's airtime.
The FCC cancelled the licenses for KMJT-LP (on April 3, 2017) and KETM-LP (on April 27, 2017).
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|43.1||720p||16:9||KTMJ||Main KTMJ-CD programming / Fox|
On September 1, 2010, KTMJ-CA filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to flash-cut its digital signal into operation on its existing analog allocation on UHF channel 43; the FCC granted a construction permit to build the digital transmitter facility for KTMJ on September 28. On September 29, 2011, KTMJ-CA began broadcasting its programming in high definition.
From June 16, 1982 until the transition to a digital-only signal, the signals of K06KZ (at first), KTMJ-LP and KTMJ-CA (both at the time of the transition), and now KTLJ-CA were audible on radio in the Junction City area on 87.7 FM; television stations broadcasting on VHF channel 6 were audible over this frequency during the analog television era as it coincided with the FM radio band, although this is no longer possible due to the transition to digital television, even for stations that broadcast their digital signals on channel 6. After KTLJ-CA converts to digital, it will become the last television station in Kansas broadcasting on analog channel 6 to cease broadcasting its audio on 87.7 FM radio station (after KSNW translator K06LZ in Salina in 2008, and KWCH satellite KBSD-DT in Dodge City when it switched on the official transition date of June 12, 2009).
KTMJ-CD carries the entire Fox programming schedule; however, it is one of a few Fox affiliates that does not carry the network-syndicated Xploration Station block, opting to carry educational children's programming acquired from the syndication market on Saturday mornings. Syndicated programs broadcast on KTMJ (as of August 2015[update]) include The Big Bang Theory, Hot Bench, Friends, The People's Court, and Steve.
KSNT presently produces 13½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week for KTMJ-CD (consisting of 2½ hours on weekdays and a half-hour each on Saturdays and Sundays); the weekend editions of the 9:00 p.m. newscast are occasionally pre-empted on certain Saturday and/or Sunday evenings whenever Fox schedules sports programming in primetime that is expected to run into that hour, as KSNT cannot air the program on delay due to its late-evening news simulcast on KSNT and KTKA-TV.
KTMJ-CD, as a Junction City-based station, began broadcasting local news programming in 1988, running news updates focusing on Junction City and Manhattan; the station launched a half-hour primetime newscast at 9:00 p.m. in 1995. After KTMJ moved its call letters and operations to Topeka in 2001, the station cancelled its primetime newscast, replacing it with 60- to 90-second news updates on an hourly basis from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., anchored primarily by KTMJ news director Gary Brauer.
In April 2007, KTMJ began airing newscasts from fellow Fox affiliate WDAF-TV in Kansas City, simulcasting that station's weekday morning and nightly 9:00 p.m. newscasts. Following New Vision's purchase of KTMJ-CA, KSNT decided to launch Topeka-focused newscasts produced specifically for the station; on October 31, 2008, KSNT replaced the WDAF morning news simulcast with Good Day Live, a two-hour weekday morning newscast at 7:00 a.m., using anchors and meteorologists seen on KSNT's morning newscast. Four months later on February 10, 2009, the primetime news simulcast from WDAF was replaced by a half-hour newscast at 9:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday evenings.
As a result of KTKA's sale to PBC Broadcasting and local marketing agreement with then-KSNT owner New Vision Television, KSNT took over production of KTKA's newscasts, using existing staff from both stations. Newscasts on KSNT, KTKA and KTMJ were relaunched on July 30, under the uniform branding Kansas First News, consisting of the existing KTKA and KTMJ newscasts as well as news simulcasts between KTKA and KSNT; On May 4, 2013, KSNT and KTKA respectively became the second and third (and last) television stations in the Topeka market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition; the morning and primetime newscasts on KTMJ were included in the upgrade.
On January 26, 2015, KSNT quietly dropped the Kansas First News brand, with the introduction of a new graphics package and news set, as well as a uniform logo scheme for all three stations (consisting of only the station's respective call letters and the logo of their affiliated network; the Fox wordmark in the case of KTMJ-CD), with newscasts on KSNT, KTMJ and KTKA being rebranded as KSNT News. Subsequently, on January 30, KTMJ expanded its 9:00 p.m. newscast to Saturday and Sunday evenings.
KTMJ-CD operates a translator station that relays the station's signal to the majority of the Topeka market. KTLJ originally held the KTMJ-CA call letters, before the channel 43 signal in Topeka took over as the main station. KTLJ-CA has an application to broadcast its digital signal on UHF channel 46 from a transmitter on a tower located off of Liberty Hall Road (west of Junction City) currently occupied by University of Kansas-owned radio station KANV (91.3 FM).
(UHF, unless otherwise noted)
|Cable channel||City of license||Transmitter location|
|Cox Cable 6 (SD),
Cox Digital Cable 2006 (HD)
|Junction City||southeast of downtown and I-70 / U.S. 40 / K-18|
|KMJT-LP (license cancelled)||15 (UHF)||Cox Cable 6 (SD),
Cox Digital Cable 2006 (HD)
|Ogden||southwest of downtown Manhattan|
|KETM-LP (license cancelled)||17 (UHF)||Emporia||south of Admire and I-335 / Kansas Turnpike|
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