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KTPN-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 48, is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Tyler, Texas, United States. Owned by White Knight Broadcasting, it is a sister station to Longview-licensed Fox affiliate KFXK-TV (channel 51); Nexstar Media Group, which owns Jacksonville-licensed NBC affiliate KETK-TV (channel 56), operates KFXK and KTPN-LD under a shared services agreement. The three stations share studios on Richmond Road (near Loop 323) in Tyler; KTPN-LD's transmitter is located west of Texas Loop 323 in northeast Tyler. On cable, the station is available on Suddenlink Communications channel 9 and Longview Cable Television channel 4.

KTPN-LD
KLPN47KTPN48.png
Tyler, Texas
United States
BrandingThe Z
ChannelsDigital: 48 (UHF)
(to move to 36 (UHF))
Virtual: 48 (PSIP)
TranslatorsKFXK-DT 51.2 Longview
AffiliationsMyNetworkTV
OwnerWhite Knight Broadcasting
(Warwick Communications, Inc.)
OperatorNexstar Media Group
(via SSA)
First air date1990[specify]
Call letters' meaningK Tyler Paramount Network
(in reference to station's former UPN affiliation)
Sister station(s)KETK-TV, KFXK-TV
Former callsignsK48DP (1990–1997)
KLPN-LP (1997–2012)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
58 (UHF, 1990–2010)
Former affiliationsIndependent (1990–1995, January–September 2006)
The WB (1995–1997)
UPN (1997–January 2006)
Transmitter power15 kW
Height114.5 m (376 ft)
ClassLD
Facility ID8098
Transmitter coordinates32°21′52.1″N 95°16′20.5″W / 32.364472°N 95.272361°W / 32.364472; -95.272361
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.easttexasmatters.com
KLPN-LD
(defunct; served as repeater of KTPN-LD)
Longview, Texas
United States
Brandingsee KTPN-LD infobox
ChannelsDigital: 47 (UHF)
Virtual: 47 (PSIP)
AffiliationsDefunct
OwnerWhite Knight Broadcasting
(Warwick Communications, Inc.)
OperatorNexstar Media Group
(via SSA)
First air date1995 (24 years ago) (1995)[specify]
Last air date2016 (3 years ago) (2016)
Call letters' meaningK Longview Paramount Network
(in reference to station's former UPN affiliation)
Sister station(s)KETK-TV, KFXK-TV
Former callsignsK22EH (1993–1998)
K58FS (1998–2000)
KLPN-LP (2000–2012)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
22 (UHF, 1995–1998)
58 (UHF, 1998–2012)
Former affiliationsThe WB (1995–1997)
UPN (1997–January 2006)
Independent (January–September 2006)
MyNetworkTV (September 2006–2016)
Transmitter power0.7 kW
Height311.5 m (1,022 ft)
ClassLD
Facility ID8097
Transmitter coordinates32°36′4″N 94°52′15″W / 32.60111°N 94.87083°W / 32.60111; -94.87083

KTPN-LD's signal was formerly relayed on KLPN-LD (channel 47) in Longview, which provided KTPN's programming to the central and eastern portions of the market; that station's transmitter was located near East Mountain. KLPN-LD's license was canceled on June 6, 2016.[1]

Even though KTPN-LD operates a digital signal of its own, due to its low-powered status, the station's broadcasting radius does not reach the entire Tyler–Longview market. Therefore, it can also be seen through a standard definition simulcast on KFXK's second digital subchannel in order to reach the entire market. This signal can be seen on UHF channel 31.2 (or virtual channel 51.2 via PSIP) from a transmitter in unincorporated northwestern Cherokee County.

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HistoryEdit

KTPN-LP first signed on the air from Tyler in 1990 as K48DP; originally operating as an independent station, it later became a charter affiliate of The WB when the network launched on January 11, 1995. KLPN-LP signed on in Longview as K22EH in 1995, serving as a repeater of K48DP and also carrying WB network programming. In 1997, the two stations both dropped their WB affiliations to join the United Paramount Network (UPN); channels 48 and 58 were collectively branded as "UPN 22/48". The two stations were then collectively branded as "UPN 22/48". Accordingly, channel 48 changed its callsign to KTPN-LP (standing for "Tyler Paramount Network"). In 1998, K22EH moved to UHF channel 58 and changed its callsign to K58FS in order to allow KETK-TV (channel 56) to sign on its digital signal on UHF channel 22 (both stations were accordingly rebranded as "UPN 58/48"); two years later in 2000, K58FS changed its callsign to KLPN-LP (standing for "Longview Paramount Network") to match its sister station.

KTPN and KLPN received a full-power satellite when KCEB (channel 54, now a MeTV affiliate) signed on in July 2003, simulcasting UPN programming from the low-power outlets; the three stations collectively branded as "UPN 54/58/48". In 2005, KCEB dropped its UPN affiliation to affiliate with The WB; subsequently thereafter in January 2006, KTPN-LP and KLPN-LP lost the UPN affiliation to CBS affiliate KYTX (channel 19), which added the network as a second digital subchannel; this resulted in the two stations reverting into independent stations.

 
Logo as "My KLPN," used from 2006 until 2015

On January 24, 2006, CBS Corporation (which split from Viacom in December 2005) and Time Warner's Warner Bros. Entertainment (the division that operated The WB) announced that the two companies would shut down The WB and UPN and combine the networks' respective programming to create a new "fifth" network called The CW.[2][3] One month later on February 22, News Corporation announced the launch of a new "sixth" network called MyNetworkTV, which would be operated by Fox Television Stations and its syndication division Twentieth Television.[4][5] KTPN and KLPN became charter affiliates of MyNetworkTV when the network launched on September 5, 2006; KCEB took the CW affiliation when the network launched two weeks later on September 18 (The CW Plus feed carried by the station has since moved to KYTX's second digital subchannel).

On April 24, 2013, the Communications Corporation of America announced the sale of its television stations, including KETK-TV, to Nexstar Broadcasting Group. KFXK and KTPN were planned be sold to Nexstar partner company Mission Broadcasting; in the case of KFXK, that station was being sold to Mission to comply with FCC duopoly rules. But on August 5, 2014, Mission withdrew its application to acquire KFXK.[6] Nexstar continues to operate KFXK and KLPN under a shared services agreement with sister station KETK.[7] The sale was completed on January 1, 2015.[8]

Digital televisionEdit

Digital channelEdit

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[9]
48.1 480i 4:3 KTPN-LD Main KTPN-LD programming / MyNetworkTV

Analog-to-digital conversionEdit

KLPN-LP shut down its analog signal over UHF channel 58 in January 2012, and "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation to UHF channel 47. KTPN-LP shut down its analog signal over UHF channel 48, in 2013, and flash-cut its digital signal into operation UHF channel 48.

ProgrammingEdit

Syndicated programs broadcast by KTPN-LD include Jerry Springer, Two and a Half Men, Steve, The 700 Club, 2 Broke Girls, and Pawn Stars, among others.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/sta_det.pl?Facility_id=8097
  2. ^ 'Gilmore Girls' meet 'Smackdown'; CW Network to combine WB, UPN in CBS-Warner venture beginning in September, CNNMoney.com, January 24, 2006.
  3. ^ UPN and WB to Combine, Forming New TV Network, The New York Times, January 24, 2006.
  4. ^ "News Corp. to launch new mini-network for UPN stations". USA Today. February 22, 2006. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  5. ^ News Corp. Unveils MyNetworkTV, Broadcasting & Cable, February 22, 2006.
  6. ^ Application Info Archived December 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Consummation Notice Archived January 6, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  9. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KTPN-LD

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