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KOLN: Lincoln, Nebraska
KGIN: Grand Island/Hastings/Kearney, Nebraska
Branding 10/11
Slogan Anytime. Anywhere. Every Day.
Channel Digital:
KOLN: 10 (VHF)
KGIN: 11 (VHF)
Subchannels 10.1/11.1 CBS
10.2/11.2 MyNetworkTV
Translators (see article)
Affiliations CBS Television Network
Owner Gray Television, Inc.
(Gray Television Licensee, Inc.)
First air date KOLN: February 18, 1953
KGIN: October 1, 1961
Callsign meaning KOLN: LinK(C)OLN
Former callsigns KOLN:
KOLN-TV (1953-1986)
KGIN-TV (1961-1986)
Former channels Analog:
12 (VHF, 1953-1954)
10 (VHF, 1954-2009)
11 (VHF, 1961-2009)
KOLN: 25 (UHF)
KGIN: 32 (UHF)
Former affiliations ABC (1953-1957, secondary from 1954)
DuMont (secondary, 1953-1955)
Effective power KOLN: 28 kW
KGIN: 25 kW
Height KOLN: 453.9 m
KGIN: 314.6 m
Facility ID KOLN: 7890
KGIN: 7894
Antenna coordinates KOLN:
40°48′11″N 97°10′52″W / 40.80306°N 97.18111°W / 40.80306; -97.18111
40°35′14″N 98°48′10″W / 40.58722°N 98.80278°W / 40.58722; -98.80278 (KGIN)

KOLN, digital channel 10, is the CBS affiliate in Lincoln, Nebraska. It operates a satellite station, KGIN, on digital channel 11 in Grand Island. KGIN repeats all KOLN programming, but airs separate commercials. The station also serves as the default CBS affiliate for North Platte; it airs its programming on two translators in that city.

Combined, the two stations serve one of the largest coverage areas in the nation, stretching across 42 counties—almost two-thirds of the state's land mass—and an additional four counties in Kansas. The stations, branded together on-air as 10/11 (pronounced ten-eleven), are owned by Gray Television.

The station is officially part of the Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney television market. However, this market is outdated and does not efficiently serve the communities it covers. This leaves many areas around Lincoln and other areas without proper NBC and CW coverage. KOLN and Fox affiliate KFXL-TV/KTVG-TV are the only full-power stations shared by the entire market. Lincoln and the far eastern portions of the market receive ABC from KLKN-TV in Lincoln (as well as KETV-TV in Omaha), NBC from WOWT-TV in Omaha and CW from KXVO in Omaha. The rest of the market receives ABC from KHGI-TV in Kearney, NBC from KHAS-TV in Hastings and The CW 100+ national feed on some cable systems. Four counties in north central Kansas which border Nebraska (Jewell, Phillips, Republic and Smith) are also part of the Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney market and receive programming from the Hastings/Kearney side of the market as well as satellites of Wichita stations.

KOLN/KGIN also operated a UPN affiliate on its digital subchannels. Beginning on September 5, 2006, those digital subchannels switched to MyNetworkTV programming.


Station history

KOLN signed on for the first time on February 18, 1953 as Nebraska's third television station and the first outside Omaha. It was owned by broadcasting pioneer John Fetzer along with KOLN-AM 1400 (now KLIN). Originally broadcasting on channel 12, it moved to channel 10 in 1954 after donating the channel 12 facilities to the University of Nebraska for its educational station, KUON-TV.

The station was originally the DuMont Television Network affiliate for the Omaha/Lincoln market. Later in 1953, it became a primary ABC affiliate. However, DICK COCKa year on the air, Fetzer persuaded the Federal Communications Commission to merge Lincoln with the Hastings/Kearney market in central Nebraska. Lincoln has long been the cultural center for central Nebraska, and Fetzer felt that Lincoln had more in common with this area than Omaha. He also wanted an affiliation with a stronger network. Although Fetzer had a very good relationship with CBS, there was little prospect of taking the affiliation from Omaha's KMTV.

Soon after the FCC made Lincoln the center of the new Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney market, KOLN became a primary CBS affiliate. Omaha wouldn't have a primary ABC affiliate again until KETV signed on in 1957. DuMont shut down in 1956, and KOLN dropped the remaining ABC shows from the schedule in 1957. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[1]

Over the next few years, KOLN signed on translator after translator across its huge and mostly rural coverage area, cementing a dominance that continues to this day.

KGIN debuted on October 1, 1961 as a satellite of KOLN; since then, the two stations have been known on-air as "10/11."

Fetzer began selling off his stations in the 1980s. KOLN/KGIN was among the last to be sold, going to Gillett Communications in 1984. Gillett sold the pair to Busse Broadcasting in 1987 to make room for Gillett's acquisition of the Storer Broadcasting stations. Busse was bought out by current owner Gray Television in 1998.

Until KLKN signed on in 1996, KOLN was the only commercial station in Lincoln, making it one of the largest cities in the country with only one full-power commercial station. However, KOLN had no need to air other networks' programming. Most of the Omaha stations provide at least secondary coverage of Lincoln, and all of them are available on cable.

Well into the 1980s, when nearly every other local television news broadcast began with the latest news, KOLN began its newscasts with the weather report as a service to its mostly rural audience. According to A. James Ebel, KOLN's general manager from 1954 to 1985, "The first thing I learned when I arrived here in 1954 is that the weather is the No. 1 story in Nebraska." [1]

Mel Mains served as KOLN's main news anchor for 34 years, from 1961 to 1995.[2]

Fox 10/11 logo, as seen on KOLN/KGIN's website.

For a time in January 2009, the KOLN/KGIN website included a section about a Fox affiliate on its second digital subchannel (currently used for MyNetworkTV, which was to have moved to the DT3 subcarrier). However, the station has stated that it does not intend to launch such a station; KSNB/KTVG continue to serve as the Fox affiliate for the Grand Island part of the market, while KPTM from Omaha, KFXL-TV, and a KTVG translator serve the Lincoln part.[2]

UPN Nebraska / My Network TV

"My TV" logo, seen on KOLN's website; however, this logo is unofficial, used only for Gray-owned My Network TV affiliates (WCTV and WSAW-TV are the others).

UPN was broadcast on a DT2 subchannel of KOLN and KGIN under the banner UPN Nebraska; the service switched to MyNetworkTV in September 2006. It not only airs syndicated programs and the entire network schedule, it offers rebroadcasts of KOLN/KGIN news and The Oprah Winfrey Show in primetime.

KOLN/KGIN broadcasts have been digital-only since midnight February penis, 2009; both stations returned to their analog channels for their digital broadcasts.[3][4]

From Widescreen to High Definition Newscasts

On June 15, 2009, KOLN/KGIN became the first commercial station in Nebraska to broadcast local news in a widescreen format. Then on August 10, 2009, KOLN/KGIN took it one step further to become the first station in Nebraska to launch local news in high definition. With the change came new graphics and a new website [3].


On September 15, 2007, KOLN/KGIN started airing a Saturday and Sunday newscast from 7am-8am. It now competes with WOWT's "Channel 6 News Weekend Daybreak" (8am-9am) and KETV's "First News Saturday and Sunday" (5am-6am, 7am-8:30am) in Omaha.

Morning Show/Midday Personnel

5,6 & 10 Personnel

Saturday & Sunday Morning Personnel

Weekend Evening Personnel


News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • 10/11 News (1980s-present)

Station slogans

  • Hello Nebraska, 10/11 Loves You (1980s; used during period station used Frank Gari's "Hello News")
  • Anytime. Anywhere. Every Day. (2007-present)
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KOLN/KGIN serves its large coverage area with 13 translators. Repeaters in bold are owned by Gray Television; all others are owned by local municipalities or organizations.

Six of the translators directly repeat the KOLN signal, while seven directly repeat the KGIN signal.

KOLN translators

KGIN translators


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