|City of license||Wichita, Kansas|
|Branding||KSN 3 (general)
KSN News 3 (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 45 (UHF)
Virtual: 3 (PSIP)
|Owner||New Vision Television, Inc.
(NVT Wichita Licensee, LLC)
|Call letters’ meaning||Kansas
|Former callsigns||KARD-TV (1955-1982)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
3 (VHF, 1955-2009)
|Transmitter Power||891 kW|
KSNW digital channel 45 (virtual channel 3) is a NBC affiliate based in Wichita, Kansas. It is owned by the New Vision Television group. KSNW is also the flagship station of the Kansas State Network (KSN), the state's chain of NBC affiliates. KSNW's transmitter is located near Colwich, Kansas.
KSNW signed on the air on September 1, 1955 as KARD-TV, the third television station in Wichita. This made Wichita one of the smallest cities in the country with three network-affiliated stations.
In 1962, after the FCC ruled that central and western Kansas was part of the Wichita market, KARD merged with KCKT-TV, channel 2 in Great Bend and its satellites KGLD-TV in Garden City and KOMC-TV, channel 8 in Oberlin. The three stations, known as the "Tri-Circle Network," brought NBC programming to central and western Kansas. The Tri-Circle Network then changed its name to the Kansas State Network, with KARD as the flagship station of the new four station group. The stations eventually expanded their signals to reach 75% of Kansas plus portions of Nebraska, and now claim to reach half of Kansas' television households. The stations changed their calls on August 16, 1982 to help viewers think of the four stations as parts of one large network. KARD became KSNW, KCKT became KSNC, KGLD became KSNG and KOMC became KSNK, with the KARD call letters ending up with KARD-TV in Monroe, Louisiana.
In 1988, SJL Broadcast Management acquired the KSN stations. They were then sold to Lee Enterprises in 1995. Emmis Communications bought most of Lee Enterprises' stations in 2000. Montecito Broadcast Group, a newly-formed partnership between SJL and the Blackstone Group, acquired the KSN stations from Emmis on January 27, 2006.
In January 2006, the station hired former general manager Al Buch as the station's new GM, under the then-pending ownership of Montecito Broadcast Group. The CEO/founder of Montecito is George Lilly.
Despite being the first station to build a semi-satellite network in the western part of the state, KSNW's newscasts have lagged far behind those of rival stations KWCH-TV and KAKE-TV for several decades. In recent years, however, KSN has been battling KAKE for second place in some time slots although both stations trail dominant KWCH by a fairly wide margin.
On July 24, 2007, Montecito announced the sale of all of its stations (KSNW and its satellites, plus KHON-TV in Honolulu and its satellites, KOIN in Portland and KSNT in Topeka) to New Vision Television. The sale was finalized on November 1, 2007. 
In 2008, KSNW established a low-powered repeater for Salina, K06LZ, which is the same programming as KSNW, but with local ads and programming. K06LZ will soon be replaced with a new digital channel, KSNL-LD. During the 1960s and 1970s, KCKT-TV sent programming to Salina via K18AA, a repeater that aired on channel 18, which in recent years became a Fox TV Network affiliate.
In January 2009, KSN acquired Cox Cable channel Kansas Now 22 from KAKE/WIBW and Gray Television to produce its own news and weather for the cable channel.
The station's digital channel:
|Analog Channel||Digital Channel||Programming|
|3.1||45.1 (Cox Digital 2003)||main KSNW/NBC programming|
After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, which is tentatively scheduled to take place on June 12, 2009, KSNW remained on its pre-transition channel number, 45. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display KSNW's virtual channel as 3.
|First air date||Fourth letter in calls
|Former callsigns||Former channel numbers||ERP
|Facility ID||Transmitter Coordinates|
||Great Bend/Hays/Salina||22 (UHF)||November 28, 1954||Central Kansas||KCKT (1954-1982)||2 (analog VHF, 1954-2008)||1,000 kW||261.1 m||72359|
||Garden City/Dodge City||11 (VHF)||November 5, 1958||Garden City||KGLD (1958-1982)||none||7.4 kW||239 m||72361|
||Oberlin/McCook||12 (VHF)||November 28, 1959||Nebraska & Kansas||KOMC (1959-1982)||8 (analog VHF, 1959-2008)||10.4 kW||218 m||72362|
|KSNL-LD||Salina||47 (UHF)||May 2008||Low Power Digital||K06LZ (1989-2008), K18AA (before 1989), K47KV-D (2008 CP), K74?? (1970s)||none||15 kW||285.4 m||168675|
After having turned off their analog signals, KSNC and KSNK are now using their former analog channel assignments 2 and 8, respectively as their virtual channels using PSIP.
Both KSNT and KSNF provided limited simulcasts from KSNW from 1982 to 1990, when George Lilly's SJL Communications purchased the station from George Hatch dismantled part of the microwave system that linked KSNF and KSNT to provide simulcasts of KSNW programming in a cost cutting measure.
(as of April 12, 2009)
KSN Weather Team