A new, FOX-affiliated television station launched in St. Joseph at midyear — significantly altering the landscape of network broadcasting in the city.
News-Press & Gazette Co. debuted KNPN over-the-air on Channel 26.1 covering Buchanan, Andrew, Doniphan and DeKalb counties on cable, DISH, DirecTV and over-the-air. The station replaced WDAF-FOX Kansas City on Channel 4 and 604 on Suddenlink. KNPN also provides 24/7 news and weather on Suddenlink Channels 3 & 603 and it is now over-the-air on channel 26.2, along with The CW on channels 6 & 606 on Suddenlink and 26.3 over-the-air and Telemundo (Spanish) on channel 602 on Suddenlink and channel 26.4 over-the-air.
It marks St. Joseph’s first new television station since the beginning of KFEQ (now KQTV) in the early 1950s.
Station General Manager Eric Bradley said KNPN was created to meet a community demand for more personal choice in obtaining news. It also features all of the FOX lineup of programming, such as the NFL, “American Idol” and “The Simpsons,” which has allowed local and area advertisers to be seen in these programs.
The new station also brought complementary news offerings of the News-Press and its formats of a website, smart phone and tablet, in a means labeled as convergence journalism.
Newscasts air weekdays from 5:30 to 8 a.m., noon to 12:30 p.m., and every day from 5:30 to 6 p.m and 9 to 9:30 p.m.
Reflecting on KNPN’s first seven months and looking ahead to future plans for the station, Mr. Bradley said he “is extremely excited about our reception in our community so far, and looks forward to continuing on our promise to provide the best local news, weather and entertainment programming along with our great advertising opportunities.”