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(semi-satellite of KSNW, Wichita, Kansas)
KSN 3 logo.png
Salina, Kansas
United States
Branding KSN (general)
KSN News Salina (local news)
KSN News (state news)
Slogan We've Got Your Back
Channels Digital: 23 (UHF)
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
Subchannels 6.1 NBC
Affiliations NBC
Owner Nexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date May 1970 (49 years ago) (1970-05)[specify]
Call letters' meaning Kansas
Low-Power Digital
Sister station(s) KSNW
Former callsigns K74?? (1970–1982?)
K18AA (1982?–1989)
K06LZ (1989–2008)
K47KV-D (2008)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
74 (UHF, 1970–1982?)
18 (UHF, 1982?–1989),
6 (VHF, 1989–2008
47 (UHF, 2008–2018)
Transmitter power 15 kW
Height 54.4 m (178 ft)
Class LD
Facility ID 168675
Transmitter coordinates 38°50′29″N 97°40′4″W / 38.84139°N 97.66778°W / 38.84139; -97.66778
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information (semi-satellite of KSNW, Wichita, Kansas) Profile
(semi-satellite of KSNW, Wichita, Kansas) CDBS
Website www.ksn.com

KSNL-LD, virtual channel 6 (UHF digital channel 23), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Salina, Kansas, United States. The station is owned by Nexstar Media Group, KSNL-LD's studios are located on North Santa Fe Avenue in downtown Salina, and its transmitter is located on State Street and Halsted Road in unincorporated Saline County (west of the Salina city limits).

KSNL-LD is part of the Kansas State Network (KSN), a regional network of five stations relaying programming from Wichita NBC affiliate KSNW (channel 3) across central and western Kansas, as well as bordering counties in Nebraska and Oklahoma; KSNL incorporates local advertising and news inserts aimed at Salina and surrounding areas within the Wichita–Hutchinson Plus television market. On cable, KSNL is available in standard definition on Cox Communications channel 3, and in high definition on digital channel 2003.


KSNL traces its history to the sign-on on K06LZ in May 1970. From 1989 to 2008, K06LZ's audio feed was receivable in the Salina area on radio over 87.7 FM; television stations broadcasting on VHF channel 6 were audible over this frequency during the analog television era, due to a quirk in the FM bandplan that correlated television channel 6 with the radio frequency; however in May 2008, K06LZ shut down and flash cut its digital signal into operation on UHF channel 47 as KSNL-LD. As a result, the station is no longer audible due to the transition, even for stations that broadcast their digital signals on channel 6.

On May 7, 2012, the LIN TV Corporation announced that it would acquire the New Vision Television station group, including KSNW and its four satellite stations, for $330.4 million and the assumption of $12 million in debt;[1] the sale – which was approved by the FCC on October 2[2] and was completed 1½ weeks later on October 12 – marked a re-entry to Kansas for LIN, which briefly owned the licenses of K51GC (channel 51, now KHDS-LD), a low-power repeater of Wichita ABC affiliate KAKE-TV (channel 10), in 2000, before selling them to Benedek Broadcasting shortly after the purchase was finalized.

On March 21, 2014, Media General announced that it would purchase LIN Media and its stations, including the KSN stations, in a $1.6 billion merger. The deal marked Media General's re-entry into the market, as it previously owned KBSH-TV (channel 7), a satellite of Wichita CBS affiliate KWCH-TV (channel 12), from 2000 to 2006.[3][4] The merger was completed on December 19.[5] On September 28, 2015, Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced it had offered to purchase Media General and its stations, including KSNW and its satellites.[6] On January 27, 2016, Nexstar announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire Media General.[7] The acquisition of KSNL and its other satellites by Nexstar reunited the stations with former satellite KSNF, whose ownership was split from the rest of the Kansas State Network in 1986. The deal was approved by the FCC on January 11, 2017, and it was completed on January 17, marking Nexstar's first entry into the Wichita market.[8]

Digital television

Digital channel

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[9]
6.1 1080i 16:9 KSNL-LD Main KSNL-LD programming / NBC


  1. ^ Malone, Michael (May 7, 2012). "LIN Acquiring New Vision Stations for $330 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  2. ^ http://licensing.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/Auth_Files/1499220.pdf[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Voorhis, Dan (March 21, 2014). "Media General buying KSNW's parent company, LIN Media". The Wichita Eagle. Archived from the original on March 22, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  4. ^ Roy, Bill (March 21, 2014). "Media General to buy KSNW parent company for $1.6B". Wichita Business Journal. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  5. ^ Media General Completes Merger With LIN Media Archived 2014-12-19 at the Wayback Machine, Press Release, Media General, Retrieved 19 December 2014
  6. ^ "Nexstar Broadcasting seeks to buy Media General for $1.9 billion". Usatoday.com. 2015-09-28. Retrieved 2015-10-07.
  7. ^ Pickler, Leslie (January 27, 2016). "Nexstar Clinches Deal to Acquire Media General". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  8. ^ Nexstar Broadcasting Group Completes Acquisition of Media General Creating Nexstar Media Group, The Nation’s Second Largest Television Broadcaster Nexstar Media Group, January 17, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  9. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". www.rabbitears.info. Retrieved 22 April 2018.

External links

  • Official website
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KSNL
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