CityJefferson City, Missouri
BrandingCTN Mid-Missouri
  • 25.1: CTN
  • 25.2: CTN Lifestyle
  • 25.3: CTN International
OwnerChristian Television Network, Inc.
First air date
March 30, 1986 (37 years ago) (1986-03-30)
Former call signs
KNLJ (1984–2023)
Former channel number(s)
Analog: 25 (UHF, 1986–2009)
Religious Ind. (1986–2007)
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID48521
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT316 m (1,037 ft)
Transmitter coordinates38°42′15″N 92°5′22″W / 38.70417°N 92.08944°W / 38.70417; -92.08944
Public license information

KFDR (channel 25) is a religious television station licensed to Jefferson City, Missouri, United States, serving the Columbia–Jefferson City market as an owned-and-operated station of the Christian Television Network (CTN). The station's transmitter is located near New Bloomfield, Missouri.


The station (originally KNLJ) first signed an agreement on Easter Sunday in 1986 at 3 p.m. to be a sister station and simulcast to KNLC in St. Louis; at that time, both stations were owned by Reverend Larry Rice's ministry, the New Life Evangelistic Center.

In September 1986, KNLJ broke away from KNLC while it was still running most of the same Christian programs (such as The 700 Club, Richard Roberts, Jerry Falwell, among others) as well as locally produced programs from the ministry. They ran syndicated cartoons, some classic sitcoms, westerns, and outdoor sporting programs about 12 hours a day. In 1990, KNLJ affiliated with Fox Kids and also ran The Disney Afternoon. When Mid-Missouri got its own Fox affiliate a few years later, the Fox Kids block moved there. As the 1990s progressed, the secular shows were becoming much cheaper.

In mid-2007, the station was sold to the Christian Television Network with the New Life Evangelistic Center retaining KNLC. Both secular and Christian programming was dropped in favor of simulcasting the Christian Television Network full-time. Religious groups had previously bought time on both CTN and KNLJ.

On March 13, 2023, the station changed its call sign to KFDR, in accordance with the approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Technical information


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KFDR[2]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
25.1 1080i 16:9 KFDR-HD Main KFDR programming / CTN HD
25.2 480i 4:3 Lifesty CTN Lifestyle
25.3 CTNi CTN International

Analog-to-digital conversion

KNLJ shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 25, on June 12, 2009, the official date on which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 20,[3] using virtual channel 25.


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KFDR". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KFDR
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.