KTAJ-TV
St. Joseph/Kansas City, Missouri
United States
CitySt. Joseph, Missouri
ChannelsDigital: 21 (UHF)
Virtual: 16
BrandingTrinity Broadcasting Network
Programming
Affiliations16.1: TBN
16.2: TBN Inspire
16.3: Smile
16.4: Enlace
16.5: Positiv
Ownership
OwnerTrinity Broadcasting Network
(Trinity Broadcasting of Texas, Inc.)
History
First air date
October 1986 (35 years ago) (1986-10)[1]
Former call signs
KTAJ (1986–2003)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
16 (UHF, 1986–2009)
Call sign meaning
"Keep Teaching About Jesus"
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID999
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT315.8 m (1,036 ft)
Transmitter coordinates39°1′19.9″N 94°30′49.7″W / 39.022194°N 94.513806°W / 39.022194; -94.513806
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Websitewww.tbn.org

KTAJ-TV, virtual channel 16 (UHF digital channel 21), is a Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) owned-and-operated television station licensed to St. Joseph, Missouri, United States, and also serving the Kansas City metropolitan area. The station's studios are located in the Tiffany Springs area of Kansas City, Missouri, and its transmitter is located at the intersection of East 23rd Street and Topping Avenue in the city's Blue Valley section.

Although KTAJ-TV mainly serves the Kansas City area, it is officially assigned by Nielsen to the St. Joseph Designated Market Area (DMA) due to its city of license residing in the St. Joseph market.[2] The station has been available on cable television providers in both the St. Joseph and Kansas City markets since its sign-on, although Charter Spectrum (in the immediate Kansas City area),[3] Comcast Xfinity,[4][5] Consolidated Communications,[6] AT&T U-verse[7] and Google Fiber[8] do not carry KTAJ but do carry TBN's national feed. Despite St. Joseph being KTAJ-TV's city of license, the station maintains no physical presence there.

Overview

The station first signed on the air in October 1986, and was built and signed on by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. KTAJ is the only full-powered TBN station in the state of Missouri, and was one of only two stations licensed to St. Joseph—alongside ABC affiliate KQTV (channel 2)—until the June 2012 sign-on of Fox affiliate KNPN-LD (channel 26)[9] – although KQTV remains the only local full-power commercial television station licensed to the city (two other low-powered stations owned by KNPN parent News-Press & Gazette Company have signed on since that point – low-powered KBJO-LD (now KNPG-LD; channel 21) and KNPG-LD (now KCJO-LD; channel 30)).

As KTAJ-TV's virtual digital channel is mapped as "16" (its former analog channel assignment) through PSIP, NBC affiliate KNPG-LD instead maps its PSIP channel as virtual channel 21[10] to avoid co-channel mapping issues with KTAJ.

Local programming

Locally produced programs that are taped in the station's Kansas City studios include local versions of TBN's flagship program Praise the Lord and Joy in Our Town, a public affairs program format that is produced by TBN partner stations on a local basis.

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KTAJ-TV
Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming
16.1 720p 16:9 TBN HD Main TBN programming
16.2 inspire TBN Inspire
16.3 480i 4:3 SMILE Smile
16.4 Enlace Enlace
16.5 16:9 PosiTiV Positiv

TBN-owned full-power stations permanently ceased analog transmissions on April 16, 2009.

References

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says October 6, while the Television and Cable Factbook says October 7.
  2. ^ https://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=KTAJ
  3. ^ "Spectrum TV Packages: Kansas City". Charter Communications. July 2019. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  4. ^ http://tvschedule.zap2it.com/tvlistings/ZCGrid.do?method=decideFwdForLineup&zipcode=64055&setMyPreference=false&lineupId=MO24605:X
  5. ^ http://tvschedule.zap2it.com/tvlistings/ZCGrid.do?method=decideFwdForLineup&zipcode=66062&setMyPreference=false&lineupId=KS57402:X
  6. ^ "Channel Lineup - Kansas" (PDF). Consolidated Communications. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  7. ^ http://tvschedule.zap2it.com/tvlistings/ZCGrid.do?method=decideFwdForLineup&zipcode=64111&setMyPreference=false&lineupId=KS66467:X&isDescriptionOn=true&aid=tvschedule
  8. ^ "Channel Listings for Kansas City" (PDF). Google LLC. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  9. ^ News-Press & Gazette to Launch Fox Affiliate in St. Joseph This Spring, TVSpy, March 20, 2012.
  10. ^ KNPN to upgrade transmission to all HD, St. Joseph News-Press, March 5, 2013.