|St. Joseph/Kansas City, Missouri|
|City||St. Joseph, Missouri|
|Channels||Digital: 21 (UHF)|
|Branding||Trinity Broadcasting Network|
16.2: TBN Inspire
|Owner||Trinity Broadcasting Network |
(Trinity Broadcasting of Texas, Inc.)
First air date
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
16 (UHF, 1986–2009)
Call sign meaning
|"Keep Teaching About Jesus"|
|HAAT||315.8 m (1,036 ft)|
Public license information
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. 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), Comcast Xfinity, Consolidated Communications, AT&T U-verse and Google Fiber 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.
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) – 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 to avoid co-channel mapping issues with KTAJ.
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.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|16.1||720p||16:9||TBN HD||Main TBN programming|
TBN-owned full-power stations permanently ceased analog transmissions on April 16, 2009.