CitySt. Joseph, Missouri
BrandingTrinity Broadcasting Network
First air date
October 15, 1986 (37 years ago) (1986-10-15)[a]
Former call signs
KTAJ (1986–2003)
Former channel number(s)
Analog: 16 (UHF, 1986–2009)
Call sign meaning
"Keep Teaching About Jesus"
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
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
Public license information

KTAJ-TV (channel 16) is a religious television station licensed to St. Joseph, Missouri, United States, serving the St. Joseph and Kansas City markets as an owned-and-operated station of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). The station's studios are located in the Tiffany Springs area of Kansas City, 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 market due to the location of its city of license.[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] Consolidated Communications,[5] AT&T U-verse[4] and Google Fiber[6] 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 on October 15, 1986, and was built and signed on by All American Television, as an affiliate of the Trinity Broadcasting Network. In 2000, KTAJ was purchased by TBN, along with the other All American Television stations. KTAJ is the only full-power 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)[7]—although KQTV remains the only local full-power commercial television station licensed to the city (two other low-power stations owned by KNPN parent News-Press & Gazette Company have signed on since that point—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), NBC affiliate KNPG-LD instead maps its virtual channel as 21[8] 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.


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KTAJ-TV
Channel Res. 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.


  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says October 6, while the Television and Cable Factbook says October 7.


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KTAJ-TV". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "TV Query Results -- Video Division (FCC) USA". Federal Communications Commission. September 14, 2006. Retrieved May 6, 2023.
  3. ^ "Spectrum TV Packages: Kansas City". Charter Communications. July 2019. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "TV Listings- Find Local TV Listings and Watch Full Episodes - Zap2it.com". Zap2It. September 1, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2023.
  5. ^ "Channel Lineup - Kansas" (PDF). Consolidated Communications. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "Channel Listings for Kansas City" (PDF). Google LLC. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  7. ^ News-Press & Gazette to Launch Fox Affiliate in St. Joseph This Spring, TVSpy, March 20, 2012.
  8. ^ KNPN to upgrade transmission to all HD, St. Joseph News-Press, March 5, 2013.