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For the TV station in Los Angeles, California which previously used the KNXT callsign, see KCBS-TV.

The Former Translator TV station in Visalia, California, see KMCF-LD.

The Translator TV station in Visalia and Bakersfield, California, see KNXT-LP.

KNXT, virtual channel 49 (UHF digital channel 22), is a Classic Arts Showcase television station serving Fresno, California, United States that is licensed to Visalia. The station is owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno. KNXT's studios are located on North Fresno Street near San Joaquin Memorial High School and the Hammond district just north of downtown Fresno, and its transmitter is located on Blue Ridge in rural northwestern Tulare County.

On June 30, 2020, the Diocese of Fresno took KNXT silent due to financial constraints.

History[]

In 1985, the Federal Communications Commission granted an application by the Diocese of Fresno—which learned of the channel a week before the deadline to file—to build a new noncommercial educational television station on the channel 49 allocation in Visalia, beating out a bid from the Trinity Broadcasting Network and the Tulare County board of education. Construction of the transmitter on Blue Ridge proved to be a test of sensitivity; the tower required environmental approval because the site is a roosting area for the California condor, and the county approved the tower over protests by Native American groups, who argued that the ridge was sacred ground and had been used for centuries as a communication point for smoke signals between tribes on different sides of the Sierra. The station signed on November 2, 1986. (The call letters had previously had a long history in California on the CBS owned-and-operated station on channel 2 in Los Angeles, which became KCBS-TV in 1984.)

It did not take long for the diocese's new television station to be a financial drain, in part because it was approved far faster than had been anticipated, as TBN had unexpectedly withdrawn its application. In 1988, less than two years after signing on, priests called for a probe of the diocese's finances, alleging that monies donated by parishioners and entrusted to the diocese were donated for building improvements but instead diverted to diocesan operations including KNXT. That same year, on the occasion of Bishop Joseph J. Madera's quinquennial visit ad limina, the station reported a $263,000 deficit, even though the bishop noted that financial contributions were growing. A group explored a potential sale of channel 49 in 1990 and even recommended its sale to Community Educational Television, the noncommercial stations arm of TBN, for $1 million; two years later, negotiations were held with Joseph Desmond, a buyer who owned 30 KFC restaurants in the state and planned to keep Catholic programming on KNXT. Bids, however, were so low that the diocese opted to retain and upgrade the station instead. By 1996, KNXT was producing 14 in-house programs in English, Spanish and Portuguese, alongside its weekly Mass from St. Anne's Chapel and EWTN and Classic Arts Showcase programming.

Attempted sales and closure[]

In 2016, the Diocese of Fresno attempted to sell the station, but it could not find a nonprofit organization willing to buy the noncommercial educational station. It then operated in a partnership with The CatholicTV Network, based in Massachusetts. The diocese then revealed that it was in negotiations with a party again in early 2019, warning that if talks fell apart, it would sign off the air. That party was revealed to be Ventura TV Video and Appliance Center, Inc., owner of KBID-LP and KVHF-LD in Fresno, when the two parties petitioned the FCC in August 2019 to remove the noncommercial reservation from KNXT's channel allocation.

On June 18, 2020, in a letter from Bishop Joseph Vincent Brennan, the diocese announced it could no longer sustain KNXT's high cost of operation and was taking it silent on June 30, after 33 years of broadcasting.

On May 3, 2021, it was announced that KNXT would be sold to fellow non-profit Vita Broadcasting for $50,000; it would remain a non-commercial educational station. The sale was completed on June 21; the station returned to the air on June 29 with Classic Arts Showcase programming.

Programming[]

Prior to the sale to Vita Broadcasting, programming seen on KNXT was mainly of a Roman Catholic religious orient, with some shows being sourced from the Eternal Word Television Network; however, KNXT is somewhat less conservative doctrinally (but firmly in line with Catholic Church teachings). The station's programming consisted of a mix of local daily and Sunday Mass, talk shows, music and variety programs, the Rosary, children's programs, and Catholic-targeted movies.

KNXT also carried a handful of Protestant produced programs that do not get into doctrinal issues (including children's shows), as well as some limited secular programming. The station's programming was simulcast on translator station KNXT-LP (channel 38) in Bakersfield. KNXT-LP was acquired by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno from Cocola Broadcasting on November 2, 2007, to serve as a repeater of KNXT.

KNXT was the only full-power, 24-hour Catholic-owned broadcast station in the United States that is not a member station of PBS, although many other Roman Catholic dioceses around the nation provide such programming to cable or closed-circuit television systems (although other television stations, including WWL-TV in New Orleans, KDTU (now KTTU) in Tucson, Arizona, WETG (now WFXP) in Erie, Pennsylvania, WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin, WNDU-TV in South Bend, Indiana, WTXX (now WCCT-TV) in Hartford, Connecticut, and WIHS-TV (now WSBK-TV) in Boston, have been owned by Catholic interests, all seven stations were commercial, primarily secular stations with limited Catholic programming).

Sale to Vita Broadcasting[]

On May 3, 2021, it was announced that KNXT would be sold to fellow non-profit Vita Broadcasting for $50,000; it would remain a non-commercial educational station.

Technical information[]

Subchannel[]

The stations' digital signals are multiplexed:

KNXT Subchannels
Virtual Channel Physical RF Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
49.1 22.1 1080i 16:9 KNXT-HD Main KNXT/KNXT-LP programming / Classic Arts Showcase
49.2 22.2 480i 4:3 GEB GEB Network


KNXT-LP Subchannels
Virtual Channel Physical RF Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
38.1 06.1 1080i 16:9 KNXT-LP Main KNXT/KNXT-LP programming / Classic Arts Showcase
38.2 06.2 480i 4:3 GEB GEB Network

Former Subchannels[]

Former KNXT Subchannels
Virtual Channel Physical RF Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
49.1 22.1 1080i 16:9 KNXT-HD Main KNXT/KNXT-LP programming / Classic Arts Showcase
49.2 22.2 480i 4:3 GEB (soon)
Former KNXT-LP Subchannels
Virtual Channel Physical RF Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
38.1 06.1 1080i 16:9 KNXT-LP Main KNXT/KNXT-LP programming / Classic Arts Showcase
38.2 06.2 480i 4:3 GEB GEB Network

Translator[]

City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates
Bakersfield and Visalia KNXT-LP 38 65 kW 55.3 m (3432 ft) 16944 "35° 26' 15.80" 118° 44' 29.30"

Analog-to-digital conversion[]

KNXT shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 49, on June 12, 2009, the official date in 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 50.

Spectrum auction repack[]

KNXT is one of nearly 1,000 television stations that were required to change their digital channel allocation in the upcoming spectrum auction repack in late 2017 or early 2018. The station reallocated its digital signal to UHF channel 22 in phase one of the repack.

Gallery[]

Former KNXT religious independent logo.

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KRJR-LP, Sacramento KTBN, Santa Ana K08MM-D, Bakersfield K10OI, Marina KTAV-LD, Altadena KNXT, Visalia
KACA-LP, Modesto K17JI-D, Fresno K36JH-D, Barstow KJEO-LD, Fresno
KOCE-DT3, Huntington Beach K20JX-D, Sacramento
K21DO-D, Palm Springs
KLFB-LD, Salinas
TV stations in Central California, including Fresno and Visalia
KVHF-LD 4 (VBC GUIDE)
KAIL 7 (TCT)
KFAZ-CA 8 (Decades)
K17JI-D 12 (3ABN)
KVBC-LP 13 (CourtTV)
KHSC-LP 16 (KJOI-LP)
KVPT 18 (PBS)
KFTV 21 (UNI)
KZMM-CD 22 (Ind)
KSEE 24 (NBC)
KMPH 26 (Fox)
KJKZ-LP 27 (KKDJ)
KFSN 30 (ABC)
KBID-LP 31 (Euronews)
KJEO-LD 32 (NUESTRA)
KGOF-LD 32 (HMONG)
KSDI-LD 33 (Telemax)
KMCF-LD 35 (LATV)
KGMC 43 (ESTRELLA)
KGPE 47 (CBS)
KNXT 49 (Ind)
KNSO 51 (TLM)
KMSG-LD 53 (MNTV)
KFRE 59 (CW)
KTFF-DT/KTFF-LD 61/41 (UMas)
Television stations in the greater Bakersfield area
KTLD-CD 8 (3ABN)
KKEY-LP 13 (TLM)
KXBF-LD 14 (SBN)
KGET 17 (NBC)
K18HD-D 18 (PBS)
KBBV-CD 19 (AZA)
KERO 23 (ABC)
K24GS 24 (3ABN)
KZKC-LD 28 (ABC)
KBAK 29 (CBS)
KBTF-CD 31 (UMas)
KCBT-LD 34 (ESTRELLA)
KBFK-LP 34 (MOVIES!)
KNXT-LP 38 (Ind)
KABE-CD 39 (UNI)
KPMC-LD 43 (HSN)
KUVI-DT 45 (JUSTICE)
KBFX-CD 58 (FOX)
KTFF-DT 61 (UMas)
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