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KNXT-LP, UHF analog 38 (VHF digital channel 6), is a Classic Arts Showcase affiliated serving Fresno and Bakersfield, California, United States that is licensed to both Visalia and Bakersfield.

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to be a financial drain, in part because it was approved far faster than had been anticipated, as TBN had unexpectedly withdrawn its application.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 19, 2020, in a letter from Bishop Joseph Vincent Brennan, the diocese announced it could no longer sustain KNXT-LP's high cost of operation and was taking it silent on July 1, after 23 years of broadcasting.

Sale to Vita Broadcasting[]

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

Digital television[]

Digital channel[]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
38.1 1080i 16:9 KNXT-LP Main KNXT-LP programming / Classic Arts Showcase

Former Digital Channels[]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
38.1 1080i 16:9 KNXT-LP Main KNXT-LP programming

Analog-to-digital conversion[]

KNXT-LP shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 57, on May 26, 2007, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate.

Gallery[]

Former KNXT religious independent logo.

TV stations in California
Daystar Trinity Broadcasting Network 3ABN Tele Vida Abundante Almavision Other stations
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
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)
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)
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