KHGI-TV / KWNB-TV
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KHGI-TV Channel 13 is ABC affiliate for most of central and western Nebraska. The station is licensed to the town of Kearney.
KHGI is owned and operated by Pappas Telecasting Companies. It operates a full-power satellite, KWNB-TV, channel 6 in Hayes Center and translator station WSWS-CA 13 North Platte. The three stations are known as the Nebraska Television Network, or NTV for short.
Under the Pappas ownership, they are also sister stations of Fox network affiliate KTVG in Grand Island and its satellite, KSNB in Superior.
WSWS-CA is unique as it is a station with a "W" callsign prefix that is west of the Mississippi River. This was allowed due to the fact that "WSWS" was the former callsign of current Pappas station WLGA, and the calls were grandfathered to K13VO, which is now WSWS-CA.
The station is officially part of the Lincoln-Hastings-Kearney market, but this market has no basis in television reality. The market only shares two television stations, CBS affiliate KOLN in Lincoln (which operates a satellite, KGIN, in Grand Island) and CW affiliate KCWL. Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney receive NBC from KHAS-TV in Hastings, while Lincoln receives it from WOWT-TV in Omaha (which is owned by KOLN/KGIN's owner, Gray Television. Lincoln receives ABC from KLKN and Fox from KPTM in Omaha (in addition to a KSNB repeater in Lincoln). KHGI has made moves toward gaining cable coverage in Lincoln as well, which in reality gives the market 2 competing ABC affiliates. Both stations are already available on the local DirecTV feed.
KHGI signed on in 1953 as KHOL-TV, which was originally a CBS affiliate licensed to the town of Holdrege. Three years later, KHOL signed on a satellite in Hayes Center, KHPL-TV. In 1964, another satellite joined the network, KHQL in Albion. KHTL in Superior followed in 1965. The network, then known on-air as NTN, remained affiliated with CBS until KOLN signed on KGIN in 1961. They have been affiliated with ABC ever since.
In the mid-1970s, the call letters of all the stations were changed: KHOL became KHGI, KHPL became KWNB, KHQL became KCNA, and KHTL became KSNB. KCNA was spun off from NTV in the early 1980s and became an independent station under the call letters KBGT; it was sold in the late 1980s to Citadel Broadcasting and became a satellite of Sioux City, Iowa station KCAU-TV (Citadel later moved the station to Lincoln, Nebraska as a stand-alone station, KLKN). KSNB became a Fox network affiliate in the late 1990s as a satellite of Grand Island, Nebraska station KTVG.
The on-air name changed from NTN to NTV in the early 1980s.
In May 2006, NTV became one of the first television stations in the country to generate a community based news site. Community Correspondent allows registered users to post stories, photos, and videos to the site. Many of the postings are used on air in different stories.
Former On- and Off-Air Personalities
Bob Geiger, weather (deceased); Marg Helgenberger (Catherine Willows on CSI), weather, 1980-81; Ralph Wall, weather. To Nebraska Game & Parks; Bob Booe, anchor (retired); Pam Stark, anchor; Sheila Hyland, anchor; John Mason, anchor; Megan Dardanell, news anchor (communications, Allegheny County, Pa.); Carmen Dexter, anchor-reporter; Tracy Madden, news anchor (WOWT/Omaha); Amanda Mueller, news anchor KPTM/Omaha); Doug Ohlemeier, reporter 1985-86; Chris Galen, reporter, 1986-87; Kate Delaney, reporter (1985-86); Kevin Weigert, producer; Linda Vester; Stephanie Riggs, anchor/reporter, 1987-1988; Pam Wiese, news director (Neb. Humane Society/Omaha);Sean McMahon, sports director (formerly KETV in Omaha); Matt Schick, sports anchor KETV/Omaha