Radio-TV Broadcast History

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Fairbanks, Alaska
Branding KATN Channel 2 (general)

ABC Alaska News (newscasts)

Slogan Alaska's Superstation
Channels Digital: 18 (UHF)

Virtual: 2 (PSIP)

Affiliations ABC

The CW (DT2)

Owner Vision Alaska LLC

(Vision Alaska II LLC)

First air date March 1, 1955
Call letters' meaning Alaska

Television Network

Former callsigns KFAR-TV (1955-1981)

KTTU-TV (1981-1984)

Former channel number(s) Analog:

2 (VHF, 1955-2009)

Former affiliations NBC (1955-1996, secondary from 1985)

ABC (secondary 1955-1985)

Transmitter power 16 kW
Height 230 m
Facility ID 13813
Transmitter coordinates 64°55′17.4″N 147°42′57.4″W / 64.9215°N 147.715944°W / 64.9215; -147.715944

KATN was primarily an NBC station with ABC as the secondary network until 1984, when KIMO bought the station, changed the call letters (the ATN in KATN stood for Alaska Television Network, a consortium of KATN, KIMO, and KJUD), and made them the primary ABC affiliate. KATN would continue to carry NBC programs as a secondary affiliate until 1996 when KTVF flipped from CBS to NBC in response to KATN's new ownership. Until the launch of KFXF in 1992, they were Fairbanks' only two commercial network stations.

In September 2006, KATN began to show programming from The CW Television Network on its digital subchannel. The subchannel is called Fairbanks CW and uses the fictional call letters KWFA-DT (the actual call letters of the subchannel are still KATN).

Smith Media sold KATN and the remainder of the "ABC Alaska's Superstation" system to Vision Alaska LLC in 2010.[1]

Digital television[]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Channel Programming
2.1 ABC
2.2 The CW

News/station presentation[]

Newscast titles[]

  • Tanana Valley News/Nitecap News (1955-early 1960s)
  • The Big 30 (1960s-early 1970s)
  • Fairbanks Today (1970s-early 1980s)
  • Newscene 2 (early 1980s-1985)
  • News on Two (1985-1986)
  • Interior News Tonight (1986-1991)
  • Fairbanks News 2 (1991-1996)
  • ABC Alaska News (2002-present)

Station slogans[]

  • Spirit of the Interior (1990s-1996)
  • Alaska's Superstation (1996-present; general slogan)
  • A Difference You Can Trust (1995-2007; news slogan)
  • To the Point (2007-present; news slogan)

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"Alaska TV group sold". Television Business Report. January 15, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2010.

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