KNDU

KNDU
(semi-satellite of KNDO,
Yakima, Washington)
Tri-Cities, Washington
United States
City Richland, Washington
Branding NBC Right Now
Slogan We Are Where You Are
Channels Digital: 26 (UHF)
Virtual: 25 (PSIP)
Subchannels 25.1 NBC
25.3 SWX Right Now
Owner Cowles Company
(KHQ, Incorporated)
First air date October 10, 1961 (1961-10-10)
Call letters' meaning Sounds like "Can-Do"
Sister station(s) KNDO, KHQ
Former channel number(s) 25 (UHF analog, 1961–2009)
Former affiliations ABC (1961–1970, secondary from 1965)
Transmitter power 150 kW
Height 402 m (1,319 ft)
Facility ID 12427
Transmitter coordinates 46°6′11″N 119°7′53″W / 46.10306°N 119.13139°W / 46.10306; -119.13139
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information:
(
semi-satellite of KNDO,
Yakima, Washington) Profile

(
semi-satellite of KNDO,
Yakima, Washington) CDBS
Website www.nbcrightnow.com

KNDU, virtual channel 25 (UHF digital channel 26), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Richland, Washington, United States and serving the Tri-Cities (Richland/Pasco/Kennewick) area. The station is owned by the Cowles Company of Spokane as part of The KHQ Television Group. KNDU's studios are located on West Kennewick Avenue in Kennewick, and its transmitter is located on Jump Off Joe Butte.

Though identifying as a station in its own right, KNDU operates as a semi-satellite of KNDO (channel 23) in Yakima. It repeats KNDO most of the day, and the two stations share a website. However, KNDU produces its own weeknight newscasts and airs separate legal identifications and commercial inserts. Master control and most internal operations for KNDU and KNDO are based at the studios of sister station and fellow NBC affiliate KHQ-TV on West Sprague Avenue in downtown Spokane.[1][2]

On satellite, KNDU is only available on Dish Network, while DirecTV carries KNDO instead.

History

KNDU first took the air on October 10, 1961 as a primary ABC affiliate, which also carried some NBC programming. In 1965, KNDU became a primary NBC affiliate, but continued to air some ABC programs until 1970 when KVEW went on the air as a full-time ABC affiliate; at that point, KNDU became an exclusive NBC affiliate.

For a brief period in 1960, a station called KNBS-TV operated in Walla Walla, Washington, on channel 22. It was an ABC affiliate, which could explain why KNDO waited 2 years before putting KNDU on the air.

Digital channels

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming [3]
25.11080i16:9KNDU-HDMain KNDU programming / NBC
25.3480i4:3KNDU-SWSWX Right Now (sports and weather)

KNDO and KNDU have been digital-only since February 17, 2009.[4][5] NBC Weather Plus had been carried on digital subchannel 25.3; the originating national network ceased operation on December 1, 2008.

On September 1, 2010, KNDO and KNDU discontinued broadcasting Universal Sports on digital subchannel 25.2. They will be giving this bandwidth to SWX Right Now (25.3) to improve the picture of SWX programming.

Programming

Outside of the NBC network schedule, syndicated programming on KNDU includes Hot Bench, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jeopardy!, and Wheel of Fortune, among others.

In the past, as in many stations not owned and operated by the network, it preempted selected NBC shows. For example, the station did not carry the program Friday Night Videos after they moved to the 1:30 a.m. slot in the Summer of 1987 until 1996 (by that time, the program had undergone a format change and a name change to Friday Night), opting to sign off until later in the morning. The station had also preempted the entire Bob Costas incarnation and the pre-1996 broadcasts of Greg Kinnear's incarnation of Later from the show's premiere in 1988 until they picked up the show in 1996. From 1991 to 1996, the station preempted NBC Nightside due to the station signing off for the night as a result; Nightside was cleared on the station starting in 1996 until the show's end in 1998, when the station cleared the NBC All Night block that succeeded the program. NBC was far less tolerant of program preemptions during the entire timeframe where the station preempted programming from that network.

Notable former on-air staff

References

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