|Channels||Digital: 10 (VHF)|
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
10.2: Always on Storm Team 12
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||April 1959|
|Call letters' meaning||Kansas |
|Former callsigns||KLOE-TV (1959–1989)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
10 (VHF, 1959–2009)
14 (UHF, until 2009)
|Transmitter power||26.5 kW|
|Height||299 m (981 ft)|
|Public license information|
(semi-satellite of KWCH-DT, Hutchinson/Wichita, Kansas) Profile
(semi-satellite of KWCH-DT, Hutchinson/Wichita, Kansas) CDBS
KBSL-DT, virtual and VHF digital channel 10, is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Goodland, Kansas, United States. The station is owned by Gray Television. KBSL's news bureau and advertising sales offices are located on West 31st Street in southwestern Goodland, and its transmitter is located east of K-27 in rural northeastern Sherman County.
KBSL is part of the Kansas Broadcasting System (KBS), a statewide network of four full-power stations that relay programming from Wichita CBS affiliate KWCH-DT (channel 12) across central and western Kansas; KBSL incorporates local advertising and news inserts aimed at areas of northwestern Kansas and southwestern Nebraska within the Wichita–Hutchinson Plus television market (including Colby), as well as portions of east-central Colorado. KBSL is also a sister station to Wichita-licensed CW affiliate KSCW-DT (channel 33, wholly owned by Gray) and Derby-licensed Univision affiliate KDCU-DT (channel 31, owned by Entravision Communications and operated by Gray under joint sales and shared services agreements).
Because the station's signal lies between the Central and Mountain Time Zones (its city of license and transmitter facility are both on the Mountain Time Zone side of the state), CBS primetime programming in the western part of the station's viewing area airs Monday through Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.; however, since it operates as a satellite station of Wichita-based KWCH, the station runs on a Central Time Zone schedule.
The station first signed on the air on April 28, 1959 as KLOE-TV. It was founded by Hays businessman Ross Beach, owner of radio station KLOE (730 AM); the station's studio facility West 31st Street, known as "Broadcast Plaza," was originally only large enough to house the radio station; as a result, Beach added on a half-story to the facility, raising the building's ceiling to accommodate television lighting. The station has been a CBS affiliate since its sign-on, although it maintained a secondary affiliation with ABC until 1983.
In 1962, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled that central and western Kansas were part of the Wichita market. As a result, Des Moines-based Cowles Communications bought KLOE-TV, KTVC (now KBSD-DT) in Dodge City and KAYS-TV (now KBSH-DT) in Hays, and converted them into semi-satellites of KTVH. The three stations, which – along with flagship station KTVH – formed the Kansas Broadcasting System, relayed CBS programming throughout central and western Kansas.
In 1983, the Cowles family began selling off its vast media holdings. KLOE-TV, KTVH and their sister stations were sold to the Kansas Broadcasting System Corporation, owned by Beach and Bob Schmidt; the sale separated KLOE-TV from its radio sister, however KLOE radio (as well as its sister radio stations) continues to operate from KBSL's facility on 31st Street. In 1989, the Kansas Broadcasting System Corporation was purchased by Smith Broadcasting; after the sale was completed, the station changed its call letters to KBSL-TV, as part of an effort that saw KWCH's three semi-satellites change their call letters to help viewers think of the stations as part of one large network. Smith sold the station to Spartanburg, South Carolina-based Spartan Communications in 1994; Spartan merged with Media General in 2000. In 2005, KWCH began operating a digital automation system from its Wichita studio facility, which handled the scheduling of advertisements and master control operations for all four KBS stations.
On April 6, 2006, Media General announced that it would sell KWCH, its satellites, and four other stations as a result of its purchase of four former NBC owned-and-operated stations (WVTM-TV in Birmingham, WCMH in Columbus, Ohio, WNCN in Goldsboro, North Carolina and WJAR-TV in Providence). South Bend, Indiana-based Schurz eventually emerged as the winner and took ownership of the stations on September 25, at which time Schurz formed a new subsidiary known as "Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc.," which became the licensee for its Kansas broadcasting properties.
Schurz announced on September 14, 2015 that it would exit broadcasting and sell its television and radio stations, including KWCH-DT and its satellites, to Gray Television for $442.5 million. Gray already owned KAKE and its satellites (including KLBY channel 4); however, it sold that station to Lockwood Broadcast Group and kept the KBS stations.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|10.1||1080i||16:9||KBSL-DT||Main KBSL-DT programming / CBS|
|10.2||480i||4:3||KBSL-WX||Always On Storm Team 12|
KBSL shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 10, 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 14 to VHF channel 10. Two weeks later on June 25, 2009, the station's call letters were modified to KBSL-DT to reflect the change.
The station produced separate local newscasts for many years; however due to the smaller size of its studio facility, the news department was based out of a tiny studio on the west edge of the city. The station's Tri-State Report was a local news staple for many years. It was claimed that KLOE was once the smallest television station in the United States that produced its own local newscasts. In the 1970s, most of the station's operations were moved to KBSH-TV's studios in Hays, and the news department was reduced to a single reporter/photographer. Daily news stories are fed via microwave relay to KWCH's facility in Wichita, which produces local news content for KBSL.
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says April 28, while the Television and Cable Factbook says April 26.
- About KWCH-DT 12 Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine
- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Media General, April 6, 2006. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
- Schurz Snaps Up Kansas Affil, Broadcasting & Cable, July 28, 2006. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
- News Releases, Media General, September 25, 2006. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
- "Schurz Communications to sell WSBT and other TV, radio stations". South Bend Tribune. September 14, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
- Kuperberg, Jonathan (September 14, 2015). "Gray Acquiring TV, Radio Stations from Schurz for $442.5 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
- "Gray Television Sells Some, Buys Some". TVNewsCheck. October 1, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KBSL
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- According to the online biography of former KLOE anchor Ted Hall (now with WXIA-TV in Atlanta)