ⓘ KSKN, virtual channel 22, is a CW-affiliated television station licensed to Spokane, Washington, United States and also serving Coeur dAlene, Idaho. The station ..



KSKN, virtual channel 22, is a CW-affiliated television station licensed to Spokane, Washington, United States and also serving Coeur dAlene, Idaho. The station is owned by Tegna Inc., as part of a duopoly with CBS affiliate KREM. The two stations share studios on South Regal Street in Spokane; KSKNs transmitter is on Krell Hill southeast of Spokane. There is no separate website for the station.

On cable and satellite, the station can be seen in high definition on Comcast Xfinity channel 111 in the Spokane area, Charter Spectrum channel 1212 in the Coeur dAlene area and the Palouse, and channel 22 in both standard and high definition on Dish Network and DirecTV.


1. History

KSKN signed on the air on October 1, 1983 as an independent competitor to KAYU-TV channel 28. The station featured a general entertainment format consisting of classic cartoons from 6 to 9 a.m., religious shows from 9 a.m. to noon, classic sitcoms from noon to 2:30 p.m., new cartoons from 2:30 to 5 p.m., recent sitcoms from 5 to 7 p.m., movies from 7 to 9 p.m., a mix of old and recent sitcoms from 9 p.m. to midnight, and movies during the overnight hours. Weekends consisted of more movies and drama shows. The station had good ratings, but overspent on programming. The original owners, Lee Shulmans Broadcast Vision Television, filed for bankruptcy in the summer of 1985. The station scaled back operations to daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. The station added more barter shows and dropped the stronger programming. In the fall of 1985, KSKN was sold to Sun Continental Group. The new owners, former owners of KMSB in Tucson, returned the station to stronger programming and added most of the shows the previous owners lost.

However, once principal Gene Adelstein died in March 1986, financial troubles returned. In February 1987, the station trimmed two and a half hours out of its broadcast day; in March, the station filed for bankruptcy again, and in May, it began airing home shopping programs 10 hours a day. On June 27, 1987, the ailing station went off the air. These owners also filed bankruptcy in April 1987. After a 1990 attempt to return the station to air with the ill-fated Star Television Network failed, the station remained off the air until emerging in late 1994 with Home Shopping Network programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the exception of several hours on Sunday morning when they ran religious and educational childrens shows. In July 1996, KSKN entered into a local marketing agreement with KREM, which was owned by The Providence Journal Company at the time. The station became an affiliate of the United Paramount Network UPN, after KAYU-TV channel 28 carried the network for its first two seasons, and carryed its prime time programs and a couple hours a day of cartoons were added in afternoons in pattern. The station was re-launched early in 1997 with an overhaul of programming. Home Shopping Network programming was relegated to overnights; daytime hours consisted of cartoons until 9 a.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m., sitcoms from 9 a.m. to noon, talk and reality shows from noon to 3 p.m., sitcoms from 5 to 8 p.m. and from 10:30 p.m. to midnight, and a newscast at 10 p.m.

In 1999, the station joined The WB as secondary affiliate after the Superstation feed of Chicagos WGN-TV dropped the network as there was enough stations nationwide to carry it. KSKN aired both networks with WB programming airing from 6 to 8 p.m. and UPN from 8 to 10 p.m. til 2002, when it dropped its UPN affiliation and became a primary WB affiliate UPN would return to Spokane a year later when KQUP signed on. It would gradually began dropping weekday cartoons from 1999 to 2006, due to changes in the broadcast industry. Belo, who bought out ProJo back in 1997, bought KSKN outright in October 2001. In January 2006, it was announced that The WB and UPN would merge in September 2006 to form The CW Television Network. It was confirmed on April 10 that KSKN would become the new affiliate for The CW. On June 13, 2013, the Gannett Company announced that it would acquire Belo. The sale was completed on December 23, making KSKN Gannetts first CW-affiliated station outside of digital subchannels under its ownership. KSKN became the first station in Spokane to air their news sister station KREM from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. in September 2014. On June 29, 2015, the Gannett Company split in two, with one side specializing in print media and the other side specializing in broadcast and digital media. KSKN and KREM were retained by the latter company, named Tegna.


2. Digital television

Digital channels

The stations digital signal is multiplexed:

On December 6, 2011, Belo announced it signed affiliation agreements with KSKN and Seattle sister station KING-TV to add Live Well Network to their digital subchannels; Live Well Network replaced Universal Sports on digital subchannel 22.2 effective January 1, 2012, as Universal Sports transitioned into a cable and satellite channel during the first quarter of 2012.

Analog-to-digital conversion

KSKN discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 22, 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 stations digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 36. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the stations virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 22.

  • replacing sister station KCPQ in Seattle, Washington KXMN - LP replacing KSKN in Spokane, Washington WNYF - CD replacing WWNY - TV in Watertown, New York
  • January 29, 2018 Seattle KING - TV 5.3 48 NBC Tegna January 29, 2018 Spokane KSKN 22.3 36 The CW Fond du Lac Milwaukee WIWN 68.3 5 OnTV4U CNZ Communications
  • 13 2013 ABC Seattle - Tacoma KING - TV 5 25 2013 NBC KONG 16 31 2013 Independent Spokane KREM 2 20 2013 CBS KSKN 22 36 2013 The CW
  • sign meaning TeleVision Boise Sister station s KTFT KING - TV KONG KGW KREM KSKN Former call signs KIDO - TV 1953 1959 Former channel number s Analog: 7
  • Ind Secaucus New York City WWOR 9 Ind South Bend WNDU 16 NBC Spokane KSKN 22 Ind St. Louis KPLR 11 Ind Tacoma Seattle KCPQ 13 Fox Tampa WFTS
  • Sioux City, Iowa KSIX - TV 25 PSIP 6 The Family Channel Kailua Kona, Hawaii KSKN 36 PSIP 22 The CW Spokane, Washington Spokane KSL - TV 23 PSIP cable 5 NBC
  • owned by Tegna Inc. Spokane, WA KREM - TV 2 20 1997 2013 CBS affiliate owned by Tegna Inc. KSKN 22 36 2001 2013 The CW affiliate owned by Tegna Inc.
  • Wallowa 381, 590 0.357 KXLY - TV 4 KLEW - TV 3 KREM 2 KHQ - TV 6 KAYU - TV 28 KSKN 22 KAYU - TV 28.2 KSPS - TV 7 KGPX - TV 34 KXMN - LD 9 MeTV KHBA - LD 35 Hope Channel
  • WFXR - DT2 21 21 27.22 Fox WB 2006 Nexstar Media Group Spokane, Washington KSKN 22 36 WB 2006 Tegna Media Omaha KXVO 15 295 WB 2006 Mitts Telecasting
  • KSPS - TV PBS World on 7.2, Create on 7.3, PBS Kids on 7.4 Spokane Spokane 22 36 KSKN The CW AccuWeather on 22.2, Quest on 22.3 Spokane Pullman 24 24 KQUP Ind
  • Maine WPXT 51 Sacramento KTXL 40 San Francisco KBHK 44 Seattle KCPQ 13 Spokane KSKN 22 St. Louis KDNL 30 Washington, D.C. WDCA 20 Wilmington WSFX 26
  • KTNT 11 Ind now KSTW KIRO - TV 7 CBS KONG - TV 16 Ind KING - TV 5 NBC KSKN 22 WB Spokane early 1970s - 1975 1975 78 2000 01 2001 02 2001 02 St. Louis
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