KHAS-TV Channel 5 (now KNHL), Hastings, Nebraska
Sign-Off and USMC Hymn recorded June 2004

Page updated and modified Monday, 15 June 2020

Hasting's Channel 5 began operations on New Year's Day 1956 as KHAS-TV and an affiliate of the NBC Television Network, a relationship that lasted sixty-four years. It was founded by Fred A. Seaton, publisher of the Hastings Tribune newspaper and owner of KHAS Radio AM 1230. The Seaton family owned Channel 5 until 1997 when it was sold to group-station owner Greater Nebraska Television. GNTV sold KHAS-TV to Texas-based Hoak Media in 2005.

On 20 November 2013, Gray Television announced it would purchase Hoak Media in a $335 million deal. As Gray already owned KOLN/KGIN, KHAS was to be sold to Excalibur Broadcasting and operated by Gray under a local marketing agreement. However, in the wake of heightened FCC scrutiny of local marketing agreements, on 11 June 2014, KHAS-TV announced it would leave the air at midnight on 13 June and NBC programming would be moved to KSNB-TV and the digital subcarrier of KOLN/KGIN. The sale of Hoak Media to Gray was consumated the very day Channel 5 went dark. Gray then sold KHAS-TV and several other stations to Legacy Broadcasting in December 2014. Legacy reactivated Channel 5 on 6 June 2015 as KNHL, and as an affiliate of the SonLife Television Network, run by televangelist Jimmy Swaggart. In September 2017 Gray acquired KNHL from Legacy for less than half a million dollars USD. From that moment to the present, KNHL operates as a satellite of Gray-owned NBC station KSNB-TV/4 in Superior, Nebraska.

The sign-off announcement here is what may be calledl a "drive-by sign-off", for it is very brief. It is followed by a film produced by the United States Marine Corps featuring the U.S. Marine Corps Hymn. The film fetures vintage images of the Marine Corps in action in past wars as well as footage of the modern Marine Corps at work defending the USA. The webmaster's brother Ricky served as a U.S. Marine from his graduation from high-school in 1977 to his untimely death in an auto accident in February 1984.

TV-Signoffs.com thanks Dan O'Hara of Syracuse NY for contributing this clip

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