KNCT is a PBS member station serving the Waco / Killeen / Temple area on digital channel 46. Founded in November 1970, the station is owned by Central Texas College. Licensed to Belton, Texas, KNCT is based at studios at Central Texas College in Killeen. In the Waco area, it airs on cable channel 4 on Time Warner Cable and Grande Communications.

History

When KNCT signed on in 1970, it was the sole PBS station for the western portion of the market, with the eastern portion served by Texas A&M's KAMU-TV. In 1978, KNCT set up a low-powered translator in Waco. The main KNCT signal barely covered Waco, while KAMU's signal just missed it. In 1989, it was upgraded to a full-fledged station, KCTF, which was spun off as a separate station in 1994 and ultimately taken over by Baylor University in 2000 as KWBU-TV. However, in July 2010 KWBU-TV began winding down operations and dropped all PBS programming prior to going off the air entirely on July 31 (it would later become KDYW, whose license was voluntarily cancelled in 2012 following a failed attempt to sell the station to the Daystar).[2] This left KNCT, once again, as the sole PBS station for the western side of the market. On July 1, KNCT took over KWBU's cable slots on Time Warner and Grande, and became available on DirecTV.

Digital channels

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming[3]
46.11080i16:9KNCT-HDMain KNCT programming / PBS
46.2480i4:3PentagoWorld
46.3CreateCreate

KNCT added Create to 46.3 in July 2010, after the imminent closedown of KWBU-TV. However, KNCT does not offer the Spanish-language V-me network, which was seen on KWBU until that station's closedown.