On January 7, 1956, we went on air as KHAD-TV, broadcasting NBC, CBS and ABC programming. And on September 1, 1958 the station became part of Donrey Media Group. As their first order of business, the new owners held a contest for students on both sides of the Rio Grande to rename the station. The winning entry generated the call letters K - G - N - S, which stand for Good Neighbor Station. KGNS is now owned and operated by Gray Television as of December 31, 2013.
KGNS became the first local television station to broadcast a digital signal, having launched NBC on April 8, 2004. You CW (now ABC Laredo) & Telemundo Laredo launched over the air digital signals on October 8, 2008.
Today your good neighbor station provides coverage you can count on to 4 counties and even into Mexico. KGNS also was the first station to launch a locally produced and maintained website, having launched in August of 1999. Our website, kgns.tv is available through mobile and portable devices, on numerous cable systems and on satellite.
During a tour of KGNS, visitors will have the opportunity to see what happens behind-the-scenes. They will also have a chance to talk with members of the news team and see what it is like to be a meteorologist when they get in front of the “green wall”.
Depending on the group size, a tour could last anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 ½ hours. Tours of KGNS are free!
KGNS-TV Tour Policy
- Tours are done Monday – Friday, time availability varies.
- Group sizes of more than 15 people will be broken into groups; if the group is very large it may have to be divided and given on different days.
- Tours are designed for ages 5 and older.
- Supervision of at least one instructor per group.
- Tour requests must be made at least two weeks in advance.
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