Phantom Stations: KNBS-TV Walla Walla

This is the first post in a new ongoing series exploring “Phantom” radio & TV stations.  These we define as stations licensed, but never issued a CP or other indication of build-out,  stations licensed but with unbuilt CPs, or stations that existed for a specific duration, then went silent & licenses deleted.  Such deleted stations occupied radio frequencies or TV channels that had later occupants with no connection or relation to the earlier “Phantom” station.  First up is a suggestion from regular contributor Mike Barer who made mention of Walla Walla’s brief commercial television channel.  KNBS-TV channel 22 was an ABC affiliate & according to both Wikipedia & the excellent  History of UHF Television  This station was only on air from Jan 3, 1960 to December 14, 1960.  The station left the air at that time & the license deleted.  Here are the listings from the 1960 editions of “Broadcasting Yearbook” “Radio Annual”

Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

4 thoughts on “Phantom Stations: KNBS-TV Walla Walla

  1. First listing of execs shows Chuck Connor and second says Connors. The Rifleman?

    We were at a convention in a fancy hotel in SF or LA around 1980 and walked into the atrium bar and restaurant to eat and drink lunch. Twenty feet away was Chuck Connors and some other guys at a table and he was super plastered and making a real racket. We staggered out after about two hours and he was still pouring ’em down. What a capacity! I wonder if he ever took Johnny Crawford along.

    1. THE RIFLEMAN reviewed in Broadcasting Magazine, 1958. (I don’t think Connors made enough to buy radio stations at this early stage in his career.)
      Odds are that The Rifleman will be just another bright face to mill in the crowd of westerns. With television already over-saturated with this fare, ABC -TV’s new offering comes at a time when only exceptional scripting, acting, and production could save a horse opera from anonymity. While good by western standards, The Rifleman doesn’t rate these superlatives.
      The particular gimmick in this series is star Chuck Connors’ prowess with the rifle. As a widower, he disdains the familiar six-shooters in teaching his 12- year -old son the proper use of firearms. If the theme of the first program is a criterion, the series will have its quota of showdowns on the main street, in the saloon, etc. In casting Mr. Connors in the lead, the producers have fallen back on the clean-shaven, handsome features too typical of western tv leading men. This stereotype selection only tends to make The Rifleman just one of the crowd. Whatever happened to the scraggly -chinned, bowlegged waddies of Clarence Muldoon’s writings; the heroes who lent believable qualities to early western fiction?

      1. From Wikipedia:

        Connors had a rare comedic role in a 1955 episode (“Flight to the North”) of Adventures of Superman. He portrayed Sylvester J. Superman, a lanky rustic yokel who shared the same name as the title character of the series.

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