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Talks between Reynolds and KNAC's owner, businessman Hiram Nakdeiman, resulted in an agreement to merge the two stations.

The merged station would operate under the KFSA license, but they would use the stronger channel 5 facility.

Many of the personnel at channel 22 (Pat Porta, Harry Freeman, John Candler, and wrestling promoter Jimmy Lott) made the transition to channel 5.

KNAC's weathermen Le Roy Stollard and Cy Spicer were also staff members of the new operation.

However, the networks extended the AT&T coaxial cable to Little Rock in 1957 to provide live coverage of the Little Rock Crisis.

Reynolds then built a microwave transceiver on Mount Magazine to relay live programming from the Little Rock stations.

However, under the terms of an agreement with the FCC, it operated under the KNAC-TV call letters until the sale formally closed.

KFSA-TV, Channel 22, signed off permanently on August 16, 1958.

The network was number one in viewers and KNAC-TV quickly became a favorite because of its VHF signal and CBS affiliation.

Meanwhile, channel 22's UHF signal didn't reach much farther than 30 miles (48 km) from downtown Fort Smith, leaving many homes without clear television reception.

The two stations' operations were merged at a converted furniture warehouse in downtown Fort Smith at North 5th and B Streets that had originally been renovated for KNAC.

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