I spoke to an engineer at KSHB to get an idea about their progress and plans. Their tower has not been topped off yet, they are waiting for the last set of guy wires to arrive. Interestingly, it's not going to be a candelabra tower. The top is going to be KMCI, analog channel 38, replacing their current tower in Lawrence, KS. It gets the top of the tower to get the maximum reach and be able to serve the Lawrence market. After that, they will get KSHB, analog 41 running, mounted on one side of the tower, replacing their current antenna on the WDAF tower. Then finally, they'll be getting KSHB-DT, digital 42 running, mounted 120 degrees from KSHB, followed by KMCI-DT.
They are doing a first class job all the way, not cheaping out on any of it. For instance, all 4 antennas will have separate feedlines, no combiners. They will be passing NBC's 1080i programming, and upconverting all other programming with a Teranex. KMCI-DT will have a Teranex as well. They chose the Teranex not only for it's excellent scaling, but for it's top notch noise processing. KMCI shows a lot of old TV shows like "The Andy Griffith Show", and the Teranex should make them look as good as possible - and saving most of us $250,000. :-)
They are also going to be full power - no cheaping out like KCTV-DT or WDAF-DT.