|Cape Girardeau, Missouri
|City of license||Cape Girardeau|
|Branding||Fox 23 (general)
My 49 WDKA (on DT2)
|Channels||Digital: 22 (UHF)
Virtual: 23 (PSIP)
|Owner||Sinclair Broadcast Group
(KBSI Licensee L.P.)
|First air date||June 1, 1982|
|Former channel number(s)||23 (UHF analog, 1983-2009)|
|Former affiliations||Independent (1982-1986)|
|Transmitter power||705 kW|
KBSI is the Fox-affiliated television station for the Missouri Bootheel, Southern Illinois, and Western Kentucky's Jackson Purchase. Licensed to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 22 (or virtual channel 23.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter in unincorporated Cape Girardeau County north of the city. The station can also be seen on Comcast channel 8, Charter channel 9, and Mediacom channel 10.
There is a high definition feed provided on Comcast digital channel 434, Mediacom digital channel 710, and Charter digital channel 782. Owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the station operates MyNetworkTV affiliate WDKA (its license is locally owned) through a local marketing agreement (LMA). The two outlets share studios on Enterprise Street in Cape Girardeau. Syndicated programming on KBSI includes Two and a Half Men, Judge Judy, The People's Court, and Swift Justice with Nancy Grace among others.
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The station signed-on June 1, 1982 as an Independent and aired an analog signal on UHF channel 23. It became a charter Fox affiliate at the network's launch on October 9, 1986. On May 15, 2012, Sinclair and Fox agreed to a five-year extension to the network's affiliation agreement with Sinclair's nineteen Fox stations, including KBSI, allowing them to continue carrying Fox programming until 2017.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|23.1||720p||16:9||KBSI-DT||Main KBSI programming / Fox|
|23.2||480i||4:3||WDKA-SD||Simulcast of WDKA: MyNetworkTV|
For several years, NBC affiliate WPSD-TV (owned by the Paxton Media Group) produced a nightly prime time newscast on KBSI through a news share agreement. The thirty-minute show was known as Local 6 News at 9 on Fox 23 and featured a regional summary of headlines and weather forecasts because KBSI is based in Cape Girardeau. On its own newscasts, WPSD traditionally focuses on the Western Kentucky side of the market.
The broadcast originated from that station's facility on Television Lane in Paducah, Kentucky. For a while, KBSI competed with another nightly half-hour newscast at 9 on the area's low-powered CW affiliates WQTV-LP/WQWQ-LP. That newscast, produced by CBS affiliate KFVS-TV, was aired specifically for Southeastern Missouri viewers. It would eventually be cancelled on July 29, 2007. WPSD's outsourcing arrangement with KBSI expired on September 30, 2010. The next day, this station entered into a new partnership with KFVS (owned by Raycom Media) in order to expand the prime time production to sixty minutes in length every night.
KBSI's current show is known as Heartland News at 9 on Fox 23 and originates from the CBS affiliate's primary set at its studios on Broadway Avenue (in the Hirsch Tower) in Downtown Cape Girardeau. Unlike other outsourced news arrangements at Sinclair-owned television stations, this outlet uses the same graphics scheme as seen on the CBS affiliate. Also, there are no on-air duratans separately identifying the Fox newscast. KBSI features the majority of personnel from the CBS affiliate. With the addition of Heartland News at 9, KFVS now offers more than thirty hours of local news each week and continues to retain its market dominance as the most watched television station. On October 3, 2010, WPSD brought back its own newscast at 9 to its two digital subchannels. Known as The Nine and seen every night for a half-hour, that broadcast is simulcasted between the two services.
In addition to its main facility in Southeastern Missouri, KFVS operates a Southern Illinois Newsroom on East Plaza Drive in Carterville. During weather segments, KBSI uses live NOAA National Weather Service radar data from several regional sites. This system is known on-air as "Storm Team Digital Doppler". The outlet also features KFVS' own Doppler weather radar, called "Live StormTeam Radar", that is on top of the Hirsch building. It is an a Collins radar sold by ADC in Bloomington, Indiana and is the only live radar source in the market since the National Weather Service data is delayed. In instances of severe weather, KBSI may simulcast live coverage from the CBS outlet if an event occurs outside the prime time newscast.
- Jeff Cunningham - weeknight news
- Crystal Britt - weekend news and reporter
- Bob Reeves (AMS Seal of Approval) - Senior Meteorologist seen weeknights
- Laura Wibbenmeyer - weekend meteorologist and reporter
- Todd Richards - Sports Director seen weeknights
- Josh Frydman - weekend sports
- Stephanie Byars - health
- Don Frazier - photographer
- John Morgan - Chief Photographer
- Arnold Wyrick - Southern Illinois Newsroom
- Carly O'Keefe - Southern Illinois Newsroom
- Sinclair Reups With Fox, Gets WUTB Option, TVNewsCheck, May 15, 2012.