KCAU-TV

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KCAU-TV
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Sioux City, Iowa
Branding ABC 9 (general)
ABC 9 News (newscasts)
Slogan Siouxland's ABC
Channels Digital: 9 (VHF)
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)
Subchannels 9.1 ABC
9.2 Live Well Network
Translators 30 (UHF) Sioux City
Affiliations ABC (secondary until 1967)
Owner Nexstar Broadcasting Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date March 9, 1953; 61 years ago (1953-03-09)
Call letters' meaning Cares About U
Sister station(s) WOI-DT, WHBF-TV
Former callsigns KVTV (1953-1967)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
9 (VHF, 1953-2009)
Digital: 30 (UHF)
Former affiliations Primary:
CBS (1953-1967)
Secondary:
NBC (1953-1954)
DuMont (1953-1955)
Transmitter power 29.5 kW
Height 616 m
Facility ID 11265
Transmitter coordinates 42°35′12.2″N 96°13′57.1″W / 42.586722°N 96.232528°W / 42.586722; -96.232528
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website http://www.siouxlandmatters.com/home

KCAU-TV is the ABC-affiliated television station in Sioux City, Iowa, broadcasting digitally on VHF channel 9. The KCAU TV Tower is a guyed mast for TV transmission in Sioux City at 42°35′12.2″N 96°13′57.1″W / 42.586722°N 96.232528°W / 42.586722; -96.232528. The tower was built from 1965-1967 and is 609.9 meters (2000 feet) high. It is tied for the tallest structure of the state and is one of the tallest structures in America.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
9.1 720p 16:9 KCAU-DT Main KCAU-TV programming / ABC
9.2 480i 4:3 KCAU-D2 Live Well Network

In 2009, KCAU added The Local AccuWeather Channel as a digital subchannel. Until January 16, 2012, KCAU was the only station owned by Citadel Communications to carry AccuWeather programming on a digital subchannel; sister stations KLKN, WOI-DT, and WHBF-TV instead carried RTV on their DT2 subchannels, while WLNE-TV did not offer a DT2 subchannel. KCAU-DT2 originally identified as "KCAU WeatherNow" but by 2010 was instead branded as "Accuweather 9".

On January 16, 2012, KCAU, along with all of its sister stations, began broadcasting Disney/ABC's Live Well Network on its digital subchannel, replacing "Accuweather 9".[2]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KCAU-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 9, at noon on February 17, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[3][4] The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 30 to VHF channel 9.

History[edit]

KCAU signed on air as KVTV on March 9, 1953. It is western Iowa's oldest television station. It was owned by Peoples Broadcasting along with WNAX radio (AM 570 and FM 104.1), a well-established radio station in nearby Yankton, South Dakota. KCAU was primarily affiliated with CBS, by virtue of WNAX's long affiliation with CBS Radio. However, it also carried programs from ABC, NBC and DuMont. It lost NBC in 1954 when KTIV signed on, and DuMont when that network virtually ceased functioning in 1955.

KVTV could actually put a grade-B signal into Sioux Falls. This bothered Midcontinent Media, owner of that city's KELO-TV, which switched to CBS in 1960. Pressure from Midcontinent president Joe Floyd eventually led Peoples Broadcasting to put KVTV up for sale. Forward Communications purchased KVTV in October 1965, with the intention of making Channel 9 the ABC affiliate for both Sioux City and Sioux Falls. At that time, no full ABC affiliate put even a grade B signal into the area. Forward built a new tower northeast of Sioux City that would reach more viewers than ever before. After 22 months of preparation, during which the amount of ABC programming on KVTV increased noticeably, channel 9 officially joined ABC on September 2, 1967, at 12:30 PM. Along with the new affiliation came new call letters, KCAU-TV. In almost no time, KCAU-TV became one of ABC's highest-rated affiliates. Three days after the switch, on September 5, 1967, KMEG-TV signed on and took the CBS affiliation.

Citadel Communications (not to be confused with the larger Citadel Broadcasting, the former owner of numerous radio stations across the U.S.) bought the station in 1985, also purchasing Albion, Nebraska, station KBGT-TV (channel 8) a year later; that station was converted into KCAN, a satellite of KCAU. Citadel moved KCAN's license to Lincoln, Nebraska and converted the station into KLKN, a standalone ABC affiliate, in 1996.

From 1953 to 1985 KCAU was home to Canyon Kid's Corner, a popular children's show in the area. Longtime KCAU announcer Jim Henry hosted the show for its entire run.

Until 2011, KCAU did not carry ABC World News Now. Instead, the station joined its fellow Citadel stations in signing off every night at 1:05 a.m., one of the few stations in the United States to do so. World News Now's current run on KCAU is its second; the station had aired the program during the early 2000s.

On September 16, 2013, Citadel announced that it would sell KCAU-TV, along with WOI-DT in Des Moines and WHBF-TV in Rock Island, Illinois to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group for $88 million. Nexstar immediately took over the station's operations through a time brokerage agreement. The deal separated KCAU from former satellite KLKN, which Citadel retains.[5] Citadel's sale of the three stations followed Phil Lombardo's decision to "slow down," as well as a desire by Lynch Entertainment, an investor in WOI and WHBF, to sell.[6] The sale was completed on March 13, 2014.[7] The deal reunited KCAU with two of its former Citadel sister stations, WIVT in Binghamton, New York and WVNY in Burlington, Vermont.

News operation[edit]

In December 2006, KCAU received new graphics and Frank Gari's Eyewitness News (ABC O&O News Collection) music package; however, it did not drop Eyewitness News branding, like sister stations WOI-TV and WHBF-TV did, until August 30, 2013.

KCAU began broadcasting local news in high-definition on November 23, 2010, the first station in the Sioux City market to do so (KMEG/KPTH began broadcasting 16x9 widescreen news earlier, but not HD).

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • TV-9 News (1960s-1970s)
  • Major 9 Report (1970s-early 1980s)
  • Major 9 News (early 1980s-1996)[8]
  • News 9 (1996–2001)[9]
  • Channel 9 Eyewitness News (2001–2013)
  • ABC 9 News (2013–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Together, We're Making a Difference" (1989–1996; used during period station used Frank Gari's "Making a Difference")
  • "Siouxland's Most Experienced News Team" (1989–1996)
  • "You'll Say I See" (2001–2006)
  • "Siouxland's ABC" (2006–2011)
  • "Siouxland's ABC in High Definition" (2011–present)
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News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[10][edit]

Anchors

  • Jessica Cihacek - weekday mornings and weekdays at 11:30 a.m.
  • Jessica Rae - weekend evenings; also weeknight reporter
  • Jenna Rehnstrom - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Tim Seaman - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.

ESP:Weather

  • Fred Hexom - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Matt Peterson - meteorologist; weekday mornings and weekdays at 11:30 a.m.
  • Scott Larson - meteorologist; weekend evenings

Sports team

  • Travis Morgan - sports director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Lucas Treat - sports anchor; weekend evenings

Reporters

  • Diana Johnsen - general assignment reporter
  • Shereen Mohammad - general assignment reporter
  • Staci DaSilva - general assignment reporter
  • Hollie Hojek - general assignment reporter

Notable former staff[edit]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KCAU
  2. ^ Malone, Michael (9 January 2012). "Citadel Communications Stations Grab Live Well". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Today is the day for digital TV switch, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, February 17, 2009
  4. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations
  5. ^ Malone, Michael (September 16, 2013). "Nexstar to Acquire Citadel's Iowa Stations for $88 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ Hicks, Lynn (September 16, 2013). "Nexstar buys WOI, other Citadel TV stations in Iowa". Des Moines Register. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ Consummation Notice, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 17 March, 2014.
  8. ^ 1994 Weekend News Open KCAU
  9. ^ 1998 10PM Newscast Re-Open KCAU
  10. ^ Learn more about your favorite Channel 9 Eyewitness News Team
  11. ^ a b c Dreeszen, Dave (March 29, 2003). "Sioux City's first television station, KCAU, marks 50 years on the air". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 

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