|El Paso, Texas|
|Branding||KDBC 4 (general)
Local 4 News (news)
|Slogan||Your Local News Leader!|
|Channels||Digital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||4.1 CBS HD (1080i)
4.2 MyNetwork TV/This TV SD (480i)
4.3 TeLe-Romántica SD (480i)
|Translators||KKNJ-LP analog ch. 36 (Alamogordo)
KCWF-CA analog ch. 20 (Las Cruces)
MyNetworkTV/This TV (DT2)
|Owner||Sinclair Broadcast Group
(operated by Communications Corporation of America)
(TTBG/KDBC License Sub, LLC)
|First air date||December 14, 1952|
|Call letters' meaning||Doubleday
|Sister station(s)||KTSM-TV (active relationship)
KFOX-TV (pending relationship)
|Former callsigns||KROD-TV (1952-1973)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
4 (VHF, 1952-2009)
|Transmitter power||363 kW|
KDBC-TV is the CBS-affiliated television station in El Paso, Texas. It broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 18 (virtual channel 4 via PSIP). It carries MyNetworkTV on a digital subchannel. The station is located at 801 N. Oregon St. in El Paso. Its transmitter is also located in El Paso atop Cheyenne Mountain.
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The station went on air on December 14, 1952 as KROD-TV, the first television station in El Paso. The station was owned by Dorrance Roderick, along with KROD radio and the El Paso Times. Early programs on the station included children's shows Red Brown and Anna Lee and Bozo's Big Top, and wrestling show Mitchell's Mat Time. The station was affiliated with three networks (CBS, ABC, and DuMont) as late as 1955. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.
The station changed its call letters to KDBC-TV in 1973 to reflect the change in station ownership, Doubleday Broadcasting Company. The first transmitter site was south of Comanche Peak in El Paso. A road was built to the site, and a 288-foot (88 m) tower was constructed. A building was assembled from native rock chipped from the site. The station went on with a temporary transmitter (small RCA) and eventually added a 10 kW RCA TT-10AL transmitter and developed an effective radiated power of 61 kilowatts at 1,150 feet (350 m). The site is now used as a backup, and many FM stations transmit from this building.
In 1984 the station moved farther up the hill to Comanche Peak. A 440-foot (130 m) tower was built and a new transmitter was installed (one of the last of the RCA TT-25GLs). The station increased to 100 kW and a height of 1,540 feet (470 m). BTSC stereo also commenced with this new site.
By the mid-1980s, the station was owned by United Broadcasting, who at the time also owned KARK-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas and WTOK-TV in Meridian, Mississippi. Columbus, Mississippi-based Imes Broadcasting, owners of stations such as WCBI-TV and WMUR-TV, bought KDBC in 1988 after United Broadcasting was taken over by the investment firm Merrill Lynch. Imes Broadcasting exited the television business in the late 1990s, and put up all of its stations for sale. In 1999 Pappas Telecasting Companies acquired the station, with the intent to have the station join the new Azteca America network, a Spanish-language network co-owned at the time by TV Azteca and Pappas. Plans for the affiliation were canceled following outcry from viewers and the station's employees (especially over the fact that CBS had nowhere else in El Paso to turn to), and the station renewed its affiliation with CBS. Azteca America and Pappas ended their affiliation relationship in mid-2007. Since early December 2010, Azteca América has been available on KVIA-DT4.
In May 2004, KDBC launched a new set design, logo and graphics. On September 5, 2006, KDBC's new subchannel commenced operations, which includes programming from MyNetworkTV.  On January 16, 2009, it was announced that several Pappas stations, including KDBC, would be sold to New World TV Group (now the Titan TV Broadcast Group), after the sale received United States bankruptcy court approval.
On October 19, 2009, Communications Corporation of America, owner of NBC affiliate KTSM-TV, announced that that station will provide sales and other services for KDBC under a new agreement. ComCorp will provide advertising, sales, administrative services and some news programming for KDBC, while Titan will continue to manage KDBC and both stations would retain separate newscasts.
On April 23, 2013, Titan TV Broadcast Group filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to sell KDBC-TV and its low-power repeaters to Cunningham Broadcasting. Nearly all of Cunningham Broadcasting's stock is controlled by trusts held in the names of the children of the principal owners of the Sinclair Broadcast Group (which has completed its purchase of Fox affiliate KFOX-TV from the Cox Media Group), which will result in Sinclair effectively owning a duopoly in the El Paso market. The following day, it was announced that the Communications Corporation of America stations, including KTSM-TV, would be sold to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group. The sale of KDBC was consummated on July 31. One week later, Sinclair exercised its option to purchase KDBC outright from Cunningham Broadcasting. FCC duopoly regulations normally disallow two of the four highest-rated stations (which usually are the affiliate stations of the "Big Four" networks) from being directly owned by a single entity. However, in this case, Sinclair cited that KDBC is ranked fourth overall in the El Paso market while KFOX is ranked sixth. In addition, FCC regulations require a market to be left with eight unique owners after a duopoly is formed, and Sinclair noted in its application that the El Paso–Las Cruces market would still have eight unique owners (not counting Mexican stations that also serve the market) after Sinclair completes its acquisition of KDBC. The FCC approved the sale on September 23. The sale was formally completed on October 1. No word on when KDBC and KFOX will merge operations as of yet.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|4.1||1080i||16:9||KDBC-DT||Main KDBC-TV programming / CBS|
|4.2||480i||4:3||MyNet||MyNetworkTV / This TV|
On June 2, 2009, KDBC announced it has terminated its analog signal because of technical difficulties ten days before the scheduled analog television shutdown and digital conversion on June 12, thus becoming the first television station in the El Paso area to transmit solely in digital. KDBC-TV remains on its transition period channel number, 18. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display KDBC-TV's virtual channel as 4.
Among the station's most famous broadcasters was weatherman Howell Eurich, who also worked as El Paso's version of Bozo the Clown during the 1960s and 1970s. Eurich committed suicide in 1982 following a divorce from his wife and fellow KDBC weather anchor Gail Gordon. His son, Robin Eurich, would play Rusty the Handyman on The Bozo Super Sunday Show on WGN-TV in Chicago during its entire run. On December 15, 2009, KDBC began broadcasting its news in high-definition, becoming the third television station in the El Paso market to do so.
In January 2010, Communications Corporation of America announced that it would shut down the news department of its sister station, KVEO-TV in Brownsville, Texas, other than a few reporters. The locally-produced newscast would originate from KDBC, using KDBC's staff (including Nichole Ayoub as anchor and Robert Bettes as meteorologist), with the remaining reporters in Brownsville filing reports. The new newscast, which debuted on KVEO on January 18, 2010, will be pre-recorded in advance.
- KROD-TV News (1952–1961)
- The News with Tom Hanson (1961–1967)
- Newsnight (1967–1970)
- Channel 4 News Report (1970–1974)
- Big 4 News (1974–1985)
- Channel 4 News (1985–1988 and 2001)
- News 4 El Paso (1988–1993)
- News 4 (1993–1997)
- CBS 4 Action News (1997–2001)
- CBS 4 News (2001–2004)
- KDBC 4 News (2004–2010)
- Local 4 News (2010–present)
- This is the Big 4 (1974–1982)
- Great Moments on Channel 4 (1982; local version of CBS campaign)
- We're El Paso's Very Own Channel 4 (1982–1987)
- The Spirit of El Paso (1987-19??)
- It's Happening on Channel 4 (1987–1992)
- The Look of El Paso Is Channel 4 (1991–1992, local version of CBS campaign)
- 4 Means News (1992–1995)
- Your Eye on El Paso (1995–2002)
- People You Can Count On (2002–2004)
- We're YOUR Station (2004–present)
- Nichole Ayoub - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
- Amber Downing - weeknights at 5:30 p.m.
- Cathy Hernandez - weekends at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m.; also multimedia journalist
- Local 4 Weather
- Robert Bettes (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m.
- Chip Maxham - meteorologist; weekends at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m.
- Sports team
- Fred Albers - sports anchor; weeknights at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m.
- Beau Bagley - sports anchor; weekends at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m.
- Aaron Rich - sports reporter
KDBC has been operating translator facilities in Alamogordo and Las Cruces for years. The Alamogordo translator, on channel 36, started on channel 71 and moved down in 1989. It changed call letters five times in 2006 as Pappas placed call letters it used on its other stations; it was KCWI-LP for two separate periods, KDMI-LP and then KPWB-LP. The Las Cruces relay started on channel 61 or 68 in 1997 and moved to channel 20 in 2000.
- The piano introduction from "Nobody Does It Better" from the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me" was used in the late 1970s as the musical part of the station's ID prior to the evening news broadcast.
- On December 7, 2005, KDBC 4 anchor Nichole Ayoub's boyfriend of several years, Travis Hughes, proposed to her live on the air during the six o'clock newscast. After saying "yes," the anchorwoman hugged her new fiance. The event caught the attention of ABC's Good Morning America, Inside Edition, and various local TV stations around the country.
- Weatherman Howell Eurich was also known for his Wink, Texas jokes, jokes about how small the town was. He eventually came out with a book of such jokes that was sold locally. Eurich acted in local stage productions, as well as hosted movie shows and Bozo the Clown on the station (1968–1972). Many photos of Eurich adorn the walls of "Jaxons" restaurant in El Paso. Eurich later became despondent after divorcing his wife and committed suicide in 1982.
- Howell Eurich and Gail Gordon introduced "Puffy" the weather dog, who became a feature of the weather forecast.
- In September 2011, Chief Meteorologist Robert Bettes began hosting a children's show on KCOS-TV (PBS) entitled Blast Beyond. As "Captain Rob," Bettes entertains and informs local children with science, art, music, language, and the colorful cast of characters including Cosmo (chief engineer), Ivan (chef), Debvar (security officer), and the Blast Beyond Band.
- Broadcasting Yearbook, 1955. p 455
- "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films". Boxoffice: 13. November 10, 1956[dead link]
- "New World Gets Pappas TVs for $260M". TVnewsday. January 16, 2008. Retrieved January 18, 2008.
- Application For Consent To Transfer Control Of Entity Holding Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License Federal Communications Commission, 7 August, 2013, Retrieved 12 August, 2013
- CDBS Print
- El Paso Times: "Ayoub and Bettes now in Brownsville ... sorta", January 14, 2010.
- Local 4 News Team
- KDBC Homepage
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KDBC-TV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KKNJ-LP
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KCWF-CA
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KDBC-TV