|KDRV: Medford, Oregon
KDKF: Klamath Falls, Oregon
|Slogan||Watching Out For You|
KDRV: 12 (VHF)
KDKF: 29 (UHF)
KDRV: 12 (PSIP)
KDKF: 31 (PSIP)
|Owner||Chambers Communications Corporation
(sale to Heartland Media, LLC pending)
(Soda Mountain Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||KDRV: February 26, 1984
KDKF: October 1989
|Call letters' meaning||KDRV: Rogue Valley
KDKF: Klamath Falls
|Sister station(s)||KEZI (Eugene)|
|Former channel number(s)||
31 (UHF, 1989-2009)
KDRV: 38 (UHF)
|Transmitter power||KDRV: 16.9 kW
KDKF: 5 kW
|Height||KDRV: 823 m
KDKF: 651 m
|Facility ID||KDRV: 60736
KDRV, channel 12, is an ABC television affiliate based in Medford, Oregon. The station is located near Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport in north Medford. The station is owned by Chambers Communications Corporation of Eugene, Oregon.
KDRV's programming can also be seen in Klamath Falls on KDKF digital channel 29. KDKF has its own newsroom in Klamath Falls.
- 1 History
- 2 News operation
- 3 Local programming
- 4 Various carrier disputes
- 5 Digital television
- 6 Translators
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Prior to 1984, KOBI served as the primary ABC affiliate for southern Oregon, but Medford was only partially covered. Viewers could also receive KATU in Portland on cable. This was partly because the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had reserved channel 8, the last VHF frequency in the area, for noncommercial use (currently occupied by PBS member KSYS).
The Medford-Klamath Falls market is one of the geographically largest in the country, covering a large swath of southern Oregon and northern California. This area is very mountainous, and it is very difficult to get decent UHF reception in rugged terrain. However, in 1978, the FCC took the unusual step of dropping in a channel 12 allocation for Medford without anyone requesting such action. While a Christian broadcaster initially made a bid for the station, it was a foregone conclusion that the license would go to Sunshine Television, a local investment group.
KDRV signed on for the first time on February 26, 1984. The station's studio had not been finished yet, and live local programming was not possible from its temporary studio. The new studio was finished later in 1984, and the station was able to begin news and other local programming a year later. Sunshine sold the station to Love Broadcasting in 1987. Chambers Communications bought the station in 1994. KDKF debuted on October 17, 1989.
Launched in the spring of 1985, KDRV has a fully staffed news department known as NewsWatch 12. It has consistently been the #1 news operation in the Medford market for just over two decades. Like fellow stations KOBI and KTVL, they air newscasts at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. with weekend newscasts at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., but airs its morning news starting at 5 a.m. (as does KTVL). Anchor Ron Brown and chief meteorologist Scott Lewis are the longest-tenured newscasters in the station's history. Anchor Brian Morton is the second-longest tenured. Brown hosts the weekly "Oregon Trails" segment, which takes a look back in Southern Oregon's history, while Morton reports on "Wednesday's Child", an adoption segment. The newscast has received numerous awards, including several National Association of Broadcasters, Associated Press and Emmy Awards.
KDRV is the only station in the Medford market to continue airing local sportscasts while the other stations dropped their sportscasts in 2009.
On January 5, 2011, NewsWatch 12 was the first station in the market to begin broadcasting its newscasts in 16:9 widescreen to conincide with its new look, which is similar to sister station KEZI in Eugene. The station is also the first in the market to broadcast commercials in high-def.
On June 29, 2013, KDRV started broadcasting their weekend newscasts at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. (same times as the normal evening newscasts) being the first station to expand their newscast format on the weekends.
On September 9, 2013, KDRV added yet another newscast to its daily schedule known as NewsWatch 12 Midday, which airs Monday through Friday at 11:00 a.m. and is anchored by Danielle Craig and Alyssa Caroprese. On October 5, 2013, KDRV will be adding still another newscast to its schedule, NewsWatch 12 This Morning Weekend anchored by Kirstin O'Connor at 8:00 a.m. following Good Morning America.
NewsWatch 12+ Nonstop News (2011-2013)
On February 28, 2011, KDRV launched a new 24-hour news channel called NewsWatch 12+ Nonstop News, which includes recorded local 30-minute newscasts that repeat every half-hour as well as regular live NewsWatch 12 broadcasts. NewsWatch 12+ also aired six back-to-back episodes of Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures on Saturday afternoons only (to comply with the FCC's children's programming laws) since its inception, but now airs E/I programs such as Danger Rangers, Exploration with Richard Wiese and others (as of September 3, 2011).
On September 2, 2011, NewsWatch 12+ began airing local high school football games live at 7:00pm in what is known as the "Friday Night Blitz Game of the Week" (named after its Friday night football highlight show during NewsWatch 12 at 11:00). On January 3, 2012, NewsWatch 12+ began airing select local high school basketball games at various times in what is known as "Roundball Wrap Game Of The Week" (named after its Friday night basketball highlight show during NewsWatch 12 at 11:00). The play-by-play was handled by Bill Jacobs (simulcast with KTMT-AM ESPN 580) with reporter Steven Sandberg as an occasional fill-in and Chris Leone and Chris Breece on color analysis. Starting in 2012, sports reporter Brandon Kamerman took Breece's spot. Starting in 2013, Jacobs did not return to the 12+ live telecasts and was replaced by Sandberg. (Jacobs is now master control operator at KMVU and the radio voice of the Medford Rogues collegiate woodbat baseball team. )
On September 8, 2013, NewsWatch 12+ ceased all operations on channel 12.2 due to low ratings and disinterest from viewers. (see below)
Live Well Network Southern Oregon
On September 9, 2013, KDRV 12.2 replaced NewsWatch 12+ with Live Well Network Southern Oregon. Live Well Network is a home, health and lifestyle high definition digital subchannel network owned by Disney-ABC Television Group, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company and is operated by the ABC Owned Television Stations. It launched on April 27, 2009, but KDRV didn't add the network to 12.2 until September 9.
Despite that change, KDRV will continue to carry the "Friday Night Blitz" and "Roundball Wrap" Games of the Week on 12.2.
It is shown on the digital channel 12.2 tier over-the-air (with coverter box and antenna) in standard definition format as well as on Charter Cable channel 291 and (as of June 2012) on Northland Communications channel 137 in Yreka, California.
- NewsWatch 12 (1984–present)
- NewsWatch 12+ Nonstop News (digital 12.2) (2011–2013)
- Watching Out for You (1984–present)
Current on-air staff
- Brian Morton - weeknights at 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m.
- Ashley Hall - weeknights at 5, 6, and 6:30 p.m.
- Erin Maxson - weeknights 11 p.m.; also reporter and producer
- Ron Brown - weekday mornings NewsWatch 12 This Morning; also reporter
- Danielle Craig - weekday mornings NewsWatch 12 This Morning and NewsWatch 12 Midday (starting September 9th); also reporter
- Christy Lewis - weekends 5, 6, 6:30 and 11 p.m.; also reporter
- Justin Bourke - weekends 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m.; also general assignment reporter
- Kirstin O’Connor - weekends NewsWatch 12 This Morning at 8 a.m.; also reporter
StormWatch 12 Weather Team-only station in the market with each team-member holding a university level meteorology degree
- Megan Parry - meteorologist, weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30 and 11 p.m.
- Alyssa Caroprese - meteorologist, weekday mornings NewsWatch 12 This Morning and NewsWatch 12 Midday (starting September 9th)
- Chris Leone - sports director; weekdays at 6:30 and 11 p.m.
- Brandon Kamerman - sports reporter; weekend anchor at 6:30 and 11 p.m.
- Steven Sandberg - general assignment reporter; fill-in news anchor; play-by-play on KDRV 12.2 Game of the Week
- Sharon Ko - general assignment reporter
- Rob Scott - general assignment reporter
- Randa Gore - general assignment reporter
Notable former on-air staff
- Sam Adams - sports anchor; now sports director for KHQ-TV in Spokane
- Chris Breece - sports anchor/reporter (now sports director at KFSM in Fayetteville, Arkansas)
- Scott Lewis - reporter/chief meteorologist (1985-2012)
- Kristin Ketchell - morning meteorologist and former Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars contestant  (now with WOWK in Charleston, West Virginia)
- Kaylin Krashesky - morning anchor and former Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars contestant (daughter of Alan Krashesky, news anchor at WLS-TV ABC 7 in Chicago)
- Walt Maciborski - news anchor
- Andrea Pettes (Carlson) - news reporter and anchor (2004-2010; now with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.)
- Dan Pope - meteorologist (also formerly of KOBI NBC 5, The Weather Channel, KSL-TV Salt Lake City, Utah and KSTU FOX 13 Salt Lake City)
- Milt Radford - meteorologist (now weekend meteorologist at KTVL)
- Jennifer Seeker - news anchor (2003-2009)
- Geoffrey Riley - Reporter/Voice-over Announcer (now of Jefferson Public Radio)
- Jade Tzeng - morning news anchor
- Melanie Wingo - news anchor (1997-2002, now with KATU in Portland, Oregon)
- Derek Kevra - morning meteorologist (2007-2009, now with WJBK in Detroit, Michigan)
Dancing With The Rogue Valley Stars
Since 2009, NewsWatch 12 airs a one-hour televised special called Dancing With The Rogue Valley Stars, which raises money for local charities and is sponsored by USA Dance Southern Oregon and Southern Oregon Sparrow Clubs in association with KDRV. Patterned after ABC's highly rated and successful Dancing with the Stars, the competition featured popular local personalities and officials dancing various styles of dance. In 2010, KDRV's own Ashley Hall participated in the event dancing the salsa. In 2011, KDRV's Kaylin Krashesky and Kristin Ketchell participated with Kaylin dancing the west coast swing and Kristin dancing the samba. (Krashesky placed 3rd in people's and judges' voting.) In 2012, sports director Chris Leone and news anchor Erin Maxson represented the station as contestants with Leone dancing the salsa and Maxson dancing the western two-step. (Maxson placed 3rd in the people's voting and 2nd in the judges' voting.) In 2013, weekend anchor Christy Lewis and weekday meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese were chosen to represent the station as contestants for the 5th annual event.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - Southern Oregon
In 2011, NewsWatch 12 aired an award winning 30-minute special called Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - Southern Oregon, a behind-the-scenes look at an episode of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition when the show selected C.J. and Lindsay McPhail, founders of the Southern Oregon Sparrow Clubs and parents of three children (two diagnosed with autism) to have their home torn down and rebuilt. News anchors Brian Morton and Danielle Craig led the hosting duties. The special was produced by Erin Maxson.
Various carrier disputes
Dispute with Dish Network
On December 10, 2010, KDRV announced on its newscast that their owners Chambers Communications (who also own KEZI in Eugene, KOHD in Bend and KDKF in Klamath Falls) and Dish Network could not come to a long-term agreement to keep the station on the air in the Medford market and were in danger of losing local ABC programming as a result. Viewers were encouraged to read a special Q&A page regarding this matter. Despite their best efforts, their previous agreement expired on December 15 and the stations were removed from the Dish Network local line-ups. Chambers and Dish finally came to an agreement to resume service and as of December 30, 2010 the stations returned on Dish Network.
KDRV replaces KRCR on Mt. Shasta cable
In January 2012, KDRV replaced Redding, California, ABC affiliate KRCR-TV on Northland Communications cable channel 7 in Mt. Shasta, California, as Northland and KRCR severed ties after failing to come to a mutual agreement to continue coverage on the Mt. Shasta cable system. Thus, Northland placed KDRV in the channel 7 slot. (Northland management has tried several times to get Siskiyou County put in the Chico-Redding market, but the FCC rejected their requests every time.)
Despite being in California, Siskiyou County is technically (yet officially) part of the Medford DMA according to the FCC. KDRV had been on Northland's Yreka cable system on channel 12 since the station launched in early 1984 and the advent of local cable television back in the early to mid 1980's.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|12.1 / 31.1||720p||16:9||KDRV-HD
|KDRV / KDKF -HD|
|12.2 / 31.2||480i||4:3||KDRV-SD
|KDRV / KDKF -SD|
All full-powered Medford stations transitioned to digital-only service on February 17, 2009.
KDRV & KDKF shut down their analog signals, over VHF channel 12 & UHF channel 31, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. KDRV's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 38 to its former analog VHF channel 12 for post-transition operations. KDKF's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 29, using PSIP to display KDKF's virtual channel as 31 on digital television receivers.
KDRV is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:
- K02IQ Channel 2 Squaw Valley
- K04NU Channel 4 Seiad Valley, California
- K09PI Channel 9 Happy Camp, California
- K14GT Channel 14 Port Orford
- K15BP-D Channel 15 Grants Pass Digital
- K17BA-D Channel 17 Yreka, California Digital
- K17LN-D Channel 17 Gold Beach Digital
- K20BI-D Channel 20 Nesika Beach Digital
- K21BG-D Channel 21 Jacksonville Digital
- K36HM-D Channel 36 Fort Dick, California Digital
- K46CH Channel 46 Gold Hill
- K51BV-D Channel 51 Cave Junction Digital
KDKF is rebroadcast on the following translator station:
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says KDKF signed on October 17, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on October 15.
- Colman, Price (March 5, 2014). "Prather Buying Three Oregon TVs for $30M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
- Medford Rogues front office, Medford Rogues website
- Dancing With The Rogue Valley Stars: Kristin Ketchell, KDRV website, November 10, 2011
- Dancing With The Rogue Valley Stars: Kaylin Krashesky, KDRV website, November 10, 2011
- Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars
- 1st ever Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars a success
- Dancing With The Rogue Valley Stars website
- Preparations begin for Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars
- Chambers Communications Announces Retransmission with Dish Network to Expire December 15, 2010, KDRV.com
- Northland Communications Mt. Shasta Cable Schedule
- Northland pulls KRCR Channel 7 off air in Siskiyou; affiliate out of Oregon takes its spot, David Benda, Redding.com(Redding Record Searchlight), January 12, 2012
- RabbitEars TV Query for KDRV
- RabbitEars TV Query for KDKF
- http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090205/NEWS/902050325 Digital delay bill awaits Obama's signature; But most local network affiliates plan to make the switch on the initial Feb. 17 date if possible, Greg Stiles, Mail Tribune, February 5, 2009
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- CDBS Print
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- CDBS Print
- KDRV Website
- Chambers Communications
- History of Television in Southern Oregon
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KDRV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KDKF
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KDRV-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KDKF-TV