|Branding||Fox 31 Denver (general)
Fox 31 Denver News (newscasts)
|Slogan||So Fox 31 Denver (general)
Your Questions Answered (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 32 (UHF)
Virtual: 31 (PSIP)
31.2 Antenna TV
|Translators||KFCT 22 Fort Collins
(Tribune Broadcasting Denver License, LLC)
|First air date||August 10, 1983|
|Call letters' meaning||DenVeR|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
31 (UHF, 1983–2009)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1983–1986)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
|Fort Collins, Colorado|
|Channels||Digital: 21 (UHF)
Virtual: 22 (PSIP)
22.2 Antenna TV
(Tribune Broadcasting Denver License, LLC)
|First air date||September 1, 1994|
|Call letters' meaning||Fort Collins Television|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
22 (UHF, 1994–2009)
|Transmitter power||50 kW|
KDVR, virtual channel 31 (UHF digital channel 32), is a Fox-affiliated television station located in Denver, Colorado, United States. The station is owned by the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of the Tribune Company, as part of a duopoly with CW affiliate KWGN-TV (channel 2). The two stations share studio facilities located on East Speer Boulevard in Denver's Speer neighborhood (to the immediate south of KMGH-TV's studios), and KDVR's transmitter is located atop Lookout Mountain, near Golden.
It operates a satellite station: KFCT (UHF digital channel 21, virtual channel 22.1 via PSIP) in Fort Collins as that area's only full-power station, covering areas of northern Colorado receiving a marginal to non-existent signal from KDVR. Though KFCT operates as its satellite, KDVR limits on-air references to the station to FCC-mandated hourly station identifications during newscasts and other programming.
KDVR and KFCT's digital signals are multiplexed:
(KDVR / KFCT)
|Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|31.1 / 22.1||720p||16:9||KDVR DT||Main KDVR Programming / Fox|
|31.2 / 22.2||480i||4:3||Antenna||Antenna TV|
KDVR became a charter affiliate of Antenna TV upon its launch on January 1, 2011, it is carried on digital subchannel 31.2. Interestingly, Local TV-owned KDVR was given the Antenna TV affiliation in the Denver market despite the fact that the network's corporate parent, the Tribune Company, owns KDVR's sister station KWGN-TV.
KDVR shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 31, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 32. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 31.
KDVR first went on the air on August 10, 1983 as the first new commercial television station to sign on in Denver in 30 years, and as the first full-service UHF television station in the state of Colorado. Denver had a fairly long wait for a second independent station alongside long-established KWGN-TV, even though on paper, the market had been big enough to support one since the early 1960s. However, the Denver market is a very large one geographically, stretching across large swaths of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. The major stations all operate massive translator networks to cover this vast area, and the expense of building so many translators scared off potential owners. By the late 1970s, however, cable television – a must for acceptable television reception in some parts of the market – had gained enough penetration to make a second independent viable.
TV Guide had listed a channel 31 in its Denver edition earlier in 1983 (as KX2AEG), but this was a translator station rebroadcasting the Spanish International Network (now Univision). KDVR has never considered KX2AEG as part of its history. It was only in 1990 that Univision finally got a regular Denver affiliate of its own in KCEC.
KDVR began as a typical general entertainment independent station running a lineup of cartoons, old sitcoms, drama series, movies and religious programming. When KWGN declined to affiliate with Fox in 1986, KDVR stepped in, affiliating with that network when it launched on October 9 of that year; KDVR became branded as "Fox 31" in the late 1980s. The station's original local owners sold it to Chase Broadcasting in 1990. Chase merged with Renaissance Broadcasting in 1992. Renaissance then exchanged the station to Fox for that network's Dallas-Fort Worth owned-and-operated station KDAF (which was set to lose Fox programming to that market's longtime CBS affiliate, KDFW) in 1995, making channel 31 a Fox owned-and-operated station. After becoming a Fox-owned station, KDVR added first-run talk and reality shows, but still aired no news programming.
Fox did not intend to hold on to KDVR for long; the network intended to divest the station to Qwest Broadcasting (a company backed by Quincy Jones and Tribune Broadcasting) and move its affiliation to KWGN, which would have made KDVR the market's WB affiliate. However, this deal never came to fruition.
In October 1994, KDVR signed on Fort Collins satellite station KFCT (channel 22), which expanded its coverage area north to the Wyoming border. Before KFCT signed on, channel 22 in Fort Collins was home to an early UHF station, KNCO. However, it folded soon afterward in part due to the difficulties of broadcasting on UHF at the time. All-channel tuning would not be required until 1964, and the area is very mountainous, making UHF reception even more difficult.
In September 2006, KDVR, along with other Fox-owned stations, had their websites migrated to the MyFox web platform created by Fox Interactive Media, featuring expanded multimedia and social networking features.
On December 22, 2007, Fox entered into an agreement to sell KDVR and seven other Fox owned-and-operated stations to Local TV (operated by private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners), adding to the nine stations that the group had acquired in May of that same year from The New York Times Company. The sale was finalized on July 14, 2008. On September 17, 2008, as part of a wider management partnership with Local TV, Tribune Broadcasting announced that the operations of its CW affiliate KWGN-TV would be consolidated with KDVR under a local marketing agreement. Also as part of its partnership with Tribune, KDVR would move from the MyFox web platform to a new website platform managed by Tribune Interactive. On July 1, 2013, Tribune announced it would purchase Local TV outright, forming a legal duopoly between KDVR and KWGN. The sale was completed on December 27.
KDVR presently broadcasts 36½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 6½ hours on weekdays, and two hours on Saturdays and Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the highest local newscast output of any television station in Colorado. As is standard with Fox stations that carry early evening weekend newscasts, KDVR's Sunday 5 p.m. newscast is subject to preemption and the Saturday 5 p.m. newscast is subject to delay due to sports coverage.
In 2000, KDVR began making plans to produce a primetime newscast to compete with KWGN's longer-established 9 p.m. newcast; the station built an entirely new "news and technology center" in downtown Denver to house the new news department. KDVR became the last Fox-owned station to date to begin producing local newscasts on July 16, 2000, with the premiere of Fox 31 News at 9 O'Clock. Former KCNC-TV and KUSA-TV sportscaster Ron Zappolo and former WMAQ-TV reporter and Extra host Libby Weaver joined KDVR, and were the lead anchors for the newscast from its inception until Weaver's departure in 2012. KDVR debuted a weekday morning newscast called Good Day Colorado on March 22, 2004, to compete with KWGN's morning newscast (known then as WB2 Morning News). Initially a 2½-hour newscast beginning at 5:30 a.m., Good Day expanded over time into a four-hour block beginning at 5 a.m. In 2005, KDVR began producing a 5 p.m. newscast on Saturdays, which was later followed by a half-hour 5:30 p.m. weekday newscast in September 2008. As of 2008, the primetime newscast has done very well against its competition, while the morning newscast has lagged behind.
Under the local marketing agreement, the news operations of both KDVR and KWGN have changed to benefit both stations as best as possible. While it does hinder both stations, KDVR and KWGN each produce weekday morning newscasts from 5 to 9 a.m. Besides competing with KWGN, the 7-9 a.m. block of the newscast also competes with the KUSA-produced weekday morning newscast on KTVD. KWGN discontinued its 5:30 p.m. news broadcast on January 12, 2009, while KDVR expanded its early evening newscast to a full hour from 5 to 6 p.m. Also, prior to the LMA, both stations had competing hour-long primetime newscasts at 9 p.m. KWGN moved its late evening newscast to 7 p.m. (an unusual timeslot for a network-affiliated station in the Mountain Time Zone) on March 30, 2009 to avoid competition with KDVR's 9 p.m. newscast and scaled back the program to weekdays only, leaving KDVR's only 9 p.m. news competitor also being a KUSA-produced newscast on KTVD. There is a considerable amount of sharing between KDVR and KWGN in regards to news coverage, video footage and the use of reporters; though both outlets maintain their own primary on-air personalities (such as news anchors and meteorologists) that only appear on one station; several KWGN on-air staffers that remained with the station after the LMA was formed joined KDVR's news staff with the consolidation of news departments, with most of KDVR's news staff also appearing on KWGN's newscasts as well. On June 28, 2010, KDVR added a half-hour 10 p.m. newscast named Nightside, which focuses on more hard-hitting stories than the local news programs seen on the other major network affiliates during the same timeslot.
Current on-air staff
KDVR's primary news anchors are Nick Emmons (weeknights at 7:00 p.m. (KWGN); also reporter), Jeremy Hubbard (weeknights at 5:00 and 9:00 p.m.), Hema Mullur (weeknights at 7:00 (KWGN) and 10:00 p.m.; also reporter), Kim Posey (weekends at 5:00 and 9:00 p.m.; also reporter), Boris Sanchez (weeknights at 10:00 p.m.), Eli Stokols (Sundays at 5:00 and 9:00 p.m., also political reporter), Deborah Takahara (weeknights at 5:00 and 9:00 p.m.), Brooke Wagner (weekday mornings on Good Day Colorado from 5:00-9:00 a.m.) and Kirk Yuhnke (weekday mornings on Good Day Colorado from 5:00-9:00 a.m.).
The Pinpoint Weather team (shared with KWGN) includes chief meteorologist Dave Fraser (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval; weeknights at 5:00, 7:00 (KWGN), 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.), and meteorologists Jennifer Broome (weekday mornings on Good Day Colorado from 5:00-9:00 a.m.), Nick Carter (fill-in meteorologist), Shanna Mendiola (meteorologist; weekends at 5:00 and 9:00 p.m.), Daryl Orr (Pinpoint Weather Tracker)
The station's sports team (shared with KWGN) includes sports director Nick Griffith (weeknights at 5:00, 7:00 (KWGN), 9:00 and 10:00 p.m., also host of Sunday Sports Zone on Sundays at 10:00 p.m.), and sports anchors Kami Carmann (fill-in sports anchor; also sports reporter) and Raul Martinez (weekends at 5:00 and 9:00 p.m.).
The station's reporting staff (shared with KWGN) includes Jon Bowman (general assignment reporter), Ken Clark (weekday morning Timesaver Traffic reporter from 5:00-9:00 a.m.), Dan Daru (weekday morning feature reporter from 5:00-9:00 a.m.), Julie Hayden (investigative reporter), Heidi Hemmat (investigative reporter), Jim Hooley (part-time assignment reporter), Chris Jose (general assignment reporter), Justin Joseph (general assignment reporter), Marika Lorraine (general assignment reporter), Mark Meredith (general assignment reporter), Sara Morris (weekday morning reporter from 5:00-9:00 a.m.), Greg Nieto (general assignment reporter), Hendrik Sybrandy (part-time assignment reporter), Shaul Turner (weekday morning reporter from 5:00-9:00 a.m.), Tammy Vigil (general assignment reporter) and Dave Young (general assignment reporter).
Notable former on-air staff
- Josina Anderson - sports reporter (2005-2011; now at ESPN)
- Josh Bernstein - senior investigative reporter now with Al Jazeera America
- Peggy Bunker - Good Day Colorado anchor (2007-2010; later anchor at KOMO in Seattle)
- Stacey Donaldson - Good Day Colorado meteorologist (2002-2006; later chief meteorologist at KVVU in Las Vegas from 2011-13)
- Chris Dunn - chief meteorologist (2004-2009; now at KPHO in Phoenix)
- Crystal Egger - Good Day Colorado meteorologist (2006-2010; at The Weather Channel 2010-2013, now at KNBC)
- Justin Farmer - Good Day Colorado anchor (2004-2006; now anchor at WSB in Atlanta)
- Eric Goodman - sports director (2005-2009)
- Mike Headrick - Good Day Colorado anchor (2009-2012; now anchor at KSL in Salt Lake City)
- Phil Keating - weekend anchor/reporter (2000–2004; now at Fox News Channel)
- Erin Little - meteorologist (2006-2008; now at KMBC in Kansas City, MO)
- Tom Martino - "Troubleshooter" consumer reporter and host of Martino TV (2000-2011)
- Zubin Mehenti - sports anchor/reporter (2009–20011; now at ESPN)
- Nina Sparano - reporter/fill-in anchor (2009-2012; now reporter at KCNC in Denver)
- Chris Tanaka - sports director/reporter (2004–2011; now sports director at Hawaii News Now in Honolulu)
- David Treadwell - sports director (2000–2005)
- Dr. John Torres - health correspondent (2004–2009; now at KUSA in Denver and KRDO in Colorado Springs)
- Leland Vittert - weekend anchor/reporter (2007–2009; now at Fox News Channel)
- Libby Weaver - weeknight anchor (2000-2012)
- Ron Zappolo - weeknight anchor (2000-2013; retired for now)
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