KJRH-TV

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KJRH-TV
KJRH 2010 logo.png
Tulsa, Oklahoma
United States
Branding Channel 2 (general)
2 News HD (newscasts)
Slogan 2NEWS Works for You
Channels Digital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
Subchannels 2.1 NBC
2.2 Live Well Network
Affiliations NBC
Live Well Network (DT2)
Owner The E. W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Media, Inc.)
First air date December 5, 1954
Call letters' meaning Jack R. Howard
(longtime chairman of Scripps Broadcasting)
Former callsigns KVOO-TV (1954–1971)
KTEW (1971–1980)
KJRH (1980–2010)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
2 (VHF, 1954–2009)
Digital:
56 (UHF, 2000–2009)
Transmitter power 15.9 kW
Height 572.3 m
Facility ID 59439
Transmitter coordinates 36°1′15″N 95°40′32″W / 36.02083°N 95.67556°W / 36.02083; -95.67556
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.kjrh.com

KJRH-TV, virtual channel 2 (VHF digital channel 8), is an NBC-affiliated television station located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company. KJRH maintains studio facilities located in the Brookside district of midtown Tulsa (near East 37th Street and South Peoria Avenue), and its transmitter is located near South 273rd Avenue East and the Muskogee Turnpike (near Broken Arrow) in southeastern Tulsa County.

On cable, the station is available on Cox Communications channel 9 (effectively, it is the only analog-era VHF station in the Tulsa market to which Cox did not assign a cable channel allocation that matches its over-the-air PSIP digital channel) and AT&T U-verse channel 2. There is a high definition feed available on Cox Communications digital channel 709 and AT&T U-verse channel 1002.

Current syndicated programming on KJRH includes: Live! with Kelly and Michael, Ellen, Dr. Oz, Let's A$k America, Right This Minute and Comics Unleashed.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air on December 5, 1954 as KVOO-TV. It was founded by oilman William G. Skelly, owner of local radio station KVOO (1170 AM, now KFAQ). Channel 2 has been an NBC affiliate since its debut, owing to KVOO radio's longtime affiliation with the NBC Red Network. The first broadcast on the station was a 39-minute station dedication program from its studios; this was later followed by the first NBC network program aired by the station, Meet the Press. KVOO-TV was the second VHF television station to sign on in the Tulsa market, behind KOTV (channel 6), which debuted in October 1949; KTVX (channel 8, now KTUL) did not officially change its city of license to Tulsa from Muskogee until the following year, although that station operated from studio facilities located in west Tulsa.

Channel 2 was the first television station in the Tulsa market to broadcast all of its programs in color, first transmitting NBC network programming in the format; in 1955, the station installed equipment that allowed local films and slides to be telecast in color.[1] In November 1964, KVOO began originating its locally-produced programs in color from its Broadcast Center studios.

The E. W. Scripps Company's broadcasting division (then known as Scripps-Howard Broadcasting) bought the station in 1971 and changed its call letters to KTEW-TV (standing for "Tulsa E.W. Scripps", and also easily interpreted as sounding like the phoneticism for "two"). The station adopted its present-day callsign, KJRH (in honor of Scripps' former president, Jack R. Howard) on July 14, 1980 (the KTEW call letters are currently used by a low-power America One-affiliated station in Ponca City, Oklahoma). In 1984, it became the first Tulsa station to broadcast its programming in stereophonic sound.

For many years, KJRH had operated three low-powered translator stations, which all operated on VHF channel 4: K04DW in Independence, Kansas, K04EJ in Coffeyville, Kansas and K04DY in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

On December 31, 2009, a large "crystal" ball was dropped from the large spire on top of the iconic transmitter tower from the station's studios in Tulsa's Brookside entertainment district as part of the city's New Year's Eve festivities. Streets were closed off and people were allowed to view and celebrate, much in the same vein as in the New Year's celebrations at Times Square in New York City.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
2.1 1080i 16:9 KJRH-HD Main KJRH-TV programming / NBC
2.2 480i 4:3 KJRH-SD Live Well Network

On digital subchannel 2.2 and on Cox digital channel 222 is the Live Well Network, a 24-hour network devoted to health and lifestyle programming; from 2007 to 2011, the subchannel operated as a 24-hour weather channel under the "2NEWS Weather Plus" branding (originally affiliated with NBC Weather Plus until the network ceased operations on December 1, 2008 and then with NBC Plus until the subchannel became a Live Well affiliate).

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KJRH-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, 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.[3] The station's digital signal operated on a high-band UHF channel (in the 52 to 69 channel range) that was removed from broadcast use after the official June 12, 2009 transition date, its analog channel assignment was in the low-band VHF range (channels 2 to 6) and therefore prone to signal interference from impulse noise. The station selected VHF channel 8 (the former channel allocation used by KTUL's analog signal) for its post-transition digital operations.[4][5][6] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 2.

As part of the SAFER Act,[7] KJRH kept its analog signal on the air until June 26 to inform viewers of the digital television transition through a loop of public service announcements from the National Association of Broadcasters.

News operation[edit]

KJRH presently broadcasts 30 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 4½ hours on weekdays, 3½ hours on Saturdays and four hours on Sundays). It has the unique characteristic of being only one of two television stations in the state of Oklahoma that maintain two Doppler weather radar sites (the other is fellow NBC affiliate KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, whose doppler radar site in southwest Oklahoma City is the more powerful of the two stations' radars, operating at a radiated power of 1 million watts). KJRH is one of ten television stations that air consumer reports from John Matarese of ABC-affiliated sister station WCPO in Cincinnati.

For many years, KJRH's local newscasts placed at a strong third among those in Tulsa market. However in July 2009, KJRH's newscasts set a new benchmark for the station, firmly capturing second place in nearly all timeslots. In the November 2009 ratings period, KJRH saw its ratings in the 5-6 a.m. slot on weekday mornings increase to a 2 rating and a 10 share. KJRH remained second in early evening news, behind KOTV, with a 7 rating/12 share.[8]

On February 25, 2008, KJRH became the first television station in Oklahoma to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. KJRH also introduced a new graphics package similar to that used by sister station KSHB in Kansas City with the format change, but continued to employ the same set until 2011.

In November 2009, KJRH introduced a new red and brown graphics package and new news theme ("Scripps TV Station Group Package" by Musikvergnuegen) for its newscasts, that was being utilized on all Scripps-owned stations. On August 2, 2012, the station introduced a new blue and gold standardized graphics package for the Scripps stations and began using "Inergy" by Stephen Arnold Music as its new news theme (KJRH became the second Scripps-owned station to adopt the new standardized graphics and music, following West Palm Beach, Florida sister station WPTV-TV). In September 2013, KJRH expanded its Sunday morning newscasts, with the addition of an hour-long broadcast at 10:00 a.m. (joining two additional blocks at 6:00 and 8:00 a.m.).

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • KVOO News (1954–1960s)
  • TV-2 News (1960s–1970s)
  • Scene 2 News (1970s)
  • NewsCenter 2 (1970s–1991)[9]
  • Channel 2 News (1991–1994 and 2001–2008)
  • NewsChannel 2 (1994–1995)
  • 2 News NBC (1995–2001)
  • 2 News/2 News HD (2008–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "The Eyes of Oklahoma" (1954–1960s; adapted from KVOO-AM's then-slogan "The Voice of Oklahoma")
  • "Two's Company You Can Depend On" (early 1970s)
  • "You're in 2 Country!" (mid-1970s)
  • "Two's Family is You" (mid-1970s)
  • "Get the Picture on Scene 2 News" (mid-1970s)
  • "Turn on 2" (late 1970s)
  • "Hello, Tulsa" (1982–1985; used during period station used Frank Gari's "Hello News")
  • "Hello, Oklahoma" (1985–1990; used during period station used Frank Gari's "Hello News")
  • "Making a Difference for Oklahoma" (1986–1991)
  • "Tulsa's 24-Hour News Source" (1991–1994)
  • "Oklahoma's Hometeam" (1994–2001)
  • "More Local News" (2001–2002)
  • "2 Works for You" (2002–2008)
  • "2 News Works for You" (2008–present)

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[10][edit]

Anchors
  • Karen Larsen - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Russ McCaskey - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also reporter
  • Breanne Palmerini - weekend mornings on 2 News Today; also weekday reporter
  • Max Resnik - Saturdays at 6:00 and weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also multimedia journalist
  • Steven Romo - weekend mornings on 2 News Today; also weekday reporter
  • Deana Silk - weekday mornings on 2 News Today (5:00-7:00) and weekdays at 11:00 a.m.
  • Justin Wilfon - weekday mornings on 2 News Today (5:00-7:00) and weekdays at 11:00 a.m.; also reporter
Storm Shield Weather
  • Brett Anthony (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • George Flickinger (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings on 2 News Today (5:00-7:00) and weekdays at 11:00 a.m.
  • Taft Price (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekend mornings on 2 News Today
  • Brittany Rainey (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; Saturdays at 6:00 and weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
Sports team
  • Allen "Big Al" Jerkens - sports director; weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Cayden McFarland - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6:00 and weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also sports reporter
Reporters
  • Liz Bryant - multimedia journalist
  • Jamil Donith - consumer/investigative reporter ("2News Problem Solvers")
  • Will DuPre - multimedia journalist
  • Joe Henke - multimedia journalist
  • John Matarese - consumer reporter (based out of Cincinnati sister station WCPO)
  • Dan Pearlman - multimedia journalist
  • Brandon Richard - multimedia journalist
  • Patricia Santos - weekday morning reporter

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tulsa TV history thesis, Chapter 4 (KVOO)". Tulsatvmemories.com. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KJRH
  3. ^ Tulsa: Oklahoma broadcasters go forward on transition to digital. Tulsa World, February 6, 2009.
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  5. ^ "Federal Communications Commission FCC 07-138". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  6. ^ CDBS Print
  7. ^ "UPDATED List of Participants in the Analog Nightlight Program" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. June 12, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  8. ^ "KJRH sees its newscast ratings increase". Tulsa World. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  9. ^ "KJRH NEWSCENTER 2 MONTAGE - 1985". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  10. ^ Staff, KJRH.com
  11. ^ "Ron Franklin bio". ESPN. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  12. ^ Barron, David (13 May 2008). "Anchorman Ron Stone left deep imprint on local news". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 

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