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|Lawrence, Kansas / Kansas City, Missouri|
|City of license||Lawrence, Kansas|
|Branding||38 The Spot|
|Slogan||It's Where You Want to Be.|
|Channels||Digital: 41 (UHF)
Virtual: 38 (PSIP)
|Owner||E. W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Media, Inc.)
|First air date||February 13, 1988|
|Call letters' meaning||ICAO-assigned code for Kansas City International Airport and
|Former callsigns||KMCI (1988–2010)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
38 (UHF, 1988–2009)
36 (UHF, ?–2009)
|Former affiliations||HSN (1988–1999)
Fox Kids/4Kids TV (1999–2008)
|Transmitter power||500 kW|
KMCI-TV, virtual channel 38 (UHF digital channel 41), is an independent television station serving Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. Licensed to Lawrence, Kansas, the station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, as part of the company's only existing legal full-power station duopoly with NBC affiliate KSHB-TV (channel 41). The two outlets share studios on Oak Street and Cleaver Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri, and its transmitter is located at the Blue River Greenway in the city's Hillcrest section.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|38.1||1080i||16:9||KMCI-TV||Main KMCI-TV programming|
|38.2||480i||Live Well Network|
Live Well Network was originally intended to be carried on KSHB digital subchannel 41.3, but was added to KMCI 38.2 instead to even out the bandwidth between both stations.
KMCI-TV shut down its analog signal on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition to digital television for full-power stations. The station relocated its digital signal from its pre-transition UHF channel 36 to KSHB-TV's former analog assignment of channel 41 at this point. However, through the use of PSIP, KMCI-TV's virtual channel is displayed as 38.
The station first signed on the air on February 13, 1988 under the ownership of Miller Television, as an affiliate of the Home Shopping Network. Beginning sometime in 1995, KMCI began carrying a minimal amount of syndicated sitcoms, cartoons and other programming, alongside the HSN programming. In the summer of 1996, Scripps Howard Broadcasting (owner of KSHB-TV) began to manage KMCI under a local marketing agreement and rebranded the station as "38 Family Greats", with a family-oriented general entertainment format from 6 a.m. to midnight, while retaining HSN programming during the overnight hours. When KSHB-TV lost the Fox affiliation to WDAF-TV (channel 4) and gained the NBC affiliation that was displaced by that station, KSHB sold very little of its programming to KSMO-TV or WDAF. The station had a lot of acquired programming that it did not have room to run on the schedule due to NBC programming; most of these shows were moved to KMCI. Early programs on KMCI included shows such as I Love Lucy, Leave It To Beaver, Tom and Jerry, Popeye, Happy Days and Taxi. More recent shows also airing regularly on KSHB were mixed into KMCI's schedule.
HSN programming was subsequently dropped from the station in 1999. In the fall of that same year, KMCI picked up weekday afternoon and Saturday morning programming from Fox Kids, after it was dropped by then-UPN affiliate (now CW affiliate) KCWE; WDAF chose to decline Fox's children's programming lineup after affiliating with Fox in September 1994. The weekday afternoon Fox Kids block was discontinued nationwide by Fox in 2002.
The station was acquired outright by the E.W. Scripps Company in 2002, forming a legal duopoly with KSHB. That same year, KMCI dropped the "Family Greats" name and simply branded by its channel number. Then in July 2003, the station officially became known as "38 the Spot". The station continued to run children's programming from Fox after it was relaunched under the "Fox Box" banner in September 2002 and again under the "4Kids TV" banner from January 2005 until Fox discontinued its children's programming at the end of 2008, following a dispute with 4Kids Entertainment, which subsequently began programming The CW's Saturday morning children's programming that same year (Weekend Marketplace, the infomercial block that subsequently replaced the 4Kids TV lineup, does not currently air at all in the Kansas City area).
KMCI features hosts promoting the station's programming, as well as local events during commercial breaks. Taunia Hottman was the first spokesperson for KMCI as "38 the Spot". Meredith Hoenes replaced Hottman after she left to join KUSA (channel 9) in Denver, Colorado from 2004 to 2008, Hoenes subsequently left to become weekday anchor and reporter for WDAF-TV. Holly Starr took over after Hoenes left in February 2008 and remained with the station until 2011, Crystle Lampitt became the new program host for KMCI in 2012.
In 2000, KSHB-TV began producing a 9 p.m. newscast on KMCI to compete with the in-house newscast in that timeslot on WDAF-TV. It ended in 2003, one week after the rebranding as "38 The Spot"; by this point, the newscast was called 38 News Now and had completely differentiated itself from KSHB's newscasts, using different graphics, different (and drastically smaller) set, and a different all-percussion theme. On August 1, 2011, KMCI began airing a replay of KSHB's 11 a.m. newscast at noon on weekdays. In addition to airing rebroadcasts of local news programming from KSHB, KMCI will take on the responsibility of preempting regular programming and running NBC network shows in the event of extended breaking news or severe weather coverage on KSHB.
- NBC 41 News on 38 (2000–2003)
- 38 News Now (2003–2004)
- NBC Action News Midday (2011–2012; rebroadcast of KSHB 11 a.m. newscast)
- 41 Action News Midday (2012–present; rebroadcast of KSHB 11 a.m. newscast)
- "It's Where You Want to Be." (2003–present)
- Curtis Jay - weekdays at noon
- Brett Anthony (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; weekdays at noon
- Marissa Cleaver - general assignment reporter
- Sloane Heller - weekday morning and midday reporter
- Chris Hernandez - political and city hall reporter
- Ryan Kath - general assignment and investigative reporter
- Christina Medina - general assignment reporter
- Jake Peterson - general assignment reporter
- Russ Ptacek - investigative reporter
- Beth Vaughn - general assignment reporter
- RabbitEars TV Query for KMCI
- List of Digital Full-Power Stations
- KC TV stations will delay digital-only switch, Kansas City Business Journal, February 6, 2009.
- Scripps to Run TV Station in Lawrence, Kan., The Cincinnati Post (via HighBeam Research), March 28, 1996.
- Scripps Plans to Buy KMCI-TV in Lawrence, Kansas, PR Newswire (via HighBeam Research), December 6, 1999.
- KMCI Homepage
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KMCI
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KMCI-TV