|Branding||Fox 33 (general)
Fox 33 News (newscast)
|Slogan||Your Fox for the Ark-La-Tex (general)
So Fox 33 (secondary)
News With a Fox Edge (newscast)
|Channels||Digital: 34 (UHF)
Virtual: 33 (PSIP)
|Owner||Communications Corporation of America
(sale pending to Marshall Broadcasting Group, to be operated by Nexstar Broadcasting Group thereafter)
(Comcorp of Texas License Corporation)
|First air date||April 11, 1985|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
33 (UHF, 1985–2009)
|Former affiliations||independent (1985–1986)|
|Transmitter power||1,000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KMSS-TV, virtual channel 33 (UHF digital channel 34), is a Fox-affiliated television station located in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States. The station is owned by the Communications Corporation of America; ComCorp also operates MyNetworkTV affiliate KSHV-TV (channel 45) under a time brokerage agreement with owner White Knight Broadcasting). The two stations share studio facilities located on Jewella Avenue, between Claiborne Avenue and Ninock Street, on the western side of Shreveport; KMSS's transmitter is located near Mooringsport (southeast of Caddo Lake). On cable, the station is available on Comcast Xfinity channel 8.
The station first signed on the air on April 11, 1985, originally operating as an independent station; it was the first independent in the market and the first television station to sign on in Shreveport since ABC affiliate KTBS-TV (channel 3) debuted thirty years earlier in September 1955. The station aired CBS programs that KSLA-TV (channel 12) declined to air, mostly the network's late night and morning lineup (with the exception of The Price Is Right and The Young and the Restless) and most of its Saturday morning children's programming.
On October 6, 1986, KMSS became a charter affiliate of Fox (it is one of two television stations in the market, alongside KSLA, that has retained the same network affiliation, and the only station not to be affiliated with any other network). During the mid-1980s, KMSS became the first television station in Louisiana to broadcast in stereo. From 1993 to 1997, the station also carried the Prime Time Entertainment Network, an ad-hoc syndicated programming venture between Chris-Craft Television and Warner Bros. Domestic Television. For years it had been the de facto Fox affiliate for the Longview area until 1991 when then-CBS affiliate, and current sister station, KLMG switched to Fox and became KFXK.
On April 24, 2013, Communications Corporation of America announced that it would sell its stations, including KMSS and its time brokerage agreement with KSHV-TV, to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group (owners of NBC affiliate KTAL-TV (channel 6)). Because Nexstar could not legally purchase KMSS under FCC ownership rules as Shreveport has only eight full-power stations (the FCC requires a market to have at least eight unique owners once a duopoly is formed), and KTAL and KMSS are among the four highest-rated stations in the Shreveport market, Nexstar planned to sell the license of KMSS to its partner company Mission Broadcasting, while KSHV would be sold to a female-controlled company called Rocky Creek Communications. Nexstar planned to operate KMSS and KSHV under a shared services agreement, forming a virtual triopoly with KTAL.
However on June 6, 2014, Nexstar announced that it would instead sell KMSS-TV, along with two other Fox affiliates – sister station KPEJ-TV in Midland, Texas and KLJB/Davenport, Iowa – to the Marshall Broadcasting Group (marking the company's first television station acquisitions) for $58.5 million. The minority-owned Marshall intends to fund the acquisitions through borrowings guaranteed by Nexstar, and are subject to FCC approval of the stations Nexstar plans to acquire from ComCorp, White Knight Broadcasting and Grant Broadcasting System II; Marshall plans to launch news operations and provide sports and minority-oriented public affairs programming to KMSS and the other two stations, with Nexstar providing sales and certain non-programming services (including engineering, master control and other administrative functions).
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|33.1||720p||16:9||KMSS-TV||Main KMSS-TV programming / Fox|
KMSS-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 33, 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 34, using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 33.
Syndicated programs broadcast on KMSS-TV include The People's Court, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Judge Mathis, How I Met Your Mother and America's Court with Judge Ross. In its early years, KMSS was the local over-the-air broadcaster of Major League Baseball games from both the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros, and broadcast games from the now-defunct Shreveport Captains minor league baseball team. It also formerly broadcast Big 12 Conference football games after that conference formed in the mid-1990s, and until the launch of the cable SEC Network in August 2014, carried with KSHV Southeastern Conference football and basketball games from ESPN Regional Television's SEC Network.
For a long period of time, KMSS was one of several Fox stations that did not have a local newscast; in lieu of a regular news program, KMSS ran daily local weather inserts during regular programming that were produced by WeatherVision, a company formed by meteorologist Edward St. Pe to provide weather forecasts for stations without a news department. Fox-affiliated sister station WGMB in Baton Rouge began producing a half-hour primetime newscast at 9 p.m. on weeknights for KMSS titled Fox News Louisiana on April 23, 2007; originally, the first 20 minutes of the program were taped earlier in the evening and geared specifically towards the Ark-La-Tex audience, with stories filed by Shreveport-based reporters, along with a local forecast. KMSS then joined the WGMB live broadcast for the final two segments, which included a national and international news summary, along with a statewide sportscast. That format was later changed to where the entire KMSS newscast was pre-recorded.
About five months after the 9 p.m. newscast debuted, KMSS debuted a two-hour long weekday morning newscast called Fox News Louisiana AM on August 20, 2007. Like the evening newscast, certain segments were pre-recorded and included stories by the Shreveport-based reporting staff, while other segments aired live. While production of the evening program was turned over to NBC-affiliated sister station KETK-TV in Tyler in early 2008, the morning newscast continued to be produced by WGMB, until it was canceled in December 2008. KMSS replaced the morning newscast with Montel, which previously aired on sister station KSHV.
The station original half-hour incarnation of the 9 p.m. newscast ended on September 5, 2008, and was replaced three days later on September 8 by a 10-minute news program called Fox News Ark-La-Tex, which remained produced by KETK. Much like the original half-hour 9 p.m. newscast, it is recorded earlier in the evening, with stories by Shreveport-based reporters, along with a local forecast and sports segment prepared by the Tyler-based crew. On September 20, 2010, it was expanded to a half-hour and was retitled to Fox (33) News Ark-La-Tex. The station also carries a half-hour sports program (which is produced by KETK) called The Show, airing on Sunday nights at 11 p.m.
- Nexstar Selling 3 Fox Affils For $58.5 Million, TVNewsCheck, June 6, 2014.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KMSS
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- KMSSTV.com - KMSS-TV official website
- KSHV.com - KSHV-TV official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KMSS
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KMSS-TV