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|Branding||ABC 15 (general)
ABC 15 News (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 15 (PSIP)
15.2 Antenna TV
|Affiliations||ABC (sole affiliate since 1995; secondary 1994-1995)|
|Owner||E. W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Media, Inc.)
|First air date||September 9, 1979|
|Call letters' meaning||New Television Corp.
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
15 (UHF, 1979–2009)
56 (UHF, 2000–2009)
|Transmitter power||458 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KNXV-TV, virtual and UHF digital channel 15, is an ABC-affiliated television station located in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company. KNXV maintains studio facilities located on the city's east side (north of Sky Harbor International Airport), and its transmitter is located atop South Mountain on the city's south side. Its signal is relayed across northern Arizona through a network of 15 low-power translators.
- 1 History
- 2 Digital television
- 3 Programming
- 4 News operation
- 5 Translators
- 6 References
- 7 External links
In February 1975, pioneering UHF broadcaster Edwin Cooperstein announced that the Federal Communications Commission had granted a construction permit to his company, New Television Corp., to build a television station in Phoenix on UHF channel 15. It was expected to begin broadcasting within a year and was intended to place a heavy emphasis on news programming, airing three 90-minute newscasts at different times between 4 p.m. to midnight. Plans were soon delayed by the inability to secure financing in a difficult economy, and by the end of 1976, the station still had not been built. Finally on September 9, 1979, more than four-and-a-half years after the construction permit was granted, KNXV-TV signed on the air. Its programming originally consisted of first-run and off-network syndicated shows, and children's programs during the day, with the subscription television service ONTV being broadcast during the nighttime hours. One of the station's most memorable early promotions was the "Bluebird of Happy News," with the voice of Elroy "Buzz" Towers (who was voiced by an early station master control/videotape operator) in a helicopter taking jabs at local news on other stations.
ON-TV lasted a few years, until cable television began to prosper across the Phoenix area. KNXV eventually became a full-time general entertainment independent station, and ran a number of cartoons, older off-network sitcoms, classic movies and drama series. The station pulled in mediocre ratings, and lagged behind longtime independent station KPHO-TV (channel 5). Despite this, Cooperstein was able to sell the station to the E. W. Scripps Company in late 1984, with the sale being finalized in 1985.
Under Scripps, KNXV began to purchase more recent sitcoms, often outbidding KPHO for strong shows. The station also became the over-the-air broadcaster of the NBA's Phoenix Suns; it lost the rights to televise the team's games to KUTP (channel 45) in 1988. After KPHO turned down an offer to affiliate with the fledgling Fox network, it approached KNXV. After Scripps promised to launch a news department, KNXV joined Fox at the network's inception on October 6, 1986, with the first Fox program airing on the station being the late night talk show The Late Show, hosted by Joan Rivers. KNXV kicked promoted its new affiliation with a campaign centered around the slogan "Light Up The Night with Late Night Fireworks". Also in 1986, KNXV began producing Friday Night at the Frights starring "Edmus Scarey" (portrayed by Ed Muscare), a series of decidedly campy B-movie wraparounds. Ed Muscare had previously hosted shows for KNXV sister station KSHB-TV in Kansas City. Stuart Powell, general manager of KNXV in the late 1980s, coaxed Muscare out of retirement. By 1990, KNXV nearly tied KPHO in the ratings, even though the station still produced no local newscasts.
Becoming an ABC affiliate
On May 22, 1994, New World Communications signed a long-term groupwide affiliation agreement with Fox that would result in longtime CBS affiliate KSAZ-TV (channel 10, which New World was in the process of acquiring from Citicasters) becoming the Phoenix area's new Fox affiliate. The CBS affiliation, in turn, moved to KPHO, leaving KNXV without an affiliation and the likelihood of reverting into an independent, prompting Scripps to negotiate an affiliation agreement with ABC. In order for Scripps to keep ABC on its two largest stations, WXYZ-TV in Detroit and WEWS-TV in Cleveland, ABC agreed to affiliate with KNXV, NBC station WMAR-TV in Baltimore and Fox affiliate WFTS-TV in Tampa (Scripps flagship WCPO-TV in Cincinnati was also involved in the deal, but had to wait for ABC's affiliation contract with WKRC-TV to expire in June 1996 to switch). Locally, this resulted in the displacement of ABC from longtime affiliate KTVK (channel 3). As a condition of the deal, KNXV agreed to produce the same amount of local news programming as KTVK had been producing as an ABC affiliate. KNXV also agreed to not preempt any ABC programming, outside of coverage of breaking news events.
ABC's affiliation agreement with KTVK did not expire until December 31, 1994; however KTVK had already begun to drop ABC shows from its schedule, unhappy about losing its affiliation with the network after 41 years. As a result, ABC's programming migrated to KNXV in stages, and the station carried programming from both ABC and Fox for a while, with ABC as a temporary secondary affiliation. Good Morning America was the first ABC program to move to KNXV, following the first round of changes at the end of August 1994. KNXV then picked up Mike and Maty, World News Now, Nightline and ABC's Saturday morning cartoons when the station officially dropped its Fox affiliation on December 15. The rest of ABC's programming moved to KNXV on January 9, 1995. KNXV kept about one-third of its syndicated programming, with the rest moving to other area stations.
KNXV carried the majority of the Arizona Cardinals' NFL games that were not subjected to blackouts in the meantime, until those games returned to KSAZ in December 1994. The Cardinals were part of the National Football Conference, which aired their games on CBS until the end of the 1993 season, before moving the following year to Fox – whose acquisition of the NFC television package from CBS was a major catalyst of Fox's deal with New World. After becoming a full-time ABC affiliate, KNXV was limited to airing the Cardinals' games on Monday Night Football – the first of which would be in 1995: a Christmas Day contest in Tempe against the eventual Super Bowl champions, the Dallas Cowboys (the Cowboys won 37-13 to clinch home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs; coincidentally, the Super Bowl was also played in Tempe).
Over the years, KNXV has added more first-run syndicated shows, such as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!. KNXV has since become the home of preseason games for the Arizona Cardinals. Today, KNXV is a typical ABC affiliate, producing a decent amount of local news programming, and clearing nearly all of the network's programs in their intended time slots. However, KNXV has been one of ABC's weakest affiliates since the 1994 switch. In stark contrast, KTVK dominated the ratings when it was affiliated with ABC.
Since ABC lost NFL rights in 2006, the Cardinals' preseason games have been the only NFL games to be broadcast on KNXV. The Cardinals' regular season games as well as any playoff games that the team appears in are split between KPHO-TV (through CBS), KSAZ-TV (through Fox), KPNX (channel 12, through NBC) and KTVK (through its over-the-air carriage of games televised by NFL Network and ESPN).
During the 2007 Little League World Series, KNXV's rights to the Cardinals caused a conflict with ABC's coverage of one of the preliminary-round games. The plan was to move the baseball game to ESPN, thereby interrupting the national feed on Cox Communications and other cable providers in the market. Those getting KNXV by way of satellite would watch the baseball game on an alternate channel. Meanwhile, KNXV would air a preseason game between the Cardinals and the Houston Texans at 1 p.m. that day. KNXV would then rebroadcast the LLWS game on tape delay at about 4:30 p.m. that afternoon.
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On July 27, 2007, two news helicopters leased to KNXV and KTVK collided above Steele Indian School Park (near Third Street and Indian School Road), as both aircraft were covering a police pursuit in downtown Phoenix. All four people on both helicopters were killed, including KNXV pilot Craig Smith and photographer Rick Krolak. The KNXV helicopter was broadcasting live images of the chase at the time of the collision and footage of this broadcast subsequently circulated on media-sharing sites such as YouTube. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board's investigation of the accident determined that the accident was caused by both pilots' inability to see one another in order to avoid a collision with the other helicopter.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|15.1||720p||16:9||ABC15HD||Main KNXV-TV programming / ABC|
KNXV-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 15, at 12:01 a.m. 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. At 2 a.m. on that date, the station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 56, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to its former analog-era UHF channel 15.
Prior to the 2009 digital transition that resulted in many stations historically broadcasting on the VHF band moving their channel assignments to UHF, KNXV was ABC's largest affiliate on the UHF band (it remains the largest affiliate to broadcast with a virtual channel number higher than 13.1).
In addition to clearing ABC network programming, syndicated programming featured on KNXV-TV includes Katie, Right This Minute, Made in Hollywood and Private Practice. KNXV was the third station in the Phoenix market to air Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune: the two shows were first seen on KSAZ-TV from 1983/1984 to 1994, then on KTVK from 1994 to 2003. Both shows were dropped by KNXV and other Scripps stations in September 2012 as part of a corporate edict to reduce costs, and were replaced with programs produced by the company, Let's Ask America and The List, that would initially be syndicated exclusively to the group's stations (Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune returned to KTVK on September 17, 2012).
KNXV-TV presently broadcasts 35 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 5½ hours on weekdays, 4½ hours on Saturdays and three hours on Sundays). KNXV is one of ten television stations that air consumer reports from John Matarese of fellow ABC affiliate (and Scripps sister station) WCPO-TV in Cincinnati.
At the time that KNXV had been named Phoenix's new ABC affiliate in 1994, the station already been building a news department under news director Raymond Hunt. Plans for KNXV's new newscast, originally built to match the Fox feel, included a futuristic purple set and liberal use of special effects. After ABC came to KNXV, the style was toned down, though the set remained. The station's newscasts formally debuted on August 1, 1994, under the News 15 brand name with an 85-person news staff (larger than the 30 that the news department was originally planned to have). By September 1995, KNXV was airing daily newscasts at 6 and 11 a.m. in the morning, and evenings at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. During this time, the news department was being led by Susan Sullivan, who created an environment focused on enterprise and investigative reporting that was considered a "utopia". KNXV promptly became a force to be reckoned with in the ratings, where it scrapped with KTVK for second place at 10pm; in placing second in regional Emmy nominations in 1995 (even though their newscast had only been on five months the year before) and dominating in 1996; and in using its aggressive style to draw attention. Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley pursued the station, asking it to turn over child pornography video tapes it had acquired during an investigation. KTVK's vice president of news, Phil Alvidrez, said of the upstart KNXV, "If they hadn't been an ABC affiliate, they would have been considered an incredible success."
In September 1996, Michael Kronley was installed as station manager from WSOC-TV in Charlotte, and he began to traditionalize the edgy newscast format. The investigative reports were gone, replaced by more live shots, as morale sank rapidly. Staffers were forced out, the station acquired a helicopter, and the 10pm news ratings sank to fourth place, even losing to KPHO, whose 10pm news at the time ran five minutes and was followed by an episode of Seinfeld. The next year, KNXV rebranded, with a new slogan, "We Won't Waste Your Time".
In 2006, KNXV debuted the first 4 p.m. newscast in the market, replacing a Jeopardy! rerun.
In June 2007, KNXV became the third television station in the Phoenix market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. In 2009, KNXV began training its staff of photojournalists and reporters to take on the role of a multimedia journalist, this is commonly referred to in the industry as a "one man band" operation. Employees in this classification generate story ideas, shoot, edit, write and publish the content.
On April 1, 2009, the E. W. Scripps Company and Fox Television Stations announced the formation of the Local News Service model between stations owned by the two station groups in the Phoenix, Detroit and Tampa markets. The service allows the pooling of news-gathering efforts for local news events and each station provides employees to the pool service in exchange for the sharing of video. Meredith Corporation-owned CBS affiliate KPHO-TV eventually joined the Phoenix LNS agreement shortly after the announcement. On July 9, 2012, KNXV launched an hour-long midday newscast weekdays at 11 a.m. On January 19, 2013, KNXV debuted weekend morning newscasts, airing from 5 to 7 a.m. with an additional hour running on Saturdays only from 8 to 9 a.m.
- News 15 (1994–1995 and 1997–2002)
- ABC News 15 (1995–1997)
- ABC 15 News (2002–present)
- "We're # (number) Fun" (1979–early 1980s)
- "Where The Stars Shine!" (mid-1980s)
- "No Chit-Chat, More News" (mid-1990s)
- "We Won't Waste Your Time" (1990s)
- "Live. Local. Latebreaking." (late 1990s–2000)
- "ABC15, Your Valley News Leader" (2002–present)
- "Always On." (website promotion, to 2009; still used infrequently)
- "Make the Switch to ABC 15" (2005–2012)
- "Less Chit Chat... More News" (morning news promotion, 2005–2011)
- "Arizona's New Homepage" (website promotion, 2009)
- "Everything Arizona" (website promotion, late 2009–present)
- "Taking Action" (2013–present)
KNXV's primary news anchors are Connie Colla (weekday mornings on ABC15 Mornings from 4:30-7 a.m. and weekdays at 11 a.m.), Stephanie Hockridge (weekend evenings), Steve Irvin (weekdays at 4, and weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.), Katie Raml (weekdays at 4, and weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.), Christopher Sign (weekend mornings; also reporter) and Dan Spindle (weekday mornings on ABC15 Mornings from 4:30-7 a.m. and weekdays at 11 a.m.). The hosts of the lifestyle and entertainment program Sonoran Living are Susan Casper and Terri Ouelette.
The ABC15 Most Accurate Forecast team includes Amber Sullins (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval; chief meteorologist; weekdays at 4, and weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.), Iris Hermosillo (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval; meteorologist; weekend mornings), Amy Murphy (weather anchor; weekday mornings on ABC15 Mornings from 4:30-7 a.m. and weekdays at 11 a.m.), Laura Thomas (meteorologist; weekend evenings) and Randy Kollins (weather anchor; fill-in, currently fills in on weekend evenings).
The station's sports team includes sports director Craig Fouhy (weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.) and sports anchor Paul Calvisi (weekend evenings, also sports reporter).
The station's staff of multimedia journalists includes Eric English (general assignment reporter), Navideh Forghani (general assignment reporter), Sara Goldenberg (general assignment reporter), Angie Holdsworth (general assignment reporter), Brandon Hamilton (weekday morning traffic anchor and 11 a.m. reporter), John Matarese (consumer reporter based at sister station WCPO-TV in Cincinnati), Daphne Munro (consumer reporter "Smart Shopper"), Corey Rangel (general assignment reporter), Mary Ellen Resendez (general assignment reporter), Katrina Schaefer (web reporter; also web producer) and Brian Webb (general assignment reporter). The ABC15 Investigators team includes Dave Biscobing (investigative reporter) and Joe Ducey (consumer investigative reporter, "Let Joe Know").
Notable former on-air staff
- Lisa Fletcher - anchor (2002–2007; then a national correspondent for ABC News, now an anchor for Al Jazeera America)
- Lori Jane Gliha - weekend anchor/reporter (won numerous Emmy awards as an investigative reporter; now a national correspondent for Al Jazeera America in Washington D.C.)
- Rob Koebel - reporter (to 2004; terminated after revelations that he violated ethical standards by running a story favorable to Sheriff Joe Arpaio during his reelection campaign and that Koebel made a financial contribution to Arpaio's campaign; now at WFTX/Fort Myers, Florida)
- Tony Kovaleski - investigative reporter (1994–1997; moved to KPRC in Houston and KMGH in Denver, now currently at KNTV in San Jose)
- Kris Long - anchor (now anchor/managing editor at KPSP-CD in Palm Springs, CA)
- Ross Palombo - reporter (now at CBS News in New York)
- Christi Paul - anchor/reporter/weather anchor (now anchor at HLN)
- Robin Sewell - primary weekday co-anchor (1996–2003; currently host/producer of Arizona Highways Television)
- Bob Woodruff - reporter (1994–1996; now special correspondent with ABC News, co-anchored ABC World News briefly in 2006 before being seriously injured during an explosion in Iraq)
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- "What’s on TV? Little League Dominates August Lineup". Little League Online. 2007-08-01. Archived from the original on 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2007-11-04.
- "4 Dead As 2 Helicopters Tracking Police Pursuit Collide". KPHO-TV website. 2007-07-27. Retrieved 2007-07-27.
- "4 dead in ABC15, Channel 3 chopper crash". KNXV-TV website. 2007-07-28. Retrieved 2007-07-28.
- Wessman, Katrina (2009-01-28). "NTSB: Both pilots responsible in ABC15, 3TV chopper crash". ABC15 website. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KNXV
- ABC15 launches Antenna TV Arizona January 1, KNXV-TV, December 20, 2013.
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
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- ABC15 launches weekend morning newscasts, KNXV-TV, January 9, 2013.
- KNXV 5pm Open 1/08 on YouTube
- Staff Bios
- Rubin, Paul (25 January 2007). "Boob's Tube: Here's how publicity hound Joe Arpaio used a TV station to try to destroy rival Dan Saban with a bogus rape claim". Phoenix New Times. Village Voice Media. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
- ABC15.com - official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KNXV-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KNXV-TV
- YouTube: Transition from KNXV commercial programming to ON-TV service
- Raw video of KNXV helicopter crash as witnessed by pilot-reporter Don Hooper of Fox 10 News.
- Obituary of Craig Smith
- Obituary of Rick Krolak
- The Camp Verde TV Club