KQTV

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KQTV
KQTV2.jpg
St. Joseph, Missouri
United States
Branding KQ2 (general)
KQ2 News (newscasts)
Slogan That's My Station (general)
Your Hometown News (news)
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
Subchannels 2.1 ABC
Affiliations ABC (sole affiliate since 1967; secondary 1956–1957)
Owner Nexstar Broadcasting Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date September 27, 1953 (1953-09-27)[1]
Call letters' meaning KFEQ-TV
(reflecting former call letters)
Former callsigns KFEQ-TV (1953–1969)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
2 (VHF; 1953–2009)
Digital:
53 (UHF; 2003–2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
CBS (1953–1967)
Secondary:
DuMont (1953–1955)
Transmitter power 40 kW
Height 179 m
Facility ID 20427
Transmitter coordinates 39°46′12″N 94°47′53.4″W / 39.77000°N 94.798167°W / 39.77000; -94.798167
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.stjoechannel.com

KQTV, virtual channel 2 (VHF digital channel 7), is an ABC-affiliated television station located in Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States. The station is owned by the Nexstar Broadcasting Group. KQTV maintains studio and transmitter facilities located near the intersection of Faraon Street and Woodbine Road in eastern Saint Joseph. On cable, the station is available on Suddenlink Communications channel 10, and in high definition on digital channel 610.

Although KQTV serves as the primary ABC affiliate for the Saint Joseph market, the network's Kansas City affiliate KMBC-TV (channel 9) is considered an alternate ABC affiliate for the area as its transmitter provides a city-grade off-air signal in Saint Joseph proper, and is carried alongside KQTV on some local cable providers.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air on September 27, 1953 as KFEQ-TV. It was founded by local businessman Barton Pitts, owner of local radio station KFEQ (630 AM). The station originally operated as a primary CBS affiliate, and also carried programming from the DuMont Television Network. That year, a 750 feet (230 m) tall lattice steel transmission tower was constructed to house the station's transmitter; the tower, which had become landmark in the city of Saint Joseph, is often compared to the 1,042 feet (318 m) tower used by KCTV in Kansas City. The two stations, which signed on the air on the same date, built their respective towers at the same time as one another. In preparation for the digital television transition, on January 19, 2009, the KQTV tower was partially truncated in height to 587 feet (179 m).

KQTV logo, used from 2000 to 2009.

Pitts sold KFEQ-AM-TV to a group headed by Bing Crosby in 1955. Shortly after DuMont shut down in on August 6, 1956, KFEQ-TV began carrying ABC programming as a secondary affiliation. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[2] The Bradley family (owners of the St. Joseph News-Press newspaper, who ironically signed on Fox affiliate KNPN-LD (channel 26) in 2012) bought the KFEQ stations in 1957.

The stations were later sold to the Panax Corporation in 1963. One of KFEQ-TV's early personalities was Grace Crawford, who had hosted daytime talk shows during the 1960s that were aimed at a female audience, among which included Panorama. The station also broadcast live professional wrestling matches that were held in the KFEQ/KQTV studios for many years, which aired after the late newscast on Saturday nights. The program, Big 2 Wrestling, featured a recording of "The Wrestling Polka" at the start of every broadcast; local business owners would come to ringside and talk about their services between matches. Sometimes, the live commercial chats occurred between falls of matches, while losing wrestlers recovered in the background.

On June 1, 1967, KFEQ-TV became an exclusive ABC affiliate (the network's Kansas City affiliate, KCTV, which had been affiliated with the network since September 1955, became the Saint Joseph market's default CBS station as a result). The station's call letters were changed to KQTV in 1969, after the television and radio stations were sold off to separate owners. During its early years with ABC, the station occasionally pre-empted network programs; most notably, KQTV originally declined The Brady Bunch, airing a local country music program in its Friday night timeslot, before adding the sitcom halfway through its first season (KMBC in the nearby Kansas City market similarly pre-empted the first season of The Brady Bunch in its entirety); the program was carried instead on Kansas City-based independent station KCIT-TV (channel 50, now KPXE-TV).[3]Since 1990, the station has periodically used the marketing slogan "KQ2: That's My Station!" The station was acquired by the Nexstar Broadcasting Group (which was founded and acquired its first stations the previous year) in April 1997.

Market status[edit]

Studios and tower.

Saint Joseph ranks 201st out of 210 media markets designated by Nielsen Media Research; it serves several rural portions of northeastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri. However during the analog era, KQTV provided at least grade B signal coverage to much of Kansas City and Topeka. The channel 2 signal traveled a very long distance under normal atmospheric conditions; however its digital signal still has considerable penetration in both cities. In turn, stations from Kansas City, Topeka and Omaha are receivable over-the-air in portions of the Saint Joseph market and are also available on some cable and satellite providers: Suddenlink, DirecTV and Dish Network carry Kansas City's KCTV and KSHB-TV (channel 41) as the area's respective default affiliates of CBS and NBC; Omaha's KXVO serves as the default CW affiliate for area DirecTV subscribers. Kansas City's WDAF-TV (channel 4), which was displaced as the default Fox affiliate by KNPN-LD on Suddenlink and Dish Network when that station signed on, continued to be available on DirecTV until June 30, 2012, when it was replaced by KNPN. As a result of the heavy signal overlap between the Kansas City and Saint Joseph area stations, Saint Joseph could be considered a sub-market of the adjacent Kansas City Designated Market Area.

TBN partner station KTAJ-TV (channel 16), which primarily serves as the de facto TBN station for the Kansas City market, became the second television station to sign on in Saint Joseph in October 1986. However, KQTV remained the market's only local commercial station until June 2, 2012, when the News-Press & Gazette Company (owned by KQTV's one-time owners, the Bradley family) signed on KNPN-LD as the area's Fox affiliate.[4][5][6] News-Press & Gazette (which also local news and weather channel News-Press 3 NOW) later signed on KBJO-LD (channel 21) as the area's CW affiliate in March 2013 and KNPG-LD (channel 30)[7] as a Telemundo affiliate in 2014.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[8]
2.1 16:9 720p KQTV Main KQTV programming / ABC

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KQTV began broadcasting its digital signal at 1,000 kW on UHF channel 53 in 2003. Since that allocation was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, it seemed likely that KQTV would relocate its digital signal to VHF channel 2. However, low-band VHF signals are more prone to interference from atmospheric conditions than higher channel numbers. For these reasons when the station shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, on February 18, 2009, the station's digital signal was relocated to VHF channel 7.[9] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 2.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programs broadcast by KQTV include Live! with Kelly and Michael, Dr. Phil, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. In addition, the station produces St. Joe Channel Showcase, a half-hour business showcase program that airs on Monday and Wednesday mornings. KQTV runs the entire ABC network schedule, with the exception of its overnight news program World News Now; this is due to the fact that it is one of the few remaining American television stations that continues to sign off during the overnight hours, doing so nightly from 1:35 to 5:00 a.m.

News operation[edit]

KQTV presently broadcasts 16 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with three hours on weekdays, and a half-hour each on Saturdays and Sundays); unlike most ABC affiliates in the Central Time Zone, it does not carry a midday newscast or a full-length morning newscast of two to 2½ hours (running only 90 minutes) on weekdays, or an early evening newscast on weekends. The station has a high turnover rate among its on-air anchoring and reporting staff, with most eventually moving on to larger markets. Gordie Hershiser, brother of former Cy Young Award winner Orel Hershiser, once served as a sports anchor at the station, succeding longtime sports director John Baccala.

On August 24, 2007, KQTV marked long-time meteorologist Mike Bracciano's 20th anniversary with the station. Current and former station personnel paid tribute to Bracciano during an hour-long broadcast originating from East Hills Mall. Among those appearing in person or via taped message included Baccala, and former news anchors John Bassford and Nancy Lewis (the latter who, along with Bracciano, served as the original hosts of the station's "Live at Five" newscast, when it premiered in the early 1990s).

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