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 (primary, 1967–present; secondary, 1956–1957)
Owner Nexstar Broadcasting Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date September 27, 1953[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. 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 originally owned 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. The station's landmark lattice steel transmission tower which also began operating in 1953 is 750 feet (228.6 m) high and is often compared to the 1,042 foot (317.6 m) KCTV tower in Kansas City. Both towers were built at the same time and both stations began broadcasting on September 27, 1953. In the conversion to digital, its tower was truncated to 587 feet (179 m) on January 19, 2009.

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 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 KNPN-LD in 2012) bought the KFEQ stations in 1957. The stations were later sold to the Panax Corporation in 1963. On June 1, 1967, KFEQ-TV became an exclusive ABC affiliate (the network's Kansas City affiliate KCTV became the St. 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.

One of the early star personalities on KFEQ was Grace Crawford, who hosted weekday talk shows for women during the 1960s. One of them was called "Panorama."

Live professional wrestling matches were held in the KFEQ/KQTV studios for many years, after the Saturday night late news. "Big 2 Wrestling" featured a recording of "The Wrestling Polka" at the start of every broadcast, and 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.

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 (channel 26) 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.[3][4][5] 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 plans to launch KNPG-LD (channel 30)[6] as a Telemundo affiliate in 2014.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
2.1 16:9 720p KQTV Main KQTV programming / ABC

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

In 2003, KQTV began broadcasting its digital signal at 1000 kW on channel 53. Since UHF channel 53 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 KQTV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, on February 18, 2009, the station's digital signal relocated to VHF channel 7 for post-transition operations.[8] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 2.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programming featured on KQTV includes Live! with Kelly and Michael, Dr. Phil, Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune among others. Their syndicated programming was distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television and CBS Television Distribution respectively. KQTV runs the entire ABC network schedule, with the exception of its overnight news program World News Now, as channel 2 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 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 two-hour long morning newscast 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, was a sportscaster at this station; he followed 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).

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • KFEQ-TV News (1953–1962)
  • The Midland Empire Report (6 p.m. newscast)/News Final (10 p.m. newscast; 1963–1972)
  • KQ2 Newswatch (1972–1988)
  • NewsTeam 2 (1988–1994)
  • KQ2 News (1994–2000 and 2009–present)
  • KQ2, Your Hometown News (2000–2009)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Your Hometown News" (2000–2009; news slogan)
  • "That's My Station" (2008–present; general slogan)
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On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

Anchors[9]
  • Melinda Barrett - weekends at 10 p.m.; also weekday reporter
  • Bridget Blevins - weeknights at 5 and 6 p.m.
  • Bob Cervera - weekday mornings on Hometown This Morning (5:30-7 a.m.)
  • Sarah Hatten - weekday mornings on Hometown This Morning (5:30-7 a.m.); also reporter
  • Robert Lowrey - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.; also reporter
Weather team[9]
  • Mike Bracciano - chief mteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • William Seay - meteorologist; weekday mornings on Hometown This Morning (5:30-7 a.m.); also reporter
  • Alan Van Zandt - weather anchor; weekends at 10 p.m.; also reporter
Sports team[9]
  • Matt Tritten - sports director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.; also reporter
  • Justin Sampson - sports anchor; weekends at 10 p.m.; also reporter

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