|Osage Beach/Springfield, Missouri
|City of license||Osage Beach, Missouri|
|Branding||Fox 5 (general)
Fox 5 News at Nine (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 49 (UHF)
Virtual: 49 (PSIP)
|First air date||August 1, 2009|
|Call letters' meaning||Robert B. Koplar
|Former affiliations||MyNetworkTV (primary 2009-2011; secondary 2011-2014)|
|Transmitter power||See below|
|Transmitter coordinates||See below|
|Public license information:||Profile
KRBK, virtual and UHF digital channel 49, is a Fox-affiliated television station serving Springfield, Missouri, United States that is licensed to Osage Beach. The station is owned by Koplar Communications. KRBK maintains studio facilities located on Enterprise Avenue in southeast Springfield, and its primary transmitter is located in Eldridge. The station uses a multi-site distributed transmission system using six digital transmitters located throughout the market to distribute its signal, all of which transmit on UHF channel 49.
The station first signed on the air on August 1, 2009; prior to signing on KRBK, Koplar Communications served as the founding owner of KPLR-TV in St. Louis – which it sold, along with Portland, Oregon sister station KWBP (now KRCW-TV), to Tribune Broadcasting in 2003 – and formerly owned KMAX-TV in Sacramento – which once bore the KRBK-TV call letters and which Koplar sold to the Paramount Stations Group in January 1998 (it is now owned by that company's successor CBS Television Stations). At the time KRBK signed on, MyNetworkTV programming had not been available in the market for several months, after Harrison-based KWBM (channel 31) switched to Daystar upon being sold to the network as part of Equity Media Holdings's auction of its television stations. The station originally branded as "KRBK-HD".
KRBK's transmitter was originally plotted to be located halfway between Springfield and Jefferson City in northern Laclede County, giving it rimshot (Grade B) signals within Springfield and Jefferson City. This is possible because Osage Beach spills into both Camden and Miller counties, and is thus split between the two markets. While Camden County is part of the Springfield market, Miller County is part of the Columbia-Jefferson City market. The transmitter was later moved to Eldridge, in northeastern Polk County, firmly in the Springfield market.
On June 20, 2011, Fox announced that it would end its affiliation with the network's Springfield charter affiliate, KSFX-TV (channel 27) following a dispute between the network and that station's owner Nexstar Broadcasting Group over Fox's proposal to increase the amount of retransmission consent fees that its stations must divide with the network; on that same day, Koplar signed an affiliation agreement with Fox to make KRBK the market's new affiliate. The switch became official on September 1, 2011, with KSFX-TV changing its call letters to KOZL-TV and became an independent station. With the addition of Fox programming on the station, KRBK relegated MyNetworkTV to a secondary affiliation, delaying its programming by two hours to 9:00 to 11:00 p.m.; as a result, KRBK was one of the few Fox-MyNetworkTV hybrid affiliates that carry both networks on the station's main channel (most Fox affiliates that also carry MyNetworkTV programming usually air the latter service on an additional digital subchannel). The station also changed its on-air branding to "FOX KRBK".
On September 8, 2014, MyNetworkTV programming moved from KRBK to KOZL. On that same date, KRBK rebranded its name to "Fox 5" due to the fact that most viewers (mostly on cable & satellite) watch this station on channel 5, with the look emulating that of the Fox owned and operated stations.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|49.1||720p||16:9||KRBK-DT||Main KRBK programming / Fox|
On January 1, 2014, KRBK launched a second digital subchannel carrying the classic television network Me-TV.
Syndicated programs broadcast by KRBK include Maury, The Office, Right This Minute, The Steve Wilkos Show, TMZ on TV, Dish Nation, Access Hollywood and Cops Reloaded. From 2010 to 2012, KRBK aired wraparound segments throughout its broadcast day featuring the "KRBK Street Team," who provided entertainment, sports and event-related stories.
KRBK is one of the few "Big Four" network stations that airs the syndicated morning news and lifestyle program The Daily Buzz. It currently airs both hours of the program from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m.; as a result, it is one of a decreasing number of stations that carry the full two-hour broadcast (most stations now carry only one hour of the program). During the tenure of the "KRBK Street Team" segments, the station also ran wraparound segments during the program titled "Buzzed into the Ozarks".
In April 2013, KRBK improved its signal coverage through the implementation of a distributed single-frequency network, consisting of five specially engineered slot antennas positioned throughout the Springfield area – all of which broadcast high definition digital signals on UHF channel 49.
Due to this system, the station is unavailable over-the-air in Salem,Missouri located in the northeast part of the market, and is only available on cable television in that town.
|Eldridge||100 m||92.3 kW||Northwest of Lebanon, just south of Eldridge|
|Polk||122 m||42.9 kW||Southwest of Pomme de Terre Lake|
|Springfield||191.8 m||170.9 kW||the KOLR studio-transmitter link tower behind the KOLR/KOZL-TV studios
on Springfield's northeast side, near Downtown Airport
|Stockton||104.4 m||88.8 kW||North of Stockton|
|Warsaw||119.1 m||43.7 kW||West of Warsaw, near the Truman Reservoir|
In other media
The 2014 20th Century Fox film Gone Girl features KRBK's pre-September 2014 logo within the film's preview poster, various key art and other online presences with news stories around the events depicted in the film (whose setting takes place in KRBK's market area), along with a false search coordination website with the same logo. No real staff members were used, and in the actual film, the fictional KRBK news organization seems to have a glossy tabloid image unlike what is seen in reality.
- "Fox Moves Afills In Springfield, Ft. Wayne". TVNewsCheck. June 20, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
- Schisler, Monte (June 20, 2011). "Local Fox TV Affiliate To Change". Hometown Daily News. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KRBK
- "KRBK Taps Jampro for Single Frequency Network". TV Technology. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
- Schumann, Rebecka (15 April 2014). "Gone Girl’ Trailer: Movie’s New Ending Possibly Revealed And 3 Other Things You May Have Missed". International Business Times. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
- Fox5KRBK.com - KRBK official website
- MeTVOzarks.com - KRBK-DT2 ("Me-TV Ozarks") official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KRBK
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KRBK-TV