|Jefferson City/Columbia, Missouri|
|Slogan||Where Accuracy Matters|
|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
|Owner||Sinclair Broadcast Group
(KCRG Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||February 13, 1955|
|Call letters' meaning||Robert C. Goshorn
(named in memory of original owner's father)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
|Former affiliations||All secondary:
Fox (late 1980s-early 1990s)
|Transmitter power||15.1 kW (digital)|
|Height||307.8 m (digital)|
KRCG, virtual channel 13, is the CBS-affiliated television station for the Columbia/Jefferson City, Missouri television market. Owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, the station is licensed to Jefferson City, with studios in the nearby town of New Bloomfield. Its transmitter, built in 1957, is a 282.5-meter-high guyed tower at Holts Summit, Missouri.
|13.1||1080i||16:9||main KRCG programming / CBS|
The station was founded on February 13, 1955 and was owned by the Jefferson City News Tribune. The paper's publisher, Betty Goshorn Weldon, named the station in honor of her late father, Robert C. Goshorn, who had long wanted to bring a television station to the area. Ms. Weldon inherited the paper on his death in 1953 and took over his dream. She thus became one of the first women to own and operate a television station.
KRCG has always been a CBS affiliate, though it shared ABC with KOMU-TV until KCBJ-TV (now KMIZ-TV) signed on in 1971. It is the only station in Mid-Missouri to have never changed its affiliation. KOMU and KMIZ have switched networks twice (first in 1982, then reverting to their original networks in 1986). During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.
In 1961, the News Tribune bought KMOS-TV in Sedalia, operating it as a full-time satellite for the western portion of the market. However, later in the decade KMOS began breaking away from KRCG to produce its own newscasts at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. KRCG operated KMOS at a relatively low power level, and shied away from selling KMOS to another commercial owner. By this time, Columbia/Jefferson City was just barely big enough to support a third full network affiliate. With this in mind, KRCG and KOMU feared that if KMOS was sold, the station could potentially become a full-power ABC affiliate.
In 1967, KRCG and KMOS were sold to Kansas City Southern Industries. In 1978, Kansas City Southern donated KMOS to Central Missouri State University (now the University of Central Missouri) in Warrensburg. At that time, KMOS was converted to a stand-alone PBS station. KRCG then signed on a Sedalia translator, K11OJ. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, KRCG carried some Fox programming on late night weekends. In 1985, Kansas City Southern sold the station to Price Communications Corporation. After three years KRCG was sold to Mel Wheeler, Inc., which owned the station until March 2005, when KRCG was purchased by Barrington Broadcasting. On February 28, 2013, Barrington Broadcasting announced the sale of its entire group, including KRCG, to Sinclair Broadcast Group. The sale was completed on November 25.
Although KRCG has traditionally dominated the western side of the market, it spent most of its history as a distant runner-up to KOMU. In November 2006, however, KRCG's 10 p.m. newscast took first place in the market—the first time in memory that long-dominant KOMU had lost any timeslot. As of the February 2011 sweeps, KRCG remains first at 10 p.m.
- Telenews (1955–1958)
- The Marlboro News Report (1958–1962)
- The Big News on 13 (1962–1966)
- Channel 13 News (1966–1970)
- TV–13 Newsroom (1970–1984)
- NewsScene 13 / NightScene 13 (1984–2000)
- KRCG News (2000–present)
- KRCG 13 LIVE at Sunrise (TBD-present; weekday morning newscast)
- KRCG 13 LIVE at Noon (TBD-present; weekday noon newscast)
- KRCG 13 LIVE at xx:xx (TBD-present; weeknight 5:00, Mon.-Sat. 6:00 and nightly 10:00 p.m. newscasts)
- "News That Works for You" (1998–2004)
- "Working for You" (2004–2007)
- "Because Accuracy Matters" (2007–present)
- Kermit Miller - weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Dick Preston - weekday mornings (5:00-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Teresa Snow - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Meghan Lane - weekday mornings (5:00-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Juliette Dryer - Saturdays at 6:00 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.; also weekday reporter
- Carissa Biele - weekday mornings (5:00-7:00 a.m.)
- Mike Roberts (NWA Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. (currently on military leave)
- Zac Evans (member, AMS; member, NWA) - meteorologist; weekday mornings (5:00-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Zach Paul (student member, AMS; member, NWA) - meteorologist; Saturdays at 6:00 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.
- Jessica Troike - Saturday at 6:00 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.
- Rod Smith - sports director; weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Tony Mullen - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6:00 and weekends at 10:00 p.m., sports reporter
- T.J. Fenske - sports reporter;photographer
- Mark Slavit - Columbia bureau chief
- Chris Sheppard - General Assignment Reporter
- Garrett Bergquist - General Assignment Reporter
- Elizabeth Hoffman - Producer/Reporter
- For the week of March 31, 1957, KRCG carried 85 CBS programs, 2 ABC programs, 4 NTA programs, 16 syndicated programs, and various local shows."Watch KRCG-TV Complete Program Schedule for Week of March 31". The News and Tribune (Jefferson City, MO). 1957-03-31. p. 4.
- "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films". Boxoffice: 13. November 10, 1956.
- Malone, Michael (February 28, 2013). "Sinclair's Chesapeake TV Acquires Barrington Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
- Nielson Ratings
- Our Team
- KRCG website
- Listing 1012934 in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Antenna Structure Registration database
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KRCG
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KRCG-TV