KREM (TV)

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This article is about the CBS affiliate in Spokane, Washington. For the Belizean cable television station, see Krem Television .
KREM
KREM 2 Logo.png
Spokane, Washington/Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
United States
Branding KREM 2 (general)
KREM 2 News (newscasts)
(pronounced "crem")
Slogan On Your Side
Channels Digital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
Subchannels 2.1 CBS
2.2 Live Well Network
Translators (see article)
Affiliations CBS (since 1976)
Owner Gannett Company
(King Broadcasting Company)
First air date October 29, 1954; 59 years ago (1954-10-29)[1]
Call letters' meaning Named after former sister radio stations (KREM sounds like Crem)
Sister station(s) KSKN, KING-TV, KONG, KGW, KTVB, Northwest Cable News
Former channel number(s) Analog:
2 (VHF, 1954-2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
ABC (1954-1976)
Secondary:
DuMont (1954-1956)
Transmitter power 893 kW
Height 641 m
Facility ID 34868
Transmitter coordinates 47°35′40.9″N 117°17′56.8″W / 47.594694°N 117.299111°W / 47.594694; -117.299111
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.krem.com

KREM, virtual channel 2, is the CBS-affiliated television station serving the Spokane, Washington-Coeur d'Alene, Idaho market. It broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 20. The station is owned and operated by the Gannett Company, and is operated in a duopoly with area CW affiliate KSKN (channel 22). The two stations share all back-office functions, and KREM produces a 10 p.m. newscast for air on KSKN. KREM can be seen in high-definition on Comcast channel 102 for the Spokane area, channel 702 on Time Warner for the Coeur d'Alene area and for the Palouse, and channel 2 (both standard definition and high definition) for both Dish Network and DirecTV viewers.

KREM and KSKN are a part of a cluster of television stations in the Northwestern United States owned by Gannett, which includes KING-TV and its sister station KONG, Seattle; KGW, Portland, Oregon; and KTVB in Boise. All four stations provide material to co-owned Northwest Cable News, a regional 24-hour cable news service based in Seattle serving much of the region. KREM is the only non-NBC affiliate to be a primary contributor to NWCN, with the exception of KSKN and Seattle independent station KONG.

The station is also carried on cable systems in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, both of which are double the size of KREM's American coverage area. One result of this is that stations in Calgary and Edmonton air American shows on Pacific Time, even though Calgary and Edmonton are both on Mountain Time. It is one of five local Spokane area television stations seen in Canada on the Shaw Direct satellite service. It can also been seen on local cable systems in eastern British Columbia.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
2.1 1080i 16:9 KREM-TV Main KREM programming / CBS
2.2 480i 4:3 KREM-DT Live Well Network

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KREM discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, 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. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 20.[3][4] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 2.

History[edit]

KREM-TV signed on October 31, 1954 with an "inaugural program" at 6:30 pm,[5] followed by the 1933 movie The Private Life of Henry VIII.[6] It initially carried dual-affiliation with ABC and the DuMont Network, the latter shared with cross-town competitor KXLY-TV because of its then-CBS affiliation at the time. After DuMont dissolved, KREM continued as an ABC affiliate. In the late 1950s, the station was briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[7]

KREM-TV was affiliated with ABC until August 8, 1976, when it swapped affiliations with KXLY-TV, whom CBS immediately dropped for constantly pre-empting or delaying its network shows. KREM thus became a full member of the CBS network.

KREM-TV was originally owned by the owner of KREM radio (AM 970, now KTTO; and FM 92.9, now KZZU-FM). The King Broadcasting Company, run by Seattle businesswoman Dorothy Bullitt, bought the KREM stations in 1957; the radio stations were sold off in 1984. (Coincidentally, the former KREM-FM is now a sister station to KXLY-TV.) King Broadcasting was sold in 1992 to the Providence Journal Company, which merged with Belo Corporation five years later. On June 13, 2013, the Gannett Company announced that it would acquire Belo.[8] The sale was completed on December 23.[9]

Programming[edit]

KREM currently features CBS programming, as well as local news, public affairs and syndicated entertainment programming including The 700 Club, Dr. Phil, The Dr. Oz Show, Inside Edition, and Access Hollywood.

News operation[edit]

In April 2010, KREM and KSKN began broadcasting its local newscasts in 16:9 enhanced definition widescreen, and KREM became the third station in Spokane to switch in either HD or widescreen.[10][11][12] Also, KREM still holds a monopoly on midday newscasts in the Spokane area. As of July 2012, KREM is the only station in Spokane not to air their news in HD, as it is still in widescreen.

KREM Newscasts[edit]

Weekdays

  • KREM 2 News First Edition - 5:00-7:00 a.m.
  • KREM 2 News at Noon - 12:00-12:30 p.m.
  • KREM 2 News at 5:00 - 5:00-5:30 p.m.
  • KREM 2 News at 6:00 - 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • KREM 2 News at 10:00 on KSKN CW 22 - 10:00-10:30 p.m.
  • KREM 2 News at 11:00 - 11:00-11:35 p.m.

Saturdays

  • KREM 2 News at 5:00 - 5:00-5:30 p.m.
  • KREM 2 News at 6:00 - 6:00-6:30 p.m.
  • KREM 2 News at 10:00 on KSKN CW 22 - 10:00-10:30 p.m.
  • KREM 2 News at 11:00 - 11:00-11:35 p.m.

Sundays

  • KREM 2 News at 5:00 - 5:00-5:30 p.m.
  • KREM 2 News at 6:00 - 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • KREM 2 News at 10:00 on KSKN CW 22 - 10:00-10:30 p.m.
  • KREM 2 News at 11:00 - 11:00-11:35 p.m.

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • Newsbeat (1954–1958)
  • Newsroom (1958–1963)
  • TV-2 News (1963–1967)
  • Eyewitness News (1967–1974)
  • Channel 2 News (1974–1979)
  • KREM 2 News (1979–present)[13]

Station slogans[edit]

  • "The Switcheroo is to Channel 2" (1964)
  • "Why 2 Eye 2" (1965)
  • "Spokane's Color Station" (1966)
  • "Eyewitness News, in SUPERCOLOR" (1967–1969)
  • "Eyewitness News, The Team That Really Knows News" (early 1970s)
  • "Channel 2, Spokane's Own" (early 1970s)
  • "You're in 2 Country" (mid-late 1970s)
  • "Turn to 2" (early 1980s)
  • "KREM 2 News, First in Spokane" (mid-1980s)
  • "Your 24 Hour News Leader" (early 1990s)
  • "Coverage You Can Count On" (1998–2008)
  • "When it Matters Most (to You)" (2008–2014)
  • "On Your Side" (2014-present)

News team[14][edit]

Anchors

  • Dana Haynes - fill-in anchor
  • Jane McCarthy - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 6:30 p.m.; fill-in anchor at 10:00 (KSKN) and 11:00 p.m. (weeknights)
  • Laura Papetti - weekday mornings on First Edition (5:00-7:00 a.m.); also fill-in noon anchor (wife of Gonzaga University TV sports announcer Greg Heister)[15]
  • Randy Shaw - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30, 10:00 (KSKN) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Sten Walstrom - weekday mornings on First Edition (5:00-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
  • Whitney Ward - weekends at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 (KSKN) and 11:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter

Storm Tracker 2 Weather

  • Tom Sherry (NWA Seal of Approval; member, AMS) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30, 10:00 (KSKN) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Katie Boer - meteorologist; weekday mornings on First Edition (5:00-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon; also can be heard on Clear Channel of Spokane radio stations.
  • Briana Bermensolo - meteorologist; weekends at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 (KSKN) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Michelle Boss (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; fill-in
  • Molly Garrity - meteorologist; fill-in
  • Randy Mann - meteorologist; fill-in

Sports team

  • Darnay Tripp - sports director; weeknights at 6:00, 10:00 (KSKN) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Bryan Fenley - sports anchor; weekends at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 (KSKN) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Mike Boyle - sports anchor; fill-in, also sports reporter (voice of the Spokane Chiefs and the Spokane Indians)
  • Shawn Chitnis - fill-in sports anchor; also general assignment reporter

Reporters

  • Molly Garrity- general assignment reporter (also fill-in meteorologist)
  • Mike Gonzalez- general assignment reporter
  • Hayley Guenthner - general assignment reporter (weekday mornings from 5:00-7:00 a.m.)
  • Jordan Longacre - general assignment reporter/editor/photographer
  • Breanna Roy - general assignment reporter
  • Nicolle Tonasket- digital media reporter (weeknights)
  • Jenica Villamor- general assignment reporter
  • Taylor Viydo- general assignment reporter
  • Jen York - digital media reporter (weekday mornings from 5:00-7:00 a.m. and weekdays at noon)

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

  • Paul Deanno - weekday morning anchor/meteorologist (1997-1999; formerly chief meteorologist at WTVJ in Miami, weekday meteorologist at KYW-TV in Philadelphia, KENS in San Antonio, and KOMO-TV in Seattle; now chief meteorologist for KPIX-TV in San Francisco)
  • Kathi Goertzen - former reporter for KOMO 4 (1980-1982), news anchor (1982-2009), and special on-air reporter (2009-2012). Passed away on August 13, 2012 after a 14-year battle with brain tumors.[16]
  • Eric Johnson - sports director (1987-1989; went to sister station KGW from 1989-1993; now weeknight anchor for KOMO-TV in Seattle)
  • Tim Lewis- weekend sports anchor (September 2006-December 2008), then sports director (January 2009-May 2012). Currently a weekend sports anchor for KOMO-TV; also son of longtime KOMO 4 news anchor Dan Lewis.
  • Maureen O'Boyle - weeknight anchor (1986-1990; later host of A Current Affair from 1990–1994 and Extra from 1997-2000; now evening anchor at WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina)

Translators[edit]

KREM is rebroadcast on the following translator stations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says October 31, while the Television and Cable Factbook says October 29.
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KREM
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  4. ^ CDBS Print
  5. ^ "New TV Station Plans Inaugural on Sunday Night" Spokane Daily Chronicle, October 29, 1954. Retrieved: May 19, 2012.
  6. ^ Spokane Daily Chronicle - "Announcing the Telecast Premiere of KREM-TV" (advertisement) - October 30, 1954
  7. ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films", Boxoffice, November 10, 1956: 13 
  8. ^ "Gannett to buy KREM-TV owner Belo for $1.5 billion". KREM.com. Associated Press. June 13, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ Gannett Completes Its Acquisition of Belo, TVNewsCheck, Retrieved 23 December, 2013
  10. ^ "Is Your local news in HD?". Avsforum.com. 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  11. ^ "KXLY 4 HD". Youtube.com. 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  12. ^ "KHQ Local News 11@11 HD Open - 2008". Youtube.com. 2008-10-18. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  13. ^ 1988 KREM TV 2 11pm News Open
  14. ^ Bios
  15. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/0708-mg-3.pdf
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=station_search&callsign=K41IW-D#station
  18. ^ http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=station_search&callsign=K50LB-D#station

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