|Branding||KRGV Channel 5 (general)
Channel 5 News (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
(Mobile Video Tapes, Inc.)
|First air date||April 10, 1954|
|Call letters' meaning||Rio Grande Valley|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
5 (VHF, 1954-2009)
|Transmitter power||57 kW|
KRGV-TV is the local ABC affiliate television station for the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas (Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen and South Padre Island). It is licensed to Weslaco, Texas, with studios in Weslaco and transmitter in Santa Maria, Texas. It is owned by the Manship family of Baton Rouge, Louisiana through Mobile Video Tapes, Inc, which often does business as KRGV-TV Corporation. KRGV is available as digital channel 5 and high definition channel 875 on Time Warner Cable. KRGV is also available on channel 5 in both standard definition and high definition on DirecTV and Dish Network
KRGV signed on in 1954 as a primary NBC affiliate, sharing ABC programming with KGBT-TV. The current owners, the Manship family, acquired the station in 1964. It became a sole ABC affiliate in 1976; NBC didn't return to the Rio Grande full-time until KVEO signed on in 1981. KRGV was the first station in the Rio Grande Valley to transmit an HD signal on VHF channel 13. And on September 9, 2009 Newschannel 5 began broadcasting in HD. Also with the switch was a new branding "Channel 5 News."
KRGV has the highest rated television news organizations in the area winning numerous regional and state wide Emmys. Most recently, the station has been the highest-rated station in the Rio Grande Valley for most of the time since the 1950s.
KRGV carries the complete ABC schedule, in 720p HDTV format when available. Daytime syndicated programming includes Dr. Phil and Live! with Kelly and Michael. Other syndicated programming includes Entertainment Tonight, The World's Funniest Moments, King of the Hill, Scrubs, Seinfeld and Boston Legal.
Preemptions and delays
For many years, KRGV has chosen to air a mixture of syndicated programing and network programing during the weeknight late night programming blocks following their 10 P.M. newscast. Married... with Children has consistently aired at 10:30 following the newscast since it first began airing in syndication, while the rest of the late night schedule has shifted around through the years causing the ABC program Nightline to air as late as an hour and a half after its network slot and Jimmy Kimmel Live! as many as two hours after its network slot in some years. Both Nightline and Jimmy Kimmel Live! air back to back as they do across many affiliates, but are tape-delayed 30 minutes in favor of a newly created Channel 5 News at 10:30 broadcast. Because of the delay, both Nightline and Kimmel were broadcast in standard definition because KRGV did not yet have the capability to record the two programs in HD for later rebroadcast. This all changed in 2009, when KRGV began recording network and syndicated programming in HD, enabling both Nightline and Kimmel to be seen in HD.
|5.1||720p||16:9||Main KRGV programming / ABC|
|5.4||First Warn Doppler Radar|
The KRGV subchannels can be picked up on basic cable by connecting the cable directly into an HDTV with a built-in QAM tuner, though sub-channel 5.4 are not available via QAM.
On June 12, 2009, KRGV-TV left channel 5 and moved to channel 13 when the analog to digital conversion was completed.
On August 24, 2009, KRGV extended Its 10 p.m. newscast by 30 minutes, ending at 11 p.m. This made the station one of the few in the nation to have a 10:30 p.m. newscast. KRGV is now one of five ABC affiliates to have hour-long 10 p.m. newscasts, along with KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico, KITV in Honolulu, Hawaii, WISN in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and WEAR in Pensacola, Florida.
On September 9, 2009, KRGV began broadcasting in high definition. Along with the switch was a new HD set, graphics from Giant Octopus, and name change. NewsChannel 5 is now known as Channel 5 News. KRGV had been running promotions on the change to HD. KRGV also changed its logo now showing just "5" on a blue background instead of the NewsChannel 5 logo it previously had. In September 2010, KRGV became a fully powered high definition television station. KRGV started shooting and editing in brand new state of the art HD Cameras and HD editing suites making KRGV the premiere High Definition News Leader.
In September 2010, KRGV began expanded Channel 5 News This Morning by a half hour, pushing the start time back another 30 minutes to 4:30 a.m. The newscast is broadcast live in the newsroom and hosted by anchor Jordan Williams. Co-anchor Dina Herrera-Garza joins Williams at 5:30 a.m.
On April 2, 2011, KRGV expanded their morning newscast now being available on Saturday Mornings at 8 a.m. and Sunday Mornings at 9 a.m. On April 1st, 2011, it was revealed to viewers of the new additions. Both Newscasts are anchored by Camaron Abundes and Polo Sandoval and Weather anchored by Weather Forecaster Monica Vaughan. Also revealed was a new set and a new weather center that was rumored to be under construction during the month of March. A new 4 p.m and 6:30 p.m newscast began airing September 12th 2011.
On October 24, 2012, KRGV redesigned its website and logo, eliminating the "KRGV" ribbon underneath the logo and integrated the ABC logo in its full form.
- Valley News Parade/The Ten O'clock News (1954-1958)
- Newsbeat (1958-1964)
- The 6 O'clock Report-Newswise/The 10 O'clock Report-Newswise (1964-1967)
- The 6 O'clock Report/The 10 O'clock Report (1967-1970)
- Big Five News (1970-1976)
- Eyewitness News (1976-2000)
- NewsChannel 5 (2000-2009)
- Channel 5 News (2009-present)
- When it matters to you, it matters to 5. (1990s-2002)
- The Rio Grande Valley's NewsChannel and The Valley's NewsChannel (first used July 2002, trademarked by KRGV)
- Breaking News. Breaking Stories. Breaking the Mold. (2002-2009)
- Breaking News. Breaking Stories. (2009-present)
Station News Music
- The Nightly Report by KillerTracks (2000-2009)
Current on-air staff
- Camaron Abundes - weekend mornings [Sat.] (8 - 9 a.m.) [Sun.] (9 - 10 a.m.)
- Oscar Adame - weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m.
- Stephanie Bertini - weeknights at 4 p.m.; also reporter
- Rick Diaz - weeknights at 6 p.m.
- Lisa Cortez - weeknights at 5 p.m.
- Eddie Flores - Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Letty Garza - weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
- Dina Herrera - weekday mornings (5:30 - 7 a.m.) and noon
- Polo Sandoval - weeknights at 4 p.m.; also reporter
- Joe Augustine - general assignment reporter
- Bill Barajas - general assignment reporter
- Krik Chassion - general assignment reporter
- Melissa Correa - general assignment reporter
- Erica Pofer - general assignment reporter
- Manuel de la Rosa - general assignment reporter
- Tahman Bradley - ABC News Washington correspondent
First Warn 5 Weather
- Tim Smith - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Lisa Villegas - meteorologist; weekday mornings (4:30 - 7 a.m.) and noon
- Alan Shoemaker - meteorologist; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.
- Monica Vaughan - forecaster; weekend mornings [Sat.] (8 - 9 a.m.) [Sun.] (9 - 10 a.m.)
- Brian Mejia- Weather Producer
- Vince Erickson - sports director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
- Joel Villanueva - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.
- Dave Brown - sports contibutor
- Where to Watch Me-TV: KJTV
- USPTO trademark database, serial numbers 76480781 and 76480782
- Official Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KRGV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KRGV-TV