|Corpus Christi, Texas|
CW South Texas
|Slogan||The station with the most local news in South Texas.|
|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)|
6.2 The CW
(KVOA Communications, Inc.)
|First air date||May 22, 1956|
|Call letters' meaning||Corpus KhRISti|
|Sister station(s)||KZTV, K47DF, K68DJ|
|Former channel number(s)||6 (VHF analog, 1956-2009)|
|Former affiliations||ABC (secondary, 1956-1964)|
|Transmitter power||46.1 kW|
KRIS-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station for the Corpus Christi area of South Texas. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 13 from a transmitter in Robstown. Owned by Cordillera Communications (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Evening Post Industries), the station is sister to low-power Independent K47DF, low-power Telemundo affiliate K68DJ, and CBS affiliate KZTV (owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting but operated by Cordillera through shared services agreement). All four stations share studios on Artesian Street in Downtown Corpus Christi. Syndicated programming on KRIS-TV includes: Inside Edition, Ellen, and Jeopardy!.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|6.1||1080i||16:9||KRIS-HD||Main KRIS-TV programming / NBC|
|6.2||720p||CW-STX||CW South Texas|
KRIS-TV began broadcasting on May 22, 1956 as the first VHF television station in the area beating former rival KZTV by four months. It aired an analog signal on VHF channel 6 and had studios on South Staples Street in Downtown Corpus Christi. The channel has always been an NBC affiliate but shared secondary ABC status with KZTV until KIII launched on May 4, 1964. In 1989 it was a secondary Fox affiliate carrying a few shows during syndicated hours on the weekends. This ended in 1991 due to other affiliates becoming available on cable. KRIS-TV was the first television station in the United States to air hard liquor ads after a self-imposed 1948 industry ban was lifted. A commercial for Crown Royal whiskey aired on the station in 1996 featuring a puppy with a diploma and another carrying a Crown Royal bag in its mouth.
On July 23, 2008, Eagle Creek Broadcasting announced that it had sold KZTV to Cordillera Communications. The transaction was opposed by McKinnon Broadcasting who at the time owned rival KIII. This objection held up the deal until August 24, 2009 when Eagle Creek announced a shared services agreement (SSA) had been established with KRIS. Cordillera Communications now owns all KZTV assets with Eagle Creek owning the broadcast license.
At noon on June 12, 2009, this station shut-off its analog signal. This transmitted on a frequency of 87.75 MHz (+10 kHz shift), and as a result, could be picked up on the lower end of the dial on most FM radios at 87.7. This was true of all other analog channel 6 stations in North America. This is no longer possible for full-powered stations after the conversion to digital broadcasting. However, it is possible to hear the digital channel 6 signal at a slightly different MHz location.
From December 13, 2011 to May 2012, the station's owners and the cable company were under a dispute regarding carriage fees, leaving Time Warner Cable customers in South Texas without NBC and much of KRIS-TV's programming. The disputes continued into early February, making TWCable customers in the South Texas area miss coverage of Super Bowl XLVI.
After KZTV was purchased by KRIS-TV's parent company, KRIS-TV moved into KZTV's facilities in September 2010. Due to technical issues with the move of the station, it was not able to air newscasts from September 26 until September 28.
KRIS-TV unveiled a brand new high definition-ready set and graphics package on September 29, 2010. The station has now become the area's first to air newscasts in 16x9 enhanced definition widescreen. As of October 16, KZTV now simulcasts KRIS-TV's weekday morning, noon, and weekend broadcasts after dropping its own shows in those time periods. For the weekend newscasts, however, there could be pre-emptions on one channel due to network obligations.
On August 7, 2011, KRIS began broadcasting news in True HD where the newscasts will be known as "KRIS 6 News In HD". KRIS-TV is the second television station in Corpus Christi to broadcast in HD, behind sister station KZTV, who began broadcasting in HD on August 1, 2011.
This type of shared service agreement is criticized for eliminating independent and competing news-gathering in the given areas providing less public service and information for the viewers therein.
- Lee Sausley - 6 News at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 anchor [2002-]
- Jennifer Lira - 6 News at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 co-anchor [2004-]
- Mike Gillaspia - 6 News at Sunrise anchor, 6 News at Noon anchor [2013-]
- Rachel Cole - 6 News at Sunrise anchor [2012-]
- Janine Reyes - 6 News at Noon anchor [2010-]
- Jessica James - 6 News Weekend anchor/ multi-media journalist [2013-]
First Warning 6 Meteorologists
- Dale Nelson (AMS Seal of Approval) - 6 News at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 chief meteorologist
- Maclovio Perez - 6 News at Sunrise, 6 News at Noon meteorologist [2013-]
- Matt Terhune - 6 News Weekend meteorologist/ Weekday reporter [2001-]
- Alan Harwell - 6 News at 6:00 and 10:00 sports director [2013-]
- Drew Collins - 6 News Weekend [2012-]
- Andrew Ellison [2012-]
- Rick Spruill [2013-]
- Andy Liscano [2010-]
- Mike Manzoni [2011-]
- Rachel Cole [2012-]
- Morgan Frances - Sunrise reporter [2012-]
- Caroline Flores [2012-]
- Jessica Holley [2012-]
- Sara Donchey - Happening Now morning reporter [2013-]
- Elizabeth Hughes [2013-]
- The South Texas Report (1956-1962)
- The Big 6 News (1962-1967)
- The 5th Hour News/The 10th Hour News (1967-1973)
- Pro 6 News (1973-1979)
- NewsCenter 6 (1979-1991)
- Channel 6 News (1991-2001)
- 6 News (2001–Present)
- Time Warner Customers likely to miss Super Bowl coverage on KRIS - KRIS-TV (released January 6, 2012)
- Yanich, Danilo. "Study: Local TV & Shared Services Agreements". SavetheNEws.org. Retrieved 2011-11-19.
- KRIS-TV "6 News"
- KRIS-TV mobile
- KRIS-DT2 "CW South Texas"
- K47DF "KDF-TV"
- K68DJ "KAJA"
- KZTV "Action 10 News"
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KRIS-TV