|St. Louis, Missouri|
|Slogan||Where The News Comes First (primary)
St. Louis' News Leader (secondary)
|Channels||Digital: 35 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
The Local AccuWeather Channel (DT2)
(Multimedia KSDK, Inc.)
|First air date||February 8, 1947|
|Call letters' meaning||disambiguation of original KSD-TV calls|
|Former callsigns||KSD-TV (1947-1979)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
5 (VHF, 1947-2009)
|Former affiliations||All secondary:
|Transmitter power||838 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KSDK, channel 5, is an NBC-affiliated television station in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. KSDK is owned and operated by the Gannett Company, and maintains studios and offices in Downtown St. Louis. The station's transmitter is located in Shrewsbury, Missouri.
- 1 Digital television
- 2 History
- 3 KSDK in the community
- 4 Local programming
- 5 References
- 6 External links
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|5.1||1080i||16:9||KSDK-DT||Main KSDK programming / NBC|
In addition to being carried on digital subchannel 5.2, "First Alert Weather 5" (which is affiliated with The Local AccuWeather Channel) is carried locally on Charter Communications digital channel 127. The channel debuted in June 2005 as an affiliate of NBC Weather Plus (under the name "NewsChannel 5 Weather PLUS"), before affiliating with The Local AccuWeather Channel in December 2008, after NBC Weather Plus discontinued operations. The First Alert Weather was replaced by Bounce TV on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
As part of the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, KSDK shut down its analog transmitter on June 12, 2009, and continued to broadcast its digital signal on its pre-transition digital channel 35. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display KSDK's virtual channel as 5.1.
Channel 5 first went on the air as KSD-TV on February 8, 1947, owned by the Pulitzer Publishing Company, publishers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and operators of KSD radio (550 AM, now KTRS). It was the eighth television station to sign on in the United States, the first station in Missouri and the second station located west of the Mississippi River. Because of a freeze on new television station licenses imposed by the Federal Communications Commission, KSD-TV was the only television station in the St. Louis market, until WTVI (channel 54, now KTVI on channel 2) signed on in August 1953. Channel 5 has always been an NBC affiliate, owing to KSD's longtime affiliation with the NBC Radio Network, and the station is currently the longest-tenured affiliate of any major broadcast television network. In its early years, channel 5 also carried secondary affiliations with CBS, DuMont and ABC. Channel 5 was also the first St. Louis television station to broadcast in color.
After KSD radio was sold by Pulitzer to Combined Communications Corporation in 1979 (prior to Combined's merger with the Gannett Company that same year), KSD-TV's call letters were changed to the current KSDK. In 1983, Pulitzer traded channel 5 to Multimedia, Inc. in return for WFBC-TV (now WYFF) in Greenville, South Carolina, in what was a rare instance of one company's flagship station being traded for another. During the 1980s and 1990s, KSDK was the highest-rated NBC affiliate in the country, and it remains the most-watched NBC affiliate in the top 30 markets to this day, despite the network's overall ratings decline that has occurred since the 2004-05 season.
In 1989, KSDK dropped the Eyewitness News branding to rebrand its newscasts as NewsChannel 5, with the station also beginning to operate on a 24-hour-a-day schedule. On July 24, 1995, Multimedia was purchased by the Gannett Company, with the acquisition finalized on December 4, 1995. In 1998, KSDK debuted the "Window on St. Louis," a streetside studio located in the same downtown St. Louis building that also houses KSDK's other studios. Show Me St. Louis is aired from this studio, which welcomes the public to take part in the broadcasts. The Window on St. Louis is modeled on Today's "Window on the World."
In an attempt to provide St. Louisans with local and national election results available during the 2004 elections, KSDK partnered with KETC (channel 9), St. Louis's PBS affiliate, to simulcast election coverage. The KSDK/KETC partnership continued through September 2005, when, along with radio partners KYKY (98.1 FM) and KEZK (102.5 FM), a telethon for Hurricane Katrina relief was simulcast.
KSDK produced the first broadcast of any local program in St. Louis in high-definition, when it broadcast the St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2005. Incidentally, the 2005 parade also marked the final year that the event, which had been a Thanksgiving Day tradition on KSDK, would be broadcast on the station, moving to CBS affiliate KMOV (channel 4) for the 2006 edition.
KSDK in the community
KSDK is active in several community-based and charitable projects:
- "A Place to Call Home" is an Emmy Award-winning weekly segment featured during the station's Tuesday 6 p.m. and Thursday and Saturday morning newscasts that features one child placed within the foster care system that is in need of adoption. Since August 2003, 50% of the children that have appeared on the segment have been adopted. A secondary program, "Little Wishes" allows viewers to are unable to adopt a foster child to add a little happiness to their life by purchasing a gift for him or her.
- "Friend to Friend" is a program that reminds viewers on the fifth of each month to perform a breast self-exam to detect breast cancer in its early, treatable stages. Viewers can also contact KSDK for an informational packet that includes reminders on performing a breast self-exam. The station is also a major partner sponsor for the St. Louis Race for the Cure that raises money for breast cancer research foundation Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and which overtook Denver as the largest Race for the Cure event in the country in 2006 with more than 64,000 participants, with more than $2.5 million raised with over 65,000 participants in 2007.
- Volunteer 5 is a weekly, week-long program that collects donations for a particular local charity or community organization. It operates as a telethon, with phone operators taking calls between 4 and 7 p.m. each weeknight from anyone wishing to donate time or a monetary payment. Volunteer 5 has provided more than $5 million annually in services and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours to local non-profit organizations. The program began in 1993 to help those affected by the Great Flood of 1993, but has not been seen on KSDK since November 2005, though it still appears on KSDK's website.
- The MDA Show of Strength airs each Labor Day weekend on KSDK (having aired only in primetime on the Sunday before the holiday since 2011), benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association in order to find a cure for muscular dystrophy and other diseases affecting the nervous and muscular systems. Anchor Mike Bush serves as host of the telethon's local segments, whose donations benefit the St. Louis chapter of the MDA.
Appropriately for a station with roots in the Post-Dispatch, KSDK has long dominated the news ratings in St. Louis. It has been in first place for most of the time since records have been kept. KMOX-TV took the lead in the late 1960s, but KSDK regained the lead in the early 1980s and has held it for all but a few time slots since then, with some of the highest (and by some measures, the highest) rated newscasts in the nation. One factor behind KSDK's dominance is talent continuity: all of KSDK's main anchors have been at the station for at least ten years. Each evening its 6 p.m. newscast ends with local elementary schoolchildren flashing the hand signs for "5" and "1", signifying that, as a promo featuring the kids said, "Even a 2nd grader could tell you that Channel 5 is Number 1."
KSDK presently broadcasts a total of 36½ hours of local newscasts each week (with six hours on weekdays, 3½ hours on Saturdays and three hours on Sundays). In addition, the station produces a sports wrap-up program on Sunday evenings after the 10 p.m. newscast called Sports Plus, hosted by sports director Rene Knott and sports anchor Frank Cusumano (the program was originally hosted by Mike Bush until he moved from sports director to news anchor in 2004). KSDK operates a Bell 206B3 JetRanger helicopter called "Chopper 5", that is used for breaking news and severe weather coverage. Its news reporting has also won the station a multitude of journalism awards including Regional Emmys, Gabriel Awards and Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.
While KSDK still dominates the St. Louis news scene, its dominance is not as absolute as it once was. During the spring 2004 sweeps, it lost its first place position at 10 p.m. to KMOV, and the two stations have traded the ratings crown in that timeslot several times since then. KMOV has also closed its ratings gap in several other timeslots, due in part to NBC's overall weaker ratings in recent years. Jennifer Blome and Art Holliday had one of the longest anchor pairings in United States local television history, as both anchored the station's weekday morning newscast from August 1989 to September 2011, when Holliday was reassigned to co-anchor of a new half-hour 4 p.m. newscast (alongside Kay Quinn), while Blome was paired with Pat McGonigle (formerly of WHEC-TV/Rochester) on the morning newscast.
On September 12, 2005, KSDK began debuted a half-hour mid-morning news program at 10 a.m. on weekdays, following the third hour of NBC's Today; the newscast was discontinued in September 2009, only to return in September 2011 (as a result, the fourth hour of Today airs following the newscast at 11 a.m.). On February 6, 2006, KSDK became the first television station in St. Louis, and the seventh station in the United States, to broadcast all newscasts and locally-produced programming in high definition; it also became the first St. Louis area station to stream all of its newscasts online. On August 13, 2007, KSDK debuted Online @ 9, a 10-minute news webcast on the station's website that is tailored to an online audience.
On November 11, 2010, KSDK entered into a news share agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned ABC affiliate KDNL-TV, resulting in KSDK producing pre-recorded half-hour newscasts at 5 and 10 p.m. weeknights on KDNL starting on January 3, 2011 (prior to the agreement, KDNL had not run any local newscasts since its news department was shut down in October 2001); additional KSDK-produced content was expected to air weekends on KDNL, although the only content that currently airs weekends on KDNL thus far are rebroadcasts of KSDK's entertainment/features program Show Me St. Louis. KDNL general manager Tom Tipton stated that the station did not want to run simulcast or repurposed newscasts in its efforts to return daily newscasts to channel 30. The arrangement is unusual given the status of KSDK and KDNL as "Big Three" network affiliates, and the fact that the newscasts on both stations compete against one another. The agreement with KDNL will end on December 31, 2013.
On May 24, 2011, KSDK announced that its weekday news output would be expanded (to six hours a day) on September 12, 2011; Today in St. Louis expanded from 2½ to three hours on weekday mornings, now running at 4-7 a.m., along with an added hour-long 10 a.m. newscast (pushing the fourth hour of Today back one hour); KSDK also debuted a half-hour 4 p.m. newscast (the second such newscast in that hour in the St. Louis market), replacing The Oprah Winfrey Show in that timeslot, while the noon newscast was cut down to a half-hour with Show Me St. Louis being moved to fill the remaining half-hour. With these additions, KSDK was reduced to only three hours of syndicated daytime shows to back up its newscasts outside of NBC network programming.
- Your Esso Reporter (1947–1953)
- AP News & Views (1953–1958)
- KSD-TV News (1958–1969)
- Eyewitness News (1969–1976)
- Channel 5 Eyewitness News Central (1976–1979)
- Channel 5 Eyewitness News (1979–1990)
- NewsChannel 5 (1990–present)
- NewsChannel 5 in High Definition (2006–2008)
- In High Definition - NewsChannel 5 (2008–2013)
- NewsChannel 5, Where the News Come First (2013–present)
- "Channel 5, St. Louis' Very Own" (early 1970s)
- "You're With Friends on 5" (mid-1970s)
- "Channel 5 is Your Place to Be" (late 1970s; not to be confused with 1990-1992 "NBC, The Place to Be!" ad campaign)
- "Channel 5 Calls it Home" (early 1980s–1984)
- "Show Me 5!" (1984–1993)
- "St. Louis NewsChannel" (1988–1991)
- "Where The News Comes First" (1991–present)
- "In the New Millennium, See Us Shine" (1997–2000; used during period station used Frank Gari's "The NBC Collection: New Millennium")
- "St. Louis' News Leader" (2000–present)
- Anne Allred - weeknights at 5:00 p.m.; also 10:00 p.m. reporter
- Jennifer Blome - weekday mornings on Today in St. Louis (4:00-7:00 and 10:00-11:00 a.m.)
- Mike Bush - Sundays-Thursdays at 5:00 and 10:00 and Mondays-Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
- Kelly Jackson - weekend mornings on Today in St. Louis (6:00-7:00 and 9:00-10:00 a.m.) and Saturdays at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Pat McGonigle - weekday mornings on Today in St. Louis (4:00-7:00 and 10:00-11:00 a.m.)
- Kay Quinn - weekdays at noon and 4:00 and weeknights at 6:00 p.m.
- Leisa Zigman - Fridays at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also investigative reporter ("I-Team")
- First Alert Weather
In addition to providing forecasts on KSDK-TV, the First Alert Weather Team also provides forecasts for First Alert on cable and WIL-FM radio.
- Cindy Preszler (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weekdays at 4:00 and weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Scott Connell - meteorologist; weekday mornings on Today in St. Louis (4:00-7:00 a.m.)
- Mike Roberts (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; Sundays at 5:00 and 10:00 and Mondays-Thursdays at noon and 6:00 p.m.
- Bree Smith - meteorologist; Tuesdays-Thursdays at 10:00 a.m., Fridays at noon and 6:00 and Saturdays at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Chester Lampkin - meteorologist; weekend mornings on Today in St. Louis (6:00-7:00 and 9:00-10:00 a.m.) and Mondays and Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
- Sports team
- Rene Knott - sports director; Mondays-Thursdays at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also Sports Plus and This Week in Cardinal Nation co-host
- Frank Cusumano - Fridays at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also sports reporter and co-host of Sports Plus'
- Katie Felts - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6:00 and weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also sports reporter
- Grant Bissell - general assignment reporter
- Tracy Clemons - general assignment reporter
- Sara Dayley - weekday morning traffic reporter (4:00-7:00 and 10:00-11:00 a.m.)
- Dana Dean - weekday morning reporter (4:00-7:00 and 10:00-11:00 a.m.)
- Ryan Dean - weekday morning reporter (4:00-7:00 and 10:00-11:00 a.m.)
- Farrah Fazal - general assignment reporter
- Alex Fees - freelance reporter
- Heidi Glaus - feature reporter
- Art Holliday - reporter and fill-in anchor
- Talia Kaplan - general assignment reporter
- Elizabeth Matthews - general assignment reporter
- Casey Nolen - general assignment reporter
- Stephen Patterson - weekday morning reporter (4:00-7:00 a.m.)
- Mike Rush - general assignment and "5 On Your Side" consumer reporter
- Show Me St. Louis
- Julie Tristan - host
- Coreen Savitski - reporter
Notable former on-air staff
- Fran Charles - reporter (1991–1992; also worked at WNBC-TV/New York City; currently host on NFL Network)
- Brian Edwards - St. Charles bureau chief
- Karen Foss - anchor (1979–2006; currently the vice president for public relations at AmerenUE)
- Paul Goodloe - chief meteorologist (1997–1999; currently at The Weather Channel)
- Jasmine Huda - weekend anchor/reporter (now 5 p.m. anchor at KMOV)
- Janice Huff - meteorologist (1987–1991; currently at WNBC-TV/New York City)
- Julius Hunter - reporter (1966–1974; later at KMOV; currently with Saint Louis University)
- Al Naipo - reporter (1985–1990; currently at KTTV/Los Angeles)
- George Noory - news director (early to mid-1980s; now host of Coast To Coast AM)
- Jay Randolph - sports director / reporter
- Sonny Randle - sports reporter (1965–1970)
- Bob Richards - chief meteorologist (1983–1994; deceased)
- Sharon Stevens - education reporter (1993-2013)
- Anne Thompson - consumer reporter (1983–1986; currently at NBC News)
- Debbye Turner - Show Me St. Louis anchor/feature reporter (1995–2001, Miss America 1990; currently at CBS News)
- Matt Winer - sports reporter (formerly on ESPN, currently at Turner Sports)
- Trey Wingo - sports reporter (1991-1997; currently at ESPN)
KSD-TV's first year on the air was also began a longtime association with the St. Louis Cardinals as their flagship station. On May 8, 1966, during ceremonies for the opening of Busch Memorial Stadium, Bill Houska Sr. flew home plate from Sportsman's Park to the new downtown stadium in the station's news helicopter "Chopper 5." The station aired Cardinals games from 1947 to 1958, before losing the rights to KPLR-TV for the next four seasons. The Cardinals returned in 1963 and remained on channel 5 until 1987 – long after many other Big Three network affiliates dropped local sporting event coverage. KSDK lost the rights to KPLR after the 1987 season.
On December 7, 2006, station management announced that, beginning with the 2007 season, KSDK would once again serve as the flagship broadcast television station of the St. Louis Cardinals, ending a 19-year run on KPLR. KSDK aired an average of 20 locally-produced Cardinals games each year, with most games airing on Fox Sports Midwest Games aired on KSDK, aired on FOX sports Midwest outside the St. Louis DMA . On July 15, 2010, Fox Sports Midwest signed a new exclusive broadcast contract with the Cardinals, ending the team's broadcasts on KSDK (and on over-the-air TV) following the 2010 season. The final Cardinals telecast on channel 5 aired on October 3, 2010, between the Cardinals and the Colorado Rockies.
Other locally-produced programming
KSDK has had a long history of producing local TV programs, including the Wranglers Club with Texas Bruce (1950–1963), Corky's Colorama with Clif St. James playing Corky the Clown (1963–1980), Newsbeat hosted by Dick Ford and John Auble (1976–1984), and Midday A.M. (c. 1979-1986).
Show Me St. Louis has been seen on KSDK since it debuted on September 5, 1995, the show highlights local entertainment and other (mostly family-oriented) attractions around the St. Louis area. The program usually broadcasts from the "Window on St. Louis", where local groups and organizations are allowed to bring signs to advertise their events, though it occasionally leaves the studio to broadcast from local attractions (such as The St. Louis Zoo, Busch Stadium, The Fox Theatre) or from surrounding communities (such as Waterloo, Illinois and Florissant) that have uncommon or unknown attractions that may be of interest to viewers; these "Great Escapes" (as the segment within the show is titled) usually occur during summer months. The program has also drawn criticism, however, because select segments and occasional entire episodes of Show Me St. Louis have sponsorships, pushing it into the realm of advertainment; a disclaimer preceding and following each episode acknlowledges that portions of the program have been paid for by sponsors. After individual segments, a card with information is shown, which will feature a notice reading that the segment is paid for by a local business.
Simply Irresistible is a primetime program that interrupts regularly scheduled NBC programming for what is essentially a local infomercial. During the 1980s, the syndicated daytime talk show Sally (hosted by Sally Jessy Raphael) originated from KSDK's studios (Multimedia Entertainment, a subsidiary of former KSDK owner Multimedia, Inc., distributed the program nationally until the company's 1995 merger with Gannett, being distributed by Universal Television Enterprises and then Studios USA Television until the show's 2002 cancellation).
- CDBS Print
- "Changing Hands." Broadcasting, March 14, 1983, pg. 161
- THE MEDIA BUSINESS; Expanding in TV, Gannett Agrees to Buy Multimedia, The New York Times, July 25, 1995.
- Gannett, Multimedia announce merger agreement, Gannett press release, December 4, 1995.
- KSDK splitting up Jennifer and Art after 22 years, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 29, 2011.
- Brown, Lisa (June 20, 2013). "KSDK to stop producing newscasts for KDNL". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
- KSDK sets post-'Oprah' schedule
- KSDK Adding Newscasts to Post-’Oprah’ Lineup
- (1986) - Channel 5 Eyewitness News Five on 5 - 1/28/86
- (1990) - NewsChannel 5 - Opening with Dick Ford and Karen Foss
- NewsChannel 5 at 10 Monday-Thursday Reopen - (2007)
- Meet The Team
- Sharon Stevens leaving KSDK next month (June 26, 2013)
- Press Release announcing the return of the St. Louis Cardinals to KSDK
- FS Midwest To Air All St. Louis Cardinals Games Locally In 2011, Multichannel News, July 15, 2010.
- KSDK.com - Official Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KSDK
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KSDK-TV