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|Las Vegas, Nevada
|City of license||Las Vegas|
|Branding||Channel 3 (general)
News 3 (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 2 (VHF)
Virtual: 3 (PSIP)
3.2 Cozi TV
3.3 Antenna TV
|Owner||Intermountain West Communications Company
(Southern Nevada Communications)
|First air date||January 23, 1955|
|Call letters' meaning||Southern NeVada|
|Sister station(s)||KENV-DT, KRNV-DT|
|Former callsigns||KLRJ-TV (January–September 1955)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
2 (VHF, 1955–1967)
3 (VHF, 1967–2009)
|Transmitter power||27.7 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KSNV-DT, virtual channel 3 (VHF digital channel 2), is the NBC-affiliated television station located in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. It is the flagship station of Intermountain West Communications Company. The station's studios are located on Foremaster Lane in Las Vegas (making it the only major television station whose operations are based inside the city limits), and its transmitter is located on Black Mountain, near Henderson (southwest of I-515 / US 93 / US 95).
The station went on the air as KLRJ-TV on VHF channel 2 on January 23, 1955; it was originally licensed to Henderson and was owned by the Donrey Media Group (now Stephens Media LLC), along with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and KORK radio (920 AM, now KBAD; and 97.1 FM, now KXPT). In September of that year, the station changed its calls to KORK-TV, to match its radio sisters, and soon after moved its city of license and studio facilities to Las Vegas. It has always been an NBC affiliate, but shared ABC with KLAS-TV (channel 8) until KSHO-TV (channel 13, now KTNV-TV) signed on in 1956. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.
In 1967, KORK-TV moved to channel 3, in order to operate from Potosi Mountain without being short-spaced to KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, California. In 1971, a group of local residents led by Las Vegas attorney James E "Jim" Rogers began an effort to take control of channel 3. Rogers' group gained more support when Donrey began to heavily preempt NBC programming in order to sell more local advertising in the late 1970s. NBC was far less tolerant of programming preemptions than the other networks at the time. The most notable of these preemptions was the 1978 World Series, angering both NBC and several Las Vegas area viewers, some of whom filed complaints to the Federal Communications Commission. Facing pressure from both NBC and the FCC, Donrey was forced to sell the station to the Rogers group's holding company, Valley Broadcasting Company, in 1979. Donrey retained KORK radio and as a result on October 1, 1979, the station changed its callsign to KVBC, reflecting the new ownership. Since then, the station has more or less cleared the whole NBC lineup. For a few years, KVBC used a portion of Styx's 1978 hit "Come Sail Away" and Steve Winwood's "While You See A Chance" before going to a commercial break.
In the late 1980s, KVBC's sign-on to sign-off ratings climbed to an all-time high, thanks in part to a strong primetime lineup by NBC. News anchors Dave Courvoisier, Gwen Castaldi and Rikki Cheese, weatherman Mike Bradley, and the sports team of Scott Reynolds and Colin Cowherd, supported by a strong team of reporters that included Scott Andrus, Deborah Brada, Dan Burns, Jamie Garcia, Rick Kirkham, Lonni Leavitt, Dan Monson, Darwin Morgan, Denise Rosch and Laura Stephenson led KVBC's newscasts when it surpassed KLAS-TV as the market leader.
Two major "events" aided KVBC's rise to the top. In May 1988, an explosion and fire rocked the Pacific Engineering and Production Company (Pepcon) in Henderson. KVBC was knocked off the air for a few minutes, because its transmitter facilities atop Black Mountain were positioned just above the blast site. Once KVBC was back on the air, it was the first local station to continuously broadcast its breaking news coverage of the explosion. Later that year, CBS produced 48 Hours in Las Vegas, a feature about Las Vegas that portrayed the city as full of gamblers and riddled by crime. In response, KVBC produced a one-hour documentary entitled Las Vegas, Beyond 48 Hours, which painted a more realistic picture of "Sin City" and its residents.
KVBC was first to document the Mirage volcano explosion during its initial test in front of an unsuspecting nighttime audience. Overnight coverage, by reporter/anchors Steve Eager and Sarah Hoeveler and photographer Mike Dixon, helped to establish the newscast as #1 in the mornings from its inception in the summer of 1989. Hoeveler and photographer Jeff Lonetree won a regional Emmy award for coverage of breaking news overnight. Businessman Mike Moody later joined the anchor team to report on business news in southern Nevada.
Channel 3 created and hosted a community "EarthFair" in the summer of 1990. The Arts and Environmental Science Expo featured science fair projects, pine tree giveaway and booths by up to 120 exhibitors. 15,000 people showed up for that first EarthFair at the Sunset Park. The Fair continued annually for several years. From October 25, 1996 to June 6, 2000, Valley Broadcasting operated a radio station alongside the KVBC television station, KVBC-FM (105.1 FM). One of the shows that aired on the radio station was called Nate at Night, and was hosted by KVBC chief meteorogist Nathan Tannenbaum. With the digital transition completed, the station officially added the -DT suffix to its legal call sign on June 23, 2009.
On June 18, 2010, KVBC filed an application with the FCC to change the station's its call letters to KSNV, reflecting the renaming of Valley Broadcasting Company (which by this time, was a subsidiary of Sunbelt Communications Company that held the station's license) to Southern Nevada Communications, as well as better reflecting the station's relationship with sister stations KRNV-DT in Reno and KENV-DT in Elko via the "Nevada Information Network". The change to KSNV-DT became official on July 9, 2010.
As of June 16, 2009, the expired license is still active. According to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), the station is operating without a license since the license expired on October 1, 2006. KSNV has not yet responded to the FCC about the expired license.
On June 9, 2011, Sue Manteris, a veteran news anchor at Channel 3, for 22 years, signed off on her final newscast following the expiration of her contract, which was not renewed by the station management. She filed a lawsuit on May 17, 2011 in U.S. District Court for Nevada against the station ownership and management, alleging ethnic, gender and age discrimination. The lawsuit was put on hold on April 2, 2012 by Judge Gloria Navarro and ordered Manteris to resolve her lawsuit against the station through arbitration.
Critics have denounced the station as a giant monopoly for media bias in response to the debuts of News 3 Live at 3 and News 3 Live at 7.
On January 23, 2014, Mackenzie Warren, a rising star news anchor and reporter at Channel 3, was unexpectedly fired by station management after being with the station for over 2 years. In an emailed statement the following day, Warren expressed being "shocked" by Channel 3's decision, for which she described as having been given "no reason" for her termination. The station management's actions caused an uproar within the local community and media over their firings, managed by Jim Rogers and Robert A. "Bob" Stoldal.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|3.1||1080i||16:9||KSNV-DT||Main KSNV-DT programming / NBC|
KSNV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 3, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal continued to broadcast on its pre-transition VHF channel 2. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display KSNV's virtual channel as 3.
KSNV presently broadcasts a total of 44 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 7½ hours on weekdays and three hours each on Saturdays and Sundays); in addition, the station produces two locally produced programs: the discussion program Ralston Reports (airing weeknights at 6:30 p.m.) and the sports highlight program Sports Night in Las Vegas (which airs on Sunday evenings after the 11:00 p.m. newscast). A public affairs discussion program called The Agenda, which aired after the noon newscast each weekday, was cancelled in November 2013.
Channel 3's newscasts were called Eyewitness News for many years. That name was changed to the current News 3 in 1982, and Eyewitness News was picked up shortly thereafter by CBS affiliate KLAS-TV (channel 8). It was the first station to report the deadly Las Vegas Hilton fire in February 1981, interrupting regularly scheduled programming to provide live coverage.
KVBC premiered its morning newscast News 3 at Sunrise in 1989 with overnight team coverage by reporter/anchors Steve Eagar (former Detroit Tigers catcher, now with KDFW in Dallas-Ft. Worth), Sarah Hoeveler, traffic reporter Tom Hawley and news photographer and editor Mike Dixon. In June 1991, the station premiered a half-hour midday newscast at noon; It later expanded to one hour.[when?] On April 4, 2006, KVBC began producing a half-hour primetime newscast at 10 p.m. on WB affiliate KVWB (channel 21, now MyNetworkTV affiliate KVMY). The newscast moved to KVCW (channel 33) on December 18, 2006, and remained on that station until it was cancelled in September 2009, the program was then revived on independent station KTUD-CD (channel 25) on October 26, 2009.
On July 9, 2007, KVBC rebranded its morning newscast as News 3 Today, phasing out the longstanding News 3 at Sunrise. With the promotion of Sue Manteris to evenings and the reduction of Mitch Truswell to just the noon newscast, the morning team now consists of husband-and-wife co-anchors Kim and Dana Wagner, chief meteorologist John Fredericks, and traffic reporter Tom Hawley. On August 11, 2007, KVBC became the second television station in the Las Vegas market (after KLAS-TV) to begin broadcasting its local news programming in high definition.
On January 5, 2009, longtime meteorologist John Fredericks retired from the station after 12½ years at KVBC. According to the anchors, John felt it was hard to say goodbye on the air, so he left an audio message for the viewers and the station, as it does with any person that leaves after a long tenure, showed a montage of clips of John's career at KVBC. Dana Wagner was announced as Fredericks' replacement on the morning and noon newscasts.
KSNV debuted a 3 p.m. newscast, News 3 Live at 3, on August 19, 2013; to accommodate this newscast, the station dropped Days of our Lives, which moved to KVCW. On September 16, 2013, KSNV added an hour-long 7 p.m. newscast, after its contracts to carry Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! expired. The station also intends to drop Dr. Phil in September 2014; its two remaining syndicated programs, Rachael Ray and The Doctors, will be replaced with newscasts as well by September 2016, if both shows are not canceled before then. These changes are part of an increased emphasis on KSNV's news department; under this plan, the station's weekday lineup outside of NBC programming will consist entirely of local newscasts. Due to these changes, anchor lineups will also be shuffled.
- Your Esso Reporter (1955–1958)
- KORK-TV News (1958–1964)
- Las Vegas Newsbeat (1964–1970)
- City Camera News (1970–1974)
- NewsCenter 3 (1974–1980)
- Eyewitness News (1980–1982)
- Channel 3 News (1982–1986)
- News 3 (1986–present)
- "Come Home, to TV-3" (1980–1982; not related to the NBC ad campaign of the late 1980s)
- "The Spirit of Las Vegas!" (1982–1986)
- "Turn to a Friend" (1986–1989; during period station used Frank Gari's "Turn To News")
- "Turn to a Friend, Turn to 3" (1989–1994)
- "Where News Comes First" (1994–2007)
- "Watching Out for You" (2007–2009)
- "Nevada's Information Network" (1997–2013)
- Krystal Allan – weekends on News 3 Live at 5 Weekend (5:00–5:30 p.m.), News 3 Nightly at 6 Weekend (6:00–6:30 p.m.) and News 3 Live at 11 Weekend (11:00–11:35 p.m.); also weekday morning reporter
- Reed Cowan – weekdays on News 3 Live at Noon (12:00–12:30 p.m.)
- Jeff Gillan – weekdays on What's Your Point? (12:30–1:00 p.m.) and News 3 Live at 4 (4:00–5:00 p.m.)
- Jessica Moore – weeknights on News 3 Live at 5 (5:00–5:30 p.m.), News 3 Live at 7 (7:00–8:00 p.m.) and News 3 Live at 11 (11:00–11:35 p.m.)
- Marie Mortera – weekdays on News 3 Live at 4 (4:00–5:00 p.m.); also general assignment and Crime Tracker 3 reporter (4:00–5:00 p.m. and 6:00–6:30 p.m. on Thursdays)
- Gerard Ramalho – weeknights on News 3 Nightly at 6 (6:00–6:30 p.m.); also general assignment reporter
- Rory Reid (Democratic political pundit) – weekdays on What's Your Point? (12:30–1:00 p.m.)
- Jim Snyder – weeknights on News 3 Live at 5 (5:00–5:30 p.m.), News 3 Live at 7 (7:00–8:00 p.m.) and News 3 Live at 11 (11:00–11:35 p.m.); also special feature reporter
- Amy Tarkanian (Republican political pundit) – weekdays on What's Your Point? (12:30–1:00 p.m.)
- Michelle Velez – weekend mornings on News 3 Today (6:00–7:00 a.m. and 9:00–9:30 a.m.); also weekday morning reporter
- Dana Wagner – weekday mornings on Wake Up with The Wagners on News 3 (4:30–7:00 a.m.) and News 3 Live at 11 with The Wagners (11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.); also weekday morning/noon meteorologist
- Kim Wagner – weekday mornings on Wake Up with The Wagners on News 3 (4:30–7:00 a.m.) and News 3 Live at 11 with The Wagners (11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.); also consumer reporter
- Jerry Brown (NWA Seal of Approval); meteorologist – weekend mornings on News 3 Today (6:00–7:00 a.m. and 9:00–9:30 a.m.) and weekends on News 3 Live at 5 Weekend (5:00–5:30 p.m.), News 3 Nightly at 6 Weekend (6:00–6:30 p.m.) and News 3 Live at 11 Weekend (11:00–11:35 p.m.); also general assignment reporter
- Kevin Janison (NWA Seal of Approval); chief meteorologist – weekdays on News 3 Live at 4 (4:00–5:00 p.m.) and weeknights on News 3 Live at 5 (5:00–5:30 p.m.), News 3 Nightly at 6 (6:00–6:30 p.m.), News 3 Live at 7 (7:00–8:00 p.m.) and News 3 Live at 11 (11:00–11:35 p.m.)
- Dana Wagner (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval); meteorologist – weekday mornings on Wake Up with The Wagners on News 3 (4:30–7:00 a.m.), News 3 Live at 11 with The Wagners (11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.) and News 3 Live at Noon (12:00–12:30 p.m.)
- Sergio Avila – general assignment reporter
- Amber Dixon – general assignment reporter
- Elizabeth Donatelli – general assignment reporter
- Sandra Gonzalez – general assignment reporter
- Tom Hawley – weekday mornings at 4:30–7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. traffic reporter; also fill-in weekday morning anchor
- Christine Kim – general assignment reporter
- Denise Rosch – general assignment reporter
- Kelsey Thomas – general assignment reporter
- Trevor Thompson – general assignment reporter
- Venise Toussaint – general assignment reporter
- John Trainor – general assignment reporter
- Randy Howe – sports director; weeknights on News 3 Live at 11 (11:00–11:35 p.m.) and weekends on News 3 Live at 5 Weekend (5:00–5:30 p.m.), News 3 Nightly at 6 Weekend (6:00–6:30 p.m.) and News 3 Live at 11 Weekend (11:00–11:35 p.m.); also sports reporter
- Dana Gentry (co-host of Vegas Inc., Sundays at 6:30 p.m.)
- Jeff Gillan (co-host of Vegas Inc., Sundays at 6:30 p.m.)
- Jon Ralston (host of Ralston Reports, weeknights at 6:30 p.m.)
Notable former on-air staff
- Sophia Choi – 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. anchor (2007–2010)
- Colin Cowherd – sports anchor (1988–1996; now with ESPN)
- Sue Manteris – anchor (1989–2011)
KSNV's signal is rebroadcast across southern Nevada and portions of Utah on the following translators:
|City of license||Callsign||Channel|
|Santa Clara, Utah||KVBT-LP||41|
KSNV (as KVBC) also previously maintained two full-power satellite stations: KVNV (channel 3) in Ely served as a KVBC satellite from its sign-on in 2001 until it was sold to PMCM TV, LLC in 2008, while KMCC (channel 34) in Laughlin was a KVBC satellite from its sign-on in 2003 until it was sold to Cranston II, LLC in 2005. Additionally, the signal for KVBC was to have been relayed over KBMO-TV (channel 9) in Tonopah, Nevada, but construction of this station was not completed before the FCC construction permit expired in 2002.
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