KSPR

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KSPR-TV
KSPR.png
Springfield, Missouri
United States
Branding KSPR ABC 33 (general)
KSPR News (newscasts)
Ozarks CW (on DT2)
Slogan Covering Our Community
Channels Digital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 33 (PSIP)
Subchannels 33.1 ABC
33.2 K15CZ/The CW
Affiliations ABC
Owner Perkin Media, LLC
(operated through SSA by Schurz Communications)
First air date March 9, 1983
Call letters' meaning SPRingfield
Sister station(s) KYTV, K15CZ
Former channel number(s) Analog:
33 (UHF, 1983–2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1983–1986)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 575 m
Facility ID 35630
Transmitter coordinates 37°10′26″N 92°56′27″W / 37.17389°N 92.94083°W / 37.17389; -92.94083
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.kspr.com

KSPR, virtual channel 33 (UHF digital channel 19), is an ABC-affiliated television station that is licensed to Springfield, Missouri, United States. The station is owned by Perkin Media. Schurz Communications, which owns NBC affiliate KYTV (channel 3) and CW affiliate K15CZ (channel 15), operates KSPR under a shared services agreement. All three stations share studio facilities located on West Sunshine Street in Springfield, while KSPR itself maintains some transmitter facilities located on Switchgrass Road, which north of Fordland.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air on March 9, 1983; it was the first independent station in the Springfield market. KSPR was founded by Springfield TV Association Ltd. The station originally operated from studio facilities located on Saint Louis Street in eastern Springfield. The following year, it sold channel 33 to the broadcasting unit of television production company Lorimar-Telepictures; the sale was approved by the Federal Communications Commission on December 12, 1984.[1] In 1986, ABC decided to terminate its affiliation with KDEB-TV (channel 27, now independent station KOZL-TV); that October, KDEB became a charter affiliate of the Fox Broadcasting Company, while the ABC affiliation moved to KSPR.

Over the next several years, KSPR underwent several ownership changes. Lorimar-Telepictures sold the station to Goltrin Communications in 1987; the sale was approved by the FCC on February 12, 1988. Goltrin subsequently sold KSPR to Davis Goldfarb Communications several months later, with the sale being finalized on December 1, 1988. Cottonwood Communications acquired the station on March 29, 1995. Two years later, KSPR was sold to GOCOM Communications; which assumed ownership of the station on September 18, 1997. The station changed its branding to "ABC 33" around this time, before adopting the "Springfield 33" brand in 1998. GOCOM then merged with Grapevine Communications to form COGOM Holdings LLC, which was later renamed Piedmont Television Holdings, on November 1, 1999.

On September 21, 2006, Piedmont Television announced that it would sell KSPR to Perkin Media, LLC. Under the agreement, South Bend, Indiana-based Schurz Communications, owners of NBC affiliate KYTV (channel 3), would take over KSPR's operations under a shared services agreement; the FCC approved the sale on August 18, 2007 and the purchase was finalized on August 28, 2007. Two weeks later on September 9, the station changed its on-air branding to "KSPR ABC"; a gray and black "33" was added to the logo first introduced with the rebrand in November 2009. On November 1, 2009, KSPR relocated its operations from its longtime studios on East Saint Louis Street into KYTV's facility on West Sunshine Street in an expanded wing of the building.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
33.1 720p 16:9 KSPR-DT Main KSPR programming / ABC
33.2 CW 15 Simulcast of K15CZ

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KSPR discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 33, on February 17, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television (which Congress had moved the previous month to June 12).[3] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 19, using PSIP to display KSPR's virtual channel as 33 on digital television receivers.

Programming[edit]

KSPR broadcasts the entire ABC network schedule, with all programs airing in pattern. Syndicated programs broadcast by KSPR include Jeopardy!, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, The Big Bang Theory, The Dr. Oz Show, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Live! with Kelly and Michael.

Locally-produced programming[edit]

On April 21, 1989, KSPR debuted The Late Night Horror Show with Count Norlock, a showcase of syndicated horror films that featured locally produced wraparound introductory and interstitial segments hosted by local actor Jim Kellett in the role of "Count Norlock", a vampire reminiscent of Count Orlok from the 1922 F. W. Murnau film Nosferatu. Featuring films such as Magic and The Brides of Dracula, The Late Night Horror Show with Count Norlock only lasted one season, being cancelled later that year.[4]

From 1985 to 1990, KSPR produced the local afternoon children's program Sammy's Place, which was hosted byactor Wayne Milnes in the role of hobo clown "Sammy B. Good". The program featured cartoons such as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra: Princess of Power, Voltron, Transformers and G.I. Joe. Between the programs, Sammy featured area children as in-studio guests and entertained with a number of clown acts and skits; he famously excited the in-studio kids with screams of "Everybody go 'yeaaaa'!," which would be echoed in unison.

News operation[edit]

KSPR presently broadcasts 24½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 4½ hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). Unlike most ABC affiliates, the station does not air a local newscast in the 5:00 p.m. timeslot on weekdays (syndicated programming fills the half-hour between its 4:00 p.m. newscast and ABC World News). KSPR launched its news department in 1983; when the station assumed the market's ABC affiliation in 1986, the station expanded its news programming to include newscasts at 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 p.m. seven nights a week. Since that point, the station's newscasts have regularly placed third in the ratings, behind KOLR and market leader KYTV.

On November 1, 2009, when KSPR moved its operations into a renovated portion of KYTV's studio facility, channel 33 became the second television station in the Springfield market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition; the newscasts are produced out of a secondary set at the Sunshine Street facility. The two stations maintain separate news departments; however, both KSPR and KYTV occasionally share footage for certain news stories.

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • Channel 33 News (1983–1986)
  • 33 Eyewitness News (1986–1989)
  • NewsTeam 33 (1989–1991 and 1993–1996)
  • 33 Newstime (1991–1993)
  • News 33 (1996–1997)
  • ABC 33 News (1997–1998)
  • Springfield 33 News (1998–2007)
  • KSPR News (2007–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Just Watch Us Now!" (1996–1998)
  • "Where Your Forecast Comes First." (1998–2002; weather slogan)
  • "Where Springfield Comes First." (2002–2007; general slogan)
  • "Covering Our Community" (2007–present)

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

Anchors[5]
  • Jerry Jacob - weekdays at 4:00, and weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Lauren Matter - weekday mornings on KSPR News This Morning (5:00-7:00 a.m.)
  • Leigh Moody - weekdays at 4:00, and weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Adam Hooper - weekday mornings on KSPR News This Morning (5:00-7:00 a.m.)
  • Melody Pettit - weekend evenings; also weeknight reporter
KSPR Weather[5]
  • Kevin Lighty (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weekdays at 4:00, and weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Lindsey Slater - meteorologist; weekday mornings on KSPR News This Morning (5:00-7:00 a.m.)
  • Bob Trihy - meteorologist; weekend evenings
KSPR/Ozone Sports team[5]
  • Mike Scott - sports director
  • Hugh Keeton - sports anchor; weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Bobby Oler - sports anchor; weekend evenings
Reporters[5]
  • Sheena Elzie - general assignment reporter
  • Jonathan Harper - general assignment reporter
  • Mary Moloney - general assignment reporter
  • Lauren Pozen - general assignment reporter
  • Joanna Small - general assignment reporter
  • Jonathan Wahl - general assignment reporter

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Television and Cable Factbook 2014
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KSPR
  3. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations
  4. ^ Boggs, Jeffrey (Summer 2004), "Monster Memories of Dr. Dead and Count Norlock", Scary Monsters Yearbook 2004 (Monster Memories #12): 25–27 
  5. ^ a b c d Meet the KSPR News Team

External links[edit]