KSTC-TV

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KSTC-TV
KSTC 2013 Logo.png
Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota
Branding 45TV (RF channel)
45TV Local News (newscasts)
Slogan Television With Variety
Channels Digital: 45 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
Subchannels 5.1 ABC (KSTP-TV)
5.2 Independent/ABC alternate (KSTC)
5.3 Me-TV
5.4 Antenna TV
5.6 This TV
5.7 Live Well Network
Translators see article
Affiliations Independent (2000-present)
Owner Hubbard Broadcasting
(KSTC-TV, LLC)
First air date June 19, 1994
Call letters' meaning KSTP Twin Cities
(co-owned with KSTP)
Sister station(s) KSTP-TV, KSTP-AM, KSTP-FM, KTMY-FM, WIXK, KSAX / KRWF
Former callsigns KVBM (1994–2000)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
45 (UHF, 1994–2009)
Digital: 44 (UHF)
Former affiliations HSN (1994–2000)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 428 m
Facility ID 35843
Transmitter coordinates 45°3′45″N 93°8′21″W / 45.06250°N 93.13917°W / 45.06250; -93.13917
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.kstc45.com

KSTC-TV is an independent television station for the Twin Cities that is licensed to Minneapolis. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 45 (virtual channel 5.2) from a transmitter at the Telefarm installation in Shoreview. Owned by Hubbard Broadcasting, the station is sister to ABC affiliate KSTP-TV and several radio stations. All share studios on University Avenue on the Minneapolis and St. Paul city line. Syndicated programming on KSTC includes The Middle, Seinfeld, Friends, How I Met Your Mother, and The King of Queens. It is the only television station in the area with its own mascot, the "45 Guy", who is often seen at community events.

History[edit]

The station began operations under the KVBM call letters. Although FCC records indicate that a license for this station was granted in 1987, it did not take to the airwaves until June 1994. The station aired Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic information as well as the Home Shopping Network until it was purchased by Hubbard Broadcasting on April 24, 2000. Hubbard relaunched the station as KSTC on September 11. In order to get attention for the switch from KVBM to KSTC, the station ran an advertising campaign that confused many people in the area; posters and broadcast ads featuring people of all ages used the phrase "I'm 45", but initially made no mention of the newly created station.

In 2003, KSTC began broadcasting its digital signal. KSTC-DT, on ATSC channel 45.1 in standard definition, simulcasted the station's regular content. On 45.2 was HDnet in high definition. After its contract with the network ended, channel 45.2 was taken off-the-air. It signed-on again December 1, 2006 as a high definition sports channel airing select Minnesota Wild games. On or around June 30, 2010, KSTC began carrying This TV, a channel owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Weigel Broadcasting, carrying movies with some series and children's programming, on digital channel 45.2.[1]

Until late 2008, KSTC branded itself as "FORTY5," a hint of its ties to KSTP.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The digital signal of KSTP contains two subchannels, while that of KSTC contains four. Through the use of virtual channels, KSTC's subchannels are associated with channel 5.

Channel Station Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
5.1 KSTP-TV 720p 16:9 KSTPDT1 Main KSTP-TV programming / ABC
5.7 480i KSTPDT2 Live Well Network
5.2 KSTC-TV 720p KSTCDT1 Main KSTC-TV programming
5.3 480i KSTCDT3 Me-TV[3][4]
5.4 KSTCDT2 Antenna TV
5.6 KSTCDT4 This TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KSTC-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 45, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 44 to former UHF analog channel 45.[5][6] In October 2011, KSTP and KSTC unified all of their over-the-air channels as virtual subchannels of KSTP. As a result, the PSIPs of KSTC changed. The main KSTC channel is now on 5.2, with This TV now being tuned to 5.4.[7]

Programming[edit]

KSTC's original logo used until December 2007. The "Y" in "forty" was converted into a "4" and was superimposed on KSTP's longtime "groovy 5" logo.

As an independent station, the station runs a variety of syndicated programming mostly consisting of off-network shows. Movies considered one and two-star are aired frequently while some locally produced material is aired each week. In the few years it has been operating under the KSTC call letters, several other low-budget programs made specifically for this station have come and gone. These included a weekly horror movie broadcast under the name Horror Incorporated (hosted by Count Dracula played by Jake Esau, the actual owner of the countdracula.com domain name). The last incarnation of Horror Incorporated was hosted by Uncle Ghoulie (Thom Lange), Carbuncle (Tim McCall), 13 (Sasha Yvonne Walloch), Gordon the Gorilla, and Wolfie. As of 2004, at least one KSTC-specific program was still airing: Nate on Drums, a comedy and variety show hosted by Nate Perbix, is reportedly aired to a network of stations across Minnesota.

Today, most local programs come from KSTP including On the Road with longtime KSTP reporter Jason Davis and Sports Wrap. In 2004, KSTC announced a six-year over-the-air partnership with the Minnesota Timberwolves allowing the station to broadcast a number of the team's regular-season and postseason basketball games. Also that year, the station entered into an eleven-year partnership with the Minnesota State High School League to broadcast state athletic tournaments as well as educational and student programs. KSTC will pay the league $9.7 million in rights fees and provide an additional $10.6 million worth of promotion for those tournaments and other League programs.

KSTC logo used until 2012.

In 2009, KSTC and the MSHSL extended their broadcast partnership until 2021. Starting in 2010, some tournaments will be broadcast online. Additionally in December 2004, they established a multi-year partnership to air Minnesota Wild hockey games. Other sports have also aired on the station in the past including Minnesota Twins and Saint Paul Saints baseball, boxing, and even Robot Wars-style combat between mechanical competitors. As of Summer 2006, KSTC has been including actual viewers in their programming promotions. Most include a viewer describing their favorite scene or character from one of the shows on the station. The station may also take on the responsibility of airing shows from ABC whenever KSTP cannot do so as a result of extended breaking news or severe weather coverage, or special programming.

Newscasts[edit]

KSTC's former weeknight news open.

In the early 2000s, KSTC experimented with carrying a two-hour extension of KSTP's weekday morning newscast from 7-9 a.m. On July 19, 2009, KSTP began to produce daily newscasts for KSTC full-time, this originally included weekend shows but these were dropped. The newscasts run for two hours starting at 7 a.m. and for a half-hour at 9 p.m., which respectively compete with Fox owned-and-operated station KMSP-TV's in-house morning newscast and the first half-hour of KMSP's primetime newscast at 9 p.m. The KSTC newscasts are broadcast in high definition.

News team[edit]

- Bill Lunn(weeknights at 4& 9 p.m.) - Ellen McNamara (weeknights at 9 p.m.) - Tom Duran (weekends at 9pm, also weekday reporter) Jessica Miles (weekday mornings on 45 TV News Mornings from 7-9 a.m.; also weeknight reporter) - Megan Newquist (weekday mornings on 45 TV News Mornings from 7-9 a.m.) -Chris Egert(weekday mornings on 45 TV News Mornings from 7-9 a.m.)


Weather team - Dave Dahl chief meteorologist (AMS Seal of Approval; weeknights at 9 p.m.) and meteorologists Ken Barlow weekday mornings on 45TV Local News Mornings from 7-9 a.m.), and Jonathan Yuhas (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval; weekends at 9 p.m.).[8] & Sam Ryan 45TV Local News Meteorologist

The sports team includes sports director Joe Schmit (weeknights at 9 p.m.), sports anchor Chris Long (weekends at 9 p.m.; also weekday sports reporter), and sports reporter Darren Wolfson.[8]

General assignment reporters are Ellen Galles, Tom Hauser (chief political reporter), Katherine Johnson, Kate Renner (weekend morning reporter), Jay Kolls (also investigative reporter), Joe Mazan, Jennifer Ann Wilson and Todd Wilson. Traffic reporter Josie Smith (weekday mornings on 45TV Local News Mornings from 7-9 a.m.).[8]

Translators[edit]

The broadcast signal of KSTC is extended by way of six translators in central and southern Minnesota. All but one broadcast in digital.

Call letters Channel City of license Transmitter location Note
K16CO-D 16 Alexandria east of Garfield along MN 22
K19IH-D 19 Willmar north of town on First Street North
K25II 25 Redwood Falls east of Morton near MN 19 Analog
K44AD-D 44 St. James along MN 6 at the Watonwan and Brown County line
K45EH-D 45 Jackson south of town along U.S. 71
K51KB-D 51 Frost along MN 254

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