KTBY

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KTBY
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Anchorage, Alaska
Branding Fox 4
Channels Digital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
Affiliations Fox
Owner Coastal Television Broadcasting Company, LLC
First air date December 2, 1983
Sister station(s) KATN, KJUD, KYUR
Former channel number(s) Analog:
4 (VHF, 1983-2009)
Former affiliations independent (1983-1986)
Transmitter power 234.4 kW
Height 45 m
Facility ID 35655
Transmitter coordinates 61°13′9.5″N 149°53′30.6″W / 61.219306°N 149.891833°W / 61.219306; -149.891833
Website www.youralaskalink.com

KTBY, virtual channel 4, is a Fox-affiliated television station serving Anchorage, Alaska. The station is owned by Coastal Television Broadcasting Company, LLC.[1]

The station is broadcast on digital over-the-air channel 20, and on the local cable TV system, GCI. KTBY airs Fox programming and sports, courtroom shows and sitcom reruns, along with a primetime newscast.

History[edit]

KTBY signed on the air on December 2, 1983 as a locally-owned independent before joining the then-fledgling Fox Network on its launch of October 9, 1986, and today is still one of the charter affiliates. It was the only Fox station in Alaska until 1992, when KFXF in Fairbanks went on the air; in the late 1980s, it also became the first station in Alaska to broadcast 24 hours a day.

During the 1980s, KTBY was the first Anchorage station to air professional wrestling with any regularity, largely in response to the increase in mainstream interest. Televised wrestling programs were largely absent from Anchorage television, as the programs were traditionally used to promote live events, which have been held only occasionally in Alaska dating back to the 1950s. The station originally aired AWA All-Star Wrestling (in conjunction with a short-lived attempt on their part to promote events in the market), and later World Class Championship Wrestling and WWF Superstars of Wrestling.

In June 2010, Coastal Television hired Scott Centers as General Manager to manage KTBY and under a shared services agreement, manage Vision Alaska I and Vision Alaska II. In September 2010, KTBY relocated its master control operations to colocate with Vision Alaska I.

News operation[edit]

Until October 1, 2008, KTBY aired a 9:00 p.m. weeknight newscast produced by local CBS affiliate KTVA. This production ceased when KTBY began its own news operation. Trill Gates, Kristen Doogan and Ebony Williams were initial members of the news operation.

On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

  • Lindsay Housaman - Anchor, weeknights at 9 p.m.
  • Ryan Overton - Weathercaster; weeknights at 9 p.m.
  • John Thompson - Sports Director,weeknights at 9 p.m.
  • Kerby Dort - Sports Reporter, weeknights at 9 p.m.
  • Mike Ford - Reporter, weeknights at 9 p.m.
  • Derek Smith - Reporter, weeknights at 9 p.m.
  • Victoria Taylor - Daytime Producer/ Multimedia Journalist/Fill-in Anchor,weeknights at 9
  • Whitney LB Miller - Weekend Producer/Anchor/ Multimedia Journalist, weeknights at 9

Former on-air staff[edit]

  • Trill Gatez
  • Ebony Williams (now a radio dj for 92.9fm KFAT)

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels

Virtual
channel
Video Format Programming
4.1 720p 16:9 Main KTBY programming / Fox

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]

External links[edit]