|Little Rock, Arkansas
|Branding||THV 11 (general)
THV 11 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||The Difference (in News and Information) in Arkansas|
|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
11.2 WeatherNation TV
(Arkansas Television Company)
|First air date||November 27, 1955|
|Call letters' meaning||Derived from former radio sister station KTHS (Kome To Hot Springs), which later became KAAY after an ownership change|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
11 (VHF, 1955–2009)
|Transmitter power||55 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KTHV, virtual channel 11 (VHF digital channel 12), is a CBS-affiliated television station located in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. The station is owned by the Gannett Company. KTHV maintains studio facilities located on South Izard and West 8th Streets in downtown Little Rock, and its transmitter faclities are located atop Shinall Mountain, near the Chenal Valley neighborhood of Little Rock. On cable, KTHV is available on Comcast Xfinity channel 10 in standard definition and digital channel 233 in high definition.
The station first signed on the air on November 27, 1955; it was originally owned by the Arkansas Television Company, a consortium that included among others, the owners of radio station KWKH in Shreveport, the owners of the Arkansas Democrat, and businessman C.E. Lowry. The KTHV call letters were derived from former sister radio station KTHS (whose calls stood Kome To Hot Springs), which later became KAAY after being sold to LIN Broadcasting in the 1960s.
The station has operated from its downtown Little Rock studios at 720 Izard Street since its debut; the facilities were built one year before KTHV signed on, in 1954, and was the first broadcasting facility in Arkansas to be constructed for both radio and television. KTHV's studios were located on the first floor of the building, while the studios housing KTHS were located on the second floor. Although the interior of the building has been periodically upgraded, especially with improved technology, the exterior of the station remains much as it appeared when it was built. For many years, KTHV had operated a low-power translator station, K13HP (channel 13) in Euclid Heights, near Hot Springs. The station's analog transmitter was shut down in 2009, and no digital translator was installed to replace it.
KTHV remained a locally owned entity until December 1994, when the station was acquired by the Gannett Company in an all-stock transaction. Gannett's purchase of KTHV marked a re-entry into the Little Rock-Pine Bluff television market for the company, which previously had owned NBC affiliate KARK-TV (channel 4) from when Gannett merged with Combined Communications Corporation in 1978 until it was sold to Southwest Media in 1983. The purchase of KTHV was believed to be positioning on Gannett's part to have a station in the former home of then first-term President Bill Clinton.
The station branded for years as "Arkansas 11" until January 1997, when it rebranded as "Today's THV," a branding that may have been inspired by Journal Broadcast Group's Milwaukee flagship station and NBC affiliate WTMJ-TV, which itself has branded as "Today's TMJ4" (a branding inspired by the common viewer nickname for the station, "TMJ", in reference to founding owners The Milwaukee Journal) since July 1992. Unlike that station or WTMJ's Boise, Idaho station KIVI-TV (which brands as either "Today's Channel 6" or "Today's 6"), the station branded simply as "Today's THV", omitting verbal references to its VHF channel 11 allocation, although a stylized "11" was included in the station's logo. The station's branding was amended (along with the introduction of a new logo) on February 28, 2013, being revised to "THV 11".
On March 1, 1997, KTHV chief meteorologist Ed Buckner went on the air to cover a significant tornado outbreak that caused damage to much of Arkansas, and produced two destructive F4 tornadoes (out of three that touched down in the state that day): one that touched down near Beirne and struck Arkadelphia, and another that hit the southern and eastern suburbs of Little Rock (causing severe damage in Benton). The outbreak, which produced 19 tornadoes that day, killed 26 people, although it is believed that the death toll would have been much higher without the advance warning provided by Buckner and the rest of the KTHV weather staff. In 2002, KTHV became the first television station in the Little Rock market to erect a digital antenna and the first broadcast a digital television signal.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|11.1||1080i||16:9||KTHV-DT||Main KTHV programming / CBS|
KTHV operates a 24-hour local and national weather channel, "THV11 WeatherNation" on digital subchannel 11.2 and on Comcast digital cable in the Little Rock area, which since 2013, operates as a 24-hour weather channel featuring local weather segments produced by KTHV meteorologists as well as national programming provided by WeatherNation TV. The subchannel originally launched in 2005 as "THV2," a 24-hour news and weather channel similar to KATV's "KATV News Now" channel (which is now available exclusively online and on Comcast digital cable) that featured a mix of rebroadcasts of KTHV's newscasts and live local news and weather updates.
KTHV shut down its analog signal, over VHF, channel 11, 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 remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 12. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 11.
As part of the SAFER Act, KTHV kept its analog signal on the air until June 27 to inform viewers of the digital television transition through a loop of public service announcements from the National Association of Broadcasters.
KTHV clears the entire CBS network schedule; however, the station airs one hour of the CBS Dream Team block (which typically airs on Saturday mornings), on Sunday mornings from 7 to 8 a.m., immediately before CBS News Sunday Morning. Syndicated programs broadcast on KTHV include Dr. Phil, Access Hollywood, Burn Notice, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Right This Minute and CSI: Miami.
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KTHV presently broadcasts 26½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 4½ hours on weekdays, three hours on Saturdays and one hour on Sundays). Weather segments during the station's newscasts are typically presented in the "Weather Garden," a courtyard studio located directly outside the station's Izard Street facility, that includes a chroma key wall to display graphics overlaid in the control room and a robotic camera. Weather updates during CBS This Morning and on "THV11 WeatherNation" are done from a chroma key wall inside the weather center. The concept was inspired by Gannett-owned sister station and NBC affiliate KUSA in Denver, which also conducts its forecasts in a courtyard outside of the station's studios.
On April 6, 2009, KTHV expanded its 6 p.m. newscast to one hour with the addition of a half-hour newscast at 6:30 p.m.; as such, it became the only news-producing station in the market to air a newscast during the 6:30 half-hour. On April 3, 2010, the station debuted a two-hour Saturday morning newscast from 6-8 a.m. (the Saturday edition of The Early Show (which has since been replaced by CBS This Morning Saturday) was pushed one hour later in order to accommodate the newscast; the newscast competes against KATV's Saturday edition of Channel 7 News Daybreak, which had been the only weekend morning newscast in the market prior to the program's launch).
On September 13, 2010, KTHV moved its weekday morning newscast to 4:30 a.m., expanding it to 2½ hours and becoming the first television station in Arkansas to start its weekday morning newscast before 5 a.m. On December 19, 2010, beginning with the 10 p.m. newscast, KTHV became the first television station in the Little Rock market and the state of Arkansas to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition (KTHV had already been broadcasting some syndicated programming such as Dr. Phil and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as well as CBS network programming in HD). The station unveiled a standardized graphics package that was being rolled out to all Gannett stations as part of an on-air revamp on February 28, 2013 (coinciding with the rebranding to "THV 11"), which included color coding for various content categories based on that used by co-owned newspaper USA Today.
Notable current on-air staff
- Alyse Eady - weekday mornings on THV 11 News This Morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.), THV 11 News This Morning (9:00-9:30 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Craig O'Neill - weeknights at 6:00, 6:30 and 10:00 p.m.
Notable former on-air staff
- RabbitEars TV Query for KTHV
- THV11 Weather Nation
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- "UPDATED List of Participants in the Analog Nightlight Program" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. June 12, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
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- THV11.com - Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTHV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTHV-TV
- KTHV Station Profile & Public Inspection Files