|Little Rock, Arkansas|
|City of license||Little Rock|
|Slogan||The Difference in Arkansas|
|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
11.2 THV11 WeatherNation
|Owner||Gannett Company, Inc.
(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|
KTHV, virtual channel 11 (branded on-air as "THV 11"), is the CBS-affiliated television station serving the Little Rock-Pine Bluff television market and central Arkansas. The station is owned by Gannett Company, which purchased the station in 1994. KTHV's transmitter and antenna are located atop Shinall Mountain on the same tower as KARK.
The station broadcasts its digital signal on VHF channel 12, remapped to its former analog channel 11 via PSIP. A 24-hour local and national weather channel, THV11 WeatherNation is carried on KTHV digital channel 11.2. KTHV is available on Comcast in Little Rock on analog cable channel 10 and digital cable channel 233.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|11.1||1080i||16:9||KTHV-DT1||Main KTHV-TV Programming / CBS (HD)|
|11.2||480i||4:3||KTHV-DT2||THV11 WeatherNation (24/7 local and national weather information)|
KTHV requested to transmit in digital only, effective June 12, 2009. After it shut down its analog signal on that date, rescheduled completion date of the nationwide analog television shutdown, which Congress had moved the previous month to June 12, 2009, KTHV-DT remained on its pre-transition digital channel number, 12, using PSIP to display its virtual channel as 11.
In 2005, KTHV launched a 24-hour news and weather channel, called THV2, which like competitor KATV's KATV News Now channel (which is now temporarily available only online and on Comcast Digital Cable until KATV's digital signal can be fully restored as a result of a tower collapse in January 2008) features a mix of rebroadcasts of KTHV's newscasts and live local news and weather updates. The channel aired over virtual digital channel 11-2 (physical RF digital channel 12-2), on Comcast Digital Cable in the Little Rock area.
KTHV first signed on the air on November 27, 1955, and was licensed to the owners of KWKH in Shreveport, the owners of the Arkansas Democrat, and businessman C.E. Lowry, among others. Its callsign is derived from former radio sister station KTHS (whose calls stood Kome To Hot Springs), which later became KAAY after being sold to LIN Broadcasting in the 1960s.
The station's studios at 720 Izard Street in downtown Little Rock were built a year before KTHV's first broadcast, and are where the television station still broadcasts from today. The building was the first in Arkansas to be constructed for both radio and television. KTHV's studios were on the first floor, while KTHS's studios were on the second floor. Though the interior of the station has been periodically upgraded, especially with improved technology, the exterior of the station remains much as it appeared when built in the 1950s.
KTHV was locally owned until December 1994, when Gannett Company acquired the station in an all-stock transaction. The purchase of KTHV marked a re-entry into the Little Rock/Pine Bluff television market for Gannett, which previously had owned and sold KARK-TV (channel 4), the market's NBC affiliate, during the 1980s. The purchase of the station was believed to be positioning on Gannett's part to have a station in the former home of President Bill Clinton.
On March 1, 1997, chief meteorologist Ed Buckner went on the air to cover a significant tornado outbreak that cause damage to much of Arkansas. There were 19 tornadoes that day, the final death toll was 26, though it is believed that it 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 station in the Little Rock television market to erect a digital antenna and broadcast a digital television signal. KTHV had operated for many years a low-powered translator station, K13HP, operating on channel 13 in Euclid Heights, Arkansas, near Hot Springs. This analog transmitter was shut down, and no digital translator was installed to replace it.
KTHV broadcasts CBS' entire schedule, but schedules one hour of CBS' Saturday morning lineup on Sunday mornings before the airing of CBS News Sunday Morning. Current syndicated programming includes Dr. Phil and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, with weekend telecasts of CSI: Miami.
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KTHV broadcasts a total of 26½ hours of local news per week (with 4½ hours on weekdays, three hours on Saturdays and one hour on Sundays). From 1997 until early 2013, the station identified on-air as Today's THV, a branding that may have been inspired by the stations of Journal Broadcast Group, which has two stations using the format; Milwaukee NBC affiliate WTMJ-TV, which has used the Today's TMJ4 branding (inspired by viewers identifying the station solely as "TMJ") since July 1992, and their Boise, Idaho station KIVI-TV, which goes by Today's Channel 6 or Today's 6. Unlike those examples, KTHV's station promos, anchors and reporters during the station's newscasts identified the station as simply "Today's THV" and omitted channel number identification, although a stylized "11" was included in the station's logo.
The station's branding and graphics package were revamped on February 28, 2013, adopting branding as THV 11 and introducing color coding for various content categories similar to that of USA Today.
KTHV's weather forecasts during the station's local newscasts are typically presented outside, in the "Weather Garden". The garden is simply a courtyard located directly outside the station's Izard Street studios, with a chroma key (bluescreen) wall and a robotic camera. Weather forecasts for CBS This Morning and updates seen on THV2 are done from a chroma key wall inside the weather center. The concept was inspired by KTHV's sister station NBC affiliate KUSA-TV in Denver (also owned by Gannett Company), who also does its forecasts in the courtyard of the station's studios.
On April 6, 2009 KTHV expanded its 6 p.m. newscast to one hour with the addition of a 6:30 p.m. newscast, which competes against syndicated programming on KARK, ABC affiliate KATV (channel 7) and Fox affiliate KLRT (channel 16). On April 3, 2010 KTHV launched a Saturday edition of Today's THV This Morning, airing from 6-8 a.m., the Saturday edition of The Early Show was moved back one hour in order to accommodate the newscast; the newscast competes against KATV's Saturday edition of Channel 7 News Daybreak.
On September 13, 2010, KTHV became the first television station in Arkansas to begin its weekday morning newscast before 5 a.m., by adding a half-hour extension of Today's THV This Morning at 4:30 a.m., extending the newscast to 2½ hours. 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 broadcast their 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).
- Channel 11 with George Moore (1955-Early 1960s)
- Dateline News (1970s-early 1980s)
- Newswatch 11 (early 1980s-1982)
- 11 Action News (1982–1997)
- Today's THV (1997–2013)
- 11 on 11: The THV 10:00 Difference (10 p.m. newscast; 1997–present)
- THV 11 News (2013–present)
- "Setting the Standard" (1985–1989)
- "Arkansas' Very Own" (1990–1997)
- "Arkansas' Fastest Growing News Station" (1997–2003; news slogan)
- "Today's THV: See the Difference, Feel the Difference" (1997–2004; general slogan)
- "Today's THV: The Difference" (2004–present; general slogan)
- "Arkansas News and High Definition Leader" (2009–present; news slogan)
- "THV, First in HD" (2010-2011; news slogan)
- "Arkansas' News and Information Leader" (2010–present; news slogan)
- Ashley Blackstone - weekday mornings on THV 11 This Morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
- Phil Buck - Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends on The THV 10:00 Difference at 10:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Melissa Dunbar-Gates - Saturday mornings on THV 11 This Morning (6:00-8:00 a.m.)
- Alyse Eady - weekday mornings on THV 11 This Morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.), THV 11 This Morning (9:00-9:30 a.m) and weekdays at noon.
- Craig O'Neill - weeknights at 6:00, 6:30 and The THV 10:00 Difference at 10:00 p.m.
- Dawn Scott - weeknights at 5:00 and 6:30 p.m.
- Ed Buckner (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 and The THV 10:00 Difference at 10:00 p.m.
- Tom Brannon (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings on THV 11 This Morning (4:30-7:00 and 9:00-9:30 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Sarah Fortner - weather anchor; Saturday mornings on THV 11 This Morning (6:00-8:00 a.m.) and Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends on The THV 10:00 Difference at 10:00 p.m.
- Mark Edwards - sports anchor
- Jessica Duff - sports producer
- Michael Smith - sports reporter and multimedia journalist
- Matt Buhrman - multimedia journalist; also producer
- Marlisa Goldsmith - multimedia journalist
- Lisa Hutson - multimedia journalist
- Meredith Mitchell - multimedia journalist
- Kevin Trager - multimedia journalist
- Daniel Wilkerson - multimedia journalist; also producer
- Dustin Wilson - multimedia journalist
Notable former on-air staff
- [dead link]
- "KTHV to Launch 6:30 P.M. News - 2009-03-28 06:00:00 | Broadcasting & Cable". Broadcastingcable.com. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
- "KTHV Launches 6 A.M. Saturday 'Cast - Station to Station | Blog on Broadcasting & Cable". Broadcastingcable.com. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
- "KTHV Adds 30 Minutes To 'This Morning'". TVNewsCheck.com. 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
- "KTHV Introducing Local News In High Def". TVNewsCheck.com. 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
- "KTHV 11 Action News Open Early 1980s". YouTube. 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
- "T.J. Holmes bio". Retrieved 12 March 2013.
- 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