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Sioux City, Iowa
United States
Branding KTIV 4 (general)
News 4 (newscasts)
Slogan Siouxland's News Channel
Channels Digital: 41 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
Subchannels 4.1 NBC
4.2 The CW
4.3 Me-TV
Translators K24JG-D Norfolk NE
Affiliations NBC (primary until 1967; exclusive 1967-present)
Owner Quincy Newspapers
(KTIV Television, Inc.)
First air date October 10, 1954 (1954-10-10)
Call letters' meaning Television
IV (Roman numeral 4)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
4 (VHF, 1954-2009)
Former affiliations Both secondary:
ABC (1954-1965)
CBS (1965-1967)
The WB (until 2006)
Transmitter power 873 kW
Height 609 m
Facility ID 66170
Transmitter coordinates 42°35′11.8″N 96°13′19.7″W / 42.586611°N 96.222139°W / 42.586611; -96.222139
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.ktiv.com

KTIV "NEWS 4" is an NBC television station in Sioux City, Iowa, broadcasting on digital channel 41.

KTIV also carries The CW Television Network, which replaced The WB network in September 2006, on its 4.2 digital subchannel.

On June 6, 2013, Me-TV launched its new digital subchannel on 4.3, and it identifies locally as Me-TV Siouxland.


After overcoming some construction obstacles, including having to raise the microwave tower height twice to avoid interference with a tree which blocked the microwave signal, KTIV made its broadcasting debut on Sunday, October 10, 1954. That first broadcast evening included four NBC shows: "People are Funny" at 6 p.m.; "The Liebman Spectacular" from 6:30-8 p.m.; "The Television Playhouse" from 8-9 p.m.; and "The Loretta Young Show" from 9-9:30 p.m.[1]

The station has always been an NBC affiliate, but it shared ABC programming with KVTV/KCAU-TV until September 2, 1967, when KCAU switched its primary affiliation to ABC. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[2]

For many years, the station was co-owned with the Sioux City Journal. Quincy Newspapers bought KTIV in 1989.

In June 2011, KTIV's newscasts began to be broadcast in high definition. It was the second station in the Sioux City market (after KCAU) to begin broadcasting news in HD, and the last station in the market to begin using a widescreen format for local news.

Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw and former KNBC anchor Paul Moyer began their television careers at KTIV.[3][4]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
4.1 1080i 16:9 KTIV-DT Main KTIV programming / NBC
4.2 720p KTIV-CW Siouxland CW
4.3 480i 4:3 KTIV-ME Me-TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KTIV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, at 1:30 p.m. 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).[6][7] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 41, using PSIP to display KTIV's virtual channel as 4 on digital television receivers.

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast Titles[edit]

  • The Channel 4 Report (1954-1966)
  • The Sixth Hour Report/The Eleventh Hour Report (1966-1974)
  • TV-4 Total News (1974-1976)
  • Action News (1976-1979)
  • NewsCenter 4 (1979-1990)
  • Channel 4 News (1990-2001)
  • NewsChannel 4 (2001–2011)
  • News 4 (2011–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • Action News: Siouxland's Number One News Team (1976-1979)
  • Hello Siouxland, Channel 4 Loves You (1981-1990; used during period station used Frank Gari's "Hello News")
  • In Touch with Siouxland (1986-1990)
  • Siouxland's NewsChannel (1990–present)
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Current On-air Staff[edit]

News anchors

  • Matt Breen - weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m. (also News Producer)
  • Shelia Brummer - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. (also News Producer)
  • Al Joens - weekday mornings News 4 Today and noon (also News Producer)
  • Sarah Te Slaa - weekday mornings News 4 Today (also News Producer)
  • Robert Lowe - Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5 and weekends at 10 p.m. (also Multimedia Journalist)

Multimedia Journalists

  • Brianna Clark - Multimedia Journalist
  • Kayah Gausman - Multimedia Journalist

Storm Team 4

  • Ron Demers (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Ben Dorenbach - Meteorologist; Weekday Mornings News 4 Today and noon
  • Beverly Perry - Meteorologist; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5 and weekends at 10 p.m.

SportsFource Team

  • Brad Pautsch - Sports Director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Mark Freund - Sports Anchor; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5 and weekends at 10 p.m.

News personnel[edit]

  • Bridget Schettler-Breen - Station Manager
  • Christy Batien - Content Manager
  • Tia Heidebrecht - Internet Director
  • Leah Schwartz - Chief Photographer
  • Paul Lockwood - 6pm & 10pm News producer
  • Morgan Kulzer - 5pm News Producer & Desk Assistant
  • Nissan Brown - Morning News Producer
  • Jordan Ogren - News Editor

Production Staff[edit]

  • Tom Stock - Production Manager
  • MaryAnn Farley - Evening Director
  • Greg Fisher - Morning Director
  • Darren Johnson - Weekend Director
  • Don Brockberg - Master Control/Audio
  • Randy Kascht - Master Control/Audio
  • Kelsey Wurster - Master Control
  • Troy Martin - Master Control

Notable former staff[edit]

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KTIV's signal is re-broadcast over this following translator:[10]

KTIV formerly re-broadcast over these translators:


  1. ^ KTIV History, KTIV website, archived from the original April 21, 2006; original page has since been deleted.
  2. ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films", Boxoffice, November 10, 1956: 13 
  3. ^ a b Schneider, Michael (April 1, 2009). "KNBC’s Paul Moyer set to retire". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Wishart, David J. (2004). Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. University of Nebraska Press. p. 507. ISBN 9780803247871. 
  5. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KTIV
  6. ^ Today is the day for digital TV switch, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, February 17, 2009
  7. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations
  8. ^ Dreeszen, Dave (March 29, 2003). "Sioux City's first television station, KCAU, marks 50 years on the air". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ron Demers VITA". Sioux City Journal. April 11, 2007. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ REC Broadcast Query, retrieved July 25, 2006.

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