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|Fort Worth–Dallas, Texas
|City of license||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Slogan||Must Be 21|
|Channels||Digital: 29 (UHF)
Virtual: 21 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||Independent (1980–1995, 2006–present)
(Television Station KTXA Inc.)
|First air date||October 6, 1980|
|Call letters' meaning||TeXas Arlington
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
21 (UHF, 1980–2009)
18 (UHF, 2000–2009, 2009–2011)
19 (UHF, 2009)
|Former affiliations||UPN (1995–2006)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Height||534 meters (1,752 ft)|
KTXA, virtual channel 21 (UHF digital channel 29), is an independent television station located in Fort Worth, Texas, United States which also serves Dallas and the surrounding metropolitan area. The station is owned by the CBS Television Stations subsidiary of CBS Corporation, as part of a duopoly with CBS owned-and-operated station KTVT (channel 11). The two stations share primary studio facilities located on Bridge Street (east of downtown, off Interstate 30) in Fort Worth; KTXA's advertising sales offices are located at CBS Tower on North Central Expressway in Dallas (north of NorthPark Mall); KTXA's transmitter is located in Cedar Hill.
- 1 History
- 2 Digital television
- 3 Programming
- 4 Newscasts
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The channel 21 frequency had previously been occupied by KFWT, an independent station which signed on the air in 1967, but was shut down three years later. KTXA began broadcasting on October 6, 1980 as an independent staiton; the station was originally owned by Grant Broadcasting, and was based from studios located in Arlington, Texas near the new Rangers Ballpark (although Fort Worth has always been the station's city of license). The station ran a general entertainment format of cartoons and sitcoms during the day, while at night it broadcast the subscription television service ONTV, which required a set-top decoder and a subscription fee in order to receive the ONTV signal. By 1983, KTXA became a general entertainment station full-time and added classic movies and off-network drama series.
Grant Broadcasting signed on a similarly formatted station, KTXH in Houston, in 1982. In 1984, both KTXA and KTXH were sold to Gulf Broadcasting, which itself was purchased by the Taft Television and Radio Company that same year.
From 1985 to 1989, KTXA operated the "Channel 21 Kids' Club"; area children were encouraged in short ads that aired between cartoons to send off for a membership card which would entitle them to discounts at various local businesses and enable them to participate in on-air prize giveaways. The thin plastic membership cards were blue on the front side and white on the back, with a "KTXA Channel 21 Kids' Club" logo appearing on the front in red and white along with the line "I turned 21". The hostess of these shorts, K.D. Fox, was later featured in many other local promotions for various businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Channel 21 was unprofitable throughout the 1980s, but Taft kept strong programming on the station (including Hanna-Barbera cartoons and other programs owned by Taft and distributed by Worldvision Enterprises). In February 1987 Taft sold its independent stations, including KTXA, to the TVX Broadcast Group. In 1989, Paramount Pictures purchased a minority stake in TVX; two years later, Paramount acquired the remaining interest in TVX and renamed the company Paramount Stations Group; KTXA adopted the on-air branding "Paramount 21" during this period. Viacom acquired the stations in 1994 as part of its purchase of Paramount Pictures.
On January 16, 1995, KTXA became a charter affiliate of the United Paramount Network (UPN); correspondingly, it changed its branding to "UPN 21". After independent station KTVT joined CBS in July 1995, KTXA acquired various syndicated programs that the station could not air due to its new network-heavy schedule. KTXA became a UPN owned-and-operated station when Viacom acquired a 50% stake in UPN from Chris-Craft Industries in 1996 (up to that point, Paramount maintained only a programming partnership with UPN with Chris-Craft as the network's sole owner).
In the late 1990s, KTXA acquired more first-run syndicated talk and reality shows (such as Forgive or Forget and Ricki Lake), while reducing the amount of sitcoms and cartoons on its schedule. Viacom purchased CBS in 2000, making channel 21 a sister station to its former rival KTVT. KTXA's operations were moved from the Paramount Building in downtown Dallas and integrated with KTVT at its studios in Fort Worth (both are two of three stations licensed to Fort Worth, the other being NBC-owned KXAS-TV, channel 5).
For a brief period in the early 2000s, KTXA served as the de facto UPN affiliate for the Waco/Killeen/Temple television market when former affiliate KAKW became a Univision owned-and-operated station for both that market and the nearby Austin market.
Return to independence
On January 24, 2006, the Warner Bros. unit of Time Warner and CBS Corporation announced that the two companies would shut down The WB and UPN and combine the networks' respective programming to create a new "fifth" network called The CW. Former WB affiliate KDAF (channel 33) was named as the market's CW affiliate (by way of owner Tribune Broadcasting's multi-station deal with the network) and independent KDFI (channel 27) was named as Dallas's MyNetworkTV station (through its ownership by that network's original co-parent, Fox Television Stations). This effectively rendered KTXA as an independent station and made it the third such station owned by CBS, alongside KCAL-TV in Los Angeles and WSBK-TV in Boston (another former UPN outlet) when channel 21 lost its network affiliation upon UPN's shutdown in September 2006 (WSBK later joined MyNetworkTV in September 2011, while CBS purchased independent station WLNY-TV in Riverhead, New York in 2012).
Channel 21's new branding was announced in two parts, starting with the introduction of the "TXA 21" name on May 5, 2006. KTXA then launched a promotional ad campaign called "What Could it Mean?", in which a distinctive star-shaped logo appeared on buildings, sidewalks and billboards around the Metroplex. The new KTXA logo (seen above) was unveiled on July 4. The station's website also revealed that the station planned to begin carrying high school football games that fall. KTXA became an independent station on September 16, 2006, the day after UPN ended network programming.
KTXA is the only station among the six originally owned by Paramount Stations Group that remains owned by CBS; the others were sold off between 1994 and 2001, now owned either by 21st Century Fox or Sinclair Broadcast Group. Because KTXA went independent, the station had competed against former independent KFWD (channel 52) until August 1, 2012 when it became an affiliate of the Spanish-language network MundoFox. It was the only general entertainment independent station in the Dallas-Fort Worth market since then. However, that had changed once again on October 31, 2013 when KTXD (channel 47) became an full-time independent station after dropping the Me-TV affiliation.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|21.1||1080i||16:9||KTXA-DT||Main KTXA programming|
KTXA shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 21, 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 UHF channel 18 to UHF channel 19 for post-transition operations, using PSIP to display KTXA's virtual channel as 21 on digital television receivers. Prior to the shutdown of its analog signal, KTXA ran a sign-off video accompanied by the "Star-Spangled Banner". KTXA was granted permission to move its digital signal from channel 18 to channel 19 in response to its 2008 application. However, to accommodate co-owned KTVT's move back to channel 19 on August 4, 2009, KTXA moved back to channel 18. Prior to August 4, KTXA simulcast KTVT's programming on 21.2.
On September 10, 2009, the FCC issued a Report & Order approving KTXA's channel change from channel 18 to channel 29. On October 21, 2009, KTXA filed a minor change application for their new channel 29 allotment, which the FCC granted them a construction permit on November 19, 2009. On January 20, 2011, KTXA commenced operations on channel 29, and it ceased operations on channel 18 the following day.
Syndicated programming on KTXA includes The People's Court, The King of Queens, How I Met Your Mother, and Jeopardy! (the latter moved to KTXA on August 12, 2013 to allow sister station KTVT to debut a new 11 a.m. newscast). Occasionally as time permits, KTXA may air CBS network programs whenever KTVT is unable to, such as during the NFL preseason during which KTVT airs Dallas Cowboys preseason games. KTXA may also interrupt regularly scheduled programming to simulcast live breaking news coverage from KTVT or CBS News or severe weather coverage from KTVT.
In 2011, KTXA became the Dallas-area Love Network station for the annual MDA Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (KTXA replaced NBC station KXAS-TV, which dropped the telethon, citing issues regarding the new primetime scheduling format for the telethon). The station's first telethon broadcast aired on September 4, 2011, which was also the first year of the telethon in its shorter six-hour format (airing locally from 5 p.m. to midnight). The telethon aired on the station for two years, ending in 2012, when it was renamed the MDA Show of Strength and shortened once again to four hours (from 6 to 10 p.m.). The Show of Strength dropped its syndicated format in 2013, being restructured as a network telecast on ABC.
The station is the over-the-air broadcast outlet for the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and since 2010, the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars. KTXA will broadcast 25 Rangers games each season (usually Friday games) through the 2014 season and 17 Dallas Stars games since the 2010–11 NHL season; KTXA's Rangers telecasts are produced by Fox Sports Southwest and are syndicated to certain stations in the south-central U.S. (such as KSBI in Oklahoma City).
KTXA also serves as the over-the-air broadcaster of Dallas Cowboys regular season games broadcast by either ESPN or NFL Network, in order to satisfy NFL requirements that games be distributed on a broadcast television station in each team's local market for those who do not have access to those networks. KTXA also carried CBS coverage of the 2010 NCAA Tournament game between Baylor and Sam Houston State, while KTVT aired North Texas and Kansas State (such arrangements are no longer possible due to the NCAA joint tournament contract with CBS Sports and Turner Sports effective with the 2011 NCAA season). The station also airs football games from the SEC Network and men's basketball games from the Big 12 Network (both syndication divisions of ESPN Regional Television).
On September 18, 2006, KTVT began producing a nightly primetime newscast for KTXA, titled TXA 21 News: First In Prime, running for two hours from 7-9 p.m.; similar to the format of sister station KCAL-TV's primetime newscasts, the newscasts were originally structured to feature different types of news stories: the 7 p.m. half-hour focused mainly on local news headlines, the 7:30 half-hour focused on state and national news and the 8 p.m. hour focused on general news. On September 24, 2007, KTVT began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition; the KTXA newscasts were included in the upgrade. Although their newscasts were broadcasting around the 7 p.m.-9 p.m. hours, KTXA did not have any direct competition, but to an extent could have been a competitor to the 9 p.m newscasts on KDFW and KDAF.
On September 12, 2011, KTXA cut back the newscast an hour-long block consisting of a half-hour local newscast at 7 p.m. and a half-hour sports program at 7:30 p.m. (America's Funniest Home Videos replaced the 8 p.m. hour of the newscast). On October 31, 2011, KTXA cancelled its newscast outright and expanded its sports program, which was renamed The Fan Sports Show, which continued to be hosted by then-sports director Gina Miller. Until September 2011, KTXA also carried the syndicated morning news program The Daily Buzz on weekdays (later moved to KFWD, now on KDFI). KTXA formerly produced local cut-ins featuring local news, weather and entertainment stories that appeared during the program, branded as Buzzed into DFW and anchored by Christina McLarty (now a correspondent with omg! Insider).
- TXA 21 News: First In Prime (2006–2010 and 2011)
- TXA 21 News: Local Edition (7 and 8 p.m. newscasts; 2010–2011)
- TXA 21 News: Texas & U.S. Edition (7:30 p.m. newscast; 2010–2011)
- TXA 21 News: The FAN (7:30 p.m. sportscast; 2010–2011)
- The Fan Sports Show (sportscast; October 2011–present)
- "Texas Turns Us On" (mid-late 1980s)
- "21 and Only KTXA" (early 1990s)
- "TV With Attitude" (2000–2002)
- "Turn It Up" (2002–2004; also a UPN network slogan during the same time period)
- "Made You Look" (2004–2006)
- "As Independent As Texas" (2006–2009; general slogan)
- "First In Prime" (2006-2011; newscast slogan)
- "Must Be 21" (2009–present; a reference to the phrase "Must be 21 or Older")
- "It's On 21" (2011–2012; first seen with promos relating to the upcoming signal boost)
- 'Gilmore Girls' meet 'Smackdown'; CW Network to combine WB, UPN in CBS-Warner venture beginning in September, CNNMoney.com, January 24, 2006.
- UPN and WB to Combine, Forming New TV Network, The New York Times, January 24, 2006.
- Me-TV Adds New Dallas Affiliate, KTXA - TVNewsCheck
- RabbitEars TV Query for KTXA
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- CDBS Print
- Eggerton, John (2009-09-11). "FCC Approves KTVT, KTXA Channel Move". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
- TXA 21 Improving Signal Strength
- “Jeopardy!” Moves To TXA 21
- MDA Telethon - CBS DFW (accessed August 23, 2011)
- MDA Show of Strength Telethon Moves to ABC - Quest (released July 1, 2013)
- ‘MDA’ Telethon Heads to Primetime on ABC, Variety, June 17, 2013.
- Halftime for TXA21 prime-time news, with the 8 to 9 p.m. hour being dropped
- KTXA 21 News in HD Open at 7pm
- KTXA Texas Turns Us On Promo 1987
- CBSDFW.com - Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTXA
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTXA-TV
- DFW Radio/TV History