|KVII: Amarillo, Texas
KVIH: Clovis-Portales, New Mexico
Amarillo's CW (DT2)
|Slogan||Leading The Way In The Panhandle Spirit
News to Talk About (DT2)
KVII: 7 (UHF)
KVIH: 12 (VHF)
The CW (DT2)
|Owner||Sinclair Broadcast Group
(KVII Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||KVII: December 21, 1957
KVIH: December 2, 1956
|Call letters' meaning||KVII:
VII = Roman numeral 7
variation of KVII with an H
|Former callsigns||KVII: none
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
7 (VHF, 1957-2009)
12 (VHF, 1956-2009)
KVII: 23 (UHF)
KVIH: 20 (UHF)
|Former affiliations||KVII: none
KVIH: CBS (1956-1979)
DT3: The AccuWeather Channel (2008-2013)
|Transmitter power||KVII: 21.9 kW
KVIH: 5 kW
|Height||KVII: 519 m
KVIH: 204 m
|Facility ID||KVII: 40446
KVII-TV, virtual channel 7, is an ABC-affiliated television station in Amarillo, Texas, it is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group. The station also operates a satellite station in Clovis, New Mexico: KVIH-TV (digital channel 12). KVII has a transmitter located north of Amarillo in unincorporated Potter County, while studios are located at One Broadcast Center inside a pyramid-shaped building in the downtown area (across the street from KAMR-TV/KCPN-LP/KCIT). It is the largest ABC affiliate on channel 7 not owned by the network (with the exception of WXYZ, KMGH, WJLA, KOAT and KATV)
KVII and satellite station KVIH serve viewers across a four-state region including the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, eastern New Mexico and southwestern Kansas. The station is broadcast over-the-air and via cable carriage and several UHF translators. In addition to Amarillo and Clovis, cities served include Canyon, Dumas, Pampa, Borger, Hereford, Muleshoe, Dalhart, Clarendon and Childress, Texas; Clayton, Tucumcari, Logan, San Jon and Portales, NM; Guymon, Boise City and Beaver, Okla.; and Elkhart and Liberal, Kan. Syndicated programming on KVII/KVIH includes: Judge Judy, Live! with Kelly and Michael, Wheel of Fortune, Ellen, The World's Funniest Moments, Steve Harvey, and Katie.
|7.1||720p||16:9||Main KVII/KVIH programming / ABC|
KVII signed on for the first time on December 21, 1957. This made Amarillo one of the smallest markets to have full service from all three networks. In 1967, the station was sold to Stanley Marsh 3.
KVII formerly operated another satellite, KVIJ-TV channel 8 in Sayre, Oklahoma, from 1976 to 1992. KVIJ ceased operations because most viewers in its area of western Oklahoma received their network programming via cable. This gave them access to stations from the Oklahoma City or Wichita Falls-Lawton DMAs including ABC affiliates KOCO and KSWO-TV, respectively, and very few actually tuned into KVIJ directly. The former studio and transmitter site of KVIJ now sit vacant northwest of Sayre at the intersection of state highways 6 and 152, at . Channel 8 began operations in 1961 as CBS affiliate KSWB-TV (licensed to Elk City, Oklahoma; its call sign related to original owner South West Broadcasting), and changed its call letters to KFDO-TV in 1966 when it became a satellite of Amarillo's CBS affiliate, KFDA-TV (at that time, channel 8 moved to Sayre). In 1976, it was sold to Marsh.
Also in 1976, KFDA's then-satellite station in Clovis, KFDW channel 12, was sold to Mel Wheeler (manager and a part owner of KFDA's then-ownership). The station remained a satellite of KFDA until 1979, when the station was sold to McAlister TV in Lubbock, Texas, and began operating as an adjunct to ABC affiliate KAMC (channel 28) in Lubbock under the call sign of KMCC. After the death of Bill McAlister, KMCC was sold to Marsh in 1986 and became a KVII satellite, changing the call letters to KVIH in the process.
From 1999 to 2006, KVII helped provide an Amarillo affiliate station of The WB Television Network. KVII promoted and sold advertising for the network, while Amarillo's cable television operator broadcast the station on a cable channel. On September 18, 2006, KVII's DT2 subchannel became the area's new affiliates of The CW Television Network.
In 2002, Stanley Marsh sold the station to Atlanta-based New Vision Group. In 2005, New Vision Group's parent company sold the station to Barrington Broadcasting for $22.5 million. By mid-October 2006, the digital signal was fully operating, coinciding with the introduction of a viewer-interactive newscast, in which viewers can send e-mails with questions and concerns in regards to the stories and features in the newscasts.
KVII-TV uses the "Circle 7 logo" shared with ABC's owned-and-operated stations (O&O) and many ABC affiliates with Channel 7 frequencies. The Circle 7 logo has been in use continuously at KVII-TV since 1968, when it was adopted by then-owner Marsh Media shortly after purchasing the station.
The Pro News title has been used at KVII-TV continuously since Marsh Media purchased the station from John Walton in late 1967. For many years, the 10 p.m. edition of Pro News was a 45-minute broadcast, but has been truncated back to 35 minutes in recent years. Also, Pro News 7 broadcast a noon newscast on Sundays during the 1970s and 1980s, along with the noon broadcast Monday through Friday. When general manager John Tyler moved to WQXI-TV, now WXIA-TV in Atlanta in 1972, he took the Pro News title, expanded the 11 p.m. newscast to 40 minutes, and added noon newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays. In February 2012, KVII-TV launched a weeknight 9 p.m. newscast on digital subchannel 7.2.
- The Panhandle News Report (1957–1962)
- The Jim Harris Report (1962–1966)
- K-7 News (1966–1967)
- Pro News (1967–1996)
- Pronews 7 (1996–present)
- "Stereo 7" (1982–1984)
- "The Panhandle Spirit" (1987–present; uses variant Catch The Panhandle Spirit since 2009)
- You're on KVII-TV Channel 7 Amarillo, Number One In Texas" (1986-1995)
- "Coverage You Can Count On" (1996-2002)
Current on-air staff
- Meredith Keller - weekday mornings Daybreak; also reporter
- Anthony Pittman - weekday mornings Daybreak; also reporter
- Jay Ricci - weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
- Lisa Schmidt - weeknights at 5 and 6 p.m. and also at 9 p.m. on KVII-DT2 ant"CW Amarillo"
- Lindsey Stiner - Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
StormSearch 7 Weather
- Steve Kersh (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; Daybreak
- Alyssa Pawlak (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekdays at noon & 5 p.m.; also Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.
- Brian James (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weeknights 5, 6 & 10 p.m.
- Lee Baker - sports director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
- Kale Steed - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.
- Jeff Stebbins - general assignment reporter
- Marissa Lucero - general assignment reporter
- Janice Yu - general assignment reporter
- Jessica Abuchaibe - Daybreak entertainment reporter; also midday anchor
Former on-air staff
- Ben McCain - anchor/reporter (1976–1978; now anchor, reporter and actor)
- Lisa Kudrow - anchor/reporter (1985-1988; now actress, best known for playing Phoebe Buffay on Friends.)
- Kara DioGuardi - weekend sports anchor/reporter (1991-1993; now recording artist and former judge on American Idol.)
- Carrie Criado - anchor/reporter (1988-1990)
- Donna Cordova - anchor/reporter (now at KTXL in Sacramento, CA)
- Jim Pratt - anchor (1960s)
- Debbie Davis - anchor/reporter
- Bob Izzard - anchor (1960s)
- Chip Chandler (August 25, 2006). "KVII benefitting from partnership with the WB". Amarillo Globe-News.
- George Schwarz (January 20, 2005). "KVII changes ownership". Amarillo Globe-News.
- Greg Rohloff (January 20, 2005). "Marsh set to sell station to TV group". Amarillo Globe-News.
- Malone, Michael (February 28, 2013). "Sinclair's Chesapeake TV Acquires Barrington Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
- KVII ProNews 7 Amarillo 6PM Open (May 1995)
- Connect Amarillo|Our Team
- ConnectAmarillo.com - Official Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KVII
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KVIH
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KVII-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KVIH-TV