/Iowa City, Iowa
|Branding||KWWL 7 (general)
Iowa’s NewsChannel 7 (newscasts)
|Slogan||Iowa’s News Channel
We've Got You Covered
|Channels||Digital: 7 (VHF)|
7.2 This TV
|Owner||Quincy Newspapers, Inc.
(KWWL Television, Inc.)
|First air date||November 29, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||Keep Watching WaterLoo or Waterloo Way Leads|
|Former callsigns||KWWL-TV (1953–1983)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog: 7 (1953–2009)
Digital: 55 (2003–2009)
|Former affiliations||DuMont (1953-1956)
RTV (on DT2, 2009-2011)
|Transmitter power||21.8 kW|
KWWL is the NBC-affiliated television station in Waterloo, Iowa, and serves as the primary NBC affiliate for the northeastern third of the state of Iowa, including 21 counties and the larger cities of Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Iowa City. The station operates on VHF channel 7. KWWL is owned by Quincy Newspapers. Its transmitter is located at the AFLAC Tower north of Rowley, Iowa.
The station's studios are located in Waterloo, Iowa. KWWL also operates newsrooms and sales offices in Cedar Rapids and Dubuque. Syndicated programs aired by KWWL include Dr. Phil, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, The Doctors and Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
In addition to its primary digital channel, KWWL operated KWWL StormTrack7 on their second digital subchannel. After NBC bought The Weather Channel, NBC Weather Plus network feeds ended in December 2008; the station now carries This TV Network on the subchannel. KWWL also transmitted The Tube digital music video channel until the network ceased operations on October 1, 2007. It later carried classic programming from Retro Television Network on DT3. On April 27, 2011, the station replaced RTV programming in favor of This TV's sister network, Me-TV.
|7.1||1080i||16:9||Main KWWL programming / NBC HD|
On February 17, 2009, KWWL returned to channel 7 when the analog to digital conversion completed and the "KWWL" callsign was legally transferred from the now-defunct analog channel 7 to the new digital channel 7, with the "KWWL-DT" callsign being permanently discontinued. However, the PSIP identifier still identifies KWWL's main channel on 7.1 as "KWWL-DT."
On November 1, 2010, the FCC granted KWWL a construction permit for a 300-watt digital fill-in translator on channel 7 (the same frequency as their main channel). The translator will serve the immediate part and areas northwest of Dubuque. The permit was later cancelled on June 6, 2013
When the Federal Communications Commission opened up bids for channel 7 in Waterloo, it was obvious that the license would either go to Sonderling Broadcasting, owner of KXEL (AM 1540), or R.J. McElroy and his Black Hawk Broadcasting Company, owner of KWWL (AM 1330, now KWLO). After a long legal battle, Black Hawk won the license, and KWWL-TV signed on for the first time on November 29, 1953—a Thanksgiving Day present to eastern Iowa.
In 1980, Black Hawk agreed in principle to merge with Forward Communications. However, the FCC told Black Hawk and Forward that it would have to sell either KWWL-AM-FM or channel 7. The KWWL stations had been grandfathered under a 1970s FCC rule banning common ownership of radio and television stations. When Forward decided to keep the radio stations, Black Hawk sold channel 7 to Aflac just before the merger closed. In 1997, Aflac sold its entire broadcasting division, including KWWL, to Raycom Media.
In 2006, Raycom sold KWWL and a handful of other stations following its purchase of The Liberty Corporation in late 2005. Quincy Newspapers became owner of KWWL on July 1, 2006. The merger made QNI the owner of four of the NBC affiliates serving Iowa, along with flagship station WGEM-TV in Quincy, Illinois; KTIV in Sioux City and KTTC in Rochester, Minnesota.
|This section requires expansion with: further information on the history KWWL's news operation. (October 2011)|
On April 11, 2010, KWWL became the first station in eastern Iowa and the first QNI station to broadcast its newscasts in high definition. At this time, its updated its logo, removing the large blue circle that surrounded the 7.
- The Shell Oil Newsreel (1953-1956)
- The Eastern Iowa News Report (1956-1960)
- KWWL-TV News (1960-1966)
- The 6 o'clock Report/The 10 o'clock Report (1966-1970)
- Channel 7 News (1970-1976)
- NewsCenter 7 (1976–1992)
- KWWL News (1992–2010)
- Iowa's NewsChannel 7 (2010–present)
- "Eastern Iowa's Complete Information News Service" (1970s–early 1980s)
- "Iowa’s NewsChannel" (1992–present; primary slogan)
- "Coverage You Can Count On" (1999–2004; news slogan)
- "Eastern Iowa's Only Local News in High Definition" (2010–2012)
- "Eastern Iowa's First Local News in High Definition" (2012)
- "We've Got You Covered" (2012–present)
- Natasha Chughtai - weekday mornings and noon
- Jason Carter - weekday mornings and noon
- Ron Steele - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Amanda Goodman - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Danielle Wagner - weekend mornings; also weeknight reporter
- Bob Waters - weekend evenings; also weeknight reporter
Storm Track 7 Weather
- Mark Schnackenberg (member, AMS; member, NWA) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Denice Pelster - meteorologist; weekend mornings
- Jeff Kennedy (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekend evenings (former chief meteorologist)
- Eileen Loan - meteorologist; weekday mornings and noon
- Rick Coleman - sports director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
- Mark Woodley - sports anchor; weekend evenings
- Shelley Russell- general assignment reporter
- Jason Epner - Iowa City reporter
- Becca Habegger - Tri-States reporter
- Lauren DeWitt- Tri-States reporter
- Michael Crowe- general assignment reporter
- Nikki Newbrough - general assignment reporter
- Ally Crutcher - general assignment reporter
- Michelle Corless- Cedar Rapids reporter
Former on-air staff
- Paul Burmeister - sports anchor/reporter (now at NFL Network)
- Chris Carter - morning and noon anchor (contract not renewed in 2010)
- Bobbi Earles - weeknight anchor
- Craig Johnson - chief meteorologist (later meteorologist for Good Day Iowa on KFXA, currently Executive Director of Iowa Academy of Science)
- Ann Kerian - weeknight anchor
- Sunny Layne - weekday mornings and noon (left to be closer to family)
- Jennifer Hildreth - meteorologist; weekend mornings. (now at KGAN)
- Ian Leonard - chief meteorologist (now at KMSP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul)
- Bryan Lessly - sports director
- Tara Thomas- weeknight anchor; took a job with the Waterloo School District
- Liz Mathis - weeknight anchor (later at KCRG, currently employed by Four Oaks in Cedar Rapids)
- Trace Regan - reporter (now professor of journalism and department chair at Ohio Wesleyan University)
- Mark Steines (later became a correspondent, and eventually, co-host of the syndicated newsmagazine Entertainment Tonight from August 24, 1995 to July 27, 2012; now co-host of Hallmark Channel's Home & Family)
- Donald (Don) D. Ramsell - Evening news anchor (left in 1964 for WBBM-TV in Chicago)
- Tami Wiencek - weekend anchor/reporter (later a Republican state representative for the 21st district of Iowa)
- http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?id=233579[dead link]
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- "KWWL-TV Affiliates With Dumont Network", The Oelwein Daily Register, 1953-11-14: 7
- "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films", Boxoffice, November 10, 1956: 13[dead link]
- http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?id=279198[dead link]
- KWWL.com - News & Weather for Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids & Iowa City, Iowa | - HOME Archived 15 September 2009 at WebCite
- News Team
1. Lipps, Rick and Weaver, Tim. KWWL Station History (http://www.kwwl.com/Global/story.asp?S=277765) Date Accessed: July 30, 2005. Waterloo: KWWL.
- KWWL Web Site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KWWL
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KWWL-TV