KXAS-TV

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KXAS-TV
KXAS-TV logo.png
Fort WorthDallas, Texas
United States
City of license Fort Worth, Texas
Branding NBC 5 (general)
NBC 5 News (newscasts)
Slogan Texas connect us
Channels Digital: 41 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
Subchannels 5.1 NBC
5.2 Cozi TV
Affiliations NBC (O&O)
Owner NBCUniversal
(Station Venture Operations, LP)
First air date September 29, 1948; 65 years ago (1948-09-29)
Call letters' meaning TeXAS
Sister station(s) KXTX-TV
Former callsigns WBAP-TV (1948–1974)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
5 (VHF, 1948–2009)
Transmitter power 891 kW
Height 506 meters (1,660 ft)
Facility ID 49330
Transmitter coordinates 32°35′7″N 96°58′6″W / 32.58528°N 96.96833°W / 32.58528; -96.96833
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.nbcdfw.com

KXAS-TV, channel 5, is an NBC owned-and-operated television station serving the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The station is owned by the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal, and is part of a duopoly with Telemundo owned-and-operated station KXTX-TV (channel 39). The two stations share studios located at The Studios at DFW at the CentrePort Business Park on Amon Carter Boulevard in Fort Worth (near the DFW Airport), and its transmitter is located in Cedar Hill.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air on September 28, 1948 as WBAP-TV, the first television station in the state of Texas; it was owned by Fort Worth Star-Telegram publisher Amon G. Carter, who also owned longtime NBC Blue Network affiliate WBAP (820 AM). The following year, the two stations were joined by WBAP-FM (96.3 FM, now KSCS). Its signal was originally transmitted from a 400 foot tower at the Broadcast Hill studios (supporting microwave and remote antennas). In 1957, a taller tower was built at the west end of the studio property. Even though it was obvious that Dallas and Fort Worth would be a single television market, Carter, who had long been a booster for the Fort Worth area, did not care whether Dallas residents could view channel 5. WBAP-TV and its FM sister moved to the 1,500-foot Cedar Hill candelabra tower shared by WFAA (channel 8) and KRLD-TV (channel 4, now KDFW) in 1964, reportedly only after NBC threatened to yank its affiliation. Before this, WFAA-TV served as the NBC affiliate for the eastern half of the market.

During NBC's coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, news reports from WBAP-TV's studios were transmitted in color, with NBC broadcasting the coverage in New York City from a black and white studio (WBAP-TV was one of the earliest television stations to convert its local programming to color). On November 24, 1963, a remote unit owned by KTVT (channel 11) that was loaned to WBAP-TV[1] and set up at Dallas Police Headquarters, fed the live images of accused Presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald being gunned down by Jack Ruby to the NBC network. It was the first time that a murder had been witnessed live on U.S. network television.

The station was owned by the Carter family trusts until 1974, when the Federal Communications Commission barred common ownership of newspapers and television stations in the same market except for a few grandfathered combinations. The FCC grandfathered Belo's newspaper/radio/television combination of the Dallas Morning News and WFAA-AM-FM-TV, but declined to grant protection for the Star-Telegram and WBAP-AM-FM-TV. The Carters then decided to break up their media empire; WBAP-TV was then sold to LIN Broadcasting for $35 million, the sale was finalized in the summer of 1974; the station's callsign was subsequently changed to KXAS-TV. Meanwhile, the Star-Telegram, WBAP-AM and KSCS were sold to Capital Cities Communications (the newspaper is now owned by the McClatchy Company, while the two radio stations are now owned by Cumulus Media).

On January 25, 1986, Thomas Stephens, who had been served divorce papers from his wife the day before, shot and killed himself with .357-caliber pistol on-air during KXAS's live coverage of a standoff at a local 7-Eleven store. Stephens, believing they encouraged her to seek the divorce, shot his wife's two co-workers, killing one and wounding another. His wife, Patricia, slipped away while he was talking to police over the phone.[2]

In 1987, the Cedar Hill tower was severely damaged when an F-4 military aircraft on approach to Dallas Naval Air Station clipped several guy wires, briefly knocking KXAS, WFAA and KDFW off the air for a few seconds of the first few minutes of the incident. Auxiliary facilities were improvised at the nearby tower belonging to KXTX-TV (which itself would collapse during tower maintenance in 1996). KXAS opted to build new transmitter facilities to the east of the old tower, on acres of land that had been owned by the station since the 1960s.

KXAS logo, used from 1999 to 2012.
Alternate on-air logo.

When AT&T Corporation acquired LIN Broadcasting in 1994, its broadcasting assets were spun off into a separate company known as LIN Television Corporation. LIN Television wholly owned the station until March 1998, when it sold a 76% share of KXAS to NBC, in exchange for a 24% share of San Diego's KNSD (which NBC had recently purchased from New World Communications, owner of KDFW until it and New World's other Fox affiliates were sold to Fox in 1996) and cash. The joint venture between NBC and LIN was named Station Venture Holdings, LLC.[3] As part of the deal, NBC took control of KXAS' operations.[4]

In 2001, NBC purchased KXTX (which aligned that station with Telemundo – which NBC purchased two years earlier – in January 2002), creating a duopoly between that station and KXAS. On November 19, 2009, a fire in the electrical room of the station's Fort Worth studios knocked both stations off the air; fire alarms went off at 9:30 p.m., which led to the studio being evacuated, disrupting the 10 p.m. newscasts on KXAS and KXTX.[5] In February 2013, LIN Media withdrew itself from the Station Venture Operations joint venture as part of a corporate reorganization. As a result, NBC gained full ownership of KXAS and regained full ownership in KNSD.[6]

In June 2012, NBCUniversal announced plans to construct a new 75,000-square-foot facility in Fort Worth (located at the CentrePort Business Park on the former site of Amon Carter Field) to house KXAS, KXTX and NBCUniversal's other Dallas-based operations (including the NBC News Dallas bureau). Construction of the facility began that month,[7] and was completed in September 2013. Sales and marketing departments, and NBC's ArtWorks graphics firm began migrating to the facility in early October; all other operations – including KXAS and KXTX's news departments – will move to the Carter Boulevard studio by the end of that month, ending KXAS's 65-year tenure at Broadcast Hill on Fort Worth's east side.[8][9]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[10]
5.1 1080i 16:9 KXAS-HD Main KXAS-TV programming / NBC
5.2 480i COZI Cozi TV

KXAS also has a Mobile DTV feed of subchannel 5.1, broadcasting at 1.83 Mbit/s.[11][12]

Logo for NBC DFW Nonstop until 2012.

Digital subchannel 5.2 previously carried NBC Weather Plus, until the network shut down on December 1, 2008.[13] On December 23,[citation needed] the channel was revamped as NBC Plus,[14] an automated service featuring local weather information, alongside audio from NOAA Weather Radio station KEC55 in Fort Worth, and alternately from KEC56 in Dallas.[citation needed] On May 4, 2011, programming on 5.2 switched to DFW Nonstop, which featured a mix of originally-produced news and lifestyle programming and rebroadcasts of KXAS newscasts;[15] it was relaunched as Cozi TV in December 2012. The channel is also available to Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and Grande Communications customers in the Metroplex.[16]

In January 2009, KXAS began carrying Universal Sports on digital subchannel 5.3.[14] Universal Sports converted to a cable- and satellite-exclusive service on December 31, 2011, dropping its over-the-air subchannel affiliations.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KXAS-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 5, 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 transition period UHF channel 41,[17][18] using PSIP to display KXAS-TV's virtual channel as 5 on digital television receivers.

As part of the SAFER Act,[19] KXAS kept its analog signal on the air starting with a brief test pattern at noon that day, followed by a loop of public service announcements from the National Association of Broadcasters to inform viewers of the digital transition that ran until June 26.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programming on the station includes The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Extra, Steve Harvey and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. KXAS served as the longtime "Love Network" affiliate of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon for 38 years from 1973 to 2011, when the telethon was reduced to a six-hour primetime telecast on the Sunday before Labor Day; it moved to KTXA (channel 21) to avoid interfering with NBC's Sunday primetime schedule (in its latter years on KXAS, substantial portions of the telethon had been preempted due to the station's NBC entertainment and sports programming commitments).[20]

News operation[edit]

KXAS presently broadcasts 32 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 5½ hours on weekdays and 3½ hours each on Saturdays and Sundays). In addition to the newscasts seen on KXAS, the station also produces 2½ hours of news on weekdays for its Cozi TV digital subchannel in the form of a half-hour 6:30 p.m. newscast.[21]

In the late 1960s, Fort Worth native Bob Schieffer began his broadcast career at WBAP-TV as a reporter and anchor of the 10 p.m. newscast. Schieffer went on to Washington, D.C. as a reporter for WTTG and the now-defunct Metromedia news service, then embarked on a long career with CBS News. KXAS is locally known for its weather coverage; it claims to be the first station to have hired only full-time meteorologists. One of its first, Harold Taft, was employed with the station for over 40 years. On March 28, 2000, while an F3 tornado was ripping through downtown Fort Worth, a tower camera operated by the station caught the tornado on air live during the 6 p.m. newscast as KXAS chief meteorologist David Finfrock was warning viewers at home about the tornado warning for Tarrant County.

On September 7, 2007, KXAS-TV began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. On January 16, 2009, KXAS began sharing its news helicopter with Fox owned-and-operated KDFW (channel 4), under a Local News Service agreement.[22]

Ratings[edit]

According to the local Nielsen ratings for the February 2011 sweeps period, KXAS placed second in the 6 a.m. time period among total viewers and adults age 25–54 years old; this in direct comparison to the same time period the year before, when it placed first in that timeslot, aided by NBC's coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. KXAS placed third at 5 p.m. among total viewers and adults 25-54, in last place at 6 p.m. among both total viewers and with adults 25-54, and placed third at 10 p.m. with total viewers and last with 25-54 year olds.[23]

For the May 2011 sweeps period, the 10 p.m. newscast placed last among adults 25-54 and in third with total viewers (overall, all four stations showed year-to-year gains in total viewers while only KXAS was down slightly among 25-to-54-year-olds); the station's morning newscast had placed third in both demographics. In total viewers, the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts also finished in last place among the Metroplex's late newscasts, though the 5 p.m. newscast was in third (behind KTVT) in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic (the 6 p.m. newscast placed last behind KTVT among adults 25-54). The morning newscast was the only KXAS newscast to rank above third place in total viewership (though it, along with KTVT and WFAA's morning newscasts all lost viewers in both key demos to KDFW, which ranked first).[24]

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • The Texas News (1948–1971 and 1974–1979; simply known as Texas News, formerly used on KTRK-TV in Houston in the 1960s)
  • News at Six/News at Ten (late 1960s)
  • Area Five Texas News (1971–1974)
  • Action News (1979–1984)
  • Channel 5 News (1984–1989)[25]
  • Texas News 5 (1989–1998)[26]
  • NBC 5 Texas News (1998–2000)
  • NBC 5 News (2000–present)[27]

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Five Keeps Bringing It Home To You" (1970–1980)
  • "Channel 5, Proud as a Peacock" (1979-1981)
  • "Channel 5, Our Pride is Showing" (1981-1982)
  • "We're Channel 5, Just Watch Us Now" (1982-1983)
  • "Channel 5 There, Be There" (1983-1984)
  • "Channel 5, Let's All Be There" (1984-1986)
  • "Channel 5 News, The Team to Watch for News" (1985–1989)
  • "Come Home to Channel 5" (1986-1987)
  • "Come on Home to Channel 5" (1987-1988)
  • "Come Home to the Best, Only on Channel 5" (1988-1990)
  • "Building a Better Texas" (1989–1992)
  • "Channel 5, The Place to Be" (1990-1992)
  • "The Texas News Channel" (1992–2003) (Later used by sister station WNBC from 1995-2003 as "The Tri-State NewsChannel")
  • "Not Just What Happens, What Matters" (general) / "Live. Local. Latebreaking." (news; 2003–2007)
  • "Where You Matter" (2007–2008)
  • "Anytime. Everywhere." (2008–2013)
  • "We'll Keep You Advised" (weather slogan)
  • "Texas Connects Us" (2013–present)

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[28][edit]

Anchors
  • Kevin Cokely - Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:00 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
  • Bianca Castro - weekdays at 4:00 p.m. and weeknight reporter
  • Brian Curtis - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
  • Deanna Dewberry - weeknights at 5:00 p.m.; also consumer investigative reporter
  • Deborah Ferguson - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
  • Marc Fein - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
  • Amanda Guerra - Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:00 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
  • Eric King - weekdays at 11:00 a.m.; also in-studio 5:00 - 7:00 a.m. morning reporter
  • Meredith Land - weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Kristi Nelson - weekdays at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Lindsay Wilcox - weekend mornings (6:00-7:00 and 9:00-10:00 Saturdays + 6:00-7:00 and 8:00-9:00 a.m. Sundays); also weeknight reporter
NBC 5 Weather Plus
  • David Finfrock (member, AMS) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.
  • Rick Mitchell (member, AMS) - meteorologist; weekdays at 4:00 and weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • Samantha Davies (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval; member, NWA) - meteorologist; weekday mornings on NBC 5 First Weather (4:30-5:00); also weekday morning traffic reporter (5:00-7:00 a.m.)
  • Grant Johnston - meteorologist; weekday mornings (5:00-7:00 a.m.)
  • Lindsay Riley - meteorologist; Thursdays and Fridays at 11:00 and weekend mornings (6:00-7:00 and 9:00-10:00 Saturdays + 6:00-7:00 and 8:00-9:00 a.m. Sundays)
  • Remeisha Shade (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:00, weekends at 10:00 p.m. and Mondays-Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.
  • Michael Hammer (member, AMS; member, NWA) - freelance meteorologist; occasionally seen on weekend mornings
Sports team
  • Newy Scruggs - sports director; weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m., also host of NBC 5 Sports Extra and Out of Bounds
  • Pat Doney - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:00 and weekends at 10:00 p.m., also sports reporter and fill-in sports anchor
  • David Watkins - sports reporter and fill-in sports anchor
Reporters
  • Julie Fine - general assignment reporter
  • Keaton Fox - weekday morning multimedia reporter (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
  • Scott Friedman - investigative reporter
  • Scott Gordon - general assignment reporter
  • Ken Kalthoff - general assignment reporter
  • Christine Lee - Irving/Grand Prairie reporter
  • Kendra Lyn - general assignment reporter
  • Randy McIlwain - general assignment reporter
  • Ames Meyer - "Chopper 5" photojournalist
  • Catherine Ross - Plano reporter
  • Ben Russell - general assignment reporter
  • Mark Schnyder - general assignment reporter
  • Brian Scott - Denton reporter
  • Jeff Smith - general assignment reporter
  • Chris Van Horne - Fort Worth reporter
  • Omar Villafranca - general assignment reporter
  • Ray Villeda - general assignment reporter
  • Bobbie Wygant - entertainment reporter

References[edit]

  1. ^ November 22, 1963 - A Breakfast with JFK
  2. ^ Texas gunman kills self on TV, Chicago Sun-Times (via HighBeam Research), January 12, 1986.
  3. ^ "Company Overview of Station Venture Operations Lp". Company profiles. Business Week. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Myerson, Allen (23 October 1997). "Hicks, Muse, Aided by NBC, Sweetens Lin Television Bid". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Electrical Fire Forces NBC 5 Off the Air, KXAS-TV, November 20, 2009.
  6. ^ "LIN exits NBC joint venture, plans reorg". RBR.com. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  7. ^ KXAS to begin construction on new FW studios by end of June, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 11, 2012.
  8. ^ NBC 5 begins move from longtime home on Broadcast Hill in Fort Worth, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, October 1, 2013.
  9. ^ KXAS Opens State-of-the-Art Building, TVNewsCheck, October 1, 2013.
  10. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KXAS
  11. ^ http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=atscmph
  12. ^ http://www.mdtvsignalmap.com/
  13. ^ Greppi, Michelle (2008-10-07). "NBC Shutting Down Weather Plus". TelevisionWeek. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  14. ^ a b "Station Ownership in the Top 25 Markets" (PDF). broadcastingcable.com. January 24, 2009. p. 7. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  15. ^ Malone, Michael (2010-10-21). "Exclusive: NBC Local Media Sets 'Nonstop' Launch Dates". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  18. ^ CDBS Print<! – Bot generated title – >
  19. ^ "UPDATED List of Participants in the Analog Nightlight Program" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. June 12, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  20. ^ NBC5 (KXAS-TV) will be no-show for this year's notably shortened MDA telethon (updated) - Uncle Barkley's Bytes (Posted June 20, 2011)
  21. ^ New "DFW Nonstop" digital channel spreads the NBC5 brand with array of lifestyles/news programming and a signature 6:30 p.m. newscast anchored by Jane McGarry
  22. ^ "Fox, NBC Expand LNS Relationship". Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  23. ^ CBS11 and Fox4 dominate Feb. sweeps while once dominant WFAA8 takes a beating, UncleBarky.com, March 3, 2011.
  24. ^ Fox4 paces May "sweeps" local newscast ratings, with WFAA8 also scoring points (with some sleight-of-hand trickery at 10 p.m.), UncleBarky.com, May 26, 2011.
  25. ^ KXAS Dallas Fort Worth - 1987 6pm Open
  26. ^ KXAS Weekend News Open 1990
  27. ^ KXAS NBC 5 News at 6 Open, Talent & Close, 2000
  28. ^ NBC 5 News Team, NBCDFW.com.

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