KYTX

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KYTX
KYTX19HD.jpg
Nacogdoches/Tyler/Longview/Jacksonville, Texas
City of license Nacogdoches, Texas
Branding KYTX CBS 19 in HD (general)
KYTX CBS 19 News in HD (newscasts)
Slogan Your Local News Leader
Channels Digital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 19 (PSIP)
Affiliations CBS
The CW Plus (DT2)
Cozi TV (DT3)
Owner London Broadcasting Company
(KYTX License Company, LLC)
First air date September 1, 1991
Call letters' meaning TYler, TeXas
or
EYE of East TeXas
Sister station(s) KCEB
Former callsigns KLSB-TV (1991-2004)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
19 (UHF, 1991-2009)
Former affiliations NBC (1991-2004; as satellite of KETK-TV)
DT2: UPN (2006)
IND (2006-?)
Retro TV (?-2011)
Me-TV (2011-2012)
DT3: Azteca América (2009-2011)
This TV (2011-2013)
Transmitter power 640 kW (digital)
Height 457 m (digital)
Facility ID 55644
Transmitter coordinates 31°54′20.8″N 95°5′5.6″W / 31.905778°N 95.084889°W / 31.905778; -95.084889
Website www.cbs19.tv

KYTX is the CBS-affiliated television station serving East Texas that is licensed to Nacogdoches. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on UHF channel 18 (or virtual channel 19.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter near Highway 110 in rural east-central Rusk County. Owned by London Broadcasting Company, KYTX is sister to Me-TV outlet KCEB and both stations share studios near Loop 323 in the southeastern portion of Tyler, which formerly operated as a four-screen movie theater. The station can also be seen on Suddenlink Communications and Longview Cable Television channel 11. There is a high definition feed offered on Suddenlink Communications digital channel 710 and Longview Cable Television digital channel 240.

History[edit]

The history of CBS in East Texas traces for the first time traces back to the sign-on of the market's first television station, KTVE (channel 32) in 1953, that station shut down due to financial problems in 1955. After KLTV debuted in October 1954, it carried some CBS programming as part of a shared primary affiliation with ABC and NBC. CBS would not have a full-time affiliate in the Tyler-Longview market until 1984, when KLMG-TV signed on the air from Longview; KLMG disaffiliated from the network in 1991 to become the market's Fox affiliate under the callsign KFXK-TV. For the 13 years that followed, area cable systems had to offer out-of-market CBS affiliates from Dallas or Shreveport with most cable systems in East Texas carrying the latter station.

Previous KYTX logo, used from April 2004 to April 2010.

The station began broadcasting in 1991 as KLSB-TV, operating as a satellite station of NBC affiliate KETK-TV. Max Media (a company partially related to Max Media Properties, former owner of KETK) purchased the station in 2003, relocating its offices to Tyler, signed an affiliation agreement with CBS, and filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to change its callsign to KYTX. The network affiliation change took place on April 12, 2004 with the station broadcasting from the KLSB transmitter and the following day, it was officially granted the KYTX call sign by the FCC. The station relocated its transmitter facilities to new tower located south of New Summerfield on June 13, 2004.

KYTX's former KLSB callsign ended up on a low-power station broadcasting on UHF channel 53, which became the sole repeater of KETK. For the first few months as a CBS affiliate, KYTX simulcast Dallas-based local newscasts from KTVT, while it was developing its own news department. On October 18, 2007, the station was sold to London Broadcasting Company (owned by former Gaylord Entertainment Company CEO Terry London in association with Sun TX Capital Partners) for $25 million.[1][2]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
19.1 1080i 16:9 KYTX-DT Main KYTX programming / CBS
19.2 480i 4:3 MYTX East Texas CW 19.2
19.3 This TV Cozi TV

On January 1, 2006, the station signed on digital subchannel 19.2 as a UPN affiliate (assuming the UPN affiliation for the market from KCEB), before becoming an independent station under the branding "MYTX" that September after the network ceased operations; "MYTX" eventually became a Retro Television Network affiliate until it affiliated with Me-TV on September 19, 2011, then joined The CW Plus in May 2012. In 2009, KYTX added Azteca América on digital subchannel 19.3, becoming the first Spanish-language network affiliate in East Texas.[3] The subchannel became an This TV affiliate in 2011/2012. In March 2013, KYTX 19.3 moved from This TV to COZI TV.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

On June 12, 2004, KYTX signed on its digital signal on UHF channel 18 from a new transmitter tower in Ponta, Texas, becoming the first station in the Tyler-Longview market to transmit a full-power digital signal, and the first to offer network programming in high definition.

Despite the extension of the digital television transition deadline, KYTX chose to shut down full-time analog operations on the original deadline of February 17, 2009 at 11:59 p.m., operating a nightlight service on its former analog signal thereafter.

Anchorwoman reality show[edit]

KYTX was the center of a reality series on Fox titled Anchorwoman, which filmed at the station during the Spring of 2007. The series featured former pageant winner, The Price is Right model and featured WWE Diva Lauren Jones, who trained to become an anchor at the station. Billboards promoting the program, showing Jones posing provocatively alongside the caption "She's coming", caused controversy across East Texas. The station's participation in the program received attention from many national news outlets including Fox News and Good Morning America, who did stories on the filming of the reality show.

As the program aired on a competitor of CBS, KYTX temporarily removed all CBS branding from its signage and equipment until filming of the program wrapped. The program premiered on Fox with back-to-back episodes on August 22, 2007, it was cancelled the following day after the series premiere garnered a disappointing 2.0 household rating and 1.0 rating among adults between the ages of 18 to 49, according to Nielsen Media Research. In the Tyler-Longview market, local Fox affiliate KFXK-TV aired the program as scheduled, but the station did not sell any local advertising during the program to local businesses, opting to use this time to air promotions for local newscasts on sister station KETK-TV as KFXK did not air a local newscast at that time.

News operation[edit]

Currently, KYTX broadcasts a total of 21½ hours of local newscasts each week (with four hours on weekdays, 30 minutes on Saturdays and one hour on Sundays), Unlike most CBS affiliates in the Central Time Zone, KYTX does not presently carry a weekday noon newscast or any early evening newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays.

Its local newscasts debuted on September 12, 2004 (under the original branding of CBS 19 Eyewitness News) beginning with the 6 p.m. newscast. The station initially offered an hour-long 6 a.m. newscast on weekday mornings, and half-hour evening newscasts at 6 p.m. on weeknights only and at 10 p.m. seven nights a week. The station launched a half-hour 5 p.m. newscast (originally titled Eye @ 5) the following year, which was followed by the 2007 addition of a 6:30 p.m. newscast focusing on news stories in the Longview and Kilgore areas (similar to a previously attempted Longview-centric local newscast that aired on KFXK during its days as a CBS affiliate). The 5 p.m. newscast was rebranded as Primetime at 5 that year, while the 10 p.m. newscast adopted the Ten @ 10 format in January 2008, focusing on faster delivery of news and weather in the first ten minutes of the newscast. Later in 2008, the station launched a half-hour Sunday morning newscast.

In 2009, KYTX dropped the Eyewitness News banner for its newscasts in favor of KYTX CBS 19 News. On April 23, 2009, KYTX became the first station in the market to broadcast its local newscasts in high definition, beginning with CBS 19 News This Morning.[4]

Stormy, the Weather Dog[edit]

Stormy, a dog adopted from the Humane Society of Smith County in 2005, served as the station's de facto mascot, "assisting" former chief meteorologist Doc Deason with his weather forecasts during the weeknight newscasts. The idea was inspired by a similar mascot used by Houston NBC affiliate KPRC-TV. Viewers named the dog in a poll, and Stormy made his first appearance on November 3, 2005. Sales of "Stormy's Dog-gone Goodwill Dog Cookies" featuring the dog benefitted area humane societies and Goodwill Industries chapters. Stormy no longer appears on the newscast.

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • Eye @ 5 (2004-2007; 5 p.m. newscast)
  • Primetime at 5 (2007-2010; 5 p.m. newscast)
  • KYTX CBS 19 News (2008–present; general slogan)
  • Ten @ 10 (2008-present; 10 p.m. newscast)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "The EYE of East Texas" (2004-2008; variation of slogan used by KTVT in Dallas)
  • "Your Local News Leader" (2005–present)

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[5][edit]

Anchors

  • Anthony Austin - weekdays at 5 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
  • Justin Earley - weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Dana Hughey - weekday mornings CBS 19 This Morning
  • Gillian Sheridan - weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Clint Yeatts - weekday mornings CBS 19 This Morning


Weather team

  • John Adams (AMS Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Albert Bruhn - meteorologist; Sunday mornings and weekends at 10 p.m.
  • Doc Deason - meteorologist; weeknights at 5 p.m.
  • Scott Fossey - meteorologist; weekday mornings CBS 19 This Morning

Sports team

  • Eric Sullivan - sports director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Emily Gagnon - sports anchor; weekends at 10 p.m., also sports reporter

Reporters

  • Abby Broyles - Longview Bureau reporter
  • Melissa Daigle - general assignment reporter
  • Courtney Friedman - weekday morning reporter; also producer
  • Jennifer Heathcock - Nightside reporter
  • Amanda Roberson - general assignment reporter
  • Field Sutton - general assignment reporter

Former on-air staff[edit]

References[edit]

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