KOIN 6 News (during KOIN newscast simulcasts)
|Slogan||CBS for Central Oregon|
|Channels||Digital: 7 (VHF)|
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
(Telephone and Data Systems)
(TDS Broadcasting LLC)
|First air date||October 25, 2008|
|Call letters' meaning||K BeNd Z|
|Former callsigns||K11SE (1985–2006)|
|Transmitter power||3 kW|
|Height||211 m (692 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KBNZ-LD, virtual and VHF digital channel 7, is a low-powered CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Bend, Oregon, United States and serving Central Oregon. Owned by the Zolo Media subsidiary of BendBroadband (itself a subsidiary of TDS), it is a sister station to ABC affiliate KOHD (channel 51). The two stations share studios on Lower Meadow Drive in Bend; KBNZ-CD's transmitter is located in the city on Awbrey Butte west of US 97. The station can also be seen on BendBroadband channel 6 and in high definition on digital channel 606.
KBNZ originated in the mid-1980s as a low-powered translator of KOIN in Portland. In October 2008, KOIN owner New Vision Television announced plans to convert KBNZ into a local CBS affiliate with a separate feed. Four of KOIN's translators in Central Oregon were switched from airing KOIN's signal to that of KBNZ. It also received its own section on KOIN's website. Master control and some internal operations remained based at KOIN's studios at the KOIN Center in Downtown Portland. Although identifying as a separate station in its own right, KBNZ was considered a KOIN semi-satellite. It cleared all network programming as provided through its parent, simulcast most of KOIN's newscasts and aired most of its syndicated programming (though in some cases at different times). There were also some programs that only aired on KBNZ while some were only seen on KOIN. KBNZ also aired separate station identifications and commercial inserts.
One reason that the station split from KOIN is a result of the Bend market growing in population. With the change, this leaves Meredith Corporation-owned MyNetworkTV affiliate KUBN-LP as the only area station serving as a full-time satellite of a Portland station. News personnel based at KBNZ began to contribute two to four local stories each day to air on KOIN broadcasts. It had been planned that as this station grew, a fully produced local newscast originating from Central Oregon would be introduced.
KBNZ's signal does not reach far outside Bend. The only other area it reaches is Deschutes River Woods which is south of Bend and can only be obtained in the northern tip of the area. KBNZ's signal can also be seen in the western portion of Crook County. K31CR-D transmits a digital rebroadcast of KOIN programming and is not available east of Prineville but services an area larger than KBNZ. K31CR's signal reaches Crook, Jefferson, Deschutes, and Wasco counties. In contrast, KBNZ's signal does not exit Deschutes County.
On March 31, 2010, BendBroadband bought KBNZ from New Vision Television through a subsidiary, Zolo Media. The new owner initially didn't plan any immediate or major changes. Since the ownership change, contact information for this station as well as listings for reporter Brittney Hopper and photographer Brandon Anderchuk have been removed, and the weather information for the Bend area on the KBNZ section has not been updated.
In the summer of 2011, KBNZ launched a new website. Zolo Media also announced that it would take over master control operations from KOIN, starting on September 1. With the severing of the electronic umbilical cord with KOIN, KBNZ also dropped KOIN's 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts and rolled out a new logo. Currently, KBNZ continues to simulcast KOIN's weeknight 5 p.m. and nightly 11 p.m. newscasts although KOIN was sold to LIN TV Corporation in October 2012.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|7.1||1080i||16:9||KBNZ-DT||Main KBNZ-LD programming / CBS|
Since KBNZ is a low-powered station, it relies on translators to expand its reach.
|Call sign||Channel||City of license||Transmitter location|
|K34AI-D||34||La Pine||west of Sunriver|
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2010-07-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- KBNZ Upgrades to Better Serve Central Oregon Viewers! KBNZ, 2011-08-31.
- Spencer, Malia (May 2, 2014). "BendBroadband sells to Chicago cable firm for $261M". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KBNZ