KBNZ-LD

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KBNZ-LD
KBNZ logo.png
Bend, Oregon
United States
ChannelsDigital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
BrandingKBNZ (general)
Central Oregon Daily (local news updates)
SloganCBS for Central Oregon (general)
Stories, Weather, Life (news)
Programming
AffiliationsCBS
Ownership
OwnerZolo Media
(Telephone and Data Systems)
(TDS Broadcasting LLC)
KOHD
History
First air date
October 25, 2008 (12 years ago) (2008-10-25)
Former call signs
K11SE (1985–2006)
K07YM (2006–2008)
Call sign meaning
K BeNd Z
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID35834
ClassLD
ERP3 kW
HAAT211 m (692 ft)
Transmitter coordinates44°4′38.2″N 121°20′0.7″W / 44.077278°N 121.333528°W / 44.077278; -121.333528
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Websitecentraloregondaily.com/kbnz-cbs/

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 local cable company BendBroadband (itself a subsidiary of TDS), it is a sister station to ABC affiliate KOHD (channel 18). The two stations share studios on Lower Meadow Drive in Bend; KBNZ-LD'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.

History[edit]

KBNZ's logo as a semi-satellite of KOIN, from 2008 to 2011

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 semi-satellite of KOIN. It cleared all network programming as provided through its parent and simulcast most of KOIN's newscasts, but aired a separate offering of syndicated programming; there were also separate station identifications and local 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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

BendBroadband announced on May 1, 2014 that it would merge with Telephone and Data Systems, a Chicago-based cable firm, in a $261 million deal.[4]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
7.1 1080i 16:9 KBNZ-DT Main KBNZ-LD programming / CBS

News Operation[edit]

In April, 2016, Zolo Media announced the debut of a local news program to air starting on May 2, 2016 on both KBNZ and KOHD called Central Oregon Daily.[6] KBNZ currently airs newscasts weekdays at Noon, 6 PM, 7 PM and 11 PM, Saturdays at 6 PM, and Sundays at 6 PM and 11 PM.[7]

Translators[edit]

Since KBNZ is a low-powered station, it relies on translators to expand its reach.

Call sign Channel City of license Transmitter location
K31CR-D 31 Prineville Powell Buttes
K34AI-D 34 La Pine west of Sunriver
K47LM-D 47 Prineville Grizzly Mountain

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2010-07-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://oregonmediacentral.com/2010/03/bend-cable-purchases-kbnz
  3. ^ KBNZ Upgrades to Better Serve Central Oregon Viewers! KBNZ, 2011-08-31.
  4. ^ Spencer, Malia (May 2, 2014). "BendBroadband sells to Chicago cable firm for $261M". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  5. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KBNZ
  6. ^ http://cascadebusnews.com/zolo-media-announces-debut-news-program-central-oregon/
  7. ^ https://centraloregondaily.com/kbnz-cbs/

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