KMIR-TV

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KMIR-TV
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Palm Springs, California
United States
Branding KMIR (general)
KMIR News (newscasts)
MeTV Palm Springs (on DT2)
Slogan Where The News Comes First
Channels Digital: 46 (UHF)
(to move to 26 (UHF))
Virtual: 36 (PSIP)
Subchannels 36.1 NBC
36.2 MeTV
36.3 Movies!
Owner OTA Broadcasting
(sale to Entravision Communications pending)
(OTA Broadcasting (PSP), LLC)
First air date September 15, 1968; 48 years ago (1968-09-15)
Call letters' meaning El MIRador Hotel
Sister station(s) KPSE-LD
Former channel number(s) 36 (UHF analog, 1968–2009)
Transmitter power 120 kW
Height 212.5 m (697 ft)
Class DT
Facility ID 16749
Transmitter coordinates 33°52′0.3″N 116°26′2.2″W / 33.866750°N 116.433944°W / 33.866750; -116.433944
Website www.kmir.com

KMIR-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station for the Coachella Valley in California's Inland Empire. Licensed to Palm Springs, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 46 (or virtual channel 36 via PSIP) from a transmitter on Edom Hill in Cathedral City north of I-10/Redlands Freeway. The station can also be seen on Charter Spectrum channel 13 in both standard definition and high definition.[1] Owned by OTA Broadcasting, LLC (a company controlled by Michael Dell's MSD Capital), KMIR is sister to low-powered MyNetworkTV affiliate KPSE-LD and the two stations share studios on Park View Drive in Palm Desert.

History[edit]

The station was the first to broadcast in the Coachella Valley on September 15, 1968. Airing an analog signal on UHF channel 36, it has been an NBC affiliate from the start. Actor John Conte owned the station along with the El MIRador hotel in Palm Springs, from which the call letters were derived. Desert Regional Medical Center now occupies the site of the old hotel. Today, one can still see the El Mirador broadcasting tower standing in front of the hospital. This is where the station originally transmitted from. The current tower is a replica structure emulating the original, which was destroyed in a 1989 fire.

Journal Communications acquired KMIR from Conte in 1999 for $30 million. In 2008, the station celebrated its 40th anniversary. In October 2013, Journal reached a deal to sell KMIR to OTA Broadcasting for $17 million.[2] KMIR is the company's first station affiliated with one of the Big Four television networks.[3] The sale was completed January 1, 2014.[4]

KMIR's last logo with cable channel 6 branding, used until early 2014

Along with the other major Coachella Valley stations, KMIR formerly identified itself on-air using its cable designation (at that time, channel 6) rather than its over-the-air digital channel position. This unusual practice (also common in the Fort Myers/Naples, Florida market, where KMIR's former sister station WFTX-TV serves as the market's Fox affiliate) stems in part from Palm Springs's exceptionally high cable penetration rate of 80.5% which is one of the highest in the United States.[5] As of 2014, the station now brands simply with its call letters.

On July 21, 2017, it was announced that Spanish-language broadcaster Entravision Communications (minority owned by Univision Communications) was acquiring KMIR and KPSE-LD for $21 million pending FCC approval. The sale to Entravision will make both stations a sister stations to KEVC-CD, KVER-CA and KVES-LD.[6]

2013 Time Warner Cable compensation dispute[edit]

Due to its low-power status, KPSE-LP was pulled from Time Warner Cable systems at midnight on July 11, 2013 in a retransmission consent dispute with Time Warner; KMIR continued to air on the system for thirteen days after due to rules disallowing full-power stations from being pulled during a sweeps period.[7] KMIR, along with all Journal stations, was pulled at midnight on July 25, 2013 off Time Warner systems at the end of the sweeps period.[8] The station's evening newscasts were simulcast by KRET-CA on Time Warner channel 14 during the dispute.[9] On September 20, 2013, a deal was reached to return Journal's stations, including KMIR and KPSE, to Time Warner Cable; as part of the deal, KMIR's standard definition channel moved to channel 13, the former location for KPSE (which moved to channel 20). KMIR's previous position, cable channel 6, is now occupied by Game Show Network.[1] With the station no longer carried on channel 6 on any cable or satellite systems in the Coachella Valley, the station rebranded in late 2013, dropping the '6' from its logo.

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming [10]
36.1 1080i 16:9 KMIR-HD Main KMIR-TV programming / NBC
36.2 720p ME-TV MeTV
36.3 480i MOVIES Movies!

News operation[edit]

The station presently broadcasts 25.5 hours of news per week; 4.5 hours on weekdays and 1.5 hours on each weekend day.

The station's newscasts are produced in full 1080i High Definition, including all video from the field. KMIR is the only station in the market to have fully-HD news. In September 2014, the station launched a new 9 p.m. newscast on sister station KPSE. It also produces a 10 p.m. newscast on KPSE known as KMIR News at 10:00 on KPSE My TV. Former sister station KTNV-TV in Las Vegas provided the station's weather forecasts until the start of 2015, when the station hired former Connecticut-based meteorologist Geoff Fox, However, on August 4, 2015, KMIR announced that Ginger Jeffries (former meteorologist on KESQ-TV) was making the switch to KMIR;[11] replacing Geoff Fox due to his contract being "terminated". KMIR does not have a dedicated sports department, but its news department covers major sporting events and the station extensively covers high school football on Friday nights during football season.

KMIR newscasts focus heavily on the station's news brand "You Ask. We Investigate" with stories submitted by viewers. In May 2013, the station launched the franchise "The Eyesore Next Door" focusing on viewer reports of eyesore properties across the Coachella Valley.

Since 2012, the station's newscasts have seen an increase in viewership. In the May 2013 sweeps period, KMIR was top-rated at 5 and 6 p.m. in the coveted adults 25-54 demographic. The station's newscasts generally place 2nd in the Nielsen ratings in the Palm Springs market in households but win some newscast time periods in the adults 25-54 demographic.

First at 4:30[edit]

On March 28, 2016, the station launched the market's only 4:30 p.m .newscast, appropriately named KMIR News First at 4:30. The newscast features anchor Janet Zappala and Chief Meteorologist Ginger Jeffries.

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