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|Branding||KRCR ABC 7 (general)|
KRCR NewsChannel 7 (newscasts)
|Slogan||Get the Facts Right|
Severe Weather First
|Channels||Digital: 7 (VHF)|
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||ABC (secondary until 1978)|
|Owner||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
(Sinclair Media Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||August 1, 1956|
|Call letters' meaning||Redding Chico Red Bluff|
|Former callsigns||KVIP-TV (1956–1963)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
7 (VHF, 1956–2009)
34 (UHF, 2003-2009)
NBC (1956–1978) 
|Transmitter power||84 kW|
|Height||1,095 m (3,593 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile|
KRCR-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 7, is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Redding, California, United States and also serving Chico. Owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, it is sister to five low-power stations: Chico-licensed Antenna TV affiliate KXVU-LP (analog channel 17); MyNetworkTV affiliates Redding-licensed KRVU-LD (channel 21) and Chico-licensed KZVU-LD (channel 22); Chico-licensed Univision affiliate KUCO-LP (analog channel 27); and Chico-licensed UniMás affiliate KKTF-LD (channel 30). Sinclair also operates Paradise-licensed Fox affiliate KCVU (channel 20) through a local marketing agreement with owner Cunningham Broadcasting. However, Sinclair effectively owns KCVU as the majority of Cunningham's stock is owned by the family of deceased group founder Julian Smith. The stations share studios on Auditorium Drive in Redding and maintain a news bureau and sales office at the former Sainte Television Group facilities on Main Street in downtown Chico. KRCR's transmitter is located atop Shasta Bally west of Redding.
- 1 History
- 2 Digital television
- 3 News operation
- 4 Cable and satellite availability
- 5 Translators
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The station was founded in 1956 as KVIP-TV by William B. Smullin of California Oregon Broadcasting, Inc. (COBI), owners of KOBI in Medford, Oregon and satellite station KOTI in Klamath Falls as a primary NBC affiliate with a secondary ABC affiliation. By 1963, network emphasis had shifted towards ABC, as only the Saturday morning and Sunday night primetime schedules, a few daytime game shows and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson were carried in NBC's schedule pattern. The full ABC schedule was available by way of translators of Stockton's KOVR in Chico and Redding. Channel 7 became KRCR in 1963.
It dropped NBC and took on a full-time ABC affiliation in 1978, which in turn started the seven-year process for building KCPM (channel 24, now KNVN). This was an unusual arrangement for a two-station market especially one of the size of Chico/Redding, but, after 15 years of unsuccessful attempts, the area was served by a local ABC affiliate.
Under COBI ownership, KRCR used a logo consisting of an Interstate shield sign like its sister stations, placing "7R" where the number would be. 7R was adapted as a branding for the station at that time, as the Northern California TV Guide edition identified it with a "7R" 'channel bullet' to differentiate it from KGO-TV/San Francisco and its similar network schedule.
KRCR was purchased by Lamco Communications of Texas in 1995 and was rebranded News Channel 7, which is now just the branding for the newscasts. The station was operated by California Broadcasting, Inc., run by general manager Bob Wise, until 2004, when the station was sold to current owners Bluestone Television. Then in December 2006, the station was sold (along with 12 other Bluestone stations) to Diamond Castle Holdings, a New York-based private equity firm, later become Bonten Media Group.
The station also operates a semi-satellite in Eureka, KAEF-TV (channel 23). It operated a local cable-only WB affiliate KIWB, but that station was sold to Catamount Broadcasting following the merger between the WB and UPN to form the new CW Network. KRVU-LD was previously a UPN affiliate, but now is a My Network TV affiliate.
KRCR was one of the very few ABC affiliates that broadcasts on channel 7 did not license the network's Circle 7 logo, holding off until April 11, 2006 upon a station rebranding and new set introduction, along with the digital age allowing clear differentiation of both KRCR and KGO's signals via PSIP data if a viewer was in position to receive both stations.
Merger with KCVU & KBVU
In August 2012, Bonten Media announced that KCVU and KBVU will be sold to Esteem Broadcasting, effectively merging both the ABC and Fox affiliates' operations to create a media powerhouse north of Sacramento and south of the Oregon border.
On April 21, 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced its intent to purchase the Bonten stations (including KRCR) for $240 million. Sinclair's sidecar Cunningham Broadcasting will acquire the Esteem stations (including KCVU). The sale was completed September 1.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|7.1||720p||16:9||KRCR-TV||Main KRCR-TV programming / ABC|
On August 23, 2011, Disney-ABC Television Group announced that KRCR would carry Live Well Network as part of an affiliation agreement with Bonten Media Group; the network was added to a new third subchannel. Live Well Network was replaced by Movies! on November 18, 2013.
KRCR-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, 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 relocated from UHF channel 34 to VHF channel 7.
What Makes News Channel 7?
In the fall of 1995, Continental Cablevision of Mt. Shasta (now part of Northland Communications) filmed, produced and broadcast a 30-minute documentary special called "What Makes News Channel 7?" as part of its news magazine series In Focus: Siskiyou Magazine. It took a look behind the scenes of what went on at the station and mainly focused on the news team, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at how a newscast is done as well as interviews with key personalities such as Mike Mangas, Rich Eisen, Sandra Geist, Warren Wright, Gary Gunter and Katy Brown. The program aired on Mt. Shasta cable channel 3 in the winter and spring of 1996 and starting showing on YouTube and MySpace in February 2010. It was rebroadcast to the Mt. Shasta cable airwaves again on MCTV 15 in 2010 leading to that program's relaunch.
Notable former on-air staff
- Rich Eisen - sports anchor/reporter (now of NFL Network and The Rich Eisen Show, formerly of ESPN)
- Mark Eubank - meteorologist
- Cal Hunter - anchor/reporter (now president of Huth Broadcasting and program director of KBLF-AM, KRAC-AM, KIQS-AM, KMYC-AM and KEGE)
- Sandra Maas - news anchor/reporter (formerly of KSBY-TV and KFMB-TV, now at KUSI-TV)
- Mike Mangas - reporter/sports anchor/sports director/news anchor (now works for Dignity Health In Redding)
- Cristina Mendonsa - general assignment reporter (now at KXTV in Sacramento)
- Kurtis Ming - anchor/reporter/weather 1999-2001 (now at KOVR in Sacramento)
- David Owens - sports anchor/reporter (formerly of WUSA in Washington, DC, now professor of journalism at University of Maryland)
- Craig Padilla - chief creative services editor and production manager (now full-time self-employed professional musician & video editor)
- Jennifer Scarborough - news anchor/reporter, still serves as the station's Executive News Director
Cable and satellite availability
|Provider||Area||7.1 (ABC)||7.2 (MeTV)|
|Comcast||Butte & Glenn Counties||707 (HD) & 7 (SD)||197|
|Charter||Shasta & Tehama Counties||787 (HD) & 7 (SD)||287|
|Suddenlink||Humboldt County (KAEF)||107 (HD) & 7 (SD)||TBA|
|DirecTV||Chico–Redding DMA||7 (HD/SD)||N/A|
|Dish Network||Chico–Redding DMA||7 (HD/SD)||N/A|
Mt. Shasta cable dispute
Since its inception in the mid 1980s, the Mt. Shasta cable system currently owned by Northland Communications had carried KRCR on its cable channel 7. However, in January 2012, Northland dropped KRCR from its cable line-up after the station's current ownership and the cable company failed to come to a mutual agreement to continue the station's coverage on the system and severed ties after a near-30-year working relationship between the two. As a result, Northland replaced KRCR on cable channel 7 with Medford, Oregon, ABC affiliate, KDRV NewsWatch 12.
Despite being in California, Siskiyou County is technically (yet officially) part of the Medford DMA according to the FCC. Both KRCR and Northland made several attempts to get the DMA changed, but were unsuccessful each time. KHSL-TV in Chico, KNVN-TV in Chico and KIXE-TV in Redding are the only Chico–Redding market stations airing on the Northland system in Mt. Shasta; however, certain programs on KHSL and KNVN are subject to blackout due to the FCC's network non-duplication and syndication exclusivity rules.
KRCR and its sister stations no longer broadcast north of Shasta County or south of Butte County.
Disputes with Dish Network
Under its former Bonten ownership, the company and Dish Network had two retransmission consent issues that lead to Bonten stations (including KRCR) to be removed from the provider. As a result, on December 8, 2013, Dish halted carrying KRCR on their system before a later restoration. On January 17, 2017, KRCR and KCVU were once again removed from Dish's lineup as part of a new dispute, returning on February 13.
KRCR is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:
Note: as of 2016, KRCR no longer broadcasts on cable in Siskiyou County.
KRCR is operating a digital fill-in translator on their pre-transition channel 34 for residents in Redding and the surrounding areas that have difficulty receiving their VHF signal on channel 7.
In the early 1990s, KRCR operated a satellite, KFWU channel 8 Fort Bragg; originally serving as an ABC affiiliate for the Mendocino County portion of the San Francisco Bay Area television market, the station would be sold off to different owners in 1996. It is currently independent station KQSL.
KRCR was formerly broadcast on translators channel 20 in Yuba City, part of the Sacramento television market (KRCR no longer broadcasts at all in Yuba City) and channel 21 in Susanville, part of the Reno television market.
- TV Guide magazine, Northern California edition, July 13–19, 1963.
- "Sinclair Buying Bonten Stations For $240M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
- SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE BONTEN MEDIA GROUP TV STATIONS - Sinclair Broadcast Group
- Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 6 September, 2017.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KRCR
- Live Well Adds 7 Affils, Tops 40% Clearance, TVNewsCheck, August 23, 2011.
- Movies! TV Network - Where to Watch
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- In Focus: Siskiyou Magazine Episode #4 - "What Makes News Channel 7?" Christmas 1995, YouTube, January 6, 2016
- Northland Communications Mt. Shasta Cable Schedule
- Northland pulls KRCR Channel 7 off air in Siskiyou; affiliate out of Oregon takes its spot, David Benda, Redding.com(Redding Record Searchlight), January 12, 2012