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Redding/Chico, California
United States
City Redding, California
Branding KRCR ABC 7 (general)
KRCR NewsChannel 7 (newscasts)
Slogan Get the Facts Right
Severe Weather First
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
Subchannels 7.1 ABC
7.2 MeTV
7.3 Movies!
Translators (see article)
Affiliations ABC (secondary until 1978)
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
(BlueStone License Holdings, LLC)
First air date August 1, 1956 (61 years ago) (1956-08-01)
Call letters' meaning Redding Chico Red Bluff
Sister station(s) KCVU
Former callsigns KVIP-TV (1956–1963)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
7 (VHF, 1956–2009)
34 (UHF, 2003-2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
NBC (1956–1978) [1]
Fox (1986–1994)
LWN (2011–2013)
Transmitter power 84 kW
Height 1,095 m (3,593 ft)
Facility ID 8291
Transmitter coordinates 40°36′9.5″N 122°39′4″W / 40.602639°N 122.65111°W / 40.602639; -122.65111
Licensing authority FCC
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 located on Auditorium Drive in Redding and maintain a news bureau and sales office at the former Sainte Television Group facilities located on Main Street in downtown Chico, while KRCR maintains transmitter facilities located atop Shasta Bally west of Redding.

KRCR also partially operates a semi-satellite, KAEF-TV (channel 23), which is licensed to Arcata, California and serves Eureka.


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.[2] 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.

KRCR, KAEF, and KFWU (now KQSL in Fort Bragg, part of the San Francisco TV market) aired Fox full-time on off-network hours until 1994 when now sister station KCVU switched to Fox and KBVU signed on.

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 but didn't use the Circle 7 logo until April 11, 2006 when a new set and logo were designed. Under COBI ownership, KRCR's logo was an interstate highway sign, with the name "7R", matching its sister stations. The "7R" was adopted due to TV Guide's reference to KRCR in text (non-bulleted) listings to differentiate it from KGO-TV in San Francisco (both stations were listed in the Northern California edition).

Merger with KCVU & KBVU[edit]

In December 2012, KRCR/KAEF took over sales operations of KCVU Fox 20 in Chico, as well as KVIQ and KBVU in Eureka. They still all maintain separate operations.

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.

Logo with current tagline (2016–present)

On April 21, 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced its intent to purchase the Bonten stations (including KRCR) for $240 million.[3] Sinclair's sidecar Cunningham Broadcasting will acquire the Esteem stations (including KCVU).[4] The sale was completed September 1.[5]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[6]
7.1 720p 16:9 KRCR-TV Main KRCR-TV programming / ABC
7.2 480i 4:3 MeTV MeTV
7.3 LW Net Movies!

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.[7] Live Well Network was replaced by Movies! on November 18, 2013.[8]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

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.[9] The station's digital signal relocated from UHF channel 34 to VHF channel 7.

News operation[edit]

What Makes News Channel 7?[edit]

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.[10] 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[edit]

Cable systems[edit]

Cable 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

Mt. Shasta cable dispute[edit]

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.[11][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[edit]

Dish Network and KRCR have been at odds for quite sometime regarding carriage of the station on the satellite system. KRCR was asking for reimbursement and made their feeling public. As a result, on December 8, 2013, Dish halted carrying KRCR on their system. General manager Andrew Stewart went to the internet at the station's website to share his frustrations with the viewers and called out Dish Network.[13] On January 12, 2014, DISH restored KRCR, KCVU and associated stations to its lineup. On January 17, 2017, KRCR and KCVU was once again removed from Dish's lineup as part of a new dispute.[14]


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.[15]

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.


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