|Spokane, Washington/Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
|Branding||KREM 2 (general)
KREM 2 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||On Your Side|
|Channels||Digital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
2.2 Justice Network
|Affiliations||CBS (since 1976)|
(King Broadcasting Company)
|First air date||October 29, 1954|
|Call letters' meaning||Sounds like Crem|
|Sister station(s)||KSKN, KING-TV, KONG, KGW, KTVB, Northwest Cable News|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
2 (VHF, 1954–2009)
|Transmitter power||893 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KREM, virtual channel 2, is the CBS-affiliated television station serving the Spokane, Washington-Coeur d'Alene, Idaho market. It broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 20. The station is owned and operated by Tegna, and is operated in a duopoly with area CW affiliate KSKN (channel 22). The two stations share all back-office functions, and KREM produces a 10 p.m. newscast for air on KSKN. KREM can be seen in high-definition on Comcast channel 102 for the Spokane area, channel 1209 on Time Warner for the Coeur d'Alene area and for the Palouse, and channel 2 (both standard definition and high definition) for both Dish Network and DirecTV viewers (alongside Lewiston CBS affiliate KLEW).
KREM and KSKN are a part of a cluster of television stations in the Northwestern United States owned by Tegna, which includes KING-TV and its sister station KONG in Seattle; KGW in Portland, Oregon; and KTVB in Boise. All four stations provide material to co-owned Northwest Cable News, a regional 24-hour cable news service based in Seattle serving much of the region. KREM is the only non-NBC affiliate to be a primary contributor to NWCN, with the exception of KSKN and Seattle independent station KONG.
The station is also carried on cable systems in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, both of which are double the size of KREM's American coverage area. One result of this is that stations in Calgary and Edmonton air American shows on Pacific Time, even though Calgary and Edmonton are both on Mountain Time. It is one of five local Spokane area television stations seen in Canada on the Shaw Direct satellite service. It can also been seen on local cable systems in eastern British Columbia.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|2.1||1080i||16:9||KREM-HD||Main KREM programming / CBS|
KREM discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, 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 remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 20. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 2.
KREM-TV signed on October 31, 1954 with an "inaugural program" at 6:30 pm, followed by the 1933 movie The Private Life of Henry VIII. It initially carried dual-affiliation with ABC and the DuMont Network, the latter shared with cross-town competitor KXLY-TV because of its then-CBS affiliation at the time. After DuMont dissolved, KREM continued as an ABC affiliate. In the late 1950s, the station was briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.
KREM-TV was affiliated with ABC until August 8, 1976, when it swapped affiliations with KXLY-TV, whom CBS immediately dropped for constantly pre-empting or delaying its network shows. KREM thus became a full member of the CBS network.
KREM-TV was originally owned by the owner of KREM radio (AM 970, now KTTO; and FM 92.9, now KZZU-FM). The King Broadcasting Company, run by Seattle businesswoman Dorothy Bullitt, bought the KREM stations in 1957; the radio stations were sold off in 1984. (Coincidentally, the former KREM-FM is now a sister station to KXLY-TV.) King Broadcasting was sold in 1992 to the Providence Journal Company, which merged with Belo Corporation five years later. On June 13, 2013, the Gannett Company announced that it would acquire Belo. The sale was completed on December 23.
On June 29, 2015, the Gannett Company split in two, with one side specializing in print media and the other side specializing in broadcast and digital media. KREM and KSKN were retained by the latter company, named TEGNA.
KREM currently features CBS programming, as well as local news, public affairs and syndicated entertainment programming including The 700 Club, The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Phil, and 2 Broke Girls. The latter which airs first run episodes on CBS.
KREM airs 25 hours of newscasts with a two-hour morning broadcast, a noon telecast, and evening telecast at 5:00, 6:00, and 11:00 p.m., along with weekend telecasts every Saturday and Sunday a 5:00, 6:00, and 11:00 p.m. KREM is still the only station in Spokane to hold a monopoly on midday newscasts for the Spokane area as of 2016.
In April 2010, KREM and KSKN began broadcasting its local newscasts in 16:9 enhanced definition widescreen, and KREM became the third station in Spokane to switch in either HD or widescreen.
From September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015, KREM was the only station to air their newscasts from 7:00-9:00 a.m. on its sister station KSKN. KREM switched to Gannett's "This is Home" music and graphics package on October 25, 2014 at the 5:00 newscast. KREM became the last station in the Spokane market to switch their newscasts to HD.
Notable former on-air staff
- Paul Deanno – anchor/meteorologist (1997-1999); formerly chief meteorologist at WTVJ in Miami, meteorologist at KYW-TV in Philadelphia, KENS in San Antonio, and KOMO-TV in Seattle; now chief meteorologist for KPIX-TV in San Francisco
- Kathi Goertzen – former reporter for KOMO 4 (1980-1982), news anchor (1982-2009), and special on-air reporter (2009-2012). Died on August 13, 2012, after a 14-year battle with brain tumors.
- Eric Johnson – sports director (1987-1989); went to sister station KGW from 1989 to 1993; now anchor for KOMO-TV in Seattle.
- Tim Lewis – weekend sports anchor (September 2006 to December 2008), then sports director (January 2009 to May 2012). Currently a sports anchor for KOMO-TV; also son of longtime KOMO 4 news anchor Dan Lewis.
- Maureen O'Boyle – anchor (1986-1990); later host of A Current Affair from 1990–1994 and Extra from 1997-2000; now anchor at WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina.
KREM is rebroadcast on the following translator stations.
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says October 31, while the Television and Cable Factbook says October 29.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KREM
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