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Waco/Temple/Killeen, Texas
United States
CityWaco, Texas
ChannelsDigital: 26 (UHF)
Virtual: 25
Branding25 News
OwnerE. W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC)
First air date
March 22, 1985 (36 years ago) (1985-03-22)
Former channel number(s)
25 (UHF, 1985–2009)
NBC (March–December 1985)
The WB (secondary, January–July 2002)
Telemundo (until 2019)
Local weather (until 2021)
Court TV (until 2021)
Call sign meaning
"XXV" is the Roman numeral for 25
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID9781
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT561.4 m (1,842 ft)
Transmitter coordinates31°20′17″N 97°18′37″W / 31.33806°N 97.31028°W / 31.33806; -97.31028
Translator(s)KRHD-CD 40 BryanCollege Station
Public license information
Semi-satellite of KXXV
BryanCollege Station, Texas
United States
CityBryan, Texas
ChannelsDigital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 40
BrandingKRHD News
OwnerE. W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC)
First air date
June 15, 1990 (31 years ago) (1990-06-15)
Former call signs
K22DP (1990–1997)
KRHD-LP (1997–2010)
Former channel number(s)
40 (UHF, 1990–2010)
40 (UHF, 2010–2020)
The WB (secondary, January–July 2002)
Telemundo (until 2019)
Call sign meaning
Robert H. Drewry
(former owner)
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID68538
ERP12 kW
HAAT142.7 m (468 ft)
Transmitter coordinates30°45′26.8″N 96°28′4.6″W / 30.757444°N 96.467944°W / 30.757444; -96.467944
Public license information

KXXV, virtual channel 25 (UHF digital channel 26), is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Waco, Texas, United States and serving Central Texas, including Waco, Temple and Killeen. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company. KXXV's studios are located on South New Road in Waco, and its transmitter is located near Moody, Texas.

KRHD-CD (virtual channel 40, UHF channel 15) in Bryan operates as a low-powered, Class A semi-satellite of KXXV; this station's transmitter is located on US 190 northwest of Bryan in unincorporated Robertson County.


KXXV signed on for the first time on March 22, 1985, as an NBC affiliate. The station was originally owned by Central Texas Broadcasting Company, Ltd. Waco was one of the last markets in the nation to gain full service from all three of the traditional broadcast networks, which took 32 years. It switched to ABC at the end of the year, with NBC programming returning to KCEN-TV (channel 6).[1] Central Texas Broadcasting sold KXXV to Shamrock Broadcasting in 1987. Drewry Communications purchased the station from Shamrock in 1994.

KXXV added a secondary affiliation with The WB on January 11, 2002, following the sale of the market's previous WB affiliate, KAKW (channel 62), to Univision. KXXV aired The WB's primetime lineup after ABC's late night programming, as well as two hours of Kids' WB programming on Sunday mornings.[2] In July 2002, KXXV ceded the secondary WB affiliation to Fox affiliate KWKT (channel 44).[3]

A planned late 2008 sale of the Drewry stations to London Broadcasting fell through due to the late 2000s credit crisis;[4] London Broadcasting subsequently purchased KCEN-TV. On August 10, 2015, Raycom Media announced that it would purchase Drewry Communications for $160 million.[5] The sale was completed on December 1.[6]

Sale to Gray Television and resale to Scripps[edit]

On June 25, 2018, Atlanta-based Gray Television, owner of KWTX-TV and its semi-satellite KBTX-TV, announced it had reached an agreement with Raycom to merge their respective broadcasting assets (consisting of Raycom's 63 existing owned-and/or-operated television stations, including KXXV, and Gray's 93 television stations) under Gray's corporate umbrella. The cash-and-stock merger transaction valued at $3.6 billion—in which Gray shareholders would acquire preferred stock currently held by Raycom—required divestment of either KXXV or KWTX due to FCC ownership regulations prohibiting common ownership of two of the four highest-rated stations in a single market (as well as more than two stations in any market). Gray announced it would retain KWTX and KBTX, and sell KXXV to an unrelated third party.[7][8][9][10] On August 20, it was announced that the E. W. Scripps Company would buy KXXV/KRHD and sister station WTXL-TV in Tallahassee, Florida, for $55 million.[11] The sale was completed on January 2, 2019.[12]


Syndicated programs broadcast by KXXV include Judge Judy, The Doctors, The Kelly Clarkson Show and Hot Bench.

As part of a tradition with other former Drewry stations, KXXV airs an annual telethon, benefiting the West Texas Rehabilitation Center in Abilene.

KXXV carries any Baylor Bears games through the network's broadcast rights with NCAA Football.

News operation[edit]

KXXV currently broadcasts 29 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with five hours on weekdays, and two hours each on Saturday and Sunday). The station maintains a news bureau in Killeen to serve the western portion of the area, including Fort Hood. KRHD maintains a fully staffed bureau of reporters and photographers stationed in Bryan.

KXXV simulcasts its morning newscast, Good Morning Texas and its 11 a.m. newscast, The Texas Report Midday on KRHD. Both programs feature stories from the main focus area of Waco–Temple–Killeen but also include some stories from Bryan–College Station and the Brazos Valley.

Until January 5, 2015, KXXV produced a taped 30 minute newscast for KRHD, called The ABC40 Nightbeat, that aired at 10 p.m. weekdays. The newscast incorporated stories produced by reporters stationed at the Bryan bureau.

KXXV relaunched KRHD as an independent station in the Brazos Valley on September 1, 2020 added 10 more hours of news with newscasts airing during its 11:30 a.m. midday time slot, and 30-minute newscasts at 5 and 10 p.m., and a 60-minute program, 25 News at 6, airing at 6 p.m. The station brings Brazos Valley viewers stories focused more on community impact and special interest content, breaking away from a traditional newscast format.[13]

KRHD launched Good Morning Texas on January 11, 2021 with morning newscasts airing at 5 and 6 a.m.[14]

Notable alumni[edit]

Technical information[edit]

The stations' digital signals are multiplexed:

KXXV subchannels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[17]
25.1 720p 16:9 KXXV-TV Main KXXV programming / ABC
25.2 480i 4:3 Grit Grit[18]
25.3 16:9 CourtTV Court TV
25.4 720p ION Ion Television
25.5 480i NEWSY Newsy

KRHD-CD subchannels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[19]
40.1 720p 16:9 ABC 40 Main KRHD-CD programming / ABC
40.2 480i 4:3 Telem Court TV Mystery
40.3 16:9 TrueReal

Until November 14, 2017, the Telemundo subchannel was simulcast on KSCM-LP (channel 18) in Bryan.

In Waco, cable operator Grande Communications carries both KXXV and Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA (channel 8). Only WFAA's local news and some syndicated programming can be seen on cable channel 8. During ABC network programming, a message appears informing viewers to tune to KXXV for network shows.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KXXV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 25, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 26.[20] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 25.


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  5. ^ Jessell, Harry A. (August 10, 2015). "Raycom Buying Drewry For $160 Million". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  6. ^ Raycom Media Completes $160 Million Acquisition of Drewry Communications Broadcasting & Cable, Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  7. ^ "GRAY AND RAYCOM TO COMBINE IN A $3.6 BILLION TRANSACTION". Raycom Media (Press release). June 25, 2018. Archived from the original on June 25, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
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  9. ^ John Eggerton (June 25, 2018). "Gray Buying Raycom for $3.6B". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media.
  10. ^ Dade Hayes (June 25, 2018). "Gray Acquiring Raycom For $3.65B, Forming No. 3 Local TV Group". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation.
  11. ^ Micheli, Carolyn (August 20, 2018). "Scripps to Buy ABC Affiliates in Tallahassee, Florida, and Waco, Texas". E. W. Scripps Company. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  12. ^ Wethington, Kari (January 2, 2019). "Scripps completes acquisition of TV stations in Texas and Florida; names new leadership". E. W. Scripps Company. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  13. ^ "Brazos County". KXXV. Retrieved 2021-03-25.
  14. ^ "25 News KRHD expanding commitment to Brazos Valley by launching 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. newscast". www.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2021-03-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ "Brian Collins' Career Finally Gets A Boom". Deadspin. Archived from the original on 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  16. ^ "Collins Bio". KXXV. Archived from the original on 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  17. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KXXV
  18. ^ "New year sees shift in some local TV channel positions", Waco Tribune-Herald, January 5, 2019, Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  19. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KRHD
  20. ^ "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.

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