|San Antonio, Texas|
|Branding||KSAT 12 (general)
KSAT 12 News (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 12 (PSIP)
|Owner||Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc.
(Post-Newsweek Stations, San Antonio, Inc.)
|First air date||January 21, 1957|
|Call letters' meaning||San Antonio, Texas; also the ICAO code for San Antonio International Airport|
|Former callsigns||KONO-TV (1957-1969)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
12 (VHF, 1957-2009)
Digital: 48 (UHF)
|Transmitter power||17.6 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KSAT-TV, channel 12, is the ABC affiliate television station in the greater San Antonio area. Its studios are located on the northern edge of downtown, and its transmitter is located in Elmendorf, Texas. The station calls itself KSAT 12, pronounced as "K-Sat". The station also serves as the default ABC affiliate for the Laredo market, which does not have an ABC affiliate of its own.
- 1 Digital television
- 2 History
- 3 News operation
- 4 References
- 5 External links
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|12.1||720p||16:9||KSAT HD||Main KSAT-TV programming / ABC|
KSAT-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 12, 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 its pre-transition UHF channel 48 to its former analog VHF channel 12 for post-transition operations.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed. KSAT was proposed as one of the flagship stations for the .2 Network but it has never come to the air and most of its programming rights have been distributed to other subchannel networks. Instead it opted to carry LATV on 12.2. On April 2, 2012, KSAT replaced it with Me-TV. It is also available on local cable systems in the area.
KSAT first went on the air as KONO-TV Channel 12 on January 21, 1957, owned by the Roth family with KONO-AM-FM. It has been an ABC affiliate since its launch.
The station was purchased by The Outlet Company of Providence, Rhode Island in 1968, who changed its call letters to the present day KSAT-TV in 1969. Outlet was taken private in 1986 and the new owners sold KSAT to H&C Communications. In 1994, it was sold with KPRC-TV in Houston to current owner Post-Newsweek Stations, a subsidiary of the Washington Post Company. On June 12, 2009 KSAT 12 Signed off for the last time as an analog station and kept the channel number as digital.
Post-Newsweek adopted a "Local Mandate" meaning that all its stations carry the "Local" branding. KSAT 12 was briefly called "Local 12" in 2004 before reverting to the current brand used before. This means that KSAT does not follow this station standardization, but Local is mentioned in the station's slogan: "Live, Local, Latebreaking", & periodocally during newscasts the station bug does cycle between both names (mimicking a similar behavior at sister stations KPRC-TV and WDIV, cycling between the station call letters/channel and "Local 4" or "Local 2" on the animated bug).
In the movie Miss Congeniality (which took place in San Antonio), an actress playing a KSAT reporter was featured in the movie interviewing Sandra Bullock at The Alamo in the year 2000. The film also featured a KSAT live truck, news photographer and used station logos in their mock liveshot.
In the Summer of 2011, KSAT updated its graphics package with a Post-Newsweek produced package including lower-thirds, a new open, as well as several other items. It appears that graphics for the sports department are still produced in-house.
Currently, KSAT is building a new two-story facility in their existing parking lot. It will house a large newsroom, numerous offices and several meeting spaces. It's set to open in mid 2014. Part of KSAT's existing facility, including their studios, will be renovated. Other parts of the old building will be demolished to make room for a new parking area.
KSAT-TV broadcasts Inside Edition, Live! with Kelly and Michael, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Katie, Steve Harvey, Entertainment Tonight, and ABC programming.  The Queen Latifah Show is set to premiere in the fall on the station, taking the Katie timeslot. Katie, as a result, will move one hour earlier replacing The Steve Harvey Show.
|This section requires expansion with: further information on the history of KSAT's news department. (August 2010)|
KSAT broadcasts a total of 33.5 hours of local news per week (with 5½ hours on weekdays, and three hours each on Saturdays and Sundays). Unusual for a television station, traffic reports during KSAT's morning newscasts are provided by officers from the San Antonio Police Department, Robert Dart and Marcus Trujillo. Sunday's evening broadcast is the only San Antonio broadcast to air at 5:30 as ABC World News continues to air at 5:00 on this day.
As of the March 2012 ratings period, KSAT's newscasts are in first place for the morning, noon, five o'clock and ten o'clock broadcasts. The six o'clock news and First News at Four are in a close second place to rival KENS.
On February 5, 2009, KSAT became the second station in San Antonio to broadcast its newscast in high definition; KSAT originally did not broadcast in true high definition, broadcasting in upconverted 16:9. Several months later the newscast began broadcasting (in studio) in HD. Some field reports still remain in SD up-converted 16:9.
On May 26, 2011, KSAT began to broadcast a 4 p.m. hard news broadcast dubbed "First News At Four"; this half hour newscast is followed by Inside Edition. The timeslot previously was home to The Oprah Winfrey Show which ended its run on May 25, 2011.
On September 12, 2011, in a move announced in May 2011, KSAT-12 became the first San Antonio station to expand its 10 o'clock newscast to one hour. This move is in line with other television stations in other major markets across the United States who currently have a one hour ten (or eleven) o'clock newscast. Also coinciding with the expanded newscast, "Inside Edition" was no longer aired twice a day, as the newscast took over that timeslot; "Nightline" remained in its timeslot at 11:05 (now occupied by Jimmy Kimmel Live at 11:05 p.m. and "Nightline" at 12:05 a.m.).
In March 2012, KSAT expanded its morning program "Good Morning San Antonio" to two hours and thirty minutes becoming the third station (behind WOAI and later KENS) to expand to the 4:30 a.m. start time. The morning newscast also expanded to weekends which, unlike the weekday broadcast, is only one hour. The weekend broadcast is repeated after Good Morning America airs.
In 2004, weeknight co-anchor Leslie Mouton was interviewed on The Oprah Winfrey Show (which aired on KSAT), talking about her battle with breast cancer and her decision to anchor the news without a wig while she was going through chemotherapy. The talk show featured clips of Mouton's first anchoring appearance after she lost her hair, including the explanation she gave on-air of what she was going through at the time. Mouton chronicled her treatment and recovery on KSAT, earning accolades from local oncologists and cancer patients.
- Your Esso Reporter (1957–1962)
- KONO-TV News (1962–1968)
- 12 News Final (1968–1970)
- 12 Star Final (1970–1976)
- NewsWatch 12 (1976–1987)
- KSAT 12 News (1987–present)
- KSAT 12 News Nightbeat (10 p.m. newscast; 1994–present)
- Good Morning San Antonio (morning newscast; 1994-present)
- "San Antonio's NewsChannel" (1991–1994)
- "San Antonio's #1 Choice for News" (1994–1996)
- "Live. Local. Latebreaking." (1996–2011)
- "The people you know and trust." (2011-2012)
- "Expect more." (2012-present)
Current on-air staff
Current and on-air personalities.
- Myra Arthur, anchor/reporter
- Mark Austin, anchor
- Tim Gerber, anchor/reporter
- Charles Gonzalez, anchor/reporter
- Eileen Gonzales, anchor/reporter
- Leslie Mouton, anchor
- Ursula Pari, anchor/reporter
- Isis Romero, anchor/reporter
- David Sears, anchor/reporter
- Steve Spriester, anchor
- Steve Browne, chief meteorologist
- Justin Horne, meteorologist/reporter
- Mike Osterhage, meteorologist
- Katie Vossler, meteorologist/reporter
- Larry Ramirez, sports anchor
- Greg Simmons, sports director/anchor
- Detective Robert Dart, traffic reporter
- Officer Marcus Trujillo, traffic reporter
- Bill Barajas, reporter
- Jessie Degollado, reporter
- Jenna Hiller, reporter
- Mariza Mendoza, reporter
- April Molina, investigative reporter/fill-in anchor
- Marilyn Moritz, reporter
- Brian Mylar, reporter/fill-in anchor
- Stephanie Serna, reporter/fill-in anchor
- Cory Smith, reporter/fill-in anchor
- Paul Venema, reporter
- Katrina Webber, reporter
- RabbitEars TV Query for KSAT
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- CDBS Print
- Where to Watch Me-TV: KSAT
- "KSAT Programs". KSAT. KSAT.Com. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
- KSAT.com - Official KSAT-TV Website
- MeTVSanAntonio.com - Official Me-TV San Antonio Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KSAT-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KSAT-TV