KXXV

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KXXV
KXXV Logo.png
Waco/Temple/Killeen, Texas
United States
City Waco, Texas
Branding Central Texas News Now (25 ABC)
Slogan Breaking News, Tracking Storms
Channels Digital: 26 (UHF)
Virtual: 25 (PSIP)
Subchannels 25.1 ABC
25.2 Telemundo
25.3 25 Weather Now
Translators KRHD-CD 40 BryanCollege Station
Affiliations ABC (1985–present)
Owner Raycom Media
(KXXV License Subsidiary, LLC)
First air date March 22, 1985 (33 years ago) (1985-03-22)
Call letters' meaning XXV = Roman numeral 25
Former channel number(s) Analog:
25 (UHF, 1985–2009)
Former affiliations NBC (March–September 1985)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 561.4 m (1,842 ft)
Class DT
Facility ID 9781
Transmitter coordinates 31°20′17″N 97°18′37″W / 31.33806°N 97.31028°W / 31.33806; -97.31028
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website KXXV: www.kxxv.com
KRHD: www.abc40.com

KXXV is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Waco, Texas, United States and serving Central Texas, including Waco, Temple and Killeen. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 26 (or virtual channel 25 via PSIP) from a transmitter near Moody, Texas. Owned by Raycom Media, KXXV maintains studios on South New Road in Waco.

On cable, KXXV can be seen on Charter Spectrum and Grande Communications channel 5. There is a high definition feed offered on Spectrum digital channel 1200 and Grande channel 805.

KXXV also operates a low-powered, Class A, digital semi-satellite in Bryan, KRHD-CD (channel 40).

History[edit]

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. It switched to ABC in September, with KCEN returning to NBC. Central Texas Broadcasting sold KXXV to Shamrock Broadcasting in 1987. Drewry Communications purchased the station from Shamrock in 1994.

KRHD-CD's call letters are based on the name of Robert H. Drewry, an Oklahoma native and founder of the Drewry Communications Group.

A planned late 2008 sale of the Drewry stations to London Broadcasting fell through due to the late 2000s credit crisis. [1][dead link] London Broadcasting subsequently purchased local NBC affiliate KCEN-TV, channel 6 (that station is now owned by Tegna Media). On August 10, 2015, Raycom Media announced that it would purchase Drewry Communications for $160 million.[1] The sale was completed on December 1.[2]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
25.1 720p 16:9 KXXV-HD Main KXXV-TV programming / ABC
25.2 Telemun Telemundo
25.3 480i 4:3 WX Now First Alert 25 Weather Now

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

In Waco/Killeen/Temple, KXXV broadcasts on cable channel 5, while in Bryan/College Station, KRHD-CD broadcasts on cable channel 9. 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.[4] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 25.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programs broadcast by KXXV include Judge Judy, The Insider, The Doctors, Steve Harvey 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.

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 also has a small studio and offices 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 Nighbeat, that aired at 10 p.m. weekdays. The newscast incorporated stories produced by reporters stationed at the Bryan facility. Outside of the morning news simulcasts, KRHD no longer airs local programming.

Notable reporters[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jessell, Harry A. (August 10, 2015). "Raycom Buying Drewry For $160 Million". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ Raycom Media Completes $160 Million Acquisition of Drewry Communications Broadcasting & Cable, Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KXXV
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  5. ^ "Brian Collins' Career Finally Gets A Boom". Deadspin. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  6. ^ "Collins Bio". KXXV. Archived from the original on 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 

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