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KFDX-TV
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Wichita Falls, Texas/Lawton, Oklahoma
Branding KFDX 3 (general)
KFDX 3 News (news)
Slogan The Spirit of Texoma (general)
Texoma's 24-Hour News Team (news)
Channels Digital: 28 (UHF)
Affiliations NBC
MyNetworkTV (DT2)
Owner Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date April 12, 1953
Sister station(s) KJTL
Former channel number(s) Analog:
3 (VHF, 1953-2009)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW
Height 269.4 m
Facility ID 65370
Transmitter Coordinates 33°53′23″N 98°33′30″W / 33.88972°N 98.55833°W / 33.88972; -98.55833
Website www.texomashomepage.com

KFDX or KFDX 3 is the NBC affiliate located in Wichita Falls, Texas but also serves Lawton, Oklahoma. Its transmitter is located at the studio in Wichita Falls. The KFDX antenna is 1047 feet (319 m) tall.

In addition to over-the-air reception on digital channel 28, KFDX is also carried by more than 60 cable TV systems in Texas and Oklahoma and UHF translators at Quanah, Texas and Altus, Oklahoma.

KFDX-TV also runs a weather channel on Time Warner cable channel 17. The programming, selected by the on-duty meteorologist, switches between two different radar sources and a temperature and forecast display.

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History

KFDX-TV Channel 3 went on the air on April 12, 1953 as the third television station to serve the North Texas/Southern Oklahoma region. The station was originally owned by Wichitex Radio and Television under the direction of Darrold Cannan,Sr. and Howard Fry, which also owned KFDX Radio, an AM station with a frequency of 990 that went on the air in 1947. In addition to being a founder and general manager, Fry was best known by children in Texoma for his Uncle Howdy's House Party on both radio and television. In 1955, Wichitex sold the radio station, which continues to operate to this day, to concentrate on the television portion of the business until the firm sold KFDX-TV 3 to Clay Communications of Texas in 1971.

For many years Warren Silver, who originally joined KFDX when it signed on 1953, served as the station's chief weathercaster and announcer, as well as the original host of the station's longtime early morning farm and ranch broadcast, RFD-3. Silver became the station's general manager from 1971 to 1988. After his retirement, Silver continued as a contributor to the station until his death in 2001 with weekly reports on senior citizens' issues during Newscenter 3's 6 p.m. broadcast entitled The Silver Report.

Another longtime KFDX weathercaster who appeared on Channel 3's newscast from 1954 to 1971 was dubbed "Tom Crane the Weathervane". Crane was later the vice-president of City National Bank in Wichita Falls bank and operated local advertising agency Crane & Company from 1980 until his death July 6, 2009.

Current KFDX Chief Meteorologist Skip McBride, a retired airman who has worked at KFDX since January, 1983, is currently the area's longest running weathercaster in local television still on the air today. Among station personalities still at KFDX, McBride's tenure of more than 35 years has only been surpassed by Joe Brown, who has continually served as anchor of RFD-3 since the early 1960s.

Don Alexander, leader of rock-and-roll band "Alexander & the Greats", and composer of the 1964 hit single "Hot Dang Mustang," came to KFDX in the late 1950s. For several years he hosted an afternoon children's program, "Stage Coach Three." Alexander later served as anchorman and occasional news director at KFDX from 1963 to 1980.

Nat Fleming, a local country and western band leader, hosted his own afternoon variety program "The Nat Fleming Show" on Channel 3 from its inception in 1953 until the early 1960s. Fleming was also the longtime owner of a Wichita Falls western wear store, The Cow Lot, which closed its doors in 2006. In his TV ads Fleming was most popular for the tagline "You Can Tell By Looking if It Came From The Cow Lot."

Newscasts and local programming

The long-running agriculture/public affairs program RFD-3 airs at 5:00am weekdays and 6:30 am Saturdays, and has been a staple of area television for decades. It is hosted by Joe Brown, the station's farm director and also farm editor of the Wichita Falls Times Record News.

News programming on weekdays includes KFDX 3 News Today at 5:30 a.m., KFDX 3 News at Noon at 12 p.m., KFDX 3 News at 5 at 5 p.m., KFDX 3 News at 6 at 6 p.m. and KFDX 3 News at 10 at 10 p.m. On weekends, KFDX 3 News is broadcast at 6 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday and 10 p.m. both nights.

KFDX produces 22 hours of news programming a week.

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Ratings

KAUZ and KFDX primarily compete for the Texas audience, while KSWO has a stronghold on the Oklahoma market.

For the May 2009 ratings period, KFDX ranked second for the morning time period, according to Nielsen Media Research. KFDX ties for first at 5 p.m. and ranks second at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

For the November 2008 rating period, KFDX's weekend evening newscasts were beaten out by KAUZ.

KFDX 3 Personalities

Current on-air talent

(as of December 9, 2009)

Current Anchors

  • Joe Brown - "RFD-3" anchor
  • Gwyn Bevel - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM
  • Doug Bilyeu - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM
  • Mechell Dixon - Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5, and weekends at 10PM (also reporter)
  • Darrell Franklin - weeknights at 9PM (on Texoma's Fox; also KFDX reporter)
  • Steve Nielsen - weekday mornings and noon
  • Erin Shryock - weekday mornings (also reporter)

Reporters

  • Ann Arnold - general assignment reporter
  • Katie Crosbie - general assignment reporter
  • Sara DiMura - general assignment reporter

Meteorologists/Weather Anchors

  • Skip McBride - Chief Meteorologist; seen weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM
  • Brian Rupp - Meteorologist; weekday mornings and noon
  • David Morris - Meteorologist; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5, and weekends at 10PM
  • Rob Bellew - fill-in meteorologist

Sports Team

  • Tobin McDuff - Sports Director; seen weeknights at 6 and 10PM
  • Ricardo LeCompte - Sports Anchor; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5, and weekends at 10PM
  • Ben Coker - sports reporter

Station Management

  • Julie Pruett - General Manager
  • Wayne Reed - Director of Sales
  • Phyllis Vaughn - Business Manager
  • Terry Porter - Chief Engineer
  • Chris Huston - News Director -- Resigned January 2010
  • Chad Johnson - Creative Director
  • Kyle Kleinecke - Promotions Director
  • Greg Collier - Operations Manager
  • Carolyn Schrick - News Production Manager

Former on-air talent

  • Jerry Adams - news anchor (1965-1969)
  • Don Alexander - Stage Coach Three host and anchorman/news director (1959-1980; deceased)
  • Andy Austin - sports director (1986-1990)
  • Shelby Baker - morning anchor/reporter (late 1990s-early 2000s)
  • John Basham - staff meteorologist (1993-1994)
  • Cindy Bradford - news anchor (1979-90)
  • Fred Brooks - news director (late 1950s/early 1960s)
  • Mark Clegg - weekend anchor/reporter (1988-1989; currently at KSHB-TV Kansas City)
  • Scott Coppenbarger - reporter/anchor/news director (1986-1995 and 1997-1998)
  • Heidi Collins - anchor/reporter
  • Tom Crane "the Weathervane" - weathercaster (1954-1971; deceased)
  • Bryce Daniels - news anchor/reporter (currently anchoring in Florida)
  • Todd Davis - anchor/reporter/producer (1997-2001)
  • Dan Dickens - staff meteorlogist
  • Nelson Duffle - news anchor/producer/reporter (1979-1982)
  • Norman Duncan - news anchor (1959-1964)
  • Tim Elbertson - meteorologist (2001; currently in Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Brad Fanning - sports (currently sports director in Toledo, OH)
  • Nat Fleming - host of The Nat Fleming Show (1953-early 1960s)
  • Mark Fox - staff meteorologist (1990-1993 and 1995-1998)
  • Gan Matthews - anchor/reporter (1975-1979; currently at KWTV Oklahoma City)
  • Megan Henderson - news anchor/reporter (currently anchoring at KTLA in Los Angeles)
  • Kerry Hinkle - news anchor (currently anchoring in Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Steve Holland - sports anchor (1968-1976)
  • Tres Hood - news reporter and sports anchor (1987-1989; deceased)
  • Ken Hughes - news director/reporter (1967-1982; deceased)
  • Jerry Johnson - sports anchor (currently owns Jerry's Scoreboard in Wichita Falls)
  • Ken Kane - news reporter/anchor (1978-1979)
  • Sam Armstrong Lopez - news producer/reporter (1978-1980)
  • Sheryl Lewis - anchor
  • Emily Luxen - anchor (??-2007)
  • Lynn Marshall - news director/anchor/reporter and staff announcer (1980-1996)
  • Bill Martin - sports director (1990-1996)
  • Gerry May - reporter/anchor (1986-1989)
  • Tina Patel - news reporter
  • Dick Pryor - sports director (1979-1982)
  • Steve Reska - sports anchor (1981-1983)
  • Darius Radzius - news reporter (2004-2005)
  • Frances Rivera - news anchor/reporter (currently anchoring in Boston, MA)
  • Erica Rosales - general assignment reporter (??-2009)
  • Phil Schuman - sports anchor (1980-1981)
  • Warren Silver - chief meteorologist/staff announcer (1953-1971); general manager (1971-1988); feature reporter (1988-2001; deceased)
  • Victoria Snee (now morning personality at KDMX Dallas)
  • Ron Stahl - reporter (1975-1978; now co-host of "Discover Oklahoma" program on KWTV in Oklahoma City and KOTV in Tulsa)
  • Ben Strickland - weathercaster and sports anchor (1957-1979)
  • Don Teague - news reporter (currently reporting for NBC News)
  • Dale Terry - reporter (1957-1970)
  • Bill Warren - weathercaster and news anchor (1968-1992)
  • Rachel Wheat - morning anchor/reporter (early 2000s-2005)
  • Danny Wright - weathercaster and staff announcer (1974-1991)

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Texoma Newsreel (1953-1957)
  • The Southwest Report (1957-1960)
  • Channel 3 News (1960-1964)
  • TV-3 News or TV-III News (1964-1976)
  • News III and subtitles 6 O'Clock Report and 10 O'Clock Report (1976-1977)
  • Newscenter 3 (1977-2006)
  • KFDX 3 News (2006-present)

NOTE: The noon newscast was also called the Noon Report for many years until 1980s in conjunction with the main newscast title. The 10 p.m. broadcast also had an exclusive title of Newscenter 3 Nightcast during the 1980s and 1990s.

Station slogans

  • Texoma's Television is KFDX, TV-III (1966-1970)
  • TV-III News, Watch Us First (1970-1972)
  • Count on the TV-III News - Always One Step Ahead (1972-1975)
  • If It's News, It's On TV-III News (1975-1976)
  • It's Happening on TV-3 (1976-1979)
  • 3 People Do It Better (1979-1980)
  • The Best of the 3 (1980-1982)
  • Newscenter 3, Texoma's #1 News Team (1980-1981)
  • The Difference Between Fact and Fiction is Newscenter 3 (1981-1982)
  • We're TV-3, Just Watch Us Now! (1982-1983; local version of NBC campaign)
  • We're TV-3, Texoma's Very Own (1983-1986)
  • Channel 3, Let's All Be There! (1984-1986; local version of NBC ad campaign)
  • If It Happens In Texoma, It Happens On Newscenter 3 (1986-1988)
  • Come Home to the Best, Only on Channel 3! (1988-1990; local version of NBC campaign)
  • Texoma's 24-Hour News Team (1989-present; news slogan)
  • The Spirit of Texoma (1991-present, primary slogan; used in an image campaign using "This is Your News" by Frank Gari)

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