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KPLC is an NBC affiliate licensed to Lake Charles, Louisiana broadcasting on digital channel 7. It is owned by Raycom Media, with transmitter facilities located in Fenton, Louisiana.
The station also serves as the default NBC affiliate for the Lafayette, Louisiana market, since that market doesn't have an NBC affiliate of its own. It operates a "virtual station" for Acadiana and sells advertising in the area.
KPLC-TV began broadcasting in the summer of 1954. Owner T.B. Lanford of Shreveport had previously signed on KPLC-AM radio and was eager to expand into television.
The station was later purchased by a St. Louis group headed by investor Elliot Stien. He visited KPLC frequently along with his friend, St. Louis Cardinals baseball legend Stan Musial.
In 1970, G. Russell Chambers purchased KPLC-TV from the St. Louis group and dramatically increased the station's coverage by adding a 1500 foot tower, providing a quality signal for the NBC affiliate as far north as Leesville, as far east as Lafayette and to the Gulf of Mexico. FCC regulations required that the radio stations be sold. Perry Sanders purchased the AM/FM combo and changed its call letters to KLCL.
In 1986, Cosmos Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Liberty Life Insurance Company, took over. KPLC was one of the first television stations in the U.S. to launch its own website in the 1990s.
In 2004, KPLC began broadcasting in digital as well as analog with the launch of KPLC (DT). Later in the year the station launched its first local 24-hour weather channel, "KPLC WeatherPlus." Simultaneously, the station launched a service specifically for cellphones and PDA's, "7 On Your Cell."
In January 2006, Liberty and KPLC were purchased by Raycom Media, which also owns two other Louisiana television stations, KSLA-TV in Shreveport and WAFB in Baton Rouge.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
||KPLC Main Programming / NBC HD 1080i
||KPLC Weather Channel / 480i
||KPLC 7.3 Lake Charles / This TV 480i
KPLC currently airs all of NBC network programming in High Definition and none of its syndicated programming such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Entertainment Tonight in HD.
Currently KPLC does not offer any of its local news in high definition.
KPLC 7 News Team
- Cynthia Arceneaux - weeknights at 5, 6 and "Nightcast" (10 p.m.)
- John Bridges - weekday mornings "7 News Sunrise"
- Britney Glaser - weekday mornings "7 News Sunrise" (also "Healthcast" reporter)
- Lee Peck - Saturdays at 6 and weekends at 10 p.m. "Nightcast" (also Crackdown on Crime Reporter)
- Adam Hooper - general assignment reporter
- Crystal Price - general assignment and education reporter
- Brandon Richards - general assignment reporter
- Theresa Schmidt - general assignment and environment reporter
- Brandon Troullier - general assignment reporter
7 Storm Team
- Wade Hampton - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and "Nightcast" (10 p.m.)
- Kellie Hutchinson - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "7 News Sunrise" and noon
- Jeff Jumper - 7 Storm Team Meteorologist; Saturdays at 6 and weekends at 10 p.m. "Nightcast"
- Tom Annino - Sports Director; weeknights at 6 and "Nightcast" (10 p.m.)
- Tiffany Blackmon - Sports Anchor; Saturdays at 6 and weekends at 10 p.m. "Nightcast"
- Jason Belk - sports reporter
- Marty Briggs (6pm & Nightcast Co-Anchor) - Laid off from KPLC in late 2008 due to budget cuts. Currently (8/2009) working as a real estate agent in the Lake Charles area.
- Evan Johnson (Sunrise Reporter, "Today Show" Newsbreak Anchor, Fill-in Anchor) - Left KPLC in July 2009 - Moved to New York City to work at NBC Universal.
- Danica Abraham (General Assignments Reporter) - Left KPLC in 2007 - Joined KADN in Lafayette, LA
- Curtis Atkinson, (7 Storm Team Chief Meteorologist) - Left KPLC in June 2008 - Moved to Alabama
- Vince Atkinson (Nightcast Reporter) - Left KPLC in 2007, now a reporter at KSAN-TV in San Angelo, TX
- Pam Dixon (Noon News Anchor, Education Reporter) - Left KPLC in 2008 - Became an educator at the Lake Charles-Boston Academy of Learning
- Robert Hadlock (Reporter / Weekend News Anchor) - Now the evening anchor at KXAN in Austin.
- Rhonda Kitchens (Reporter / Weekend News Anchor) - Left KPLC in 2007 - Moved to California then back to Lake Charles; Now working at KYKZ-FM
- Garrett Lumpkin (Sports Anchor) - Left KPLC in 2007 - Launched new local sports show, 337sports.net
- Jerry Modene (Weekend Anchor/Weather; host "Louisiana Today"; co-host "Midday") - with KPLC from 1977 to 1981, now resides in Las Vegas
- Laila Morcos (Sunrise News Anchor, Healthcast Reporter) - Left KPLC in 2007, now a reporter at WGNO in New Orleans
- David Paul (Meteorologist) Currently in same position at KHOU-TV in Houston
- Joe Rawley (Sunrise producer) - Left KPLC in March 2006 for WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, now a reporter at WGNO-TV in New Orleans
- Jordan Sandler (Sports Reporter) - Left KPLC in 2007 - Now a news reporter at WIS-TV in Columbia, SC
- Liberty Schauf (Noon & 5pm Producer) - Left KPLC in 2007 - No word on her leaving
- Game show announcer and host Bob Hilton started his career at KPLC.
- Rob Marciano (now at CNN) - Chief Meteorologist 1994 - 1997.
- Total News (early 1970s)
- NewsCenter 7 (1970s-1980s)
- 7 News (1980s-present)
- 7 at Your Service (1980s-present)
- Louisiana's Most Honored News Team (1989-1994)
- Coverage. Community. Commitment. (1999-2004)
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KPLC's makeshift studio during Hurricane Rita coverage
In March 2004 while workers were installing a new transmission tower in high winds, the old transmission tower fell, causing a service disruption lasting about two weeks to over-the-air viewers in Southwest Louisiana. Service to cable customers was not interrupted due to the station's signal being delivered by fiber lines. A lower-power temporary tower was erected on top the station's broadcast studios a couple of days after the tower fell, allowing viewers within a few miles of the station to again receive the signal over-the-air.
During Hurricane Rita, which struck in September 2005, the station delivered around-the-clock news from a temporary, makeshift studio in a safer location than its normal studios in downtown Lake Charles.
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