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Corpus Christi, Texas
Branding 6 News
CW South Texas
(on DT2)
Slogan Clearly to the Point
Channels Digital: 13 (VHF)
Subchannels 6.1 NBC
6.2 The CW
Owner Evening Post Publishing Company
(KVOA Communications, Inc.)
First air date May 22, 1956
Call letters’ meaning Corpus KRISti
(a play on Christi)
Sister station(s) K47DF
Former channel number(s) Analog:
6 (VHF, 1956-2009))
Former affiliations ABC (secondary, 1956-1964)
Transmitter Power 46.1 kW
Height 239.6 m
Facility ID 25559
Transmitter Coordinates 27°44′30.1″N 97°36′9.8″W / 27.741694°N 97.602722°W / 27.741694; -97.602722

KRIS-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station for South Texas that is licensed to Corpus Christi. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 13 from a transmitter west of the city in rural Nueces County. Owned by the Evening Post Publishing Company, the station is sister to low-power Independent K47DF and low-power Telemundo affiliate K68DJ. All three stations share studios on South Staples Street in downtown Corpus Christi.

Syndicated programming on KRIS-TV includes: Inside Edition, Oprah, Ellen, and People's Court. It operates the area's CW affiliate on a second digital subchannel. Known on-air as CW South Texas, this can also be seen on cable including Grande Communications channel 16 and Time Warner channel 23. KRIS-DT2 gets all of its programming from The CW Plus.



On July 23, 2008, Eagle Creek Broadcasting announced that it had sold CBS affiliate KZTV to SagamoreHill Broadcasting which would then be operated by KRIS-TV. It is unclear what the relationship between the two stations would be if regulatory approval occurs. Eagle Creek's other station, CBS affiliate KVTV in Laredo, is not included in the deal as SagamoreHill already owns NBC affiliate KGNS-TV in that market.

KRIS-TV was the first television station in the United States to air hard liquor ads since a self-imposed industry ban was placed on them in 1948. A commercial for Crown Royal whiskey aired on the station in 1996 featuring a puppy with a diploma and one carrying a Crown Royal bag in its mouth.

At Noon on June 12, KRIS-TV shut off its analog signal.

KRIS-TV's analog audio signal transmitted on a frequency of 87.75 MHz (+10 kHz shift), and as a result, could be picked up on the lower end of the dial on most FM radios at 87.7. This is true of all other channel 6 stations in North America. However, this will no longer be true for full-powered stations after the June 12, 2009 conversion to digital broadcasting was complete.

Its newscasts have been known as Pro 6 News, NewsCenter 6, Channel 6 News, and finally 6 News.

On August 24, 2009, KRIS announced a shared services agreement with competitor CBS Affiliate KZTV. Cordillera Communications (KRIS' Parent Company) now owns all KZTV station assets, with Eagle Creek Broadcasting (KZTV's previous owner) owning the broadcast license.

Plans are for the KRIS staff to move in to KZTV's current facility, a process that will take several months.

News team


Current personalities


  • Jay Scherder - weekday mornings and Noon
  • Bart Bedsole - weeknights at 5 and 9
  • Lee Sausley - weeknights at 6 and 10
  • Bianca Castro - weeknights at 6 and 10
  • Crystal Jenkins - weekends and reporter

First Warning 6 Meteorologists

  • Dale Nelson (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief seen weeknights and heard on KXMR-FM 93.9, KRYS-FM 99.1, and KSAB-FM 99.9
  • Matt Terhune - weekday mornings and Noon
  • Dave Fraser - weekends


  • Sean Horejs - Director seen weeknights at 6, 9, and 10
  • Tyler Garrett - weekends and reporter


  • Melissa Schroeder
  • Mitch Bryan
  • Parrish Alleman
  • Rashi Vats
  • Spencer Lubitz

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Newscenter 6 (1980's?)
  • 6 News (1990s-present)
  • KRIS 6 News (2001-present)

Station slogans

  • We're South Texas Proud, We're 6! (1993-2001)
  • Clearly to the Point (2004-present)
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