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KSAS-TV
KSAS Logo.png
Wichita, Kansas
Branding Fox Kansas
Eyewitness News
Slogan Your News. Your Time.
Channels Digital: 26 (UHF)
Subchannels 24.1 Fox
Translators see article
Owner Newport Television, LLC
(Newport Television License, LLC)
First air date August 24, 1985
Call letters’ meaning KanSAS
Sister station(s) KMTW
Former channel number(s) Analog:
24 (UHF, 1985-2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1985-1986)
Transmitter Power 350 kW
Height 303 m
Facility ID 11911
Transmitter Coordinates 37°46′40″N 97°30′37″W / 37.77778°N 97.51028°W / 37.77778; -97.51028
Website foxkansas.com

KSAS-TV is the Fox-affiliated television station for Wichita, Kansas. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 26 from a transmitter east of Colwich. Owned by Newport Television, the station operates MyNetworkTV affiliate KMTW (owned by Mercury Broadcasting Company, Inc.) through a local marketing agreement (a.k.a. LMA). The two share studios on North West Street in Wichita. Syndicated programming on KSAS includes: Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, and Family Feud.

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History

KSAS began broadcasting on August 24, 1985 as an independent station, the first one licensed in Kansas. They aired an analog signal on UHF channel 24. It was also the first new commercial station to sign-on in Wichita since KARD-TV (now KSNW) signed on in 1955. On October 9, 1986, the station picked up Fox as a charter affiliate. On April 3, 1988, KAAS-TV channel 18 in Salina signed on as a full-time satellite of KSAS. In 2000, KBDK channel 14 in Hoisington was added as another full power satellite to cover Great Bend and Hays. The signal was extended to western Kansas in 1995 with the addition of low-powered KSAS-LP (on channel 29) in Dodge City and KAAS-LP (on channel 31) in Garden City. In 2005, KSAS became a crucial location in the search for and apprehension of infamous Wichita serial killer Dennis Rader known for decades as the anonymous BTK Killer. Rader's last known communication with the media and police was a padded envelope which arrived at KSAS' Wichita studios (one of many stations in the market which Rader had contacted over the years) on February 16, 2005.

A purple, 1.44-MB Memorex floppy disk was enclosed in the package. Also enclosed were a letter, photocopy of the cover of a 1989 novel about a serial killer (Rules of Prey ISBN 0-425-19519-8) and a gold-colored necklace with a large medallion. Police found metadata embedded in a Microsoft Word document on the disk that pointed to Wichita's Christ Lutheran Church and the document was marked as last modified by "Dennis". A search of the church website turned up Dennis Rader as president of the congregation council. In 2006, KBDK changed its call sign to KOCW. On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel entered into an agreement to sell its entire television stations group, including KSAS and its LMA with KMTW, to Providence Equity Partners. The deal closed on March 14, 2008. Newport's President and CEO is longtime Wichita television broadcaster, Sandy DiPasquale. Mr. DiPasquale is the last local owner of CBS affiliate KWCH-TV which he sold in 1994. He moved Newport's headquarters to Kansas City in 2008 from his longtime base in Wichita.

Satellite stations

In 1998, per the suggestion of former program director Michael Hochman, KSAS began branding as Fox Kansas. This was to help position KSAS and its satellites as a regional "network" along the lines of the other major stations in the market (such as the Kansas State Network, Kansas Broadcasting System and KAKEland Television Network). The other stations in the quasi-network are repeaters and translators airing virtually the exact programming as the flagship Wichita station. This was necessitated by the unusually large geographic make-up of the Wichita / Hutchinson Market, which covers over 70 counties stretching from the Flint Hills to Colorado (almost three-fourths of the state). It is the largest DMA by number of counties in the United States. Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997, KOCW did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. Instead on June 12, 2009, the station turned off its analog signal and turn on its digital signal (an action called a "flash-cut"). Due to their low-powered status, both KSAS-LP and KAAS-LP are exempt from the digital transition.

Station City of license Channels First air date ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Transmitter location
KAAS-TV Salina 17 (UHF) April 3, 1988 65 kW 314 m 11912 39°6′16″N 97°23′15.9″W / 39.10444°N 97.38775°W / 39.10444; -97.38775 (KAAS-TV) west of Manchester along Ottawa and Dickinson County line
KOCW Hoisington 14 (UHF) 2000 40 kW 163 m 83181 38°37′53.2″N 98°50′53.3″W / 38.631444°N 98.848139°W / 38.631444; -98.848139 (KOCW) along U.S. 281 in northern Barton County
KSAS-LP Dodge City 29 (UHF) 1995 15 kW 907 m 11967 37°46′47″N 100°3′39″W / 37.77972°N 100.06083°W / 37.77972; -100.06083 northwest of city
KAAS-LP Garden City 31 (UHF) 1995 14.6 kW 129 m 11968 37°52′25″N 100°50′44″W / 37.87361°N 100.84556°W / 37.87361; -100.84556 south of city

Newscasts

KSAS' news open.

From 1997 to 1999, NBC affiliate KSNW produced a 9 p.m. newscast on KSAS called Fox 24 News At 9. The broadcast was terminated due to poor rating performance. Currently, CBS affiliate KWCH produces a nightly 9 o'clock newscast on the station. In 2005, this broadcast received the "Best Large Market Newscast in Kansas" award from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. It airs from a secondary set at KWCH's studios on East 37th Street North that was designed by FX Group. KWCH continued production of the 9 p.m. newscast despite Schurz Communications' purchase of KSCW in 2008; KWCH now currently produces a morning newscast for KSCW, in addition to the KSAS 9 p.m. newscast. In October 2008, that station became the first in the market to broadcast their local news in high definition. In order to make the change, KWCH upgraded their studios. The KSAS broadcast was included in the switch.

Fox Kansas Eyewitness News at 9 (9 to 9:30 P.M.)
Weeknights

  • Anchor:
    • Rebecca Gannon
  • Weather:
    • Merrill Teller
  • Sports:
    • Bruce Haertl

Weekends

  • Anchor:
    • Denise Hnytka
  • Weather:
    • Ross Janssen
  • Sports:
    • Jenn Bates

KSAS features additional news personnel from KWCH. See that article for a complete listing.

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