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Shreveport, Louisiana
Branding KSLA-TV 12 (general)
KSLA News 12 (news)
Slogan Coverage You Can Count On
Channel Digital: 17 (UHF)
Subchannels 12.1 CBS
12.2 This TV
12.3 Stormtracker 12 WX
Affiliations CBS
Owner Raycom Media, Inc.
(KSLA License Subsidiary, LLC)
First air date December 22, 1953
Callsign meaning Shreveport, LouisianA
Former channels Analog:
12 (VHF, 1953-2009)
Former affiliations All secondary:
NBC (1953-1955)
DuMont (1953-1955)
ABC (1953-1960)
UPN (1995)
Effective power 175 kW
Height 518 m
Facility ID 70482
Antenna coordinates 32°40′28.4″N 93°56′0″W / 32.674556°N 93.933333°W / 32.674556; -93.933333

KSLA is the CBS-affiliated television station for Shreveport, Louisiana and the Ark-La-Tex region. Owned by Raycom Media, it broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 17. The sole transmitter is located in Mooringsport, Louisiana. Alongside KYTX, it is carried on some cable providers in Lufkin and Nacogdoches and it is available on DirecTV in the Oklahoma portion of the Arklatex alongside Little Rock affiliate, KTHV, the Shreveport affiliates and other Little Rock affiliates.



KSLA went on the air on October 1, 1954, airing programming from all four networks-- CBS, ABC, NBC and DuMont. However, it has always been a primary CBS affiliate. It lost NBC a year later when KTBS signed on. The two stations shared ABC programming until 1960, when Texarkana's KTAL-TV took the NBC affiliation after Texarkana was collapsed into the Shreveport market. KTBS then became an exclusive ABC affiliate, leaving KSLA as a sole CBS affiliate.

In 1966, Douglas F. Attaway, the publisher of the now defunct Shreveport Journal became the majority owner of the station. During the second half of the 1960s and the early 1970s, KSLA was hence called "The Journal Station." Attaway sold to Viacom, which now owns CBS, in the latter 1970s, after having previously sold The Journal to Shreveport businessman and philanthropist Charles T. Beaird.

KSLA was the first station to broadcast out of Shreveport, the first in the market to broadcast in color, to broadcast in stereo sound, to employ the use of satellites, and, more recently, the first to broadcast in high definition. The station claims to have the highest rated newscast in the entire state of Louisiana. It was once the home of the Shreveport Captains and the defunct Canadian Football League team, the Shreveport Pirates.

On March 5, 1955, Elvis Presley made his television debut on KSLA on Louisiana Hayride from the Municipal Auditorium. That same year, D. L. Dykes, Jr., who launched a 30-year career as the pastor of the First Methodist Church on Texas Avenue in Shreveport, began having his sermons televised on KSLA. Over the years, other churches followed Dykes's lead.

Among its most popular local programming are Bob & His Buddies, a children's show hosted by longtime sports reporter Bob Griffin; and Hallelujah Train, a Sunday morning program many consider a religious version of Soul Train.

KSLA was among the first 50 television stations in the country to air a local program concept called PM Magazine from 1979 to 1984. This local program hosted by Chuck Smith and Becky Strickland became one of the consistently highest rated versions in the country, beating popular syndicated programs M*A*S*H, The Newlywed Game and People's Court as it averaged high audience shares, sometimes higher than 30% throughout its 4+ years on KSLA. Despite its local success, PM Magazine was canceled in early 1984. The last rating period for 1984 revealed the program had a 25 rating/39 share (Arbitron 2/'84).

On October 8, 1977, the KSLA 1709' tower in Mooringsport, LA collapsed. No official cause was ever determined, but speculation was that a failure in the guy lines caused the collapse. See List of catastrophic collapses of radio masts and towers.

Prior to 1978, Shreveport did not have a PBS affiliate. During some of this time, KSLA aired Sesame Street on weekday mornings. This arrangement ended when Louisiana Public Broadcasting began full time PBS programming on KLTS.

For a brief time in 1995, channel 12 aired UPN programming late at night until KSHV picked up the network later in the year.

On September 1, 1995, Ellis Communications bought KSLA from Viacom. It was the first television station not having a primary affiliation with UPN to be sold off by Viacom since UPN's launch. Ellis was folded into Raycom Media in 1997.

In September 2008, KSLA was the first station in Louisiana (and one of the first in the nation) to air a 9 a.m. newscast.

The station's studios were originally housed inside the Washington Youree Hotel in 1954. In the early 1970s the station moved to its current Fairfield Avenue studios.

Digital television

KSLA-DT broadcasts on UHF 17, with CBS programming on its main channel and KSLA Stormtracker 12 24/7 Weather provided by a 12.3 digital subchannel. KSLA had aired a 24-hour music network, The Tube, on digital channel 12.2; that network ceased operations on October 1, 2007 and has since been replaced with This TV.

On June 12, 2009, KSLA left channel 12 and moved to channel 17 when the analog to digital conversion completed.[1]



Current on-air talent

(as of January 27, 2010)
Current Anchors

  • Jeff Ferrell - Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30, and weekends at 10PM
  • Carolyn Roy - Sunday mornings
  • Shannon Royster - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM
  • Pat Simon - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM
  • Doug Warner - weekday mornings (5-7 and 9-10AM) and noon (also reporter)


  • Fred Childers - general assignment reporter
  • Liz Elan - weekday morning reporter
  • Jeff Ferrell - weekend reporter
  • Nick Guillory - general assignment reporter
  • Carolyn Roy - general assignment reporter
  • Ben Wolf - general assignment reporter

StormTracker 12 Weather Team

  • Stephen Parr - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM
  • Barak Shapiro (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; Saturdays at 6, Sunday mornings and 5:30, and weekends at 10PM (also fill-in)
  • Ron Young - Meteorologist; weekday mornings (5-7 and 9-10AM) and noon

Sports Team

  • Mike Dirmann - Sports Director; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM (and temporarily on Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30, and weekends at 10PM)

Previous on-air talent


  • Roseanne Colletti, Weekday Anchor/Reporter (WNBC, WCBS, NYC)
  • Christine Negroni, Weekday Anchor/Reporter (CBS, CNN, New York Times)
  • Karin Adams, Weekday Evening Anchor/Reporter
  • Patsy Carter, Morning and Noon Anchor/Reporter
  • Charles Hadlock, Weekday Evening Anchor/Reporter
  • Taylor Henry, Weekend Anchor/Reporter
  • Kelly Lane, Weekday Evening Anchor/Reporter
  • Donald Lynn "Don" Owen, News Director/Weekday Evening Anchor
  • Margaret Pelley, Weekday Evening Anchor/Reporter
  • Carl Pendley, Weekday Evening Anchor/Reporter
  • Sylvia Rachal, Weekday Morning Anchor/Reporter
  • Najahe Hall, Morning and Noon Anchor/Reporter - Now with KSHB in Kansas City
  • Steve Harris, Weekend Anchor/Weekday Reporter
  • Frank Simpson, Weekend Anchor/Reporter
  • Gerard Braud [1], Weekend Anchor/Reporter
  • Dennis Bounds, Weekday Evening Anchor/Reporter- Now with KING-TV in Seattle
  • Kelly Warner, Weekday Evening Anchor/Reporter
  • Michelle White Lafitte, Weekday Evening Anchor/Reporter- Now Weekday Evening Anchor/Reporter with KTAL-TV in Shreveport
  • Jonathan McCall, Weekend Morning Anchor/Reporter- Now reporter at KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, NV


  • Allison Alexander, General Assignment Reporter- Now Anchor WLNE-TV in Providence, Rhode Island.
  • David Begnaud, General Assignment Reporter
  • Gerard Braud, General Assignment Reporter
  • Gordon Boyd, General Assignment Reporter- Now Anchor/Reporter WVLT-TV in Knoxville
  • Barry Erwin, General Assignment Reporter
  • Tom Erwin, General Assignment Reporter
  • Tania Francois, General Assignment Reporter
  • Pamela Jordan, General Assignment Reporter
  • Wray Post, General Assignment Reporter & Political Reporter
  • Justin Quigley, General Assignment Reporter
  • Rhett Smith, General Assignment Reporter
  • Katrina Webber,General Assignment Reporter
  • Christi Walton, General Assignment Reporter
  • Shari Warren, General Assignment Reporter
  • Brian Allen, General Assignment Reporter
  • Rich Masters, General Assignment Reporter


  • Al Bolton
  • Mike Pass
  • Ed Duranczyk- Now an occasional fill in meteorologist for KTAL-TV
  • Tim Larsen
  • Edward St. Pe'
  • Gerard Braud
  • Patrick Dennis- Now the morning meteorologist for KTAL-TV
  • Aaron Williams - Currently a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, Atlanta

Sports Anchors/Reporters

  • Bob Griffin, Sports Anchor/Reporter- Currently radio host on KEEL-AM, and KTBS-TV weekend mornings "FirstNews" anchor; he was at KSLA from 1961–2008
  • Darrell Rebouche, Sports Anchor/Reporter- Now the Play-by-Play announcer for the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings
  • Tony Taglavore, Sports Anchor/Reporter
  • Barry Hill, Sports Anchor/Reporter

PM Magazine

  • Chuck Smith, Co-Host/Producer and currently Producer/Host "ArkLaTex DISCOVERY" [2] as well as independent freelance producer for Cable Networks & Corporate PR Media
  • Becky Strickland, Co-Host

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Channel 12 News (1970s)
  • Channel 12 Eyewitness News (1970s-1990s)
  • Arklatex News 12 (1990s-1997)
  • KSLA News 12 (1997–present)

Station slogans

  • Part of Your Life (1970s)
  • The Ark-La-Tex Station (1980s)
  • Project Pride/Building Pride in the Ark-La-Tex (Late 1980s-1997)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (1997–present)
  • We Track STORMS (weather slogan)
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