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KTEN
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Ada, Oklahoma/Sherman, Texas
Branding K-TEN
Channels Digital: 26 (UHF) physical, 10.1 (VHF) virtual
Subchannels 10.1 NBC
10.2 The CW
10.3 WX radar
Affiliations NBC (secondary until 1998)
Owner Lockwood Broadcast Group
(Channel 49 Acquisition Corporation)
First air date June 1, 1954
Call letters’ meaning Channel TEN
(former analog channel assignment)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
10 (VHF, 1954-2009)
Former affiliations ABC (1954-1998)
Fox (1994-1998)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW
Height 426 m
Facility ID 35666
Transmitter Coordinates 34°21′32.8″N 96°33′32.7″W / 34.359111°N 96.559083°W / 34.359111; -96.559083
Website www.kten.com

KTEN (also referred to as K-TEN or KTEN News) is the NBC affiliate for the Sherman, Texas/Ada, Oklahoma television market. The station also carries the CW on its digital subchannel 10.2.

KTEN is licensed to Ada, but its main studio is in Denison, Texas. The station also has a bureau in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The station's television tower is located near the town of Wapanucka in Johnston County, Oklahoma.

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History

KTEN signed on the air in 1954 as the first local television station to serve Texomaland. Channel 10, which in recent years has been the area's exclusive NBC affiliate, served as the area's ABC affiliate. This was very unusual for such a small market, as ABC was not on par with NBC and CBS at the time. It also carried a secondary NBC affiliation. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[1]

By the mid-1970s as arch-rival KXII, which operated from studios in Ardmore and Sherman, was switching its primary network affiliation from NBC to CBS, KTEN began adding a larger proportion of NBC programming to its schedule both daytime and primetime, even to the point of broadcasting both network's evening newscasts (ABC's at 5 p.m. and NBC's at 5:30 p.m.) in the hour preceding the local newscast at 6 p.m. for a number of years. KTEN even got national attention in 1983 when on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Doc Severinsen (sitting in for Carson's sidekick Ed McMahon) welcomed KTEN as the newest station to broadcast the Tonight Show. This move was made after KXII, by this time down to just two NBC programs in its schedule, had switched to CBS's late night schedule in a move that eventually led that station toward an exclusive CBS affiliation in 1985.

By that time, KTEN was on its way to becoming a primary NBC affiliate but still carried a large proportion of ABC's schedule. Although KTEN's program schedule appeared to be headed toward an exclusive NBC affiliation by the early-to-mid 1990s, another network move was made along the way. In 1994, KTEN added the Fox network as another secondary affiliation just after that network had won the rights to broadcast NFL football previously seen on CBS for many years. The station was in bankruptcy at the time and gained additional network compensation (cash payments) from Fox. It also allowed KTEN the unique ability to show every single Dallas Cowboys game that was not on cable. The downside was that KTEN was becoming even more of a hybrid station with three network affiliations (NBC, ABC, and Fox) and even more confusing to viewers. By 1998, KTEN was out of bankruptcy and the new owners dropped the secondary affiliations with ABC and Fox to make Channel 10 Texomaland's exclusive NBC affiliate.

KTEN was originally based in Ada, and is still licensed to that city though the main studio has been located in Denison since 1986. Although KTEN and arch-rival KXII had theoretically been direct competitors for many years, the 75-mile difference in location between the two stations' transmitters (KTEN's at Ada and KXII's at Madill) created unequal over-the-air reception conditions with Channel 10's picture fair to poor in locations close to Channel 12's transmitter such as Ardmore, Madill and Durant and almost non-existent in some adjoining areas of Texas, while KXII-TV's over-the-air reception in Ada and surrounding areas was poor due to the northern fringe location of KXII's coverage. To become more equally competitive receptionwise, KTEN moved its transmitter from Ada to Bromide, Oklahoma in 1984 to provide better over-the-air reception to far Southern Oklahoma near the Red River and to reach across the river to the Sherman-Denison area and adjoining areas of North Texas including Gainesville, Bonham and Paris.

At some point in the mid-80s, KTEN took advantage of new FCC rules about translators providing localized content. KTEN opened a small bureau and studio for its Paris translator K08KK and began producing a brief news and weather program that would air during the 10pm news. This was discontinued after a few years due to a lack of advertiser support.

In 1985, KTEN added a second studio facility in Ardmore and the following year, opened a third studio in the Katy Depot in downtown Denison, that would also become the station's main studio complex. In 2002, KTEN moved its main studio from the Katy Depot to a new location on Highway 75 in Denison. The station's operations also include the secondary studio in Ardmore and a sales office in the station's former home city of Ada.

In the Fall of 2006, its DT2 subcarrier began airing programming from the CW. The subchannel is known as Texoma CW. KTEN began producing a half-hour 9pm newscast for its CW channel on October 25, 2006.

KTEN also carries a DT3 which it broadcasts audio from the National Weather Service/NOAA while displaying various maps of parts of Oklahoma and Texas, using 4 of its nearest radars. These radars overlap the Sherman-Ada/Lake Texoma area which KTEN meteorologists use in their weather forecast presentations. (KTEN does not have access to any radars that are nearer to the location of their studios.)

Although KTEN broadcasts The CW on its digital subchannel and KXII broadcasts Fox and MyNetworkTV on both of its digital subchannels, the Ada-Sherman television market is the only market in the country with affiliates of NBC, CBS, FOX, The CW and MyNetworkTV, with the setback of not having a local ABC affiliate. ABC programming for the Sherman-Ada market is sourced from WFAA, in Dallas-Ft. Worth and KOCO in Oklahoma City depending on the geographic location in the DMA. However, rival station KXII has helped offset the lack of an ABC affiliate with a secondary affiliation on its DT2 (MyNetworkTV) and DT3 (Fox) subcarriers.

Digital Subchannels

The station's digital signal, UHF 26, is multiplexed.

Virtual
Channel
Video Aspect Programming
KTEN-DT1 10.1 1080i 16:9 NBC HD (local news in SD)
KTEN-DT2 10.2 480i 4:3 "Texoma CW" in SD/Widescreen
KTEN-DT3 10.3 480i 4:3 Weather Map "True View Doppler 10 Four Radar"

News/Station presentation

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News

KTEN News is on 10.1 and uses NBC News for national news. Sports is presented at KTEN News at 6 & 10. KTEN News Today aires from 5:00AM – 7:00AM and KTEN News Mid Day airs for one hour at 11:00AM. Nightly news broadcasts air on 5:00PM, 6:00PM, and 10:00PM.

For the "Texoma CW", there is Texoma CW News At 9. It is hosted by Lisanne Anderson and the chief meteorologist and the weekend meteorologist take turns in presenting the weather. It has local news, local and regional weather, and syndicated regional and national news from regular clips such as "Business Brief", "Consumer Watch", "Now Showing", and "Take A Look At This." Some national clips are from CNN and Bloomberg.

10.3 airs live KTEN News programs whenever there is a sports game or other event that delays the broadcasts of local news. Whenever that happens, the newscast will be taped and rebroadcasted on 10.1 after the event.

Newscast titles

  • Area 10 News (1974-1979)
  • The News on 10 (1979-1984)
  • News 10 (1984-1985)
  • Newscenter 10 (1985-1990)
  • KTEN News (1990-present)

Station slogans

  • KTEN Again! (1970s)
  • On Your Side (1999-2003)
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Current on-air talent

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  • NEWS ANCHORS
Name: Present Position(s): Previous Position(s): Joined KTEN On:
Lisanne Anderson Executive Producer, Nightside Managing Editor, Senior News Anchor: KTEN News Weekdays at 5, 6, & 10 and Texoma CW News KXII; KFOR February 1, 2009
Sterling Riggs Morning Anchor and Senior Reporter; KTEN News/Sports
  • NEWS REPORTERS AND PART TIME NEWS ANCHORS
Name: Present Position(s): Previous Position(s): Joined KTEN On:
Katy Blakey Weekend News Anchor, Special Assignment Reporter & News Reporter 2006
Meredith Saldana Reporter, Ardmore Newsroom KCBY 2007
Jhen Kordela Reporter/Producer, Denison Newsroom 2006
Deeda Payton Reporter/Producer, Denison Newsroom 2007
  • STORM TEAM
Name: Present Position(s): Previous Position(s): Joined KTEN On:
Alan Mitchell Chief Meteorologist, KTEN News Weeknights and Texoma CW News WSYX; KWTV 1995
Hallie Shulman Meteorologist KTEN News, Texoma CW News, & School Visit Coordinator
  • SPORTS ANCHORS/REPORTERS
Name: Present Position(s): Previous Position(s): Joined KTEN On:
Brian Goldman Sports Director, KTEN News at 6, KTEN News at 10 KIEM 2008
Julia Morales Weekend Sports Anchor, Sports Reporter & Videographer 2008
Scott Sager Reporter/Producer & Sports Reporter, Denison Newsroom 2006

Former on-air talent

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Name: Before KTEN: Presition(s) Held: Span: Now At:
Cyndi Kahlbaum Weekday Morning Meteorologist 2007-2009 WREX
Vanessa Bolano WFOR-TV; WSVN Reporter/Producer, Denison Newsroom 2007-2009 New Orleans
Collin Daly Meteorologist, KTEN News at 10 - Weekend Edition & School Visit Coordinator 2006 - 2009
Jocelyn Lockwood News Anchor/Executive Producer, KTEN News Weekdays at 5, 6, & 10 and Texoma CW News Weekdays at 9 2005 - 2009 WGNO
Randy Garsee Weekday Evening News Anchor  ?? - 2009
Brandon Dunn  ?? - 2009 KTAL-TV
Marc Istook Weekend Sports Anchor, 6 & 10 News Anchor, Sports Director 1999 - 2001 TV Guide Network
Scott Sams  ?? - 2009 KTVT
Whitney R. Allen Weekday Morning News Anchor 2007 - 2008
Steve Carano  ?? - ?? KOCO-TV

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