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KTHV
KTHV-11.png
Little Rock, Arkansas
Branding Today's THV
Slogan Today's THV: The Difference
Channels Digital: 12 (VHF)
Subchannels 11.1 CBS
11.2 THV2
Affiliations CBS
Owner Gannett Company, Inc.
(Arkansas Television Company)
First air date November 27, 1955
Call letters’ meaning derived from former radio sister station KTHS (Kome To Hot Springs), which later became KAAY after an ownership change
Former channel number(s) Analog:
11 (VHF, 1955-2009)
Transmitter Power 55 kW
Height 518.7 m
Facility ID 2787
Transmitter Coordinates 34°47′56.9″N 92°30′0″W / 34.799139°N 92.5°W / 34.799139; -92.5
Website www.todaysthv.com

KTHV ("Today's THV"), is the CBS network affiliate station serving the Little Rock/Pine Bluff television market and central Arkansas. The station is owned by Gannett Company, which purchased the station in 1994. KTHV's transmitter and antenna are located atop Shinall Mountain on the same tower as KARK.

The station broadcasts its digital signal on VHF channel 12, using its former analog assignment of 11 as its virtual channel via PSIP. A 24-hour local news channel, THV2 is carried on KTHV-DT digital channel 11.2. KTHV is available on Comcast cable channels 10 (analog) and 233 (digital) in Little Rock.

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History

KTHV first signed on the air on November 27, 1955, and was licensed to the owners of KWKH-AM in Shreveport, the owners of the Arkansas Democrat, and businessman C.E. Lowery, among others. Its callsign is derived from former radio sister station KTHS (whose calls stood Kome To Hot Springs), which later became KAAY after being sold to LIN Broadcasting in the 1960s.

The station's studios at 720 Izard Street in downtown Little Rock were built a year before KTHV's first broadcast, and are where the television station still broadcasts from today. The building was the first in Arkansas to be constructed for both radio and television. KTHV's studios were on the first floor, while KTHS-AM's studios were on the second floor. Though the interior of the station has been periodically upgraded, especially with improved technology, the exterior of the station remains much as it appeared when built in the 1950s.

KTHV was locally owned until December 1994, when Gannett Company acquired the station in an all-stock transaction. The purchase of KTHV marked a re-entry into the Little Rock/Pine Bluff television market for Gannett, which previously had owned and sold KARK (channel 4), the market's NBC affiliate, during the 1980s. The purchase of the station was believed to be positioning on Gannett's part to have a station in the former home of President Bill Clinton.

On March 1, 1997, chief meteorologist Ed Buckner went on the air to cover a significant tornado outbreak that cause damage to much of Arkansas. There were 19 tornadoes that day, the final death toll was 26, though it is believed that it would have been much higher without the advance warning provided by Buckner and the rest of the KTHV weather staff.

In 2002, KTHV became the first station in the Little Rock television market to erect a digital antenna and broadcast a digital television signal. KTHV has operated for many years a low-powered translator station, K13HP, operating on channel 13 in Euclid Heights, Arkansas, near Hot Springs.

Digital television

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Channel Programming
11.1 Main KTHV programming / CBS HD
11.2 THV2

In 2005, KTHV launched a 24-hour news and weather channel, called THV2, which like competitor KATV's KATV News Now channel (which is now temporarily available only online and on Comcast Digital Cable until KATV's digital signal can be fully restored as a result of a tower collapse in January 2008) features a mix of rebroadcasts of KTHV's newscasts and live local news and weather updates. The channel airs over virtual digital channel 11-2 (physical RF digital channel 12-2), on Comcast Digital Cable in the Little Rock area, and online at www.todaysthv.com.

KTHV's broadcasts are now digital-only, as of June 12, 2009.[1]

Programming

KTHV broadcasts CBS' entire schedule, but schedules one hour of CBS' Saturday morning lineup on Sunday mornings before the airing of CBS News Sunday Morning. Current syndicated programming includes Deal or No Deal, Dr. Phil, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, with weekend telecasts of CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, Monk and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.

News operation

KTHV broadcasts a total of 22 hours of local news per week (with four hours on weekdays, and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays).

Since 1997, the station has identified on-air as Today's THV, a branding that may be inspired by Milwaukee NBC affiliate WTMJ-TV (owned by Journal Broadcast Group), which has used the "Today's TMJ4" branding since July 1992; however unlike WTMJ-TV, station promos as well as anchors and reporters during the station's newscasts identify the station as simply "Today's THV" omitting the channel number "11", although a stylized "11" is included in the station's logo.

KTHV's weather forecasts during the station's local newscasts are typically presented outside, in the "LiveView Backyard". The backyard is simply a courtyard located directly outside the station's Izard Street studios, with a chroma key (bluescreen) wall and a robotic camera. Weather forecasts for The Early Show and updates seen on THV2 are done from a chroma key wall inside the weather center. The concept was inspired by KTHV's sister station NBC affiliate KUSA-TV in Denver (also owned by Gannett Company), who also does its forecasts in the courtyard of the station's studios.

Today's THV Notable Personalities

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Current On-Air Talent

(as of August 7, 2009)
Current Anchors

  • Stefanie Bryant - weekdays at noon (also reporter)
  • Alyson Courtney - weekday mornings "Today's THV This Morning"
  • Mike Duncan - Sundays at 5:30, Saturdays at 6, and weekends on "The THV 10:00 Difference" (10PM) (also reporter)
  • Craig O'Neill - weeknights at 6, 6:30, and "The THV 10:00 Difference" (10PM)
  • Liz Massey - weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30, and "The THV 10:00 Difference" (10PM)
  • Dawn Scott - weeknights at 5 and 6:30PM

Reporters

  • Pam Baccam - ("Backpack Journalist") general assignment reporter and education reporter
  • Ashley Blackstone - general assignment reporter
  • Charles Crowson - ("Backpack Journalist") general assignment reporter
  • Melissa Dunbar-Gates - general assignment reporter
  • Ebone Monet - general assignment reporter
  • Katherina Yancy - general assignment reporter

LiveWarn Weather

  • Ed Buckner (AMS/NWA Seals of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30, and "The THV 10:00 Difference" (10PM)
  • Tom Brannon (AMS/NWA Seals of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "Today's THV This Morning" and noon
  • Meredith Mitchell - Weather Anchor; Sundays at 5:30, Saturdays at 6, and weekends on "The THV 10:00 Difference"

Sports Team

  • Wess Moore - Sports Director; weeknights at 5, 6, and "The THV 10:00 Difference" (10PM)
  • Mark Edwards - Sports Anchor; Sundays at 5:30, Saturdays at 6, and weekends on "The THV 10:00 Difference" (10PM) (also sports reporter)

Former on-air talent

  • Joni Anderson
  • Larry Audas
  • Ron Blome
  • Larry Brannan
  • Bob Bray
  • Mike Browning
  • Terry Caldwell
  • Chris Curtis
  • Becky Ditchfield
  • Chuck Dovish
  • Stephanie Farrar
  • Penny Hatcher
  • Jeff Herzer
  • Lucy Himstedt (Riley)
  • Gary Hogan
  • Anne Jansen
  • Jim Lytle
  • Steve Martone
  • Max Morgan
  • Jeanne Norton
  • Andy Pearson
  • Kris Phillips
  • Jim Prather
  • Ken Rainey
  • Joe Quinn
  • B.J. Sams - weekday morning anchor
  • Mary Shalvarjian
  • Carol Strong
  • Ray Tucker
  • Tyler Tucker
  • Dina Tyler
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News/Station presentation

Newscast Titles

  • Channel 11 with George Moore (1955-Early 1960s)
  • Dateline News (1970s-early 1980s)
  • Newswatch 11 (early 1980s-1982)
  • 11 Action News (1982-1997)
  • Today's THV (1997-present)
  • 11 on 11: The THV 10:00 Difference (10PM newscast; 1997-present)

Station slogans

  • Arkansas 11, We've Got the Touch (1984-1985; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Setting the Standard (1985-1989)
  • Arkansas' Very Own (1990-1997)
  • Arkansas' Fastest Growing News Station (1997-2003; news)
  • Today's THV: See the Difference, Feel the Difference (1997-2004; general)
  • Today's THV: The Difference (2004-present)
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References

  1. ^ http://www.nwanews.com/adg/News/251640/

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