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KTRE
(satellite of KLTV,
Tyler, Texas)
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Lufkin/Nacogdoches, Texas
Branding KTRE 9
Slogan Caring, Committed, Proud
Channels Digital: 9 (VHF)
Affiliations ABC (secondary 1955-1964, joint primary with CBS and NBC 1964-1984, sole primary 1984-present)
Owner Raycom Media, Inc.
(KLTV/KTRE License Subsidiary, LLC)
First air date August 31, 1955
Call letters’ meaning TREes, a reference to the heavily-forested geography of the Lufkin area
Former channel number(s) Analog:
9 (VHF, 1955-2009)
Digital: 11 (VHF)
Former affiliations NBC (primary 1955-1964, joint primary with ABC and CBS 1964-1984, secondary 1984-1987)
CBS (secondary 1955-1964, joint primary with ABC and NBC 1964-1984)
Transmitter Power 10 kW
Height 204 m
Facility ID 68541
Transmitter Coordinates 31°25′9.3″N 94°48′4.2″W / 31.41925°N 94.801167°W / 31.41925; -94.801167
Website www.ktre.com

KTRE is a television station in Lufkin, Texas, USA. It is an ABC network affiliate on VHF channel 9 and is owned by Raycom Media. While KTRE bills itself as a station in its own right, it is considered a semi-satellite of KLTV in Tyler. It clears all of KLTV's syndicated programming, but produces separate evening newscasts during the week and airs its own commercials.

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History

KTRE signed on August 31, 1955 by the owners of KTRE AM 1420 (now defunct), as a satellite station of Houston NBC affiliate KPRC-TV. However, it occasionally broke off to air programming from ABC and CBS.

In 1964, the FCC collapsed Lufkin and Nacogdoches into the Tyler market. Soon afterward, the Buford family, owners of KLTV, bought KTRE and made it a satellite of KLTV. Until 1984, the station had an unusual "joint primary" arrangement with all three networks, slightly favoring ABC. Both stations lost CBS when KLMG-TV (now Fox affiliate KFXK) signed on in 1984, but retained a secondary affiliation with NBC until KETK signed on in 1987. Along with KLTV, it was sold to Civic Communications in the early 1990s. Civic merged with The Liberty Corporation in 2002. Liberty merged with Raycom in 2006.

For many years, KTRE operated at 26,000 watts from a tiny 540-foot tower. In the early 80's the station installed a new antenna and transmitter to increase power to 131 kilowatts. The new transmitter was directionalized to minimize overlap with KLTV, to comply with the duopoly rules.

KTRE's first news anchorman was Murphy Martin, who later became a local television newsman in Dallas and anchorman for ABC News.

Good Morning East Texas, East Texas News Midday and East Texas News Weekend are simulcast with KLTV.

KTRE airs programs in HDTV on digital channel 11; the station has announced plans to end analog broadcasting early.[1]

Coverage

KTRE is available on Suddenlink Communications, Consolidated Communications and Communicomm in the Lufkin/Nacogdoches area. Because this region is part of the Tyler/Longview television market, KTRE is not broadcast on Dish Network or DirecTV.

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Current on-air talent

(as of August 18, 2009)
Current Anchors

  • Lane Luckie - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM

Reporters

  • Tina Alexander - general assignment reporter
  • Donna McCollum - Nacogdoches Bureau Chief
  • Christel Phillips - general assignment reporter
  • Holley Nees - general assignment reporter
  • Jena Johnson - general assignment reporter

Weather Team

  • Brad Hlozek - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM

Sports Team

  • Nick James - Sports Director; weeknights at 6 and 10PM

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • East Texas News 9 (1964-present)
  • Channel 9 News (1998-2003)
  • Good Morning East Texas (2007-present; simulcast with KLTV)
  • East Texas News Weekend (2008-present; simulcast with KLTV)

Station slogans

  • Proud of East Texas (1985-present)
  • Caring. Committed. Proud. (2003-present)
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References

  1. ^ DTV delayed, KTRE, Feb 4, 2009

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