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KTVI
KTVI.jpg
St. Louis, Missouri
Branding Fox 2 (general)
Fox 2 News (news)
Slogan Coverage You Can Count On;
St. Louis' Newsroom;
The Most Powerful Name In Local News (all news slogans)
Channels Digital: 43 (UHF)
Affiliations Fox (1995-present)
Owner Local TV LLC
(Community TV Of Missouri License, LLC)
First air date August 10, 1953
Call letters’ meaning TeleVision Illinois
(station originally licensed to Belleville, Illinois)
Sister station(s) KPLR
Former callsigns WTVI (1953-1955)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
54 (1953-1955)
36 (1955-1957)
2 (1957-2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
CBS (1953-1954)
ABC (1955-1995)
Secondary:
DuMont (1953-1955)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW (digital)
Height 337 m (digital)
Facility ID 35693
Transmitter Coordinates 38°32′7.1″N 90°22′24.5″W / 38.535306°N 90.373472°W / 38.535306; -90.373472 (digital)
Website www.fox2now.com

KTVI, channel 2, is the Fox-affiliated television station serving the St. Louis, Missouri designated market area. The station is owned by Local TV LLC, the media arm of private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners, under a local marketing agreement with Tribune-owned CW affiliate KPLR (channel 11). Its transmitter is located in Sappington, Missouri; in a field behind Lindbergh High School. Its studios are located at 2250 Ball Drive in Maryland Heights, Missouri. The station's former studios were located off Interstate 64/U.S. 40 at the intersection of Berthold, Oakland, and Hampton Avenues in the neighborhood of western Clayton-Tamm/Dogtown neighborhood of western St. Louis; that property is now vacant. The station broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 43, using its current former assignment of channel 2 as its virtual digital channel via PSIP.

KTVI runs about 53 hours a week of locally produced newscasts, as well as first-run prime time and sports programming from Fox. It also runs off-network sitcoms, talk shows, reality shows, sports, and court shows.

KTVI broadcasts in stereo and broadcasts a Secondary Audio Program (SAP) channel, used mainly for Descriptive Video Service (DVS).

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History

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As a CBS affiliate, then over to ABC

KTVI began on August 10, 1953 as WTVI, channel 54 in Belleville, Illinois; a suburb of St. Louis. It was the St. Louis area's second television station. It was the original CBS affiliate for St. Louis, with a secondary ABC affiliation. Studios were located in Alton.

When KWK-TV (later KMOX-TV and now KMOV, channel 4) signed on and took the CBS affiliation, WTVI dropped CBS and became an ABC affiliate. It moved its studios and license across the Mississippi River to St. Louis on April 9, 1955, keeping the base callsign "TVI" while flipping from "W" to "K", thus KTVI. It also moved to channel 36, carrying some DuMont network programming as well. DuMont went off the air in 1956, making KTVI an exclusive ABC affiliate. Due to FCC not requiring television sets to be compatible for UHF in those days, KTVI moved to VHF channel 2 on April 15, 1957, where it remains to this day. The station had actually tried to move to channel 2 soon after moving across the Mississippi; the channel 2 allocation had been moved from Springfield, Illinois under pressure from the White House to alleviate interference on WBBM-TV in Chicago.[citation needed] The WTVI calls currently reside on the PBS member station in Charlotte.

In 1978 the station was purchased from Newhouse Broadcasting, Inc., a subsidiary of Newhouse Publishing, Inc. (then also owners of St. Louis Globe-Democrat) by Times Mirror, owner of the Los Angeles Times. In 1993, as part of a group deal, KTVI was sold to Argyle Broadcasting.

As a Fox station

In 1994, the Fox network took over the contract from CBS to carry the NFC game package. This inspired a conglomerate called New World Communications to reach an affiliation agreement with the network by switching all of its stations to Fox in the winter of 1994. Then New World bought out Argyle, and cut another deal to switch KTVI and sister stations KDFW (channel 4) in Dallas, and KTBC (channel 7) in Austin in the summer of 1995.

The new owners moved Fox programming to KTVI on August 7, 1995, allowing the former Fox affiliate, KDNL (channel 30), to become St. Louis' ABC affiliate. New World merged with Fox Television Stations Group in 1996, and KTVI was the first major network O&O in St. Louis since KMOX-TV was sold by CBS to Viacom, and became KMOV in 1986. It stayed that way until 2003 when KPLR-TV (channel 11) was sold to Tribune, a former stakeholder in The WB network. When that network merged into The CW (which Tribune did not hold stake in) in 2006, KTVI went back to being the only network-owned station in town.

KTVI didn't pick up Fox Kids at first, so it moved to KNLC (channel 24). However, in the fall of 1996, due to Reverend Larry Rice's refusal to air commercials on Fox Kids (replacing them with ministry messages), Fox pulled Fox Kids from KNLC and moved it to KTVI. KTVI was the only New World station to take Fox Kids. Shortly thereafter, KTVI and the New World Fox affiliates were sold to Fox' parent, News Corporation, becoming Fox O&Os. Programming changed very slightly as Fox began buying more expensive syndicated shows for KTVI.

In the fall of 1998, KTVI reduced the weekday Fox Kids programs to just two hours (from three) and, in 2000, dropped weekday Fox Kids completely while Saturday mornings were continued. At the end of 2001, Fox Kids weekdays ended nationwide, and the weekends were revamped as 4Kids TV. KTVI now airs Fox's entire schedule including Weekend Marketplace; from fall 2006 to its shutdown on December 27, 2008, 4Kids TV aired two hours earlier than most affiliates now to accommodate an expanded newscast lineup on Saturday mornings.

On November 1, 1999, KTVI launched its first website at fox2ktvi.com. The design was similar to other Fox owned-and-operated sites throughout the country. The site focused on promotional and programming content initially, but as broadband slowly penetrated the market, the online audience shifted from evening dial-up users to a 9-to-5 audience, and the need for news content continued to grow more each year.

KTVI's introduced its current logo on April 10, 2006. The station is the fourth to use this logo style (which is similar to that of the Fox News Channel), which is gradually being adopted by the other Fox O&Os. On September 14, 2006, KTVI switched their website domain name to the MyFox branded site myfoxstl.com and started what was the largest Fox television online community in the country at blogs.myfoxstl.com. On October 15, 2007, KTVI launched a second web site for St. Louis moms called STLMoms.com. The concept for this site spun off from the extremely popular blogging section of the MyFox site.

On December 22, 2007, Fox announced that they had entered into an agreement to sell KTVI and seven other Fox O&O stations[1] to Oak Hill Capital Partners' Local TV LLC, which currently owns nine stations formerly of The New York Times Company. On July 14, 2008, KTVI officially began operations under Local TV. On June 2, 2008, KTVI created a third website GarageSaleSTL.com, which is a site that posts viewer-submitted garage sales onto a Google map, along with tips on buying and selling. This site is a free service to the public.

On September 17, 2008 both Local and Tribune announced that they would merge the operations of both KTVI and KPLR. Both stations will be co-located at KPLR under the management of KTVI GM Spencer Koch. The move was done to allow both stations to combine news operations and share certain programming. The LMA took place on October 1, 2008[2]. On January 22, 2009, under an agreement with Local TV and Tribune interactive, KTVI debuted their new website in order to distance itself from the MyFox template since the network no longer owns the station.

News operation

KTVI broadcasts a total of 53 hours of local news a week (nine hours on weekdays, three hours on Saturdays and 3½ hours on Sundays), more than any other station in St. Louis and the entire state of Missouri; however as is standard with Fox stations that carry early evening weekend newscasts, KTVI's Sunday 5PM newscast is subject to preemption and the Saturday 6PM newscast is subject to delay due to sports coverage.

For most of the time since joining Fox, KTVI has led the 9 p.m. news ratings race against KPLR-TV. KTVI is able to emphasize a broad array of stories from major national and local reports to small-town local stories/investigations because of the many extra hours of news (7.5 hours per day as opposed to 5 on KSDK and KMOV) that need to be filled. Also because of this, the station features more regular segments such as The Jaco Report, a segment where noted reporter Charles Jaco gives either an editorial or introduces an investigative piece, or You Paid For It, where Elliot Davis finds tax abuse in local governments and closes the segment by giving the phone number of the mayor's office in that municipality, signing off with the locally famous line "Call and speak your mind: after all, you paid for it."

KTVI devotes a larger segment of its sports coverage to local high-school sports (once joining with the Post-Dispatch to air the "Prep Sports Show" on Saturdays, now cancelled) and is the home of Scott Linehan's weekly St. Louis Rams review show on Mondays. The station's morning news program is 4 hours, 5:00am – 9:00am and another hour from 11:00am-12:00. Since 1998, Fox 2 News In The Morning has been the fastest growing newscast in St. Louis morning television.[citation needed]

Before Dick Ford retired in December 2005, all four of KTVI's main male anchors (Dick Ford, Tom O'Neal, Dan Gray and John Pertzborn) were once anchors at KSDK. In early 2010 KTVI extended its morning newscast to five hours from 5-10 a.m., due to the cancellation of The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, following a trend of Fox stations adding a fifth hour to their morning newscast due to The Morning Show's cancellation; despite the addition, its 11 a.m. newscast remained intact.

News Sets/Graphics Packages

On March 31, 2006, KTVI used their set, originally constructed in 1998, for the last time; at 10:00 p.m. crews began tearing down the set and weather center. KTVI broadcast from the newsroom and a temporary set while a new set and weather center were under construction in the old studio. The old news desk was donated to Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the old weather center was donated to the University of Missouri–St. Louis. The new set, along with new graphics, music, and a new logo, debuted for Fox 2 News at 9 on Monday, April 10, 2006.

The theme music that KTVI uses is a news music package which was composed by OSI Music. This theme is being used by all of the FOX O&Os and nearly a quarter of Fox affiliated stations in the United States. With the new set, music, and graphics that first aired in April 2006, the weather graphics were altered in September 2006 with a new background, and other features to better fit the MyFox theme.

In December 2008, KPLR-TV began broadcasting from KTVI's studios as KPLR's facility began remodeling to accommodate both KPLR and KTVI's newscasts.[3] KTVI began broadcasting their newscasts in a temporary set, in January 2009, so crews could dismantle their current set, and move it to KPLR's facility. KPLR's facility was chosen in favor over the KTVI studios because KPLR's studios are much bigger, also KTVI had been broadcasting from the Berthold studios for almost 50 years, whereas KPLR had recently moved into its new studio in 2003.

On February 15, 2009, KTVI began broadcasting local newscasts in HD from their new studios in Maryland Heights. KTVI also debuted new HD news graphics. The news set was updated with the addition of several elements to better fit the new graphics package and the change to HD. KTVI also removed the city skyline backdrop in favor of a blue backdrop.

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • The Texaco News Report (1953-1955)
  • City News (1955-1962, 6:15 P.M. newscast)
  • Nightly News (1955-1962, 10 P.M. newscast)
  • The Big News (1962-1971, 6 P.M. newscast)
  • 24 Hours (1962-1971, 10 P.M. newscast)
  • Action News (1971-1975)
  • NewsCenter 2 (1975-1981)
  • Channel 2 News (1981-1987)
  • 2 News Team (1987-1995)
  • Fox 2 News (1995-present)

Station slogans

  • Channel 2 and You (1980-1984?)
  • Come on Along with Channel 2 (1982-1983; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Hello St. Louis (1981-1987; used during period station used Frank Gari's Hello News)
  • Something's Happening on Channel 2 (1987-1989; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • The Spirit of St. Louis (1989-1994; general slogan)
  • The Home Team (1989-1994; news slogan)
  • If It's Channel 2, It Must Be ABC (1992-1993; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Here's 2 St. Louis (1994-1999; news slogan)
  • Working For You (1999-2002)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (2002-present)
  • Live. Local. Latebreaking. (2002-2006)
  • St. Louis' Newsroom (2006-present)
  • The Most Powerful Name In Local News (2006-present)

News Music Packages

  • Jupiter; Saturn: Hoist The Planets (1978-1980)
  • And You (1980-1984)
  • Hello News (1984-1988)
  • KTVI News (1988)
  • Palmer News Package (1988-1990)
  • First News (1990-1995)
  • Eyewitness News (1995-1998)
  • News Attitude (1998-2000)
  • Outlaw News (2000-2006)
  • FOX Affiliate News Package (2006-present)
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FOX 2 Personalities

Current on-air talent

Current Anchors

  • Andy Banker - Saturday mornings (also weeknight reporter)
  • John Brown - weekday mornings (also reporter)
  • Elliot Davis - Fridays at 5, and Friday-Saturdays at 6 and 9PM (also "You Paid For It" consumer reporter)
  • Margie Ellisor - weekday mornings "FOX2 News in the Morning" (5-7AM)
  • Tim Ezell - weekday mornings "FOX2 News in the Morning" (9-10AM) (also weekday morning feature reporter)
  • Sandy Miller - weekdays at 6PM, Sunday-Thursdays at 10PM
  • Mandy Murphey - Monday-Thursdays at 5 and 9PM (also reporter)
  • Randi Naughton - weekday mornings "FOX2 News in the Morning" (7-9AM) (also reporter)
  • Tom O'Neal - Sunday-Thursdays at 5PM and 9PM (also health reporter)
  • John Pertzborn - weekday mornings "FOX2 News in the Morning" (7-9AM)
  • April Simpson - weekdays at 11AM (also morning reporter)
  • Paul Schankman - Sunday mornings (also weeknight reporter)
  • Kevin Steincross - weekday mornings "FOX2 News in the Morning" (5-7AM)
  • Shirley Washington - Fridays at 5 and 10, and Friday-Saturdays at 6 and 9PM (also reporter)

Reporters
In addition to providing reports on KTVI-TV, Fox 2 reporters also provides reports for KPLR-TV.

  • Monica Adams - traffic reporter
  • John Auble - general assignment reporter
  • John Brubaker - "Sky Fox" pilot reporter
  • Betsey Bruce - general assignment reporter
  • Sean Conroy - general assignment reporter
  • Bonita Cornute - general assignment reporter
  • John Gadson - general assignment reporter
  • Chris Hayes - investigative reporter
  • Kelley Hoskins - general assignment reporter
  • Charles Jaco - war correspondent (also host of "The Jaco Report")
  • Summer Knowles - general assignment reporter
  • Doug Luzader - Fox News Washington D.C. correspondent
  • Roche Madden - general assignment reporter
  • Janis Murray - home and garden reporter
  • Chris Regnier - general assignment reporter
  • Elliot Weiler - "Contact 2" reporter
  • Teresa Woodard - general assignment reporter

FOX 2 Weather Team
In addition to providing forecasts on KTVI-TV, the Fox 2 Weather Team also provides forecasts for KTRS-AM, KPNT-FM, and KIHT-FM radio.

  • Dave Murray (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6, 9 and 10PM (also home and garden reporter)
  • Chris Higgins (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5 and 10, and weekends at 9PM (currently serving overseas)
  • Angela Hutti - Meteorologist; weekend mornings (also weather producer)
  • Glenn Zimmerman (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "FOX2 News in the Morning" and 11AM
  • Mark Geldmier - Meteorologist; fill-in

Sports Team

  • Martin Kilcoyne - Sports Director; Sunday-Thursday at 6, 9 and 10PM (also co-host of "Rams Weekly with Scott Linehan")
  • Rob Desir - Sports Anchor; Fridays at 10, Friday-Saturdays at 6 and 9PM (also Sunday-Thursday reporter)
  • Maurice Drummond - Sports Anchor; weekend mornings (also weekday sports reporter)
  • Charlie Marlow - sports reporter (also sports producer)

Former on-air talent

  • Victoria Babu - anchor/reporter (currently at KTRS-AM)
  • Cherie Bank - anchor (currently at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia)
  • Shelia Banks - anchor
  • Asher (Smash) Benrubi - feature reporter
  • Marion Brooks - anchor (currently at WMAQ-TV in Chicago)
  • Lisa Brown - reporter
  • Bebe Burns - reporter (later KPRC-TV in Houston)
  • Bryan Busby - meteorologist (currently at KMBC-TV in Kansas City)
  • Kevin Cokely - anchor (currently at KXAS-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth)
  • Larry Conners - anchor (currently at KMOV-TV in St. Louis)
  • J.C. Corcoran - personal commentary
  • Ron Corning - reporter (currently at WNYW in New York)
  • Lynn Cousins - reporter
  • Bill Davis - sports director, sports reporter (currently college professor at Webster University)
  • Jennifer Davis - reporter (currently with Fox News)
  • Aviva Diamond - reporter
  • Kathleen England - traffic reporter (currently at KSDK)
  • Jill Farmer - consumer reporter
  • Dick Ford - anchor (retired)
  • Julie Gaier - reporter
  • Greg Gizinski - sports reporter
  • Joel Goldberg - sports reporter (currently at Fox Sports Net Kansas City)
  • Dan Gray - anchor (currently at KPLR)
  • Veronica Griffin - reporter (currently anchor/reporter WDJT Milwaukee)
  • Donn Johnson - anchor/reporter
  • Iola Johnson - anchor
  • Susan Kidd - anchor (later at WRC-TV in Washington, DC)
  • Dana King - anchor (currently at KPIX-TV in San Francisco)
  • Stu Klitenic - sports director
  • Gina Kurre - reporter
  • Don Lemon - investigative reporter (currently at CNN)
  • Shawn Lindsey - anchor/reporter
  • Brenda Madden - reporter
  • Don Marsh - anchor
  • Molly McKittrick - reporter
  • Russ Mitchell - reporter (currently at CBS News)
  • Paul Moyer - reporter/Anchor (later anchored at KNBC in Los Angeles, now retired)
  • Miles Muzio - chief meteorologist (currently at KBAK-TV in Bakersfield, CA)
  • Nancy Pasternak - anchor/reporter (1995-2005)
  • Chris Pelikan - sports producer/reporter
  • Pete (Greg) Peterson - sports director (1995-2002; currently at WPMI in Mobile, AL)
  • Joe Petrovich - meteorologist
  • L.P. Phillips - reporter (currently KRLD AM & CW33 TV Dallas)
  • Gary Rebstock - anchor
  • Fred Rhodes - reporter (later Editor Houston City Magazine, now an attorney in Houston)
  • Rachelle Rowe - anchor
  • Zip Rzeppa - sports director
  • Don Schroeder - anchor (currently anchor at WDRB in Louisville, KY)
  • Robin Smith - reporter (currently at KMOV-TV)
  • Melanie Streeper - weather anchor/producer (later at KMOV)
  • Howard Streeter - anchor
  • Corrina Sullivan - anchor/reporter (currently at WOFL in Orlando)
  • Lisa Sylvester - anchor (2000) (currently at CNN)
  • Gene Tuck - anchor
  • Len Turner - reporter/"St. Louis' Most Wanted" reporter (currently at News 12 New Jersey)
  • Gary Whitaker - reporter/Illinois bureau chief
  • Hillary Wicai - reporter (currently with American Public Media "Marketplace")
  • Ron Yaros - meteorologist

Digital television

KTVI-DT broadcasts on digital channel 34.

Digital channels

Channel Name Programming
2.1 KTVI-DT main KTVI/FOX HD programming

Analog-to-digital conversion

After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion in accordance with the DTV Delay Act that took place on June 12, 2009 [4], KTVI-DT continued broadcasts on its current pre-transition channel number, 43.[5] However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display KTVI's virtual channel as 2.

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