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KTVT
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Fort Worth / Dallas, Texas
Branding CBS 11 (general)
CBS 11 News (newscasts)
Slogan Coverage You Can Count On (news)
CBS 11 is Always On (general)
Channels Digital: 11 (VHF)
19 (UHF)
Affiliations CBS (since 1995)
Owner CBS Corporation
(CBS Stations Group of Texas, LP)
Founded September 11, 1955
Call letters’ meaning TeleVision for Texans
Sister station(s) KTXA, KVIL, KRLD, KRLD-FM, KMVK, KJKK, KLUV
Former callsigns KFJZ-TV (1955-1960)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
11 (VHF, 1955-2009)
Digital:
19 (UHF, 1999-2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1955-1995)
Transmitter Power 23 kW channel 11
Height 520.5 m channel 11
Facility ID 23422
Transmitter Coordinates 32°34′43.00″N 96°57′12.00″W / 32.57861°N 96.95333°W / 32.57861; -96.95333 channel 11
Website www.cbs11tv.com

KTVT, channel 11, is a CBS owned-and-operated television station licensed to Fort Worth, Texas, and serving the Dallas-Fort Worth designated market area. The station is co-owned with independent station KTXA (virtual channel 21), and the two stations share facilities in Dallas and Fort Worth. Prior to joining CBS in 1995, KTVT was the leading independent station in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.

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Independent station

Channel 11 first went on the air on September 11, 1955 as KFJZ-TV, the first independent station in Texas. It was founded by the Texas State Network and was a sister station to KFJZ radio (1270 AM), and later (in 1959) KFJZ-FM (97.1 MHz., now KEGL). During the late 1950s, the station was briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[1] In 1960, the station's original owners sold channel 11 to NAFI Telecasting Corporation (who also owned Chris-Craft Industries at the time), who changed the call letters to the current KTVT.

The Oklahoma City-based WKY Television System, a subsidiary of Oklahoma Publishing Company, purchased KTVT in 1971. Oklahoma Publishing would later rename its broadcasting arm Gaylord Broadcasting. Under Gaylord's watch, channel 11 (or "The Super Ones", as they were later referred to in continuity) became the leading independent station in the Southwest, carrying a broad range of cartoons, off-network sitcoms and westerns, drama shows, movies, and public affairs programming. KTVT was further aided in its status as it was a VHF station, whereas its future competitors were UHF stations. KTVT's main competitor in the 1970s was KXTX-TV (channel 39), which was owned by the Christian Broadcasting Network and ran a number of religious shows. While the station gained three additional competitors in the 1980s, KTVT was the only independent station that was profitable. It was also the first station in Dallas to offer a primetime newscast, airing at 9:00 p.m.

KTVT's 1975 logo. A similar logo was also used by sister station KSTW

KTVT's popularity also spread outside of the Metroplex, as it attained superstation status along the lines of Atlanta's WTBS (channel 17, now WPCH), Chicago's WGN-TV (channel 9), and WOR-TV (channel 9) in New York City. KTVT broadcast its signal via satellite to C-band users and to 400 cable systems across the country, mostly in the southwestern United States, from the late 1970s through the early 1990s. This status would later hamper Oklahoma Publishing president Edward L. Gaylord's efforts to purchase a controlling interest in the Texas Rangers baseball team, whose games were carried on KTVT from 1985 (Gaylord purchased a minority share of the team that same year) until 1995.

Channel 11 was also the flagship station of Saturday Night Wrestling, a highly-popular Dallas pro wrestling show, and aired a two-hour Saturday night wrestling program titled Championship Sports.

Transition to CBS

KTVT logo from 1995 to 2000, after it joined CBS.

In late 1993 Gaylord announced that KTVT, along with sister stations KHTV (now KIAH, channel 39) in Houston, and KSTW (channel 11) in Tacoma, Washington, would become charter affiliates of the new WB Television Network, which was launched in January 1995. But not long after, longtime CBS affiliate KDFW (channel 4) announced it would be joining the Fox Broadcasting Company, as part of a longterm affiliation deal between Fox and KDFW's new owners, New World Communications. About to find itself without an affiliate in the Metroplex, CBS approached Gaylord, and the two parties came to an agreement—CBS picked up both KTVT and KSTW as affiliates. Upset by Gaylord's blindsided move, The WB later went to court in an effort to dissolve their arrangement; the WB later signed KXTX-TV as its Metroplex station.

CBS' full schedule of programs moved from KDFW to KTVT on July 1, 1995, marking one of the largest television station shuffles in United States history (similar to the 2001 Vancouver TV realignment in British Columbia, Canada). On that same day the WB changed stations once again, moving from KXTX to KDAF (channel 33), the former Fox-owned station. Channel 11 had already been carrying some CBS shows for about a year prior to the affiliation switch; it had picked up The Price Is Right and The Bold and the Beautiful when KDFW dropped them in favor of Donahue and an expanded midday newscast.

KTVT logo from 2000 to 2004, after CBS bought the station

By the time the station continued its transition from independent to network affiliate, KTVT's superstation status was a thing of the past. It expanded its news department and began acquiring local rights to more first-run syndicated programs. Gaylord sold KTVT to CBS in 1999 and a year later Viacom bought CBS, and Viacom-owned KTXA moved from its studios in Dallas to KTVT's facility in Fort Worth.

On September 24, 2007, KTVT began broadcasting their newscasts in high-definition, becoming the third Dallas-Fort Worth television station to do so.

Digital television

On June 12, 2009, KTVT moved its digital broadcasts from channel 19 to channel 11. Due to widespread reception problems and a resulting loss of 57 percent of KTVT viewers, the station was granted permission via special temporary authorization by the FCC to move back to channel 19 on July 23, 2009.[2] On the same day, sister station KTXA was given permission via an STA to move back to channel 18, its transition period channel. [3] The channel change went into effect on August 4, 2009. Prior to the channel change, KTXA was simulcasting KTVT's programming on 21.2. KTVT now broadcasts on channel 11 and on channel 19 and both stations use the virtual channel "11.1" causing many digital TV receivers to show channel 11.1 twice when tuning sequentially.

On September 10, 2009, the FCC issued a Report & Order, approving KTVT's move from channel 11 to channel 19.[4] On October 21, 2009, they filed a minor change application for their new allotment, which the FCC granted them a construction permit on November 19, 2009. [5] Once construction of KTVT's maximized facilities ends, and file a License to Cover afterwards, then KTVT can terminate operations on channel 11 and operate solely on channel 19 permanently.

Programming

Currently, KTVT carries shows such as Inside Edition, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, all of which are distributed by corporate cousin CBS Television Distribution.

KTVT is also the 'official station' of the Dallas Cowboys, airing shows involving the team, including the head coach's weekly show, the Dallas Cowboys postgame show and specials, such as the Making of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Calendar and post-season team reviews.

News operation

KTVT broadcasts a total of 23 hours of local news a week (four hours on weekdays, one hour on Saturdays and two hours on Sundays).

CBS 11 Notable Personalities

Current on-air talent

(as of December 22, 2009)
Current Anchors

  • Ginger Allen - weekday mornings "CBS 11 News This Morning" (also reporter)
  • Karen Borta - weeknights at 5, 6, and 10PM (also reporter)
  • Doug Dunbar - weekdays at 4, weeknights at 5, 6, and 10PM (also reporter)
  • Nerissa Knight - Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30, and weekends at 10PM (also reporter)
  • Tracy Kornet - weekdays at 4PM (also reporter)
  • Scott Sams - weekday mornings "CBS 11 News This Morning" (also reporter)

Reporters

  • Rance Adams - entertainment reporter/on-air personality
  • Katherine Blake - general assignment reporter
  • Carol Cavazos - general assignment reporter
  • Jack Fink - general assignment reporter
  • Teresa Frosini - traffic reporter
  • Bud Gillett - senior reporter
  • Jay Gormley - general assignment reporter
  • Stephanie Lucero - senior reporter
  • Marianne Martinez - general assignment reporter
  • J.D. Miles - general assignment reporter
  • Sandie Newton - entertainment reporter
  • Robbie Owens - morning reporter
  • Steve Pickett - general assignment reporter
  • Joel Thomas - general assignment reporter

The Investigators

  • Ginger Allen - investigative reporter

CBS 11 Storm Team

  • Larry Mowry (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6, and 10PM
  • Mike Burger (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30, and weekends at 10PM
  • Jeff Jamison (AMS Certified, NWA Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "CBS 11 News This Morning"
  • Garry Seith - Meteorologist; weekdays at 4PM

Sports Team (shared with TXA 21)

  • Babe Laufenberg - Sports Director; weeknights at 6 and 10PM (also "The Score" and "Blitz: Cowboys/Desperados Report" host)
  • Bill Jones - Sports Anchor; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30, and weekends at 10PM
  • Steve Dennis - sports reporter
  • Derek Harper - sports reporter
  • Gina Miller - sports reporter

KTVT alumni

A — J
  • Maria Arita - anchor/reporter (2003-2008)
  • Neal Barton - chief meteorologist (?-?; now anchor at KETK in Tyler)
  • Robin Beal - anchor/reporter (?-?)
  • Julie Bologna - meteorologist (2004-2008; now at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Clif Caldwell - anchor/reporter (2001-2007)
  • Robbie Chavez - reporter (?-?)
  • Candice Crawford - reporter/co-host of Dallas Cowboys focused show The Blitz (?-?)
  • Bennett Cunningham - consumer investigative reporter (1997-2009)
  • Sarah Dodd - anchor/reporter (2000-2007)
  • Tom Doerr - news director (2003-2006; now VP/station manager at WFOR-TV/WBFS-TV in Miami)
  • Regent Ducas - vice president/news director (2007; fired)
  • Raquel Eatmon - reporter (2005-2007)
  • Bobby Estill - sports director (?-?)
  • Amy Gardner - meteorologist (?-?)
  • Bob Goosmann - chief meteorologist (1990-1999; now meteorologist at KDAF)
  • Tamron Hall - reporter (?-?; now with MSNBC)
  • Mike Hambrick - anchor (?-?)
  • Cameron Harper - anchor (1995-2000; now at WPTY-TV in Memphis)
  • Michael Hill - anchor (?-?)
  • Midge Hill - anchor (1990-1996)
  • John Honoré - meteorologist (?-?; now at KSAT-TV, San Antonio)
  • Shannon Hori - anchor/reporter (2005-2007; now weekday anchor at WFOR-TV in Miami)
  • Jerry Jenkins - weekend anchor/reporter (?-?)
  • Iola Johnson - anchor/host of Positively Texas (2000-2008)
  • Mark Johnson - reporter (2002-2008; left to report/anchor at now-defunct www.Shale.TV)
K — Z
  • Kristine Kahanek - chief meteorologist (2002-2009)
  • Ken Malloy - anchor/reporter (1993-2004; now at KGPE in Fresno)
  • Timm Matthews - sports anchor (?-?)
  • Beth McKay - anchor/sports reporter (?-?)
  • Howard McNeil - weather anchor (?-?; now retired)
  • Curt Menefee - sports anchor (now co-host of Fox NFL Sunday)
  • Geraud Moncuré - sports anchor/reporter (now at KNVN in Chico/Redding, CA)
  • Leslie Mouton - anchor/reporter (?-?)
  • Betty Nguyen - morning/noon anchor (?-?; now with CNN)
  • Tracey Packard - meteorologist (?-?)
  • Gerard Ramalho - reporter (?-?; now at KVBC in Las Vegas)
  • Brooke Richie - reporter (?-?)
  • Robert Riggs - investigative reporter (2002-2008)
  • Tracy Rowlett - anchor/reporter/managing editor (1999-2008; left to anchor at now-defunct www.Shale.tv)
  • Bucky Sappenfield - weekend host (?-?)
  • Mary Stewart - senior reporter (?-?)
  • Rene Syler - anchor/reporter (?-?; later co-hosted The Early Show on CBS)
  • Kenneth Taylor - anchor/reporter (2006-2008)
  • Brenda Teele - weather anchor/host of Positively Texas (1995-2000)
  • Gwen Tolbart - meteorologist (?-?)
  • Jim Walker - reporter (?-?; now anchor at KBTV-TV in Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas)
  • Crayton Webb - investigative reporter (1998-2001; now Director of Corporate Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility at Mary Kay)
  • Fredrika Whitfield - reporter (?-?; later at NBC News, now with CNN)
  • John Willing - chief meteorologist (?-?)

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Newswatch Eleven (1990-1995)
  • The Seven O'Clock News (1990-1992)
  • The Nine O'Clock News (1992-1995)
  • 11 News (1995-2000; after switch to CBS affiliation)
  • 11 on Eleven at Ten (1995-1998; 10PM newscast)
  • CBS 11 News (2000-present)

Station slogans

  • Channel 11, The Super-Ones (1980s-1995)
  • The Eye of Texas (1995-2004; used as secondary slogan from 2002-2004)
  • Looking Out For You (1997-2000)
  • Reporting the News (2002-2004; news slogan)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (2004-present; news)
  • People You Can Count On (2009-present; secondary news slogan)
  • CBS 11 is Always On (2008-present; general)
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