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KTXL
KTXL Logo.png
Sacramento, California
Branding FOX40 (general)
FOX40 News (newscasts)
Slogan We Report To You (newscasts)
Northern California's breaking news source (online only)
Channels Digital: 40 (UHF)
Virtual: 40 (PSIP)
Subchannels 40.1 KTXL-DT
40.2 LATV
Affiliations Fox
Owner Tribune Company
(Channel 40, Inc.)
First air date October 26, 1968
Call letters’ meaning Television
XL = Roman numeral 40
Former channel number(s) Analog:
40 (UHF, 1968-2009)
Digital:
55 (UHF, 1997-2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1968-1986)
Transmitter Power 950 kW
Height 601 m
Facility ID 10205
Transmitter Coordinates 38°16′18″N 121°30′18″W / 38.27167°N 121.505°W / 38.27167; -121.505
Website www.fox40.com

KTXL, channel 40, is a Fox Broadcasting Company-affiliated television station in Sacramento, California, owned by the Tribune Company and TV Tokyo. Its studios and offices are located in South Sacramento, and its transmitter is near Walnut Grove, California.

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History

The channel 40 frequency in Sacramento was first occupied in September of 1953 by KCCC-TV, affiliated with all four television networks: ABC, CBS, NBC and the DuMont Television Network. KCCC's first broadcast was the 1953 World Series. The station became a primary ABC affiliate by 1955, after KCRA-TV and KBET-TV (now KXTV) signed on, respectively taking over NBC and CBS full time; and dropped DuMont after that network folded in 1956. [1] It was the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto area's first television station. However, as a UHF station, it suffered in the ratings because TV sets were not required to have UHF tuning until 1964. Although its fate was sealed when the first VHF stations signed on in the area, it managed to hang on until 1957. The ABC affiliation moved to KOVR after KCCC signed off when an agreement was made between KCCC-TV and KOVR to merge operations and end KCCC programming.

KCCC (now off air) was then sold to a group of broadcasters who would return the station to the air in 1959 as KVUE, broadcasting from studios near the old California state fairgrounds off Stockton Boulevard. The station operated for about six months before falling silent again. That was the end of the original channel 40 license. The KVUE callsign has since landed on the ABC affiliate in Austin, Texas on channel 24.

Camellia City Telecasters, a group headed by Jack Matranga, former owner and co-founder of KGMS radio in Sacramento applied for a license to operate channel 40. On October 26, 1968, KTXL signed on, operating as an independent station for nearly the first two decades of its existence. It was then known as TV 40. The station gained a huge advantage early on when its original owner won the local syndicated rights to a massive number of movies, including classic and contemporary films. At one point, it had one of the largest film libraries in the Sacramento area. In addition, KTXL ventured into in-house productions, such as the children's program "Captain Mitch", Horror Movie TV Host Bob Wilkins and "Big Time Wrestling". The latter show aired until 1979, and was syndicated to several stations in California, Utah, Alaska and Hawaii. Channel 40 was one of the few stations to hold syndicated rights to the entire Merrie Melodies/Looney Tunes cartoon libraries (up until recently, different companies held different components of the cartoon output).

In 1974, KTXL became the first area station to air a 10pm newscast (originally only five days a week, and later seven days a week—the station's news history is noted below under Newscasts), and in 1977 began a summer tradition by showcasing some of the greatest films ever made in annual "Summer Film Festivals".

In 1981, channel 40 made television history by showing the 1978 movie The Deer Hunter (and later many other movies) uncut and unedited, complete with objectionable material—this kind of policy has been tightened somewhat in succeeding years.

All of this made KTXL one of the leading independent stations in the West. It also attained regional-superstation status via land-microwave relay to nearly every cable system north of the Bay Area, as well as several cable systems in Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Montana.[citation needed]

KTXL has long been known for ending a program or movie before the closing credits, and viewers should know this is not the way these shows/films were intended to be seen.

KTXL started broadcasting from its new 2000-foot "Monster Tower" in October 1985, significantly increasing its signal strength and adding stereo capability. Initially, the station would only turn on the stereo signal during stereo programming. This sometimes resulted in the staff forgetting to turn it on right at the beginning of a stereo program.

In 1986, KTXL became a charter affiliate of the newly-formed Fox Broadcasting Company, and eventually took on the branding as "FOX40" from then on. In the following year, Camellia City Telecasters sold KTXL to Renaissance Broadcasting. Currently, the nightly newscasts follow a "hard-edged" format (with crime stories among its headlines), while following the lead of many ten o'clock newscasts by reserving its sportscasts for the final segment (in an attempt to lure many viewers to all-night cable sports channels such as ESPN and Fox Sports Net for further sports coverage). Most Fox affiliates, since the mid-1990s, would evolve their daytime programming lineup by leaning away from classic sitcoms and cartoons toward a talk show format. However, for more years until recently, KTXL was among a few stations to be an exception to this: the daytime lineup was still filled with sitcoms to this day, even still holding syndication rights to The Andy Griffith Show after many decades, though many shows from the 80s and 90s air, but a few talk shows and reality/court shows were known to fill the lineup. In place of the station's own children's lineup after Captain Mitch's retirement, the station aired Fox Kids until the network eliminated the lineup in 2002.

KTXL, along with NBC-affiliate KCRA-TV, are the only two stations in Sacramento to retain affiliation with the same network from the beginning, unaffected by network swaps in 1995 and 1998.

KTXL became a Tribune-owned station when the company purchased Renaissance Broadcasting in 1997. When the station's new owners took over, they bulk-erased a lot of old locally-produced programming, and threw all the 16 mm film in the dumpster. Most of the film was rescued by collectors though, and some of these promo films (as well as other videotaped openings and promos from throughout KTXL's history) can be seen on YouTube.

KTXL installed the first high power digital TV transmitter in Sacramento operating on Channel 55 in November of 1999. In June of 2009 the Digatal signal was switched to Channel 40 and the tower height was increased to 2,030 feet.

Newscasts

In 1974, KTXL initiated the Sacramento area's first Ten O'Clock News, with Dave Preston (news), Jan Jeffries (weather and news), and Ken Gimblin (sports). When Preston left for unknown reasons, Jeffries was left to do the news with substitute weather anchors. Other news and sports anchors continued the format until 1979, when the news was revived by Pete Wilson as NewsPlus, in a format that went beyond regular newscasts (hence the Plus in the show's title). Such anchor teams as Andy Asher and Regina Cambell and Lauraine Woodward and Ted Mullins helmed the now-hour-long newscast until KTXL began its Fox affiliation, and evolved into the current format of what is now known as FOX40 News at 10.

In the summer of 2005, KTXL debuted the FOX40 Morning News, which originally ran from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. opposite KMAX's Good Day Sacramento, and the first hour of KQCA's morning newscast. On September 8, 2008, the newscast was reformatted to FOX40 Live and was expanded to 4.5 hours from 4:30 to 9 a.m. The station hired well-known former Sacramento morning radio personality Paul Robins as presenter; and introduced a new news set adorned with flat-screens and an accompanying kitchen set. KTXL joins KCRA and KMAX with 4:30am newscasts.

KTXL now competes at 10:00 p.m. with KOVR and the KCRA-produced half-hour news program on KQCA. Channel 40 tops the ratings in "demos", and often comes in first or second in overall viewership at 10 p.m. On September 8, 2008, longtime KCAL-TV/KCBS-TV Los Angeles anchor-reporter Jaime Garza joined Donna Cordova as co-anchor of the weeknight "FOX40 News At Ten."

On September 14, 2009, KTXL debuted an 11 a.m. midday newscast (which competes against KXTV) and a 5:30 p.m. weeknight newscast to its newscast schedule. For over a decade, Fox, which has no network newscasts aside from its cable news division, has motivated its affiliates and stations to air more local news; only the Tribune-owned Fox affiliates (including KTXL) did not yet follow this practice until recently.

On December 18, 2009, KTXL announced they will be broadcasting all newscasts in High Definition starting in January. On January 7, 2010 at 10 p.m., KTXL became the first station in the market to do 100% of local news in High Definition. All studio and news cameras are HD as well as editing, live trucks, satellite trucks and servers. All local news is originated and transmitted in 720P format.

Although KTXL was the last major English-language station in Sacramento to have upgraded to high-definition newscasts, it is the first (and so far only) station in the market—and one of a handful of stations in the United States—to produce and broadcast all portions of its newscasts, including live field reports, in true HD. All of the other stations in the market with HD newscasts—KCRA, KOVR and KXTV—still rely largely on upconverted standard-definition content for their live field reports.

Nodar Kumaritashvili Crash Video Controversy

On February 12th, 2010, KTXL obtained a video copy of the infamous Nodar Kumaritashvili 2010 Winter Olympic luge accident before several other media outlets and posted the video to its website[1]. KTXL made the editorial decision to post the video to its website, FOX40.com ahead of several major national and international outlets. The video clip has raised some controversy among editorial board at news organizations and journalism critics as to whether the footage should be broadcast or posted online at all (for a brief period of time, the footage was available on YouTube.com, but was removed several times throughout the day after the International Olympic Committee filed copyright take-down notices). A station staff member told a Seattle newspaper the decision to post the video clip, and leave it on the website, was made after questions arose as to the safety of the luge track, citing fair use of the video[2]. The station also aired the complete video, though with occasional pauses, over commentary by the station's sports anchor, during their 5:30pm newscast that evening.

The video was later syndicated out under the FOX40.com branding to several other Tribune-owned websites.[3]

Personalities

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Current on-air talent

NOTE: The year personality joined the station is displayed in parentheses at end of each personality's position at the station.
Current Anchors

  • Natalie Bomke - weekday mornings (7-9AM) and 11AM (also reporter) (2007)
  • Rick Boone - weekends at 10PM (also weekday reporter) (2009)
  • Donna Cordova - weeknights at 5:30 and 10PM (1994)
  • Teri Cox - weekends at 10PM (also weekday reporter) (1989)
  • Jaime Garza - weeknights at 5:30 and 10PM (2008)
  • Joe Orlando - weekday mornings (4:30-7AM) (also weekday reporter) (2002)
  • Paul Robins - weekday mornings (4:30-9AM) (2008)

Reporters

  • Andria Borba - Modesto bureau chief (2009)
  • Ben Deci - general assignment reporter (2009)
  • Ama Daetz - general assignment reporter (2009)
  • Kenny Lopez - general assignment reporter (2009)
  • Bethany Crouch - general assignment reporter (2007)
  • Darsha Phillips - general assignment reporter (2008)
  • Rowena Shaddox - freelance reporter (2002, on-air job 2006)
  • Lonnie Wong - general assignment reporter (1980)

FOX40 Weather Team

  • Kristina Werner - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5:30 and 10PM (1999)
  • Rosemary Orozco - Weather Anchor; weekday mornings (4:30-9AM) (2008)
  • Dennis Shanahan - Meteorologist; weekends at 10PM (also reporter) (2008)
  • J.D Maher - Meteorologist; fill-in (2005)

Sports Team

Former on-air talent

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News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • The Ten O'Clock News (1974-1979 and 1986-1995)
  • Ten O'Clock News Plus (1979-1986)
  • FOX40 News (1995-present)

Station slogans

  • The Exciting World of TV-40 is Bringing It Home to You (1979-1981)
  • Take Off with Forty! (1984-1985)
  • TV-40, Go For The Stars (1985-1986)
  • Northern California's First Primetime News (1995-2008)
  • We Report to You (2008-present)
  • Northern California's breaking news source (2009-present, FOX40.com only)
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Official homepage

References

  1. ^ http://www.fox40.com/news/headlines/ktxl-news-georgianluger-write2,0,6397786.story Video Shows Death Of Olympic Luger On Historic Track
  2. ^ http://blog.seattlepi.com/hottopics/archives/194342.asp Seattle Pi: Nodar Kumaritashvili luge crash video online, with difficulty
  3. ^ http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-luge-death,0,7127380.story Olympic Lugers Will Start Lower on Track After Deadly Crash

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