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KVVU-TV
KVVU-TV 5 www.kvvutv.png
Henderson / Las Vegas, Nevada
Branding Fox 5 Las Vegas (general)
Fox 5 News (news)
Slogan Local. Las Vegas.
Channel Digital: 9 (VHF)
Subchannels 5.1 Fox TV
5.2 Fox 5 Weather 24/7
Affiliations Fox
Owner Meredith Corporation
(KVVU Broadcasting Corporation)
First air date September 10, 1967
Former callsigns KHBV-TV (1967-1971)
Former channels Analog:
5 (VHF, 1967-2009)
Former affiliations independent (1967-1986)
Effective power 86 kW
Height 384.5 m
Facility ID 35870
Antenna coordinates 36°0′26″N 115°0′22″W / 36.00722°N 115.00611°W / 36.00722; -115.00611
Website www.fox5vegas.com

KVVU-TV, Fox5, is a Fox-affiliated television station serving the Las Vegas, Nevada market. It is owned and operated by Meredith Corporation. It transmits its digital signal on VHF channel 9. The station's studios and transmitter are located in Henderson, its city of license.

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History

KVVU went on the air September 10, 1967[1] as KHBV, Nevada's first independent station; the current call letters were adopted in 1971 as KVVU-TV. It originally broadcast from a converted Flying A gas station along Boulder Highway near Sunset Road, while the offices were housed in a modern office building on Flamingo Road.

KVVU was owned for several years by Johnny Carson, who visited the station fairly often.[2] Under Carson, the station often ran R-rated theatrical films uncut in the late-night/early morning hours. While the afternoon (1pm) and evening (9pm) movie would be always different, the same film would be run uncut in the evening and censored in the afternoon, but not on the same day. The evening movie generally reran at 1am almost every day. Films with questionable content were sometimes prefaced by a pre-recorded warning from Carson.

Meredith Corporation bought the station in 1985. The station's "5" logo for the next four years was used on other Meredith-owned Channel 5s, including KPHO-TV, WNEM-TV, KCTV and WTVH. Under Meredith, KVVU is the only Fox station under the same ownership since 2001. The station moved into its present home on Sunset Way in the Green Valley subdivision of Henderson in 1991.

The station announcer Ralph Menard, in the 1970s and 1980s would identify channel 5 with the catch-phrase "Henderson and Laaassss Vegas". (This announcer continued well into at least 1998).

In June 2006, the station's website was redesigned (along with those of four of Meredith Corporation's other stations). The old website was operated by the Local Media Network division of World Now. Internet Broadcasting currently operates the site.

Digital television

KVVU-DT broadcasts on digital channel 9. Besides the main 5.1 signal, the station also carries an all-weather station with looping maps, conditions and forecasts on digital subchannel 5.2.

After the digital television transition date of June 12, 2009 [3] KVVU-TV's digital broadcasts will remain on channel 9; but, through the use of PSIP, digital television will display KVVU-TV's virtual channel as 5.

News operation

In June 1998, the station started "Fox 5 News at 10," the first 10 p.m. newscast in the Las Vegas market. For the first couple of years, the newscast was solo-anchored by Angelica Urquijo. The station did not have a weather anchor or actual sports anchor; the sports segments were pre-recorded with voice over work done by Boxing analyst Al Bernstein. The station added a morning newscast a year later.

On September 12, 2006, the station launched a lifestyle magazine show called "MORE." The one hour show is live from the KVVU studios in Henderson. The program targets women aged 25–49 offering them stories about Las Vegas fashion, food, and family fun. MORE was originated at KVVU's sister-station, KPTV in Portland, Oregon. MORE is also the name of one of Meredith's top magazines for women in their 40s.

On September 10, 2007 KVVU-TV added "Fox 5 News at 5 & 5:30PM", two additional 30-minute newscasts anchored by John Huck and (then) Shelley Bruner, expanding the station's daily news production to 6 hours during the weekdays. KVVU-TV is now home to the only local newscast in Las Vegas at 5:30PM. Since then, KVVU-TV has also added a half-hour newscast at 11:00PM, which debuted on August 4, 2008.

On June 29, 2009, KVVU became the last network-affiliated station in Southern Nevada (behind KLAS, KVBC and KTNV) to broadcast local news in high definition.

KVVU has a top-rated morning show but often falls behind in breaking news coverage as they remain the only news station in Las Vegas without a helicopter.

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Newscasts

Weekdays

  • Fox 5 News This Morning: 5-7 AM
  • Fox 5 News: Live In Las Vegas: 7-9 AM
  • MORE: 9-10 AM
  • MORE: 4-5 PM
  • Fox 5 News @ 5: 5-5:30 PM
  • Fox 5 News @ 5:30: 5:30-6 PM
  • Fox 5 News @ 10: 10-11 PM
  • Fox 5 News @ 11: 11-11:30 PM

Weekends

  • Fox 5 News @ 10: 10-11 PM

Newscast history

  • June 1, 1998: Fox 5 News @ 10 debuts as a 30-minute newscast
  • July 1999: Fox 5 News This Morning debuts
  • June 2002: The station added a weekend 10 PM newscast
  • Fall 2003(?): Fox 5 News @ 10 expands to 1 hour
  • September 12, 2006: MORE debuts
  • September 10, 2007: Fox 5 News @ 5 & 5:30 debut
  • August 4, 2008: Fox 5 News @ 11 debuts

Personalities

Current on-air talent

Current Anchors

  • Jason Feinberg - weekday mornings "Fox 5 News Live in Las Vegas!" and "MORE"
  • Olivia Fierro - weeknights at 5, 5:30, 10 and 11PM
  • Dave Hall - weekday mornings "Fox 5 News This Morning"
  • Heidi Hayes - weekday mornings "Fox 5 News This Morning"
  • John Huck - weeknights at 5, 5:30, 10 and 11PM
  • Stefaine Jay - weekend evenings at 10PM (also reporter)
  • Monica Jackson - weekday mornings "Fox 5 News Live in Las Vegas!" and "MORE"
  • Rachel Smith - weekday mornings "MORE"

Reporters

  • Amy Carabba - general assignment reporter
  • Kevin Bolinger - general assingnment reporter
  • Matt DeLucia - general assingment reporter
  • Jon Castagnino - general assignment reporter
  • Claudine Grant - general assignment reporter
  • Lauren Murphy - general assignment reporter

Fox 5 Weather Team

  • Darren Peck (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weekdays at 5, 5:30, 10PM and 11PM
  • Les Krifaton (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist weekends at 10PM (also reporter)
  • Ted Pretty - Weather Anchor; weekday mornings "Fox 5 News Live in Las Vegas!" and "MORE"

Sports Team

  • Jon Castagnino - Sports Anchor; weekends at 10PM

Fox5 Traffic Solutions

  • Chris Brown - Traffic Reporter, weekday mornings "Fox 5 News This Morning" and "Fox 5 News Live in Las Vegas!"

Former on-air talent

  • Lorraine Blanco - reporter/weekend anchor (2003-2009)
  • Mike Doria - reporter (2006-2010)
  • Michael Baldwin - reporter (2000-2001; now weekend anchor at WITN in Wilmington, North Carolina)
  • Al Bernstein - sports anchor (1998-2002; currently a boxing analyst on Showtime)
  • Jerry Brown - weekend weather anchor (now at KVBC)
  • Shelley Bruner - evening anchor (2001-2009)
  • Dan Burns - reporter (2001-2003)
  • Cher Calvin - morning anchor (now morning anchor at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles)
  • Deborah Champbell - host of AM Southern Nevada (original host)
  • Rachelle Carey - morning anchor (now at HLN)
  • Bob DeNinnis - reporter (2006-2009)
  • Fiona Gorostiza - Coordinating Producer & General Assignment/Feature Reporter (then Weekend Weather Anchor & Reporter KCOY/KKFX-CA Santa Maria, CA; & then Morning Weather Anchor KMIR-TV in Palm Springs, CA; now Weather Anchor & Entertainment/Feature Reporter at KDFW in Dallas/Fort Worth)
  • Darryl Hood - morning/midday anchor (1998-2002; now anchor/reporter at WPTY-TV in Memphis, TN)
  • Shaliz Koleini - reporter
  • Dr. Ken Landow M.D. - host of What's Up Doc?/Medicine Week in Review Minute (1980s-2001)
  • Jack London - host of On Camera With Jack London (1981-2002)
  • Christine Mahoney - morning/midday anchor/reporter (1998-2002)
  • Collen McCarty - reporter (now investgative reporter at KLAS-TV)
  • Ralph Menard - KVVU-TV announcer (late 1970s-2001; deceased)
  • Lillian McMorris - host of AM Southern Nevada (mid 1990s-2002)
  • Renee Murcia - morning anchor
  • John Overall - 10 p.m. anchor (2001-2004; now evening anchor at KTVL in Medford, Oregon)
  • Jim Parker (a.k.a. "Vegas Vampire") - host of Shock Theater (mid 1960s-1970s)[4]
  • Greg Ricks - morning anchor (2002-2003)
  • Ann Rubin - reporter (1999-2003; now reporter at KSDK-TV in St. Louis)
  • Ryan Schulties - reporter (now reporter at WHDH-TV in Boston, MA)
  • Angelica Urquijo - 10 p.m. Anchor (1998-2001; now Director of Marketing and Communication at White Memorial Medical Center/Adventist Health
  • Anne Yeager - reporter (now reporter at KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon)
  • Teresa Yuan - reporter (2005-2008; now at KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon)

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Fox 5 News (1998-present)

Station slogans

  • Channel 5 Las Vegas, In Color (1967-1971)
  • Come Alive, You're on Channel 5 (early 1970s)
  • Las Vegas Turns to TV-5 (mid 1970s)
  • Las Vegas' Independent TV-5 (late 1970s)
  • TV-5, The Place to Be (early 1980s)
  • Southern Nevada's Own (mid 1980s)
  • It's on Fox 5! (1990-1992; localized version of Fox slogan)
  • Covering All of Southern Nevada (1998-2001)
  • First for Southern Nevada (2001-2006)
  • Local. Las Vegas. (2006-present)
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Mascot

The station (roughly from 1990 to current) uses a mascot named "Rusty the Fox", apparently named after the station's (then) General Manager Rusty Durante [1] and the station's affiliation with the Fox network. The mascot, an anthropomorphic fox (a person in a fox costume), is used for community events and at one time was used for announcements for family-oriented information, the block of children's programming called "Fox5 Kids Club." [2] [3]

Repeater stations

KVVU is rebroadcast on the following low power stations:

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