|West Monroe/Monroe, Louisiana–El Dorado, Arkansas|
|Slogan||The Right News at the Right Time|
|Channels||Digital: 36 (UHF)
Virtual: 14 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||Fox (primary 1994-present; secondary 1987-1994)|
|Owner||Nexstar Broadcasting Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||October 6, 1974|
|Call letters' meaning||unknown, but pronounced "card"; could be a reference to the Arkansas Delta region which it serves|
|Former callsigns||KUZN (1967–1968),
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
14 (UHF, 1974–2009)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1967–1968 & 1970–1971)
CBS (secondary as KYAY, 1970–1971)
NBC (1974 – December 6, 1981)
ABC (secondary as KYAY, 1970–1971)(December 6, 1981 – April 17, 1994)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
KARD, channel 14, is the Fox affiliate for the El Dorado, Arkansas/Monroe, Louisiana market area. KARD's transmitter is located in Columbia, Louisiana. The station is licensed to West Monroe, Louisiana. It is owned by the Nexstar Broadcasting Group, which acquired the station in 2003 as part of its purchase of Quorum Broadcasting.
In March 2009, KARD and KTVE informed the Federal Communications Commission that they needed to end analog operations sooner than June 12, 2009 (the earliest they could do so is April 16). KARD stated that a transmitter tube failed, bringing power down to 50%; KTVE claimed that its power was at 40%. Used parts were deemed unreliable, and staffers had to travel 50 miles to the transmitter from the studio, two to three visits per week were required to monitor the analog facilities, according to Nexstar.1 The FCC denied the request based on the fact that they are the last two analog channels in the market.2
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming3|
|14.1||720p||16:9||KARD-HD||Main KARD programming / Fox|
KARD shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 14, in 2009, before the full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 36.4 Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 14.
The station that became KARD first signed on on August 19, 1967 as KUZN-TV on channel 39 and was owned by Howard E. Griffiths was a television counterpart of KUZN radio.5 The station aired a local newscast, the BBC series Panorama, and old Western movies.6 The station ceased operations on January 12, 1968 but was sold to Northeast Louisiana Broadcasting Corporation.
It resumed operations on August 31, 1970 as KYAY-TV.78 During this incarnation, KYAY, again, aired news and off-network Westerns and movies, as well as ABC and CBS programming not carried on KNOE and KTVE, such as That Girl, Mod Squad, Hawaii Five-0, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, The Lawrence Welk Show, Engelbert Humperdinck, and The Merv Griffin Show.9 KYAY proved to be no more successful than KUZN had been, and it also went dark, on August 16, 1971.
In 1974, the station returned with a new callsign, KLAA, a reallocation to channel 14, and an NBC affiliation. Since 1966, when KTVE changed affiliation to ABC, it and KNOE-TV carried selected NBC programs during the hours when their primary networks (CBS in KNOE's case) were not broadcasting (with some exceptions), but never the full NBC lineup. KLAA debuted on October 6, 1974, giving southern Arkansas and northeastern Louisiana full service from all "Big Three" networks for the first time ever.10 Today, channel 39 is occupied by KMCT-TV, a religious station, and that station now occupies KUZN/KYAY/KLAA/KARD's former studios.
On December 6, 1981, KLAA became an ABC affiliate, while KTVE retook the NBC affiliation that it held in the 1950s and 1960s.11 In December 1982, the station changed its calls to KARD, with the station manager citing the call sign change a reflection on the station's progress at the time.12 It began airing Fox programming late at night in 1987 and in the same year was the first station in the Monroe area (and one of the first in Louisiana) to broadcast in stereo. In addition to KARD's secondary Fox affiliation, starting in 1991, Foxnet was available for cable subscribers in Monroe. In 1994, it dropped ABC to take Fox full-time, due to Fox picking up NFL football that season, and it was the first station in the nation to switch from a Big Three network to Fox during the U.S. television network affiliate switches of 1994, doing so April 17 that year.13 This left the Monroe market without an ABC affiliate until December 1998, when KAQY signed on. Between then, ABC programming was available on local cable systems via Alexandria's KLAX-TV and Shreveport's KTBS-TV.
In 2002, Piedmont Television, then-owner of KTVE, took over KARD's operations under a local marketing agreement. However, the two stations' operations were consolidated in KARD's former studio in West Monroe. In addition to a common sales and promotions staff, the KTVE news department produces KARD's newscast. Piedmont's control of the duopoly officially came to an end on January 16, 2008 when KTVE was sold to Mission Broadcasting. This resulted in Nexstar, already the owner of KARD, taking over control of KTVE under a local sales agreement (LSA). The station no longer has a separate website. Its old address, kard.com, redirects to www.myarklamiss.com, a site powered by both KARD and its sister station KTVE.
KTVE currently produces two newscasts for KARD, a half-hour weeknight newscast at 9 p.m. and an hour-long weekday morning newscast.
- Rick Adams – weekday mornings Your Morning News
- Nina Criscuolo – weeknights at 9 p.m.; also reporter
- Gene Ponti – sports director; weeknights at 9 p.m.
StormTrack Doppler Weather Team
- Jarod Floyd – chief meteorologist; weeknights at 9 p.m.
- Natalie Walters – meteorologist; weekday mornings Your Morning News
- Paige Brown – general assignment reporter
- Brea Douglas – El Dorado reporter
- Heather Parker – general assignment reporter
- Rudy Williams – general assignment reporter
- Erik Wheater – general assignment reporter
- RabbitEars TV Query for KARD
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB-IDX/60s-OCR-YB/1967-YB/1967-BC-YB-for-OCR-Page-0053.pdf#search="kuzn monroe"
- Monroe News-Star, August 30, 1967
- http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-IDX/69-OCR/BC-1969-02-10-Page-0078.pdf#search="kyay monroe"
- UHF Channel 39 Now on Airwaves, Ouachita Citizen, September 4, 1970
- http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-IDX/74-OCR/BC-1974-08-05-Page-0053.pdf#search="klaa kyay"
- Network Switch Effective, Monroe News-Star-World, December 6, 1981
- KLAA to Change Call Letters Monday, Monroe News-Star, December 6, 1982
- Crazy like a fox – As upstart turns 10, it's in the big leagues, The Cincinnati Post, April 2, 1997
- KTVE/KARD News Team
- MyArkLaMiss.com – Official Website
- FCC coverage map
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KARD
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KARD-TV