KTTC

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KTTC
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Rochester/Austin, Minnesota-
Mason City, Iowa
City of license Rochester
Branding KTTC (general)
NewsCenter (newscasts)
Rochester CW (on DT2)
Slogan Expect Leadership
TV to Talk About
(on DT2)
Channels Digital: 10 (VHF)
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
Subchannels 10.1 NBC
10.2 The CW
Translators 50 W50DR-D (UHF)
La Crosse, WI
Affiliations NBC
Owner Quincy Newspapers
(KTTC Television, Inc.)
First air date July 14, 1953 1
Call letters' meaning Total Tri-State Coverage
Sister station(s) KXLT-TV, WXOW/WQOW
Former callsigns KROC-TV (1953-1976)
Former channel number(s) 10 (VHF analog, 1953-2009)
36 (UHF digital, 2000-2009)
Translators:
62 K62EV Winona, MN
67 W67CH La Crosse, WI
70 K70DR Blue Earth, MN
Former affiliations DuMont (1953-1955)
CBS (1953-1956)
ABC (1953-1956)
all secondary 2
Transmitter power 43.1 kW
Height 381 m
Class DT
Facility ID 35678
Transmitter coordinates 43°34′14.9″N 92°25′38.1″W / 43.570806°N 92.427250°W / 43.570806; -92.427250
Website kttc.com

KTTC is the NBC-affiliated television station for the Driftless Area of Southeastern Minnesota and Northeastern Iowa. Licensed to Rochester, Minnesota, the station broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 10 from a transmitter in Ostrander, Minnesota near the Fillmore and Mower County line. Owned by Quincy Newspapers, KTTC operates the area's Fox affiliate KXLT-TV (owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting) through a shared services agreement.

Both stations share studios on Bandel Road Northwest along US 52 in Rochester. Syndicated programming on this station includes Inside Edition, Judge Judy, The Nate Berkus Show, and The Doctors among others. KTTC can be seen over-the-air through a low-powered translator W50DR-D. Licensed to La Crosse, Wisconsin, this station airs a standard definition digital signal on UHF channel 50 from a transmitter at the facilities of ABC affiliate WXOW on County Highway 25 in La Crescent, Minnesota. This provides over-the-air service of NBC to viewers in the La Crosse area unable to receive Eau Claire's WEAU (Channel 13) due to area topography.

Digital television

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
10.1 1080i 16:9 KTTC-DT Main KTTC programming / NBC
10.2 720p Rochester CW

History

The station launched on July 14, 1953 under the KROC-TV call sign, and was the first station in Southern Minnesota and third in the state after KSTP-TV and WTCN-TV in the Twin Cities. Launched by G. David Gentling (son of KROC radio owner Gregory P. Gentling), it was sister to KROC radio (AM 1340 and FM 106.9). The station carried programming from all four commercial networks of the 1950s: ABC, CBS, and DuMont but was a primary NBC affiliate. 3 The family operation eventually became the Southern Minnesota Broadcasting Company.

In 1976, due to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) restrictions on ownership of multiple stations in a single market, the station was purchased by Quincy Newspapers from Southern Minnesota Broadcasting. The call letters became KTTC. KTTC-DT began broadcasting on UHF channel 36 in September 2000. 4 It ceased analog broadcasting on VHF channel 10 at approximately 1:35 on the afternoon of February 17, 2009. 5 Later that afternoon, KTTC-DT commenced digital broadcasting on channel 10. 6 The station's pre-transition digital facility on channel 36 became the final post-transition facility for ABC affiliate KAAL. 7

In 2001, the station entered into a shared services agreement with Fox affiliate KXLT which had been sold by Shockley Communications to Quincy. However, Shockley retained KXLT due to FCC restrictions on common ownership. As part of the arrangement, KTTC provides all technical support, promotions, commercial production, and master control for that channel.

In the La Crosse area, KTTC analog translator W67CH channel 67 ceased broadcasting on November 4, 2009. 8 It was replaced with digital translator station W50DR-D which went on-the-air at 2:10 in the afternoon on October 14. 9 KTTC previously operated two additional analog translators, in Winona (K62EV, channel 62) and Blue Earth (K70DR, channel 70), both left the air on December 29, 2011, due to the end of broadcasting on channels above 51 (K70DR in particular was one of the few remaining stations still operating on channel 70, which was phased out starting in 1983).10

News operation

News open.

Since KIMT is licensed to the Iowa side of the market, the station has traditionally focused on that state compared with the area's other stations (such as KTTC) which are based in Minnesota. In addition to its main studios, this station operates an Austin Bureau on 8th Avenue Northwest. That city is where KAAL has most of its operations based but the ABC affiliate also maintains a secondary facility on Superior Drive Northwest in Rochester where weeknight newscasts originate from. Technology to broadcast from two different studios has existed for several years allowing the ABC outlet to better cover the Rochester side of the market. The secondary facility in Rochester allows the station to have a solid presence in that area as opposed to a smaller bureau.

Through a news share agreement, KTTC produces a thirty minute broadcast seen Sunday through Friday nights on KXLT. Known as Fox 47 News at Nine, the newscast originates from a secondary set featuring a unique graphics package and news music theme. KXLT uses most of KTTC's on-air personnel but maintains separate news anchors (who also report for this NBC outlet) and a weeknight sports personalty. At some point in 2009, KIMT added the market's second prime time broadcast at 9 to its MyNetworkTV-affiliated second digital subchannel. This show could be seen for a half hour competing with KXLT. Eventually, it would be reduced to a five minute weather cut-in featuring an updated forecast.

On June 12, 2009, KIMT became the first television outlet to upgrade local newscasts to 16x9 enhanced definition widescreen with some parts in full high definition. Although not truly HD, the aspect ratio matches that of high definition television screens. Video reports from the field are still seen in pillarboxed 4:3 standard definition. It would not be until March 20, 2011 when KTTC performed an upgrade to full high definition local news shows. With the launch to HD came a brand new set and HD graphics. KXLT made the switch a day later debuting updated graphics of its own similar to sister station WSJV in South Bend, Indiana. KTTC has a relationship with Charter in Olmsted County, Minnesota to provide local news updates on HLN. The station operates its own Doppler weather radar at the main studios which is also used on KXLT. All news anchors also serve as reporters.

Station slogans

  • "The Best to See is on Area 10" (early-1970s)
  • "Covering All of Southern Minnesota" (1980s)
  • "Southern Minnesota's 24 Hour News Channel" (1990-1994)
  • "Turn to the Leader" (1994-2003)
  • "The People You Know, The News You Trust" (2003-2011)
  • "Expect Leadership" (2011-present)

News team

+ denotes personnel not seen on KTTC

Anchors

  • Daniel Wolfe - weekday mornings
  • Jess Abrahamson - weekday mornings and weekdays at noon
  • Robin Wolfram - weeknights at 5, 6, and 10
  • Tom Overlie - weeknights at 6 and 10
  • + Kelly Keiter - Sunday through Thursday at 9 (on KXLT)
  • Nicole Goodrich- Friday at 9 (on KXLT)
  • Aubrey Helms - weekends at 5, 6, and 10

Precision Weather Team

  • Randy Brock (CBM Seal of Approval) - Chief seen weeknights
  • Ted Schmidt (NWA Seal of Approval) - weekday mornings and weekdays at noon
  • Jonathan Kegges - weekends

Sports

  • Pat Lund - Director seen weeknights at 6 and 10 (also Sports Extra host)
  • + Ben Chambers - Monday through Thursday nights at 9
  • Eric Lear - weekend anchor and weekday sports reporter (also Sundays at 9 and Sports Extra host)

Multimedia journalists

  • Jared Ransom
  • Brie Groves
  • Dymanh Chhoun - photographer
  • Chuck Sibley - Chief Photographer
  • Peter Schuneman
  • Nicole Goodrich
  • Courtney Sturgeon - Austin Bureau

Notable former staff

References

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says July 16, while the Television and Cable Factbook says July 14.
  2. ^ http://www.ellwanger.tv/collect/tvg/eds/old/nw.html
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ http://www.kttc.com/Global/story.asp?S=9790528&nav=menu1348_2>
  5. ^ TV's digital conversion begins in Rochester, Post-Bulletin, Feb 17/2009
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Congress postpones DTV transition, but KTTC-TV, KXLT will end analog broadcasting Feb. 17, KTTC-TV, Feb 4 2009
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ [4]
  10. ^ "Re: K62EV, Winona, Minnesota…K70DR, Blue Earth, Minnesota…". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved January 7, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Allison Rosati". Retrieved 6 July 2012. 

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