|St. Louis, Missouri|
|Branding||Fox 2 (general)
Fox 2 News (news)
|Slogan||Coverage You Can Count On;
St. Louis' Newsroom;
The Most Powerful Name In Local News (all news slogans)
|Channels||Digital: 43 (UHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
(sale to Tribune Broadcasting pending)
(Community TV Of Missouri License, LLC)
|First air date||August 10, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||TeleVision Illinois
(station originally licensed to Belleville, Illinois)
|Former callsigns||WTVI (1953-1955)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
54 (UHF, 1953-1955)
36 (UHF, 1955-1957)
2 (VHF, 1957-2009)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
KTVI is the Fox-affiliated television station in St. Louis, Missouri. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 43 (or virtual channel 2.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter in the unincorporated community of Sappington. Owned by Local TV (which is owned in turn by private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners), KTVI operates CW affiliate KPLR-TV (owned by the Tribune Company) through a local marketing agreement. Both stations share studios at 2250 Ball Drive in Maryland Heights.
- 1 History
- 2 Digital television
- 3 News operation
- 4 References
- 5 External links
KTVI began broadcasting on August 10, 1953 as WTVI, broadcasting on UHF channel 54; the station was originally licensed to Belleville, Illinois (across the Mississippi River from St. Louis) and was the second television station in the St. Louis market. The station's first broadcast was a baseball game between the St. Louis Browns and Cincinnati Reds, announced by Buddy Blattner, Bill Durney and Milo Hamilton. It was the original CBS affiliate for St. Louis, and also had secondary affiliations with ABC and DuMont. The station originally operated from studios located in Alton, Illinois.
When KWK-TV (channel 4) debuted on July 8, 1954 and took the CBS affiliation, WTVI became a primary ABC and secondary DuMont affiliate. The station moved to UHF channel 36, and relocated its studios and city of license across the Mississippi River to St. Louis on April 9, 1955, keeping the base callsign "TVI" while flipping the first letter assigned to the calls from "W" to "K", thus changing to the current KTVI (the WTVI calls are currently used by a PBS member station in Charlotte, North Carolina). The station lost DuMont programming when the network ceased operations in 1956, making KTVI an exclusive ABC affiliate. As the Federal Communications Commission would not require television sets to include UHF tuners until 1961, KTVI moved its signal to VHF channel 2 on April 15, 1957. The station had attempted to move to channel 2 soon after moving to St. Louis – the channel 2 allocation had been relocated from Springfield, Illinois under pressure from the Truman Administration, originally as not to interfere with CBS-owned Chicago station WBBM-TV.
For many years, the station was owned by newspaper publishing firm Newhouse News, under common ownership with the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. In 1978, Newhouse exited from broadcasting, and sold KTVI to the Times Mirror Company (then-owner of the Los Angeles Times). In 1993, KTVI was sold to Argyle Broadcasting in a group deal, along with Birmingham, Alabama's WVTM-TV, Austin, Texas's KTBC and Dallas's KDFW.
In December 1993, Fox was awarded the broadcast rights to carry NFL games from the National Football Conference over CBS.1 This inspired New World Communications to sign a long-term deal to switch most of its stations to Fox, starting in the fall of 1994.2 New World subsequently bought out Argyle Television, and cut another deal to switch the network affiliations of KTVI, KDFW and KTBC to Fox (KTVI was the only Argyle-owned ABC affiliate that was included in the deal, as the other two stations were affiliated with CBS; WVTM did not switch as WBRC, which was placed a blind trust, took the Fox affiliation and was later sold to the network as New World could not keep both due to FCC rules at the time that forbid duopolies).3 The Fox affiliation officially moved to KTVI on August 7, 1995, allowing former Fox affiliate KDNL (channel 30) to become St. Louis' new ABC affiliate. KTVI originally chose not to carry children's programming from Fox Kids, so the block instead aired on religious independent KNLC (channel 24). KTVI eventually became the only New World-owned Fox station to take Fox Kids when the block was subsequently moved to channel 2 in the fall of 1996, due to a controversial decision by Reverend Larry Rice (of KNLC owner New Life Evangelistic Center) to run ministry messages during the block, instead of commercials.
Fox Television Stations acquired New World Communications in the fall of 1996,4 officially making KTVI the first network-owned station in the market – upon the merger's January 22, 1997 completion – since CBS sold KMOX-TV to Viacom in 1986, which changed its callsign to KMOV. With the switch, KTVI became the primary station for the St. Louis Rams NFL franchise – which relocated to St. Louis from Los Angeles in 1995 – starting that September (with the exception of select primetime telecasts, KTVI only broadcasts the Rams' road games as well as sold-out home games against other NFC teams). Shortly thereafter, programming changed very slightly as Fox Television Stations began acquiring more expensive syndicated programs for KTVI.
Fox trimmed the weekday Fox Kids block from three hours to two in the fall of 1998, this was followed in 2000 by the station's complete removal of the weekday block from the station, whereas KTVI continued to carry the Saturday morning lineup (this was despite the fact that Fox gave its affiliates the option to push the weekday block to an earlier afternoon timeslot at that period). Fox discontinued its weekday block nationwide on December 31, 2001,5 and the Saturday lineup was contracted out to 4Kids Entertainment under the 4Kids TV brand name on September 14, 2002. From September 2006 until the block ended on December 27, 2008, KTVI aired 4Kids TV two hours earlier than most stations to accommodate the station's Saturday morning newscast (KTVI now airs the network's Weekend Marketplace infomercial block, with syndicated children's programs to fulfill the FCC's educational programming requirements).
KTVI first launched its website on November 1, 1999, which featured a design similar to other sites belonging to Fox's owned-and-operated stations at the time and focused on promotional and programming content initially, but as broadband slowly penetrated the market, the online audience shifted from evening dial-up users to a 9-to-5 audience, and news content was incorporated onto the site. The station's website was switched to the MyFox platform on September 14, 2006. On October 15, 2007, KTVI launched STLMoms.com, a website aimed at St. Louis area moms whose concept spun off from a popular blog featured on the station's main website.
On December 22, 2007, Fox Television Stations announced that it had agreed to sell KTVI and seven other Fox owned-and-operated stations6 to Local TV, a television station group formed by Oak Hill Capital Partners in 2007 with the acquisition of nine stations formerly owned by The New York Times Company; the sale officially closed on July 14, 2008. On June 2, 2008, KTVI created GarageSaleSTL.com, a free website that primarily features a Google-based map of viewer-submitted garage sales (that site has since been discontinued).
On September 17, 2008, the Tribune Company announced that it would enter CW affiliate KPLR-TV into a local marketing agreement with KTVI – which went into effect on October 1, 200878 – as a result of the formation of a "broadcast management company" that was created to provide management services to stations owned by both KPLR owner Tribune Broadcasting and Local TV. KTVI would serve as the senior partner in the agreement, though channel 2 relocated its operations from its longtime studios in the Clayton-Tamm/Dogtown neighborhood on St. Louis' west side (off Interstate 64/U.S. 40 at the intersection of Berthold, Oakland and Hampton Avenues) to KPLR's Maryland Heights facility. The move resulted in both stations combining their news departments and sharing certain syndicated programs. On July 1, 2013, Local TV announced that its stations would be acquired by Tribune, putting KTVI under common ownership with KPLR and creating the first legal station duopoly in the St. Louis market.9
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|2.1||720p||16:9||KTVI-DT||Main KTVI programming / Fox|
As part of the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, KTVI shut down its analog transmitter on June 12, 2009,11 and continued to broadcast on its pre-transition digital channel 43.12 However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display KTVI's virtual channel as 2.
KTVI presently broadcasts 59 hours of local newscasts each week (with 10 hours on weekdays and 4½ hours each on Saturdays and Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the second-highest local newscast output among the broadcast television stations in the state of Missouri, falling short of Kansas City sister station WDAF-TV's weekly news total by only a half-hour. As is common with Fox stations that carry early evening newscasts on weekends, KTVI's Sunday 5 p.m. newscast is subject to preemption due to NFL football or NASCAR coverage and the Saturday 6 p.m. newscast is subject to delay due to Major League Baseball or college football coverage. Since 1998, the station's weekday morning newscast (currently titled Fox 2 News in the Morning) has been the highest-rated morning newscast in the St. Louis market.citation needed
As an ABC affiliate, KTVI's newscasts usually placed third in the ratings, behind KSDK and KMOV. However for most of the 1980s and early 1990s, the station fought a spirited battle with KMOV for the runner-up spot, behind longtime leader KSDK. After joining Fox, KTVI devoted more resources to its news department, as did many of the stations that switched to Fox during this time, and increased the number of hours devoted to local news programming with the addition of two hours to its weekday morning newscast, a half-hour tacked onto its 5 p.m. newscast to compensate for Fox's lack of a national evening newscast and an hour-long 9 p.m. newscast. KTVI is able to emphasize a broad array of stories from major national and local reports, to small town local stories and investigations because of the larger number of newscast hours. The station also devotes a larger portion of its sports coverage to local high school sports (once joining with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to produce the now-canceled Prep Sports Show on Saturdays) and is the home of Jeff Fisher's weekly St. Louis Rams review show on Mondays.
For much of the time since it affiliated with Fox, KTVI topped KPLR-TV for the highest-rated 9 p.m. newscast in the market. Regular segments featured on KTVI's newscasts include The Jaco Report (in which reporter Charles Jaco gives either an editorial or introduces an investigative piece) and You Paid For It (in which Elliott Davis uncovers city government tax abuse, closing the segment by giving the phone number of the office of that municipality's mayor and the well-known signoff line "Call and speak your mind: after all, you paid for it").
Before Dick Ford retired from the station in December 2005, all four of KTVI's main male anchors (Ford, Tom O'Neal, Dan Gray and John Pertzborn) formerly served as anchors at KSDK. On March 31, 2006, KTVI used the news set that was originally constructed in 1998 for the last time. KTVI's newscasts were produced from a temporary set as a new set and weather center were being construction in the old studio, which debuted on April 10, 2006, along with adopting a new graphic and logo design, and news theme (OSI Music's Fox Affiliate News Theme) that was used by Fox's other owned-and-operated stations and select affiliates, during that evening's 9 p.m. newscast. The old news desk was donated to Southern Illinois University Carbondale, with the old weather center donated to the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
In December 2008, KPLR temporarily produced its newscasts from KTVI's now-former Clayton-Tamm/Dogtown studios as KPLR's facility underwent remodeling to accommodate both KPLR and KTVI's newscasts;13 KTVI broadcast its news programs from a temporary set in January 2009, in order for crews dismantle and move the station's existing news set to KPLR's Maryland Heights facility (the KPLR studios was chosen over the KTVI studios due to KPLR's larger studio facility and the fact that KTVI had broadcast from the Berthold studios for almost 50 years, whereas KPLR moved into its studios in 2003).
On February 15, 2009, KTVI began broadcasting local newscasts in high definition from its new studios in Maryland Heights, accompanied with new HD news graphics. The news set was updated with the addition of several elements to better fit the new graphics package and the change to HD, and removed the city skyline backdrop in favor of a blue background. In January 2010, KTVI expanded its weekday morning newscast to six hours from 4-10 a.m., following the cancellation of the Fox-distributed syndicated talk show The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet (despite the expansion, the station kept its midday newscast at 11 a.m.).
- WTVI World News (1953-1955)
- KTVI World News (1955-1957)
- City News/Nightly News (1957–1962, 6:15 p.m. newscast)
- The Big News/24 Hours (1962–1971)
- Action News (1971–1974)
- Channel 2 News (1974-1977 and 1981–1991)
- NewsCenter 2 (1977–1981)
- 2 News Team (1991–1995)14
- Fox 2 News (1995–present)
- "Channel 2 and You" (1980–1984?)
- "The Home Team" (1989–1994; news slogan)
- "Here's 2 St. Louis" (1994–1999; news slogan)
- "Working For You" (1999–2002)
- "Coverage You Can Count On" (2002–present)
- "Live. Local. Latebreaking." (2002–2006)
- "St. Louis' Newsroom" (2006–present)
- "The Most Powerful Name In Local News" (2006–present)
Current on-air staff15
+ denotes personnel also seen on KPLR-TV
- Andy Banker - weekend mornings (7:00-9:00 a.m.); also weeknight reporter
- Elliot Davis - weekends at 5:00, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also "You Paid For It" consumer reporter
- Margie Ellisor - weekday mornings on Fox 2 News in the Morning (5:00-7:00 a.m.)
- Tim Ezell - weekday mornings on Fox 2 News in the Morning (9:00-10:00 a.m.); also weekday morning feature reporter
- Sandy Miller - weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Angie Mock - weekday mornings on Fox 2 News in the Morning (4:00-5:00 a.m.); also 5:00-10:00 a.m. reporter
- Mandy Murphey - weeknights at 5:00 and 9:00 p.m.; also reporter
- Randi Naughton - weekday mornings on Fox 2 News in the Morning (7:00-9:00 a.m.); also reporter
- Tom O'Neal - weeknights at 5:00 and 9:00 p.m.; also health reporter
- John Pertzborn - weekday mornings on Fox 2 News in the Morning (7:00-9:00 a.m.)
- + April Simpson - weekdays at 11:00 a.m.; also weekday morning reporter
- Kevin Steincross - weekday mornings on Fox 2 News in the Morning (5:00-7:00 a.m.)
- + Shirley Washington - weekends at 5:00, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also reporter
- Elliot Weiler - weekdays at 11:00 a.m.; also "Contact 2" reporter
- Weather team
- Dave Murray (AMS Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also home and garden reporter
- + Chris Higgins (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekends at 5:00, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Angela Hutti - meteorologist; weekend mornings (7:00-9:00 a.m.); also weather producer
- Glenn Zimmerman (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings on Fox 2 News in the Morning (4:00-10:00 a.m.)
- TBD - meteorologist; weekdays at 11:00 a.m.
- Sports team
- Martin Kilcoyne - sports director; Sundays at 5:00, Mondays-Thursdays at 6:00 and Sundays-Thursdays at 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also co-host of Rams Weekly with Steve Spagnuolo
- + Kurt Labelle - sports anchor; Fridays at 6:00, Saturdays at 5:00 and Fridays-Saturdays at 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also general assignment reporter
- Maurice Drummond - sports anchor; weekend mornings (7:00-9:00 a.m.); also weekday sports reporter
- Charlie Marlow - sports reporter; also sports producer
In addition to providing reports on KTVI, select member of the station reporting staff also provide stories for KPLR-TV.
- Monica Adams - weekday morning traffic reporter (4:00-10:00 a.m.)
- + Jeff Bernthal - general assignment reporter; also anchor
- John Brubaker - "SkyFox" pilot reporter
- Betsey Bruce - general assignment reporter
- + Patrick Clark - feature reporter
- Bonita Cornute - general assignment and "Contact 2" reporter
- Chris Hayes - investigative reporter
- + Kelley Hoskins - web reporter
- + Kim Hudson - multimedia journalist
- + Charles Jaco - war correspondent; also host of The Jaco Report
- + Anthony Kiekow - general assignment reporter
- Doug Luzader - Fox News Washington D.C. correspondent
- Roche Madden - general assignment reporter
- Chris Regnier - general assignment reporter
- + Rebecca Roberts - general assignment reporter
- Paul Schankmann - general assignment reporter
- George Sells - general assignment reporter; also web producer
- + Shawndrea Thomas - multimedia journalist
- Dana King - anchor (retired from broadcast end of 2012, last seen at KPIX-TV/San Francisco)
- Russ Mitchell - reporter (currently at WKYC/Cleveland)
- Paul Moyer - anchor/reporter (later anchor at KNBC/Los Angeles, now retired)
- Lisa Sylvester - anchor (2000; currently at CNN)
- Teresa Woodard - anchor (mid-2000s-2012; currently at WFAA/Dallas)
- John Brown - anchor; currently at WOFL/Orlando
- Fox Broadcasting Company Awarded NFC Broadcast Rights
- Fox Inc., New World Communications Group Inc. Announce Largest Affiliation Switch in Network Television History
- Citicasters Inc. Announces Completion of Sale of Three Television Stations
- News Corp., Fox Television and New World Sign Definitive Merger Agreements
- Schneider, Michael (November 7, 2001). "Fox outgrows kids programs". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-13.
- News Corporation
- Denver, St. Louis To Get Fox-CW Duops, TVNewsCheck, September 16, 2008.
- From TV Newsday (September 17, 2008)
- Channick, Robert (July 1, 2013). "Acquisition to make Tribune Co. largest U.S. TV station operator". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
- CDBS Print
- Fox2Now.com (official website of KTVI "Fox 2")
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTVI
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTVI-TV