KETK-TV, virtual channel 56, is the NBC television affiliate serving the East Texas viewing area. It is owned by Communications Corporation of America, under licensee of "ComCorp of Tyler", which also operates Fox network affiliates KFXK and KFXL-LP, and MyNetworkTV affiliateKLPN-LP through a local marketing agreement with White Knight Broadcasting. KETK-TV's main offices and studios are located in Tyler at 4300 Richmond Road.
|Branding||KETK NBC (general)
KETK News (news)
|Slogan||News You Won't See Anywhere Else|
|Channels||Digital: 22 (UHF)|
56.2 Estrella TV
|Owner||Communications Corporation of America
(Comcorp of Tyler License Corporation)
|First air date||March 9, 1987|
|Call letters' meaning||East Texas|
|Sister station(s)||KFXK, KFXL-LP, KLPN-LP|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
56 (UHF, 1987-2009)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Height||458.8 meters (1,505 ft)|
|Transmitter coordinates||32°3′40″N 95°18′50″W|
The station operates a low-power translator, KETK-LP (channel 53), which is owned by KM Communications and controlled by ComCorp and serves the Lufkin-Nacogdoches portion of the market, which is carried on Suddenlink Communications in that part of East Texas.
KETK can be seen on the Dish Network and DirecTV networks on channel 56 (local channels) and is also available on Tyler area cable systems, including SuddenLink Communications and Communicom. KETK-DT has been available on SuddenLink Digital Cable channel 222 since February 2006 (in time for the Winter Olympics) and on Longview Cable Television digital channel 248 since February 1, 2008.
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Originally, channel 56 was to have the call letters, KTRG, the initials of the original owner and license applicant. Unfortunately, that owner had to file for bankruptcy prior to launching the station. The new buyers put channel 56 on the air with the new call letters KETK, amid a few hurdles. The station started on March 9, 1987, from studios in Jacksonville, Texas, with its tower near Mt. Selman (between Jacksonville andTyler). KETK moved to its current building in Tyler in 1993.
At one point KETK was owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, who acquired the station as part of its purchase of most of the Max Media Properties station group in 1998. In late 2004, Sinclair sold the station to its current owner, ComCorp.
Appearance in BrünoIn June 2006, KETK owner ComCorp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Rival CBS affiliate KYTX (channel 19) sparked controversy by publicly announcing the ComCorp bankruptcy on its newscasts, for an entire week. ComCorp said in a press release viewers and staff would see no changes at the station. The company emerged from bankruptcy in late 2007.
In deleted scenes from the 2009 film Brüno, the title character (played by Sacha Baron Cohen) visits the KETK studios and meets with news director Neal Barton and sports director Danny Elzner. They signed releases and expected to be talking about small-town news in the United States. Instead, the interviews conducted by the flamboyant Brüno character drifted towards the topic of homosexuality. The scene culminated with an interview Brüno did with a local white supremacist who threatened to call the police on him when his behavior became too overtly homosexual.
Television of East Texas
|KETK 56||NBC network affiliate|
|KETK-LP 53||NBC network affiliate|
|KFXK 51||Fox network affiliate|
|KFXL 30||Fox network affiliate|
|KTPN 48/KLPN 58||MyNetworkTV affiliates|
KETK-TV began operating a full power digital television signal on UHF channel 22 on June 17, 2006. The station began High Definition (HDTV) testing on Friday, September 1, and began broadcasting a full HDTV service in 1080i from NBC on Tuesday, September 5. On September 8, 2006, KETK-DT had launched digital subchannel 22.2 to carry NBC Weather Plus; NBC ceased operating the national Weather Plus feed on December 1, 2008. Since January 1, 2009, KETK has ceased carrying the local version of Weather Plus and replaced the service with Estrella TV.
KETK's analog channel, 56, was the highest channel allocation of any NBC affiliate. This changed, however, when the high-band UHF channels (52-69) was eliminated during thetransition from analog to digital TV on June 12, 2009. There was speculation that between the original DTV transition deadline on February 17, 2009, and the new deadline on June 12, 2009, KETK change its on-air station and news branding to channel 22, to reflect its digital channel. However, KETK is still using the channel 56 designation.
KETK had planned to shut off its channel 56 analog signal on June 12, 2009. However, in the early hours of March 27, 2009, a failure in the cooling system of the analog transmitter caused the transmitter to fail. Due to the cost and time frame involved to repair the analog transmitter, KETK has filed a Notice of Suspension of Operations and has permanently terminated analog service on channel 56 as of March 27, 2009.
|56.1/22.1||1080i||16:9||KETK-HD - NBC-HD DD5.1|
|56.3/22.3||480i||4:3||KETK-NS - Blank|
KETK broadcasts more news than any other station in the Tyler-Longview market. Newscasts are broadcast weekdays from 5-7 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon, and at 5, 6 and 10 p.m., as well as weekends from 8-9 a.m., and at 5 and 10 p.m. It also produces a popular Friday night sports show called Friday Football Fever, featuring East Texas football teams and sports director Danny Elzner.
The station promotes its weather team as having the "Most Powerful Radar in East Texas", referred to as "KETK Live Doppler Skywatch". Also, KETK is the only station in the area to have four college degreed meteorologists on its weather team, but that still does not help KETK in its ratings. From July 2008 to October 2009, KETK was the solid #2 news product in the East Texas market. KLTV leads the local news ratings by far, with over 70,000 households, while KYTX (CBS19) was a distant #3. However, since November 2009, KETK has been a distant #3 behind both KLTV and KYTX although KETK's ratings are expected to recover after NBC pulled The Jay Leno Show off of prime-time.
On April 23, 2010 KETK began producing its newscasts in high definition, becoming the second station in the Tyler-Longview television market (after KYTX) to do so.
KETK is one of only two ComCorp stations that produce their newscasts in-house (the other being fellow NBC affiliate KTSM in El Paso, Texas). Due to insufficient funds for most ComCorp stations to produce their own newscasts, KETK serves as a hub for the news operations for most of ComCorp's television stations, it produces pre-recorded newscasts for most of its Fox affiliates including KWKT/KYLE in Waco and College Station, Texas, KMSS in Shreveport, Louisiana and WGMB in Baton Rouge (it previously produced in-studio news segments for WVLA's evening newscasts from 2009 to 2010, when that station began began producing its evening newscasts locally once again following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill).
- TV-56 News (1987–1988)
- Region 56 News (1988–1999)
- NBC56 News (2000–2005)
- KETK 56 News (2005–2008)
- KETK News (2008–present)
- KETK Today (morning newscast)
- East Texas Live (11 a.m. newscast)
- Live at 5 (5 p.m. newscast)
- The Most Complete Newscast in East Texas (1988–1992)
- The Most Watched (1992–1994)
- Where Local News Comes First (1994–2000)
- Covering All of East Texas (2001–2005)
- The News Station (2005–2010)
- News You Won't See Anywhere Else (2010–present)
Current on-air staff
(as of May 9, 2009) Anchors
- Neal Barton - weeknights on "Live at Five"
- Bob Brackeen - weekday mornings "KETK Today" (5-7 a.m.) and "East Texas Live" (11 a.m.-12 p.m.)
- Ben Hill - weekends at 5 and 10 p.m., also weeknight reporter
- Gloria Gallardo - weekday mornings "East Texas Live" (11 a.m.-12 p.m.)
- Kaci Koviak - weekday mornings "KETK Today" (5-7am) and "East Texas Live" (11 a.m.-12 p.m.)
- Jessica Wilson - weekend mornings "KETK Today"; also weeknight reporter
- Jennifer Kielman - weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
KETK Live Doppler SkyWatch Weather Team
- Scott Chesner - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Katie Green - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "KETK Today" and "East Texas Live" (11 a.m.)
- Kyle Morris - Meteorologist; weekends at 8 a.m. and at 5 and 10 p.m.
- Danny Elzner - Sports Director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m. (2008 Lone Star Emmy Award Winner)
- Phil Kuchinsky - Sports Anchor; weekends at 5 and 10 p.m., also sports reporter
- Ashley Aldrich - general assignment reporter
- Casey Claiborne - general assignment reporter
- Roger Gray - general assignment reporter
- Cody Spain - general assignment reporter
Notable former staff
- Richelle Carey, currently at HLN
- Jonna Fitzgerald, currently in politics
- Cole Wright, Currently at ESPN
- Ruth Allen
- Paul Anderson
- Cindy Bregin
- Blake Comby
- Nancy Davis
- Doc Deason (now with KYTX)
- John Gilbert (now with KCEN)
- Bryan Houston (now with KYTX)
- Jim Knox (now with Fox Sports SW)
- Peter Mark
- Chuck McDonald (now with KYTX)
- Leslie Roberts
- Mark Rowlett
- Debra Weeks
- Hemi Ahluwalia
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- Notification of Suspension of Operations/Request for Silent STA