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KTTC is the NBC-affiliated television station for Southeastern Minnesota and Northeastern Iowa. Licensed to Rochester, Minnesota, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 10 from a transmitter in Ostrander, Minnesota near theFillmore and Mower County line. The station can also be seen in Iowa on Mediacom channel 10 (HD on digital channel 810) and in Minnesota on Charter channel 12 (with HD on digital channel 782). Owned by Quincy Newspapers, KTTC operates Fox affiliateKXLT-TV (owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting) through a shared services agreement (SSA). The two share studios on Bandel Road Northwest along US 52 in Rochester.

KTTC
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Rochester/Austin, Minnesota-Mason City, Iowa
City of license Rochester
Branding KTTC (general)

NewsCenter Signal Hill CW (on DT2)

Slogan Expect Leadership
Channels Digital: 10 (VHF)Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
Subchannels 10.1 NBC10.2 The CW
Translators 50 W50DR-D (UHF)La Crosse, WI62 K62EV (UHF) Winona
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
Former callsigns KROC-TV (1953-1976)
Former channel number(s) Analog:

10 (VHF, 1953-2009) 67 W67CH La Crosse 70 K70DR Blue Earth Digital: 36 (UHF, 2000-2009)

Former affiliations DuMont (1953-1955)CBS(1953-1956)ABC (1953-1956) [2]all secondary
Transmitter power 43.1 kW
Height 381 m
Facility ID 35678
Transmitter coordinates 43°34′14.9″N92°25′38.1″W
Website kttc.com

Syndicated programming on KTTC includes: Inside Edition, Steve Harvey , Judge Judy, The Doctors, and Mr Food . KTTC is unique in that it has two translators in a different market, the station can be seen on analog K62EC channel 62 in Winona (K62EC has a construction permit to air a low-powered digital signal on channel 43)and W50DR-D channel 50 licensed to La Crosse, Wisconsin. Both translators are located in the La Crosse and Eau Claire television market. WEAU in Eau Claire, WI is regarded the primary affiliate for that area because WEAU is the only station seen on satellite and most cable providers in those areas.


Digital programming

On KTTC-DT2, Mediacom channel 2, and Charter channel 7 is the area's CW. Known on-air as Signal Hill CW, it gets all of its programming from The CW Plus. "Signal Hill" denotes KTTC's studio location at the northern-most point of Rochester.

Channel Programming
10.1 main KTTC programming/NBC (HD)
10.2 KTTC-DT2 "Signal Hill CW" (SD)

History

On July 14, 1953 it signed-on as KROC-TV as the first station in Southern Minnesota and third in the state after KSTP-TV andWTCN-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, this channel 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 didigtal broadcasting on channel 10. [6] The station's pre-transition digital facility on channel 36 became the final post-transition facility for ABC affiliateKAAL. [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]

News operation

In addition to its main studios, KTTC operates an Austin Bureau, within the Riverland Community College campus, on 8th Avenue Northwest.

Through a news share agreement in place since 2001, KTTC produces a half-hour prime time newscast on KXLT seen Sunday through Thursday nights. Known as Fox 47 News at Nine, the program originates from a secondary set at the Bandel Road Northwest studios. It features a unique graphics package and news music theme that is different from KTTC. KXLT uses most of this NBC outlet's on-air personnel but maintains separate news anchors who can report for KTTC. At some point in 2009, KIMT added the market's second prime time local news show at 9 to its MyNetworkTV-affiliated second digital subchannel. This newscast could be seen for a half hour competing with KXLT's broadcast. Eventually, the effort would be reduced to a five-minute weather cut-in featuring an updated forecast.

On June 12, 2009, KIMT became the market's first television station to upgrade local newscast production to 16:9 enhanced definition widescreen (with some portions in full high definition). Although not truly HD, the aspect ratio matched that of high definition television screens. Video reports from the field were 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 newscasts. With the launch to HD came a brand new set and high definition graphics.

On July 28, 2014, KXLT debuted a weekday morning show known as Fox in the Morning (that is produced by KTTC). Airing for thirty minutes at 8 a.m., the program is formatted like a magazine with lifestyle, cooking, and style segments although there are local weather updates featured in the show. Eventually, this broadcast may be extended into the 7 o'clock hour to offer a true local alternative to the national morning programs seen on the big three affiliates. Like the prime time news at 9, the morning program on KXLT maintains separate anchors from KTTC (except for weather segments) and its own graphics scheme.

Newscast titles

  • KROC-TV News (1953-1971)
  • Area 10 News (1971-1973)
  • Newservice 10 (1973-1977)
  • NewsCenter 10 (1977-1982)
  • NewsWatch 10 (1982-1990)
  • KTTC News 10 (1990-1997)
  • KTTC NewsCenter (1997–present)

Station slogans

  • "The Best to See is on Area 10" (early 1970s)
  • "KTTC TV-10, Proud as a Peacock!/Channel 10, Proud as a Peacock!" (1979-1981; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • "Covering All of Southern Minnesota" (1980s)
  • "Southern Minnesota's 24-Hour NewsChannel" (1990-1994)
  • "The Stars Are Back on Channel 10" (1993-1994; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • "Turn to the Leader" (1994-2003)
  • "The People You Know, The News You Trust" (2003–2011)
  • "Expect Leadership" (2011–present)

News team

NewsCENTER Today



As of July 13, 2016

      • Niala Charles
        • Jacob Murphy
        • Jess Abrahamson
        • Ted Schmidt


NewsCENTER at Noon



        • Jess Abrahamson
        • Ted Schmidt


NewsCENTER at 5


As of June 21, 2016


        • Alana Martella
        • Matt Benz


NewsCENTER at 6 and 10



        • Alana Martella-News
        • Tom Overlie-News
        • Matt Benz-Weather
        • Pat Lund-Sports


Fox@9



        • Tori Bokios-News (Sun-Thu)
        • TBD-News (Fri)
        • Randy Brock-Weather (Mon-Fri)
        • Pat Lund-Sports (Mon-Fri)
        • Justin Mckee -Weather-(Sun)
        • Chris Barriere -Sports (Sun)


NewsCENTER Weekends


as of July 1, 2017


        • Shannon Rosseau -news (since August 2016)
        • Sarah Gannon-Weather
        • Mark Poulose-Sports


Anchors



  • Dainel Wolfe - weekday mornings
  • Jess Abrahamson - weekday mornings and noon
        • Robin Wolfram- weeknights at 5, 6, and 10 (August 2011-May 2016), Caitlin Alexander (since August 2016)
        • Tom Overlie - weeknights at 6 and 10
        • Mary Mcguire- Sunday-Thursdays at 9 on FOX-47 KXLT (July 2013-June 2015),
        • Alli Killam - Fridays at 9 on FOX-47 KXLT
        • Devin Bartolotta - weekends and reporter


KTTC/FOX 47 Precision Weather Team



  • Randy Brock - Chief seen weeknights at 5, 6, 9 & 10
        • Ted Schmidt (NWA Seal of Approval) - weekday mornings and noon
        • Justin McKee - weekends (Saturdays at 6 and 10 , Sundays at 5 and 10)


Sports (both seen on Sports Extra)



        • Pat Lund - Director seen weeknights at 6, 9, and 10
        • Zac Choate - weekends and sports reporter


Reporters



  • Axel Gumbel - Content Manager and special projects
        • Katie Lange - Austin Bureau multimedia journalist
        • Howard Rosenthal - "Mr. Food" segment producer
        • John-Cletus Mueller - photographer
        • Chuck Sibley - Chief Photographer
        • Fanna Haile-Selassie
        • Chris Conte


Producers



        • Ben Van Nelson - NewsCenter Today
        • Danette Gunther - NewsCenter at 6 and 10
        • Peter Schuneman - NewsCenter at 5 and FOX@9

Former staff

  • Candice Grossklaus - morning/noon anchor (now as Candice Kelly at WBRE, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA)[10]
        • Jeremiah Jacobsen - morning anchor (now at WINK-TV, Fort Myers, FL)[10]
        • Amy Kuns - 5 p.m. anchor/9 p.m. KXLT anchor
        • Jeff Oelrich - anchor (now as Jeff Olson at KARE, Minneapolis)[10]
        • Julianna Holfeld - anchor (now as Juliana Olson at KARE, Minneapolis.
        • Betsy Singer - anchor (now 5 p.m anchor at KAAL)[11] July 1999-July 2007
        • Vivien Williams - anchor (now produces Mayo Clinic "Medical Edge")[10] Came back to KTTC in 2007 for six months to fill in Betsy Singers Position until the hiring of Rachel Wick.
        • Robin Wolfram - weeknights anchor August 2011-May 2016. Went on leave and didn't resign until July 2016.
        • Jamie Yuccas - anchor/reporter (now at WBBH, Fort Myers, FL)[10]
        • James Wilcox - reporter now anchor at KAAL
        • Bill Walsh - weekend sports anchor and news reporter now news anchor at WNEM-TV
        • Kendra Oestrich - reporter- left for KXLT to become main anchor, KXLT merged with KTTC then returned to KTTC
        • Jennifer Hoff - reporter
        • Lauren Hardie - reporter

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