KATC, channel 3, is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Lafayette, Louisiana. It began operations on September 19, 1962.


KATC 3.2 The CW

Lafayette, Louisiana
Branding KATC TV 3, Acadiana's News Channel
Slogan News That Gets to the Point.
Channels Digital: 28 (UHF)

Virtual: 3 (PSIP)

Subchannels 3.1 ABC

3.2 The CW

Affiliations ABC
Owner The E.W. Scripps Company
First air date September 19, 1962
Call letters' meaning Acadian

Television Corporation (former owner)

Former channel number(s) Analog:

3 (VHF, 1962-2009)

Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 537 m
Facility ID 33471
Transmitter coordinates 30°19′26″N92°17′25″W

A 1000 kW transmitter for its digital broadcast is located near Branch, Louisiana and became operational November 6, 2007. KATC continued to use its transmitter for its analogue signal located south of Crowley, Louisiana until the mandated digital date of June 12, 2009.

KATC is also an affiliate of The CW, the signal of which is carried on digital subchannel 3.2. Before June 14, 2010, KLWB had the affiliation.


The station began operations on September 19, 1962, and was locally owned by Acadian Television Company. Conventional wisdom suggested it should have signed on as an NBC affiliate, but instead it took the ABC affiliation full-time. Previously, ABC had been limited to off-hours clearances on CBS affiliate KLFY-TV. This was a very unusual move for a then two-station market, especially one of Lafayette's size. Usually, ABC, as the smallest and weakest network, was relegated to secondary status on one or both of the existing stations. However, Lake CharlesKPLC-TV and Baton Rouge's WBRZ-TV (the latter now a fellow ABC affiliate) provided at least grade B coverage to much of the market. In contrast, no ABC affiliate even put a grade B signal into the area. Acadian Television apparently figured that if it linked up with ABC, it would not get much local competition.

KATC coined the term "Acadiana" in the early 1960s and popularized it throughout south Louisiana. In early 1963, the ABC affiliate received an invoice erroneously addressed to the Acadiana Television Corp; someone had typed an extra "a" at the end of the word "Acadian." The station started using it to describe the region covered by its broadcast signal.

Acadian Television sold the station to Loyola University New Orleans in 1982, making it a sister station to New Orleans' CBS affiliate, WWL-TV. In the late 1980s, Loyola divested their broadcast properties, with WWL-TV going to a group of station employees (Rampart Operating Partnership) in 1990 and KATC going to investment firm Merrill Lynch in 1986.[1] In 1993, the station joined other ABC affiliates, including WBRZ in not airing the pilot to NYPD Blue. In 1995, The Evening Post Publishing Company purchased the station.[2] In 2003, the station started broadcasting in stereo.

KATC continued to use its transmitter for its analog signal located south of Crowley, Louisiana until the mandated digital date of June 12, 2009. KATC is also the ABC affiliate of record for Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana, since that area does not have an ABC affiliate of its own. KATC, due to its strong signal can also be seen in most of the Baton Rouge region.


The station produces local news and talk programming, with such shows as Good Morning Acadiana, Friday Night Football and "hard-news" newscasts that air weekdays at 5, 6, and 10 p.m., Saturdays at 6 and 10 p.m., and on Sundays at 5:30 and 10 p.m.

Management Team

  • Andrew Shenkan: General Manager
  • Letitia Walker: News Director

Current On-Air Staff


  • Hoyt Harris: Co-Anchor, Acadiana's News Channel at 5,6 & 10pm
  • Marcelle Fontenot: Co-Anchor, Acadiana's NewsChannel 5,6 & 10pm
  • Tom Voinche: Good Morning Acadiana Co-Host
  • Tracy Wirtz: Good Morning Acadiana Co-Host


  • Mike Magnoli:
  • Melissa Hawkes
  • Jim Hummel
  • Herbie Smith
  • Shawn Kline
  • Carolyn Cerda
  • Jenise Fernandez

Storm Team 3

  • Rob Perillo: Chief Meteorologist, Acadiana's NewsChannel at 5:00, 6:00 & 10:00
  • Dave Baker: Meteorologist, Good Morning Acadiana
  • Natalie Noah: Meteorologist, Weekends

Sports Anchors/Reporters

  • Hugh Keeton: Sports Director
  • Travis Webb: Weekend Sports Anchor

Former On-Air Staff

  • Agnes DeRouen: News Director / 5 & 6 p.m. Anchor(1982–2002), Now Managing Editor/Noon Anchor at KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, LA
  • Scott Brazda: Sports Director/News Anchor(1989–2006),Left TV News to work for Stuller Family Foundations
  • Eric Davis: Meteorologist(2001–2004), now at WECT in Wilmington, NC
  • Suzzane Ferrara: Reporter, Left TV News, Now at KPEL-FM Radio
  • Candice Gale: Good Morning Acadiana Anchor (1999–2005)
  • Kari Hall: Meteorologist (January 2005 - August 24, 2009), Now at WKYT in Lexington, KY
  • Avry Jones: Sports Director(1996–1998), Left TV News
  • Julie Kelley: 5pm and 10pm co.anchor(1998–2008) contract not renewed, now with Miles Perret cancer center.
  • Tonya LaCoste: Weekend Anchor(1999–2007), Now KPEL-FM Radio Anchor
  • Bill Leger: Anchor, Now at KFDM in Beaumont, TX since 1994
  • Parella Lewis: Meteorologist,now at KCPQ-TV as Weekend Meteorologist
  • Kent Masson: Weekend Sports Anchor(1997–2003), Left TV News
  • Pat Minnis: Sports Director(1998–2003), Left TV News
  • Darla Montgomery: 6 & 10pm Anchor(2003–2006)
  • Dave Osterberg: GMA Meteorologist(1995–1997), Now at WTVT Tampa, FL
  • Nelson Robinson: Chief Meteorologist(1989–1995)
  • Sarah Rosario: now at WBRZ Baton Rouge
  • Deborah Terribile: Anchor(1982–2003), Left TV News in March 2003
  • Kris Wartelle: 10pm Anchor/Reporter(1993–1999), left KATC in 1999
  • Evan Anderson: Reporter (Now at WVUE-TV New Orleans.)
  • Megan Schiering: Reporter (Now at WLOS-TV Asheville, N.C.)

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • TV-3 News (1960s)
  • News 3 (1970s-1980s)
  • Action 3 News (1980s & 1990s–1995)
  • Newswatch 3 (1980s-1990s)
  • NewsChannel 3 (mid 1990s)
  • KATC, Acadiana's NewsChannel (1995–present)

Station slogans

  • Acadiana's News Leader (1986–1991)
  • The Spirit of Acadiana (1991–2008; general slogan)
  • Where Local News Comes First (1991–1998; news slogan)
  • More Local News (1998–2003)
  • News That Gets to the Point. (2003–present)


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