KCTV, channel 5, is the CBS-affiliated television station for the Kansas City Metropolitan Area that is licensed to the Missouri side. Owned by the Meredith Corporation, the station is sister to MyNetworkTV affiliate KSMO-TV (channel 62) and the two share facilities on Shawnee Mission Parkway (a.k.a. U.S. 56 / U.S. 169) in Fairway, Kansas.

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Kansas City, Missouri / Kansas
Branding KCTV 5 (general)

KCTV 5 News (general)

Slogan Live. Latebreaking. Investigative.
Channels Digital: 24 (UHF)

Virtual: 5 (PSIP)

Subchannels 5.1 CBS
Owner Meredith Corporation
First air date September 27, 1953
Call letters' meaning Kansas City TeleVision
Sister station(s) KSMO-TV
Former callsigns KCMO-TV (1953-1983)
Former channel number(s) 5 (VHF analog, 1953-2009)
Former affiliations ABC (primary, 1953-1955)

CBS (secondary, 1953-1955) DuMont (secondary, 1953-1956)

Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 344 m
Facility ID 41230
Transmitter coordinates 39°4′14.4″N94°34′57.5″W
Website kctv5.com

It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 24, which maps to virtual channel 5 via PSIP, from a transmitter at the studios ofPBS member station KCPT (channel 19) on East 31st Street in the Union Hill section of Kansas City, Missouri. On cable, KCTV can be seen in standard definition on channel 3 on Time Warner Cable and Surewest, and in high definition on digital channel 1451 on Time Warner and digital channel 620 on Surewest.


The station debuted on September 27, 1953 as KCMO-TV (for Kansas City, MissOuri). The station was owned by the KCMO Broadcasting Corporation along with KCMO-AM (then at 810 kHz now at 710 kHz). It was originally an ABC affiliate with DuMont programming. A week after its launch, Meredith Broadcasting bought KCMO-AM-TV and this merger was completed less than two months later.[1] In 1955, it took the CBS affiliation from KMBC-TV (channel 9). Its call letters were changed to the current KCTV in 1983 when Meredith sold off KCMO-AM-FM. At the same time, the station moved from it original studios (now occupied by KCPT) next to its landmark tower (see below) to its current facilities in Fairway.

When New World Communications announced its purchase of then-NBC affiliate WDAF-TV (channel 4) in 1994 with its intention to switch that station's affiliation to Fox, NBC briefly wooed KCTV. However, CBS persuaded Meredith to switch two of its stations—KPHO-TV (channel 5) in Phoenix, Arizona and WNEM-TV(channel 5) in Bay City, Michigan—to that network as a condition of keeping CBS on channel 5. NBC was thus forced to affiliate with the E. W. Scripps Company-owned KSHB-TV(channel 41, the soon-to-be-former Fox affiliate) since KMBC-TV was in the middle of a long-term affiliation agreement with ABC. In 2005, Meredith purchased the area's WB affiliate KSMO-TV from the Sinclair Broadcast Group, creating Kansas City's third duopoly operation.[2]

Post-analog shutdown

KCTV ended analog operations at 9 a.m. on June 12, 2009, as part of the DTV transition in the United States. The station remained on its pre-transition channel 24. Through the use ofPSIP, KCTV's virtual channel is displayed as 5.[3]


KCTV's transmitter tower.

top third flashing = thunderstorm watch / tornado watch / winter weather advisoryKCTV's 1,042-foot (318 m) transmitter tower at its former studios on East 31st Street on Union Hill south of Downtown Kansas City is a widely recognized Kansas City landmark. This is due largely in part to the string lights on the four corners of the tower that can be seen for miles around at night. It is so recognized that for a time the "tall tower" (as it was called on-air) was the official logo of KCTV. For many years, the station flashed the lights on the tower due to inclement weather in Kansas City and the immediate surrounding communities in three sections:

  • two thirds flashing = thunderstorm warning / winter weather warning
  • all lights flashing = tornado warning / highly threatening weather

KCTV's transmitter tower as seen from Liberty Memorial.

In June 2010, the analog antenna was disassembled and lowered to the ground to allow a new top mounted digital antenna improving coverage of KCTV's digital signal. The tower is similar to the 750-foot (228.6 m)KQTV tower in St. Joseph, Missouri. Coincidently, that station (which serves as the ABC network affiliate for the St. Joseph market) had also begun broadcasting on September 27, 1953.After the September 11 attacks, KCTV changed the tower to red/white/blue with the top third red and the bottom third blue. The lights on the tower went dark for a period until all of the light bulbs could be changed. On July 1, 2006, it turned the tower back on in all white lights as it had originally been until the 1970s. The lights do not flash as they did before September 11, 2001.


KCTV currently carries all CBS network programming, though due to the Sunday morning edition of KCTV 5 News This Weekend, Face the Nation is generally delayed to Sunday late nights; the station also is one of several CBS affiliates to split the network's Saturday morning children's programming to Saturday and Sunday mornings, as one hour of the lineup airs on Sunday mornings before CBS News Sunday Morning. Syndicated programming on KCTV includes: Inside Edition, Ellen, The Insider, CSI: NY, Scrubs and Live with Regis and Kelly.

Over the years, the station would preempt moderate amounts of CBS programming such as some morning daytime shows, Sunday morning cartoons, a couple Saturday morning cartoons, an occasional primetime show, and some late night shows prior to David Letterman's arrival to CBS in 1993. Today, KCTV still runs a large amount of local news along with most every CBS program.

One of the most common copies of The Star Wars Holiday Special comes from this station.[citation needed] It can be found as first generation bootleg copies all the way down to the third generation. Also during the 1970s into the 1980s, it was very active in locally-produced shows such as Saturday Science Fiction Theatre. It was during the Hyatt Regency Tragedy that one of the station's most popular shows, Friday Fright Night, was preempted for the fear of further traumatizing viewers already in shock. Friday Fright Night was known for its opening sequence of a skull with an announcer giving the lead-in with both a spooky tone of voice and dialogue only to leave the shot with a prolonged sequence of hysterical-sounding laughter. At least two other shows competed in the genre with Friday Fright Night by the early 1980s including Creature Feature with Crematia Mortem and All Night Live! with "Uncle Ed" and "Caffeina the Cat" and later Dick Wilson. However, "Uncle Ed" Muscare had various spook-shows going back to the 1960s albeit in different markets.

News operation

KCTV currently broadcasts a total of 32½ hours of local news per week (with five hours on weekdays, 4½ hours on Saturdays and three hours on Sundays), second only to WDAF in the most hours of local news in the Kansas City market. KCTV also produces 8½ hours of local news per week for sister station KSMO with an hour-long extension of More in the Morningweekday mornings from 7-8 a.m. and a half-hour primetime newscast at 9 p.m.

In Fall 2005, KCTV began producing a nightly 9 o'clock broadcast for KSMO to compete with WDAF's news show. In May 2006, this station acquired a new helicopter called "Chopper 5". During September 2008, it was announced that KCTV would get a new high definition set and become the third station in Kansas City (after KSHB and KMBC) to broadcast local news in HD. The station began broadcasting its newscasts in high definition on October 20, 2008 beginning with its 4 p.m. newscast. The KSMO shows were included in the upgrade.

KCTV and former News Director Regent Ducas came under fire in recent years for bringing what some call tabloid-style reporting to the market. "Live. Latebreaking. Investigative." became KCTV's new slogan (also the slogan of sister station KPHO in Phoenix) in September 2002 six months after Regent's hiring. A year later, this station's sports department was shut down and sports news was outsourced to Metro Sports (a local cable channel operated by Time Warner Cable) with most of the KCTV former sports personnel making the move; this practice continued until 2009.[4] KCTV had no official sports department; however on March 25, 2010, it announced that sports segments produced in-house would be returning and that a sports director had been hired.

As a result of the station's "new direction", several high-profile anchors and reporters left including Anne Peterson, Russell Kinsaul (who is now working across the state in St. Louis at CBS affiliate KMOV), and Dave Helling. A May 26, 2007, article in The Kansas City Star revealed the turbulence behind KCTV's move to become the #1 newscast producer in the market. A lawsuit filed by a longtime newscast director alleges that the station's owners engaged in systematic harassment and dismissal of older workers. The judge denied KCTV's move to dismiss the suit and the station settled with the plaintiff according to an article in the newspaper.[5][6]

In April 2010, Greg Adaline and Kelly Jones assumed roles as the new morning anchors for More In The Morning. Adaline moved to his anchor position from his role as a morning news reporter and Kelly Jones joined the morning team from KFMB in San Diego. On September 13, 2010 KCTV will expand its weekday morning newscast to 4½ hours, becoming the third television station in Kansas City to begin its morning newscast at 4:30 a.m. (ABC affiliate KMBC and NBC affiliate KSHB moved the start time of their morning newscasts to 4:30 a.m. on August 23, 2010).[7] On October 12, 2010, KCTV announced that it would begin airing obituaries during the noon newscast and the weekday morning newscast on sister station KSMO, citing concerns caused by the decline of newspaper circulation. KCTV and parent Meredith Corporation also launched two websites, ObitMissouri.com and ObitKansas.com to provide online obituaries, detailed information on the deceased and memorial service information to Kansas City-area residents.[8]

On January 4, 2011 KCTV announced that it had formed a news share partnership with Kansas City Star, in which the station and the newspaper will partner together on local news stories and KCTV will provide weather forecasts for the paper. Incidentally, the Star put rival station WDAF-TV on the air in 1949 and owned it until 1958, and KSHB-TV already had a news share partnership with the Star until the announcement was made.[9]

Investigative reporting

The station has not shied away from reporting on controversial topics two of which were featured nationally by CBS. KCTV aired a seven-part series in February 2004 that exposed the dangers children can face in internet chat rooms. A group called "Perverted Justice" posed as minors in chat rooms and waited for adult men to proposition them for sex. The "minors" then invited the men to meet them at a house where KCTV was waiting. Dateline NBC later used "Perverted Justice" as the basis for its To Catch A Predator series. After the series aired, local law enforcement made a new effort to police chat rooms and prosecute men who attempt to meet minors for sex through the internet. None of the people "stung" by KCTV could be charged in these cases because the operation was done without police involvement.

In June 2005, KCTV exposed a doctor's negligent handling of private medical records. A scavenger gave the station a computer found at the curb of a Mission Hills, Kansas plastic surgeon's home. The plastic surgeon claimed he erased the patients' information from the computer. However, only the computer's random access memory was removed. Its hard drive was intact and contained photos and files on many patients. KCTV attempted to contact several of the patients whose information was found on the discarded computer. The surgeon sued citing that interviewing the patients violated medical confidentiality. The judge ruled in favor of the doctor although KCTV took the case to federal court in Kansas City, Kansas. The doctor withdrew his lawsuit and the story aired on June 30. As a result of this, several of the surgeon's patients filed a class action lawsuit against him for negligent handling of their confidential records.

In early 2010 under new management, it was rumored KCTV was closing its entire investigation department. However, in March of the same year, the station hired new investigative reporter Stacey Cameron, a former attorney and reporter at WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina. Later that same month, the investigative unit received several awards for its investigative reporting. KCTV's news team has been honored with the Mid-America Emmy award for overall news excellence, the Edward R. Murrow Award for overall news excellence, and multiple awards for its investigative reporting.


From 1979 to 1994, KCTV's Anne Peterson and Wendall Anschutz were Kansas City’s top-rated news anchor team.[10] In November 2004, KCTV won the coveted 10 p.m. news race unseating KMBC for the first time in a decade. However in November 2006, KCTV dropped back to second place at 10. The station remained in third place at 5 and 6 o'clock after KMBC and WDAF-TV. In February 2007, KCTV regained the top spot at 10 o'clock and most of its other newscasts made viewership gains as well.[11]

In the February 2011 sweeps period, KCTV won the noon timeslot ahead of WDAF-TV with a 5.3 household rating, while the station placed second at 10 p.m. with a 9.8 rating behind KMBC. Overall, the station dropped to third place behind WDAF-TV with a total-day quarter-hour household rating average of 4.3.[12]

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • 6 O'Clock Edition/10 O'Clock Edition
  • Eyewitness News (19??–1985)
  • Kansas City's News (1985–1993)[13]
  • News 5 (1993–1999)
  • KCTV 5 News (1999–present)

Station slogans

  • "Move Closer to Your World" (early 1970s)
  • "We're Part of Your Life" (mid-late 1970s)
  • "Hello Kansas City, TV-5 Loves You" (1980–1983; used during period station used Frank Gari's "Hello News")
  • "Great Moments on TV-5" (1982–1983; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • "Gimme 5" (1983)
  • "We've Got the Touch, KCTV 5" (1983; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • "Kansas City's Television" (1983–1994)
  • "The Team That Always Takes You One Step Further" (1985-1989)
  • "In Kansas City, 5 Stands For News" (1994–1997)
  • "Taking Action" (1997–1999)
  • "News That Makes a Difference" (1999–2002)
  • "Live. Latebreaking. Investigative." (2002–2011)
  • "It's Your News" (2011–present)

News team

Current on-air staff (as of October, 2011)[14]


  • Amy Anderson - Saturdays at 5 and 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 9 (on KSMO) and 10 p.m.; also weekday reporter
  • Mark Boyle - weekend mornings It's Your Morning.; also weekday reporter
  • Jonathan Carter - weeknights at 9 (on KSMO); also weeknight reporter
  • Karen Fuller - weeknights at 5, 6, 9 (on KSMO) and 10 p.m.
  • Kelly Jones - weekday mornings It's Your Morning and noon
  • Carolyn Long - weekdays at 4 p.m.
  • Brad Stephens - weeknights at 5, 6, 9 (on KSMO) and 10 p.m.
  • Matt Stewart - weekday mornings It's Your Morning and noon

StormTrack 5 Weather Team

  • Chris Suchan (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weekdays at 4, and weeknights at 5, 6, 9 (on KSMO) and 10 p.m. [15]
  • Gary Amble (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings It's Your Morning and noon
  • Iris Hermosillo - meteorologist; weekend mornings It's Your Morning, also reporter and co-host of "Que Pasa, KC?"
  • Tom Wachs (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; Saturdays at 5 and 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 9 (on KSMO) and 10 p.m.

Sports team

  • Michael Coleman - sports director; Sundays at 5:30, and Monday-Thursdays at 6 and 10 p.m.; also host of "Off the Bench"
  • Neal Jones - sports anchor; Friday-Saturdays at 6 and 10 p.m.; also sports reporter


  • Stacey Cameron - investigative reporter
  • Eric Chaloux - general assignment reporter
  • Amber Jenne - general assignment reporter
  • Jeanene Kiesling - general assignment reporter
  • Bonyen Lee - general assignment reporter
  • Christina Medina - morning and noon reporter
  • Sandra Olivas - general assignment reporter
  • Heather Staggers - general assignment reporter
  • Betsy Webster - 10 p.m. reporter
  • Dana Wright - chief investigative reporter and Your Kansas City host

Notable former on-air staff

  • Rhiannon Ally - traffic reporter, now on Better
  • Wendall Anchsutz - 5 and 10 pm anchor at time of retirement (1969-2001; died of throat cancer at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, on January 7, 2010)
  • Reed Black - reporter (1980s-1990s)
  • Fred Broski - "KCTV5 News This Weekend" morning meteorologist (1974-?)
  • Julie Broski - weekend weather (1998-2008, daughter of Fred Broski)
  • Shaun Broyls - weekend evening anchor/reporter (?-2010; terminated in 2010)
  • Surae Chinn - weekend morning anchor/reporter (2005-2009; now at WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C.)
  • Stan Carmack - anchor (?-?; died on March 1, 2009)
  • Stan Cramer - "Call For Action" consumer reporter (?-2001)
  • Brian Curtis - "KCTV5 News This Morning" weekday anchor (?-?; later at KXAS-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth)
  • Dennis Douda - weekday morning and noon anchor (now at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis)
  • Don Fortune - sports reporter (?-?; retired)
  • Karen Foss - 6 and 10 p.m. anchor (?-?; later at KSDK in St. Louis, now retired)
  • Ally Francis - "More in the Morning" traffic anchor (?-?; resigned after being indicted for federal wire fraud[2])
  • Dee Griffin - weekend 6 and 10 pm anchor (?-?; later at WPTY-TV in Memphis)
  • Jack Harry - sports reporter (?-2001; now sports director at KSHB-TV)
  • Dave Helling - 4 p.m. and weekend 6 and 10 p.m. anchor (?-?; later at the Kansas City Star)
  • Katie Horner - chief meteorologist (1994-2011)
  • William Jackson - sports director
  • Cheryll Jones - weekday morning news and weather anchor, noon weather anchor (?-?)
  • Russell Kinsaul - 6 and 10 p.m. anchor (now 6 p.m. and weekend 10 p.m. anchor at KMOV in St. Louis)
  • Krista Klaus - reporter and anchor (?-?; later at KMBC-TV; now at WFLA-TV in Tampa Bay)
  • Devon Lucie - weekend evening meteorologist
  • Randy Miller - "More in the Morning" traffic anchor (?-?; former Kansas City DJ)
  • David Motts - weekend meteorologist (now 11 p.m. chief meteorologist at KNBC in Los Angeles)
  • Anne Peterson - 5, 6 and 10 p.m. anchor (1979-2001; later at KSHB-TV, co-anchored 6 and 10 pm newscasts with Wendall Anschutz for 22 years)
  • Chris Pisano - morning and noon anchor (March 2003-2010; fired on April 29, 2010 [3] )
  • Barbara Porter - weekend evening anchor (?-?)
  • Kathy Quinn - "KCTV5 News This Morning" traffic reporter (2008; now at WDAF-TV)
  • Ash-har Quraishi - chief investigative reporter
  • Bruce Rice - sports director/anchor (1956-1978; died (date unknown)
  • Lili Shank - 5 pm anchor (?-?)
  • Michael Scott - 5, 6, 9 (on KSMO), and 10 pm anchor (2003-2006; later at WAAY-TV in Huntsville, Alabama; terminated from WAAY in Huntsville, AL in May 2007)
  • Valissa Smith - "KCTV5 News This Weekend" morning anchor (?-?)
  • Bob Thill - "KCTV5 News This Weekend" morning anchor (?-?)
  • Ted Textor - weekend evening meteorologist (?-?; most recently freelancing at WTSP in Tampa)
  • Bruce Thomas - weekend evening meteorologist (?-?)
  • Mike Thompson - chief meteorologist (?-?; now chief meteorologist at WDAF-TV)
  • Tracy Townsend - (?-?; later at WBBM-TV in Chicago, now at WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio)
  • Teisha Van de Kop - "KCTV 5 News This Weekend" anchor / reporter (?-?)
  • Tim Vetscher - (?-?; later at KNXV-TV in Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Sophia Wharton - reporter



As featured in news footage from the 1960s, KCMO branded itself as "Television 5". The branding was simplified to "TV 5" when the Eyewitness News format was adopted and continued into the 1980s. When Meredith separated KCMO radio from KCMO-TV, the "KCTV" calls were adopted based on the familiarity of the "TV 5" branding. A font similar to that of co-ownedWNEM-TV was then adopted and a new slogan brought forth: "TV 5 Loves You". The advertised "TV 5" branding ended in 1990 when a new logo was adopted and KCTV took on the "Kansas City's News" slogan simply taking on the "KCTV Kansas City" branding.

Its logo, however, continues to subtly advertise its commonly known former branding, "TV 5", by changing the font of "TV" (as done when the "TV 5" branding was dropped from 1990–1999), bolding the "TV" (as done from 1999–2002), or connecting "T" to "V" (as seen in the current logo). In 1994, KCTV dropped "Kansas City's News" and adopted "In Kansas City, '5' stands for News" as its new slogan. Its newscasts were branded as "News 5". However, it still branded itself as "KCTV Kansas City". The station took on its current "KCTV 5" branding upon a logo redesign in September 1999.


  1. ^ Chillicothe Constitution, October 3, 1953
  2. ^ CBS affiliate takes over WB station in Kansas City, Mo., Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News (via HighBeam Research), November 13, 2004.
  3. ^ KCTV5 Going Digital On June 12
  4. ^ KCTV to Drop Sports, Use Metro Cable Reports; CBS Affiliate Eliminating In-House Department, Partnering With Time Warner Unit, TelevisionWeek, November 17, 2003.
  5. ^ "Lawsuits reveal a time of turbulence at KCTV". Kansas City Star. 2007-05-26. Archived from the original on unknown date.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Live. Late-Breaking. Litigation.: Lawsuits reveal a time of turbulence at KCTV". TVBarn. KansasCity.com. May 30, 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  7. ^ http://www.bottomlinecom.com/kctvstartingat430am.html
  8. ^ Newspaper Decline Creates Need KCTV Will Begin Doing TV Obituaries, Bottom Line Communications. October 12, 2010.
  9. ^ KCTV and KC Star Form News Partnership, Bottom Line Communications, January 4, 2011. Retrieved 1-5-2011.
  10. ^ "Longtime KCTV5 Anchor Wendall Anschutz Dies". KCTV5.com. KCTV. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  11. ^ http://www.kctv5.com/Global/story.asp?S=6179150&nav=1Pua[dead link]
  12. ^ KMBC's frosty, fabulous February, Kansas City Star, March 3, 2011.
  13. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfUojrbYaC0
  14. ^ Bios, KCTV.com

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