KLBK is the CBS network affiliated television station, serving the Lubbock, Texas metropolitan area. KLBK is owned and operated byNexstar Broadcasting Group and through a local sales agreement the station also provides services to ABC affiliate KAMC 28 (formerly KSEL), owned by Mission Broadcasting. Syndicated programming on the station includes: Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown, The World's Funniest Moments, and The 700 Club.
KLBK News (news)
|Slogan||Best Coverage of the Big Story.|
|Channels||Digital: 40 (UHF)|
|Owner||Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||November 13, 1952|
|Call letters' meaning||LuBbocK|
|Former callsigns||KDUB-TV (1953-1961)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
13 (VHF, 1952-2009)
|Former affiliations||Both secondary:|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Transmitter coordinates||33°31′33.8″N 101°52′8.6″W|
The station operates digitally on UHF channel 40 at 1,000 kilowatts.
The station began its broadcasting operation as KDUB-TV, founded by the late television pioneer W.D. "Dub" Rogers, Jr, putting the station on the air for the very first time on November 13, 1952. It was the first commercially licensed television station in a medium to small-sized market. Over the next few years, Rogers signed on KPAR-TV in Abilene (now KTXS-TV), KEDY-TV in Big Spring (now KWAB, a satellite of KWES-TV in Midland) and KVER-TV in Clovis, New Mexico (now KVIH-TV, a satellite of KVII-TV in Amarillo). These stations made up the West Texas Television Network, the first regional television network in the United States.
Originally the station also carried ABC as a secondary affiliation until 1969 when KSEL-TV (now KAMC) became the local primary ABC affiliate. The station also carried an affiliation with DuMont during the early 1950s. The station later changed its call letters to KLBK in 1961. The other stations in the West Texas Network were sold to other owners.
KLBK was acquired in late 2003 as part of the Nexstar Broadcasting Group acquisition of Quorum Broadcasting. The station updated its logo and news set on February 1, 2007, dropping the channel number from its branding (since KLBK is carried on different channels on different television platforms).
Current on-air staff
- Terri Furman - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Bill Maddox - weekday mornings
- Evan Onstot - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Brooke Thomas - weekends at 10 p.m. (also weekday reporter)
- Mitch Carr - general assignment reporter
- Allison Morrison - general assignment reporter
KLBK StormTrack Weather
- Nikki-Dee Ray - Chief Meteorologist
- Sarah Dillingham - Morning & Noon Meteorologist
- Chris Whited - Weekend Meteorologist & Weekday Weather Producer
- Brandon Rawe - Sports Director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
- Lee Howard - Sports Anchor; weekends at 10 p.m.
Former on-air staff
- Matt Laubhan - chief meteorologist (2007–2011; now chief meteorologist at WTVA)
- Sharon (Hibner) Maines - anchor/producer/news director (1975–1982; now morning/noon anchor at KCBD)
- Kyle Meenan - anchor/reporter (1981–1982; later host of ESPN Outdoor Newsbreak, Now at WTLV Jacksonville, FL
- Craig Pletenik - sports anchor/reporter (1980–1984)
- Kathy Williams - anchor/reporter (1980–1983)
- Rob Hart - meteorologist (2007-2008), now at National Weather Service
- Holly McCarthy - meteorologist (2008-2010)
- Troy Christensen - meteorologist (2008-2010, now at KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City)
- Vicki Hudson - anchor/reporter (1984-1990)
- Ron Roberts - meteorologist (1979-1988)
- Rath News and Weather (1952-1957)
- West Texas Television Network Ten O'Clock News (1957-1964)
- The Lubbock News (1964–1969)
- Channel 13 News (1969–1974)
- NewsBeat 13 (1974-1976)
- NewsCenter 13 (1976–1986) and (1991–1998)
- TV-13 News (1986–1991)
- CBS 13 News (1998–2004)
- KLBK 13 News (2004–2007)
- KLBK News (2007–present)
- Lubbock's #1 CBS Affiliate (1979–1995)
- Keeping an Eye on the South Plains (1994–1995)
- On Your Side (1995–2007)
- Best Coverage of the Big Story. (2007–present)
- ^ "Wednesday TV Log". Abilene Reporter-News (Abilene, TX): pp. 7B. 1954-12-29.