KRCG, virtual channel 13, is the CBS-affiliated television station for the Columbia/Jefferson City, Missouri television market. Owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, the station is licensed to Jefferson City, with studios and transmitter located on U.S. 54 in the nearby town of New Bloomfield.
|Jefferson City-Columbia, Missouri|
|Slogan||Where Accuracy Matters|
|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)|
|Owner||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|First air date||February 13, 1955|
|Call letters' meaning||Robert C. Goshorn
(named in memory of original owner's father)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
|Former affiliations||Both secondary:|
|Transmitter power||15.1 kW (digital)|
|Height||307.8 m (digital)|
|Transmitter coordinates||38°41′29.9″N 92°5′44″W / 38.691639°N 92.09556°W / 38.691639; -92.09556|
The station was founded on February 13, 1955 and was owned by the Jefferson City News Tribune. The paper's publisher, Betty Goshorn Weldon, named the station in honor of her late father, Robert C. Goshorn, who had long wanted to bring a television station to the area. Ms. Weldon inherited the paper on his death in 1953 and took over his dream. She thus became one of the first women to own and operate a television station.
KRCG has always been a CBS affiliate, although it had shared some ABC programming with KOMU-TV until KCBJ-TV (now KMIZ-TV) signed on in 1971. It is the only station in Mid-Missouri to have never changed its affiliation. KOMU and KMIZ have switched their networks twice (first in 1982, then reverting to their original networks in 1986). During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.
In 1961, the News Tribune bought KMOS-TV in Sedalia, operating it as a full-time satellite for the western portion of the market. However, later in the decade, KMOS began breaking away from KRCG to produce its own newscasts at 6 and 11 p.m. KRCG operated KMOS at a relatively low power level, and shied away from selling KMOS to another commercial owner. By this time, the Columbia/Jefferson City area was just barely big enough to support a third full network affiliate. With this in mind, KRCG and KOMU feared that if KMOS was sold, the station could potentially become a full-power ABC affiliate.
In 1967, KRCG and KMOS were sold to Kansas City Southern Industries. In 1978, Kansas City Southern donated KMOS to Central Missouri State University (now theUniversity of Central Missouri) in Warrensburg. At that time, KMOS was converted to a stand-alone PBS affiliate. KRCG then signed on a Sedalia translator, K11OJ. In the late 1980s and early 90's, KRCG carried some Fox programming on late night weekends. In 1985, Kansas City Southern sold the station to Price Communications. In 1988, KRCG was sold to Mel Wheeler, Inc., which owned the station until March 2005, when KRCG was purchased by Barrington Broadcasting. On February 28, 2013, Barrington Broadcasting announced the sale of its entire group, including KRCG, to Sinclair Broadcast Group. The sale was completed on November 25.
On or before August 2, 2014, KRCG launched its first digital subchannel, broadcasting GetTV programming on PSIP channel 13.2.
Current on-air staff
- Ladd Egan - weeknights at 5 and news director
- Kate Walls - weekend anchor and weekday reporter
- Kermit Miller - weeknights at 6 and 10
- Dick Preston - weekday mornings and noon
- Teresa Snow - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10
KRCG WeatherLab meteorologists
- Mike Roberts (NWA Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10
- Kassie Crimi - weekday mornings and noon
- Zach Paul (AMS Member, NWA Member) - weekends
- Rod Smith - sports director; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10
- Tony Mullen - weekend sports anchor and sports reporter
- Jeremy Stein - sports reporter
- Mark Slavit - Columbia bureau chief
- Colleen Hogan - reporter
- Telenews (1955–1958)
- The Marlboro News Report (1958–1962)
- The Big News on 13 (1962–1966)
- Channel 13 News (1966–1970)
- TV–13 Newsroom (1970–1984)
- NewsScene 13 / NightScene 13 (1984–2003)
- KRCG News (2003–present)
- We're Looking Good on TV–13 (1979–1980; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- Looking Good Together, TV–13 (1980–1981; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- Reach for the Stars on TV–13 (1981–1982; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- Great Moments on TV–13 (1982–1983; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- We've Got the Touch, You and TV–13 (1983–1984; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- You and TV–13, We've Got the Touch (1984–1985; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- We've Got the Touch on TV–13 (1985–1986; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- Depend on KRCG (1986-1993)
- News That Works for You (1998–2004)
- Working for You (2004–2007)
- Because Accuracy Matters (2007–present)
- ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films". Boxoffice: 13. November 10, 1956. http://issuu.com/boxoffice/docs/boxoffice_111056-1.
- ^ For the week of March 31, 1957, KRCG carried 85 CBS programs, 2 ABC programs, 4 NTA programs, 16 syndicated programs, and various local shows."Watch KRCG-TV Complete Program Schedule for Week of March 31". The News and Tribune (Jefferson City, MO): pp. 4. 1957-03-31.
- ^ http://newstribune.com/articles/2009/02/05/news_local/329local97tv.txt
- KRCG website
- Listing 1012934 in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Antenna Structure Registration database
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KRCG
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KRCG-TV