KRGV-TV is the local ABC affiliate television station for the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas (Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen and South Padre Island). It is licensed to Weslaco, Texas, with studios in Weslaco and transmitter in Santa Maria, Texas. It is owned by the Manship family of Baton Rouge, Louisiana through Mobile Video Tapes, Inc, which often does business as KRGV-TV Corporation. KRGV is available as digital channel 5 and high definition channel 875 on Time Warner Cable. KRGV is also available on channel 5 in both standard definition and high definition on DirecTV and Dish Network

Weslaco/Brownsville/McAllen/Harlingen, Texas
Branding KRGV Channel 5

(general) Channel 5 News(newscasts)

Slogan Breaking News.

Breaking Stories.

Channels Digital: 13 (VHF)

Virtual: 5 (PSIP)

Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations ABC
Owner Mobile Video Tapes, Inc.

(Manship family) (dba KRGV-TV Corporation)

First air date April 10, 1954
Call letters' meaning Rio Grande Valley
Former channel number(s) Analog:

5 (VHF, 1954-2009)

Former affiliations Primary:

NBC (1954-1976) Secondary: ABC (1954-1976)

Transmitter power 57 kW
Height 445 m
Facility ID 43328
Transmitter coordinates 26°6′2.7″N97°50′19.4″W

Station history

KRGV signed on in 1954 as a primary NBC affiliate, sharing ABC programming with KGBT-TV. The current owners, the Manship family, acquired the station in 1964. It became a sole ABC affiliate in 1976; NBC didn't return to the Rio Grande full-time until KVEO signed on in 1981. KRGV was the first station in the Rio Grande Valley to transmit an HD signal on VHF channel 13 although they are not the first to provide local programming in HD. KRGV is scheduled to begin producing newscasts in High Definition, the 2nd in the Rio Grande Vally after KVEO. On September 9, 2009 Newschannel5 began broadcasting in HD. Also with the switch was a new branding "Channel 5 News".


KRGV logo from 2002 to 2009 still used in the hurricane tracking map

PreemptionsKRGV carries the complete ABC schedule, in 720p HDTV format when available. Daytime syndicated programming includes The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil and Live with Regis and Kelly. Other syndicated programming includes Entertainment Tonight, Married... with Children, King of the Hill, Scrubs, Seinfeld andBoston Legal.

For many years, KRGV has chosen to air a mixture of syndicated programing and network programing during the weeknight late night programming blocks following their 10 P.M. newscast. Married... with Children has consistently aired at 10:30 following the newscast since it first began airing in syndication, while the rest of the late night schedule has shifted around through the years causing the ABC program Nightline to air as late as an hour and a half after its network slot and Jimmy Kimmel Live! as many as two hours after its network slot in some years. Currently, Nightline and Jimmy Kimmel Live! air back to back as they do across many affiliates, but are preempted 30 minutes in favor of a newly created Channel 5 News at 10:30 broadcast. Because of this preemption, both Nightline and Kimmelwere broadcast in standard definition because KRGV did not yet have the capability to record the 2 programs in HD for later rebroadcast.

Station logo, June 1974. The "Star 5" logo is similar to the one used by KXAS-TV.

As of Summer 2009, KRGV now has the capability to record HD Progamming. Both Nightline and Kimmel are now broadcasting in HD.

10:30pm newscast

On August 24, 2009, KRGV began a 10:30 newscast. This made the station one of the few in the nation to have a 10:30 newscast. One other example is KOAT-TV, the ABC affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

4:30 a.m. Newscast

In September 2010, KRGV began expanded Channel 5 News This Morning by a half hour. This made the station one of the few in the nation to have a 4:30 a.m. newscast. The newscast is broadcast live in the newsroom and hosted by anchor Jordan Williams. Co-anchor Dina Herrera-Garza joins Williams at 5:30 a.m.

Saturday AM and Sunday AM Newscast

On April 2nd, 2011, KRGV Channel 5 expanded their morning newscast now being available on Saturday Mornings at 8am and Sunday Mornings at 9am. On April 1st, 2011 it was revealed to viewers of the new additions. Both Newscasts will anchored by Camaron Abundes and Polo Sandoval and Weather anchored by Weather Forecaster Monica Voghn. Also revealed was a new set and a new weather center that was rumored to be under construction during the month of march.

Digital television

The station's digital channel, VHF 13, is multiplexed:

Digital channels



Video Aspect Programming
5.1 720i 16:9 main KRGV programming HD/ ABC HD
5.2 480i 4:3 LATV programming
5.3 480i 4:3 RTV programming
5.4 480i 4:3 First Warn Doppler Radar HD

Like many other HD channels on the local Time Warner Cable system, KRGV-DT can be picked up on basic cable by connecting the cable directly into an HDTV with a built-in QAM tuner, channel 100.1 or 79.1 (depending location).

On June 12, 2009, KRGV-TV left channel 5 and moved to channel 13 when the analog to digital conversion was completed.[1]

On September 9, 2009, KRGV-TV started broadcasting in HD. All standard definition video is upconverted into HD. Allowing KRGV to broadcast with out "Black Bars". (See KRGV HD)

In September 2010, KRGV became a fully powered high definition television station. KRGV started shooting and editing in brand new state of the art HD Cameras and HD editing suites making KRGV the premiere High Definition News Leader.


On September 9, 2009 KRGV switched to HD. Along with the switch was a new HD set, graphics from Giant Octopus, and name change. NewsChannel 5 is now known as Channel 5 News. KRGV had been running promotions on the change to HD. KRGV also changed its logo now showing just "5" on a blue background instead of the NewsChannel 5 logo it previously had. In September 2010, KRGV became a fully powered high definition television station. KRGV started shooting and editing in brand new state of the art HD Cameras and HD editing suites making KRGV the premiere High Definition News Leader.

KRGV dispute from DirecTV

It was announced that DirecTV will likely end its services with KRGV on January 26, 2011 if an agreement was not reached. On January 26, 2011 KRGV and DirecTV both reached an agreement keep KRGV on its services. The channel was not blacked out.[2]

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Newsbeat/The 10 O'Clock News
  • Big 5 News (?–1976)
  • Eyewitness News (1976–2002)
  • NewsChannel 5 (2002–2009)
  • Channel 5 News (2009–present)

Station slogans

  • When it matters to you, it matters to 5. (1990s-2002)
  • The Rio Grande Valley's NewsChannel and The Valley's NewsChannel (first used July 2002, trademarked by KRGV)[3]
  • Breaking News. Breaking Stories. Breaking the Mold. (2002-2009)
  • Breaking News. Breaking Stories. (2009-present)

Station News Music

  • We Know What Matters (?)
  • Third Coast by Steven Arnold Music (2000-2001)
  • News Matrix by Steven Arnold Music (2001-2007)
  • The Nightly Report by KillerTracks (2007-present)

News team

Current on-air staff


  • Oscar Adame - Weekdays @ 5 & 10 PM
  • Letty Garza - Weekdays @ 6 & 10 PM
  • Rick Diaz - Weekdays @ 6 PM
  • Cary Zayas - Special Projects/Fill-in Anchor
  • Lisa Cortez - Weekdays @ 5 PM
  • Eddie Flores - Weekends
  • Dina Hererra Garza - Weekday Mornings & Noon
  • Jordan Williams - Weekday Mornings


  • Polo Sandoval
  • Cristina Rendon
  • Camaron Abundes
  • Erica Proffer
  • Farrah Fazal
  • Bill Barajas
  • Manuel De la Rosa

First Warn 5 Weather

  • Chief Meteorologist Tim Smith - Weekdays @ 5, 6 & 10 PM
  • Meteorologist Matt Madigan - Weekday Mornings & Noon
  • Meteorologist Alan Shoemaker - Weekends


  • Vince Erickson
  • Joel Villanueva
  • Dave Brown

Former on-air staff

  • Chuck Roberts - Evening anchor (1973-1975), now at HLN
  • Doug Brown - Meteorologist 1958 (Weekend & AM weatherman until 2008, retired from KTRK-TV Houston)
  • Peter Torgerson - Evening Anchor (1979-1999), retired after winning $19.4 million in the Texas Lottery in 1999
  • Bianca Balogh - Evening Anchor (1998-2001), now owner of Denver-based TV production company, Local Scene TV
  • Viviana Hurtado - Cameron County bureau chief (early 2001, 2002) now ABC NewsOne correspondent
  • Darrell Davis - 10:00 anchor (1960s)
  • Kristine Galvan - Reporter (2000s), now General Assignments Reporter at KRIV-TV Houston,Texas
  • Evelyn Castellano Escamilla - Reporter (1997-2003), now CEO/President, Verve Media LLC, Mission, Texas
  • Mireya Villarreal - Reporter (late 2000), now Trouble Shooter Reporter at WOAI-TV, San Antonio,Texas
  • Marc Dopher - Weekend Sports Anchor (2003-2008), now Sports Reporter at WYFF-TV, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Marianne Manko - Evening Anchor (2000s), now Evening Anchor at WICS-TV, Springfield, Illinois
  • Mark Jones - Evening Anchor (1975-1979), now Transportation Reporter at KRON-TV, San Francisco, California
  • Ed Gomez - Former County Judge of Hidalgo County, 1975-77.
  • Mayra Moreno - Now at KIAH-TV in Houston
  • Laurie Salazar - Morning anchor/reporter (2000s), moved to KGBT-TV, KRGV-TV, WOAI San Antonio, now Marketing Director for Saks Fifth Avenue in San Antonio
  • Lupita Murillo - Field reporter/weekend anchor (1970s), now at KVOA-TV in Tucson, Arizona where she has served as reporter since 1978.
  • Alex Trevino - Weekend Anchor/reporter, now at WUSA in Washington, DC
  • Stephanie Stone - Reporter (2005-2010), now at WLWT in Cincinnati, OH
  • Jonathan Owens - Morning Meteorologist (2004-2010),now at WKRG-TV in Mobile,AL
  • Will Ripley - News Anchor/Reporter (2004-2011),now at KUSA-TV in Denver,CO
  • Rita Garcia - Reporter KCBS Los Angeles
  • Marissa Wingate - Anchor/Reporter at KTVK Phoenix, Arizona
  • Antonio Castelan - Reporter Fox 6 News San Diego

See also


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  3. ^ USPTO trademark database, serial numbers 76480781 and 76480782

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