KTAL-TV, virtual channel 6, is the NBC television affiliate serving the Shreveport, Louisiana/Texarkana, Arkansas-Texas market. It is licensed to the Texas side of Texarkana and is the only station in its market licensed outside of Louisiana. Its main studio is located in Shreveport with a satellite studio in Texarkana. KTAL-TV broadcasts its digital signal on channel 15, which redirects to its former analog channel 6 via PSIP. KTAL is owned by Nexstar Broadcasting. Its transmitter is located in Vivian, Louisiana, north of Shreveport.
|Texarkana, Texas/Shreveport, Louisiana|
|Branding||NBC 6 (general)
NBC 6 News (news)
|Slogan||The News Station(news)
Making a Difference(general)
|Channels||Digital: 15 (UHF)|
|Owner||Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||August 16, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||K
Texas Arkansas Louisiana
|Former callsigns||KCMC-TV (1953-1960)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
6 (VHF, 1953-2009)
|Former affiliations||CBS (1953-1960)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Transmitter coordinates||32°54′11″N 94°0′20″W|
KTAL was launched on August 16, 1953, as KCMC-TV by Clyde E. Palmer (1876–1957), owner of the Texarkana Gazette and several other newspapers and radio stations across Arkansas and Texas. It took its call letters from KCMC radio (AM 740 and FM 98.1, now KTAL-FM). The station originally carried programming from CBS with some selections also from ABC and the defunct Dumont network. In May 1954, the station's power output was expanded from 25,000 to 100,000 watts.
However, in 1960, CBS announced that it was dropping its affiliation with KCMC-TV because the signal of KSLA-TV in Shreveport decently covered Texarkana. This would have forced KCMC-TV to fall back on its secondary affiliation with the then-weak ABC or go independent—neither of which was a viable option for such a small market. By this time, the Palmer properties had been taken over by Palmer's son-in-law, Walter E. Hussman, Sr. He persuaded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to collapse Texarkana and Shreveport into a single television market. Hussman then built a new tower in Vivian—the second-tallest in the South at the time.
In late 1960, the call letters changed to the current "KTAL-TV" and it became the NBC affiliate for the enlarged Shreveport/Texarkana market. Shreveport's original NBC affiliate, KTBS-TV, switched to ABC. The call letters not only stand for Channel 6's three-state service area, but also refer to the tower, which brought its signal into parts of four states. For many years, the station was known as "K-Tal." In 1961, KTAL moved most of its operations to a new studio in Shreveport. KTAL is the only station in the market with a newsroom bureau and studios in Texarkana as well.
In 1975, the FCC ruled that WEHCO couldn't own both KTAL-TV and the Texarkana Gazette, but it won an appellate court decision in 1979 that said the FCC had misinterpreted its own rules. In July 2000, WEHCO sold the station to Nexstar. The station rebranded from "NewsChannel 6" to "KTAL: The News Station" in 2006, dropping its channel number, as have several of Nexstar's stations. In 2009, the station once again rebranded from "KTAL: The News Station" to the current "NBC 6 News"; thus, reincorporating its original analog (now virtual) channel number into its branding after a three-year hiatus.
KTAL's digital signal is NOT multiplexed.
|6.1||1080i||16:9||Main KTAL-TV programming / NBC HD|
KTAL went to partial widescreen news on October 27, 2010. Partial being the entire screen is filled.
- The News of the Night (1953–1958)
- The Tri-State Report (1958–1960)
- The Television 6 Report (1960–1964)
- The TV-6 News (1964–1974)
- Newscope (early 1970s-1974)
- NewsCenter 6 (1974–2001)
- NewsChannel 6 (2001–2006)
- KTAL News (2006–2009)
- NBC 6 News (2009–present)
- NBC for the Ark-La-Tex (1996–2002)
- The News Station (2002–2009)
- Making A Difference (2008–2009)
- Your Weather Authority (2009–present)
- WTLV 1972 News Theme by unknkown composer (1972-1974)
- NBC TV-Radio Newspulse by Fred Weinberg Productions, Inc. (1974-1978)
- KTAL 1978 News Theme by unknown composer (1978-19??)
- Red Rain by Peter Gabriel (19??-19??)
- KTAL 1988 News Theme by unknown composer (19??-19??)
- The Mission from NBC Nightly News by John Williams (19??-19??)
- NBC: The Place To Be by unknown composer (1991-1996)
- Image News by Gari Communications, Inc. (2001-2006)
- The NBC Collection by Gari Communications, Inc. (2006-2010)
- The Rock by Stephen Arnold Music (2010-present)
Current on-air staff (as of July 2010)
- Michelle White - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Nick LaFave- weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Marquel Sennet-
- Jenna Zibton - weekday mornings NBC 6 News Today; also reporter
NBC 6 Weather Authority
- Todd Warren (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Patrick Dennis - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "NBC 6 News Today"
- Josh Marcisz- Meteorologist; Saturdays at 6, Sunday at 5 and weekends at 10 p.m.
- Brandon Dunn - Sports Director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
- Gavin Moberg - Sports Anchor; Saturdays at 6 and weekends at 10 p.m.
- Kerry Charles - general assignment reporter
- Brian Kushida - Texarkana Bureau reporter
- ShaVon Herndon- general assignment reporter
- Marquel Sennet- general assignment reporter
Former on-air staff
- Jennifer Andrews (now at WJCL)
- Joe Arena (now at WIVB-TV)
- Sherrie Banner
- Erica Bennett
- Mario Boone - Texarkana reporter (now at WVLT-TV)
- Rick Boone - anchor (now at KTXL-TV)
- Reeser Bowden - later wrestling announcer
- Kirk Eggleston - general assignment reporter
- Tim Fletcher - sports anchor (now at KTBS-TV)
- Sammy Anthony Fulco (ca. 1927-2010) - announcer; later helped to establish KDOG-TV26 in Houston
- Dale Hoffman - anchor (now at KALB-TV)
- Karen Hopkins - reporter (now at WVEC-TV)
- Jessica James - anchor/reporter (now at KBTX-TV)
- Lane Luckie - reporter
- Chip McAfee - meteorologist
- Amber Miller - general assignment reporter
- Darrell Rebouche
- Michele Sampson
- Sherri Talley - anchor (now at KTBS-TV)
- Ron Young - meteorologist (now at KSLA-TV)
- Heidi York - anchor
- Alexis Wiley - reporter/Troubleshooter (now at WSYX-TV)
KTAL is seen on cable in Shreveport via Comcast. The station is also carried on 85+ other cable systems in the Ark-La-Tex region. In 2005, Texarkana's Cable One and Bossier City's Cox Communications pulled KTAL's signal over compensation disputes. In accordance with FCC regulation, KTAL and its owner Nexstar tried to make an agreement with both cable systems to continue carrying KTAL's programming. The disagreement began with KTAL/Nexstar requesting 10 cents per subscriber for KTAL to be carried on CableOne and Cox. The basic argument was that satellite providers pay for the right to rebroadcast local affiliates' signals, and that cable operators should, as well. Due to the dispute, Cox and CableOne eventually dropped KTAL-TV from their systems. However, viewers in areas served by CableOne and Cox could still watch the station over-the-air or by Satellite from Dish Network and on DirecTV.
KTAL has since returned to CableOne and Cox, after reaching confidential agreements with both companies. Cox in Bossier City has since been replaced by Suddenlink Communications.
- ^ Minden Herald, Minden, Louisiana, May 28, 1954, p. 6
- ^ "Sammy Anthony Fulco obituary". Shreveport Times, May 5, 2010. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/shreveporttimes/obituary.aspx?n=sammy-anthony-fulco&pid=142501672. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
- "Arkansas paper owner welcomes FCC changes but swears off TV," Associated Press, June 2, 2003...