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KTIV is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Sioux City, Iowa, United States. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on UHF channel 41 (or virtual channel 4 via PSIP) from a transmitter near Hinton, Iowa. Owned by Quincy Media, the station maintains studio facilities on Signal Hill Drive in Sioux City.

KTIV
Sioux City, Iowa
Branding KTIV 4 (general)

News 4 (newscasts)

Slogan Siouxland's News Channel
Channels Digital: 41 (UHF) Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
Translators K24JG-D Norfolk NE
Affiliations NBC (secondary through 1967)
Owner Quincy Newspapers

(KTIV License, LLC)

First air date October 10, 1954
Call letters' meaning Television

IV (Roman numeral 4)

Former channel number(s) Analog:

4 (VHF, 1954-2009)

Former affiliations All secondary: ABC (1954–1965) NTA (1956–1961) CBS (1965–1967)
Transmitter power 873 kW
Height 609 m (1,998 ft)
Facility ID 66170
Transmitter coordinates [1]
Website www.ktiv.com

Digital television

Digital channels

History

After overcoming some construction obstacles, including having to raise the microwave tower height twice to avoid interference with a tree which blocked the microwave signal, KTIV made its broadcasting debut on October 10, 1954. That first broadcast evening included four NBC shows: People Are Funny at 6 p.m.; The Liebman Spectacular from 6:30-8 p.m.; The Television Playhouse from 8-9 p.m.; and The Loretta Young Show from 9-9:30 p.m.[1]

The station has always been an NBC affiliate, but it shared ABC programming with KVTV/KCAU-TV until September 2, 1967, when KCAU switched its primary affiliation to ABC. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[2]

For many years, the station was co-owned with the Sioux City Journal. One-time owners of both properties, the Perkins Brothers Company, sold KTIV to Black Hawk Broadcasting, the owner of fellow NBC affiliate KWWL-TV in Waterloo, in 1973.[3] Black Hawk merged with Forward Communications in 1980, and sold KTIV and KWWL to AFLAC that year.[4] Quincy Newspapers bought KTIV from AFLAC in 1989.[5]

In June 2011, KTIV's newscasts began to be broadcast in high definition. It was the second station in the Sioux City market (after KCAU) to begin broadcasting news in HD, and the last station in the market to begin using a widescreen format for local news.

News/Station Presentation

Newscast titles

  • KTIV News (?-?)
  • TV-4 News (?-1974)
  • News Four (1974–1976)
  • Action News (1976–1979)
  • NewsCenter 4 (1979–1990)
  • Channel 4 News (1990–2001)
  • NewsChannel 4 (2001–2011)
  • News 4 (2011–present)

Station slogans

  • Hello Siouxland, Channel 4 Loves You (1981-1990; used during period station used Frank Gari's "Hello News")
  • In Touch with Siouxland (1986-1990)
  • Siouxland's News Channel (1990s–present)

News Team

Current on-air staff

Anchors

  • Matt Breen - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Stella Daskalakis - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Jennifer Lenzini - Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5 and weekends at 10 p.m.
  • Al Joens - weekday mornings on "News 4 Today" and noon
  • Michelle Schoening - weekday mornings on "News 4 Today"

Storm Team 4

  • Ron Demers (AMS Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • TBD - meteorologist; weekday mornings on News 4 Today and noon
  • Jaret Lansford - meteorologist;

SportsForce Team

  • Brad Pautsch - sports director
  • Mark Freund - sports anchor

Notable former on-air staff

  • Tom Brokaw
  • Paul Moyer
  • Gene Sherman
  • Mike Wankum
  • Terry Zahn

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