KVAL-TV channel 13 is a television station in Eugene, Oregon, USA. It is an affiliate of the CBSnetwork. The station began broadcasting on April 15, 1954. Owned by Fisher Communications, the station reaches additional viewers in central and western Oregon via co-owned full-powered satellite stations KCBY-TV digital channel 11 (Coos Bay) and KPIC digital channel 19 (Roseburg).

Eugene, Oregon
Branding KVAL CBS 13 (general)

KVAL News (newscasts)

Slogan First. Fair. Accurate.
Channels Digital: 13 (VHF)
Translators (see article)
Affiliations CBS

This TV (DT2)

Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group

(Sinclair Eugene Licensee, LLC)

First air date April 15, 1954[1]
Call letters' meaning Willamette VALley[1]
Former channel number(s) Analog:

13 (VHF, 1954-2009) Digital: 25 (UHF, 2001-2009)

Former affiliations Primary:

NBC (1954-1982) Secondary: ABC (1954-1960) CBS (1954-1960, 1978-1982) DuMont (1954-1955)

Transmitter power 30.6 kW
Height 441 m
Facility ID 49766
Transmitter coordinates 44°0′9″N123°6′58.5″W
Website www.kval.com


KVAL was originally an NBC affiliate, but aired some programming from the other major networks through the years.

In the summer of 1978, as NBC was floundering in third place in the Nielsen ratings, KVAL started airing five hours of CBS programming each week. During the next four years, the station gradually offered more programs from CBS. NBC affiliated with Eugene's new station KMTR in 1982, and KVAL formally switched its affiliate status over to CBS.

Fisher Broadcasting purchased the stations from Retlaw Broadcasting (a company owned by relatives of Walt Disney, Retlaw being "Walter" backwards) in 1998.

Many KVAL alumni have gone on to elected office. As of 2009, schools superintendent Susan Castillo is a former KVAL reporter. Former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, who left office in January 2009, is also a former reporter and on-air personality. Bradbury and Castillo also served in the Oregon Legislature, as did KVAL alumni Wayne Whitehead and Mark Hass.[citation needed]

In September 2000, KVAL debuted an original sports program, "Inside the Pac," a reference to the Pac-10 Conference which includes the University of Oregon and Oregon State University, both in KVAL's coverage area. "Inside The Pac" was created after the Oregon Sports NetworkTV contract went to local rival KEZI, along with the seasonal weekly program featuring Oregon Ducks football head coach Mike Bellotti. Airing each Sunday afternoon, "Inside the Pac" features game highlights and talk about Pac-10 sports. It was originally hosted by former KVAL sports director and longtime Eugene TV broadcaster Todd McKim, who left KVAL in 2005. Upon McKim's departure, Tom Ward was promoted and currently hosts the weekly half hour along with Nick Krupke. Also featured on the show as in-studio guests are former college football players from Oregon and Oregon State, who share their knowledge and experience.

In December 2005, KVAL launched a newscast called Northwest News at 10 on Fox for local Fox affiliate KLSR-TV. Katie Dyer anchored the newscast until April 2007, when Natasha Chugthai took over. This newscast came into its own in April 2007, with a new graphics scheme similar to that of such Fox affiliates as WNYW of New York and KTTV of Los Angeles. In August 2007, the newscast got its own theme music, rather than continuing to share the opening tune with KVAL. In March 2008, Northwest News at 10 was renamed Fox News @ 10 for the live weekday broadcast, and KVAL News @ 10 on Fox for the weekend repeats of the evening news. KVAL News is simulcast on localMyNetworkTV affiliate KEVU at 11.

In September 2007, KVAL's morning news started airing from 5 to 7 a.m., beating rival KMTR, whose morning newscasts start at 5:30 a.m.KEZI soon announced it would begin to broadcast from 5 to 7 a.m. as well, branding the early-morning newscast with a new look and a new team. As of January 2009, KVAL broadcasts the only midday newscast in the Eugene-Springfield market.

In October 2008 Al Peterson, former KEZI morning news anchor, joined KVAL's morning news team. He replaced Seth Wayne (now KVAL's Chief Meteorologist), who moved to a station in Tucson, Ariz. The day Peterson took over KVAL, like most other Fisher stations, adopted a new graphics scheme heavily emphasizing the station's CBS affiliation. KVAL also rebranded its news as "KVAL News," dropping the 50-year-old "Northwest News." The station also adopted a new news slogan: "First, Fair, Accurate."

KVAL, KCBY and KPIC air nearly all CBS programs, but pre-empt occasional programs and the CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade for Disney-ABC's "Live with Regis and Kelly," and a regular episode of CBS-distributed "Dr. Phil," as well as infomercials.

On May 10, 2010, KVAL News debuted a new set and started broadcasting newscasts in 16:9 widescreen.

Digital programming

The stations' digital channels are multiplexed:

Channel Programming
13.1 main KVAL-TV programming / CBS HD
13.2 This TV

After the analog television shutdown scheduled for June 12, 2009,[2] KCBY-TV and KVAL-TV moved their digital signals to their analog frequencies (11 and 13), while KPIC remains at channel 19, using PSIP to display KPIC's virtual channel as 4. The stations' analog signals went off air at 12:37 PDT on June 12.

Satellite stations

Station City of license Channels


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(Analog/ Digital)


(Analog/ Digital)

Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates Website
KCBY-TV Coos Bay 11 (VHF) October 1, 1960[2] Coos BaY 5 kW 192 m 49750 43°23′25.3″N124°7′52.7″W www.kcby.com
KPIC Roseburg 19 (UHF) April 1, 1956 TelevisionPICture 50 kW 274 m 61551 43°14′7″N123°19′21.9″W www.kpic.com

NOTE: KPIC is licensed to South West Oregon TV Broadcasting Corporation, which is half-owned by Fisher and half-owned by California Oregon Broadcasting.

On-air staff

Current on-air staff

Current Anchors

  • Tom Adams - weekend anchor and reporter
  • Natasha Chughtai - weeknights at 10 (KLSR) and reporter
  • Shelley Kurtz - weekday mornings and noon
  • Jennifer Winters - weeknights at 5, 6 and 11p.m. and reporter
  • David Walker - weeknights at 5, 6 and 11p.m. and reporter


  • Molly Blancett - general assignment reporter
  • Arrianee LeBeau - general assignment reporter
  • Addison Taylor - general assignment reporter, Fox News Mornings anchor, noon weather

Weather team

  • Seth Wayne (Member; NWA/Member; NWA) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6, 10 (on KLSR) and 11
  • Al Peterson - Meteorologist; weekday mornings
  • Lauren Allison - weekend weather, weekend anchor and reporter

Sports team

  • Tom Ward - Sports Director, weeknights at 5, 6, 10 (on KLSR) and 11
  • Nick Krupke - Sports Anchor, weekends at 6 and 11
  • Dirk Weishaar - sports reporter

Former on-air staff

  • Amy Troy Northwest News anchor (1992-1996?), now weekend anchor at KGW, Portland, OR
  • Denae D'Arcy - weeknights at 11 and reporter (-2010), now weekend anchor at WATE, Knoxville, TN

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Worldwide Report (19541958)
  • Northwest News (19582008)
  • KVAL News (2008present)

Station slogans

  • Catch the Brightest Stars on TV-13 (1975-1976; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • 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 Channel 13 (1981-1982; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Great Moments on Channel 13 (1982-1983; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • We've Got the Touch, You and Channel 13 (1983-1984; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • You and Channel 13, We've Got the Touch (1984-1985; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • We've Got the Touch on Channel 13 (1985-1986; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Share the Spirit on Channel 13 (1986-1987; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Channel 13 Spirit, Oh Yeah! (1987-1988; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • You Can Feel it On Channel 13 (1988-1989; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Western Oregon's 24 Hour News Channel (1989-1994)
  • Get Ready for Channel 13 (1989-1991; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Look of Western Oregon is Channel 13 (1991-1992; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • This is CBS, on Channel 13 (1992-1993; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • CBS for Western Oregon (1994-2001)
  • The Hometown Leader for Local News Coverage (2001-2008)
  • First. Fair. Accurate. (2008-present)


The stations are rebroadcasted on the following translators:

KVAL Repeaters

KPIC Repeaters

Wide area signal

  • K26HO Channel 26 Glide (Digital)
    (Providing coverage to Roseburg Valley)

City grade signals

KCBY Repeaters

Low power translators in Elkton, Myrtle Point, Newport, Oakridge and Swisshome have been discontinued.


  1. ^ Nelson, Bob (June 2, 2009). "Call Letter Origins". 238. The Broadcast Archive. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  2. ^ Wright, Jeff (13 February 2009). "Two local television stations delay switch to all-digital broadcasting." The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon.

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