KWTX-TV "News 10" is a full-power television station in Waco, Texas, serving Central Texas as a CBS affiliate. Owned by Gray Television, it airs a digital signal on channel 10. It is broadcast on cable channel 2 in the immediate part of the market.

Waco/Temple/Killeen, Texas
Branding News 10

CW Texas

Slogan On Your Side
Channels Digital: 10 (VHF)
Affiliations CBS

The CW (DT2)

Owner Gray Television, Inc.

(Gray Television Licensee, Inc.)

First air date April 3, 1955
Call letters' meaning Waco, TeXas
Sister station(s) KBTX-TV
Former channel number(s) Analog:10 (VHF, 1955-2009)Digital:

53 (UHF, 2001-2009)

Former affiliations ABC (until September 1983), UPN (DT2 until 2006)
Transmitter power 39 kW
Height 554.9 m
Facility ID 35903
Transmitter coordinates 31°19′19″N 97°19′2″W / 31.32194°N 97.31722°W / 31.32194; -97.31722

KWTX also offers The CW programming on its digital feed, branded as "CW Texas." Prior to September 2006, KWTX offered UPN programming (UPN Waco) on digital.

The station first signed on the air on April 3, 1955.

Role during Branch Davidian raid

Just before the Mount Carmel raid on February 28, 1993, Davidians learned that they were facing not a service of warrants, but a shootout. KWTX-TV cameraman James Peeler asked directions of Davidian David Jones, who was driving his postal truck. David Koresh's attorney Dick DeGuerin told reporters that Peeler told Jones, "Well, you better get out of here because there's a United States National Guard helicopter over at TSTC (Texas State Technical College) and they're going to have a big shootout with the religious nuts." Peeler was distressed to see Jones immediately drive to Mount Carmel Center and left the area to call his superiors.[1]

According to the Treasury report, Jones told DeGuerin that "Peeler warned him not to go near the Compound as there were going to be `60 to 70 TABC (Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission) guys in helicopters and a shoot-out would occur'." And Peeler himself confessed to the Treasury review team that he had told Jones there would be "some type of law enforcement action" and that "the action was likely to be a raid of some type and that there might be shooting."[2]

KWTX-TV cameraman Dan Mulloney testified that KWTX-TV's initial information came from law enforcement agents he refused to name—something the Treasury report failed to reveal—as well as from a private ambulance driver working with BATF. (Similarly, BATF agent Ballesteros admitted that it was non-BATF law enforcement that tipped off the Waco Tribune-Herald.) Therefore, BATF agents' expectations of a shootout were directly transmitted to the Davidians.[3]

Mulloney, Peeler, and reporter John McLemore, along with reporters from the Waco Tribune-Herald, were the only non-combatants at Mount Carmel that day. Mulloney shot the TV footage used around the world of agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms storming the Davidians’ home. Mulloney and McLemore later used their vehicle to transport injured ATF agents away from the shootout.[4] McLemore received letter of commendation from ATF Director for his bravery that day. However, KWTX reporters became easy targets for blame during the subsequent trials following the botched raid, particularly because Koresh learned about the approaching raid from Jones, the postal worker from which Peeler asked directions.[5] While never charged with any criminal violations, the fall-out of the trials and accusations ruined the careers of McLemore, Peeler and Mulloney.


Though identifying as a station in its own right, KBTX-TV in Bryan/College Station is considered a semi-satellite of KWTX. It has most of its internal operations run alongside KWTX, and clears all of KWTX's syndicated programming (although it has some shows not seen on KWTX).

Digital television

KWTX was the first station in the Central Texas area to broadcast in High Definition Television. KWTX-DT first went on the air on Friday, May 11, 2001 at 5:10 pm. It began regular programming on Tuesday, May 15, 2001 on Digital Channel 53. However, since channels 52-69 will no longer be used for television broadcasts after the end of analog broadcasting on the United States, KWTX opted to move its digital broadcasts to channel 10 in 2009.

Along with the rest of the major Central Texas stations, KWTX began broadcasting solely in digital on February 17, 2009.

KWTX began broadcasting its news programs in HD on May 3, 2010.


Current on-air staff





Former on-air staff

KWTX Radio

KWTX shares the callsign with radio station 97.5 FM, a Top 40 Pop station and 1230 AM, a News/Talk station both owned by Clear Channel Communications. In 1997 the radio stations were sold to GulfStar and later Clear Channel. As part of the deal, the radio stations moved out of the building at American Plaza and into their own building. Today KWTX-TV uses the area once occupied by the radio stations for offices and edit bays.

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • TX News (1957–1975)
  • TX News 10 (1975)
  • Area 10 News (1975)
  • Region 10 News (1975–1989)
  • Channel 10 News (1989–1990)
  • NewsChannel 10 (1990–1997)
  • News 10 (1997–present)

Station slogans

  • We're Putting it All Together on Channel 10 (1970-1971; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Channel 10, Where the Good Times Are (1971-1972; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Channel 10, Have We Got a Fall for You! (1972-1973; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Best is Right Here on Channel 10 / Channel 10 is Easy on the Eyes (1973-1974; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • See the Best...Channel 10 (1974-1975; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Catch the Brightest Stars on Channel 10 (1975-1976; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Channel 10, We're the Hot Ones (1976-1977; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • There's Something in the Air, on Channel 10 (1977-1978; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Channel 10, Turn Us On, We'll Turn You On (1978-1979; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • We're Looking Good on Channel 10 (1979-1980; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Looking Good Together, Channel 10 (1980-1981; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Reach for the Stars on Channel 10 (1981-1982; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Great Moments on Channel 10 (1982-1983; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Number One Professionals (1983-1985)
  • Always A Step Ahead (late 1980s)
  • The Spirit of Central Texas (early 1990s)
  • The Look of Central Texas is Channel 10 (1991-1992; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The News You Know, The People You Trust (1995-1997)
  • Central Texas' News Leader (1997-2005)
  • First, Fast and Accurate (2005-2007)
  • The News and Weather Authority (2008-2009)
  • News 10 On Your Side (2009-present)

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