KXAS-TV, virtual Channel 5, is the NBC television station for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The station was Texas' first TV station and made its debut on September 28, 1948. Its transmitter is located in Cedar Hill. KXAS broadcasts on digital channel 41, but uses PSIP to cause digital TV receivers to display channel 5. The station is owned by a joint venture of NBCUniversal (76%) and LIN Television (24%) - its only other sister station under this co-ownership is KNSD in San Diego. However, because NBC has majority control of the station, KXAS is run as an NBC owned and operated station.

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Fort Worth-Dallas, Texas
Branding NBC 5 (general)

NBC 5 News (news)

Slogan Anytime. Everywhere.
Channels Digital: 41 (UHF)Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations NBC
Owner Station Venture Operations, LP

(NBCUniversal 76%/LIN TV 24%)

First air date September 29, 1948
Call letters' meaning TeXAS
Sister station(s) KXTX-TV
Former callsigns WBAP-TV (1948-1974)
Former channel number(s) Analog:5 (VHF, 1948-2009)
Transmitter power 891 kW
Height 506 m
Facility ID 49330
Transmitter coordinates 32°35′7″N 96°58′6″W
Website www.nbcdfw.com


The station was launched on September 28, 1948, as WBAP-TV, the first television station in the state of Texas. It was owned by Amon G. Carter, publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, along with WBAP radio. A year later, the two stations were joined by WBAP-FM (96.3 FM, now KSCS).

Even though it was obvious that Dallas and Fort Worth would be a single television market, Carter didn't care whether people in Dallas could see channel 5; he had long been a booster for the Fort Worth area. The station moved to the 1,500-foot candelabra tower owned by WFAA-TV and KRLD-TV (channel 4, now KDFW) in Cedar Hill in 1957 along with its FM sister, reportedly only after NBC threatened to yank its affiliation. Before this, WFAA-TV served as the NBC affiliate for the eastern half of the market.

On November 24, 1963, a WBAP-TV remote unit set up at Dallas Police Headquarters fed the live images of accused Presidential assassinLee Harvey Oswald being gunned down by Jack Ruby to the NBC network. It was the first time a murder had been witnessed live on network television in the United States. It was also notable that, during NBC's network coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, news reports from WBAP-TV's studios were transmitted in color, with NBC broadcasting the coverage in New York from a black and white studio (WBAP-TV was one of the earliest local stations to convert its local programming to color).

The station was owned by the Carter family trusts until 1974, when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) barred common ownership of newspapers and TV stations in all but a few cases. The FCC grandfathered the Metroplex's other newspaper/radio/television combination--Belo's Dallas Morning News and WFAA-AM-FM-TV—but would not do the same for the Star-Telegram and WBAP-AM-FM-TV. Accordingly, the Carters decided to break up their media empire. WBAP-TV was then sold to LIN Broadcasting, the predecessor of today'sLIN TV Corporation, for $35 million. LIN took control in the summer of 1974 and changed the calls to the current KXAS-TV (the Star-Telegram, WBAP-AM and KSCS were sold to Capital Cities Communications at that time; the newspaper is now owned by the McClatchy Company, while the two radio stations are now owned by Citadel Broadcasting as part of ABC Radio).

On January 25, 1986 during live coverage on KXAS of a standoff at an area 7-Eleven store, Thomas Stephens, who had been served divorce papers from his wife the day before, shot and killed himself with .357-caliber pistol on-air during KXAS' coverage. Stephens, believed they encouraged her to seek the divorce, shot his wife's two co-workers, killing one and wounding another. His wife, Patricia, slipped away while he was talking to police over the phone.[1] In 1987, the old Cedar Hill tower was severely damaged when an F-4 military aircraft on approach to Dallas Naval Air Station clipped several guy wires. WFAA, KDFW and KXAS were knocked off the air for several days. KXAS opted to build its own tower to the east of the old tower.

LIN wholly owned the station until 1997, when it sold 76% of KXAS to NBC, in exchange for 24% of KNSD in San Diego (which NBC had recently purchased from New World Communications, who had also owned channel 5's rival KDFW until it and the other Fox affiliates owned by New World were sold to Fox) and cash. As part of the deal, NBC took control of KXAS' operations.

On November 19, 2009 a fire at the Fort Worth studios of KXAS and KXTX knocked both KXAS and its sister station KXTX off the air. The fire was located in the electrical room of the studio. Fire alarms went off at 9:30 PM, which lead to the studio being evacuated, disrupting the 10 o'clock news broadcast.[2]

Digital television

The station's digital channel is UHF 41, multiplexed:



5.1 Main KXAS-TV / NBC Programming
5.2 DFW Nonstop
5.3 Universal Sports

Alternate on-air logo.

NBC Weather Plus was offered on the 2nd digital subchannel; the national NBC WX+ network is defunct as of December 1, 2008. On December 23, the channel was revamped as NBC Plus, featuring weather maps, radar and the L-bar, alongside audio from Fort Worth's NOAA Weather Radio station KEC55.[3] It also uses NOAA's KEC56 in Dallas as an alternate audio feed. On Monday, January 10, 2011, NBCPlus was expected to become DFW Nonstop, but had not as of March 12, 2011.

Analog-to-digital conversion

After the DTV transition period ended on June 12, 2009,[4] KXAS-DT continued on channel 41 [5] PSIP is used to display KXAS-TV's virtual channel as 5 on digital television receivers. At Noon that day, their analog signal transmitted a brief test pattern, followed by instructional programming about how to receive digital TV until June 26, 2009,[6] but the -DT suffix was replaced by a -TV suffix (formerly on its analog singal) when KXAS-TV's analog signal ended nightlight programming. KXAS-TV started High Definition newscasts on September 7, 2007 at 10 AM.

News operation

KXAS broadcasts a total of 32 hours of local news a week (5½ hours on weekdays and 3½ hours each on Saturdays and Sundays).

In the late 1960s, Fort Worth native Bob Schieffer began his broadcast career at WBAP-TV as a reporter and anchor of the 10 p.m. news. Schieffer then went on to Washington, D.C. as a reporter for the now-defunct Metromedia news service and WTTG-TV, then embarked on a long career with CBS News.

KXAS is locally known for its weather coverage. It claims to be the first station to have hired only full-time meteorologists. One of its first, Harold Taft, broadcast for over 40 years. On March 28, 2000, while an F3 tornado was ripping through downtown Fort Worth, a tower camera caught the tornado on air live during the 6 p.m. newscast as KXAS chief meteorologist David Finfrock was explaining to the viewers at home as well as anchors Jane McGarry and Mike Snyder about the tornado warning for Tarrant County.

On January 16, 2009 KXAS began sharing its news helicopter with Fox owned-and-operated KDFW (channel 4), under a Local News Service agreement.[7]


According to the local Nielsen ratings for the February 2011 sweeps period, KXAS placed second in the 6 a.m. time period with total viewers and adults age 25–54 years old; this in direct comparison to the same time period the year before, when it placed first in that timeslot, when it was aided by NBC's coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. In evening news, KXAS was in third place at 5 p.m. with total viewers and adults 25-54, in last place at 6 p.m. among both total viewers and with adults 25-54, and placed third at 10 p.m. with total viewers and last with 25-54 year olds.[8]

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • The Texas News (1948–1971 and 1974–1979 (That is simply known as "Texas News") ; formerly used on KTRK-TV in Houston in the 1960s)
  • News at Six/News at Ten (late 1960s)
  • Area Five Texas News (1971–1974)
  • Action News (1979–1985)
  • Channel 5 News (1985–1989)
  • Texas News 5 (1989–1998)
  • NBC 5 Texas News (1998–2000)
  • NBC 5 News (2000–present)

Station slogans

  • Five Keeps Bringing It Home To You (1970–1980)
  • Channel 5, Our Pride Is Showing (1981-1982; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • We`re Channel 5, Just Watch Us Now (1982-1983; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Channel 5 There, Be There (1983-1984; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Channel 5, Let's All Be There (1984–1986; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Channel 5 News, The Team to Watch for News (1985–1989)
  • Come Home to Channel 5 (1986-1987; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Come on Home to Channel 5 (1987–1988; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Come Home To The Best, Only On Channel 5 (1988–1990; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Building a Better Texas (1989–1992)
  • Channel 5, is The Place To Be! (1990-1992; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • The Texas NewsChannel (1992–2003)
  • Not Just What Happens, What Matters (general) / Live. Local. Latebreaking. (news; 2003–2007)
  • Where You Matter (2007–2008)
  • Anytime. Everywhere. (2008–present)
  • We'll Keep You Advised (weather slogan)

News team

Current on-air staff (as of March 26, 2010)


  • Kevin Cokely - Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5, and weekends at 10 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
  • Brian Curtis - weekdays at 4 and weeknights at 10 p.m.; also reporter
  • Deborah Ferguson - weekday mornings "NBC 5 Today" (4:30-7 a.m. & 7-10 a.m. on DFW Nonstop); also reporter
  • Marc Fein - weeknights at 5 & 6 p.m.
  • Scott Friedman - weekday mornings "NBC 5 Today" (4:30-7 a.m. & 7-10 a.m. on DFW Nonstop); also reporter
  • Lindsay Wilcox - weekend mornings "NBC 5 Today"; also weeknight reporter
  • Meredith Land - weeknights at 6 & 10 p.m.
  • Jane McGarry - weeknights at 5 and 6:30 p.m. (on DFW Nonstop)
  • Kristi Nelson - weekdays at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; also reporter

NBC 5 Weather Plus

  • David Finfrock (AMS Member) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6, and 10 p.m.
  • Samantha Davies (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval; NWA Member) - meteorologist; weekday mornings "NBC 5 First Weather" (4:30-7 a.m.)
  • Grant Johnston - meteorologist; Wednesday-Fridays at 4 p.m., Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5, and weekends at 10
  • Remeisha Shade (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekend mornings "NBC 5 Today", Monday-Wednesday at 11 a.m., & Monday-Tuesdays at 4 p.m.

Sports team

  • Newy Scruggs - sports director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.; also "NBC 5 Sports Extra" and "Out of Bounds" host
  • Matt Barrie - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5, and weekends at 10 p.m.; also sports reporter and fill-in sports anchor
  • David Watkins - sports reporter and fill-in sports anchor


  • Tammy Dombeck - morning traffic reporter ("Gridlock Buster Traffic")
  • Kim Fischer - weekday morning reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Amanda Fitzpatrick - freelance general assignment reporter
  • Ellen Goldberg - Dallas Police Department reporter
  • Scott Gordon - general assignment reporter
  • Ken Kalthoff - general assignment reporter
  • Randy McIlwain - general assignment reporter
  • Annie Potasznik - "Around Town" feature reporter
  • Grant Stinchfield - investigative reporter
  • Susy Solis - general assignment reporter
  • Julie Tam - general assignment reporter
  • Omar Villafranca - general assignment reporter

Notable KXAS alumni

A — L
  • James Aydelott - meteorologist (2005–2009; now at KOKI-TV in Tulsa)
  • Ward Andrews - anchor (1969–1977)
  • Mike Androvett - Dallas Bureau reporter/law expert (1992–1994)
  • Erin Allan Steed - reporter (2003–2005; now a PR President [1])
  • Russ Bloxom - anchor/reporter (1967–1979)
  • Stephanie Boswell - reporter (1992–1996; now a media consultant [2])
  • Jack Brown - anchor/reporter (1958–1980)
  • Gretchen Carlson - anchor/reporter (1998–2000; now at Fox News)
  • Angela Cain - anchor (1993–2000; now at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis)
  • Clif Caldwell - reporter (1992–1997; later at WFAA-TV, now at KTVT-TV)
  • Randall Carlisle - anchor (1990–1991; now at KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City)
  • Alyce Caron - anchor (1984–1990; now at HSN)
  • Derek Castillo - weekend sports anchor/reporter (2001–2008)
  • Scott Chesner - meteorologist (1981–2004; now at KETK-TV in Tyler, TX)
  • Jerry Desmond - sports anchor (late 1960s; died in 2003)
  • Jennifer Dodd - reporter (now at KSAT-TV ins San Antonio)
  • Jeff Eliasoph - anchor/reporter (1989–2002; now at WOIO-TV in Cleveland-Akron, OH)
  • Charles Ely - anchor/reporter (1979–1984; now at KTUL-TV in Tulsa)
  • Skip Ely - meteorologist (?-?; retired from NWS Fort Worth Office)
  • Larry Estepa - anchor/reporter (1986–1994; now at WJAR-TV in Providence)
  • John Garcia - reporter (1991–1993; now at WLS-TV in Chicago)
  • Ron Godbey - meteorologist (former USAF and retired)
  • Jay Gray - investigative reporter (1993–2005; now at NBC News)
  • Marty Griffin - Dallas Bureau reporter (1988–1996)
  • Pam Harris - weekend anchor/reporter (1996–2005; later at WFAA-TV and TXCN, now at KTVT)
  • Reggie Harris - anchor (1985–1987; deceased)
  • Brendan Higgins - weekday mornings "NBC 5 Today" (2003–2010)
  • Dennis Holly - anchor (1978–1985)
  • Calvin Hughes - weekend anchor/reporter (1995–1999; now at WPLG-TV in Miami)
  • Karen Hughes - reporter (mid 1980s)
  • Jane Jayroe - anchor (1980–1984; Miss America 1967)
  • Brian Jensen - sports anchor (1997–2000; currently radio voice for Texas Tech Universityfootball)
  • Brett Johnson - reporter (1996–2009; deceased) [7]
  • Bill Jones - sports anchor/Reporter (1992–1997; now at KTVT)
  • Clennon L. King - reporter (1991–1992; since at WSB-TV, WSVN-TV, WTLV-TV/WJXX-TV, freelance field producer at NBC and ABC, now at The Putney School, Putney, VT as a fundraiser)
  • Shelley Kofler - Dallas Bureau reporter (1985–1993; now at KERA-TV)
  • Bob Leder - Dallas Bureaus reporter (1979 - 198?, was PR Mgr at Bell Helicopter, now retired)
  • Shelli Lockhart - anchor (1995–2001; now at WDAF-TV in Kansas City)
  • Ramona Logan - anchor/reporter (1985–2006; now runs a consulting firm [3])
M — Z
  • Steve MacLaughlin - meteorologist (?-2010)
  • Ed Martelle - reporter, back-up Today anchor (1979–1985)
  • Boyd Matson - sports anchor (1970s)
  • Ken McCool - part-time meteorologist (?-?)
  • Kathleen McDonald - reporter (1992–1993)
  • Howard McNeil - meteorologist (1970s)
  • Rebecca Miller - meteorologist (1991–2008; now at KDAF-TV)
  • Willie Monroe - reporter (1972–1976; now at KGO-TV in San Francisco)
  • Chip Moody - anchor (1971–1980; deceased)
  • Pam Moore - anchor (1980–1983; now at KRON-TV in San Francisco)
  • Joyce Morgan - anchor
  • Scott Murray - sports anchor (1981–2003)
  • Larry Mullins - reporter/PA Host/Dallas Bureau chief (1987–2005; now a Hollywood producer)
  • Brian Mylar - anchor/reporter (1990–1996; now at KSAT-TV in San Antonio)
  • Melissa Newton - reporter (now at KTVT-TV)
  • Scott Pelley - reporter (1978–1981; now at CBS News)
  • L.P. Phillips - investigative reporter (1996–1998; now at KRLD (AM))
  • Rikki Ragland - Internet/Technology news anchor/reporter, Online with Rikki Ragland(2000–2005, now a Model & Actor with FORD Models; owner the preppy debutante co.[4])
  • John Rhadigan - weekend sports anchor/reporter (1990–2001; now at FSN Southwest)
  • George Riba - sports reporter (1974–1975; now at WFAA-TV)
  • Susan Risdon - reporter (2000–2006; now PR firm owner)
  • Charlie Rose - talk show host (1979–1981; returned to CBS News' 60 Minutes)
  • Bob Schieffer - anchor/reporter (1967–1969; now at CBS News)
  • Mark Schumacher - reporter (1986–1988)
  • Michael Scott - morning anchor (2000–2004; now at WAAY-TV in Huntsville, AL)
  • Barry Simms - reporter (1991–1995; now at WBAL-TV in Baltimore)
  • Bob Simon - Dallas Bureau reporter (1991–1992)
  • Mike Simon - meteorologist
  • Sabrina Smith - consumer reporter (1993–2006)
  • Mike Snyder - Anchor (1985-2010)
  • Ron Spain - sports anchor
  • Harold Taft - meteorologist (1948–1991; deceased)
  • Brenda Teele - morning anchor (2000–2006)
  • Ron Thulin - sports anchor/reporter (1982–1988; now at TBS)
  • Cynthia Tinsley - anchor (1991–1993)
  • Denise Valdez - weekend anchor/reporter (2001–2002; now at KLAS-TV in Las Vegas)
  • Jack Van Roy - meteorologist
  • Krista Villarreal - meteorologist (2000–2004)
  • Al Wallace - sports anchor/reporter (1982–1985; now at WDAF-TV in Kansas City)
  • Todd D. Wallace - weekend morning anchor (2004–2007; now at WRTV-TV Indianapolis)
  • Sherry Williams - reporter (1995–1997; now at KHOU-TV in Houston)
  • Sherry Woodward - Dallas Bureau reporter (1988–1991)
  • Brad Wright - anchor (1980–2000)
  • Bobbie Wygant - arts reporter/talk show host/anchor (1948-?)


KXAS has used its "Star 5" logo since 1971—the longest-used numeric logo in the market and one of the longest-used numeric logos in the country. The use of a star in the numeric station logo has since spread to other television stations in Texas, including KTVT, KFWD and KTXA in Dallas-Fort Worth, WOAI-TV in San Antonio, KPRC in Houston and KWES-TV in Midland.

External links

[2] Dallas-Fort Worth portal


  1. ^ http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local-beat/Fire-Forces-NBC-5-Off-Air-70592727.html#comments
  2. ^ Radio-Info: "KXAS-DT 5.2 Fort Worth: NBC Plus?", 12/24/2008.
  3. ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf
  4. ^ CDBS Print
  5. ^ List of Participants in the Analog Nightlight Program - FCC (accessed June 14, 2009)
  6. ^ "Fox, NBC Expand LNS Relationship". Retrieved 2009-01-16.
  7. ^ http://ryansaylor.com/archives/79
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