KXTV, channel 10, is an ABC affiliate television station in Sacramento, California. It is owned and operated by the Gannett Company. Its transmitter tower (shared with KOVR) is located in Walnut Grove, California, and studios are located on Broadway, just south of Business Loop 80 at the south edge of downtown Sacramento. Its broadcasting tower is among the tallest man-made structures in the world.
|Slogan||Committed to News and Connected to Our Community(primary)|
"This Is Home" (secondary)
|Channels||Digital: 10 (VHF)|
|First air date||March 20, 1955|
|Call letters' meaning||X = Roman numeral 10 (for channel number)
|Former callsigns||KBET-TV (1955-1959)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
10 (VHF, 1955-2009) Digital: 61 (UHF)
|Former affiliations||CBS (1955-1995)|
|Transmitter power||34.5 kW|
|Transmitter coordinates||38°14′24″N 121°30′3″W|
- 1 History
- 2 News10 Weather Tower
- 3 Digital televisionDigital television and high definition
- 4 Programming
- 5 News operation
- 6 Gallery
- 7 Out-of-market carriage
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The station went on the air on March 19, 1955 as KBET, owned by locally-based Sacramento Telecasters. McClatchy, owner of the Sacramento Bee newspaper, and Sacramento Telecasters had long fought over the television broadcast station permit before the Federal Communications Commission and ultimately in federal court.
In 1959, the call letters became KXTV (the "X" being the Roman numeral for the VHF channel it broadcasts on, channel 10) when Corinthian Broadcasting bought the station. Corinthian became part of Dun & Bradstreet in 1971. The A.H. Belo Corporation bought all of Dun & Bradstreet's television stations (except for two in Indiana, which went to LIN Broadcasting) in February 1984.
From its founding until 1995, KXTV was an affiliate of CBS. As a CBS affiliate, the station preempted some lower-rated daytime (the 9-10am block in the 1980s and early 1990s) and late night (from the late 1980s until the arrival of The Late Show with David Letterman in 1993) programs. KXTV also preempted Sunday morning cartoons that CBS offered from the 60's until the early 80's. In 1991, KXTV dropped The Price Is Right, due to the abundance of syndicated programming commitments. After several months of complaints, KXTV reinstated The Price Is Right, but to make room for syndicated programming it was committed to carry, dropped Guiding Light due to low ratings in the early 1990s. While most CBS stations aired The Young and The Restless from 11 a.m.-noon, KXTV moved it to the 3 p.m. timeslot in 1994 where the soap did well. As a CBS affiliate, KXTV's station ID included an electronic alarm like version of the infamous CBS "ding".
Then, on March 6, 1995, in an unprecedented move in local television, KXTV swapped affiliations with KOVR, switching networks from CBS to ABC. KXTV is the third station in Sacramento to affiliate with ABC. Low-performing ABC affiliate KCCC Channel 40 (now the home of KTXL) had it first before shutting down and the network moved to KOVR. As an ABC affiliate, the station preempted the half-hour soap airing in the 12:30 timeslot (Loving/The City/Port Charles), at some point running it on overnights; but when the network axed the programming block outright in the early 2000s; KXTV has aired the entire schedule of ABC programming since then. For the first 6 months as an ABC affiliate, KXTV preempted an hour of ABC Saturday morning cartoons, but since the Fall of 1995 has run the entire Saturday morning block. KXTV aired All My Children at 3 p.m. in the early years as an ABC affiliate (probably because it previously aired a soap from CBS in that timeslot and to maintain a similar type of show in that slot), before finally following the niche of airing it at noon alongside majority of the ABC stations—only after the midday newscast moved an hour earlier from noon to 11 a.m.
Four years later, in 1999, Belo traded KXTV to Gannett for that company's KVUE in Austin, Texas. (This actually marked a re-entry into the Sacramento television market for Gannett, who briefly owned KOVR during the late 1950s.) That same year, KXTV began digital broadcasts on a new and separate HDTV channel called 10.1. Then, in 2001, to reflect the station's commitment to its news coverage, KXTV decided to become better known as "News10". In 2006 News 10 started broadcasting a 24 hour weather channel on its second HDTV channel called 10.2.
Until recently, KXTV had first choice on all King World programs offered locally—King World has since become CBS Television Distributionand acquisition policies may have now changed. Nevertheless, KXTV holds the local syndication rights to Jeopardy!, Inside Edition, andWheel of Fortune (all King World-turned-CBS properties). Until 2002, the station also held the local syndication rights to The Oprah Winfrey Show (now another CBS property seen locally on KCRA/KQCA). It is these shows that have made News10 one of the highest-rated local stations in daytime television. Since 2002-2003, KXTV has been the local television home of the Sacramento Kings, the city's National Basketball Association franchise, which coincides with its network's coverage of NBA games. The station picked up the rights to Kings telecasts in the middle of the 2002-03 season due to the contractual dispute between the team and its then-rights holder, ex-UPN stationKMAX. As of 2009, the Sacramento Kings have moved their broadcasts exclusively to Comcast Sportsnet California.
In the late 2000s, KXTV heavily promoted its weather coverage as part of its "Connected to Our Community" marketing campaign. Over-the-air promotions introduced weather presenters and touted weather coverage on the internet (news10.net), on its dedicated digital weather channel (channel 10.2, referred to as "ten-dot-two"), and "on the 10s" (at :10, :20, :30, etc.) on "News 10 Good Morning," its 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. newscast.
Also in the late 2000s, KXTV intensively covered local high school football, especially during Friday news broadcasts. In 2007, for example, the segments were known as "Friday Night Football." The station's helicopter flew from one high school to another to capture aerial shots of the various games. KCRA had its own version called "High School Playbook."
On September 12, 2005, KXTV launched a morning program called Sacramento & Company (shows like this are on a number of Gannett stations) first hosted by Kristin Simones and later by Jodie Moreno, Melissa Crowley and Guy Farris. Sacramento & Co. is a local morning lifestyles and entertainment show that is sponsored by local companies. The show airs weekdays from 9-10 a.m. and is available online.
KXTV ended programming on its analog signal, on VHF channel 10, on June 12, 2009, as part of the DTV transition in the United States. The station then moved back to channel 10 for its post-transition operations. 
News10 Weather Tower
The proposed design melds the rather demanding engineering requirements for communications towers with sensitivity to the suggestions of the
surrounding residents while creating an icon and gateway for the Broadway Corridor. The top glows with a different color based on the weather conditions or the result of aSacramento Kings or the Sacramento Monarchs win.The News 10 weather tower was debuted on August 24, 2001, the same day the California State Fair opened. It was completed on October 11, 2000, but News10 decided to debut it later because of the rolling blackouts at that time. It was built and designed by Nacht & Lewis Architects based in downtown Sacramento. The television station, an anchor facility and active proponent of improvements to the Broadway Street Corridor, elected not to construct a conventional broadcast tower, examples of which may be seen throughout Sacramento.
|Yellow||Sunny or clear conditions forecast for tomorrow|
|Green||Rain is in the area, but there is no severe weather.|
|Blue||High winds are in the area, but a severe weather watch has not been issued.|
|Red||The temperatures are above 100 degrees or a severe weather watch or warning has been issued.|
|Purple||The Sacramento Kings (during the NBA season) have won their latest game.|
KXTV is one of two Gannett-owned stations that operate a weather tower, ABC-affiliated sister station WZZM(channel 13) in Grand Rapids, Michigan operates two "Weatherballs", which function similarly to KXTV's weather tower in downtown Grand Rapids and in Flint, Michigan.
Digital televisionDigital television and high definition
|10.1||KXTV-DT||News10/ABC HD Programming|
|10.2||The Local AccuWeather Channel||News10.2|
KXTV produces Friday Night Football highlights and Jonathan Mumm's "California Postcard" segments in high-definition. KXTV's talk show, "Sacramento & Co." produced an all-HD produced TV special called "The Future Is HDTV on News10", profiling the FCC's imposed transition from an Analog television signal to a Digital television signal. The special also show-cased HD produced shows from ABC as well as some syndicated shows.
On December 16, 2009 at 11 p.m., KXTV began broadcasting its newscasts in high definition, becoming the 3rd Sacramento TV station (behind Hearst's KCRA/KQCA and CBS' KOVR/KMAX), and 9th Gannett-owned station to do so. Only the in-studio portions are in HD; the remote field footage is in upconverted 16:9 widescreen standard definition.
On KXTV's digital subchannel 10.2, The AccuWeather Channel broadcasts live National weather, plus local KXTV weather. It is available online.
Prior to adopting the current News10 newscast branding in 1983; KXTV's newscasts had successively identified as Shell News, The Big News, Channel 10 News, Newservice 10 (in the 1970s), and Eyewitness News (early 1980s ). For the past two decades (dating back to its time as a CBS affiliate), KXTV has been a distant runner-up to KCRA. In the past two years, KXTV's 11 p.m. newscast has frequently finished in last place in total households among all of the major stations' late-night newscasts (not counting the KCRA-produced 10 p.m. newscast on KQCA).
Hank Thornley was the station's first news anchorman (of Shell News), from 1955 to 1960. Paul Meeks was the station's first news photographer.
News10 Information Center
The Information center located in the News10 newsroom debuted on February 5, 2007 where the News10 Now updates are conducted and online stories are written for the web site. On June 12, 2008 KXTV revealed a new website that lets viewers create a profile and become members of News10.net that allows them to post comments, pictures, write blogs and communicate to News10 people provided by SiteLife.
- Shell News (1955–1960s)
- KXTV News (1960s)
- The Wilson-Gray Report (1960s–1968)
- Channel 10 Big News (1968–1973)
- Newservice 10 (1973–1978)
- Eyewitness News (1978–1984)
- News 10 (1984–2015)
- ABC 10 News (2015–present)
- 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)
- We've Got the Touch, You and Channel 10 (1983–1984; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- You and Channel 10, We've Got the Touch (1984–1985; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- We've Got the Touch on Channel 10 (1985–1986; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- Share the Spirit on Channel 10 (1986–1987; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- The Spirit of California (1986–2005)
- Channel 10 Spirit, Oh Yeah! (1987–1988; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- You Can Feel It on Channel 10 (1988–1989; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- California, Get Ready for Channel 10 (1989–1990; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- Get Ready for Channel 10! (1990–1991; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- The Look of California is Channel 10 (1991–1992; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- This is CBS, on Channel 10 (1992–1993; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- TV is Good, on Channel 10 (1997-1998; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- We Love TV, on News 10 (1998-1999; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Committed to News and Connected to Our Community (2005–present)
- This is Home (2013-present)
Current on-air staff
(Date person joined KXTV in parentheses) Anchors
- Keba Arnold - weekday mornings "News 10 Good Morning" (2010)
- Lorraine Blanco - weekends at 6 and 11 p.m. (2010)
- Dan Elliott - weekday mornings "News 10 Good Morning" and 11 a.m. (1989)
- Cristina Mendonsa - weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. (1995)
- Dale Schornack - weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. (1997)
- Ken Barlow (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. (2010)
- Darla Givens - Meteorologist; weekends (1999)
- Mellisa Paul - Weather Anchor; weekdays at 11 a.m. (2010)
- Monica Woods - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "News 10 Good Morning" (2001)
- Bryan May - Sports anchor; weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m. (1999)
- Ryan Yamamoto - Sports Anchor; weekends at 6 and 11 p.m., also sports reporter (2005)
- Cornell Barnard - general assignment reporter (1997)
- Angel Cardenas - traffic reporter
- Tim Daly - San Joaquin Valley bureau chief (1991)
- Will Frampton - general assignment reporter (2008)
- Dave Marquis - general assignment reporter (1993)
- Karen Massie - general assignment reporter (1987)
- Jonathan Mumm - weekday reporter, film critic ("Mumm @ the Movies"), "California Postcard in HD" feature reporter (1983)
- Suzanne Phan - general assignment reporter (2009)
- George Warren - general assignment reporter (1981)
Notable former news staff
|Name||Position at KXTV||Years Active||Whereabouts|
|Dan Adams||News10 reporter||1981-2008 (27 years)||Now retired, living in Mexico|
|Beth Duncan||News10 Good Morning traffic anchor||1998–2001||Local radio traffic|
|Justin Allen||Fill-in sports anchor||Few months in late 2005||Now at WTSP in Tampa Bay|
|Rene Apple||Fill-in traffic anchor||Few months in 2002||Metro traffic radio in Sacramento|
|Cecil King||News10 Good Morning pilot||2004- Early 2005||Private Sacramento pilot|
|Jim Frazier||Sports anchor||1995–1998 and again freelanced in late 2002||Radio sports show talk host|
|Anne Makovec||Morning/midday reporter||2009-2010||Now reporter at KPIX in San Francisco|
|Alicia Malaby||Weekend anchor/reporter||1999–2010||Communications director for the California Dental Association in Sacramento|
|Rob Marshall||Air 10 Pilot||1990s- November 2003||Now at KCNC-TV in Denver, CO|
|J.D Maher||Weekend meteorologist||January 2000- June 2005||Now at KTXL-40 freelancing|
|Kym McNicholas||Fill-in sports anchor||Few months in 2002||Now at Sacramento Comcast Cable Sports|
|Julie Durda||Traffic anchor/Air10 traffic reporter||Intern since 2003, on-air job summer 2005- July 2006.||Now weathercaster in Miami, FL|
|Marcey Brightwell||Political reporter||October 2001- January 2009||Deputy Managing Director at R&K Grayling Communications in Sacramento|
|Will Selva||Sports anchor||March 2003-March 2005||Sports anchor ESPNEWS|
|Kiran Chetry||Morning anchor/reporter||1998–2001||Now at CNN in New York City|
|John Delatorre||Morning meteorologist||1998–2001||Now President of Deladiep, Inc. & Fun Stix Magnets, Inc.|
|Jane McCarthy||Reporter||1999- April 2004||Was at KING-TV in Seattle, WA (2004–2009), now weeknight anchor atKREM 2 Spokane, WA; married to former KTXL anchor Tim Robinson|
|Tom Helmer||Fill-in sports anchor||Few months in 2003||Host of FSN's nationally televised BCS Breakdown and FSN Baseball Report|
|Dick Cable||Anchor||1969–1998||Currently retired in Sacramento|
|Sande Drew||Anchor/reporter||1970–1975||Public relations|
|Jerome Gray||Reporter||1987–1991||Now at KPRC-TV Houston|
|Dana Howard||Reporter/weekend anchor||1992–2010||Works for CAL EPA|
|Mark Hedlund||Reporter||1981–2009||Works for California Senate Democratic Caucus as a radio reporter|
|Kelly Jackson||Morning anchor||2007–2010||Living in St. Louis, MO|
|Dana Jacobson||Weekend sports anchor||1998- October 2002||Former ESPN host of Cold Pizza and now host of ESPN First Take|
|Elissa Lynn||Chief meteorologist||1996–2006||California Department of Water Resources|
|Steve Newman||Meteorologist||1975–1978||Moved to WFAA 1978-1980 then several San Francisco TV stations until retiring in 2001. Now writes Earthweek distributed by Universal Press Syndicate.|
|Beth Ruyak||Anchor||1992–1995||Hosts "Pulse" and "Your Health" shows on KCRA|
|Creighton Sanders||Sports anchor||1960–1980||Moved to KCRA-TV, then retired|
|Aimee Sporer||Nightside anchor||1989–1992||Anchored at KCNC-TV 1992-2002, now a stay-at-home mom |
|Stuart Satow||Sports director, anchor||1980–2002||Now with CPS services in Sacramento|
|Jonathan Masaki||Freelance reporter||2004-2007 (was stationed in Iraq for a year)||Now with the National Guard|
|Kim Herlihy||Morning traffic||2000 (6 months)||English Elk Grove High School teacher|
|Hank Thronley||First News10 anchor||1955–1960||Retired|
|Ken Wayne||Morning anchor||1998–2000||Now at KTVU-TV Oakland, CA weekend anchor|
|Alan Frio||Anchor||1970s-1997||Now at WSMV-TV|
|Lex Boyd||Anchor||1950s-19??||Now retired|
|Pamela Tom||Freelance reporter||Few months in late 2002-early 2003||Now at KGO-TV freelancing|
|Mary Pae||Freelance reporter||Few months in late 2002||Unknown|
|Deborah Pacyna||State reporter||1984–2001||Director Public Affairs for the California Association of Health Facilities in Sacramento|
|Kelly Brothers||Financial reporter||January 2006-October 2007||Now at KCRA again (morning financial expert)|
|Monika Diaz||General assignment reporter||October 2003- November 2007||Now at WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas|
|Jaime Garza||News 10 Good Morning anchor and reporter||October 1991-June 1995||Later anchor/reporter at CBS2/KCAL 9LA (1995–2008), now main weeknight anchor at KTXL|
|Thea Tio||General assignment reporter||?-2007||Now at WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, NY|
|Larry Palmer Goodwin||General assignment reporter||1978–1984||Now retired and living in Southern California|
|*Patty Souza||Chief meteorologist||April 2006-September 2009||Left while on vacation at KXTV in July, officially announced her resignation from KXTV in October 2009.|
|Gregg Lalka||Meteorologist||July 2005-August 2009||Now weekend weather anchor at KSBW in Salinas/Monterey|
|*Cristi Jessee||General assignment reporter||2005 as assignment editor, 2008 on-air job-2009||Now news director at , KBAK, Bakersfield, CA|
|Louisa Hodge||Reporter||September-December 2009||Now reporter at KRON-TV San Francisco|
|Deborah Hoffman||Reporter||1995-2009||Now spokesperson for California State Senator Fran Pavley|
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