Corpus Christi, Texas
Branding Action 10 News

KRIS News (during simulcasted KRIS-TV shows)

Slogan Clearly to the point. (during simulcasted KRIS-TV shows)
Channels Digital: 10 (VHF)
Subchannels 10.1 CBS
Owner Eagle Creek Broadcasting (operated through SSA by Cordillera Communications)

(SagamoreHill of Corpus Christi Licenses, LLC)

First air date September 30, 1956
Call letters' meaning TeleVision
Sister station(s) KRIS-TV, K47DF, K68DJ
Former channel number(s) 10 (VHF analog, 1956-2009)

18 (UHF digital, 2002-2009)

Former affiliations ABC (secondary, 1956-1964)
Transmitter power 39 kW
Height 289.8 m
Facility ID 33079
Transmitter coordinates 27°42′28.9″N 97°37′59.9″W / 27.708028°N 97.633306°W / 27.708028; -97.633306

KZTV is the CBS-affiliated television station for the Corpus Christi area of South Texas. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 10 from a transmitter between Petronila and Robstown. Owned by Eagle Creek Broadcasting, the station is operated through a shared services agreement (SSA) by Cordillera Communications (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Evening Post Publishing Company). This makes it sister to NBC affiliate KRIS-TV, low-power Independent K47DF, and low-power Telemundo affiliate K68DJ. All four stations share studios on Artesian Street in Downtown Corpus Christi. Syndicated programming on KZTV includes: Entertainment Tonight, The Doctors, Dr. Phil, and The Nate Berkus Show.


KZTV signed-on September 30, 1956 as the second television station in the area behind former rival KRIS-TV by four months. It aired an analog signal on VHF channel 10. The channel has always been a CBS affiliate but shared secondary ABC status with KRIS-TV until KIII launched on May 4, 1964. This station was home to Walter Furley who holds the Guinness Book of World Records for longest duration newscaster. He was at the station for 45 years before retiring on May 31, 2002. Vann Kennedy, original owner and operator of KZTV and KVTV in Laredo, also has the distinguish of giving legendary broadcaster Walter Cronkite his first job in journalism.

Throughout the years, the station's resources were divided between studios in Downtown Corpus Christi and transmitter north of Petronila. In 1985, a modern production facility was built on Artesian Street in Downtown Corpus Christi. In 2002, Eagle Creek Broadcasting bought the station and later in the year debuted a new and more polished product. Most on-air staff hired before the buyout were forced out. During this time, KZTV went by the brands of "CBS 10" and finally "Action 10 News". News Directors included Judith Cutright (2002–2003), Kent Harrell (2003–2006), and Hollis Grizzard Jr. (2006–2009).

On July 23, 2008, Eagle Creek announced that it had sold KZTV to Cordillera Communications. The application to sell the station was opposed by McKinnon Broadcasting, then-owner of KIII. This objection held up the deal until August 24, 2009 when Eagle Creek announced a shared services agreement with KRIS-TV. Cordillera now owns all station assets with Eagle Creek owning KZTV's broadcast license. On June 12, 2009, KZTV remained on channel 10 when the analog to digital conversion was completed. [1] The station was once owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting but was sold to Eagle Creek. However, the licensee still says SagamoreHill.

News operation

After the two stations joined forces, KRIS-TV moved into KZTV's facilities in September 2010. Due to technical issues with the move of the station, it was not able to air newscasts from September 26 until September 28.

KRIS-TV unveiled a brand new high definition-ready set and graphics package on September 29, 2010. The station has now become the area's first to air newscasts in 16x9 enhanced definition widescreen. As of October 16, KZTV now simulcasts KRIS-TV's weekday morning, noon, and weekend broadcasts after dropping its own shows in those time periods. For the weekend newscasts, however, there could be pre-emptions on one channel due to network obligations.


In the sweeps period for February 2010, all of KZTV's newscasts ranked last.


News team

Current On-Air Talent

  • Janine Reyes - 6 News at Sunrise anchor & Multi-media journalist
  • Dave Froehlich - 6 News at Sunrise Co-anchor and 6 News at Noon anchor.
  • Bart Bedsole: Action 10 News at Five, Six and Nightcast Anchor
  • Melissa Schroeder - 6 News at Six and Ten Weekend anchor & Multi-media journalist
  • Toni Miles: Reporter
  • Steven Romeo: Reporter
  • Keaton Fox: Reporter
  • Andy Liscano: Reporter

Also see KRIS For Additional Reporters

Doppler 10 Weather Team

  • Meteorologist Matt Terhune - seen on 6 News at Sunrise and 6 News at Noon.
  • Meteorologist Jon Aaron: Chief Meteorologist with AMS Seal, Action 10 News Live at Five, Action 10 News at Six, Action 10 News Nightcast
  • Meteorologist Dave Fraser - seen on 6 News at Six and Ten Weekend.*Also Back-Up Meteorologist on KZTV

Action 10 Sports

  • Roland Rodriguez: Action 10 News Sports Director
  • Jason Notoras - seen on 6 News at Six and Ten Weekend.

Newscast titles

  • Corpus Christi Today (1957-?)
  • 10 Star News (19??–19??)
  • Area 10 News (?–1978)
  • Channel 10 News (1978–1982)
  • Newswatch 10 (1982–19?? & 2001–2002)
  • NewsChannel 10 (19??–1999)
  • KZTV 10 News (1999–2001)
  • CBS 10 News (2002–2005)
  • Action 10 News (2005–present)
  • KRIS News (2010–present; used during KRIS-TV's simulcasted weekday morning, noon and weekend broadcasts)

Station slogans

  • The Full Color Station (1960s)
  • Eyewitness News-Courpus Christi's All Color News Source (1969-1974)
  • The Best is Right Here on Channel 10 (1973–1974; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Area 10 News:The Area's #1 News Team (1974-1978)
  • See the Best...Area 10 (1974–1975; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Catch the Brightest Stars on Area 10 (1975–1976; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Area 10, We're the Hot Ones (1976–1977; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • There's Something in the Air on Area 10 (1977–1978; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Channel 10 News: Always 1 Step Ahead (1978-1982)
  • 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)
  • NewsWatch 10: The Team To Watch (1982-1985)
  • February Looks Great on Channel 10 (1983; localized version of CBS February 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)
  • NewsWatch 10: The News Station (1985-1989)
  • 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)
  • Channel 10 Spirit, Oh Yes! (1987–1988; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • You Can Feel it on Channel 10 (1988–1989; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • NewsWatch 10: Your 24-Hour News Source (1989-1994)
  • Get Ready for Channel 10 (1989–1991; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Look of Corpus Christi is Channel 10 (1991–1992; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • This is CBS, on Channel 10 (1992–1994; localized version of CBS ad campaign)

Station alumni

  • Andres Araiza: Reporter from October 2003-July 2004; currently reporter for KFSN-TV in Fresno, CA
  • Myra Arthur: Reporter/Anchor from July 2007-July 2009, currently weekday 5, 6, & 10 anchor at KCEN-TV in Waco.
  • Erik Barajas: Anchor/Reporter 2000-2003, Anchor/Reporter at KSAT-TV in San Antonio, TX, currently at KTRK-TV in Houston as Anchor/Reporter
  • Fred Beck: Sports Director 2002-2006, currently Sports Director at KTVO in Kirksville, MO/Ottumwa, IA
  • David Bernard: Meteorologist early 90's, currently at WFOR-TV in Miami.
  • Chris Boehm: Sports Director late 90's, most recently at NBC Montana as a sports anchor.
  • Bob Brown: Anchor & Reporter 2002-2004, currently a reporter at WCBS-AM in New York City
  • Angela Cantu: Reporter, 1999–2003, various positions, editor, cut-in producer, noon show editor, reporter, entertainment reporter, YWCA Corpus Christi, development coordinator, lives in Houston.
  • Melanie Carr: Midday anchor 2002-2004
  • Cris Castro/Martin/Martinez: Meteorologist, now at WOFL-TV in Orlando.
  • Gabe Caggiano: Reporter/Weekend Anchor 2008-April 2009.
  • Rand Champion: Sports Reporter/Anchor 2002-2005, currently the Assistant Director of Athletic Media Services at Northwestern University.
  • Jennifer Cook: Meteorologist, now at WAPT-TV in Jackson, MS
  • Cree Craig: Weekend Weather/News Anchor/Reporter 1988-1989
  • Kimberly Crawford: Weather Anchor/Midday Anchor/Reporter 2002-2004, former Anchor at KABB in San Antonio
  • Judith Cutright: News Director/Anchor 2002-2003, currently heading Cutright Communications in Corpus Christi
  • Arezow Doost: Anchor/Reporter 2001-2004, currently a reporter at KTVT in Dallas, Texas
  • Kacey Forks: Reporter 2002-2004, currently a teacher in Houston
  • Walter Furley: Long time Anchor has held various anchor positions such as News Anchor, Weather Anchor and Sports Reporter, eventually becoming the News Director. Retired in 2002, he occasionally makes appearances on-air and in the community.
  • Christina Garcia: Bureau reporter by way of satellite station KVTV in Laredo, Texas and later KZTV in mid 2000s, now Media Relations Manager for American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.
  • Ben Gegenheimer: Weekend Sports Anchor/General Assignments Reporter 2007-2009, currently working as a manager for Izzo's Illegal Burrito
  • Michelle Germano: Anchor/Producer 1993-1999, currently News Director at KOLD-TV in Tucson, Arizona
  • Crystal George: Anchor/Reporter 2004-2009, currently a reporter for WOAI-TV in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Mike Gillaspia: Anchor (2007–2010)Now Out of the Television Business
  • Tom Harris: Weekend Meteorologist 1991, later weekends at KIII-TV.
  • Jeff Haessler: News Photographer 1981-1982, currently senior videographer, University of Denver
  • Nicole Henrich: Anchor Late 90's & Early 2000s, currently Supervising Producer for RIVR Media in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Toby C Hooper: Reporter/Anchor 1989-1990, out of media, international educator for 13 years, now healthcare administrator in Austin, TX
  • Dave Johnson: Anchor/Reporter 1987-1996, Currently Temporary Weekend Anchor at KIII-TV
  • Kiran Khalid: Reporter Late 90's, currently a field producer for Good Morning America.
  • Andrew LaFavers: Meteorologist from 1998–2001, currently a professor for Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas
  • Jennifer Lira: Anchor 2002-2010 Now Anchor at KRIS-TV
  • Gene Looper: Worked in various capacities from the station's inception until the early 2000s. Died July 2008 at the age of 86.
  • Rebecca Lopez: Morning Anchor & Reporter, currently at WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas.
  • Jeff Losh: Sports Reporter/Anchor 1994-1997, former reporter at KWTV-TV. Now working in financial services in Ft. Collins, Colorado.
  • Craig Lucie: Anchor/Reporter 2004-2005, former reporter at KTBC in Austin, Texas, now WESH-TV in Orlando.
  • Sylvia Martinez: Reporter May 2008-Sept 2008
  • Art Mack: Sports Director during the 1980s then went to KRIS-TV where he was the Sports Director till August,2007 Went to work in real estate died in 2010 from health complications
  • Millie Martinez: Reporter and Weekend Anchor in 2003; 2003-2006 Reporter for KOLD-TV in Tucson, Arizona now works at KENS5 in San Antonio, Texas as a internet marketing consultant.
  • David Mazza: Weekend, Mornings/Noon, and Chief Meteorologist 2003-Dec 2008. Currently at WOAI-TV as morning/midday meteorologist.
  • Shane McAuliffe: Sports Reporter, currently at KBTX as Morning Anchor/Sports Reporter.
  • Jonathan McCall: Reporter/Anchor 2006-2007, Currently anchor/reporter at KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, NV
  • Daniel McCarthy: Anchor/Reporter 1995-1997, former Reporter based in Berlin, Germany. Left TV to become a Nurse Anesthetist.
  • Chris McDonald: News Photographer, 1981–82, 83-84, Now at KRIV-TV Fox Houston Planning Editor-also worked @KTBC Austin, HTC Los Angeles, Fox 45 Baltiimore and News 24 Houston.
  • Mike Morrison: Chief Meteorologist, Aug 2003-Nov 2005.
  • Erika Olivares: News Reporter and Weather Anchor 1995-1996, former reporter at KXAN-TV and News 24 Houston now working in public relations.
  • Lauren Petrowski:Anchor/Reporter July 2006 to October 2007. Now at KTBC in Austin, Texas
  • Thomas Piland: Reporter (2007–2008)
  • Darius Radzius: Reporter/Asst. News Director (2005–2006). Now a reporter at FiOS 1 News on Long Island, NY
  • Albert Ramon: Chief Meteorologist, May 2005-Oct 2009. Currently at KVUE in Austin, Texas
  • Isis Romero: Anchor/Reporter 2004-2007
  • Mary Alice Salinas: Anchor, formerly of WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.
  • Steven Polisky: Producer 1990-1994, currently Business Analyst with Concentra Medical Services Dallas TX.
  • Dr. Jim Siebert: Weekend Meteorologist 1993-1994, Currently at KRIV-TV in Houston, TX
  • Marianne Silber: Anchor/Reporter 2001-2004, Currently Reporter with Fox News Channel
  • Phil Sokolov: Chief Meteorologist 1984-2003, currently out of television and in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area.
  • Kevin Steele: Anchor 2004-2006, currently at KBMT-TV in Beaumont, TX
  • Alex Stivers: Reporter 2006-2007,formerly reporting for KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi. Now Working in Advertising
  • Randy Sumner: Sports Anchor 1990-1996, formerly at KTBC-TV, News 24 Houston and KPRC-TV. Now working as communications consultant and freelancing at KHOU-TV.
  • Melissa Vega: Anchor/Reporter 2001-2007, currently at KGBT-TV as an News Anchor.
  • Scylla Visperas: Anchor/Reporter 2008-2009
  • Mark Kurtz: Reporter/Photographer 2000 & 2001, currently News Director at KWES-TV in Midland-Odessa, Texas
  • Eric von Wade: 10pm Anchor 2007-March 2008, currently host of talk radio program on 1230 KSIX AM in Corpus Christi
  • Richard Dickensheets Sign on Engineer 1964-1968 Currently Network Analyst Targa Resources Houston Tx


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