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KABB is the Fox Network affiliate television station in San Antonio, Texas. It is co-owned with The CW Television Network affiliate KMYS(channel 35) by the Sinclair Broadcast Group. KABB's studios are located in Northwest San Antonio off Loop 410 and its transmitter is located in Elmendorf, Texas. KABB can also be seen through cable in Laredo, Texas.

KABB
Kabblogo
San Antonio, Texas
Branding Fox 29;

Fox San Antonio(general) Fox 29 News (news)

Channels Digital: 30 (UHF)Virtual: 29 (PSIP)
Affiliations Fox (1995-2012)
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

(KABB Licensee, LLC)

Founded 1987
First air date December 16, 1987
Call letters' meaning Alamo Broadcasting
Sister station(s) KMYS
Former channel number(s) Analog:29 (UHF, 1987-2009)
Former affiliations independent (1987-1995)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 441 m
Facility ID 56528
Transmitter coordinates 29°17′28″N98°16′12″W
Website www.kabb.com

HistoryEdit

KABB was launched as an independent station on December 16, 1987 — The now sister KMYS (then KRRT) became a charter Fox affiliate a year earlier in 1986. KABB was initially owned by the Alamo Broadcasting Corporation before it was sold to River City Broadcasting in 1989. In 1995, after KRRT gave up Fox for UPN affiliation, KABB picked up the Fox affiliation and has been a Fox station ever since. River City merged with Sinclair in 1996. The next year, Glencairn, Ltd. bought KRRT, which had entered into a local marketing agreement with KABB two years earlier. However, Glencairn's stock was almost completely controlled by Sinclair's principals, making it a shell corporationfor Sinclair (see Cunningham Broadcasting). Sinclair bought KRRT outright in 2001.

Sinclair and Fox cut a six-year affiliation contract extension for Sinclair's 19 Fox affiliates; thus, Fox will remain on KABB at least through March 2012.

Logowise, the station is currently known as Fox 29, but on-air it is known as "Fox San Antonio."

In late 2006, 4Kids TV programming moved to sister station KMYS to accommodate an expansion of the morning newscast "Fox News First." This follows part of a 12-year trend of Fox affiliates pre-empting network Kids programming from its days as Fox Kids.

Digital televisionEdit

KABB shut down its analog signal on June 12, 2009,[1] as part of the DTV transition in the United States. KABB remained on its current pre-transition channel number, 30 [2] using PSIPto display KABB's virtual channel as 29.

ProgrammingEdit

KABB-TV broadcasts mostly syndicated programming during the daytime such as Judge Pirro, Jerry Springer, Divorce Court, and Maury as broadcasts Fox programming in the evening.[3]

News operationEdit

The station debuted its 9 p.m. newscast in 1995. On January 2, 2006, the weekday morning newscast Fox News First was launched. On September 8, 2008 Fox News First expanded to four hours from 6-9 a.m., to running from 5-9 a.m.

The nightly newscast on KABB is also simulcast on Fox affiliates KIDY (channel 6) in San Angelo and KXVA (channel 15) in Abilene, Texas nightly at 9 p.m. Abilene's MyNetworkTVaffiliate KIDZ, also re-airs the newscast nightly on a one hour delay at 10 p.m. KIDY and KXVA also began simulcasting Fox News First weekday mornings in October 2010.

As of October 2010, KABB is the only major English-language network-affiliated television station in San Antonio without 16:9 widescreen or high-definition newscasts.

News/station presentationEdit

Newscast titlesEdit

  • Fox 29 News (1995–present)
  • The Nine O'Clock News (1995-2001)[4]
  • Fox News at Nine (2002-present; 9 p.m. newscast)
  • Fox News First (2006-present; morning newscast)

Station slogansEdit

  • San Antonio's New Choice for Evening News (2002–2004)

On-air staffEdit

Current on-air staff (as of August 2010)[5]Edit

Current anchorsEdit
  • Ted Garcia - weekends at 9 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
  • Mileka Lincoln - weekends at 9 p.m.; also weeknight reporter and host of Focus on South Texas
  • Karen Martinez - weeknights at 9 p.m.
  • Monica Taylor - weekday mornings "Fox News First" (5-9 a.m.)
  • Michael Valdes - weeknights at 9 p.m.
  • Ernie Zuniga - weekday mornings "Fox News First" (5-9 a.m.)
First Warning Weather TeamEdit
  • Alex Garcia (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 9 p.m.
  • TBD - Meteorologist; weekends at 9 p.m.
  • Shaun Stevens (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "Fox News First" (5-9 a.m.)
Sports teamEdit
  • Chuck Miketinac - Sports Director; weeknights at 9 p.m.
  • Hector Ledesma - Sports Anchor; weekends at 9 p.m.; also sports reporter
  • Darren Haynes - Sports Anchor; Mondays at 9 p.m.; also sports reporter
ReportersEdit
  • Christina Coleman - general assignment reporter
  • Andy Cunningham - general assignment reporter
  • Sylvia Rincon - general assignment reporter
  • Jennifer Saucedo - general assignment reporter
  • Grace White - general assignment reporter
  • Yami Virgin - general assignment reporter
  • JT Street - Video Journalist
  • Miriam Zamorano - Traffic and general assignment reporter

Former on-air staffEdit

  • Jenny Hansson
  • James Keith
  • Cynthia Lee
  • Jim Marsh
  • Jody Manley
  • Lu Parker
  • Anthony Pittman
  • Ed Suarez
  • Dean Acosta

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf
  2. ^ CDBS Print
  3. ^ "KABB Programs". KABB. KABB.Com. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9moNZp-s-kc
  5. ^ www.foxsanantonio.com/sections/station/news-team

External linksEdit

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