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KFDA-TV NewsChannel 10 is the CBS affiliated television station in Amarillo, Texas, USA. In 2002, KFDA-TV was the first Amarillo station to simulcast in HDTV. Its transmitter is located in Amarillo. The station is broadcast throughout its coverage area across the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, eastern New Mexico and southwestern Kansas over-the-air as well as cable carriage and through a network of 19 additional UHF translators in distant locations. The station is currently owned by Raycom Media with sister stations KEYU and KEYU-FM. Syndicated programming on KFDA includes: Dr. Phil, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Jeopardy!, and The Doctors

KFDA-TV

Kfda-amarillo-newschannel-10-logo

Amarillo, Texas
Branding NewsChannel 10
Slogan The Most Watched News In The Panhandle
Channels Digital: 10 (VHF)
Subchannels 10.1 CBS10.2 News Channel 10 Too10.3 Telemundo

10.4 NewsChannel 10 24/7

Translators (see article)
Affiliations CBS Television Network
Owner Raycom Media

(KFDA/KEYU License Subsidiary, LLC)

First air date April 4, 1953
Former channel number(s) Analog:10 (VHF, 1953-2009)Digital: 9 (VHF)
Former affiliations ABC (secondary, 1953-1957)
UPN (subchannel, to 2006)
Transmitter power 20.8 kW
Height 466 meters (1,529 ft)
Facility ID 51466
Transmitter coordinates 35°17′34″N 101°50′42″W / 35.29278°N 101.845°W / 35.29278; -101.845
Website www.newschannel10.com

HistoryEdit

The station signed on the air on April 4, 1953 beating NBC affiliate KAMR-TV (channel 4) to the airwaves within a little over two weeks; the station was originally locally owned by KFDA, Inc. The station has been a CBS affiliate since it's inception but carried ABC programming until KVII (channel 7) signed on in 1957. In 1959, KFDA-TV was sold to The Martin Theaters Company. KFDA operated satellite stations during the 1960s and 1970s in Clovis, New Mexico and in Sayre, Oklahoma. The Clovis station was KFDW-TV (channel 12), which was a KFDA satellite from 1964 to 1976 and is currently KVIH-TV, a satellite of Amarillo's ABC affiliate, KVII-TV (channel 7). The Sayre station was KFDO-TV Channel 8 and operated as a KFDA repeater from 1966 to 1976, when it was sold to KVII and operated as satellite station KVIJ-TV until it ceased operations in 1992.

In 1971, The Martin Theaters Company of stations were sold to Cosmos Broadcasting (Orion Television). In 1986, Cosmos Broadcasting sold the station to current owners Drewry Communications Group. In 2002, KFDA-TV was the first Amarillo station to simulcast in high definition.

On August 10, 2015, Raycom Media announced that they would purchase Drewry Communications for $160 million. The sale was completed on December 1. Drewry had originally planned to sell its stations to London Broadcasting in 2008[1]; however, by January 2009, that deal fell through.[2]

On February 23, 2011  KFDA became the first television station in the West Texas region to upgrade its local newscasts to high definition, and also upgraded its master control facilities to allow syndicated programming to be broadcast in HD.

Digital subchannelsEdit

Kzbz

Current logo for KZBZ, the former UPN Amarillo.

Drewry Communications Group also operated independent station KZBZ on digital channel 10-2. Previously, KZBZ was UPN Amarillo, which launched to replace KCPN-LP as that network's affiliate. A digital subchannel of KVII-TV gained the affiliation for the new CW network, which merged the programming assets of both UPN and The WB, while KCPN affiliated with the News Corporation-owned MyNetworkTV.

KTMO-LP, the Telemundo affiliated station's digital signal, occupies channel 10-3.

KFDA's broadcasts became digital-only, effective June 12, 2009.[3]

RebroadcastersEdit

KFDA is rebroadcast on the following low power stations:

Former satellite/repeater stationsEdit

KFDA operated satellite stations during the 1960s and 1970s in Clovis, New Mexico and in Sayre, Oklahoma.

The Clovis station was KFDW-TV Channel 12, which was a KFDA satellite from 1964 to 1976 and is currently KVIH-TV, a satellite of Amarillo's ABC affiliate, KVII-TV. The Sayre station was KFDO-TV Channel 8 and operated as a KFDA repeater from 1966 to 1976, when it was sold to KVII and operated as satellite station KVIJ-TV until it ceased operations in 1992.

News Team Edit

Current on-air staff

  • Ali Allison - weekday mornings Early Show and noon
  • Walt Howard - weeknights at 5, 6, and 10
  • Madison Alewel - weeknights at 6 and 10; also anchors the Quickcast at 4 p.m.
  • Paola Duarte-Albarran - weeknights at 5 on KFDA-DT3/KEYU
  • Maury Roman - weeknights at 10 on KFDA-DT3/KEYU
  • Cassie Stafford - weekend evenings (also weeknight reporter; see below)

First Alert Weather Team

  • "Doppler" Dave Oliver (AMS Seal of Approval) - "chief meteorologist" weekdays at noon & weeknights at 5
  • Allan Gwyn - weeknights at 6 and 10
  • Cameron Venable - weekend evenings
  • Samantha Thomas - weekday mornings Early Show
  • Lluvia Vidana - weeknights at 5 and 10 on KFDA-DT3/KEYU

Sports team

  • Brianna Mellon - sports director; weeknights at 6:00, 9:00 (KFDA-DT2/KZBZ-LP "NewsChannel 10 Too") & 10:00 p.m.
  • DJ Ezell - sports reporter; weekend evenings

Reporters

  • Nicolette Perrone - general assignment reporter
  • Shannon Smith - general assignment reporter
  • Cassie Stafford - general assignment reporter
  • Mike Makie - general assignment reporter
  • Marcy Marbut - general assignment reporter
  • Ralph Cooper - general assignment reporter
  • Nyzah McDonald - general assignment reporter

Former on-air staffEdit

  • Vanessa Abuchaibe (meteorologist on KFDA-DT3; then weekend meteorologist at KUVN-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth; now meteorologist at KVUE in Austin)
  • Jessica Abuchaibe (reporter/fill-in anchor on KFDA-DT3; then noon anchor at KVII-TV; now living in Los Angeles, CA as an actress)
  • David Alan (Anchor; now anchor in Norfolk, VA)
  • Jacob Albracht (Sports director; now sports director at KWCH-DT in Wichita, Kansas)
  • Molly Allen (reporter; now reporter at KTBC in Austin)
  • Blaire Arvin (Former weekend anchor/reporter; now in New Orleans, went from WVUE-TV to Horizon Entertainment)
  • Leslie Aguilar (reporter; now reporter at KRGV-TV in Brownsville/Harlingen/McAllen, Texas)
  • Marissa Bagg (Reporter; then reporter/fill-in anchor for KREM-TV in Spokane, WA; now at WTVJ in Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL)
  • Jeff Barger (Sports Director; now living in Dallas, TX)
  • Christy Bertolino (reporter)
  • Dylan Buckingham-Former Weekend Sports Anchor Private Life Oklahoma City, OK
  • Laura Brewster (Reporter; now Methodist minister in South Texas)
  • Ben Briscoe (Reporter)
  • Randy Brock (Weather anchor; now Meteorologist at KTTC-TV & KXLT-TV) in Rochester, MN)
  • Natali Brooks (reporter)
  • Angelica Brown (Reporter; now weekend anchor at KTUL in Tulsa, OK)
  • Jeff Castle (Weather anchor; now Meteorologist at WAFF-TV in Huntsville, AL)
  • Ryan Cody (reporter)
  • Meranda Carter-Cohn
  • Jason Cohn
  • Diana Crawford (reporter; then WAFF in Huntsville, AL; now at KPNX in Phoenix, AZ)
  • Ama Daetz (Morning & Noon Anchor; now at WDIV-TV in Detroit)
  • Veronica Dietrich (reporter; then reporter at KAMR-TV/KCIT)
  • Cori Duke (reporter/weekend anchor; now crime investgative reporter/weekend anchor at KJRH-TV in Tulsa, OK)
  • Rebekah Dulaney (reporter)
  • Terry FitzPatrick (I-Team reporter and anchor; now married to South Africa's most prominent newswoman and living there after reporting for NPR around the world)
  • Scott Foster (News Reporter/Anchor; now living in Bel Air, MD)
  • Stepheny Frederiksen (reporter; then Early Show reporter; now Producer/Weekend News Anchor at KAKE in Wichita, Kansas)
  • Jason Friedman (sports reporter)
  • Jake Garcia (fill-in reporter/anchor/also producer; now morning anchor KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls, TX/Lawton, OK)
  • Noelle Gardner (Anchor, Health Reporter; now Morning Anchor at KLFY-TV CBS in Lafayette, LA)
  • Heather Geller (reporter; then morning sports reporter/morning reporter; now sports reporter at KFSM-TV in Fort Smith, Arkansas)
  • Amanda Goodman (reporter; then morning anchor; then evening anchor)
  • Rachel Gollhardt (reporter; then Early Show reporter/noon anchor; now at WHBF-TV in Davenport, IA)
  • Adrienne Graham (Anchor)
  • Emily Griffin (reporter, then weekend anchor; then morning reporter at KWCH-DT in Wichita, Kansas)
  • Kristen Gulifoos (reporter, when weekend anchor; now morning anchor at KBTX-TV in Bryan/College Station)
  • John Harris (Morning Meteorologist; now Chief Meteorologist at KAMR-TV in Amarillo)
  • John Holcomb (Sports anchor; now at KOTV-DT in Tulsa)
  • Jody James (meteorologist; now meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Lubbock, TX)
  • Lisa Jones (anchor)
  • Kari King (Long time news anchor and news director; now an Executive Producer at KWTV-DT, News 9 in Oklahoma City)
  • Lisa Lancaster (reporter and weekend anchor 1982-1983; now media spokesperson for a Texas state agency)
  • Michelle Langowski (anchor/quickcast at 4 p.m. anchor; now known as Michelle Langowski Albracht)
  • Nikesha Leeper (reporter)
  • Larry Lemmons (reporter/Early show anchor; then anchor at KVII-TV; now living in Lubbock, TX)
  • Derik Lattig (noon anchor) Now News Producer for CBS News. Lives in DFW Texas.
  • Kevin Long (Sports Director/Anchor; now Sports Radio Talk Show Host at SportsFan 990, KFCD in Dallas after stints as Sports Director at KMAC in Lubbock and WAKA in Montgomery, AL)
  • Sarah Macias (reporter; now reporter at KWKT in Waco/Temple/Killeen, TX)
  • Tim Malone (reporter)
  • Robin Marsh (News anchor; now morning news anchor for KWTV-DT in Oklahoma City)
  • Kelly Marose (reporter)
  • Catherine Mathieson (reporter/fill-in anchor on Telemundo 36)
  • Gizmo McCracken (Photojournalist/Sports Anchor; now working in Iowa as Program Director)
  • Megan Moore (reporter/weekend anchor)
  • Mack Morris (weekend meteorologist; now meteorologist at KBTX-TV in Bryan/College Station, TX)
  • Irma Murillo (reporter)
  • Jennifer Mutz (Reporter; now living back in Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • David Nancarrow (Sports Anchor & Reporter; now at KKTV in

Colorado Springs)

  • Kris Nation (weekend meterologist; now chief meteorologist at KMTR in Eugene, OR)
  • David Nelson (anchor/reporter)
  • Mary Nelson (anchor/reporter in the 1990s)
  • Colleen Nelson (reporter/weekend anchor; now morning anchor at WTAJ in Altoona/Johnstown/State College, PA)
  • Adam Pages (weekend sports anchor; now living in Gainesville, FL)
  • Ashley Paredez (reporter/weekend anchor; then Early Show reporter; now weekend anchor at KTBC in Austin)
  • Angelina Perez (reporter; now morning anchor/weeknight reporter at KAMR-TV in Amarillo)
  • Elise Preston (reporter)
  • Kevin Puricelli (meteorologist)
  • Nelly Ramirez (reporter)
  • Maxine Ridling (reporter; now anchor at KTAB-TV in Abilene)
  • Mark Robertson-Baker (anchor; now deceased)
  • Laura Rojas (anchor)
  • Eric Ross (reporter; then KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs, CO; now investigative reporter at WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • Stacy Sakai (weeknight anchor/anchor for Quickcast at 4 p.m.; now morning anchor at KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara, California)
  • Christian Santiago (noon anchor/weeknight reporter in the mid-1990s)
  • Tiffany Saunders (sports director)
  • Imelda Saavedra (reporter/fill-in weather anchor on KFDA-DT3; then working at Dumas ISD)
  • Marissa Silver (reporter)
  • Francis Sirois (reporter)
  • Jeff Stebbins (reporter)
  • Ashley Strid (Sports Anchor/Reporter)
  • Dan True (Weather anchor during early-to-mid 1960s, best remembered for "TrueView Weather" presentation)
  • Byron Webre (Weather anchor; now Chief Meteorologist for KEYE-TV in Austin)
  • Barbara West (now Emmy and Edward R. Morrow award-winning anchor and medical reporter at WFTV in Orlando)
  • Wade West (I-Team reporter and anchor; now conducts fundraising auctions nationwide based in Orlando; was media trainer for US State Department and Department of Justice)
  • Stacy White (anchor)
  • Brian Wilson (Fox News correspondent) (now News anchor for the Fox News Channel in Washington, D.C.)
  • Shel Winkley (now Morning Meteorologist at KBTX-TV Bryan/College Station)
  • Angie Winn (Early show anchor; now living in Lubbock, TX)
  • Francisco Zepeda (meteorologist for Telemundo 36)
  • Jason Zielinski (Sports director)

News/station presentationEdit

Newscast titlesEdit

  • Newsroom (1953-1962)
  • Enco Reporter (1962-1963)
  • TV-10 News (1963-1966)
  • The Scene Today (1966-1974)
  • Eyewitness News (1974-1980)
  • Big 10 News (1980-1982)
  • NewsCenter 10 (1982-1986)
  • Channel 10 News (1986-1990)
  • KFDA News (1990-1995)
  • KFDA NewsChannel 10 (mid-1995)
  • NewsChannel 10 (1995-present)

Station slogansEdit

  • The Best is Right Here on Channel 10 (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 campaign)
  • Channel 10, You're Looking Good! (1979-1981; 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)
  • February Looks Great on Channel 10 (1983; localized version of CBS February ad campaign)
  • We've Got the Touch, You and Channel 10 (1983-1984; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Channel 10, The February Touch (1984; localizd version of CBS February ad campaign)
  • Channel 10, Better Every Day (1984-1987)
  • 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)
  • Get Ready for Channel 10 (1989-1991; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Four State News Authority (1990-1997)
  • The Look of Texas 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)
  • The Area's Most Experienced News Team (1997-2000)
  • Welcome Home, The Eye of Texas (1998-1999, localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Where the News Comes First (2000-2002)
  • Your News Channel (2002-2007)
  • The Most Watched News in the Panhandle (2007-present)

Newscast musicEdit

  • The Electric Horseman: The Electric Horseman (19??-19??)
  • KFDA 1989 News Theme (1989-1990)
  • KFDA 1990 News Theme (1990-1997)
  • KFDA Custom News Package (1997-2003)
  • Texas Highway (2000)
  • News Matrix (2003-2007)
  • The CBS Enforcer Music Collection (2007-2016)
  • CBS Local (2016-present)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NewsChannel 10 is purchased by London Broadcasting". NewsChannel 10. June 30, 2008. http://www.newschannel10.com/Global/story.asp?S=8582337. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
  2. ^ "London adds a market, leaves a crater". Television Business Report. January 16, 2009. http://www.rbr.com/tv-cable/tv_deals/12348.html. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
  3. ^ http://www.newschannel10.com/Global/story.asp?S=9797488

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