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KHAS-TV 5 is the NBC television station in Hastings, Nebraska. It serves as the NBC affiliate for the western side of the Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney market. The station is owned by Hoak Media Corporation, which also owns and operates sister station KNOP-TV in North Platte. The station is rebroadcast on translator K02HJ in Ord on channel 2.

KHAS-TV
KHAS
Hastings/Kearney/Grand Island, Nebraska
Branding News 5
Slogan Coverage You Can Count On
Channels Digital: 5 (VHF)
Subchannels 5.1 NBC HD5.2 This TV
Affiliations National Broadcasting Company
Owner Hoak Media Corporation

(Hoak Media of Nebraska License, LLC)

First air date January 1, 1956
Call letters' meaning HAStings
Former channel number(s) Analog:5 (VHF, 1956-2009)
Transmitter power 45 kW
Height 217 m
Facility ID 48003
Transmitter coordinates 40°39′6″N 98°23′4″W / 40.65167°N 98.38444°W / 40.65167; -98.38444
Website www.khastv.com

Recently, KHAS-TV has promoted itself as a full-market NBC station, challenging the long-standing status of Omaha's WOWT-TV as the default NBC affiliate in the capital. It has begun identifying as "Hastings/Kearney/Grand Island/Lincoln" on-air and on its Website. It is also available on the Lincoln DirecTV and Dish Network feeds as the local NBC station, boosting its potential audience to 277,000 people across Nebraska and Kansas.

On December 1, 2008, the station ended analog transmission and became exclusively digital.[1] Due to Nebraska's cold winter weather, the station elected to make the transition early rather than on the national February 17, 2009 analog shutoff date [2]. The digital signal on channel 5 is one of only 48 US full-power stations to broadcast digitally using a low-VHF/Band I channel[3].

HistoryEdit

KHAS was founded by a group of local investors headed by Fred A. Seaton, publisher of the Hastings Tribune newspaper and Secretary of the Interior during the Eisenhower Administration.[4] It took its calls from KHAS (AM), which Seaton had founded in 1940. In 1967, it was one of the first stations in the area to acquire color broadcasting equipment.

The Seaton family owned KHAS-TV until 1997, when it was sold to Dick Shively and Ulysses Carlini Sr., owners of North Platte TV stations KNOP-TV and K11TW, operating the three stations under the name Greater Nebraska Television. In 2005, Greater Nebraska Television sold the stations to Hoak Media.[5]

The station's studio is located north of Hastings on U.S. 281. The transmitter tower is located next to the studio.

KHAS-TV was formerly rebroadcast on translator station K14IY in Holdrege; this translator went dark in 2009.

KHAS 5.2Edit

In September 2010, KHAS-TV 5.2 switched from a NBC SD simulcast to This TV. It identifies locally as "THIS Nebraska".

On-air staffEdit

Current on-air staffEdit

Morning Show/Midday Anchors

  • Jeniffer Berry (News)
  • Chris Schukei (News)
  • Travis Klanecky (Weather)

6 & 10 Anchors

  • Katie Ferrell (Anchor)
  • John Walsh (Weather)
  • Ed Littler (Sports)

Weekend Anchors

  • Rachel Lake (Anchor)
  • Brittany Rainey (Weather)
  • Colin Murphy (Sports)

Reporters

  • Ginger ten Bensel
  • Anthony Pura
  • Rachel Lake
  • Amy West

Past anchors & reportersEdit

  • Lloyd Thomas, news anchor/weather
  • Bob Booe, news anchor/weather
  • Joe Martin, anchor/news director
  • Dyanna DeCola, now at Ag Day TV
  • Carla Thomas, weekend anchor
  • Scott Dobroski, weekend anchor
  • Rob Osman, anchor
  • Ed Jarmer, anchor
  • Ann Meyer, anchor
  • Adam Freeman, weekend anchor, now at WTSP Tampa, FL
  • Bram Weinstein, sports, now at ESPNEWS
  • Greg Tatro, weather
  • Corinne Hautala, anchor, now at WTLV Jacksonville, FL
  • David Ernst, weather, now at WSAV Savannah, GA
  • Robert Price, reporter, now at KGAN Cedar Rapids, IA
  • James Wilcox, anchor, now at KAAL Rochester, MN
  • Adam Lefkoe, reporter, now at WHAS Louisville, KY
  • Denise Booker-Middleton, reporter, now at KSLA Shreveport, LA
  • Scott Abraham, sports, now at WBOC Salisbury, MD
  • Kevin Faigle, sports

News/station presentationEdit

Newscast titlesEdit

  • Five Star News (1960s)
  • The Sixth Hour Report/The Eleventh Hour Report (1968–1970s)
  • NewsWatch 5 (1970s)
  • NewsCenter 5 (1970s–1985)
  • Channel 5 News (1985–1994)
  • News 5 (1994–present)

Station slogansEdit

  • Your Full Color Station! (1960s)
  • Channel 5 is Alive in the Air (1969-1970)
  • Channel 5, Proud As A Peacock! (1979-1981; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Channel 5, The Place to Be! (1990-1991; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (1997-present)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ KHAS Hastings Makes Digital Switch, TVNEWSDAY, Dec 11 2008
  2. ^ http://new.khastv.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=15352&storytopic=4
  3. ^ http://www.northpine.com/broadcast/index.html
  4. ^ "KHAS-TV : A History". khastv.com. http://new.khastv.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=207. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
  5. ^ Fowler, Gretchen (2005-08-31). "Hoak Media reaches deal to purchase KHAS-TV". The Grand Island Independent. http://www.theindependent.com/stories/083105/new_khas31.shtml. Retrieved 2008-02-08. [dead link]

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