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KSAT-TV channel 12 is the local ABC affiliate television station in the greater San Antonio area. Its transmitter is located in Elmendorf, Texas. The station calls itself KSAT 12, pronounced as "K-Sat".

KSAT-TV
200px-KSAT ABC12
San Antonio, Texas
Branding KSAT 12 (general)

KSAT 12 News (newscasts) (pronounced "K-Sat")

Slogan Live. Local. Latebreaking.
Channels Digital: 12 (VHF)
Affiliations ABC

Me-TV (DT2) .

Owner Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc.

(Post-Newsweek Stations, San Antonio, Inc.)

First air date January 21, 1957
Call letters' meaning San Antonio, Texas; also theICAO code for San Antonio International Airport
Former callsigns KONO-TV (1957-1969)
Former channel number(s) Analog:12 (VHF, 1957-2009)

Digital: 48 (UHF)

Transmitter power 17.6 kW
Height 455 m
Facility ID 53118
Transmitter coordinates 29°16′11″N 98°15′31″W
Website www.ksat.com

In the San Antonio area, KSAT is broadcast on cable channel 13 on Time Warner Cable. The station also serves as the default ABC affiliate for the Laredo market, which does not have an ABC affiliate of its own.

HistoryEdit

KSAT first went on the air as KONO-TV Channel 12 on January 21, 1957, owned by the Roth family with KONO-AM-FM. It has been an ABC affiliate since its launch.

The station was purchased by The Outlet Company of Providence, Rhode Island in 1968, who changed its call letters to the present day KSAT-TV in 1969. Outlet was taken private in 1986 and the new owners sold KSAT toH&C Communications. In 1994, it was sold with KPRC-TV in Houston to current owner Post-Newsweek Stations, a subsidiary of the Washington Post Company. On June 12, 2009 KSAT 12 Signed off for the last time as an analog station and kept the channel number as digital.

Digital televisionEdit

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KSAT 12 Studio on N. St. Mary's

KSAT-DT broadcasts on digital channel 12.'

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Digital channel

Channel Name Programming
12.1 KSAT-DT1 Main KSAT-TV Programming / ABC (HD)
12.2 KSAT-DT2 Me-TV

Analog-to-digital conversionEdit

KSAT-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 12, on June 12, 2009,[1] as part of the DTV transition in the United States. The station had been broadcasting its pre-transition digital signal over UHF channel 48, but returned to channel 12 for its post-transition operations.[2]

ProgrammingEdit

KSAT-TV broadcasts The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil, The Nate Berkus Show, Entertainment Tonight, and ABC programming.[3]

News operationEdit

KSAT broadcasts a total of 24.5 hours of local news per week (with 4½ hours on weekdays, and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). Unusual for a television station, traffic reports during KSAT's morning newscasts are provided by officers from the San Antonio Police Department, Robert Dart and Marcus Trujillo.

As of the November 2006/May 2007 ratings period, KSAT's newscasts are in first place in all time slots, with exception of weekday mornings, where it places second.

On February 5, 2009, KSAT became the second station in San Antonio (behind KENS) to broadcast its newscast in high definition; however, KSAT does not currently broadcast in true high definition, but rather upconverted widescreen standard definition. Nevertheless, it claims to be broadcasting in high definition.

Leslie MoutonEdit

In 2004, weeknight co-anchor Leslie Mouton was interviewed on The Oprah Winfrey Show (which airs on KSAT), talking about her battle withbreast cancer and her decision to anchor the news without a wig while she was going through chemotherapy. The talk show featured clips of Mouton's first anchoring appearance after she lost her hair, including the explanation she gave on-air of what she was going through at the time. Mouton chronicled her treatment and recovery on KSAT, earning accolades from local oncologists and cancer patients.

News/station presentationEdit

Newscast titlesEdit

  • Your Esso Reporter (1957–1962)
  • KONO-TV News (1962–1968)
  • 12 News Final (1968–1970)
  • 12 Star Final (1970–1976)
  • NewsWatch 12 (1976–1984)[4]
  • KSAT 12 News (1984–present)[5]
  • KSAT 12 News Nightbeat (10 p.m. newscast; 1994–present)

Station slogansEdit

  • We're Still Having Fun, Channel 12's The One
  • We're the One You Can Turn To, Channel 12 (1978–1979; local version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Come on Along with Channel 12 (1982–1983; local version of ABC ad campaign)
  • That Special Feeling on Channel 12 (1983–1984; local version of ABC ad campaign)
  • We're With You on Channel 12 (1984–1985; local version of ABC ad campaign)
  • You'll Love It on Channel 12 (1985–1986; local version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Together on Channel 12 (1986–1987; local version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Something's Happening on KSAT-12
  • San Antonio's Watching KSAT-12
  • San Antonio's NewsChannel (1991–1994)
  • If It's San Antonio, It Must Be KSAT-12 (1992–1993; local version of ABC ad campaign)
  • San Antonio's #1 Choice for News (1994–1996)
  • Live. Local. Latebreaking. (1996–2011)
  • TV is Good, on KSAT-12 (1997–1998; local version of ABC ad campaign)
  • We Love TV, on KSAT-12 (1998–1999; local version of ABC ad campaign)
  • The People you know and trust (2011-2012)
  • Expect more (2012-present)

On-air staffEdit

Current on-air staff[6]Edit

AnchorsEdit
  • Mark Austin - weekday mornings "Good Morning San Antonio" and noon
  • Charles Gonzalez - Saturdays at 5, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.; also general assignment reporter (2001-present)
  • Leslie Mouton - weekday mornings "Good Morning San Antonio" and noon
  • Ursula Pari - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Steve Spriester - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Isis Romero - Sundays at 5:30 and 10 p.m.; also weekday reporter
KSAT 12 Weather TeamEdit
  • Steve Browne (AMS member) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • John Honoré (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; Saturdays at 5, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.
  • Mike Osterhage (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings "Good Morning San Antonio" and noon
  • Justin Horn Fill-in meterologist
Sports teamEdit
  • Greg Simmons - sports director; Monday-Tuesdays at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Larry Ramirez - sports anchor; Wednesday-Fridays at noon, Wednesday-Fridays at 6, Saturdays at 5, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.
  • David Sears - sports reporter; also fill-in sports anchor
Traffic (provided by officers from the San Antonio Police Department)Edit
  • Robert Dart - weekday mornings
  • Marcus Trujillo - weekday mornings
ReportersEdit
  • Jessie Degollado - general assignment reporter
  • Jennifer Dodd - general assignment reporter
  • Tim Gerber - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Eileen Gonzales - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Simon Gutierrez - general assignment reporter (1997-Present)
  • John Mitchell - general assignment reporter; first African-American staff of KSAT; also fill-in reporter for Gutierrez and Gonzalez
  • April Molina - general assignment and "Defenders" investigative reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Marilyn Moritz - "12 On Your Side" consumer reporter
  • Brian Mylar - general assignment and "Defenders" investigative reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Stephenie Serna - general assignment reporter
  • Paul Venema - general assignment reporter
  • Katrina Webber - general assignment reporter

Former on-air staff


  • Bill Balleza - weekend weatherman and floor cameraman (now with KPRC in Houston)
  • Shara Fryer - anchor/reporter (later anchored in Houston at KTRK, now retired)
  • Karen Gallagher - anchor
  • Michele Marsh - reporter (later worked in New York City at WCBS-TV and WNBC)
  • Michelle Lima - anchor/reporter (deceased)
  • Bob Salter - anchor
  • Denise Valdez - anchor/reporter (now with KLAS in Las Vegas)
  • Kathy Vara - reporter/anchor (now with KNBC in Los Angeles)
  • Steve Roldan - reporter (now with WGME in Portland, ME)

LogosEdit

Station brandingEdit

Post-Newsweek adopted a "Local Mandate" meaning that all its stations carry the "Local" branding. KSAT 12 was briefly called "Local 12" in 2004 before reverting back to the current brand used before. This means that KSAT does not follow this station standardization, but Local is mentioned in the station's slogan: "Live, Local, Latebreaking", & periodocally during newscasts the station bug does cycle between both names (mimicking a similar behavior at sister stations KPRC-TV and WDIV, cycling between the station call letters/channel and "Local 4" or "Local 2" on the animated bug).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf
  2. ^ CDBS Print
  3. ^ "KSAT Programs". KSAT. KSAT.Com. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLTTTnRipDM
  5. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQLAWok8GwQ
  6. ^ http://www.ksat.com/newsteam/index.html

External linksEdit

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