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KSNV-DT, channel 3 (digital channel 2), is the NBC-affiliated television station in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the flagship station of Intermountain West Communications Company (formerly Sunbelt Communications Company). KSNV's studios are in Las Vegas, and its transmitter is located on Black Mountain in Henderson, Nevada.

KSNV-DT
KSNV3
Las Vegas, Nevada
Branding Channel 3 (general)

News 3 (newscasts)

Channels Digital: 2 (VHF)

Virtual: 3 (PSIP)

Subchannels 3.1 NBC

3.2 Untamed Sports TV 3.3 Universal Sports

Affiliations NBC
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group

(Southern Nevada Communications)

First air date January 23, 1955
Call letters' meaning Southern

NeVada

Sister station(s) KRNV-DT, KENV-DT
Former callsigns KLRJ-TV (January–September 1955)

KORK-TV (1955–1979) KVBC (1979–2009) KVBC-DT (2009-2010)

Former channel number(s) Analog:

2 (VHF, 1955–1967) 3 (VHF, 1967–2009)

Transmitter power 27.7 kW
Height 386 m
Facility ID 69677
Transmitter coordinates 36°0′31.9″N115°0′21.6″W
Website www.news3lv.com

HistoryEdit

The station went on the air as KLRJ-TV on channel 2 on January 23, 1955, licensed to Henderson and owned by the Donrey Media Group (now Stephens Media LLC) along with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and KORK radio (920 AM, now KBAD; and 97.1 FM, now KXPT). Soon after, the station changed its calls to KORK-TV, matching its radio sisters, and moved its license and studios to Las Vegas. It has always been an NBC affiliate, but shared ABC with KLAS-TV (channel 8) until KSHO-TV (channel 13, now KTNV-TV) signed on in 1956. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[1]

In 1967, KORK-TV moved to channel 3 to avoid interference with newly signed-on KTVN (channel 2) in Reno.[citation needed] In 1971, a group of local residents led by Las Vegas attorney James E. (Jim) Rogers began an effort to take control of channel 3. Rogers' group gained more support when Donrey began heavily preempting NBC programming in order to sell more local advertising in the late 1970s. NBC was far less tolerant of this than the other networks at the time. The most notable of these preemptions was the 1978 World Series, angering both NBC and several Las Vegas area viewers, some of whom complained to the Federal Communications Commission. Facing pressure from both NBC and the FCC, Donrey was forced to sell the station to the Rogers group's holding company, Valley Broadcasting Company, in 1979. Donrey retained KORK radio, and as a result on October 1, 1979 the station became KVBC, reflecting the new ownership. Since then, the station has more or less cleared the whole NBC lineup.

For a few years, KVBC used a portion of Styx's 1978 hit "Come Sail Away" and Steve Winwood's "While You See A Chance" before going to a commercial break.[citation needed]

In the late 1980s, KVBC's sign-on to sign-off ratings climbed to an all-time high, thanks in part to a strong primetime line-up by NBC, in the late 1980s. News anchors Dave Courvoisier, Gwen Castaldi, and Rikki Cheese, weatherman Mike Bradley, and the sports team of Scott Reynolds and Colin Cowherd, supported by a strong team of reporters that included Scott Andrus, Deborah Brada, Dan Burns, Jamie Garcia, Rick Kirkham, Lonni Leavitt, Dan Monson, Darwin Morgan, Denise Rosch, and Laura Stephenson led News 3 when it surpassed KLAS-TV as the market leader.[2]

Two major "events" aided KVBC's rise to the top. In May 1988 an explosion and fire rocked the Pacific Engineering and Production Company (Pepcon) in Henderson. KVBC was knocked off the air for a few minutes, because its TV tower atop Black Mountain was positioned just above the blast site. Once KVBC was back on the air it was the first local station to continuously broadcast its breaking news coverage. Later that year, CBS produced "48 Hours in Las Vegas," a feature about Las Vegas that portrayed the city as full of gamblers and riddled by crime. In response, KVBC produced a one-hour documentary entitled, "Las Vegas, Beyond 48 Hours," which painted a more realistic picture of "Sin City" and its residents.

KVBC 2002

KVBC former logo from 2000-2010

KVBC was first to document the Mirage volcano explosion during its initial test in front of an unsuspecting nighttime audience. Overnight coverage, by reporter/anchors Steve Eager and Sarah Hoeveler and photographer Mike Dixon, helped to establish the newscast as #1 in the mornings from its inception in the summer of 1989. Hoeveler and photographer Jeff Lonetree won a regional Emmy award for coverage of breaking news overnight. Businessman Mike Moody later joined the anchor team to report on business news in southern Nevada.[citation needed]

Channel 3 created and hosted a community "EarthFair" in the summer of 1990. The Arts and Environmental Science Expo featured science fair projects, pine tree giveaway, and booths by up to 120 exhibitors. 15,000 people showed up for that first EarthFair at the Sunset Park. The Fair continued annually for several years.

From October 25, 1996 to June 6, 2000, KVBC had its own radio station, KVBC-FM on 105.1 FM dial. One of the shows on the air was called "Nate at Night", and was hosted by KVBC Chief Meteorogist Nathan Tannenbaum.[citation needed]

With the digital transition completed, the station officially added the -DT suffix to its legal call sign on June 23, 2009.[3]

On June 18, 2010 KVBC announced a call letter change to KSNV, reflecting the renaming of Valley Broadcasting Company (by this time the subsidiary of Sunbelt that held the station's license) to Southern Nevada Communications, as well as better reflecting the station's relationship with sister stations KRNV-DT in Reno and KENV-DT in Elko via the "Nevada Information Network".[4] The change to KSNV-DTbecame official on July 9, 2010.[3][5]

Digital televisionEdit

KSNV-DT broadcasts multiplexed on digital channel 2. But, through the use of PSIP, digital television display its virtual channel as 3.

Channel Name Programming
3.1 KSNV-DT main KSNV-DT/NBC programming
3.2 Untamed Sports TV Fishing, Hunting, Etc.
3.3 Universal Sports Sports

News operationEdit

Channel 3's newscasts were called Eyewitness News for many years. That name was changed to the current News 3 in 1982, andEyewitness News was picked up shortly thereafter by KLAS-TV (channel 8). It was the first station to report the deadly Las Vegas Hilton firein February 1981, interrupting regularly scheduled programming to provide live coverage.[citation needed]

KVBC premiered "News 3 at Sunrise," its morning newscast, in 1989 with overnight team coverage by reporter/anchors Steve Eagar (former Detroit Tigers catcher, now with KDFW in Dallas-Ft. Worth), Sarah Hoeveler, traffic reporter Tom Hawley and news photographer and editor Mike Dixon. In June 1991, News 3 at Noon premiered; It later expanded to one hour[when?]. On April 4, 2006, KVBC began a local 10 o'clock newscast on KVWB (now KVMY). The newscast moved to KVCW until September 2009 when it was cancelled and revived on KTUD on October 26, 2009.[citation needed]

On July 9, 2007, KVBC changed their morning newscast name to News 3 Today, phasing out the long-standing News 3 at Sunrise. With the promotion of Sue Manteris to evenings, and the reduction of Mitch Truswell to just the noon newscast. The morning team consists of husband-and-wife co-anchors Kim and Dana Wagner, chief meteorologist John Fredericks, and traffic reporter Tom Hawley.[citation needed] On August 11, 2007 KVBC became the second TV station in the Las Vegas market to broadcast its local news programming in High Definition.[citation needed]

On January 5, 2009, longtime meteorologist John Fredericks retired from the station after 12½ years at KVBC. According to the anchors, John felt it was hard to say goodbye on the air, therefore he left an audio message for the viewers and the station, as it does with any person that leaves after a long tenure, showed a montage of clips of John's career at KVBC. Dana Wagner was posted as replacing John during the morning and noon newscasts.[citation needed]

NewscastsEdit

Weekdays


  • Wake Up with The Wagners on News 3 – 4:30 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
  • News 3 Live at Noon & 12:30 – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • News 3 Live at 3 & 3:30 – 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • News 3 Live at 5 – 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • News 3 Live at 6 & 6:30 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • News 3 Live at 7 – 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • News 3 Live at 11 – 11:00 p.m. – 11:35 p.m.

Saturdays


  • News 3 Today – 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
  • News 3 Live at 5 – 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • News 3 Live at 6 – 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • News 3 Live at 11 – 11:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Sundays


  • News 3 Today – 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
  • News 3 Live at 5 – 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • News 3 Live at 6 – 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • News 3 Live at 11 – 11:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Sports Night in Las Vegas – 11:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

News/Station presentationEdit

  • Your Esso Reporter (1955–1958)
  • KORK-TV News (1958–1964)
  • Las Vegas Newsbeat (1964–1970)
  • City Camera News (1970–1974)
  • NewsCenter 3 (1974–1980)
  • Eyewitness News (1980–1982)
  • Channel 3 News (1982–1986)
  • News 3 (1986–present)

Station slogansEdit

  • TV-3, Proud as a Peacock! (1979-1981; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Come Home, to TV-3 (1980–1982)
  • TV-3, Our Pride is Showing (1981-1982; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • The Spirit of Las Vegas! (1982–1986)
  • TV-3 There, Be There (1983-1984; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • TV-3, Let's All Be There! (1984-1986; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Come Home to TV-3 (1986–1987; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Turn to a Friend (1986–1989; during period station used Frank Gari's "Turn To News")
  • Come on Home to TV-3 (1987-1988; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Come on Home to the Best, Only on TV-3 (1988-1990; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Turn to a Friend, Turn to 3 (1989–1994)
  • TV-3, is The Place to Be! (1990-1992; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • It's A Whole New TV-3 (1992-1993; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • The Stars Are Back on TV-3 (1993-1994; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • It's TV-3! (1994-1995; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Where News Comes First (1994–2007)
  • The Year To Be on TV-3 (1995-1996; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Watching Out for You (2007–2009)
  • Nevada's Information Network (1997–2013)
  • Southern Nevada's News Leader (2014–2015)

KVBC launched a campaign to advertise the new slogan. In late November, KVBC introduced billboards with the phrase "We are WOFY" displayed throughout the city. In December, the station began running commercials featuring WOFY in the shape of Pepperoni, WOFY spelled out in alphabet soup, and even spelled out WOFY in children's blocks. The station also teamed up with Henderson Hyundai by spelling out WOFY in cars in the car dealership's backlot. In late December, early January, KVBC launced the website wearewofy.com (now shut down) to help direct comments about what WOFY may mean. WOFY was later announced as "Watching Out for You," in January onNews 3 Today with Kim & Dana Wagner. In October 2009, KVBC eliminated the "Watching Out for You" slogan from its newscasts.

News teamEdit

Current on-air staffEdit

AnchorsEdit
  • Krystal Allen – weekdays at noon and 12:30 p.m.
  • Reed Cowan – weekdays at 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. and weeknights at 7:00 p.m.
  • Christine Kim – weekend mornings on News 3 Today (6:00–7:00 a.m.)
  • Jeff Maher – weekdays at noon and 12:30 p.m.
  • Marie Mortera – weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Gerard Ramalho – weekends at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Latoya Silmon – weekdays at 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. and weeknights at 7:00 p.m.
  • Jim Snyder – weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Dana Wagner – weekday mornings on Wake Up with The Wagners on News 3 (4:30–7:00 a.m.)
  • Kim Wagner – weekday mornings on Wake Up with The Wagners on News 3 (4:30–7:00 a.m.)
WeatherEdit
  • Chloe Beardsley – forecaster; weekdays at 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. and weeknights at 7:00 p.m.
  • Jerry Brown (NWA Seal of Approval) – meteorologist; weekend mornings on News 3 Today (6:00–7:00 a.m.) and weekends at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Kelly Curran – meteorologist; weekdays at noon and 12:30 p.m.
  • Kevin Janison (NWA Seal of Approval) – chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Dana Wagner (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) – weekday mornings on Wake Up with The Wagners on News 3 (4:30–7:00 a.m.)
SportsEdit
  • Amber Dixon – sports anchor; Mondays and Tuesdays at 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Randy Howe – sports director; Wednesdays–Fridays at 6:30 and 11:00 p.m. and weekends at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
ReportersEdit
  • Sergio Avila – reporter
  • Antonio Castelan – reporter
  • Craig Fiegener – reporter for Wake Up with The Wagners on News 3 (4:30–7:00 a.m.)
  • Jeff Gillan – political reporter
  • Sandra Gonzalez – reporter
  • Vicki Gonzalez – reporter
  • Tom Hawley – traffic anchor and reporter and fill-in anchor
  • Ian Lash – fill-in traffic anchor and reporter
  • Nathan O'Neal – reporter
  • Kyndell Nunley – reporter for Wake Up with The Wagners on News 3 (4:30–7:00 a.m.)
  • Denise Rosch – reporter
  • Kelsey Thomas – reporter
  • John Treanor – reporter
  • Michelle Velez – reporter for Wake Up with The Wagners on News 3 (4:30–7:00 a.m.)

Former on-air staffEdit

  • Dan Ball – anchor and reporter
  • Terry Care – reporter (now retired)
  • Hetty Chang – reporter
  • Sophia Choi – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. anchor (2007–2010)
  • Colin Cowherd – sports anchor (1988–1996; now with Fox Sports)
  • Elizabeth Donatelli – reporter
  • John Fredericks – meteorologist (now deceased)
  • Dana Gentry – host of Vegas Inc on Saturdays (6:30–7:00 p.m.)
  • Matt Kozar – reporter
  • Sue Manteris – anchor and reporter (1989–2011; now with 10e Media)
  • Paul Matadeen – reporter
  • Jessica Moore – anchor and reporter (now with WCBS-TV)
  • Jon Ralston – host of Ralston Reports on weeknights (6:30–7:00 p.m.); now with KTNV-TV
  • Anita Roman – reporter
  • Kendall Tenney – anchor and reporter (now retired)
  • Trevor Thompson – reporter
  • Venise Toussaint – reporter
  • Jen Wahl – meteorologist and reporter
  • Mackenzie Warren – anchor and reporter
  • Kevin West – sports director

Satellites and translatorsEdit

KSNV's signal is rebroadcast on the following translators:


KSNV, as KVBC, also previously maintained two full-power satellite stations. KVNV (channel 3) in Ely served as a KVBC satellite from its sign-on in 2001 until it was sold to PMCM TV, LLC in 2008, while KMCC (channel 34) in Laughlin was a KVBC satellite from its sign-on in 2003 until it was sold to Cranston II, LLC in 2005. Additionally, the signal for KVBC was to have been relayed over KBMO-TV (channel 9) inTonopah, Nevada, but construction of this station was not completed before the FCC construction permit expired in 2002.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films", Boxoffice: 13, November 10, 1956
  2. ^ Las Vegas Review-Journal, Dec 1989
  3. ^ a b "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 10, 2010.
  4. ^ Bornfeld, Steve. "MEDIA: Channel 3 files request for change of call letters", Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 18, 2010.
  5. ^ "Station Search Details". FCC. Retrieved July 8, 2010.

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