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KXXV (News Channel 25) is a full-power television station in Waco, Texas, serving Central Texas as an ABC affiliate. It is currently owned by Raycom Media. A planned late 2008 sale of the Drewry stations to London Broadcasting fell through due to the late 2000s credit crisis. [1] London Broadcasting subsequently purchased local NBC affiliate KCEN-TV.

KXXV
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Krhd

Waco, Texas
Branding KXXV NewsChannel 25

KRHD-LP ABC 40

Slogan KXXV:Breaking News, Breaking Stories, Tracking Storms

KRHD:Digging Deeper, Tracking Storms

Channels Digital: 26 (UHF)
Subchannels 25.1 ABC

25.2 Telemundo 25.3 25 Weather Now

Translators KRHD-CD 40 Bryan/College Station
Affiliations ABC (September 1985-present)
Owner Raycom Media

(KXXV License Subsidiary, LLC)

First air date March 22, 1985
Call letters' meaning XXV = Roman numeral 25
Former channel number(s) Analog:

25 (UHF, 1985-2009)

Former affiliations NBC (March-September 1985)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 561.4 m
Facility ID 9781
Transmitter coordinates 31°20′16″N 97°18′36″W
Website www.kxxv.com/

KXXV also operates a low-powered, Class-A, digital semi-satellite in Bryan, KRHD-CD channel 40. KRHD has a small newsroom with several reporters who provide stories for a daily 10pm newscast that is produced by KXXV.

In Waco/Killeen/Temple, KXXV broadcasts on cable channel 5, while in Bryan/College Station KRHD-CD broadcasts on cable channel 9.

HistoryEdit

KXXV signed on for the first time on March 22, 1985 as an NBC affiliate; Waco was one of the last markets in the nation with full service from all three of the traditional broadcast networks. It switched to ABC that fall.

KRHD-CD's call letters are based on the name of Robert H. Drewry, an Oklahoma native and founder of the Drewry Communications Group. On August 10, 2015, Raycom Media announced they would be purchasing Drewry Communications for $160 million. The sale was completed on December 1, 2015.

Digital televisionEdit

KXXV's broadcasts have been digital-only since February 17, 2009;[1] the digital signal also offers Telemundo programming on 25.2 and local weather 24/7 on 25.3.

NewscastsEdit

Monday-Friday

  • Good Morning Texas Early Edition (5:30am-6am)
  • Good Morning Texas (6-7am)
  • The Texas Report (11-11:30am)
  • News Channel 25 at 5:00 (5-5:30pm)
  • News Channel 25 at 6:00 (6-6:30pm)
  • News Channel 25 NightBeat (10-10:35pm)
  • ABC 40 NightBeat (10-10:35pm)


Saturday

  • The Texas Report (6-6:30pm)
  • The Texas Report (10-10:30pm)


Sunday

  • The Texas Report (5:30-6pm)
  • The Texas Report (10-10:30pm)

On-air staffEdit

Current on-air staffEdit

Anchors

  • Bruce Gietzen (anchor)
  • Ann Harder (anchor)
  • Seth Kovar (anchor)
  • Mark Wiggins (anchor/reporter)


Reporters

  • John Cuoco (reporter)
  • Rob Munoz (reporter)


Meteorologists

  • Matt Hines (chief meteorologist)
  • Tiffany Savona (morning meteorologist)
  • Conley Isom (weekend meteorologist)


Sports

  • Brandon Davidow (sports director)
  • Tiffany Blackmon (sports reporter/weekend sports anchor)
  • Jeff McAdam (sports reporter)

Notable reportersEdit

  • Brian Collins, best remembered as the sports anchor on Ball State's college news program fumbling highlights only to conclude with the catch phrase Boom goes the dynamite.[2][3]
  • E.D. Hill (1986-1987) KXXV-TV, Waco, TX - reporter/anchor, best known as Fox and Friends Morning Anchor 1998-2006

News/station presentationEdit

Newscast titlesEdit

  • Eyewitness News 25 (1985-1995)
  • News 25 (1995-2004)
  • Nightbeat (10PM newscast; 1995-2009; still used on weekend newscasts)
  • NewsChannel 25 (2004-present)
  • The Texas Report (10PM newscast; 2009-present)

Station slogansEdit

  • TV-25, Let's All Be There! (1985, local version of NBC campaign)
  • You`ll Love It on 25 (1985-1986; local version of ABC campaign)
  • Eyewitness News 25, Count on the Team (1985-1995)
  • Together on 25 (1986-1987; local version of ABC campaign)
  • Something`s Happening on TV-25 (1987-1990; local version of ABC campaign)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (1995-2002)
  • Your First Choice for News (2002-2004)
  • The NewsChannel for Central Texas (2004-2005)
  • Breaking News, Breaking Stories, Tracking Storms (2005-present)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.kxxv.com/Global/story.asp?S=9863697
  2. ^ "Brian Collins' Career Finally Gets A Boom". Deadspin. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  3. ^ "Collins Bio". KXXV. Retrieved 2008-08-26.

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