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Topeka, Kansas
Branding 49 ABC (general)

49 News (newscasts)

Channels Digital: 48 (UHF)

Virtual: 49 (PSIP)

Subchannels 49.1 ABC HD

49.2 Weather 49.3 The CW

Affiliations ABC
Owner Free State Communications, LLC
First air date June 1983[1]
Call letters' meaning TopeKA
Former callsigns KLDH (1983-1987)
Former channel number(s) Analog:

49 (UHF, 1983-2009)

Transmitter power 55 kW
Height 451.1 m
Facility ID 49397
Transmitter coordinates 39°1′33.7″N 95°55′2.1″W / 39.026028°N 95.91725°W / 39.026028; -95.91725
Website (official site) (program listings)

On Topeka-area Cox systems, KTKA is available on channel 9 and HD 601, and 49.2, a local weather service, is on digital channel 675.


[hide]*1 History

  • 2 Digital television
  • 3 News operation
    • 3.1 News/station presentation
      • 3.1.1 Newscast titles
      • 3.1.2 Station slogans
    • 3.2 Personalities
      • 3.2.1 Current on-air staff
      • 3.2.2 Former on-air staff
  • 4 External links
  • 5 References

[edit] History

KTKA originally signed on the air as KLDH in June 1983, immediately taking the ABC affiliation. Previously, ABC had been relegated to off-hours clearances on CBS affiliate WIBW-TV and NBC affiliate KTSB (now KSNT), though most of the area could get the full ABC schedule on cable via KMBC-TV in Kansas City. Channel 49's sign-on made Topeka one of the last markets in the country with full service from all three networks.

KLDH was plagued by technical problems during its first two years on-air, including a transmitter fire that knocked it off the air for a few weeks. KTKA-TV became the new callsign in 1987.

In 1998, KTKA moved its studios from downtown Topeka to southwest Topeka; the current studio facilities are also used by KTPK.

On August 29, 2005, KTKA was purchased by Free State Communications, a privately owned Kansas-based media and communications company and a subsidiary of the World Company (which also owns the Lawrence Journal-World). Its transmitter is located in Topeka.

[edit] Digital television

KTKA's broadcasts are digital-only, effective 12:01am February 17, 2009.[2]

[edit] News operation

KTKA phased out news programming in 2002. After Free State acquired the station, KTKA received new software and hardware for the re-development of a news division. On February 5, 2006, KTKA launched 49 News at 10 immediately following Super Bowl XL.

Currently, the station only airs a 6 p.m. newscast on weekdays, as well as a 10 p.m. newscast seven nights a week. At one time, KTKA offered newscasts in the morning (branded Good Morning Kansas) and at 11 a.m., but they were canceled on November 6, 2008 as part of cutbacks that resulted in nine employees being let go.

[edit] News/station presentation

[edit] Newscast titles

  • Newsline 49 (1983-1989)
  • 49 Eyewitness News (1989-1995)
  • News Source 49 (1995-2002)
  • 49 News (2006-present)

[edit] Station slogans

  • Kansas' Most Powerful Television Station (1989-early 1990s)
This film, television or video-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it with reliably sourced additions.===[edit] Personalities===

[edit] Current on-air staff

(as of May 2010) Current Anchors

  • Ben Bauman - weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Lindsey Elliott - weekends at 10 p.m.; also Manhattan bureau reporter
  • Marshanna Hester - weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.; also money reporter

49 Storm Team

  • Matt Miller - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Ed Bloodsworth (AMS Member; NWA Member) - Meteorologist; weekends at 10 p.m.
  • Ashley Meenen - Meteorologist; weekday morning cut-ins during Good Morning America
  • Gregory Postel - Meteorologist; fill-in

Sports Team

  • Nic Hoch - Sports Director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Matt Lothrop - Sports Anchor; weekends at 10 p.m.; also sports reporter


  • Lauren Seabrook - Emporia and education reporter
  • Syed Shabbir - crime and safety reporter
  • Daniel Winn - government reporter

[edit] Former on-air staff

*Kelsey Angle*John Becker
  • Steve Breitwieser
  • Peter Bernard
  • Craig Borgman
  • Mike Brooks (now at WGCL in Atlanta)
  • Chanda Brown
  • Mike Browning
  • Tom Burse, Chief Meteorologist (now Owner/Chief Meteorolgist WeatherImage LLC)
  • Stan Byrdy
  • Joan Carlson
  • Marty Carpenter
  • Ric Chetter
  • Tom Christiansen
  • Tony Cornett
  • Jana Corrie (now at KMBC in Kansas City)
  • Dana Davis
  • Mike Deines
  • Mike DiNitto
  • Jessica Drew (now at WSPA-TV in Greenville, SC)
  • Brad Edwards (formerly of The Weather Channel, now at WOI-TV in Des Moines)
  • Jaime Fall
  • Julie Goldberg-Unruh (now at WGN-TV in Chicago)
  • Karl Fruendt
  • Mark Holyoak
  • Collette Kennedy
  • Ted Hall
  • Beau Harkness
  • Jamie Henry
  • Jeff Herndon (now at KAKE in Wichita)
  • Lori Hutchinson
  • Tim Joyce
  • Rebecca Kleeman
  • Jason Lamb (now at WDAF-TV in Kansas City)
  • Ed Levy
*Mike Lowe*Ann Miller
  • Megan Mosack
  • Maria Neider
  • Jamie Oberg
  • Rich O'Brien
  • Tara O'Neill
  • Austen Onek
  • Rodney Price (now at KWCH in Wichita as fill-in meteorologist)
  • Ellen Powers
  • Anita Reese
  • Marty Matthews
  • Dave Relihan (came from WIBW-TV, now at WIBW AM)
  • Eric Renner
  • Mike Rigg
  • Justin Schmidt (now at KCTV in Kansas City)
  • Greg Sharpe
  • Blake Smith
  • Steve Snyder - news director (deceased)
  • Brad Stauffer
  • Scott Stevens - meteorologist
  • Ric Streed
  • Tai Takahashi
  • Bob Totten - news director
  • Natasha Trelfa (now at KAKE in Wichita)
  • Dan Vogt (then to WDAF-TV in Kansas City)
  • Jim Wagner
  • Eileen Wixted
  • Christine Killamayer
  • Annette Lawless
  • Sophia Spencer
  • Liz Zamora

[edit] External links

[edit] References

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says June 19, while the Television and Cable Factbook says June 20.
  2. ^

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