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KTTC is the NBC-affiliated television station for Southeastern Minnesota and Northeastern Iowa. It is licensed to Rochester and broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 10 from a transmitter south of Ostrander, Minnesota near the Fillmore and Mower County line. The station can also be seen in Iowa on Mediacom channel 10 (HD on digital channel 810) and in Minnesota on Charter channel 12 (HD on digital channel 782). Owned by Quincy Newspapers, the station operates Fox affiliate KXLT-TV through a shared services agreement (SSA). The two share studios on Bandel Road Northwest along U.S. 52 in Rochester. Syndicated programming on KTTC includes: Inside Edition, Access Hollywood, Judge Judy, The Doctors, and The World's Funniest Moments.

KTTC
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Rochester/Austin, Minnesota-

Mason City, Iowa

City of license Rochester
Branding KTTC (general)

NewsCenter (weekdays) KTTC News (weekends) Signal Hill CW (on DT2)

Slogan The People You Know, The News You Trust
Channels Digital: 10 (VHF)

Virtual: 10 (PSIP)

Subchannels 10.1 NBC

10.2 The CW

Translators 50 W50DR-D La Crosse, WI

62 K62EV Winona

Owner Quincy Newspapers

(KTTC Television, Inc.)

First air date July 14, 1953 [1]
Call letters' meaning Total Tri-State Coverage
Sister station(s) KXLT-TV
Former callsigns KROC-TV (1953-1976)
Former channel number(s) Analog: 10 (VHF, 1953-2009)

Digital: 36 (UHF, 2000-2009) 67 W67CH La Crosse

Former affiliations DuMont (1953-1955)

CBS (1953-1956) ABC (1953-1956) [2] all secondary

Transmitter power 20 kW
Height 381 m
Facility ID 35678
Transmitter coordinates 43°34′14.9″N 92°25′38.1″W / 43.570806°N 92.42725°W / 43.570806; -92.42725

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[edit] Overview

It operates the area's CW affiliate on a second digital subchannel. Known on-air as Signal Hill CW, it can also be seen in Iowa on Mediacom channel 2 and in Minnesota on Charter channel 7. "Signal Hill" denotes KTTC studio's location at the northern-most point of Rochester.

The station can be seen on three translators. This includes digital W50DR-D channel 50 in La Crosse, Wisconsin from a transmitter on WXOW's tower in La Crescent, Minnesota and analog K62EC channel 62 in Winona from a transmitter east of downtown. At one point, KTTC was also seen on analog K70DR channel 70 in Blue Earth from a transmitter east of downtown. This translator has a construction permit to air a low-powered digital signal on channel 16 with the calls K16GY.

[edit] History

On July 14, 1953 the station signed on as KROC-TV as the first channel in Southern Minnesota and the third in the state after KSTP-TV and WTCN-TV in the Twin Cities. Launched by G. David Gentling (son of KROC radio owner Gregory P. Gentling), it was sister to KROC radio (AM 1340 and FM 106.9). The station carried programming from all four commercial networks of the 1950s: ABC, CBS, and DuMont but was a primary NBC affiliate. [3] The family operation eventually became the Southern Minnesota Broadcasting Company. In 1976 due to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) restrictions on ownership of multiple stations in a single market, this channel was purchased by Quincy Newspapers from Southern Minnesota Broadcasting. The call letters became KTTC.

KTTC-DT began broadcasting on UHF channel 36 in September 2000. [4] It ceased analog broadcasting on VHF channel 10 at approximately 1:35 on the afternoon of February 17, 2009. [5] Later that afternoon, KTTC-DT commenced broadcasting on channel 10. [6] The station's pre-transition digital facility on channel 36 became the final post-transition facility for ABC affiliate KAAL. [7] In 2001, the station entered into a shared services agreement with Fox affiliate KXLT which had been sold by Shockley Communications to Quincy. However, Shockley retained KXLT due to FCC restrictions on common ownership. As part of the arrangement, KTTC provides all technical support, promotions, commercial production, and master control for that channel. This station also produces a nightly prime time newscast on KXLT. Additionally, it has a relationship with Charter Communications in Olmsted County, Minnesota to provide local news updates on CNN Headline News.

In addition to its main facilities, the station operates a bureau in Austin. The channel operates its own weather radar at the main studios. In the La Crosse area, KTTC analog translator station W67CH channel 67 ceased broadcasting on November 4, 2009. [8] It was replaced with digital translator station W50DR-D which went on-the-air at 2:10 p.m. on the afternoon of October 14. [9]

[edit] News team

Anchors

  • Joshua Stevens - weekday mornings and reporter
  • Jess Abrahamson - weekday mornings and noon
  • Rachel Wick - weeknights at 5, 6, and 10
  • Tom Overle - weeknights at 6 and 10
  • Ali Lucia - weeknights at 9 and producer
  • Aubrey Helms - weekends at 5, 6, and 10
  • Crystal Oko - weekends and reporter
    • producer

KTTC SportsEXTRA Team

  • Pat Lund - Sports Director seen weeknights at 6, 9, and 10
  • Zac Choate - Sports Anchor/Reporter Seen Weekends at 5,6,9 and 10

KTTC Precision Meteorologists

  • Randy Brock - Chief seen weeknights
  • Ted Schmidt (NWA Seal of Approval) - weekday mornings and noon
  • Steph Anderson - weekends

Reporters

  • Axel Gumbel - Content Manager and special projects
  • Chuck Sibley - Chief Photographer
  • John Cletus-Mueller - photographer
  • Kerry Klatt - Austin Bureau, sports substitute anchor
  • Fanna Haile-Selassie
  • Chris Conte

Newscast titles

  • KROC-TV News (1953-1971)
  • Area 10 News (1971-1973)
  • Newservice 10 (1973-1977)
  • NewsCenter 10 (1977-1982)
  • NewsWatch 10 (1982-1990)
  • KTTC News 10 (1990-1997)
  • KTTC NewsCenter (1997-2008)
  • NewsCenter (2008-present, weekdays)
  • KTTC News (2009-present, weekends and alternate branding)

Station slogans

  • "The Best to See is on Area 10" (early 1970s)
  • "Channel 10, Proud as a Peacock!" (1980-1981, localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • "Covering All of Southern Minnesota" (1980s)
  • "Southern Minnesota's 24 Hour News Channel" (1990-1994)
  • "Turn to the Leader" (1995-2003)
  • "The People You Know, The News You Trust" (2003-present)

Former staff

  • Candice Grossklaus - morning/noon anchor (now as Candice Kelly at WBRE, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA)[10]
  • Jeremiah Jacobsen - morning anchor (now at WINK-TV, Fort Myers, FL)[10]
  • Amy Kuns - 5 p.m. anchor/9 p.m. KXLT anchor
  • Jeff Oelrich - anchor (now as Jeff Olson at KARE, Minneapolis)[10]
  • Julianna Holfeld - anchor (now as Juliana Olson at KARE, Minneapolis.
  • Betsy Singer - anchor (now 5 p.m anchor at KAAL)[11]
  • Vivien Williams - anchor (now produces Mayo Clinic "Medical Edge")[10] Came back to KTTC in 2007 for six months to fill in Betsy Singers Position until the hiring of Rachel Wick.
  • Jamie Yuccas - anchor/reporter (now at WBBH, Fort Myers, FL)[10]
  • James Wilcox - reporter now anchor at KAAL
  • Bill Walsh - weekend sports anchor and news reporter now news anchor at WNEM-TV
  • Kendra Oestrich - reporter- left for KXLT to become main anchor, KXLT merged with KTTC then returned to KTTC
  • Jennifer Hoff - reporter
  • Lauren Hardie - reporter

References

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says July 16, while the Television and Cable Factbook says July 14.
  2. ^ http://www.ellwanger.tv/collect/tvg/eds/old/nw.html
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [http://www.kttc.com/Global/story.asp?S=9790528&nav=menu1348_2>
  5. ^ TV's digital conversion begins in Rochester, Post-Bulletin, Feb 17/2009
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Congress postpones DTV transition, but KTTC-TV, KXLT will end analog broadcasting Feb. 17, KTTC-TV, Feb 4 2009
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ [4]
  10. ^ a b c d e Rochester Magazine, July 2008
  11. ^ Post-Bulletin, 7/7/09

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