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KTUU-TV is an NBC affiliated television station serving Anchorage, Alaska. The station is owned by Schurz Communications of South Bend, Indiana.

The station is broadcast over the air on digital channel 10; on local cable system, GCI on standard cable channel 2 and high-definition cable channel 652. KTUU is also available on DIRECTV and DISH Network for the Anchorage television market.

KTUU-TV
[1]
Anchorage, Alaska
Branding Channel 2

Channel 2 News

Slogan Alaska's News Source
Channels Digital: 10 (VHF)

Virtual: 2 (PSIP)

Affiliations NBC (joint primary 1953-1967, secondary 1967-1970, full-time since 1971)
Owner Schurz Communications, Inc.

(Northern Lights Media, Inc.)

Founded October 16, 1953[1]
Call letters' meaning TUU sounds like Two
Former callsigns KFIA (1953-1955)

KENI-TV (1955-1981)

Former channel number(s) Analog:

2 (VHF, 1953-2009)

Former affiliations ABC (joint primary 1953-1967; primary 1967-1971)

PBS (per program, 1970-1975)

Transmitter power 50 kW
Height 240 m
Facility ID 10173
Transmitter coordinates 61°25′19.8″N 149°52′27.8″W / 61.422167°N 149.874389°W / 61.422167; -149.874389
Website www.ktuu.com

Its over-the-air transmitter is located in Knik, Alaska.

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History

KTUU is one of Alaska's first two TV stations to sign on in the state (KTVA is the other), signing on in October 1953 as KFIA. It became KENI-TV in 1955, and then KTUU in 1981.

On September 19, 1966, channel 2 became the first station in Alaska to transmit in color (NTSC) when it aired the premiere episode of the ABC situation comedy That Girl (entitled "Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!"). The station had joint primary affiliation with NBC and ABC (with KTVA picking up some of the slack) until October 1, 1967 when it switched to ABC primary and NBC secondary, primarily because ABC had more programs on film. Channel 2 became a full-time ABC affiliate in 1970 when KHAR (now KIMO) took the NBC affiliation. The two stations switched networks in October 1971, at which time KHAR became KIMO. Channel 2 also carried a few PBS programs (particularly The Electric Company) until KAKM signed on in 1975.

KTUU has been number one in the Anchorage, AK market for decades. The Channel 2 News team routinely wins regional and national awards. The National Press Photographers Association named KTUU Station of the Year in both 2006 and 2008.

Former Alaska governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin (née Heath) was a fill-in weekend sports anchor for KTUU shortly after college.

Digital television

The station's digital channel has both High Definition and Standard Definition programming feeds:

Digital channels


Channel

(PSIP)

Programming Freq

(MHz)

Video

PID

Audio

PID

2.1 KTUU-HD 195 49 52
2.2 KTUU-SD 195 65 68

KTUU is one of only two NBC stations in Alaska to broadcast its programming in High Definition. The other is KATH in Juneau, which airs all of KTUU's newscasts. KTVF Channel 11 in Fairbanks is the only station not carrying HD programming from NBC.

Analog feed

Following the digital transition, which took place on June 12, 2009, KTUU maintains analog programming on Channel 2 under the Short-term Analog Flash and Emergency Readiness Act. A video is broadcast on the channel that informs viewers on how to obtain and use a digital converter box. The video alternates in English and Spanish and is played throughout the day.

On-air staff

Current on-air staff

Anchors

  • Maria Downey - weeknights at 6 p.m.
  • Sheila Balistreri - weekday mornings "Channel 2 News Morning Edition" (also producer)
  • Megan Baldino - weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m.
  • Mike Ross - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Sean Doogan - weekday mornings "Channel 2 News Morning Edition"
  • Rebecca Palsha - weekends at 5 and 10 p.m.

Reporters

  • Ashton Goodell - general assignment reporter
  • Jason Lamb - general assignment reporter
  • Jackie Bartz - general assignment reporter
  • Christine Kim - general assignment reporter
  • Ted Land - general assignment reporter
  • Lori Tipton - Valley Bureau reporter

2 Weather Team

  • Jackie Purcell (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Scott Elnes (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "Channel 2 News Morning Edition"
  • Tracy Sinclare (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekends at 5 and 10PM
  • Robert Forgit (AMS/NWA Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; fill-in

Sports Team

  • John Carpenter - Sports Director; weeknights at 5 and 6 p.m.
  • Charlie Sokaitis - Sports Anchor; weekends at 5 and 10 p.m. (also sports reporter)
  • Kevin Wells - Sports Anchor; weeknights at 10 p.m. (also sports reporter)

Former on-air staff

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • World News (1953–1955)
  • KENI-TV News (1955–1964)
  • The Alaska Report (1964–1968)
  • Newsnight (1968–1971)
  • Newscope (1971–1975)
  • TV-2 News (1975–1981)
  • Newservice 2 (1981–1986)
  • Channel 2 News (1986–present)

Station slogans

  • Alaska's Color Station (1960s)
  • Keep Your News on Your Scope, with Newscope! (early 1970s)
  • TV-2 News, The News People (1977–1979)
  • TV-2, Proud as a Peacock! (1979–1981; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Channel 2, Our Pride is Showing (1981–1982; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • We're Channel 2, Just Watch Us Now (1982–1983; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Channel 2 There, Be There (1983–1984; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Channel 2, Let's All Be There (1984–1986; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Come Home to Channel 2 (1986–1987; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Come On Home To Channel 2 (1987–1988; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Come Home To The Best, Only on Channel 2 (1988–1990; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Alaska's 24-Hour News Channel (1990–1995)
  • Alaska's News Source (1995–present)

References

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says December (no date given), while the Television and Cable Factbook says October 16.

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