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KHOU-TV
KHOU LOGO2011.png
Houston, Texas
City of licenseHouston
BrandingKHOU 11 (general)
KHOU 11 News (newscasts)
SloganKHOU Stands for Houston
ChannelsDigital: 11 (VHF)
AffiliationsCBS
OwnerBelo Corp.
(KHOU-TV, Inc.)
First air dateMarch 23, 1953
Call letters' meaningDual meaning:
HOUston
HOU = airport code for William P. Hobby Airport
Former callsignsKGUL-TV (1953–1959)
KHOU-TV (1959-2009)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
11 (VHF, 1953–2009)
Digital:
31 (UHF, 1998–2009)
Transmitter power25 kW
Height593 m
Facility ID34529
Transmitter coordinates29°33′40″N 95°30′4″W / 29.56111°N 95.50111°W / 29.56111; -95.50111
Websitewww.khou.com
 
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KHOU-TV
KHOU LOGO2011.png
Houston, Texas
City of licenseHouston
BrandingKHOU 11 (general)
KHOU 11 News (newscasts)
SloganKHOU Stands for Houston
ChannelsDigital: 11 (VHF)
AffiliationsCBS
OwnerBelo Corp.
(KHOU-TV, Inc.)
First air dateMarch 23, 1953
Call letters' meaningDual meaning:
HOUston
HOU = airport code for William P. Hobby Airport
Former callsignsKGUL-TV (1953–1959)
KHOU-TV (1959-2009)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
11 (VHF, 1953–2009)
Digital:
31 (UHF, 1998–2009)
Transmitter power25 kW
Height593 m
Facility ID34529
Transmitter coordinates29°33′40″N 95°30′4″W / 29.56111°N 95.50111°W / 29.56111; -95.50111
Websitewww.khou.com

KHOU is the CBS-affiliated television station in Houston, Texas. Serving Greater Houston, it is owned by Belo Corp. and broadcasts on digital and PSIP channel 11. The studio is near downtown along Allen Parkway in the Neartown neighborhood[1][2] and its 602 m (1,975 ft) high guyed mast transmitter is located at an antenna farm located in unincorporated northeastern Fort Bend County near Missouri City, along with all other Houston broadcast stations.

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History

KHOU signed on as KGUL-TV (as in gulf or as in "seagull" ), licensed to Galveston, on March 23, 1953 by Paul Taft of the Taft Broadcasting Co.[3] (not related to Taft Broadcasting Company of Cincinnati, Ohio). It was the second television station to launch in the Houston area after KPRC-TV. One of the original investors in the station was actor James Stewart, along with a small group of other Galveston investors.

In 1956, the original owners sold Channel 11 to the Whitney Corporation (later Corinthian Broadcasting) of Indianapolis, which became a subsidiary of Dun & Bradstreet in 1971. In June 1959, it changed its calls to KHOU and moved the city of license to Houston. The FCC license listed both the Houston and Galveston service areas for a time. On April 24, 1960, the station moved to its present location just outside downtown Houston on Allen Parkway. To this date, KHOU is the only TV station in Houston to have its primary studios close to the downtown area.

In 1984, D&B sold the Corinthian stations to Belo. In 1998, it was the first station in the market to sign on with a high-definition signal. The KHOU studios were flooded during Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, resulting in damage to much of the station, including its newsroom. The flooding was so bad, the station had to shut down and air a feed from the station's doppler radar for roughly 90 minutes.

In 2002, the Houston Texans began play in the National Football League, playing in the American Football Conference South Division. As part of the AFC, all afternoon road games (and home games against AFC opponents) are aired on CBS, and so they air locally on KHOU. The Texans are one of two teams never to have been blacked out at home, the other being the Baltimore Ravens.

During Hurricane Ike, which hit the Texas Gulf Coast the weekend of September 12–14, 2008, KHOU's coverage was distributed nationwide via DirecTV and XM Satellite Radio, as well as a live feed on the station's Web site.

Since the June 12, 2009 digital transition, KHOU-DT moved to channel 11, and then by the following week, the station dropped the -TV suffix like most Belo stations.

Digital television

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

ChannelPSIP Short NameAspectFormatProgramming
11.1KHOU-TV16:91080iMain KHOU-TV Programming / CBS
11.2KHOU-DT24:3480iBounce TV

The station announced on July 12, 2011, that it would carry the new Bounce TV digital network on one of its subchannels when it launches in September.[4] The station had announced earlier it would carry the .2 Network on one of its digital subchannels.

Analog-to-digital conversion

KHOU ended programming on its analog signal, on VHF channel 11, on June 12, 2009, as part of the DTV transition in the United States. [5] The station then moved back to channel 11 for its post-transition operations. [6]

Programming

KHOU has been one of the top-rated CBS affiliates in Texas for over 20 years, aided by a strong programming lineup featuring popular syndicated shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune and The Insider.

Preemptions

KHOU has hosted Houston's annual Thanksgiving Day parade, the H-E-B Holiday Parade (formerly the Bank United/Washington Mutual Thanksgiving Day Parade) for well over a decade. As a result, KHOU pre-empts the CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Newscasts

KHOU Studios and Offices in Neartown Houston

KHOU has been widely regarded as a stepping stone for television news anchors reporters, as many of its reporters have gone on to assignments with national networks. The station's best known former staff are former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather, NBC News Correspondent Dennis Murphy and newswomen Linda Ellerbee and Jessica Savitch. In sports, there was Jim Nantz, a sports anchor/reporter, now with CBS Sports and Ron Franklin, a sports anchor now with ESPN.

Beginning in the late 1980s, KHOU hired several high-profile people to its news team. The most notable was Neil Frank, the former director of the National Hurricane Center, who was tapped by the station to be the chief meteorologist starting in July 1987. In another key move, the station also hired former KTRK anchor Sylvan Rodriguez away from his job at the West Coast bureau of ABC News to anchor the station's early evening newscasts. KHOU also began to use the "Spirit of Texas" slogan and TM Productions' "Spirit" music package (also used at sister station WFAA in Dallas), and incorporated a redesigned logo.

In January 1989, KHOU revamped the look of its newscasts, with an image campaign that included full-page ads in the Houston Chronicle and Houston Post, as well as an on-air promotional campaign that focused more on ordinary citizens throughout Greater Houston than on its news team. With the lead news team of anchors Steve Smith and Marlene McClinton, chief meteorologist Dr. Neil Frank and sports director Giff Nielsen, along with a new set, graphics and theme music, KHOU began to mount a serious challenge to the other Houston newscasts, leading to a competitive ratings race during the 1990s.

If any year proved to be a breakout year for KHOU, it was 1999. During the May sweeps of that year, KHOU reached number one in several timeslots, unseating KTRK at midday, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The station's ratings boost also included an exclusive interview with Serbian and Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic during the Kosovo War just a month before Milosevic's indictment. This news came despite the retirement of longtime anchor Steve Smith, anchor Sylvan Rodriguez's eventually fatal bout with pancreatic cancer and the abrupt resignation of fellow anchor Marlene McClinton during one of the station's newscasts.

On February 4, 2007, following CBS' coverage of Super Bowl XLI, KHOU aired its first newscasts in high definition (HD), branding themselves as 11 News HD, and heavily promotiong the technology.

On September 7, 2009, KHOU-TV launched Houston's third morning newscast to begin at 4:30 a.m., "First Look." The newscast was anchored by former KIAH (channel 39) anchor Sherry Williams, with meteorologist David Paul (now chief meteorologist). Despite being the last station in the Houston market to launch its early-morning newscast, KHOU was the first station in the market to send a news release announcing its intentions to do so. In a race to capture the lucrative insomniac/very early commuter market, all three major network affiliates in Houston launched 4:30 a.m. newscasts within three weeks of each other in the late summer of 2009.

In March 2011, KHOU started using a new set of on-air HD visual graphics, which also incorporated a new logo and new newscast title, "KHOU 11 News." This new graphics replaces their old yellow-red-white-and-blue HD graphics, which were also created by the Giant Octopus design group. On July 13, 2011 KHOU announced that it would debut a new half-hour 4 p.m. newscast on August 1, 2011; the newscast is the third newscast in the Houston market in that timeslot, as KPRC debuted their 4 p.m. newscast in 1996 and KTRK debuted a 4 p.m. newscast in 2001.[7]

In December 2012, KHOU launched its new visual graphics.

KHOU's is currently second place in the Houston market behind KTRK. However they rank well among middle aged (35-55) and suburban audiences. This is noted as currently as of 2011, KHOU is the only station that focuses traffic in the suburbs in addition to the Houston freeways.

KHOU 11 News I-Team

KHOU also has gained a reputation for its investigative news team, the 11 News Defenders, which has uncovered numerous stories, the most notable being its 2000 investigation into defective tire designs by Firestone. That investigation led to the mandatory recall of Wilderness AT, Firestone ATX and ATX II tires, as well as numerous lawsuits. The defective tires resulted in a number of deaths, including that of Stephen Gauvain, a reporter for rival ABC affiliate KTRK.

Another investigative report in the early 2000s by former reporter Anna Werner led to the shutdown of the Houston Police Department's crime lab. The 11 News Defenders unit has also exposed allegations of dropout rate fraud in the Houston Independent School District, which resulted in the dismissal of several HISD officials. The unit was briefly rebranded to the name "11 News Investigates" on July 24, 2006, when KHOU unveiled a new look on its newscasts. The name was switched back to "Defenders" in 2008 to distinguish the unit after several local stations in the market also began using the "Investigates" label. In 2010, the station's investigative team was rebranded the "11 News I-Team." In 2011, it became the "KHOU 11 News I-Team."

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

KHOU newscast title card

Station slogans

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On-air staff

Current on-air staff[14]

Anchors

Weather team

Sports team

Reporters

Great Day Houston

Notable former on-air staff

References

  1. ^ Map of Neartown. Neartown Association. Retrieved October 20, 2008.
  2. ^ "Submit a tip to KHOU-TV." KHOU-TV. Retrieved on March 2, 2010.
  3. ^ taftbroadcastingllc.com
  4. ^ "Bounce TV Sets Launch for Sept. 26". http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/470853-Bounce_TV_Sets_Launch_for_Sept_26.php. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  5. ^ hraunfoss.fcc.gov
  6. ^ CDBS Print
  7. ^ KHOU adding a newscast to replace Oprah, Houston Chronicle, July 13, 2011.
  8. ^ KHOU 10PM News Open 1986
  9. ^ KHOU 11 News at 6 Open, 1998
  10. ^ KHOU Channel 11 News at Ten Tease, Open & Break, 12/7/1988
  11. ^ KHOU 11 News at 6 Open, 1989
  12. ^ KHOU 6:00 Open and Talent Open - Late 2011
  13. ^ KHOU The Spirit of Texas Promo, 1988
  14. ^ Bios
  15. ^ http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2011/09/khou-11-welcomes-kabc-anchor-lisa.html
  16. ^ http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2011/09/khou-11-hires-kabcs-lisa-hernandez-as.html
  17. ^ http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2012/01/khou-11-puts-lily-jang-in-mornings-from.html
  18. ^ http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2011/12/khou-11-grabs-rekha-muddaraj-from-kfmb.html
  19. ^ http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2012/02/khou-11-hires-malini-basu-as-reporter.html
  20. ^ http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2012/07/khou-11-grabs-doug-delony-from-fox-26.html
  21. ^ http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2012/04/khou-11-hires-andrew-horansky-from-kvue.html
  22. ^ http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2012/04/khou-11-hires-scott-noll-from-wreg.html
  23. ^ http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2011/10/khou-11-grabs-reporter-larry-seward.html
  24. ^ http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2012/04/khou-11-hires-tim-wetzel-from-wtvf-5.html
  25. ^ Cherry, William S. (2000). Utah Carl Beach with Herbie and the Boys: Galveston's TV Star Pioneers
  26. ^ http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2011/12/khou-11s-christine-haas-to-knsd-7-nbc.html

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