KSTU

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KSTU
Kstulogo.png
Salt Lake City, Utah
BrandingFox 13 (general)
Fox 13 News (news)
SloganConnect
ChannelsDigital: 28 (UHF)
Subchannels13.1 Fox
13.2 Antenna TV
AffiliationsFox
OwnerLocal TV LLC
(sale to Tribune Broadcasting pending)
(Community TV Of Utah License, LLC)
First air dateOctober 1978[1] (current license dates from November 9, 1987)
Call letters' meaningSpringfield Television of Utah
(original owners)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
20 (UHF, 1978-1987)
13 (VHF, 1987-2009)
Former affiliationsindependent (1978-1986)
Transmitter power350 kW
Height1210 m
Facility ID22215
Transmitter coordinates40°39′30″N 112°12′8″W / 40.65833°N 112.20222°W / 40.65833; -112.20222
Websitewww.fox13now.com
 
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KSTU
Kstulogo.png
Salt Lake City, Utah
BrandingFox 13 (general)
Fox 13 News (news)
SloganConnect
ChannelsDigital: 28 (UHF)
Subchannels13.1 Fox
13.2 Antenna TV
AffiliationsFox
OwnerLocal TV LLC
(sale to Tribune Broadcasting pending)
(Community TV Of Utah License, LLC)
First air dateOctober 1978[1] (current license dates from November 9, 1987)
Call letters' meaningSpringfield Television of Utah
(original owners)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
20 (UHF, 1978-1987)
13 (VHF, 1987-2009)
Former affiliationsindependent (1978-1986)
Transmitter power350 kW
Height1210 m
Facility ID22215
Transmitter coordinates40°39′30″N 112°12′8″W / 40.65833°N 112.20222°W / 40.65833; -112.20222
Websitewww.fox13now.com

KSTU, channel 13, is the Fox-affiliated television station serving the Salt Lake City designated market area. The station is owned by Local TV LLC, the media arm of private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners, and its transmitter located on Farnsworth Peak, southwest of Salt Lake City. The station broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 28, using its former analog assignment of channel 13 as its virtual digital channel via PSIP, and is rebroadcast statewide through a network of translator stations.

History[edit]

As an independent[edit]

KSTU began operation on October 9, 1978 under the ownership of Massachusetts-based Springfield Television, who also owned NBC affiliate WWLP in Springfield, Massachusetts and ABC affiliate WKEF in Dayton, Ohio. It was the first independent station in Utah, as well as the first new commercial station to sign on in the area since KUTV hit the airwaves 24 years earlier. Salt Lake City had a fairly long wait for an independent station compared to other cities of its size; it had been big enough on paper to support one since the early 1960s. However, the Salt Lake City market covers all of Utah and large slices of Nevada and Wyoming, forcing all of the major stations to build a large network of low-power translators to cover it. The costs associated with building a translator network scared off most prospective investors until the 1970s. By the mid-1970s, however, cable television had gotten enough penetration in the area to lessen the need for translators and make an independent station viable.

The station transmitted on UHF channel 20 using a transmitter originally used for WWLP's partial satellite, WRLP-TV in Greenfield, Massachusetts (which closed down shortly before KSTU's sign-on). KSTU's programming at the time was typical for an independent station—cartoons, off-network classic TV sitcoms, old movies, and drama shows.

The Springfield Television group was sold to Adams Communications in 1984. The station became a charter Fox affiliate in 1986.

A new license[edit]

In 1980, the FCC added a new VHF allocation on channel 13 to the Salt Lake City market. Five groups submitted applications for a permit to build a television station on channel 13 in May 1981. The FCC held evidentiary hearings with the competing applicants in 1984, and in 1985, announced the winning applicant. The second-place applicant, locally-owned Mountain West Television Company, or MWT Company, appealed the FCC decision, but lost the appeal. When that failed, MWT Company proposed a buyout of the other four competing interests, including the winning applicants. The strategy succeeded and was carried out in November 1986. At the same time, MWT Company entered into a limited partnership agreement with Northstar Communications, Inc., which was partly owned by Allstate, and a new company, called MWT, Ltd., was formed. On January 20, 1987, the FCC awarded the original construction permit for a new station on channel 13 to MWT, Ltd., under the calls KTMW. Buying equipment for the new station soon proved difficult.

Meanwhile, Adams Communications was undergoing serious financial difficulties and decided to sell off its stations. There were few takers for channel 20, however. Under the circumstances, it was very receptive to an offer from MWT to buy KSTU's assets for $30 million. Adams was able to make a considerable profit on the deal, while MWT was able to get the equipment it needed at a substantial discount. The two parties reached a sales agreement in July, the sale was approved by the FCC in September, and the transaction was finalized on October 23, 1987.

On November 9, 1987; MWT moved the channel 20 intellectual unit (call letters, staff, programming and Fox affiliation) to channel 13. It also returned the channel 20 license to the FCC on the same day. As a result, the FCC reckons the current KSTU as a separate station from the old channel 20. MWT went on the air with the new KSTU on channel 13 under Program Test Authority. It requested a license to cover the CP on November 16, which the FCC granted on March 7, 1988.

The purchase of KSTU, however, put a financial strain on MWT, namely on the old Mountain West partners. In May 1988, Mountain West sold its interest in KSTU to Northstar. The station was known as "Fox 13" by 1989.

Fox takes over[edit]

Northstar sold KSTU to Fox the next year, making it a Fox-O&O (owned-and-operated) station. Unlike its rival stations, which have changed networks over the years, KSTU was the only VHF commercial station in Salt Lake City that has remained affiliated with the same network since that network's inception; only KTVX, originally an NBC affiliate, has affiliated with ABC longer than KSTU has been a Fox affiliate, and, when Fox acquired KTVX's then-parent Chris-Craft, KTVX was eventually sold to Clear Channel.

The station replaced most of the classic sitcoms on its lineup with talk shows in the mid-1990s. It launched a 9pm newscast in 1992, and added a morning newscast (Good Day Utah) a few years later, replacing morning cartoons. The station added more syndicated programming in 2002, once Fox dropped the weekday children's block nationally, then launched a midday newscast in 2005. A year later, KSTU redesigned its website using the Fox Television Stations Group's MyFox platform, which included the station's new logo, in a style in line with the other Fox O&O stations. However, the Times New Roman "13," which the station has used since the early 1990s, was retained (unlike WHBQ-TV in Memphis, which switched to a 13 similar to WTVT in Tampa).

KSTU was one of two network-owned stations in the Salt Lake City DMA from 1995 until 2007, when CBS sold KUTV to Four Points Media Group, a subsidiary of private-equity group Cerberus Capital Management. Later in 2007, Fox sold KSTU and seven of its smaller O&Os [2] to Oak Hill Capital Partners' Local TV LLC, which currently owns the former broadcasting division of the The New York Times Company. The sale was closed on July 14, 2008. On July 1, 2013, Local TV announced that its stations would be acquired by the Tribune Company.[3]

Digital television[edit]

ChannelVideoAspectNameProgramming
13.1720p16:9KSTU-HDMain KSTU programming / Fox
13.2480i4:3KSTUANTAntenna TV

The station's digital signal is multiplexed. KSTU became a charter affiliate of Tribune Broadcasting's Antenna TV upon its launch on January 1, 2011, carried on digital subchannel 13.2.[4]

Analog-to-digital transition[edit]

On June 12, 2009, KSTU ended analog broadcasts and began to transmit exclusively digitally. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition digital channel 28; though through the use of PSIP, the station uses its former analog channel assignment of VHF channel 13 as its virtual channel.[5]

News operation[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

Anchors[edit]

Weather team[edit]

Sports team[edit]

Reporters[edit]

Former on-air staff[edit]

KSTU broadcasts a total of 54 hours of local news a week (9 hours on weekdays and 4.5 hours each on Saturdays and Sundays); however as is standard with Fox stations that carry early evening weekend newscasts, KSTU's Saturday and Sunday 5:00 p.m. newscasts are subject to preemption due to Fox Sports coverage.

In August 2008, KSTU entered into a strategic alliance with news/talk radio station KNRS (105.7 FM). KSTU meteorologists provide weather reports to KNRS, while KSTU reporters are often heard during KNRS newscasts and talk shows.

In September 2008, KSTU started an early evening newscast from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

On August 17, 2009 the station extended its midday newscast to 90 minutes by adding a half-hour newscast at noon, following its existing hour-long 11:00 a.m. newscast.[6] On January 23, 2010 the station added a 90-minute weekend morning newscast from 7:30-9:00 a.m., the first such weekend morning newscast since CBS affiliate KUTV (channel 2) dropped their weekend morning newscast less than a year earlier. (they have since relaunched one with an hour-long edition at 7:00 a.m.) [7] In January 2013, KSTU extended its weekend morning newscast to 6:30 a.m. In September 2013, KSTU premiered a 4 p.m. newscast to compete with rivals KUTV (CBS affiliate) and KTVX (ABC affiliate).

On April 23, 2012, KSTU became the last major network affiliated station in Utah to upgrade to high definition newscasts.[8]

News/Station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

Station slogans[edit]

Station branding[edit]

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Current on-air staff[9][edit]

Anchors[edit]

Weather team[edit]

Sports team[edit]

Reporters[edit]

Former on-air staff[edit]

Translators[edit]

KSTU extends its coverage throughout the entire state of Utah, plus parts of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, and Wyoming, using a network of community-owned translator television stations listed below.

External links[edit]

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