KTRE

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KTRE
(semi-satellite of KLTV Tyler, Texas)
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Lufkin / Nacogdoches, Texas
BrandingKTRE 9 (general)
East Texas News
Telemundo La Vida (on DT2)
SloganCaring, Committed, Proud
ChannelsDigital: 9 (VHF)
Subchannels9.1 ABC HD
9.2 Telemundo
9.3 ABC SD
OwnerRaycom Media
(KLTV/KTRE License Subsidiary, LLC)
First air dateAugust 31, 1955
Call letters' meaningTREes, a reference to the heavily-forested geography of the Lufkin area
Sister station(s)KLTV
Former channel number(s)Analog:
9 (VHF, 1955-2009)
Digital: 11 (VHF)
Former affiliationsNBC (primary 1955-1964, joint primary with ABC and CBS 1964-1984, secondary 1984-1987)
CBS (secondary 1955-1964, joint primary with ABC and NBC 1964-1984)
Transmitter power25 kW
Height204 meters (669 ft)
Facility ID68541
Transmitter coordinates31°25′9.3″N 94°48′4.2″W / 31.41925°N 94.801167°W / 31.41925; -94.801167
Websitektre.com
 
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KTRE
(semi-satellite of KLTV Tyler, Texas)
Ktre 2010.png

Kltv dt3 2010.png
Lufkin / Nacogdoches, Texas
BrandingKTRE 9 (general)
East Texas News
Telemundo La Vida (on DT2)
SloganCaring, Committed, Proud
ChannelsDigital: 9 (VHF)
Subchannels9.1 ABC HD
9.2 Telemundo
9.3 ABC SD
OwnerRaycom Media
(KLTV/KTRE License Subsidiary, LLC)
First air dateAugust 31, 1955
Call letters' meaningTREes, a reference to the heavily-forested geography of the Lufkin area
Sister station(s)KLTV
Former channel number(s)Analog:
9 (VHF, 1955-2009)
Digital: 11 (VHF)
Former affiliationsNBC (primary 1955-1964, joint primary with ABC and CBS 1964-1984, secondary 1984-1987)
CBS (secondary 1955-1964, joint primary with ABC and NBC 1964-1984)
Transmitter power25 kW
Height204 meters (669 ft)
Facility ID68541
Transmitter coordinates31°25′9.3″N 94°48′4.2″W / 31.41925°N 94.801167°W / 31.41925; -94.801167
Websitektre.com

KTRE is the ABC-affiliated television station for East Texas. It is licensed to Lufkin and owned by Raycom Media. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 9 from a transmitter at its studios on TV Road in Pollok along U.S. 69. Although considered a separate station in its own right, it is a semi-satellite of KLTV in Tyler. It clears all of that station's syndicated programming but produces separate weeknight newscasts and airs its own commercials/station identifications.

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Digital programming

On KLTV-DT3 is Telemundo which is not carried on Suddenlink digital cable.

ChannelVideoAspectProgramming
7.1720p16:9Main KTRE programming / ABC HD
7.2480i4:3"Telemundo La Vida"
7.3KTRE-DT3 ABC SD

History

KTRE signed-on August 31, 1955 by the owners of KTRE-AM 1420 (now defunct) as a satellite of Houston NBC affiliate KPRC-TV. However, it occasionally broke off to air programming from ABC and CBS. In 1964, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) collapsed Lufkin and Nacogdoches into the Tyler market. Soon afterward, the Buford family (owner of KLTV) bought KTRE and made it a satellite of that channel. Until 1984, the station had an unusual "joint primary" arrangement with all three networks slightly favoring ABC. Both stations lost CBS when KLMG-TV (now Fox affiliate KFXK) signed-on in 1984 but retained a secondary affiliation with NBC until KETK-TV signed-on in 1987. Along with KLTV, it was sold to Civic Communications in 1989. Civic merged with The Liberty Corporation in 2002 which in turn merged with Raycom in 2006.

For many years, this station operated at 26,000 watts from a tiny 540-foot (160 m) tower being short-spaced to WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and later KETG-TV in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. In the early-1980s, KTRE installed a new antenna and transmitter to increase power to 131 kilowatts but never reached full power because of the short-space interference it would cause to those other stations. On another front, the new transmitter antenna was directional to minimize overlap with KLTV to comply with FCC duopoly rules. KTRE is available on Suddenlink and Consolidated Communications in the area, as well as Dish Network. The station is not currently carried by DirecTV.

Newscasts

Its first news anchorman was Murphy Martin who later became a local television newsman in Dallas and anchorman for ABC News. KTRE simulcasts KLTV's weekday morning, midday, and weekend newscasts. In addition to its main studios, this station operates a bureau on North Street (U.S. 59 Business) in Nacogdoches.

Newscast titles

Station slogans

News team

+ denotes personnel based at KTRE

Anchors

StormTracker 9 Weather

Sports team

Reporters

Producers

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