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KCEN-TV is the NBC affiliate for Wacomarker, Killeenmarker and Templemarker, Texas. Licensed to nearby Templemarker, it is owned by London Broadcasting. With studio and transmitter on a 25 acre tract of land one mile (1.6 km) south of Eddymarker on I-35, KCEN-TV broadcasts locally on digital channel 9. KCEN-TV also has a low-power satellite rebroadcaster, KMAY-LP on channel 23 in Bryanmarker, which serves the Brazos Valley area. KMAY-LP began rebroadcasting KCEN in 2003. Previously, KCEN maintained a low-power channel 62 for the Bryan/College Station area for a number of years.

History

KCEN signed on for the first time on November 1, 1953 on analog channel 6. It was owned along with KTEM-AM 1400, which Frank W. Mayborn, who published the Temple Daily Telegram, established in 1936. Mayborn, however, realized that Temple/Killeen and Waco were going to be a single television market (although they are separate radio markets). To signify his goal to serve all of Central Texas, he decided to call his new station KCEN-TV (for CENtral Texas) rather than KTEM-TV (for TEMple). It was the first television station to serve the Waco/Temple/Killeen market, and the second television station in Central Texas behind KTBCmarker in Austinmarker by a year.

KCEN signed on with one of the tallest towers in the Southwest, at 830 feet (253 m). The station originally carried programming from all four major networks at the time, but was a primary NBC affiliate. It lost CBS to KWTX-TVmarker in 1955; later that year DuMont halted operations. This left KCEN as an NBC affiliate with a primary ABC affiliation. When KXXVmarker signed on in March 1985, it took over the NBC affiliation, leaving KCEN with ABC. However, that fall, KXXV and KCEN switched affiliations and KCEN returned to NBC.

In 1981, KCEN moved to a new 1,924-foot (586.5 m) tower, expanding its coverage area to almost 29,000 square miles--one of the largest in the nation. The station now provides at least secondary coverage from the fringes of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to the fringes of Austin.

The station was the first in Central Texas to broadcast in closed captioning, in 1989.

KCEN's last logo as channel 6.
KCEN, the Temple Daily Telegram and the Killeen Daily Herald remained under Mayborn family ownership after Frank's death in 1987. In January 2009, a sale of both KCEN and KMAY-LP to London Broadcasting Company of Dallas, Texasmarker was announced, with a purchase price of $26 million. The sale was completed on April 30, 2009.

KCEN broadcasts on cable channel 3 in Waco, Killeen and Temple, while KMAY broadcasts on cable channel 6 in Bryan/College Station.

KCEN also maintains business offices at 111 West Central Ave. in Temple, as well as sales and news offices in Killeen and Waco.

Digital television

The station ended its analog broadcasts on February 17, 2009 — the original date for the analog shutdown in the United States. KCEN's digital branding became KCEN 9. Unlike many stations, KCEN doesn't redirect to its former analog channel via PSIP.

Newscasts

  • KCEN 9 News Texas Today (5-7 AM; Monday-Friday)
  • KCEN 9 News at 5 (5-5:30 PM; Sunday-Friday)
  • KCEN 9 News at 6 (6-6:30 PM) (Monday-Saturday)
  • KCEN 9 News at 10 (10-10:35 PM; Daily)


News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • KCEN-TV News (1953-1972)
  • Channel 6 News (1972-1977)
  • NewsCenter 6 (1977-1984)
  • NewsWatch 6 (1984-1990)
  • NewsStrong 6 (1990-2000)
  • NBC 6 News (2000-2009)
  • KCEN 9 News (2009-present)


Station slogans

  • NBC for Central Texas (late 1980s-1990)
  • The Strength of Central Texas (1990-1995)
  • Where Local News Comes First (1995-2004)
  • Where Central Texas Comes First (2004-2007)
  • Live, Local, Now (2007-present)


Areas Served



References

  1. London Buys Waco NBC Affil for $26M, Harry A. Jessell, TVNEWSDAY, Jan 16 2009
  2. http://www.kcentv.com/?p=3462


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