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KGNS-TV is the NBC television affiliate for Laredo, Texasmarker as well as surrounding areas in both Texas and Mexico. The station is owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting. KGNS also operates digital subchannels offering Telemundo and KTXW (The CW), both also available on Time Warner Cable channels 25 and 19, respectively.

History



KGNS originally went on air January 7, 1956, as KHAD-TV. Donrey Media Group (now Stephens Media Group bought the station on September 1, 1958. One of its first moves was to change the call letters to KGNS-TV. The new calls, standing for "Good Neighbor Station," came from the winning entry of a contest among students on both sides of the Rio Grandemarker to rename the station. On April 8, 2004, KGNS-TV started broadcasting in digital.

KGNS is currently owned and operated by SagamoreHill Broadcasting. Since KVTVmarker shut down its news department in 2006, it has operated the only English-language news department in the market.

In 2008, KGNS began producing a nightly 9 pm newscast for KTXW.

Digital Services

KGNS-TV began broadcasting in HDTV on channel 8.1, and carries CW programming on sub-channel 8.2 and Telemundo programming on digital sub-channel 8.3 in October 2008.

DT Callsign Network
8.1 (1080i) KGNS NBC-HD
8.2 (480i) KTXW The CW
8.3 (480i) KGNS-DT3 Telemundo


News

KGNS's "Pro 8 News," provides the Laredo market with more news than any other station in town with three hours of news every weekday and one hour per day on weekends. Considered by many in television to be a "starter" market, the station employs a number of recent college graduates.

According to Nielsen Media Research, KGNS competes closely with Spanish-language station KLDO.

Laredo's First News at 9 on KTXW

KGNS also produces "Laredo's First News at 9" for KTXW (The CW) channel 19 on Time Warner Cable, airing weeknights at 9PM. Produced by KGNS's news staff, the half-hour news program is anchored by Victoria Marshall. The target audience for this news program is viewers between the ages of 21 through 34, which is the largest growing demographic in the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area. The newscast debuted June 21, 2008.

Personalities

Current On-Air Talent

Anchors
  • Tim Gutierrez - Weeknight Anchor
  • Ann Hutyra - Weeknight Anchor
  • Joey Horta - Morning and Noon Anchor
  • Mindy Casso - Morning and Noon Anchor
  • Concetta Callahan - Weekend Anchor/Reporter


Reporters
  • Noraida Negron - General Assignments
  • Annette Garcia - General Assignments


Weather
  • Richard "Heatwave" Berler - Chief Meteorologist
  • Victoria Marshall - Meteorologist/Reporter


Sports
  • Michael Blake - Weeknight Sports Anchor


News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • Pro 8 News (1998-present)


Station Slogans

  • Coverage You Can Count On (1998-present)


External links



References

  1. KGNS | About Us
  2. Laredo Morning Times article; New news show begins Monday on CW, ch. 19



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