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KOMU-TV (Channel 8) is the NBC affiliate serving the cities of Columbiamarker and Jefferson City, Missourimarker along with several surrounding counties in central Missouri. The station is owned by the University of Missourimarker and operated by the university's Missouri School of Journalism, making KOMU one of only two commercial TV stations in the US to be owned by a public institution. The station has paid, professional staff serving as managers, engineers, sales representatives, and so on. The managers, editors and main anchors are School of Journalism faculty members. The reporters, weekend/substitute anchors, and many producers are undergraduate and graduate broadcast journalism students. Its transmitter is located in Columbia.

KOMU's programming is repeated on low-power translator K07SD channel 7 in Rollamarker.

KOMU became digital only at 10:00 AM, on June 12, 2009.

Digital programming

The station's digital signal is multiplexed.
Virtual
Channel
Video Aspect Programming
8.1 1080i 16:9 main KOMU programming / NBC HD
8.2 480i 4:3 Universal Sports
8.3 480i 4:3 The CW


History

KOMU-TV first broadcast on December 21, 1953. It carried programming from all four major networks, but was a primary NBC affiliate. It lost CBS in 1955 when KRCGmarker signed on from Jefferson City. The two stations shared ABC until 1971, when KCBJ-TV (now KMIZmarker) signed on. It has been the dominant station in the area for most of its history.

From January 22 - April 23, 1955 the station temporarily originated a live prime time ABC network show, Ozark Jubilee.

In 1982, ABC moved its affiliation to KOMU; ABC was the highest-rated network at the time and wanted a stronger outlet. By 1985, however, NBC had regained the ratings lead. Accordingly, KOMU rejoined NBC on New Year's Day 1986.

In September 2006, KOMU began to carry The CW on a digital subchannel, becoming the first and only educational institution-owned station in the United States to affiliate with the network.

In 2002, the station won the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for maintaining its policy banning political symbols on air despite government and popular pressure in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

On August 8, 2008, KOMU became the first station in the market to broadcast local news in HDTV, making Mid-Missouri the third-smallest DMA in the country to feature local news in High Definition..

On December 1, 2008, NBC Weather Plus (which had been on KOMU's 8.2 digital subchannel) ceased national network operations.

On April 23, 2009, KOMU debuted a new set specifically designed for High Definition television.

Current Staff

Current Anchors
  • Angie Bailey - KOMU 8 News First at Five, Six, and Ten
  • Sarah Hill - KOMU 8 News First at Five
  • Megan Murphy - KOMU 8 News Today
  • Jim Riek - KOMU 8 News at Six and Ten
  • Lauren Whitney - KOMU 8 News Today


First Alert Weather Team
  • Eric Aldrich - Meteorologist: KOMU 8 News Today
  • Michelle Bogowith - Meteorologist: KOMU 8 News at Six and Ten (weekends)
  • Dave Schmidt - Chief Weathercaster: KOMU 8 News First at Five, Six, and Ten (weekdays)


Sports Team
  • Chris Gervino - Sports director; host, KOMU 8 Sports Show
  • Eric Blumberg - Sports anchor/reporter


News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • KOMU-TV News (1953-1964)
  • The News Camera (1964-1971)
  • News Eight Reports (1971-1974)
  • NewsCenter 8 (1974-1997)
  • NBC 8 News (1997-2002)
  • KOMU News (2002-2008)
  • KOMU 8 News (2008-present)


Station Slogans

  • Come Home to the Best, Only on Channel 8 (1988-1990; local version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Your News for the '90s (1991-1995)
  • Mid-Missouri's News Team (1995-2002)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (2002-present; primary slogan)
  • Improve Your View (2006-2008; secondary slogan)


KOMU Alumni

NBC News: Lisa Myers ('73), Mark Potter ('75)

ABC News: Elizabeth Vargas ('84), Kevin Roy ('87)

CBS News: Russ Mitchell ('82)

CNN: Sophia Choi ('92), Chuck Roberts ('71)

Fox News: Jon Scott ('81), Phil Keating ('90)

ESPN: John Anderson ('87), Matt Winer ('90), Michael Kim ('88)

External links



References

  1. http://www.wvuatv.com
  2. "KOMU-TV to go HD"
  3. "KOMU-TV Lanches HD With Revised Graphics"



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