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KSAT-TV, channel 12, is the local ABC affiliate in the greater San Antoniomarker area. Its transmitter is located in Elmendorf, Texasmarker. The station brands as "KSAT 12", pronounced as "K-Sat".

The station also serves as the default ABC affiliate for the Laredomarker market, which does not have an ABC affiliate of its own.



The Reverend J. Frank Norris was one of the first preachers to use the radio in the United Statesmarker. Starting in 1922 his sermons were broadcast on radio WPA (833 kHz) out of Fort Worth. When WPA went off the air on 24 May 1923, Norris purchased the transmitting equipment and had it moved to the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth where he was pastor. Norris obtained an FRC license and KFQB - Fort Worth (1180 kHz) started broadcasting on 12 May 1924. As Norris frequently said, the new call letters KFQB meant to "Keep Folks Quoting the Bible". Over the next few years KFQB moved around the dial; in May of 1925 it moved to 1140 kHz, in June 1927 it moved to 1150 kHz, in September 1927 it moved 900 kHz, and in November 1928 it moved to 1240 kHz.

A.P. Barrett purchased the station from Norris at the end of 1928 and in December changed the call letters to KTAT to match his Texas Air Transport business. The broadcast facilities remained at the First Baptist Church until a disastrous fire in January 1929 destroyed them. Barrett built a new studio at his offices in Birdville and with it changed the call letters to KSAT to match Southern Air Transport, which had acquired his previous company. On 23 April 1930 Barrett changed the call letters back to KTAT. Through these changes the station continued to broadcast Reverend Norris' sermons. KTAT stayed on the air until July 1939 when it was purchased by Elliott and Ruth Roosevelt who owned KFJZ at 1370 kHz and wanted the 1240 kHz frequency.

The call letters KSAT were surrendered to the Federal Radio Commission on 23 April 1930.KSAT an FM station at 107.5 MHz out of Kyle, Texasmarker currently has the call letters.


KSAT first went on the air as KONO-TV in January 1957, owned by the Roth family with KONO-AM-FM. It has been an ABC affiliate since its launch.

The station was purchased by The Outlet Company of Providence, R.I.marker, in 1968, who changed its call letters to the present day KSAT-TV shortly thereafter. After a buyout of Outlet in 1986, it was sold to H&C Communications. In 1994, it was sold with KPRC-TVmarker in Houstonmarker to current owner Post-Newsweek Stations, a subsidiary of the Washington Post Company.

Digital Television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:


KSAT-DT broadcasts on digital channel 12.Digital Channel
Channel Name Programming
12.1 KSAT-DT main KSAT-TV/ABC programming
12.3 KSAT-DT3 .2 Net

Analog-to-Digital Conversion

KSAT-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 12, on June 12, 2009 , as part of the DTV transition in the United States. The station had been broadcasting its pre-transition digital signal over UHF channel 48, but returned to channel 12 for its post-transition operations.

News Operation

Station Branding

KSAT-TV logo from 1994
Post-Newsweek adopted a "Local Mandate" meaning that all its stations carry the "Local" branding. KSAT 12 was briefly called "Local 12" in 2004 before reverting back to the current brand used before. This means that KSAT does not follow this station standardization, but Local is mentioned in the station's slogan: "Live, Local, Latebreaking", & periodocally during newscasts the station bug does cycle between both names (mimicking a similar behavior at sister stations KPRC-TVmarker and WDIVmarker, cycling between the station call letters / channel and "Local 4" or "Local 2" on the animated bug).

KSAT broadcasts a total of 24.5 hours of local news per week (with 4½ hours on weekdays, one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays).

As of the November 2006/May 2007 ratings period, KSAT is in second place in all time slots.


On February 5, 2009, KSAT became the second station in San Antonio (behind KENS) to broadcast their newscast in high definition, however KSAT does not currently broadcast in true HD, but rather upconverted widescreen standard definition. Never-the-less they claim to be broadcasting in High Definition.

Leslie Mouton

In 2004, weeknight co-anchor Leslie Mouton was interviewed on The Oprah Winfrey Show (which airs on KSAT), talking about her battle with breast cancer and her decision to anchor the news without a wig while she was going through chemotherapy. The talk show featured clips of Mouton's first anchoring appearance after she lost her hair, including the explanation she gave on-air of what she was going through at the time. Mouton chronicled her treatment and recovery on KSAT, earning accolades from local oncologists and cancer patients.


Current On-Air Talent

Current Anchors
  • Mark Austin - weekday mornings "Good Morning San Antonio" and noon
  • Charles Gonzales - Saturdays at 5, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10PM
  • Leslie Mouton - weekday mornings "Good Morning San Antonio" and noon
  • Ursula Pari - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM
  • Steve Spriester - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM

  • Jessie Degollado - general assignment reporter
  • Jennifer Dodd - general assignment reporter (also fill-in anchor)
  • Simon Gutierrez - general assignment reporter
  • Marilyn Moritz - "12 On Your Side" consumer reporter
  • Brian Mylar - general assignment reporter (also fill-in anchor and "Defenders" investigative reporter)
  • Rosenda Rios - general assignment reporter (also "Defenders" investigative reporter)
  • Doug Shupe - general assignment reporter
  • Paul Venema - general assignment reporter
  • Jozannah Quintanilla - general assignment reporter (also fill-in anchor)
  • Tim Gerber - general assignment reporter (also fill-in anchor)
  • Steve Roldan - general assignment reporter (also fill-in meteorologist)
  • April Molina - general assignment reporter (also fill-in anchor and "Defenders" investigative reporter)
  • David Sears - general assignment reporter (also fill-in sports anchor)

KSAT 12 Weather Team
  • Steve Browne - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM
  • John Honore (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; Saturdays at 5, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10PM
  • Mike Osterhage - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "Good Morning San Antonio" and noon

Sports Team
  • Greg Simmons - Sports Director; Monday-Tuesdays at 5, 6 and 10PM
  • Larry Ramirez - Sports Anchor; wednesday-fridays at noon, Wednesday-Fridays at 6, Saturdays at 5, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10PM

Former On-Air Talent

  • Michelle Lima - (Died in a car crash)

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • 12 Star Final (1970-1976)
  • NewsWatch 12 (1976-1987)
  • KSAT 12 News (1987-present)
  • KSAT 12 News, Nightbeat (1994-present; used for 10 PM newscasts)

Station Slogans

  • San Antonio's NewsChannel (1991-1994)
  • San Antonio's #1 Choice for News (1994-1996)
  • Live. Local. Latebreaking. (1996-present)


  1. “DFW Radio Archives – 1920s”
  2. (12 January 1929) "Frank Norris' Church is Destroyed by Fire: Two Buildings are Completely Razed by Blaze" The Port Arthur News page 1
  3. “DFW Radio Archives – 1930s”
  4. "Radio Station KSAT 107.5 FM Kyle TX"
  6. CDBS Print

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