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KTVX ("ABC4") is the ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utahmarker. It also operates a large network of over 100 translator stations that covers the entire state and parts of Arizonamarker, Idahomarker, Nevadamarker, and Wyomingmarker. The station is owned by Newport Television, and controls CW affiliate KUCWmarker, owned by High Plains Broadcasting, Inc., due to FCC ownership limits (see below). KTVX broadcasts from a transmitter on Nelson Peak, southwest of Salt Lake City.

History

KTVX signed on the air as Utah's first TV station in November 1946 under the experimental callsign W6SIX. It began broadcasting regularly on April 19, 1948 as KDYL-TV, owned by Sid Fox and his Mountain Broadcasting Corporation along with KDYL radio (AM 1060marker and FM 98.7, now KBEEmarker). The floor in the first studio was sloped and cameras would easily roll. The original transmitter sat on the top of the Walker Bank Building. The station was originally an NBC affiliate owing to KDYL-AM's long relationship with NBC Radio; KDYL-AM had been one of NBC's original 26 affiliates when the network premiered in 1926.

KTVX is the oldest TV station in the Mountain Time Zone and the third oldest west of the Mississippi. It was the first independently-owned TV station to sign-on in America. The station changed its call letters to KTVT in 1953, KCPX-TV in 1959, and finally KTVX in 1975. The KTVTmarker call letters are now used by the CBS station in Dallas, Texasmarker. The change of call letters to KCPX came with the sale to Screen Gems Broadcasting, a division of Screen Gems, then the television division of Columbia Pictures. For a brief period during the mid-1950s it was owned by Time Life, Inc. It adopted its present-day call letters when United Television (then the broadcasting division of 20th Century Fox) acquired the station from Screen Gems.

Channel 4 swapped affiliations with KUTVmarker in 1960 and became an ABC affiliate.

Some of the memorable shows from the 1960s include Fireman Frank and Nightmare Theater, both hosted by Ron Ross.

The KTVX call letters were formerly used by KTUL-TVmarker in Tulsa, Oklahomamarker, also an ABC affiliate.

In 1975, when the station changed its call letters to KTVX, the title for the newscasts was NewsCenter 4. This was the first newscast title under the current call letters, which lasted until 1981.

In 1981, United Television merged with Chris-Craft Industries. After Chris-Craft's stations were sold to Fox (this briefly brought KTVX and KMOL back under common ownership with 20th Century Fox, while a third ex-United station, then-UPN affiliate KMSP-TVmarker in the Twin Citiesmarker, eventually became a Fox O&O outright when Fox moved its network programming to that station from WFTCmarker in 2002), KTVX and KMOL (now WOAI-TVmarker) in San Antoniomarker were traded to Clear Channel for WFTC. Since Fox already owned KSTUmarker, it was forced to sell KTVX due to current FCC regulations prohibiting one company from owning two of the four highest-ranked stations in a single market. KTVX was traded because it had a long-term ABC affiliation. Fox also wanted to offer an attractive package to Clear Channel for WFTC.

KTVX was the only Chris-Craft owned station to have never been affiliated with UPN during the time Chris-Craft owned a partial stake in the network.

KTVX aired TheHive TV on digital subchannel 4.2, which featured locally produced programs and sports produced by residents in the Salt Lake City area. The schedule resembled a cable public access, though since the channel must conform to FCC content guidelines, outside producers' programs was approved by the station before it was aired. It shut down December 2008. In January 2009 TheHive TV was replaced by Untamed Sports TV, of which KTVX-DT2 is the flagship station.

On November 16, 2006, Clear Channel announced plans to sell all of its television stations, including KTVX, after being bought by private equity firms. On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel entered into an agreement to sell its entire television stations group to Providence Equity Partners's Newport Television. Newport closed on the station group on March 14, 2008. In May 2008, Newport Television agreed to sell KTVX and five other stations to High Plains Broadcasting, Inc. because of an ownership conflict; however, Newport Television would have continued to operate KTVX through a joint sales agreement after the sale was finalized. However, on August 22, 2008, KTVX was removed from the sale after Univision Communications, owner of KUTHmarker and of which Providence Equity Partners holds a 19% stake, canceled its plans to purchase KUTFmarker, thus alleviating the need to sell channel 4 (although sister station KUCWmarker was eventually sold to High Plains Broadcasting but remains managed by Newport Television). As of April 16, 2009, KUTF is in the process of being sold to the Daystar Television Network. As a result, KTVX remains owned by Newport Television.

On June 12, 2009, KTVX ended analog broadcasts and began to transmit exclusively digitally.

Bush visit

In August 2005, President George W. Bush visited Salt Lake Citymarker to speak to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Cindy Sheehan appeared in a paid political message protesting the Iraq War, and the ad was submitted to the top four stations in the market (KSL-TVmarker, KSTUmarker, KTVX and KUTVmarker). KTVX management declined the offer, saying that the content "could very well be offensive to our community in Utah, which has contributed more than its fair share of fighting soldiers and suffered significant loss of life in this Iraq war."

Newscasts

Robert Maxwell and Karen Carlson anchor the news with Chief Meteorologist Roland Steadham providing "Weather First" at 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 10:00pm.

ABC4 also broadcasts a local lifestyle show called Good Things Utah weekdays at 10am, with hosts Nicea DeGering, Reagan Leadbetter, Angie Larsen and Marti Skold.

Current Anchors/Reporters

Anchors

  • Karen Carlson - Weekdays 5pm, 6pm and 10pm
  • Robert Maxwell - Weekdays 5pm, 6pm and 10pm
  • Don Hudson - Weekdays Good Morning Utah 5-7am
  • Angie Larson - Weekdays Good Morning Utah 5-7am
  • Jon Du Pre - Weekend Anchor


Reporters

  • Marcos Ortiz
  • Kerry Kinsey
  • Annie Cutler
  • Brian Carlson
  • Chris Vanocur
  • Robert Walz
  • Barb Smith
  • Christiana Brady
  • Ross Becker
  • Brent Hunsaker


4 WARN Weather First Team

  • Roland Steadham - Chief Meteorologist - Weekdays
  • Todd Gross, Meteorologist - Weekends
  • Marti Skold, Weather Host - Good Morning Utah, Good Things Utah


ABC 4 Sports Zone and Red Zone

  • Wesley Ruff - Sports Director
  • Dana Greene - Sports Anchor
  • Kent Rupe - Sports Anchor


Past Personalities

  • Terry Wood, Anchor
  • Amy Troy, Anchor, currently with KGW Portland
  • Randall Carlisle, Anchor
  • Susan Wood, Anchor/Reporter
  • Chris Jones, Reporter
  • Kevin Stanfield, AKA Mike McKay Anchor/Traffic Reporter, currently at KREX
  • Ruth Todd, Anchor
  • Erika Edberg, Anchor
  • Clayton Brough, Climatologist
  • Dan Pope, Chief Meteorologist, currently with KSL Salt Lake City
  • Reed Cowan, Anchor/Reporter, currently at WSVNmarker
  • Kimberly Perkins, Anchor
  • Phil Riesen, Anchor (currently a Democratic member of the Utah State House of Representatives)
  • Brek Bolton, Meteorologist, currently at KUTV
  • Bob Koop, Anchor, later with WIVB (deceased)
  • Othello Richards, Reporter. Currently a reporter for KREM-TVmarker in Spokane, WA.
  • McKay Allen, Reporter. Currently a reporter for KXLY-TVmarker. in Spokane, WA.
  • Linda O’Bryon, Reporter and founding executive editor of PBS' Nightly Business Report. Currenty Chief Content Officer at KQED-TVmarker San Francisco
  • Mark Zinni, Reporter/Anchor. Currently at WJW in Cleveland


Translators

KTVX extends its coverage throughout the entire state of Utahmarker, plus parts of Arizonamarker, Idahomarker, Nevadamarker and Wyomingmarker, using a network of more than 100 community-owned translator television stations listed below.

City Callsign City Callsign City Callsign
Alton, Utahmarker K09NV Huntsville, Utahmarker, etc. K10DT Preston, Idahomarker K31FR
Antimony, Utahmarker K02FA Kanab, Utahmarker K32DC Preston, Idahomarker K42GN
Apple Valley, Utahmarker K34CX Kanarraville, Utahmarker K10CK Price, Utahmarker, etc. K45FW
Aurora, Utahmarker, etc. K51BK-D Koosharem, Utahmarker K10CU Randolph, Utahmarker K11BF
Beaver, Utahmarker, etc. K11CX Labarge & Big Piney, Wyomingmarker K06FD Randolphmarker & Woodruff, Utahmarker K34FR
Bigelow Bench Area, Wyoming K40BX Laketown, Utahmarker, etc. K10LM Richfield, Utahmarker, etc. K06BQ
Blanding, Utahmarker, etc. K44AG Leamington, Utahmarker K08MC Richfield, Utahmarker, etc. K33JF-D
Boulder, Utahmarker K10JG Loa, Utahmarker, Etc. K06BS Roosevelt, Utahmarker, etc. K10DD
Brian Headmarker & Parowan, Utahmarker K49HC Logan, Utahmarker K43GR Rural Beaver County, Utahmarker K18FU-D
Caineville, Utah K11LZ Long Valley Junction, Utah K06FM Rural Garfield County, Utahmarker K18FT
Capitol Reef National Parkmarker, Utah K10IV Lundmarker & Preston, Nevadamarker K08CB Rural Garfield County, Utahmarker K51AH
Cedar Canyon, Utah K06JA Malad City, Idahomarker K54AS Rural Sevier County, Utahmarker K45FT
Cedar City, Utahmarker K11CQ Manti, Utahmarker, etc. K11FP Ruth, Nevadamarker K07DV
Circleville, Utahmarker K09FX Manti, Utahmarker, etc. K24HJ-D Saint George, Utahmarker K25JS-D
Delta, Utahmarker, etc. K35GC Marysvale, Utahmarker K04BO Saint George, Utahmarker K69CT
Duchesne, Utahmarker K10DE Mayfield, Utahmarker K09JH Samak, Utahmarker K11SX
East Price, Utahmarker K04IW Mink Creek, Idaho K10FF Scipiomarker & Holden, Utahmarker K10EB
Elko, Nevadamarker K50CA Modena, Utahmarker, etc. K17FF Scofield, Utahmarker K10CL
Ely, Nevadamarker K34CM Montpelier, Idahomarker K33DR Sigurdmarker & Salina, Utahmarker K10CT
Emery, Utahmarker K39DV Morgan, Utahmarker, etc. K10FW Sigurdmarker & Salina, Utahmarker K20JA-D
Enterprise, Utahmarker K05BU Mount Pleasant, Utahmarker K10CH Spring Glen, Utah, etc. K10AZ
Escalante, Utahmarker K04FR Mountain View, Utah, etc. K25EE Steptoe & Ruby Valley, Nevadamarker K10KL
Eureka, Utahmarker K43DA Mountain View, Wyomingmarker, etc. K11DN Summit County, Utahmarker K51FY
Fillmore, Utahmarker, Etc. K40GD Murray Canyon, Nevada, etc. K07DU Teasdalemarker & Torrey, Utahmarker K04BN
Fish Lake Resort, Utah K06FL Myton, Utahmarker K19EY Ticaboo, Utahmarker K04OJ
Fruitland, Utahmarker K10KN Navajo Mountain School, Utahmarker, etc. K04PP Toquerville, Utahmarker K31IS-D
Garrison, Utahmarker, etc. K11NP Oljeto, Utah K04OZ Tropic, Utahmarker, etc. K04IN
Green River, Utahmarker K04BR Orangeville, Utahmarker K32FR Utahn, Utah K07VL
Green River, Utahmarker K11DD Orderville, Utahmarker K04EK Vernal, Utahmarker, etc. K07CY
Hanksville, Utahmarker K09LC Overton, Nevadamarker, etc. K66CB Virgin, Utahmarker K13QK
Hatch, Utahmarker K11NA Panguitch, Utahmarker K04AU Wanship, Utahmarker K08JE
Hebermarker & Midway, Utahmarker K31FP Park City, Utahmarker, etc. K31FQ Washington, Utahmarker, etc. K28EA
Helper, Utahmarker K13BZ Parowan, Utahmarker K34AG Washington, Utahmarker, etc. K52KG-D
Henefer, Utahmarker, etc. K10AY Peoamarker & Oakley, Utahmarker K10JB Wendover, Utahmarker K10ES
Henrieville, Utahmarker K09XF Pine Valley, Utahmarker, Etc. K11OO Woodlandmarker & Kamas, Utahmarker K50AC
Hildale, Utahmarker, etc. K09SU


News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • Your Esso Reporter (1948-1953)
  • Chevrolet News and Weather (1953-1959)
  • The Pepsi-Cola News Report (1959-1961)
  • The Big News (1961-1965, 6 P.M. newscast)
  • Nightly News (1961-1965, 10 P.M. newscast)
  • City Camera News (1965-1975, 6 P.M. newscast)
  • 24 Hours (1965-1975, 10 P.M. newscast)
  • NewsCenter 4 (1975-1981)
  • Channel 4 News (1981-1986)
  • Live at Five (1981-1986; 5 P.M. newscast)
  • KTVX News (1986-1992)
  • News 4 Utah (1992-2002)
  • ABC 4 News (2002-present)


Station Slogans

  • KCPX Television, Channel 4 in Color (1965-1971)
  • KCPX Television Channel 4, Utah's Own Station (1971-1975)
  • NewsCenter 4: Utah's Choice for News (1975-1980)
  • We're 4 You (1980-1982)
  • Come on Along with Channel 4 (1982-1983; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • That's What Friends Are 4 (1982-1985)
  • You'll Love It on Channel 4 (1985-1986; local verison of ABC ad campaign)
  • KTVX News: Number One in Utah (1986-1992)
  • We're 4 Utah (1992-2001)
  • It's About All of Us (2001-2002)
  • ABC 4: Close To Home (2002-2007)
  • This is Where We Live (2007-2008)
  • Taking Action. Getting Results. (2008-present)


Trivia

  • In 1968, KTVX was still known as KCPX-TV. At this time, the station was using a popular "Open 4" logo that was later implemented by WAPA-TVmarker in San Juan, Puerto Ricomarker. That station used several variations of the logo from the 1970s until implementing a new logo in 1990. [345407] [345408]


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