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KWTX-TV "News 10" is a full-power television station in Waco, Texasmarker, serving Central Texas as a CBS affiliate. Owned by Gray Television, it airs a digital signal on channel 10. It is broadcast on cable channel 2 in the immediate part of the market.

KWTX also offers The CW programming on its digital feed, branded as "CW Texas." Prior to September 2006, KWTX offered UPN programming (UPN Waco) on digital.

History

The station first signed on the air on April 3, 1955.

Role During Branch Davidian Raid

Just before the Mount Carmel raidmarker on February 28, 1993, Davidians learned that they were facing not a service of warrants, but a shootout. KWTX-TV cameraman James Peeler asked directions of Davidian David Jones, who was driving his postal truck. David Koresh's attorney Dick DeGuerin told reporters that Peeler told Jones, "Well, you better get out of here because there's a United States National Guard helicopter over at TSTC (Texas State Technical College) and they're going to have a big shootout with the religious nuts. Peeler was distressed to see Jones immediately drive to Mount Carmel Center and left the area to call his superiors.

According to the Treasury report, Jones told DeGuerin that "Peeler warned him not to go near the Compound as there were going to be `60 to 70 TABC (Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission) guys in helicopters and a shoot-out would occur'." And Peeler himself confessed to the Treasury review team that he had told Jones there would be "some type of law enforcement action" and that "the action was likely to be a raid of some type and that there might be shooting."KWTX-TV cameraman Dan Mulloney testified that KWTX-TV's initial information came from law enforcement agents he refused to name—something the Treasury report failed to reveal—as well as from a private ambulance driver working with BATF. (Similarly, BATF agent Ballesteros admitted that it was non-BATF law enforcement that tipped off the Waco Tribune-Herald.) Therefore, BATF agents' expectations of a shootout were directly transmitted to the Davidians.

Mulloney, Peeler, and reporter John McLemore along with reporters from the Waco Tribune-Herald were the only non-combatants at Mount Carmel that fateful day. And the three KWTX reporters became the only independent witnesses in the subsequent trials that attempted to assess blame for the botched raid as well as the subsequent federal assault and fire on April 19, 1993, that left about 80 people dead. Mulloney shot the TV footage that was shown around the world, of agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms storming the Davidians’ home. Mulloney and McLemore, later used their vehicle to transport injured ATF agents away from the shootout.[275858] McLemore received letter of commendation from ATF Director for his bravery that day.

Operations

Though identifying as a station in its own right, KBTX-TVmarker in Bryanmarker / College Stationmarker is considered a semi-satellite of KWTX. It has most of its internal operations run alongside KWTX, and clears all of KWTX's syndicated programming (although it has some shows not seen on KWTX).

Digital television

KWTX was the first station in the Central Texas area to broadcast in High Definition Television). KWTX-DT first went on the air on Friday, May 11th, 2001 at 5:10 PM. It began regular programming on Tuesday, May 15th, 2001 on Digital Channel 53. However, since channels 52-69 will no longer be used for television broadcasts after the end of analog broadcasting on the United States, KWTX opted to move its digital broadcasts to channel 10 in 2009.

Along with the rest of the major Central Texas stations, KWTX began broadcasting solely in digital on February 17, 2009.

Current On-Air Personalities

Anchors

Weather
  • Rusty Garrett - News 10 at 6 and 10 Weeknights
  • Lon Curtis - News 10 at Noon; News 10 Live at 5
  • Brady Taylor - News 10 This Morning
Sports
  • Dan Ingham - Sports Director (News 10 at 5, 6, and 10)
  • Adam Winker - Weekend Sports Anchor/Sports Reporter
  • Tom Interliggi - Sports Reporter


Reporters
  • Megan Fleetwood
  • Bernadette Flores
  • Eli Ross
  • Megan Snipes
  • David Williams
  • Lauren Westbrook


Past On-Air Personalities

  • Rich Adams (now COO and Executive Vice President of Hoak Media Corporation)
  • Mark Alford (now anchor for WDAF-TVmarker, Kansas Citymarker)
  • Dick Aldama
  • Mike Barger (now AT&T Spokesperson for San Antonio and South Texas)
  • Harley Berg (deceased; hosted "The Harley Berg Show" from 1955 to 1979)
  • Anita Blanton (now anchor, KOCO-TV, Oklahoma City)
  • Ellen Bordelon Derrick (now with ExtraCo Banks in Waco)
  • Doug Brown (now weathercaster for KTRK-TVmarker, Houstonmarker)
  • Vicki Buffalino (now anchor for KENS-TV, San Antonio)
  • Richelle Carey (now anchor for CNN Headline News)
  • John Carroll (anchor in the 1980s)
  • Bianca Castro (now anchor for KRIS-TVmarker, Corpus Christi, Texasmarker)
  • Wayne Claiborne
  • Aaron Chimbel(now mobile journalist for WFAA-TVmarker, Dallasmarker)
  • Reid Collins (weekend anchor in the late 1950s; later worked at CBS Radio News and CNN)
  • Adam Colpack (now evening meteorologist KMVT-TV, Twin Falls, Idaho)
  • Dallas Cook
  • Roy Cook (weathercaster from 1971-1989)
  • Dan Corbett, Meteorologist (now weather forecaster for the BBC in London)
  • Glenda Crater (weekend anchor/reporter from 1982-83)
  • Bettie Cross (now reporter for KEYE-TVmarker, Austin, Texasmarker; weekend anchor/reporter from 1983-1984)
  • Rob Curnock
  • Aimee Delaine Deputy (now Marketing Manager for TEXAS MONTHLY [275859]
  • Kathryn Dettman[275860](murdered on her next to last day of employment at KWTX)
  • Kristen Drew (now reporter at WSTM-TV, Syracuse)
  • Troy Dungan (Chief Weather Anchor for WFAA-TVmarker, Dallasmarker; now retired)
  • Tim Edwards
  • Robert Flores (now anchor for ESPN SportsCenter)
  • Frank Fallon (deceased)
  • Steve Fallon (Now with Texas Sports Hall of Fame)
  • Tyler Garret (now sports anchor at KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi)
  • David George (now Chief Meteorologist for WMTV-TVmarker, Madison, Wisconsinmarker)
  • Annette Gonzales-Taylor (later Communications Director for the Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston)
  • Dan Gresham (now anchor / producer at KFDM-TV, Beaumont)
  • Lisa Hanna (now political/public affairs consultant,Washington, D.C.marker)
  • Laura Hagen
  • Christopher Heath (now weekend anchor at KENS-TV San Antonio)
  • Bill Herring (deceased)
  • Sonta Henderson (now reporter for KXAN-TVmarker, Austin)
  • ShaVonne Herndon (now with KYTX-TV, Tyler)
  • Elise Hu (now reporter for KVUE-TVmarker, Austin)
  • Jeff Jamison (now Meteorologist for KTVT-TVmarker, Dallas)
  • Matt Iazzetti (Now in sales for Baylor University)
  • Loyd Immel (co-anchor with Vikki Buffalino)
  • Robin Johnson (anchor from 1981-1990)
  • Kandice Kelly (now a freelance reporter in Californiamarker)
  • Pete Kenworthy (now anchor for WEWS-TVmarker, Clevelandmarker)
  • Steve Kersh (now Chief Meteorologist for KVII-TVmarker, Amarillomarker)
  • Ryan Kelly (reporter and anchor from 2001-2006; now an Account Manager with PetersGroup Public Relations in Austin, Texas)
  • Robyn Kriel (now freelancing with NPR)
  • Dana Larson (now anchor for Fox Sports Southwest)
  • Josh Larson (now producer at KSAT-TVmarker, San Antonio)
  • Sharon Mayo-Parker (now public relations manager for Six Flags Over Texasmarker Amusement Park)
  • Annie McCormick (now a reporter at WHP-TV, Harrisburg
  • John McLemore[275861] (Now Senior Public Affairs officer ConocoPhillips / Houston, Texas)
  • Melisa Miller
  • Amy Montalvo (now reporter for KAMC-TV, Lubbock)
  • Angela Montoya (now with Wilkens Weather Technologies in Houstonmarker)
  • Chip Moody
  • Elise Morgan (now anchor for WHNT-TVmarker, Huntsville, Alabamamarker)
  • John Morris (now Director of Broadcasting for Baylor Universitymarker)
  • Betty Nguyen (now anchor for CNN)
  • Oma Owens (deceased; appeared on "Better Livng" show)
  • Robbie Owens (now reporter for KTVT-TVmarker, Dallasmarker)
  • Erik Rinderle
  • Wendy Rigby (now reporter for KENS-TV, San Antonio)
  • Rachel Roark (now a producer for CBS News in New Yorkmarker)
  • Marvel Russell (deceased; hosted "Better Living" from 1955 to 1977)\
  • Wendy Saltzman (now reporter for WGCL-TV Atlanta)
  • Lori Scott-Fogleman (now Director of Media Relations for Baylor University)
  • Stephanie Serna (now reporter for KXAN-TVmarker, Austin)
  • Dave South
  • Angela Spears (now anchor for WTLVmarker, Jacksonvillemarker)
  • Johnny Watkins (deceased; hosted "Ten Acres" from 1955 to 1980)
  • Ralph Webb (deceased;longtime on-air personality and program director)
  • Chuck Williams (deceased; anchored sports from the 60s to 1975; was with the station until the mid 1980s)
  • Bill Young


Local Trivia

KWTX shares the callsign with radio station 97.5 FM, a Top 40 Pop station and 1230 AMmarker, a News/Talk station both owned by Clear Channel Communications. In 1997 the radio stations were sold to GulfStar and later Clear Channel. As part of the deal, the radio stations moved out of the building at American Plaza and into their own building. Today KWTX-TV uses the area once occupied by the radio stations for offices and edit bays.

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • KWTX-TV News (1955-1957)
  • TX News (1957-1975)
  • TX News 10 (1975)
  • Area 10 News (1975)
  • Region 10 News (1975-1989)
  • Channel 10 News (1989-1990)
  • NewsChannel 10 (1990-1997)
  • News 10 (1997-present)


Station Slogans

  • The Number One Professionals (1983-1985)
  • Always A Step Ahead (late 1980s)
  • The News You Know, The People You Trust (1995-1997)
  • Central Texas' News Leader (1997-2005)
  • First, Fast and Accurate (2005-2007)
  • The News and Weather Authority (2008-2009)
  • News 10 On Your Side (2009-present)


Logos

Image:Kwtx upn logo.png|KWTX DT2 UPN logo, used prior to September 2006.

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