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Ktuu

KTUU-TV
City of license Anchorage
Branding Channel 2 (general)
Channel 2 News (newscasts)
Slogan Alaska's News Source
Channels Digital: 10 (VHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
Affiliations NBC (joint primary 1953-1967, secondary 1967-1970, full-time since 1971)
Owner Schurz Communications, Inc.
(Northern Lights Media, Inc.)
Founded October 16, 1953
Call letters' meaning TUU sounds like Two
Former callsigns KFIA (1953-1955)
KENI-TV (1955-1981)[1]
Former channel number(s) Analog:
2 (VHF, 1953-2009)
Former affiliations ABC (joint primary 1953-1967; primary 1967-1971)
PBS (per program, 1970-1975)
Transmitter power 50 kW
Height 240 m
Facility ID 10173
Transmitter coordinates

61°25′19.8″N 149°52′27.8″W / 61.422167°N 149.874389°W / 61.422167; -149.874389

Website www.ktuu.com

KTUU-TV is an NBC affiliated television station serving Anchorage, Alaska. The station is owned by Schurz Communications of South Bend, Indiana.

The station is broadcast over the air on digital channel 10; on the local cable TV system, GCI on standard cable channel 2 and high-definition cable channel 652. KTUU is also available on DIRECTV and DISH Network for the Anchorage television market.

Its over-the-air transmitter is located in Knik, Alaska.

History

KTUU is one of Alaska's first two TV stations to sign on in the state (KTVA is the other), signing on October 16, 1953 as KFIA. It became KENI-TV in 1955, and then KTUU in 1981.

On September 19, 1966, channel 2 became the first station in Alaska to transmit in color (NTSC) when it aired the premiere episode of the ABC situation comedy That Girl (entitled "Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!"). The station had joint primary affiliation with NBC and ABC (with KTVA picking up some of the slack) until October 1, 1967 when it switched to ABC primary and NBC secondary, primarily because ABC had more programs on film. Channel 2 became a full-time ABC affiliate in 1970 when KHAR (now KYUR) took the NBC affiliation. The two stations switched networks in October 1971, at which time KHAR became KIMO. Channel 2 also carried a few PBS programs (particularly The Electric Company) until KAKM signed on in 1975. Until KTVF in Fairbanks switched networks from CBS to NBC in April 1996, KTUU was the only full-time NBC affiliate in Alaska, clearing the entire network schedule.

In August 2010, KTUU became the third Schurz-owned television station (after KWCH-DT and KSCW-DT in Wichita, Kansas and WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia) to relaunch its Web site through a new partnership with the Tribune Company's Tribune Interactive division. Previously, the Web address was operated by the local media division of World Now. The other Schurz television station Web sites, which are currently operated by Broadcast Interactive Media, will follow suit when their CMS contract with BIM runs out.

KTUU has been number one in the Anchorage, AK market for decades. The Channel 2 News team routinely wins regional and national awards and in 1999, became the first and only television station in Alaska with their own satellite uplink truck (NewsStar 2), which is occasionally used by other broadcasters and clients from around the world. The National Press Photographers Association named KTUU the Small Market Television News Photography Station of the Year in 2006, 2008 and 2010.[2] In 2013, KTUU was also the first in Alaska to broadcast their news in high-definition.

Former Alaska governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin (née Heath) was a fill-in weekend sports anchor for KTUU shortly after college.

Digital television

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
2.1 1080i 16:9 KTUU-HD Main KTUU-TV programming / NBC

Translators

KTUU-TV extends its over-the-air coverage through a network of translator stations.

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On-air staff

Current on-air staff

Anchors

  • Maria Downey - weeknights at 6 p.m.
  • Sheila Balistreri - weekday mornings "Channel 2 News Morning Edition" (also producer)
  • Mike Ross - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Rebecca Palsha - weeknights at 10 p.m.
  • Abby Hancock - weekends at 5 and 10 p.m.

Reporters

  • Dan Carpenter
  • Corey Allen Young
  • Adam Pinsker
  • Mallory Peebles
  • Blake Essig
  • Caslon Hatch
  • Marti Glaser

Weather Team

  • Jackie Purcell - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • David George - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "Channel 2 News Morning Edition"
  • Tracy Sinclare - Meteorologist; weekends at 5 and 10 p.m.
  • Robert Forgit - Meteorologist; fill-in

Sports Team

  • Charlie Sokaitis - Sports Anchor; weekends at 5 and 10 p.m. (also sports reporter)
  • Kevin Wells - Sports Anchor; weeknights at 10 p.m. (also sports reporter)
  • Kari Bustamante - Sports Reporter

Former staff

References

External links

  • KTUU.com - Official Website
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KTUU
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTUU-TV
  • TitanTV.com
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