Weather. movies. Cedar Rapids – KFXA/KGAN. Although KGAN had been airing network programming in HD for years prior, on October 19, 2011, it updated their local master control system to a fully HD-capable system. This served as the primary tower for the next four years. Owned by South Sound Broadcasting, Sinclair programs this station, as a simulcast of KOMO (AM). The FCC, however, did not allow the Sunrise purchase due to the company's ownership structure. It would begin airing a midday show weekdays at noon in late 1956. You can get her forecasts on CBS2 This Morning from 5-7 am and Fox 28 Morning Live from 7-8 am. Syndicated programming on KGAN includes Entertainment Tonight, Judge Judy, Dr. Phil, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, among others. On October 29, 1981, the station changed its callsign to KGAN-TV (FCC rules at the time prohibited TV and radio stations in the same city, but with different owners from sharing the same call letters, hence the change; the "-TV" suffix would later be dropped on September 13, 1984). Before moving to Cedar Rapids, Rebecca was a forecaster for WRUF and WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. While the station's local radar is still erect, it no longer pulls data from the device. On the morning of April 5, 2014, the station moved to digital channel 29 and continues to identify as channel 2.1 over-the-air via PSIP.[6]. in Telecommunications, a minor in Geography and a certificate of Meteorology and Climatology. Dubuque has coverage provided though bureaus operated by KFXA but ultimately the former captures a majority of the local news demographic in that area. Updated: 16 hours ago. Andre left KGAN in March 1982 when he became part of the launch team for The Weather Channel. As a result, the big three outlet began producing a Central Iowa-focused prime time newscast on that station from WHO's studios. To make room for this new program, it moved The Early Show to the 7-9 a.m. time slot. It aired an analog signal on VHF channel 2. In 2002 for the convenience of Eastern Iowa viewers, the thirty-minute program was added to KFXA through a simulcast and renamed Fox News at 9. These shows, focusing on aeronautical education, were made possible with the assistance of Doctor Alexander Lippisch who was the Director of the Collins Aeronautical Research Laboratory. Meet The WCIA 3 Weather Team Watch. On January 5, 2007, KGAN was pulled from Mediacom systems as part of an ongoing retransmission dispute between Mediacom and Sinclair. Rebecca joined the Weather First team in January 2016. A Cedar Falls native will represent Northeast Iowa at the World Axe Throwing Championship in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend. In the fall of 2015, Rebecca became the lead forecaster on WUFT-TV's First at Five flagship newscast, forecasting for North Florida 5 days a week. They debuted a new studio set when their newscasts began HD broadcast on July 30, 2017. General Manager and part-owner William B. Quarton made some remarks which were then followed by Game 1 of the 1953 World Series between the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers. Julian Seawright. On cable, the station is available on Mediacom channel 2 and in high definition on digital channel 802. The two stations share studios at Broadcast Park on Old Marion Road Northeast (along IA 100) in Cedar Rapids; KGAN's transmitter is located in Rowley near the junction of Buchanan, Benton and Linn counties. Initially, the station was owned by a group consisting of American Broadcasting Stations, Quarton and several others. 586 likes. Today, KGAN continues to produce an hour-long prime time newscast at 9 seen every night on KFXA. Known as Fox 17 News at 9, this half-hour show originated live from KGAN's studios and featured its own on-air personnel. In 1968, the WMT stations (including WMT-FM at 96.5, now KKSY-FM, which signed on in 1963) were sold to the Morton family of Louisville, Kentucky. Your Illini Nation; High School Sports; Full Court Friday; Athlete Of The Week; Illinois Marathon; Masters Report ; The Big Game; Japan 2020; Senior Send-Off; WCIA 3-in-1 podcast; Huddle Up and Listen; Top Stories. Our Low was 31. On March 4, 2001, KGAN began producing a nightly prime time newscast on sister station and fellow Fox affiliate KDSM-TV in Des Moines. A 702-foot (214 m) high broadcast tower was built to transmit the signal. The KCRG-TV9 First Alert Storm Team: Joe Winters, Kaj O'Mara, Corey Thompson, Kalie Pluchel, and Jan Ryherd Following a stunning start to the month of November, changes are looming as we head into the work week. In 1994, KGAN won another Peabody award for the work investigative reporter Sandy Riesgraf performed in helping to expose a sewer solvent scandal. Sinclair, which had already acquired the non-license assets of KFXA, is expected to seek a "failing station" waiver from the FCC to acquire the license. Roads in the area are slick this morning from Sunday and … Updated: 16 hours ago. Early on, the station's weather department was highly revered by Eastern Iowans for many decades under the direction of Conrad Johnson in the 1960s and 1970s. She started forecasting in 2013 on WRUF-TV, a 24-hour weather, sports, and news station. In 1984, Dave Towne brought Doppler weather radar to the station and it became the first in the area to utilize the system's images for weathercasts and severe weather coverage. Vice President Mike Pence will be in Des Moines on Thursday to deliver remarks at a Make America Great Again Rally. The FCC ruled that HMTF held enough stock in Sunrise that an acquisition of WICS/WICD would have resulted in a duopoly between two of the four highest-rated stations in the Central Illinois market, which is forbidden under current FCC duopoly rules. KWWL Storm Track 7, Waterloo, Iowa. KGAN/KFXA transitioned to a 16:9 SD format for their news operation on April 8, 2012. After a short-term extension to January 8, 2010, Mediacom and Sinclair reached a one-year retransmission agreement on January 7 that ran through the end of the year.[4]. Later that same year, Sinclair announced the sale of KGAN and the Springfield/Champaign, Illinois duo of WICS and semi-satellite WICD to Sunrise Television. For the most part, the broadcast's format remained the same although Eastern Iowa reports from KGAN reporters were added. It was also the first station to transmit with 100,000 watts of power, the maximum power allowed for a low-band television station. 1st Place. KGAN, virtual channel 2 (UHF digital channel 29), is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States and serving the Eastern Iowa television market (Cedar Rapids–Waterloo–Iowa City–Dubuque). The station's news department has won two George Foster Peabody awards. However, the two companies owned more television stations than the FCC allowed at the time. The KXAN News team is dedicated to In-Depth and Investigative reporting that gets results for Central Texas. The station signed on September 30, 1953 as WMT-TV, Eastern Iowa's first television station. A local broadcast seen weeknights at 10 was added to the schedule in the Fall of that year. Weather forecasts from this station can also heard on KCRR-FM 97.7, KKHQ-FM 92.3, KOEL-FM 98.5 and KCJJ-AM 1630. In 1984, Dave Towne brought Doppler weather radar to the station and it became the first in the area to utilize the system's images for weathercasts and severe weather coverage. Shortly after his retirement, longtime meteorologist Dave Towne continued that tradition for another decade. She has also received her Master's of Geosciences with a concentration in Applied Meteorology from Mississippi State University. There was regional news coverage and statewide weather forecasts provided since there were no locally based personnel in Des Moines. The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation says its derecho relief fund has raised nearly $2 million. In Fall 2005 despite having no weekday morning show of its own, KGAN began producing Good Day Iowa on KFXA. CHEYENNE, Wyo. 62,766 talking about this. The call letters stood for the now-defunct Waterloo Morning Tribune which owned WMT radio from 1928 until 1934. On that same day, the station also added a newscast weeknights at 5 before the CBS Evening News. 1st Place. Andre left KGAN in March 1982 when he became part of the launch team for The Weather Channel. Tim Heller was another popular weather anchor in the early-1990s who grew up not too far away from Cedar Rapids but left for sunnier weather and a larger market in Texas. ISSN : 2393-073X; ijdmsr.editor@gmail.com; Home; About Us; Call For Paper; Paper Submission; Editorial Board; Issue. The station established a local news department in early 1954 and immediately launched a weeknight newscast at 6. In early 2008, Sinclair announced its intent to purchase of KFXA from Second Generation of Iowa. On September 2, 2008, NBC affiliate WHO-DT (owned by Local TV) in Des Moines entered into a news share agreement with KDSM. Dave was joined briefly by Andre Bernier who was the weekday morning and noon meteorologist in 1981. For the latest road conditions in your area check with the Iowa DOT at. The move threatened to leave many Eastern Iowa cable viewers without coverage of Super Bowl XLI until the two sides reached an agreement on February 2 that restored KGAN to Mediacom systems. Today, the station preempts programming from the network in favor of special paid programs such as those from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Before moving to Cedar Rapids, Rebecca was a forecaster for WRUF and WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. As a part of this transition, they moved from 1080i output (which their network programming originates in) to 720p, to keep with the rest of the Sinclair Broadcast Group family's HD formatting (as most of the group's "Big Four" network affiliates are affiliated with either Fox or ABC, both of which broadcast in 720p). KCRG | Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo, Dubuque | News, Sports and Weather WMT-AM-TV were based at what came to be known as Broadcast Park. KWWL Television Inc. 511 E 5th St. Waterloo , IA 50703 News: (319)291-1200 News Tips: (800)947-7746 or news@kwwl.com Formerly separately licensed as WCGV-TV and merged with WVTV's spectrum, but remains on its former channel number as a separate station, Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Sinclair Closes $10.6B Disney RSN Purchase", "Mediacom Reaches Retrans Agreement With Sinclair", http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=station_search&callsign=KGAN#station, "CBS 2 has something important to tell you. by KGAN. The first Peabody Award was in 1956 for its role in developing The Secret of Flight television programs. This was seen for two hours from 7 until 9 and competed against national morning shows on Eastern Iowa's big three affiliates. Rebecca loves to explore Cedar Rapids and the Midwest and is always looking for a new place to see or restaurant to try. Due to inconsistent viewership and low ratings, the newscast was canceled in July 2007. [3] The retransmission agreement expired at the end of 2009 and again Eastern Iowa viewers risked losing CBS' coverage of Super Bowl XLIV. The lawsuit has yet to be decided. In 1984, Dave Towne brought Doppler weather radar to the station and it became the first in the area to utilize the system's images for weathercasts and severe weather coverage. KGAN, along with most of Guy Gannett's broadcasting holdings, was purchased by the Sinclair Broadcast Group in 1999. Get the latest from the KWWL Storm Track 7 Team of meteorologists - Mark Schnackenberg, Kyle Kiel, Brandon Libby, and Joie Bettenhausen. Rebecca Kopelman is the morning meteorologist for CBS2 and Fox 28. CHEYENNE, Wyo. She is from Rochester, New York and is excited to begin her reporting career in … As a condition of the sale, Cosmos had to sell WMT-TV and found a buyer in Guy Gannett Publishing of Portland, Maine. Radar; Weather Alerts; Forecast; Weather Cams; Closings; The Winter Weather is Here. It is unknown exactly when KFXA's separate news department in Cedar Rapids was shut down with that outlet's consolidation with KGAN. "WMT-TV" redirects here. 75K likes. At the time, LIN owned WAND in Decatur, a rival to WICS/WICD. This allowed them to air syndicated programming and local advertising in the HD format. It has frequently preempted shows from CBS including CBS Kids in favor of movies, sports, and paid programs. He took a sabbatical from television to pursue other interests and returned briefly to KGAN on weekends but has since retired from Cedar Rapids television altogether. Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 33. This was soon rebuilt and remains in service today. ReportIt@KXAN.com Since KGAN was part of the package deal and would not have been sold to Sunrise without WICS/WICD, the sale fell through and Sinclair retained ownership of all three stations. KGAN is the CBS-affiliated television station for Eastern Iowa that is licensed to Cedar Rapids. A local news anchor with KGAN is suing her former employer, Meredith Corp., for age and gender discrimination, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. Large Market TV: Feature “Pay It Forward”- Mitch Fick; 2nd Place. WICS and WICD simulcast much of the same programming and the two outlet's ratings are combined by Nielsen Media Research and considered to be a single station for counting purposes. The station's digital signal is multiplexed: KGAN has been digital-only since February 17, 2009; however, the station later asked for a lower position due to the limitations of the channel 51 signal and no buffer being left between it and the new wireless and cellular services which will eventually fill the band formerly allocated to channels 52-69. Rebecca did evening updates before anchoring Mornings Live, a two hour live morning show. The Iowa Derecho Storm Resource Center and volunteer organization "Together We Achieve," is in a race against time to help people recover from the August Derecho. On September 19, 2011, KGAN brought back a weekday morning show to KFXA, adding the Fox 28 News at Seven AM which is seen for an hour until 8. 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