call_letters = KTXL
station_slogan = We Report To You
station_branding = Fox 40
analog = 40 (UHF)
digital = 55 (UHF), returning to 40 in 2009
affiliations = Fox
October 26, 1968
callsign_meaning = Television
licensee = Channel 40, Inc.
former_affiliations = Independent (1968-1986)
effective_radiated_power = 5000 kW (analog)
1000 kW (digital)
HAAT = 597 m (analog)
581 m (digital)
facility_id = 10205
coordinates = coord|38|16|21.5|N|121|30|21.5|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
homepage = [http://www.fox40.com www.fox40.com]
KTXL, channel 40, is a
Fox Broadcasting Company-affiliated television station in Sacramento, California, owned by the Tribune Company. KTXL's studio and offices are located in South Sacramento, and its transmitter is near Walnut Grove, California.
The channel 40 frequency in Sacramento was first occupied in September of
1953by KCCC-TV, affiliated with all four television networks: ABC, CBS, NBCand the DuMont Television Network. KCCC's first broadcast was the 1953 World Series. The station became a primary ABC affiliate by 1955, after KCRA-TVand KBET-TV (now KXTV) signed on; and dropped DuMont after that network folded in 1956. [http://www.geocities.com/jehobden/tvgnca.html] It was the Sacramento-Stockton- Modestoarea's first television station. However, as a UHF station, it suffered in the ratings because TV sets were not required to have UHF tuning until 1964. Although its fate was sealed when the first VHF stations signed on in the area, it managed to hang on until 1957. The ABC affiliation moved to KOVRafter KCCC signed off when an agreement was made between KCCC-TV and KOVR to merge operations and end KCCC programming.
KCCC (now off air) was then sold to a group of broadcasters who would return the station to the air in 1959 as KVUE, broadcasting from studios near the old
Californiastate fairgrounds off Stockton Boulevard. The station operated for about six months before falling silent again. That was the end of the original channel 40 license.
Camellia City Telecasters, a group headed by Jack Matranga, former owner and co-founder of
KGMSradio in Sacramento applied for a license to operate channel 40. On October 26, 1968KTXL signed on, operating as an independent station for nearly the first two decades of its existence. It was then known as TV 40. The station gained a huge advantage early on when its original owner won the local syndicated rights to a massive number of movies, including classic and contemporary films. At one point, it had one of the largest film libraries in the Sacramento area. In addition, KTXL ventured into in-house productions, such as the children's program "Captain Mitch" and "Big Time Wrestling". The latter show aired until 1979, and was syndicated to several stations in California, Utah, Alaskaand Hawaii. Channel 40 was one of the few stations to hold syndicated rights to the entire " Merrie Melodies/ Looney Tunes" cartoon libraries (up until recently, different companies held different components of the cartoon output). KTXL offered Japanese cartoons dubbed into English including " Speed Racer", " Marine Boy", " Ultraman" and " Star Blazers".
1974, KTXL became the first area station to air a 10pm newscast (originally only five days a week, and later seven days a week--the station's news history is noted below under "Newscasts"), and in 1977began a summer tradition by showcasing some of the greatest films ever made in annual "Summer Film Festivals".
1981, channel 40 made television history by showing the 1978 movie " The Deer Hunter" (and later many other movies) uncut and unedited, complete with objectionable material--this kind of policy has been tightened somewhat in succeeding years.
All of this made KTXL one of the leading independent stations in the West. It also attained regional-
superstationstatus via land-microwave relay to nearly every cable system north of the Bay Area, as well as several cable systems in Oregon, Montanaand Nevada.
KTXL has long been known for ending a program or movie before the closing credits, and viewers should know this is not the way these shows/films were intended to be seen.
KTXL started broadcasting from its new 2000-foot "Monster Tower" in
October 1985, significantly increasing its signal strength and adding stereo capability. Initially, the station would only turn on the stereo signal during stereo programming. This sometimes resulted in the staff forgetting to turn it on right at the beginning of a stereo program.
1986, KTXL became a charter affiliate of the newly-formed Fox Broadcasting Company. In the following year, Camellia City Telecasters sold KTXL to Renaissance Broadcasting. Today, KTXL (now and currently known as Fox 40) continues as a Fox affiliate. Its nightly newscasts follow a "hard-edged" format (with crime stories among its headlines), while following the lead of many ten o'clock newscasts by reserving its sportscasts for the final segment (in an attempt to lure many viewers to all-night cable sports channels such as ESPNand Fox Sports Netfor further sports coverage). Most Fox affiliates, since the mid-1990's, would evolve their daytime programming lineup by leaning away from classic sitcoms and cartoons toward a talk show format. KTXL is among a few stations to be an exception to this: the daytime lineup is still filled with sitcoms to this day (Even KTXL is still holding syndication rights to " The Andy Griffith Show" after many decades, though many shows from the 80s and 90s air currently), but a few talk shows and reality/court shows were known to fill the lineup. In place of 40's own children's lineup after Captain Mitch's retirement, the station aired " Fox Kids" until the network eliminated the lineup in 2002.
KTXL, along with NBC-affiliate KCRA-TV, are the only two stations in Sacramento to retain affiliation with the same network from the beginning, unaffected by network swaps in
KTXL became a Tribune-owned station when the company purchased Renaissance Broadcasting in
1997. When the station's new owners took over, they bulk-erased a lot of old locally-produced programming, and threw all the 16 mm film in the dumpster. Most of the film was rescued by collectors though.
In 1974, KTXL initiated the Sacramento area's first "Ten O'Clock News", with
Dave Preston(news), Jan Jeffries(weather and news), and Ken Gimblin(sports). When Preston left for unknown reasons, Jeffries was left to do the news with substitute weather anchors. Other news and sports anchors continued the format until 1979, when the news was revived by Pete Wilsonas "NewsPlus", in a format that went beyond regular newscasts (hence the Plus in the show's title). Such anchors as Ted Mullinsand Andy Asherhelmed the now-hour-long newscast until KTXL began its Fox affiliation, and evolved into the current format of what is now known as "Fox 40 News at 10".
In the summer of
2005, KTXL debuted the "Fox 40 Morning News", which runs from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. opposite KMAX's "Good Day Sacramento", and the first hour of KQCA's morning newscast. On September 8, 2008, KTXL reformatted "Fox 40 Morning News" to "Fox 40 Live"; expanded the broadcast to 4.5 hours (4:30-9am); hired well-known former Sacramento morning radio personality Paul Robins as presenter; and introduced a new news set adorned with flat-screens and an accompanying kitchen set. KTXL joins KCRA and KMAX with 4:30am newscasts.
KTXL now competes at 10:00 p.m. with KOVR and the KCRA-produced half-hour news program on KQCA. Channel 40 tops the ratings in "demos", and often comes in first or second in overall viewership at 10pm. On September 8, 2008, longtime
KCAL-TV- KCBS-TVLos Angeles anchor-reporter Jaime Garza joined Donna Cordova as co-anchor of the weeknight "Fox 40 News At Ten."
Current Personalities/ Joined Date
* [http://www.fox40.com/pages/news_team_garza Jaime Garza] , Weeknight 10pm Anchor (2008)
* [http://www.fox40.com/pages/news_team_cordova Donna Cordova] , Weeknight 10pm Anchor (1994)
* [http://www.fox40.com/pages/news_team_orlando Joe Orlando] , Weekend 10pm Anchor/ Weekday Reporter (2002)
* [http://www.fox40.com/pages/news_team_cox Teri Cox] , Weekend 10pm Anchor/ Weekday Reporter (1989)
* [http://www.fox40.com/pages/news_team_bomke Natalie Bomke] , Morning Anchor/ Reporter (2007)
* [http://www.fox40.com/pages/news_team_robins Paul Robins] , Morning Anchor (2008)Weather
* [http://www.fox40.com/pages/news_team_werner Kristina Werner] , Weeknight 10pm Chief Meteorologist (1999)
*J.D Maher, Fill-in Meteorologist (2005)
* [http://www.fox40.com/pages/news_team_hodge Louisa Hodge] , Weekend Meteorologist/Reporter (2005)
* [http://www.fox40.com/pages/news_team_orozco Rosemary Orozco] , Morning Weather Anchor (2008)
* [http://www.fox40.com/pages/news_team_demsky Mark Demsky] , Weekend Sports Anchor
* [http://www.fox40.com/pages/news_team_crandell Jim Crandell] , Sports Director weeknight anchor (1984)
* [http://www.fox40.com/pages/news_team_bond Mike Bond] , General Assignment Reporter (2007)
* [http://www.fox43.com/pages/news_team_rampy Grant Rampy] , Washington D.C Bureau
* [http://www.fox40.com/pages/news_team_shaddox Rowena Shaddox] , Freelance Reporter (2002, on-air job 2006)
* [http://www.fox40.com/pages/news_team_wong Lonnie Wong] , General Assignment Reporter (1985)
* [http://www.fox40.com/pages/news_team_crouch Bethany Crouch] , General Assignment Reporter (2007)
* [http://www.fox40.com/pages/news_team_soriano Jamie Soriano] , Morning Reporter (2007)
*Reggie Kumar, General Assignment Reporter (2008)
* [http://www.fox40.com/pages/news_team_philips Darsha Phillips] , General Assignment Reporter (2008)
* [http://www.fox40.com/pages/news_team_shanahan Dennis Shanahan] , General Assignment Reporter (2008)
Former News personalities
*Jay Alan Former evening co-anchor with Donna Cordova 2000-2003
*Lisa Amin, Now at
KGO-TVin San Francisco, 2004-2007
*Warren Armstrong (Former evening anchor with Donna Cordova 1997; now weeknight anchor at KFSN in Fresno)
*Andy Asher,anchor (1980s)) Now at NBC 5
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
*Scott Babashak- Married to Liz Keptner residing in Philadelphia, Fill-in anchor/ reporter until 2005.
*David Brown Weeknight Meteorologist 1990-1994 now at
WCVBin BostonMorning Anchor/Reporter
*Jonathan Carlson, Reporter/Fill-In Anchor (2005-2007, Now a weekday reporter/fill-in anchor at
WSPA-TVin the Carolinas)
*Thomas Drayton, Anchor (2002- Sept. 2008, now at
*Joe Conway (weather 1977-83)
*Gorgette Copes, (Now in San Diego, Ca) 2005-2007
*Shana Franklin General Assignment Reporter (2003-2005, now at KDAF in
Michelle Franzennow with NBC NEWSCHANNEL in New York
Ken Gimblin, original sports anchor, 1974-76, later worked for News 10 in Sacramento).
Darla Givens, Meteorologist, (1996-1999; now at KXTVNews10 in Sacramento.)
*Pat Hambright, Meteorologist (1999-2005; Now at KOLO in Reno, NV)
Adam Housley, General Assignment Reporter (Now at FOX News Los Angeles)
*Stormin' Norman Jacobs,Meteorologist, (1980s)
*Jan Jeffries, KTXL's first news co-anchor and weather reporter, 1974-77
*Michelle Kennedy, General Assignment Reporter (Now at
KRONin San Francisco)
*Mia Lee (1992-1998; Now at KCAL in L.A.)
*Michelle Liu, Reporter (2007-2008)
*Liz Keptner- Fill-in Anchor for Donna while on Maternity leave now at KYW in Philadelphia.
*David Lloyd, Sports Anchor/Reporter (now at
ESPNin Bristol, Connecticut)
*Kye Martin, Now in Chicago as traffic reporter for
WGN-TV/ CLTV, 2005-2008, Morning Reporter
*Terry McSwenny now on
KGO-TVABC 7 in San Francisco
*Nina Melhaf, Now at
KTVZin Oregon as Anchor/ Reporter, 2005-2007
*Evan Michael, June 2007- June 2008, Morning Anchor
*Ted Mullins (Anchor, deceased)
*Jennifer Parker, Morning Anchor (2005-2007; Switched careers, now runs a family business)
*Dave Preston, KTXL's first news co-anchor, 1974-76, left for unknown reasons
Gary Radnich(Now at KRONin San Francisco and at KNBRradio)
*Melissa Remick, Reporter (1999-2008) Continues to home school her children
*Matt Robinson (City of Tracy Public Affairs Officer)
*Tim Robinson (1999-2003, Now in Seattle, KING5) Former weekend co-anchor with Teri Cox; Married to former KXTV anchor Jane McCarthy
*Tim Sakahara, General Assignment Reporter, 2005-2007, now at
*Stuart Satow, sports anchor late 1970s, later with
*Matt Skryja, Freelance Reporter Jan-Jun 2008, now at AAA in San Francisco public relations. [http://www.aaanewsroom.net/Main/Default.asp?ContentID=121&CategoryID=5&SubCategoryID=17#california]
*Mike Stevens - Original "Fox 40 News at 10" Co-Anchor with Donna Cordova 1993 - 1996 (now 5,6 and 11pm Anchor at
*Pete Wilson ("NewsPlus" creator/co-anchor 1979-83 Died of heart attack in July 2007 recent job at
Monica Woods, Weeknight Meteorologist (1995-1999; Now at KXTVNews10)
Lorraine Woodward, Weeknight anchor (1988-1993)
* [http://www.fox40.com/ Official Website]
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