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KENS

San Antonio, Texas United States
ChannelsDigital : 29 ( UHF ) Virtual : 5 ( PSIP )
BrandingKENS 5 (general) KENS 5 Eyewitness News (newscasts) (callsign pronounced as a word, "KENS")
SloganSouth Texas' #1 Newscast San Antonio's News Leader
Programming
Affiliations5.1: CBS, 5.2: Estrella TV, 5.3: True Crime Network ( O&O ), 5.4: Quest ( O&O )
Ownership
OwnerTegna Inc. (KENS-TV, Inc.)
Sister stationsKVUE ( Austin ) WFAA ( Dallas ) KHOU ( Houston )
History
First air dateFebruary 15, 1950 (70 years ago) ( 1950-02-15 )
Former call signsKEYL (1950-1954), KGBS-TV (1954)
Former channel number(s)Analog:, 5 ( VHF , 1950-2009), Digital:, 55 (UHF, 2002-2009), 39 (UHF, 2009-2019)
Former affiliationsAll secondary:, DuMont (1950-1955), ABC (1950-1957), Paramount (1950-1953), NTA (1956-1961)
Call sign meaningK E xpress- N ews S tation
Technical information
Licensing authorityFCC
Facility ID26304
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT441 m (1,447 ft)
Transmitter coordinates291611.5N 981555.9W / 29.269861N 98.265528W / 29.269861; -98.265528 Coordinates : 291611.5N 981555.9W / 29.269861N 98.265528W / 29.269861; -98.265528
Links
Public license informationProfile LMS
Websitewww .kens5 .com
Facebookkens5

The station first sign on air on February 15 1950 as KEYL; channel 5 was the second television station to sign on in the San Antonio Market, debuting three months after primary NBC affiliate WOAI-TV. Station has been the primary CBS affiliate since its sign-on, however it initially carried secondary affiliations with DuMont, ABC and Paramount Television Network. Former two affiliations were shared with WOAI-TV. The station was originally owned alongside KABC Radio. KEYL was one of Paramount's strongest affiliates, carrying nearly the Network's entire lineup. Among Paramount programs that KEYL air were Armchair Detective, Latin Cruise, Hollywood Reel, Hollywood Wrestling, Time for Beany and Movietown, RSVP. In 1951, Storer Broadcasting bought KEYL and KABC. On February 1 1954, channel 5 changed its call letters to KGBS-TV; KABC's calls were subsequently changed to match its television sister, as KGBS, on March 1. In November of that year, Storer was forced to sell KGBS-AM-TV to San Antonio Express-News, in order to complete the Company's purchase of WXEL-TV in Cleveland, Ohio as keeping KGBS-TV would have put Company one station over Federal Communications Commission's ownership regulations that go into effect that year which limit number of Television stations that can be own by one Company to seven, with no more than five of those allocate to VHF band. Express-News then changed call letters of television and radio stations to KENS-TV and KENS. The release of KABC call letters freed ABC to pick up call letters for its flagship cluster of Television, AM, and FM stations in Los Angeles shortly thereafter. DuMont ceased most Network operations in 1955, but would honor Network commitments until August 1956, when it ceased operations permanently. Channel 5 lost ABC programming when KONO-TV signed on in 1957, leaving KENS as a full-Time CBS affiliate. During the late 1950s, station was also briefly affiliated with NTA Film Network. In early 1962, Express-News and KENS-AM-TV were purchased by Harte-Hanks Communications; Radio station was sold off a few months later since Harte-Hanks was not interested in Radio station ownership at the time. When the FCC tightened its cross-ownership rules in the early 1970s, Harte-Hanks sought grandfather protection for its San Antonio Media combination. However, while the FCC grants such protection to several Media combinations across the country, it would not do the same to the Harte-Hanks combination in San Antonio. Accordingly, in 1973, Harte-Hanks opted to keep KENS-TV and sell Express-News to Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. In the mid-1980s, KENS broadcasted short-live local Cable channel that was carried on Rogers Cablevision channel 24, called KENS II. Under the direction of station manager Larry Smith, channel's programming includes replays of channel 5's local newscasts, broadcasts of Ron Taylor and Janie Groves' classified real estate programming and a few locally produced programs and specials such as Auto TV, and Barney Regets' computer generate musical video kaleidoscope created earlier at UA Columbia's Consumer Cable 29.

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News operation

Channel 5 sign on air on February 15 1950 as KEYL, primary CBS affiliate with secondary affiliations with DuMont, Paramount Television Network, and ABC. KEYL was one of Paramount's strongest affiliates, carrying nearly the entire Network line-up. Among Paramount programs that KEYL air were Armchair Detective, Latin Cruise, Hollywood Reel, Hollywood Wrestling, Time For Beany, and Movietown, RSVP. A year after its launch, Storer Broadcasting bought the station. In 1954, Storer had to sell KEYL to San Antonio Express-News, which also purchased what became the original KENS-AM, in order for Storer to complete its purchase of WXEL-TV in Cleveland, Ohio because the company would have been one VHF station over the Federal Communications Commission's new ownership limit of seven Television stations, with no more than five of those on VHF, which go into effect that year. The new owner changed KEYL's call letters to present-Day KENS-TV. KENS was the second station to begin Broadcasting in San Antonio, three months behind WOAI-TV. DuMont ceased most Network operations in 1955, but would honor Network commitments until 1956; at that point, DuMont disappeared from the station's schedule. It lost to ABC when KONO-TV signed on in 1957, leaving KENS as a full-Time CBS affiliate. During the late 1950s, station was also briefly affiliated with NTA Film Network. In early 1962, Express-News and KENS-AM-TV were purchased by Harte-Hanks Communications; Radio station was sold off a few months later since Harte-Hanks was not interested in Radio station ownership at the time. When the FCC tightened its cross-ownership rules in the early 1970s, Harte-Hanks sought grandfather protection for its San Antonio Media combination. However, while the FCC grants such protection to several Media combinations across the country, it would not do the same to the Harte-Hanks combination in San Antonio. Accordingly, in 1973, Harte-Hanks opted to keep KENS-TV and sell Express-News to Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. In the mid-1980s, KENS Broadcast a short-lived second channel, exclusively on Rogers Cablevision channel 24, called KENS II. In 1993, Harte-Hanks acquired what at time became the second incarnation of KENS-AM. In September 1997, Harte-Hanks sold its remaining Media properties, including KENS stations, to E. W. Scripps Company in order to concentrate on direct marketing. At the same time, Belo announced that it would swap its controlling stake in Food Network to Scripps in exchange for KENS stations. The Harte-Hanks / Scripps deal and the transfer of Belo's stake in Food Network to Scripps were both completed on October 15 of that year. At that time, Belo took over operation of KENS stations through a Time brokerage agreement. Belo completed its purchase of KENS stations on December 4 1997. The second incarnation of KENS-AM was sold to Disney / ABC in 2003, becoming Radio Disney station KRDY. KENS remains closely associated with Express-News, even though the station and newspaper have been under separate ownership for many years.

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