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KGAN
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Branding CBS 2
Slogan "CBS 2 News"
Channels Analog: 2 (VHF)
Digital: 51 (UHF)
Affiliations CBS
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
Founded September 30, 1953
Call letters meaning K Guy GANnett (former owner)
Former callsigns WMT-TV (1953-1981)
Former affiliations none
Website [1]

KGAN is a television station based out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It transmits on VHF channel 2. KGAN is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, and is a CBS affiliate. KGAN is the primary CBS affiliate for northeast Iowa, including Iowa City, Waterloo, and Dubuque. Image File history File links KGAN2Logo. ... Nickname: Location in the State of Iowa Coordinates: , Country United States State Iowa County Linn County Incorporated 1849 Government  - Mayor Kay Halloran Area  - City  64. ... A brand is a name, logo, slogan, and/or design scheme associated with a product or service. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In broadcasting, a channel is a range of frequencies (or, equivalently, wavelengths) assigned by a government for the operation of a particular broadcast station. ... Analog television (or analogue television) encodes television and transports the picture and sound information as an analog signal, that is, by varying the amplitude and/or frequencies of the broadcast signal. ... Very high frequency (VHF) is the radio frequency range from 30 MHz to 300 MHz. ... Digital Terrestrial Television (DTTV or DTT) is an implementation of digital technology to provide a greater number of channels and/or better quality of picture and sound using aerial broadcasts to a conventional antenna (or aerial) instead of a satellite dish or cable connection. ... This article is about the radio frequency. ... An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... The Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG) NASDAQ: SBGI is the operator of the largest number of local television stations in the United States with a total of 59 stations across the country in 38 primarily small and medium markets, many of which are located in the South and the Midwest. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Nickname: Location in the State of Iowa Coordinates: , Country United States State Iowa County Linn County Incorporated 1849 Government  - Mayor Kay Halloran Area  - City  64. ... The Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG) NASDAQ: SBGI is the operator of the largest number of local television stations in the United States with a total of 59 stations across the country in 38 primarily small and medium markets, many of which are located in the South and the Midwest. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Area  Ranked 26th  - Total 56,272 sq mi (145,743 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 199 miles (320 km)  - % water 0. ... Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, USA. It is the principal city of the Iowa City, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of both Johnson and Washington counties. ... Waterloo is the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. ... Nickname: Location in the State of Iowa Coordinates: , Country United States State Iowa County Dubuque Incorporated 1833 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Roy D. Buol  - City manager Michael C. Van Milligen Area  - City 71. ...

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History

On September 30, 1953, WMT-TV began broadcasting. General manager William B. Quarton made some remarks, which were then followed by a broadcast of a World Series game between the Yankees and Dodgers. is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910), (1913) Brooklyn Grooms...


The station was authorized to transmit at 100,000 watts, and WMT became the very first station to transmit at full power. The station was licensed to serve the Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, and Dubuque areas, making it the first station to be given split-market status by the Federal Communications Commission. Initially the station was owned by a group consisting of American Broadcasting Stations, Quarton, and several others. WMT-TV was a sister station of WMT-AM 600, which had been broadcasting in the area since 1922. The call sign stood for the Waterloo Morning Tribune, which owned WMT radio from 1928 until 1934. The FCCs official seal. ... WMT is a news/talk radio station broadcasting at 600 AM in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the United States. ...


The station was based at what came to be known as Broadcast Park. When the KGAN facilities were first built, the surrounding area was still mainly rural. A 702 foot high broadcast tower was built to transmit the signal. This tower served as the primary tower for the next four years. In 1956 a taller tower near Walker, Iowa, was built to transmit the signal, but a storm on December 10 blew the tower down. The tower was soon rebuilt, and remains in service today. Walker is a city located in Linn County, Iowa. ... December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 21 days before the next year. ...


In 1968, WMT-AM-FM-TV was sold to what would become Orion Broadcasting of Louisville, Kentucky. They would remain under Orion's ownership until 1981, when Orion merged with Cosmos Broadcasting, a subsidiary of insurance and broadcasting conglomerate Liberty Corporation. However, the two companies owned more TV stations than the FCC allowed at the time. As a condition of the sale, Cosmos had to sell WMT-TV, and found a buyer in Guy Gannett Publishing of Portland, Maine. On October 16, 1981 WMT-TV changed its callsign to KGAN-TV. The station was purchased by Sinclair, along with most of Gannett's broadcasting holdings, in 1999. Sinclair then announced the sale of KGAN, along with WICS in Springfield, Illinois and WICD in Champaign, Illinois, to Sunrise Television that same year. However, the FCC did not allow Sunrise to buy WICS/WICD due to Sunrise's ownership structure. Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst (HMTF), an investment firm controlled by Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars owner Tom Hicks, owned a large block of Sunrise stock. HMTF is majority stockholder of LIN TV, then-owner of WAND in Decatur. 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--something which is forbidden by FCC rules. And because KGAN was part of the package deal, it could not have been sold to Sunrise alone, without the inclusion of WICS/WICD. As such, Sinclair retained ownership of all three stations. “Louisville” redirects here. ... The Liberty Corporation is a media corporation that owns 15 network-affiliated television stations across the Midwest and Southern regions of the United States as part of its Cosmos Broadcasting subsidiary, cable advertising sales group CableVantage Inc. ... The abbreviation FCC can refer to: Face-centered cubic (usually fcc), a crystallographic structure Federal Communications Commission, a US government organization Farm Credit Corporation/Farm Credit Canada, a Canadian government organization Families with Children from China, an adoption support organization Florida Christian College, a college in central Florida Fresno City... Nickname: Motto: Resurgam (Latin for I will rise again) Country United States State Maine County Cumberland Settled 1632 Incorporated 1786 Government  - Mayor Nicholas M. Mavodones, Jr Area  - City  52. ... October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years). ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... In broadcasting and radio communication, a callsign or call sign (also call letters) is a unique designation for a transmitting station. ... WICS, which brands itself as ABC NewsChannel 20, is the ABC affiliate located in Springfield, Illinois. ... : Home of President Abraham Lincoln United States Illinois Sangamon 60. ... WICD, which brands itself as ABC NewsChannel 15, is an ABC affiliate located in Champaign, Illinois. ... Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, in the United States. ... The son of a Texas radio station owner, Thomas Hicks became interested in leveraged buyouts as a member of First National Banks venture capital group. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26, 34, 42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Other nicknames None in common use Ballpark Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (1994–present) a. ... The Dallas Stars are a professional ice hockey team based in Dallas, Texas. ... Thomas O. Hicks (born 1946), nicknamed Cheddar Tom, is a Dallas businessman. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The giant Galligantua and the wicked old magician transform the dukes daughter into a white hind. ... The Decatur Transfer House in the background with a newly completed fountain in the foreground. ... A true duopoly is a form of oligopoly where only two producers exist in a market. ...


The weather department at WMT-TV was highly revered by eastern Iowans for many decades under the direction of Conrad Johnson in the 1960's and 1970's. Shortly after his retirement, longtime meteorologist Dave Towne continued that tradition for another decade. Dave was joined briefly by Andre Bernier (weekday morning and noon weather) in 1981. Andre left KGAN-TV in March 1982 when he became part of the launch team for The Weather Channel. Dave Towne took a sabbatical from television to pursue other interests and returned briefly to KGAN on weekends, but has now retired from Cedar Rapids television altogether. The Weather Channel (TWC) is a cable and satellite television network that broadcasts weather and weather-related news 24 hours a day. ...


The station has won two George Foster Peabody awards. The first Peabody Award was awarded in 1956 for the station's role in developing "The Secret of Flight" television programs. These programs were made with the assistance of Dr. Alexander Lippisch, who was the director of the Collins Aeronautical Research Laboratory. The programs focused on aeronautical education. Later, in 1994, KGAN won another Peabody award. This Peabody was awarded for the work investigative reporter Sandy Riesgraf performed in helping to expose a sewer solvent scandal. George Foster Peabody (July 27, 1852 – March 4, 1938) was born in Columbus, Georgia. ... The George Foster Peabody Awards, more commonly referred to as the Peabody Awards, are annual international awards given for excellence in radio and television broadcasting. ...


KGAN began producing FOX 17 News at Nine (now known as FOX News at Nine) in 2001, for their Sinclair Broadcast Group sister station, KDSM, in Des Moines. In 2002, Cedar Rapids FOX affiliate, KFXA began simulcasting the newscast to its Eastern Iowa viewers. KDSM-TV is a television station that broadcasts on channel 17 in Des Moines, Iowa. ... KFXA is a television station based out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. ...


On January 5, 2007, KGAN was pulled from Mediacom systems as part of an ongoing retransmission dispute between Mediacom and Sinclair. The move threatened to leave many eastern Iowa cable viewers without coverage of Super Bowl XLI, even though some viewers in KGAN's viewing area were served by other CBS affiliates such as WHBF-TV in the Quad Cities, which was added to Mediacom's lineup in Iowa City shortly before the impasse.[1] The dispute ended on February 2, when the two sides reached an agreement that restored KGAN to Mediacom systems.[2] January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Mediacom is a cable television provider in the United States. ... The Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG) NASDAQ: SBGI is the operator of the largest number of local television stations in the United States with a total of 59 stations across the country in 38 primarily small and medium markets, many of which are located in the South and the Midwest. ... Date February 4, 2007 Stadium Dolphin Stadium City Miami Gardens, Florida MVP Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Colts Favorite Colts by 7, over/under line 49. ... WHBF-TV is the CBS affiliate for the Quad Cities television market (the Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Illinois/Rock Island, Illinois market). ... The I-74 Bridge, connecting Bettendorf, Iowa and Moline, Illinois is located near the geographic center of the Quad Cities. ... is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


KGAN has frequently pre-empted shows from CBS, like in the past, CBS Kids shows pre-empted by movies, sports and paid programs, today CBS 2 pre-empts programming from CBS in favor of special paid programs such as Billy Graham.


KGAN does not have a morning newscast, but it does air the CBS Early Show from 6 to 8 a.m. with no local news or weather, national weather and news headlines are anchored by the CBS Morning News anchor in New York during the show. The Early Show title card The Early Show is a American television morning news talk show broadcast by CBS from New York City, 7 to 9 a. ... CBS Morning News is the half-hour daily television broadcast from CBS News that airs following Up to the Minute. ...


Personalities and programming

CBS 2 News Staff:

  • Jared Aarons - Weekend Sports
  • Teal Anderson - Reporter
  • Erika Cervantes - Reporter
  • Cary J. Hahn - Iowa Traveler
  • Kevin Hall - Sports Director
  • Bryan Hughes - Chief Meteorologist
  • Chris Jones - Reporter
  • Josie Koler - Anchor
  • Bob Lesh - Meteorologist
  • Justin Roberts - Weekend Weather
  • David Tauchen - Anchor/Reporter
  • Megan Terlecky - Anchor/Reporter

References

  1. ^ Gallegos, Rachel, Kathryn Fiegen. "Mediacom loses 22 Sinclair stations", Iowa City Press-Citizen, 2007-01-06. 
  2. ^ Brady, Shirley. "Mediacom and Sinclair Make A Deal", Cable360, 2007-02-02. 
  • KGAN. CBS 2 At 50. Article from the KGAN web site (http://www.kgan.com/50/index.shtml). Date Accessed: July 30, 2005. Cedar Rapids: KGAN-TV.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen is a daily newspaper published in Iowa City, Iowa, that serves most of Johnson County and portions of surrounding counties. ... is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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KGAN - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (909 words)
KGAN is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, and is a CBS affiliate.
KGAN is the primary CBS affiliate for northeast Iowa, including Iowa City, Waterloo, and Dubuque.
KGAN began producing "FOX 17 News at Nine," (now known as "FOX News at Nine") in 2001, for their Sinclair Broadcast Group sister station, KDSM, in Des Moines.
Iowans for Better Local TV (8948 words)
Although KGAN has not yet implemented the "News Central" format that SBG has applied elsewhere, it has demonstrated a reduction in its commitment to local news, as assessed by news staff sizes, staff volatility, and the time devoted to local news programs.
As of July 16, the size of the KGAN on-air news staff - thirteen -- was 65% of the size of KCRG's twenty-person staff.
Mazi was listed by KGAN as a reporter on April 8th and that her name was missing by the time the KGAN website was examined on April 28th.
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