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Houston, Texas
Branding Fox 26
Slogan Your Gulf Coast Weather Authority
Channels Analog: 26 (UHF)
Digital: 27 (UHF)
Affiliations Fox
Owner Fox Television Stations
Founded August 15, 1971
Call letters meaning Albert KRIVin (former top executive of Metromedia)
Former affiliations Independent (1971-1986)
Transmitter Power 5000 kW/594 m (analog)
500 kW/534 m (digital)
Website MyFoxHouston.com

KRIV, channel 26, is an owned-and-operated television station of the News Corporation-owned Fox Broadcasting Company, based in Houston, Texas. It is co-owned with MyNetworkTV affiliate KTXH (channel 20). Both stations share the same studio complex on 4261 Southwest Freeway in Houston. KRIV operates on 5000 kilowatts of power from a 1,949-foot (594 meter) tower located in Missouri City, Texas. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ... 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. ... This article is about the radio frequency. ... 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. ... An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... This is an incomplete list of Fox Broadcasting Company affiliates. ... August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 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... An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The kilowatt (symbol: kW) is a unit for measuring power, equal to one thousand watts. ... The metre or meter is a measure of length. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on a Web server, usually accessible via the Internet or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML, that is almost always accessible... In the television industry (especially in North America), an owned and operated station (frequently abbreviated as O&O) is a television station that is owned by the network with which it is associated. ... 1211 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue), where News Corporation is based News Corporation (abbreviated to News Corp) (NYSE: NWS, NYSE: NWSa, ASX: NWS, LSE: NCRA) is one of the worlds largest media conglomerates. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ... MyNetworkTV (sometimes written My Network TV, and unofficially abbreviated MyNet, MyTV, MNT, or MNTV) is a television network in the United States, owned by News Corporation. ... KTXH, channel 20, is currently the MyNetworkTV owned and operated station in Houston, Texas. ... United States Highway 59 is a north-south United States highway (though it is signed east-west in parts of Texas). ... Flag of Missouri City Missouri City is a city located in the U.S. state of Texas within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown Metropolitan Area. ...



Channel 26 signed on for the first time on August 15, 1971 as KVRL. It was the second UHF station in Houston after KHTV (channel 39, now KHCW) to sign on the air. Several years after signing on, the call letters were changed to KDOG. The former GM of the station, Leroy Gloger, chose the letters. Another former general manager, Jerry Marcus commented (upon his retirement) that he saw them appropriate during the station's formative years as, in his words, they were a "dogged station" ratings-wise. The station's motto was "Where Every Dog Has His Day." During this period, the station aired a wide variety of programs. During the day they ran English general entertainment programming such as old cartoons, sitcoms, and old movies. At night they ran Spanish programming such as Spanish-language telenovelas, Spanish language movies, Spanish serials. August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... KHCW is the CW affiliate for Houston, Texas, broadcasting on UHF channel 39. ... Telenovela is the Spanish and Portuguese word for prime time serial or soap opera. ...

As a Metromedia station

In May 1978, Metromedia purchased the station and changed the station's call letters to KRIV-TV. The new call letters were in honor of Albert Krivin, then a top Metromedia executive. Jerry Marcus, general sales manager of Metromedia's WTTG in Washington, D.C., was brought to Houston to manage the station, where he remained until his retirement in December 1999. This influx of dollars caused the station to begin taking more risks by picking up higher profile syndicated programming and forming a news department, featuring the first major primetime newscast in the market. The station was running a general entertainment format complete with cartoons, sitcoms, movies, first run syndicated shows, locally produced talk shows, and the one of the few Spanish language forums on television at the time. Overall, the station ranked near KHTV, a more well-established outlet, over the years. 1970s logo for WTCN-TV (now KARE) in Minneapolis, which included the corporate logo for Metromedia; this logo was also used by KTTV in Los Angeles Metromedia Producers Corporation logo Metromedia (also often MetroMedia) was a media company that owned radio and television stations in the United States from 1956... WTTG, FOX5 DC is an owned and operated TV station of the Fox Broadcasting Company. ... Nickname: Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: , Country United States Federal District District of Columbia Government  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - City Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D) Ward 2: Jack... Look up December in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ...

As a Fox O&O

Six years later in 1986, Australian newspaper tycoon Rupert Murdoch purchased Metromedia television stations, including KRIV, which became a founding owned-and-operated station of his new Fox television network. The acquisition caused the station, along with a number of other former Metromedia outlets, to suddenly adopt a more sophisticated look for a network that at the time, didn't actually exist. A unified music and graphics packaged was featured on this station, as well as the original Fox-owned stations, which is consistently noted for featuring graphics that were among the first of their kind for local television. Since 1986 KRIV has been known as "Fox 26". Keith Rupert Murdoch AC, KCSG (born 11 March 1931) is an Australian born United States citizen who is a global media executive and is the controlling shareholder, chairman and managing director of News Corporation, based in New York. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company is a television network in the United States. ...

In 1987, the station formed an investigative unit, and a program called "City Under Siege" which aired after the evening news. Originally hosted by anchors Jim Marsh and Fran Fawcett, the show was actually a predecessor to one of the Fox network's later standouts: COPS. As a Fox-owned station, KRIV added more first-run syndicated programming. In 1993, KRIV joined several other Fox-owned stations in launching a weekday morning newscast. The morning cartoons were dropped but they continued their afternoon kids block from Fox Kids until the end of 2001 when Fox ended the weekday kids' block nationwide. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... This article discusses Fox Kids in United States. ...

A new era

In 1997, KRIV moved from its original studios on Westheimer Road in the Greenway Plaza area of Houston to a state-of-the-art digital facility and upgraded the look of its newscasts, debuting a brand new set, new graphics, and a new logo similar to other Fox O&O station logos implemented following the 1994 New World affiliation deal, in which Fox gained several VHF stations nationally, many of them former CBS affiliates in cities that are home to teams in the National Football Conference of the National Football League, after Fox gained broadcast rights to that conference from CBS. Picture of Greenway Plaza Skyline Greenway Plaza is a master-planned development off of U.S. Highway 59 in Houston, Texas, five miles (8 km) west of Downtown Houston and three miles (5 km) east of Uptown Houston. ... The Fox affiliate switches of 1994 constituted some of the most sweeping changes in American television history. ... The National Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...

With this upgraded presence in the Houston television market, Fox 26 went from outperforming former independents KTXH and KHWB (the former KHTV, now KHCW) to regularly challenging Houston's major-network stations, KPRC, KHOU, and KTRK-TV, in the ratings. During this time, KRIV's studios also became a studio site for various syndicated Fox programs, including the courtroom shows Texas Justice, Cristina's Court and Judge Alex. For KPRC Radio, see KPRC (AM). ... KHOU-TV is the local CBS affiliate in Houston, Texas, owned by Belo Corporation (which purchased the station, along with the rest of Corinthian Broadcasting, from Dun & Bradstreet in 1984). ... KTRK TV is a television station in Houston, Texas, affiliated with the American Broadcasting Company network. ... Texas Justice is a television program which runs on Fox stations in the US. In the program, cases are judged by Larry Joe Doherty. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Judge Alex Ferrer Judge Alex is a United States syndicated courtroom television show that debuted September 12, 2005. ...

On July 26, 2006, days after competitor KHOU-TV launched a new graphics package, KRIV also launched a new graphics and music package, which is being gradually rolled out to each of Fox's owned and operated stations as a part of a new, unified look that is similar to the graphics used on Fox News Channel. In mid-August 2006, the station launched their version of Fox's MyFox O&O website initiative with MyFoxHouston.com, which technically marks the station's first venture onto the Internet, as the station's previous website was more of a placeholder, and had little information besides links to the Fox network's site and their program schedule. On October 30, 2006, KRIV debuted a new set for its 9:00 newscast. The old set was donated to the communications school at Texas Southern University. KHOU-TV is the local CBS affiliate in Houston, Texas, owned by Belo Corporation (which purchased the station, along with the rest of Corinthian Broadcasting, from Dun & Bradstreet in 1984). ... The Fox News Channel (FNC) is a United States-based cable and satellite news channel. ... Texas Southern University is one of the largest historically black universities in the USA. Located in Houston, Texas, the university was established on March 3, 1947 by the Texas Legislature and it was initially named Texas State University for Negroes. ...

Future plans

KRIV has touted its newscasts as the fastest growing in the Houston area, and has outperformed KPRC's newscasts as of the February 2007 sweeps period. During morning anchor Jan Jeffcoat's November 2004 to June 2007 tenture, Fox 26 saw a major jump in ratings, passing KPRC in the mornings, still far away from KTRK and KHOU. The station's 9PM newscast trails behind in ratings. The station also has future plans to have a 5PM newscast, in late 2007. The station still trails behind newscasts on CBS affiliate KHOU and ABC owned-and-operated KTRK, both of which battle for first place in Houston TV ratings books, with KTRK's dominance dating back to the 1970s.

KRIV runs over 30 hours a week of local news, 20 hours of which are dedicated to the station's weekday morning newscasts, and is soon to launch an early evening newscast that will air on co-owned KTXH. In addition to Fox primetime and sports programming (as well as Fox News Sunday), KRIV also broadcasts off network sitcoms, syndicated talk and courtroom shows, and reality shows, as well as religious programming on weekends. FOX News Sunday is public affairs magazine on Fox, airing on Sunday mornings. ...

Logo history

The KDOG logo featured the station's call letters, with the "g" resembling the profile of a dog's head. This coordinated with the motto, "Where Every Dog Has His Day."

The original logo of KVRL 26 was the letters "TV-26" in a stylized font.[1] After Metromedia purchased the station in 1978, the logo was changed to a more bold number which was diagonally oriented.[2]

In 1986, after becoming a Fox affiliate, the logo was changed to a new serif font similar to other Fox affiliates. One example of the logo just shows a bold "26" with the "KRIV" and "Houston" underneath[3], another shows the a horizontally oriented logo with a diagonal Fox logo on the left and the "KRIV 26" on the right[4] In typography, serifs are non-structural details on the ends of some of the strokes that make up letters and symbols. ...

In 1989, the logo was changed again, this time to a vertically oriented rectangle with the Fox searchlight above the number 26, with the call letters in a slightly diagonal line in the middle, and the word Houston in the border underneath. [5]

In 1994, the logo was changed to a bold "FOX 26" in a sans-serif font, with "KRIV" and "Houston" underneath in the old serif font.[6] In typography, a typeface is a co-ordinated set of character designs, which usually comprises an alphabet of letters, a set of numerals and a set of punctuation marks. ...

In 1997, after the station moved studios, the logo was changed again, along with most other Fox affiliates. This logo was a multi-paned rectangle with the word "FOX" in white letters on a blue background, a blue "26" on a white background, and the words "KRIV - HOUSTON" underneath on a black background with a red line underneath.[7] This logo was used until 2006, when the current logo was adopted.

Also in 2006, the KRIV website launched, and began using the "MyFox Houston" logo, a rounded rectangle consisting of a white lowercase "my" similar to the font used for MySpace (also owned by Fox), on a blue background, a white capital "FOX" on a red background, a "26" in a circle in the upper right corner, and the word "Houston" underneath.[8] MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos. ...


Current On-Air Talent


  • Ford Atkinson: Weekend Anchor
  • Mike Barajas: Weekday Evening Anchor
  • José Griñan: Weekday Morning Anchor
  • Damali Keith: Weekend Anchor, also reports during weekends)
  • Melinda Spaulding: Weekday Midday Anchor (C)
  • Melissa Wilson: Weekday Evening Anchor
  • Tom Zizka: Weekday Morning Anchor


  • Erin Anthony: Traffic Reporter
  • Isiah Carey: General Assignment Reporter
  • Ruben Dominguez Assignments Manager, mornings
  • John Donnelly: General Assignment Reporter
  • Kristine Galvan: General Assignment Reporter (C)
  • Duarte Geraldino: General Assignment Reporter
  • Lanny Griffith: Feature Reporter, seen weekday mornings
  • Greg Groogan: Special Assignment Reporter
  • Ned Hibberd: General Assignment Reporter
  • Sally MacDonald: General Assignment Reporter
  • Pattie Shieh: General Assignment Reporter (C)
  • Andrea Watkins: General Assignment Reporter (C)

(C)- Possible Morning Anchor Canidate


  • Carolyn Canville: Investigative Reporter
  • Randy Wallace: Investigative Reporter


  • Dr. Jim Siebert: Weekday Meteorologst
  • Mike Iscovitz: Morning Meterologist
  • John Dawson: Weekend Meteorologist


  • Mark Berman: Sports Director/Weeknight Sports Anchor
  • Keith Calkins: Weekend Sports Anchor/Host of "FOX26 Sports Xtra"
  • Matt Sampsell: Host of "FOX26 Sports Xtra"/Sports Reporter, also sideline reporter for Fox Sports)

Former On-Air Talent

  • Taslin Alfonzo: Morning Anchor
  • Ginger Casey: Anchor
  • Anna Davlantes: Anchor
  • Todd Duplantis: Reporter
  • Olga Campos: Reporter
  • Fran Fawcett: Anchor
  • Tanja Greene: Reporter
  • Linda Cheek-Heinrich: Morning Anchor
  • Matt Lavine: Meteorologist
  • Mike Lyons: Meteorologist
  • Steve Mark: Sports Anchor/Reporter
  • Monique Nation: Reporter (deceased)
  • Shaun Rabb: Weatherman
  • Cecilia Sinclair: Meteorologist
  • Robert Smith: Meteorologist
  • ReShonda Tate: Reporter
  • Darian Ward: Anchor
  • Craig Weber: Meteorologist
  • Sherry Williams Anchor/Reporter, now weeknight anchor at KHCW
  • Jan Jeffcoat: Morning Anchor, Now At Fox Chicago

Helicopter information

  • SkyFox II (Eurocopter AS350BA A-star)

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • Channel 26 Metromedia News (1978-1986)
  • FOX26 News (1986-present)

Station Slogans

  • Your Gulf Coast Weather Authority (2006-present)
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