|Las Vegas, Nevada|
|City of license||Las Vegas|
|Branding||Channel 3 (general)
News 3 (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 2 (VHF)
Virtual: 3 (PSIP)
3.2 Cozi TV
3.3 Antenna TV
|Owner||Intermountain West Communications Company
(Southern Nevada Communications)
|First air date||January 23, 1955|
|Call letters' meaning||Southern
|Sister station(s)||KRNV-DT, KENV-DT|
|Former callsigns||KLRJ-TV (January–September 1955)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
2 (VHF, 1955–1967)
3 (VHF, 1967–2009)
|Transmitter power||27.7 kW|
KSNV-DT, channel 3 (digital channel 2), is the NBC-affiliated television station in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the flagship station of Intermountain West Communications Company (formerly Sunbelt Communications Company). KSNV's studios are on Foremaster Lane in Las Vegas, making it the only major television station located inside the city limits, and its transmitter is located on Black Mountain in Henderson, Nevada.
The station went on the air as KLRJ-TV on channel 2 on January 23, 1955, licensed to Henderson and owned by the Donrey Media Group (now Stephens Media LLC) along with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and KORK radio (920 AM, now KBAD; and 97.1 FM, now KXPT). Soon after, the station changed its calls to KORK-TV, matching its radio sisters, and moved its license and studios to Las Vegas. It has always been an NBC affiliate, but shared ABC with KLAS-TV (channel 8) until KSHO-TV (channel 13, now KTNV-TV) signed on in 1956. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.
In 1967, KORK-TV moved to channel 3 to avoid interference with newly signed-on KTVN (channel 2) in Reno. In 1971, a group of local residents led by Las Vegas attorney James E. (Jim) Rogers began an effort to take control of channel 3. Rogers' group gained more support when Donrey began heavily preempting NBC programming in order to sell more local advertising in the late 1970s. NBC was far less tolerant of this than the other networks at the time. The most notable of these preemptions was the 1978 World Series, angering both NBC and several Las Vegas area viewers, some of whom complained to the Federal Communications Commission. Facing pressure from both NBC and the FCC, Donrey was forced to sell the station to the Rogers group's holding company, Valley Broadcasting Company, in 1979. Donrey retained KORK radio, and as a result on October 1, 1979 the station became KVBC, reflecting the new ownership. Since then, the station has more or less cleared the whole NBC lineup.
In the late 1980s, KVBC's sign-on to sign-off ratings climbed to an all-time high, thanks in part to a strong primetime line-up by NBC, in the late 1980s. News anchors Dave Courvoisier, Gwen Castaldi, and Rikki Cheese, weatherman Mike Bradley, and the sports team of Scott Reynolds and Colin Cowherd, supported by a strong team of reporters that included Scott Andrus, Deborah Brada, Dan Burns, Jamie Garcia, Rick Kirkham, Lonni Leavitt, Dan Monson, Darwin Morgan, Denise Rosch, and Laura Stephenson led News 3 when it surpassed KLAS-TV as the market leader.
Two major "events" aided KVBC's rise to the top. In May 1988 an explosion and fire rocked the Pacific Engineering and Production Company (Pepcon) in Henderson. KVBC was knocked off the air for a few minutes, because its TV tower atop Black Mountain was positioned just above the blast site. Once KVBC was back on the air it was the first local station to continuously broadcast its breaking news coverage. Later that year, CBS produced "48 Hours in Las Vegas," a feature about Las Vegas that portrayed the city as full of gamblers and riddled by crime. In response, KVBC produced a one-hour documentary entitled, "Las Vegas, Beyond 48 Hours," which painted a more realistic picture of "Sin City" and its residents.
KVBC was first to document the Mirage volcano explosion during its initial test in front of an unsuspecting nighttime audience. Overnight coverage, by reporter/anchors Steve Eager and Sarah Hoeveler and photographer Mike Dixon, helped to establish the newscast as #1 in the mornings from its inception in the summer of 1989. Hoeveler and photographer Jeff Lonetree won a regional Emmy award for coverage of breaking news overnight. Businessman Mike Moody later joined the anchor team to report on business news in southern Nevada.
Channel 3 created and hosted a community "EarthFair" in the summer of 1990. The Arts and Environmental Science Expo featured science fair projects, pine tree giveaway, and booths by up to 120 exhibitors. 15,000 people showed up for that first EarthFair at the Sunset Park. The Fair continued annually for several years.
From October 25, 1996 to June 6, 2000, KVBC had its own radio station, KVBC-FM on 105.1 FM dial. One of the shows on the air was called "Nate at Night", and was hosted by KVBC Chief Meteorogist Nathan Tannenbaum.
With the digital transition completed, the station officially added the -DT suffix to its legal call sign on June 23, 2009.
On June 18, 2010 KVBC announced a call letter change to KSNV, reflecting the renaming of Valley Broadcasting Company (by this time the subsidiary of Sunbelt that held the station's license) to Southern Nevada Communications, as well as better reflecting the station's relationship with sister stations KRNV-DT in Reno and KENV-DT in Elko via the "Nevada Information Network". The change to KSNV-DT became official on July 9, 2010.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|3.1||1080i||16:9||KSNV-DT||Main KSNV-TV Programming / NBC|
Channel 3's newscasts were called Eyewitness News for many years. That name was changed to the current News 3 in 1982, and Eyewitness News was picked up shortly thereafter by KLAS-TV (channel 8). It was the first station to report the deadly Las Vegas Hilton fire in February 1981, interrupting regularly scheduled programming to provide live coverage.
KVBC premiered "News 3 at Sunrise," its morning newscast, in 1989 with overnight team coverage by reporter/anchors Steve Eagar (former Detroit Tigers catcher, now with KDFW in Dallas-Ft. Worth), Sarah Hoeveler, traffic reporter Tom Hawley and news photographer and editor Mike Dixon. In June 1991, News 3 at Noon premiered; It later expanded to one hour[when?]. On April 4, 2006, KVBC began a local 10 o'clock newscast on KVWB (now KVMY). The newscast moved to KVCW until September 2009 when it was cancelled and revived on KTUD on October 26, 2009.
On July 9, 2007, KVBC changed their morning newscast name to News 3 Today, phasing out the long-standing News 3 at Sunrise. With the promotion of Sue Manteris to evenings and the reduction of Mitch Truswell to just the noon newscast, the morning team now consists of husband-and-wife co-anchors Kim and Dana Wagner, chief meteorologist John Fredericks, and traffic reporter Tom Hawley. On August 11, 2007, KVBC became the second TV station in the Las Vegas market to broadcast its local news programming in High Definition.
On January 5, 2009, longtime meteorologist John Fredericks retired from the station after 12½ years at KVBC. According to the anchors, John felt it was hard to say goodbye on the air, so he left an audio message for the viewers and the station, as it does with any person that leaves after a long tenure, showed a montage of clips of John's career at KVBC. Dana Wagner was posted as replacing John during the morning and noon newscasts.
On June 9, 2011, Sue Manteris, a veteran news anchor at Channel 3 for over 20 years, signed off on her final newscast following the expiration of her contract, which was not renewed by station management. Sue, born in Varanasi, India, filed a lawsuit on May 17, 2011 in U.S. District Court for Nevada against the station ownership and management, alleging ethnic, gender and age discrimination. The lawsuit is pending.
In January 2013, KSNV announced that it will debut an hour-long 7 p.m. newscast that September, after its contracts to show Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! expire; the station will also replace Dr. Phil with a 3 p.m. newscast in September 2014. The station's remaining syndicated programs, Rachael Ray and The Doctors, will be replaced with newscasts as well by September 2016, if not canceled before then. These changes are part of an increased emphasis on KSNV's news operation; under this plan, its weekday lineup outside of NBC programming will consist entirely of the station's newscasts.
- Wake Up with The Wagners on News 3 - 4:30-7:00 a.m.
- News 3 at Noon - 12:00-12:30 p.m.
- The Agenda - 12:30-1:00 p.m.
- News 3 at 4:00 - 4:00-4:30 p.m.
- News 3 at 4:30 - 4:30-5:00 p.m.
- News 3 at 5:00 - 5:00-5:30 p.m.
- News 3 Nightly at 6:00 - 6:00-6:30 p.m.
- Ralston Reports - 7:30-8:00 p.m.
- News 3 at 11:00 - 11:00-11:35 p.m.
- News 3 at Sunrise - 6:00-7:00 a.m.
- News 3 Today - 9:00-9:30 a.m.
- News 3 at 5:00 - 5:00-5:30 p.m.
- News 3 at 6:00 - 6:00-6:30 p.m.
- News 3 at 11:00 - 11:00-11:29 p.m.
- News 3 at Sunrise - 6:00-7:00 a.m.
- News 3 Today - 9:00-9:30 a.m.
- News 3 at 5 - 5:00-5:30 p.m.
- News 3 at 6 - 6:00-6:30 p.m.
- News 3 at 11 - 11:00-11:35 p.m.
- Sports Night in Las Vegas - 11:35 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
- Your Esso Reporter (1955–1958)
- KORK-TV News (1958–1964)
- Las Vegas Newsbeat (1964–1970)
- City Camera News (1970–1974)
- NewsCenter 3 (1974–1980)
- Eyewitness News (1980–1982)
- Channel 3 News (1982–1986)
- News 3 (1986–present)
- "Come Home, to TV-3" (1980–1982; not related to the NBC ad campaign of the late 1980s)
- "The Spirit of Las Vegas!" (1982–1986)
- "Turn to a Friend" (1986–1989; during period station used Frank Gari's "Turn To News")
- "Turn to a Friend, Turn to 3" (1989–1994)
- "Where News Comes First" (1994–2007)
- "Watching Out for You" (2007–2009)
- "Nevada's Information Network" (2010–present)
- Krystal Allan - weekend mornings (6:00-7:00 and 9:00-9:30 a.m.); also weekday morning reporter
- Reed Cowan - weekdays at 4:00; also weeknight reporter
- Jessica Moore - weeknights at 5:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Marie Mortera - weekdays at 4:00; also general assignment and crime reporter
- Gerard Ramalho - weekends at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Jim Snyder - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also special feature reporter
- Michelle Velez - weekdays at noon; also weekday morning reporter and fill-in anchor
- Dana Wagner - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.); also weekday morning/noon meteorologist and fill-in noon anchor
- Kim Wagner - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon; also consumer reporter
- Weather team
- Kevin Janison (NWA Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weekdays at 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Jerry Brown (NWA Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekends at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also general assignment reporter
- Dana Wagner (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Sports team
- Kevin West - sports director; weeknights at 11:00 p.m.
- Randy Howe - sports anchor; weekends at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Sergio Avila - general assignment reporter
- Amber Dixon - general assignment reporter
- Elizabeth Donatelli - general assignment reporter
- Sandra Gonzalez - general assignment reporter
- Tom Hawley - weekday morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and 4 p.m. traffic reporter; also fill-in weekday morning anchor
- Christine Kim - general assignment reporter
- Marissa Mike - general assignment reporter
- Denise Rosch - general assignment reporter
- Mackenzie Warren - general assignment reporter
- Local program hosts
- Dana Gentry - co-host of Vegas Inc. (Sundays at 6:30 p.m.)
- Jeff Gillan - co-host of Vegas Inc. (Sundays at 6:30 p.m.)
- Jon Ralston - host of Ralston Reports (weeknights at 7:30 p.m.)
- Hugh Jackson - commentator on The Agenda (weekdays at 12:30 p.m.)
- Elizabeth Crum - commentator on The Agenda (weekdays at 12:30 p.m.)
Notable former on-air staff
KSNV's signal is rebroadcast on the following translators:
- K11CN-D Caliente, Nevada
- K14ND-D Overton, Nevada
- K17CL-D Pahrump
- K44AA Pahrump
- K07CM Panaca, Nevada
- K03CM-D Pioche, Nevada
- K02EG-D Ursine, Nevada
- KVBT-LP (channel 41) Santa Clara, Utah
KSNV, as KVBC, also previously maintained two full-power satellite stations. KVNV (channel 3) in Ely served as a KVBC satellite from its sign-on in 2001 until it was sold to PMCM TV, LLC in 2008, while KMCC (channel 34) in Laughlin was a KVBC satellite from its sign-on in 2003 until it was sold to Cranston II, LLC in 2005. Additionally, the signal for KVBC was to have been relayed over KBMO-TV (channel 9) in Tonopah, Nevada, but construction of this station was not completed before the FCC construction permit expired in 2002.
- "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films", Boxoffice, November 10, 1956: 13
- Las Vegas Review-Journal, Dec 1989
- "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 10, 2010.
- Bornfeld, Steve. "MEDIA: Channel 3 files request for change of call letters", Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 18, 2010.
- "Station Search Details". FCC. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
- U.S. District Court (Nevada) Case # 2:11-cv-00794
- Sieroty, Chris (January 13, 2013). "Las Vegas Valley TV stations focus on local content, new delivery". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
- Marzsalek, Diana (January 22, 2013). "Jim Rogers Betting Big On News At KSNV". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- KVBC News 3 at 5 Open
- KSNV My News 3 5PM Open - 2011
- News 3 Team
- MyNews3.com - Official Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KSNV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KSNV-DT