KEZI, virtual and VHF digital channel 9, is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Eugene, Oregon, United States. The station is owned by Heartland Media. KEZI's studios are located on Chad Drive in Eugene, and its transmitter is located on Coburg Ridge near Springfield.
|Branding||KEZI 9 (general)|
KEZI 9 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Live, Local, Late-Breaking|
|Channels||Digital: 9 (VHF)|
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)
|Translators||K27CL-D Coos Bay/North Bend|
9.3: Ion Television
(Oregon TV License Company LLC)
|First air date||December 19, 1960|
|Call letters' meaning||"EZ on the I"|
(Former slogan: "Easy on the eye")
|Former callsigns||KEZI-TV (1960–1986)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
9 (VHF, 1960–2009)
44 (UHF, 2000–2009)
|Transmitter power||43.9 kW|
|Height||533.3 m (1,750 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
- 1 History
- 2 Dish Network dispute
- 3 Digital television
- 4 Programming
- 5 News department and subchannels
- 6 Awards and former staff
- 7 Translators
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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A group of Eugene investors, including former Chevrolet dealer Julio Silva and his daughter, Carolyn S. Chambers, formed Liberty Communications and were granted a license for Eugene's second television station in 1959. KEZI went on the air at 6:30 p.m. on December 19, 1960. Studios and offices were at 2225 Coburg Road in northern Eugene, and the transmitter was on the Coburg Hills northeast of the city. During its inaugural broadcast, KEZI said that it was Eugene's first full-power television station; with a power of 316 kW, KEZI reached 146,000 viewers.
At the time KEZI signed on, all three networks were shoehorned on primary NBC affiliate KVAL-TV (channel 13). When channel 9 signed on, it took all ABC programming from KVAL, and also took on a secondary CBS affiliation. This was an unusual arrangement in a two-station market, particularly one as small as Eugene. ABC had long been the smallest and weakest of the three major networks, and its stature would not be comparable to that of CBS and NBC until about 1970. In most two-station markets at the time, ABC was relegated to secondary status.
KEZI usually cherry-picked CBS programming in off-hours, though Eugene viewers had been able to watch the full CBS lineup since the mid-1950s, when cable operators piped in Portland CBS affiliate KOIN-TV. However, channel 9 aired CBS' NFL regular-season games live between 1965 and the mid-1970s.
In October 1982, when KMTR (channel 16) signed on and took NBC the affiliation, KEZI became a full-time ABC affiliate, while KVAL took the CBS affiliation.
Liberty grew during its first 24 years, becoming one of the nation's largest cable-system operators. In 1983, Tele-Communications Inc. purchased Liberty's cable and television assets. Carolyn Chambers formed Chambers Communications and purchased several former Liberty entities, including KEZI. Chambers Communications then bought Medford ABC affiliate KDRV and KDKF, its satellite in Klamath Falls.
On February 14, 1998, KEZI moved from its Coburg Road location to the recently completed Chambers Media Center; the 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) CMC is home to most Chambers Communications projects. It has five sound stages, one of the largest such facilities on the West Coast. Chambers Productions' two films, Puerto Vallarta Squeeze and The Sisters, were shot at the CMC and elsewhere in Eugene. KEZI has a fully digital master control and an advanced newsroom facility.
In September 2006, Chambers Communications established KOHD in Bend, Oregon. KOHD is a sister station of KEZI and an ABC affiliate, with digital broadcasts on channel 51. Although KOHD was sold to the Zolo Media division of BendBroadband in 2013, it continues to carry KEZI's newscasts.
Chambers Communications announced on March 5, 2014 that it would leave broadcasting and sell its stations to Heartland Media, a company owned by former Gray Television executive Bob Prather. The sale was completed on July 15. Heartland had recently added CBS affiliate KHSL-TV in Chico, California to its stations, making KEZI and KDRV sister stations.
Dish Network disputeEdit
KEZI announced on December 10, 2010 that Chambers Communications could not reach an agreement to keep its stations on Dish Network's local feeds, leaving viewers in those areas in danger of losing local ABC programming. Their agreement expired on December 15, and the stations were removed from the local Dish Network lineup. Chambers and Dish reached an agreement to resume service, and the stations returned to Dish Network on December 30.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|9.1||720p||16:9||KEZI-HD||Main KEZI programming / ABC|
KEZI shut down its analog VHF channel 9 signal on February 17, 2009, the original date on which full-power television stations in the United States were to change from analog to digital broadcasts by federal mandate; the deadline was later pushed back to June 12. The station's digital signal moved from UHF channel 44 to VHF channel 9.
KEZI's broadcast schedule is dominated by news, local features and ABC network programming. Sports is also a significant part of KEZI programming, with Oregon Ducks football and basketball and ABC's extensive sports coverage. In addition to ABC programming, KEZI airs the syndicated The Insider, Judge Judy and Live with Kelly and Ryan. The station has aired reruns of Star Trek, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Taxi. KEZI pioneered high-definition television (HDTV) programming in the Eugene market by airing a locally originated Oregon Ducks football game in late 2005, coordinating the broadcast with the Oregon Sports Network and ESPN Plus.
News department and subchannelsEdit
The station's news department serves most of southwestern Oregon. KEZI's sister stations, KDRV Medford and KDKF Klamath Falls, share news and video with the station. The news department also has bureaus in Corvallis, Roseburg and Coos Bay. KEZI relies on ABC NewsOne and CNN for national stories, and carries Portland-area stories from KATU and KGW. Weather is reported by chief meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn and meteorologists Andrew Shipotofsky and Andy Moffitt. Although KEZI was the longtime flagship of the Oregon Sports Network (the TV network for University of Oregon football, basketball and other sports), Chambers Communications terminated its relationship with the OSN in 2008.
In March 2010, newscasts began originating from a temporary set in the newsroom while a new set was constructed and other upgrades were made to prepare for HD. Chambers Communications' cancellation of long-form newscasts at KOHD, KEZI's sister station in Bend, facilitated the upgrade. On April 26 of that year, KEZI became the only Eugene station to broadcast local news in high definition; newscasts on KVAL, KMTR, and KLSR-TV are in 16:9 enhanced definition widescreen.
KEZI 9+ Nonstop News (2011–13)Edit
KEZI introduced a 24-hour local-news service, KEZI 9+ Nonstop News, on over-the-air digital channel 9.2 in January 2011. It broadcasts local news and a three-hour block of children's programming to comply with FCC requirements for educational programs. That autumn 9+ began airing the Friday Night Blitz Game of the Week, local live telecasts of high-school football. This was followed by the Roundball Wrap Game of the Week, local live telecasts of high-school basketball, during the winter of 2012. Both programs are similar to those broadcast by sister station KDRV NewsWatch 12+.
Live Well Network Western Oregon (2013–14)Edit
On September 9, 2013, KEZI 9.2 replaced KEZI 9+ with Live Well Network Western Oregon. Live Well Network is a home, health and lifestyle high-definition digital subchannel network owned by Disney-ABC Television Group and operated by the ABC Owned Television Stations. KEZI stopped carrying the subchannel on October 31, 2014.
MeTV Western Oregon (2014–present)Edit
KEZI 9.2 began airing MeTV, which carries shows from the 1950s through the 1980s, the following day. MeTV Western Oregon is broadcast over the air on channel 9.2, on Charter channel 186, Comcast channel 309 and on Country Vision Cable 24. KEZI continues to carry the Friday Night Blitz and Roundball Wrap Game of the Week on channel 9.2.
Awards and former staffEdit
Former evening-news anchor Rick Dancer (who spent 16 years at KEZI) and Al Peterson were highlighted in the Oregon Associated Press Best Feature category for Division II in 2005. KEZI received several Oregon Associated Press awards in 2010, including one for overall excellence. Lisa Verch Fletcher was the evening-news anchor until 2002. Ron Magers later spent over 45 years with stations in St. Paul and Chicago before his retirement on May 25, 2016.
KEZI is rebroadcast on the following translators:
|K27CL-D||27||Coos Bay||City-grade signal|
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