call_letters = KDBC-TV
station_slogan = We're Your Station!
station_branding = KDBC 4
analog = 4 (VHF)
digital = 18 (UHF)
CBS MyNetworkTV/A1 (DT2)
December 14, 1952
El Paso, Texas
callsign_meaning = Doubleday
former_callsigns = KROD-TV (1952-1973)
Pappas Telecasting Companies
licensee = KDBC License, LLC
effective_radiated_power = 100 kW (analog)
160 kW (digital)
HAAT = 475 m (analog)
577 m (digital)
facility_id = 33764
coordinates = coord|31|47|45.9|N|106|28|58.8|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 (analog)
homepage = [http://www.kdbc.com/ www.kdbc.com]
KDBC-TV is the
CBSaffiliate in El Paso, Texas. The station is owned by Pappas Telecasting. It broadcasts its analog signal on VHF channel 4, and its digital signal on UHF channel 18. Its new digital subchannel carries My Network TV.
The station is located at 2201 E. Wyoming Avenue in El Paso (ZIP code 79903). Its transmitter is also located in El Paso.
The station went on air on
December 14, 1952as KROD-TV, the first television station in El Paso. The station was owned by Dorrance Roderick, along with KRODradio and the " El Paso Times". Early programs on the station include children's show "Red Brown and Anna Lee", "Bozo's Big Top", and wrestling show "Mitchell's Mat Time". The station changed its call letters to KDBC-TV in 1973 to reflect the change in station ownership, Doubleday Broadcasting Company.
By the mid-
1980s, the station was owned by United Broadcasting, who at the time also owned KARK-TVin Little Rock, Arkansasand WTOK-TVin Meridian, Mississippi. Columbus, Mississippi-based Imes Broadcasting, owners of stations such as WCBI-TVand WMUR-TV, bought KDBC in 1988 after United Broadcasting was taken over by the investment firm Merrill Lynch. Imes Broadcasting faced financial problems in the late 1990s, and put up all of its stations for sale. In 1999 Pappas Telecasting Companies acquired the station, with the intent to have the station join the new Azteca Americanetwork, a Spanish-language network co-owned at the time by TV Aztecaand Pappas. Plans for the affiliation were canceled following outcry from viewers and the station's employees, and the station renewed its affiliation with CBS. In May 2004 KDBC launched a new set design, logo and graphics; resulting from a change of ownership. Azteca America and Pappas eventually had strife between them and ended their affiliation relationship in mid-2007.
September 5, 2006KDBC's new subchannel commenced operations, which includes programming from My Network TV. [http://www.pappastv.com/pressdetail.php?id=80&prYr=2006]
The first transmitter site was south of Comanche Peak in El Paso. A road was blazed to the site, and a 288' foot tower was constructed. A building was assembled from native rock chipped from the site. The station went on with a temporary transmitter (small RCA) and eventually added a 10 kW RCA TT-10AL transmitter and developed an effective radiated power of 61 kilowatts at 1,150 feet. The site is now used as a backup, and many FM stations transmit from this building.
In 1984 the station went further up the hill to Comanche Peak. A 440' foot tower was built and a new transmitter was installed (one of the last of the RCA TT-25GLs). The station increased to 100 kW and a height of 1,540 feet. BTSC stereo also commenced with this new site.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, which is tentatively scheduled to take place on February 17, 2009http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf] , KDBC will remain on its current pre-transition channel number, 18. [http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbsmenu.hts?context=25&appn=101232416&formid=387&fac_num=33764 CDBS Print ] ] However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display KDBC's
virtual channelas 4.
Among the station's most famous broadcasters was weatherman
Howell Eurich, who also worked as El Paso's version of Bozo The Clownduring the 1960sand 1970s. Eurich committed suicide in 1982 following a divorce from his wife and fellow KDBC weather anchor, Gail Gordon.
*Nichole Ayoub - "KDBC 4 News at 5, 6, & 10"
*Cristina Rodda - "KDBC 4 News Weekends 5:30, & 10"
*Lou Romano - "KDBC 4 News Sunrise"
*Sheila Parker - "KDBC 4 News at Noon"
*Skylar Zwick - "KDBC 4 News Sunrise"
*Robert Boyd - "General Assignment Reporting"
*Crystal Gutierrez - "General Assignment Reporting"
*Christina Rodda - "General Assignment Reporting"
*Skylar Zwick - "General Assignment Reporting/AM Traffic"
KDBC 4 Sports
*John Engleman - "Sports Director, Sports Anchor"; "Weekdays at 6, & 10"
*Jessica Moran - "Weekends at 5:30 & 10"
KDBC 4 Weather
*Robert Bettes - "Chief Meteorologist Weekdays KDBC 4 News at 5, 6, & 10"
*Gene Savard - "Senior Forecaster Weekends KDBC 4 News at 5:30 & 10"
Former Staff Members
*Damien Alameda (Now at
*Jamie Apody (Now at
*Krys Boyd (Now at KERA-FM)
*Estela Casas (Now at
*Vanessa Chacon (Now at KTSM-FM El Paso Sunny 99.9)
*Dave Crome (Now at
*Shelton Dodson (Now at
*Melissa Duran (Now at
*Howell Eurich (deceased)
*Dave Garcia (Now at KROD-AM)
*Rick Glancy (Now a Spokesperson for the El Paso County Sheriff's office)
*David Johnston ("Ono") (Now at
*Liz Kern (Now the Marketing Coordinator for the El Paso Zoo)
*Christine Maddela (Now at
*Rebecca Medina (Now at
*Raymond Mesa (Now at
*Bill Mitchell (Now at
*Richard Saenz (Now at
*Chris Saldaña (Now at
*Steve Savard (Now at
*Elizabeth Alvarez (Now at WOFL-TV)
*Udell Vigil, (Former News Director) Now Dir. of Communications, City of Las Cruces, NM
*"Big 4 News" (1974-1985)
*"Channel 4 News" (1985-1988, 2001)
*"News 4 El Paso" (1988-1993)
*"News 4" (1993-1997)
*"CBS 4 Action News" (1997-2001)
*"CBS 4 News" (2001-2004)
*"KDBC 4 News" (2004-present)
*"This is The Big 4" (1974-1982)
*"Great Moments on Channel 4" (1982; local version of
*"We're El Paso's Very Own Channel 4" (1982-1987)
*"It's Happening on Channel 4" (1987-1992)
*"4 Means News" (1992-1995)
*"Your Eye on El Paso" (1995-2002)
*"People You Can Count On" (2002-2004)
*"We're YOUR Station" (2004-present)
December 7, 2005, KDBC 4 anchor Nichole Ayoub got a surprising engagement when boyfriend of several years, Travis Hughes, proposed live on the air during the six o' clock newscast. After saying "yes" the anchorwoman hugged her new fiance. The event caught the attention of ABC's Good Morning America, Inside Editionand various local TV stations around the country.
* KDBC is home to sydnicated duo
Jeopardy!and Wheel Of Fortune in their lineup. Before 1999, though, KTSM was home to the popular quiz shows.
* Weatherman Howell Eurich was also known for his
Wink, Texasjokes, jokes about how small the town was. He eventually came out with a book of such jokes that was sold locally. Eurich acted in local stage productions, as well as hosted movie shows and "Bozo the Clown" on the station (1968-1972). Many photos of Eurich adorn the walls of "Jaxons" restarount in El Paso. Eurich later became despondent in his life and committed suicide in 1982.
* Howell Eurich and Gail Gordon introduced "Puffy" the weather dog, who became a feature of the weather forecast.
* [http://www.kdbc.com/ KDBC Homepage]
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