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Ft. Smith - Fayetteville - Springdale - Rogers TV Channels

5
(18)KFSMCBS

ID: "5 News"
City: Fort Smith, AR
Owner: Local TV, LLC
Web Site:http://www.kfsm.com/
Station Info: Digital Full-Power - 100 kW

10KFDF-CAThis TV

City: Fort Smith, AR
Owner: Pinnacle Media
Station Info: Class-A - 3 kW

13
(9)KAFTPBS

ID: "AETN"
City: Fayetteville, AR
Owner: Arkansas Educational Television
Web Site:http://www.aetn.org/
Station Info: Digital Educational Full-Power - 316 kW

24
(27)KFTAFOX

ID: "FOX 24"
City: Fort Smith, AR
Owner: Mission Broadcasting
Web Site:http://nwahomepage.com/
Station Info: Digital Full-Power - 200 kW
Subchannels: 24.1 KFTA/FOX

29
(15)KHOGABC

ID: "40/29 Hometown Channel"
City: Fayetteville, AR
Owner: Hearst Television
Web Site:http://www.4029tv.com/
Station Info: Digital Full-Power - 1410 kW

34KPBIUnknown

City: Eureka Springs, AR
Owner: Pinnacle Media
Station Info: Digital Full-Power - 100 kW

40KHBSABC

ID: "40/29 Hometown Channel"
City: Fort Smith, AR
Owner: Hearst Television
Web Site:http://www.4029tv.com/
Station Info: Digital Full-Power - 3160 kW

46KPBI-CAMy Network TV

City: Fort Smith, AR
Owner: Equity Media Holdings
Station Info: Class-A - 32 kW

51KNWANBC

ID: "KNWA NBC"
City: Rogers, AR
Owner: Nexstar Media Group
Web Site:https://www.nwahomepage.com/
Station Info: Digital Full-Power - 182 kW

57
(39)KWOGReligious

ID: "Safe TV"
City: Springdale, AR
Owner: Total Life Community Educational Foundation
Web Site:http://www.safetv.org/
Station Info: Digital Full-Power - 182 kW

8 Full-Power Television Stations in the Ft. Smith - Fayetteville - Springdale - Rogers market.

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KFSM-TV is the CBS-affiliated television station for the Arkansas River Valley and Northwest Arkansas that is licensed to Fort Smith. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 18 from a transmitter northwest of Winslow. Owned by Local TV, the station has studios on North 13th Street in Downtown Fort Smith. It also operates facilities on North Shiloh Drive in Fayetteville along U.S. 71 Bus. Syndicated programming on KFSM includes: Wheel Of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Inside Edition, and Dr. Phil. KFSM operates a low-power analog translator, K62DQ channel 62, licensed to Fayetteville with a transmitter in Johnson along I-540/U.S. 62/U.S. 71. It has a construction permit to air on channel 44.

It operates the area's MyNetworkTV affiliate on a second digital subchannel. Known on-air as My 5.2, this can also be seen on Cox digital channel 661. Syndicated programming on KFSM-DT2 includes: Family Guy, King of the Hill, Extra, and Seinfeld. Overnight, it re-airs the main channel's 10 p.m. broadcast in a repeating cycle.

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Fort Smith / Fayetteville, Arkansas
BrandingKFSM 5 (general)

KFSM 5 News My 5.2 (on DT2)

SloganKeep it Local
ChannelsDigital: 18 (UHF)
Subchannels5.1 CBS

5.2 MyNetworkTV

Translators24 (UHF) Van Buren, AR

(construction permit) K62DQ 62 Fayetteville, AR

OwnerLocal TV, LLC

(Local TV Arkansas License, LLC)

First air date July 9, 1953
Call letters' meaningFort SMith (FSM is airport designation for Fort Smith Regional Airport)
Former callsignsKFSA-TV (1953-1958, 1959-73)

KNAC-TV (1958-1959)

Former channel number(s) Analog:

22 (UHF, 1953-1958) 5 (VHF, 1958-2009)

Former affiliationsNBC (primary, 1953-1980)

CBS (secondary, 1953-1956 & 1958-1971) ABC (secondary, 1953-1978)

Transmitter power1,000 kW
Height286 m
Facility ID66469
Transmitter coordinates 35°49′49.2″N 94°9′24.1″W / 35.830333°N 94.156694°W / 35.830333; -94.156694
WebsiteKFSM

History

Channel 5 hit the airwaves for the first time on July 9, 1953 as KFSA-TV on UHF channel 22. The station was owned by Donald W. Reynolds who also owned Fort Smith's two major newspapers, the Southwest American and Times Record (later merged as the Southwest Times Record) and KFSA-AM 950. It aired programming from all four networks but was a primary NBC affiliate.

At first, KFSA-TV relied on kinescopes of network programming. At that time, the network live signal reached only as far as Memphis, Tennessee. However in 1957, the networks extended the AT&T coaxial cable to Little Rock in order to provide live coverage of the Little Rock Crisis. Reynolds then built a microwave transreceiver on Mount Magazine to relay live programming from the Little Rock stations. Although the system was less than dependable, it was far better than kinescopes which aired as many as three weeks after the original air date.

KFSA struggled for viewership, in large part because its signal didn't make it too far out of Fort Smith. The problems became even more pronounced in 1956 when KNAC-TV signed on channel 5 and took the CBS affiliation. Reynolds and KNAC's owner, Fort Smith businessman Hiram Nakdeiman, concluded that Fort Smith couldn't support two television stations and reached a deal to merge the two stations under the KFSA license, but operating on the stronger channel 5. KFSA signed off for the last time on channel 22 on August 16, 1958. Due to delays in the paperwork, the merged station operated under the KNAC call letters until the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued final approval of the purchase in January 1959. At that time, Reynolds changed the call letters back to KFSA-TV. Before this, channel 5 had already moved its main studios from the Mount Vista transmitter site in Van Buren to the warehouse district in Downtown Fort Smith at North 5th and B Streets in an old furniture warehouse.

After the license transfer, the station was managed by one of Reynolds' key executives, Harry Huey. However, many of the original personnel at the original KFSM (Pat Porta, Harry Freeman, John Candler, wrestling promoter Jimmy Lott, plus engineers Bob Platt and Willie Matten, traffic manager Alma Duncan, and executives Bill Slates and John Whitt) made the transition to channel 5. KNAC's weathermen LeRoy Stollard and Cy Spicer were also staff members of the blended operation. All became icons in Fort Smith broadcasting history. Many started their broadcasting careers at KFSA radio just after the war.

In 1969, the FCC barred common ownership of newspapers and broadcasting outlets. Donrey owned one other newspaper/broadcasting cluster, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and KORK-TV (now KSNV-DT). While Reynolds was able to get grandfathered protection for his Las Vegas cluster, he was unable to get it for his flagship cluster in Fort Smith. As a result, KFSA was sold to Buford Television in 1973 and renamed KFSM-TV (after the airport designation for Fort Smith Regional Airport). The station was purchased by the New York Times Company in 1979 which then sold its entire television group, including KFSM, to Local TV on May 7, 2007. Aside from KNAC's brief time on-the-air, analog VHF channel 5 was the only station in Fort Smith for eighteen years. However, the Fayetteville area was served by KFAY-TV in the late-1960s and 1970s.

Changes were set in motion in the Fort Smith/Fayetteville market in January 1978, when Heinrech Broadcasting bought KFPW (now KHBS), and created a new station for Fayetteville, KTVP (now KHOG) as CBS affiliates. In addition, KLMN (now KFTA) signed on in November as a CBS affiliate, forcing the Heinrech stations to switch to ABC. KFSM swapped affiliations with KLMN in 1980 and became a CBS affiliate which it remains today. At some point in March/April 2010, KFSM added MyNetworkTV to its second digital subchannel. Previously, this had been serving as a local news repeat channel. Eventually, new newscasts and sports call-in shows will be added. The area's original affiliate, KPBI-CA which was repeated on KPBI, went silent after its owner Equity Media Holdings went bankrupt (full-power KPBI has since become a standalone RTV affiliate). During the analog television era, KFSM was the only big three affiliate that did not need a second full-power station to reach the entire market.

On September 1, 2010, the FCC granted KFSM a construction permit for a fill-in translator in Van Buren, AR on channel 24.[1]

News operation

KFSM currently provides five newscasts during the week and three broadcasts on Saturdays and Sundays which is a considerable amount for a station in the 100th market. It also provides a 24-hour local newscast seven days a week on Cox channel 55 in Springdale and Fort Smith. This has since moved to digital channel 661. The station launched a mobile application in 2005.

Over the years, KFSM has been the ratings leader in the area. It was the only full-powered commercial station on VHF in the market due to a quirk in the FCC's original television allocation plan. Most markets received two commercial VHF licenses plus a noncommercial VHF license. However, Fort Smith and Fayetteville are sandwiched between Little Rock to the east, Shreveport and Texarkana to the south, Springfield and Pittsburg/Joplin to the north, and Tulsa to the west. This created a large "doughnut" in Northwestern Arkansas where there could be only one commercial VHF license plus a noncommercial license (eventually occupied by AETN's KAFT). KFSM-DT2 simulcasts the weekday morning show and then re-airs it in a rotating cycle. It also simulcasts the weekday noon and nightly broadcasts.

News/station presentation

[edit] Newscast titles

  • Bill Thomas and the News (1956–1964)
  • TV 5 News (1964–1979)
  • The Newspeople (1979–1989)
  • TV 5 First Team (1989–1997)
  • KFSM 5 News (1997–present)

[edit] Station slogans

  • Television 5 in Color (1960s)
  • Television 5 is Arkansas' Home (early 1970s)
  • Keep Your Eye on the TV-5 News (mid 1970s)
  • TV-5, Proud as a Peacock! (1979–1980; local version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Looking Good Together, TV-5 (1980–1981; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Reach for the Stars on TV-5 (1981–1982; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Great Moments on TV-5 (1982–1983; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • We've Got the Touch, TV-5 (1983–1986; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Share the Spirit on TV-5 (1986–1987; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • TV-5 Spirit, Oh Yes! (1987–1988; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • You Can Feel it on TV-5 (1988–1989; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Where Local News Comes First (1989–1997)
  • Get Ready for TV-5 (1989–1991; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Look of Arkansas is TV-5 (1991–1992; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • This is CBS, on TV-5 (1992–1993; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Your Station For Local News (1998–2002)
  • Trust 5 News (2004–2008)
  • Keep it Local (2008–present)

News team

[edit] Current on-air staff

Anchors

  • Ashley Beck - weekday mornings and noon
  • Daren Bobb - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Mike Irwin - TBD
  • Ashley Ketz - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Carla Scallan - Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.

Live 5 Max Doppler Weather Team

  • Garrett Lewis (NWA and AMS Seals of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Jason Adams - Meteorologist; weekday mornings and noon
  • Joe Pennington-Meteorologist; Weekends

Sports Team

  • John Engleman - Sports Director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Adria Goins - Sports Anchor; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m., also sports reporter

Reporters

  • Robert Boyd - general assignment reporter
  • Jared Broyles - weekday reporter
  • Russell Jones - general assignment reporter
  • Kate Luck - general assignment reporter

References

  1. ^http://licensing.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/Auth_Files/1392679.pdf

External links

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Free school supplies: Back-to-school giveaways in the River Valley


Children across the River Valley are gearing up to head back to school.

For families with tight budgets, shopping for supplies can be a struggle, but area nonprofits and churches are ready to help. 

Here's a round-up of back-to-school giveaways for free school supplies, clothing and other items:

July 31 at Central Mall

KISR 93.7 will give away free school supplies from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 31. The giveaway will be a drive-thru event in the Central Mall parking lot, located at 5111 Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith. 

Families must bring their children to the event. There are no limitations on the number of children while supplies last. 

July 31 at Evangel Temple

Children and families are invited to the Back to School Bash & Grocery Giveaway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 31. The event, hosted by Evangel Temple, will take place at 1201 Towson Ave. in Fort Smith. 

The church will give out backpacks with school supplies for students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade. They will also distribute bags of groceries. 

There are no identification, paperwork, or income requirements. Families can drive through or walk up to the event.

Aug. 2 at First Baptist Church

Churches and community organizations with Matthew 25 will host their annual Back to School Bash from 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 2, at the First Baptist Church parking lot, 1121 Main St. in Van Buren.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year's event will be conducted as a drive-thru.

Stations will give away backpacks with age-appropriate school supplies, hygiene bags, socks and underwear as well as vouchers for free haircuts. 

Organizers request that children be in the vehicle. If children are not present, the family will receive two backpacks. 

No identification is required, and the event is open to any family. Backpacks and other items will be available while supplies last. 

Aug. 7 at Dylan's Closet

Dylan's Closet will put on its sixth annual back-to-school clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 7 at 4301 Windsor Dr. in Fort Smith. 

Giveaways will include clothing, shoes, school supplies, toothbrushes and toothpaste. 

Children, accompanied by an adult, must be present for the event. 

Aug. 13 at Stephens Boys and Girls Club

Arkansas United will host a free back-to-school event for children and families at 4 p.m., Aug. 13, at the Stephens Boys and Girls Club, 3101 N 6th St. in Fort Smith. 

Arkansas United is an organization helping immigrants to "become full participants in the state's economic, political and social processes," according to its website. 

They will distribute a basket of food, the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and a free backpack for students. There will also be activities, games, free eye exams and haircuts.

To register participants for a backpack or vaccine, visit the Arkansas United Facebook page.

Grand Avenue Baptist Church

Children can receive four or five outfits, along with shoes from Helping Hand, a ministry of Grand Avenue Baptist Church, 3901 Grand Ave. in Fort Smith. A limited supply of backpacks is also available. 

Parents or guardians should call 479-709-9035 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays to set an appointment for a Wednesday. 

Catherine Nolte is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms. She can be reached at cnolte@swtimes.com.

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  • Overall, we rate KFSM – Fort Smith-Fayetteville News Least Biased based on neutral wording and minimal editorial content. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. 

Detailed Report

Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA (44/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: TV Station
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY

History

Founded in 1953, KFSM – Fort Smith-Fayetteville News is a CBS affiliate based in Fort Smith, Arkansas. 5newsonline.com is the website for KFSMthat covers news, sports, and weather.

On June 29, 2015, the Gannett Company split in two, specializing in print media and the other specializing in broadcast and digital media. The broadcasting company retained KPNX, which took the name TEGNA. 

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Funded by / Ownership

KFSM – Fort Smith-Fayetteville News is owned and operated by TEGNA Inc., which operates 66 television stations in 54 markets. They state TEGNA’s purpose is to serve the greater good of our communities. Advertising and sponsored content generate revenue.

Analysis / Bias

In review, KFSM – Fort Smith-Fayetteville News reports local news primarily through TV news videos and accompanying text. Local information is presented with minimally loaded wording such as this: Crews respond to house fire in Springdale. National and International news is provided by the Associated Press as well as other TEGNA TV stations.

KFSM also has a section dedicated to politics covering national politics through the Associated Press and local Arizona politics through 12 News TV. Again, the wording is low-biased such as this: Report: Beto O’Rourke plans to run for Texas governor. Further, the website does not publish editorial commentary. In general, the news is reported factually and with minimal bias.

Failed Fact Checks

Overall, we rate KFSM – Fort Smith-Fayetteville News Least Biased based on neutral wording and minimal editorial content. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.  (D. Van Zandt 9/22/2021)

Source: https://www.12news.com/

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KFSM-TV

CBS affiliate in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Television station in Arkansas, United States

KFSM-TV, virtual channel 5 (UHFdigital channel 18), is a CBS-affiliatedtelevision stationlicensed to Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States, serving the Arkansas River Valley and Northwest Arkansas (including Fayetteville). The station is owned by McLean, Virginia-based Tegna Inc. KFSM-TV's studios are located on South 48th Street in Johnson (with a Springdalemailing address), and its transmitter is located northwest of Winslow, Arkansas. KFSM also operates a secondary studio and news bureau on North 13th Street in downtown Fort Smith (site of its former main studio).

History[edit]

"KNAC-TV" redirects here. It is not to be confused with WNAC-TV.

KFSM signed on for the first time on July 9, 1953 as KFSA-TV on channel 22. It was owned by Donald W. Reynolds and his Donrey Media Group alongside Fort Smith's two major newspapers — the Southwest American and Times Record (later merged as the Southwest Times Record) — and KFSA radio (AM 950). KFSA radio personality Pat Porta hosted the first broadcast. The station's studios and transmitter were located in the Times Record/Southwest American building at 920 Rogers Avenue in downtown Fort Smith. It carried programming from all four networks of the time — NBC, CBS, ABC and DuMont — but it was a primary NBC affiliate.

Initially, KFSA-TV relied on kinescopes of network programming and various live performers in the Fort Smith area. Local talent included Clint Fisher, Freddie Rose and programs from Camp Chaffee (later Fort Chaffee). Most commercials were live since videotapes were not yet available. A local TV-Appliance dealer, Bill Engles (a.k.a. "Wild Bill") along with Engles TV & Appliance, bought the first commercial live spots for $1.00 per minute.

At that time, the network live signal reached only as far towards Memphis, Tennessee. However, the networks extended the AT&T coaxial cable to Little Rock in 1957 to provide live coverage of the Little Rock Crisis. Reynolds then built a microwave transceiver on Mount Magazine to relay live programming from the Little Rock stations.[citation needed] Although the system was less than dependable, it was far better than kinescopes' which aired as many as three weeks after the original air date. Many old timers remember the station's microwave problems that disrupted several games of the 1954 World Series.[citation needed]

In 1956, KFSA-TV gained a competitor when KNAC-TV signed on channel 5 from studios in Van Buren as a primary CBS affiliate and secondary ABC affiliate. At that time, CBS was the top network with such hits as Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason and Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town and later, Your Show of Shows. The network was number one in viewers and KNAC-TV quickly became a favorite because of its VHF signal and CBS affiliation. Meanwhile, channel 22's UHF signal didn't reach much farther than 30 miles (48 km) from downtown Fort Smith, leaving many homes without clear television reception. At the time, UHF stations could only be seen with an expensive converter, and even with one picture quality was marginal at best. Additionally, the Fort Smith television market is a fairly large market geographically, spilling across a large and mostly mountainous swath of Arkansas and Oklahoma. UHF stations do not get good reception over large areas or in rugged terrain. It did not help that viewers in Fort Smith could receive stations from Tulsa and Little Rock by using large masts and rotary antennas.

During the late 1950s, both KFSA-TV and KNAC struggled for advertising and viewers. By 1958, it became apparent the Fort Smith market (which soon merged with Fayetteville) was not large enough to support two television stations. Talks between Reynolds and KNAC's owner, businessman Hiram Nakdeiman, resulted in an agreement to merge the two stations. The merged station operated under KFSA-TV's license and call letters under the ownership of the wealthier Reynolds, but using the stronger channel 5 facility. However, under the terms of an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the merged station used the KNAC-TV call letters until the sale formally closed.

KFSA-TV signed off permanently from channel 22 on August 16, 1958. The two stations' operations were merged at a converted furniture warehouse in downtown Fort Smith at North 5th and B Streets that had originally been renovated for KNAC-TV. After the fort smith arkansas news stations transfer to Donrey's broadcasting subsidiary, American Television Company, was finalized in January 1959, channel 5 changed its calls to KFSA-TV. The merged operation benefited from a technical quirk in the FCC's original television allocation plan. Most markets received two commercial VHF licenses plus a noncommercial VHF license. However, Fort Smith and Fayetteville are sandwiched between Little Rock to the east, Shreveport/Texarkana (channels 3, 6, and 12) to the south, Springfield (channels 3 and 10) and Pittsburg–Joplin (channels 7 and 12) to the north, and Tulsa (channels 2, 6, 8, and 11) to the west. This created a large "doughnut" in Northwest Arkansas where there could be only one commercial VHF license, plus a noncommercial license (eventually occupied by AETN's KAFT).

Many of the personnel at channel 22 (Pat Porta, Harry Freeman, John Candler, and wrestling promoter Jimmy Lott) made the transition to channel 5. KNAC's weathermen LeRoy Stollard and Cy Spicer were also staff members of the new operation. All became icons in Fort Smith's broadcasting history. Many had started their broadcasting careers on KFSA radio just after the war.

Until 1964, the station operated without a dedicated news department, instead relying on reports from its sister newspapers. However, that changed with the addition of Cliff Walker, who became the outlet's first news director. Walker had worked for KFSA radio and earlier for Nakdieman at KWHN.

In 1969, the FCC barred common ownership of newspapers and broadcasting outlets. Donrey owned one other newspaper/broadcasting cluster, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and KORK-AM-FM-TV. While Reynolds was able to get grandfathered protection for his Las Vegas cluster, he was unable to get it for his flagship cluster in Fort Smith. As a result, the KFSA stations were sold off, with channel 5 going to Buford Television in 1973 and renamed KFSM-TV (after the airport designation for Fort Smith Regional Airport). The station was purchased by the New York Times Company in 1979.

Aside from KNAC's brief time on-the-air, KFSA/KFSM was the only station in Fort Smith for 18 years. However, the Fayetteville area was served by KGTO (TV) in the late-1960s and 1970s. The station lost its CBS affiliation when KFPW-TV (now KHBS) signed on in 1971. It lost ABC in 1978 when KFPW-TV surrendered its CBS affiliation to new sign-on KLMN-TV (now KFTA-TV). KFSM swapped affiliations with KLMN in 1980 and became a CBS affiliate, which it remains today. This was due to the network searching for stronger affiliates in the Fort Smith market.[1] At some point in March/April 2010, KFSM added MyNetworkTV to its second digital subchannel. Previously, the subchannel had served as a local news repeat channel. Eventually, new newscasts and sports call-in shows will be added. The area's original affiliate, KPBI-CA which was repeated on full-power KPBI, went silent after its owner Equity Media Holdings went bankrupt. Full-power KPBI, at one point a standalone RTV affiliate, officially became KFSM's sister station on January 5, 2012 with an FCC "failing station" waiver and changed its call letters to KXNW; at that time, KXNW dropped all remaining RTV programming in favor of a simulcast of KFSM-DT2, which had for a while also carried a part-time affiliation with Antenna TV in addition to its primary MyNetworkTV affiliation (until Antenna TV was ultimately segregated out onto its own dedicated sub-channel via KFSM-DT3, as of spring 2016).

The New York Times Company sold its entire broadcasting division, including KFSM, to Local TV in 2007.[2] During the analog television era, KFSM was the only big three affiliate that did not need a second full-power station to reach the entire market.

KFSM logo, used from 1997 to 2019. The "5" has been in use since 1989; the italicized version shown in the infobox was adopted after Tegna took control.

On September 1, 2010, the FCC granted KFSM a construction permit for a fill-in translator in Van Buren on channel 24.[3] KFSM operated a low-power analog translator, K62DQ channel 62, licensed to Fayetteville with a transmitter in Johnson along I-540/US 62/US 71. It had a construction permit to air on channel 44, but its license was cancelled on May 4, 2012.[4]

On July 1, 2013, Local TV announced that its stations would be acquired by Tribune Broadcasting.[5] The sale was completed on December 27.[6] With the completion of the deal, KFSM and KXNW became Tribune's smallest television stations by market size (previously, the company's New Orleans duopoly of WGNO and WNOL-TV held this distinction).

Aborted sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group[edit]

On May 8, 2017, Hunt Valley, Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it would acquire Tribune Media for $3.9 billion, plus the assumption of $2.7 billion in debt held by Tribune. Had the deal received regulatory approval, the transaction would have given KFSM and KXNW new sister stations in the company's ABC affiliates in bordering markets, KTUL in Tulsa and KATV in Little Rock.[7][8][9][10][11] Three weeks after the FCC's July 18 vote to have the deal reviewed by an administrative law judge amid "serious concerns" about Sinclair's forthrightness in its applications to sell certain conflict properties, on August 9, 2018, Tribune announced it would terminate the Sinclair deal, intending to seek other M&A opportunities. Tribune also filed a breach of contract lawsuit in the Delaware Chancery Court, alleging that Sinclair engaged in protracted negotiations with the FCC and the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division over regulatory issues, refused to sell stations in markets where it already had properties, and proposed divestitures to parties with ties to Sinclair executive chair David D. Smith that were rejected or highly subject to rejection to maintain control over stations it was required to sell.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23]

Sale to Nexstar Media Group and resale to Tegna[edit]

On December 3, 2018, Irving, Texas-based Nexstar Media Group—which owns NBC affiliate KNWA-TV (channel 51) and Fox affiliate KFTA-TV (channel 24)—announced it would acquire the assets of Tribune Media for $6.4 billion in cash and debt. Nexstar was precluded from acquiring KFSM and KXNW directly or indirectly, as KFSM and KNWA both fall within FCC criteria prohibiting common ownership of two of the four highest-rated television stations in any market nor does it allow ownership of more than two stations in the same media market. Therefore, Nexstar was required to sell either KNWA/KFTA or KFSM/KXNW to a separate, unrelated company to address the ownership conflict.[24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33] On March 20, 2019, Tysons, Virginia-based Tegna Inc. announced it would purchase KFSM-TV from Nexstar upon consummation of the merger, as part of the company's sale of nineteen Nexstar- and Tribune-operated stations to Tegna and the E. W. Scripps Company in separate deals worth $1.32 billion. KXNW was not named in the sale, which opens the possibility of either the formation of a de facto triopoly between KFTA and KNWA (which Nexstar plans to retain through an existing satellite station waiver that predated KFTA's conversion into a separately programmed Fox affiliate in 2006) or the retention of its existing duopoly partnership with KFSM, pending disclosures by Nexstar in subsequent paperwork concerning the deal.[34][35] The sale was completed on September 19, 2019; this made KFSM a sister station to fellow CBS affiliate KTHV in Little Rock.[36]

On June 14, 2019; KFSM moved most of its operations to a newly built studio in Johnson, a suburb of Fayetteville and Springdale. According to station manager Van Comer, the new facility is located near the population center of KFSM's 11-county, two-state primary coverage area.[37] When the station announced plans to build the facility in 2018, original plans called for a newer facility in Fort Smith to serve as its main studio. However, by 2019, the planned Johnson studio had become the main studio, with its longtime home in Fort Smith serving as a River Valley bureau.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programming on KFSM includes Rachael Ray, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Inside Edition, and Dr. Phil, all of which are distributed by the corporate cousin of KFSM's affiliate network, CBS Media Ventures.

News operation[edit]

KFSM currently broadcasts 35½ hours of newscasts each week (with six hours each weekday, 2½ hours on Saturdays and three hours on Sundays),[38] a considerable amount for a station in the 100th market. It also provides a 24-hour local newscast seven days a week on Cox channel 55 in Springdale and Fort Smith. This has since moved to digital channel 661. The station launched a mobile application in 2005.

Over the years, KFSM has been the ratings leader in the area, mainly due to the fact that it was the only commercial VHF station on the air in the Fort Smith–Fayetteville market during the analog television era.

On April 21, 1996, a large tornado, part of the April 1996 tornado outbreak sequence, destroyed and heavily damaged much of historic downtown Fort Smith around the Garrison Avenue Bridge. The storm left four people dead in western Arkansas. KFSM-TV covered the tornado and produced a documentary of the event shortly after called "Sunday's Fury". Days later, the Eads Brothers Furniture Building was destroyed by one of largest fires in Fort Smith's history.

Until January 2012, KFSM-DT2 simulcasted the weekday morning show and then re-aired it in a rotating cycle. It also simulcasted the weekday noon and nightly broadcasts. The simulcasts were discontinued shortly after Local TV consummated on its purchase of the former KPBI and changed its call letters to KXNW, and were replaced with Antenna TV and syndicated programming as KXNW began to simulcast KFSM-DT2. On March 12, 2012, KXNW/KFSM-DT2 began airing a new hour-long 7 a.m. newscast fort smith arkansas news stations weekday mornings and a 30-minute newscast at 9 p.m. nightly. On weeknights, the latter newscast competes with the prime time newscast which airs on Fort smith arkansas news stations affiliate KFTA-TV; KXNW was the only station which airs a 9 p.m. newscast on weekends until August 2012 when KHBS/KHOG began producing a nightly 9 p.m. newscast for their CW Plus-affiliated digital subchannels.

At some point during summer 2012, KFSM became the first station in the Fort Smith–Fayetteville market and the last primary Local TV-owned station to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition.

In fall 2017, KFSM began airing a 30-minute newscast at 4 p.m., titled 5 News First at Four. This was the first (and currently the only) 4 p.m. newscast in the Fort Smith–Fayetteville market.

In March 2020, KFSM temporarily scaled back its broadcast schedule in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On weekdays, 5 News This Morning was shortened 30 minutes, beginning at 5 a.m. instead of 4:30 a.m. A replay of the previous night's edition of 5 News at 10 was played to fill the time slot. Additionally, on Fort smith arkansas news stations, 5 News This Morning was sometimes replaced by a simulcast of sister station KTHV's Saturday morning newscast. In November 2020, KFSM returned to its normal broadcast schedule with 5 News This Morning weekdays beginning at 4:30 a.m. and 5 News this Morning Saturday originating as a KFSM broadcast rather than a KTHV simulcast.

Technical information[edit]

Subchannels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Translator[edit]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KFSM-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 5, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 18,[40] using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 5.

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External links[edit]

Broadcast television in Northwest Arkansas, the Arkansas River Valley, and eastern Oklahoma, including Fort Smith, Fayetteville and Rogers

Reception may vary by location and some stations may only be viewable with cable television

Local stations
Fayetteville / Springdale /
Rogers / Tahlequah
  • KFSM-TV (5.1 CBS, 5.2 Justice, 5.3 ANT, 5.4 Quest)
  • KAFT (13.1 PBS/AR PBS, 13.2 Create/AR PBS Create, 13.3 PBS Kids/AR PBS Kids, 13.4 World/AR PBS World)
  • KAJL-LD (16.1 Stadium, 16.2 Sonlife Broadcasting Network, 16.3 GetTV, 16.4 Buzzr, 16.5 Quest, 16.6 QVC2, 16.7 Movies!)
  • K22HS-D (22.1 GCN)
  • KHOG-TV (29.1 ABC, 29.2 CW+, 29.3 MeTV)
  • KWNL-CD (31.1 UNI, 31.2MeTV, 31.3 JTV)
  • KEGW-LD 30/KKAF-CD 33/KFFS-CD 36 (xx.1/.2MeTV)
  • KXNW (34.1 MNTV, 34.2Rewind)
  • KNWA-TV (51.1 NBC, 51.2Fox, 51.3 Grit, 51.4 Laff)
  • KWOG (57.1 Daystar)
Fort Smith / Van Buren /
Sallisaw / Mena
  • KOET (3.1 PBS / OETA, 3.2 World, 3.3 Create, 3.4 PBS Kids)
  • KFSM-TV (5.1 CBS, 5.2 Justice, 5.3 ANT, 5.4 Quest)
  • KQRY-LD (36.1UNI, 36.2MeTV)
  • KAFT (13.1 PBS/AR PBS, 13.2 Create/AR PBS Create, 13.3 PBS Kids, 13.4 World/AR PBS World)
  • KFLU-LD (20.1 TCN, 20.2 Comet, 20.3 Tuff TV, 20.4 LC, 20.5 Newsmax)
  • KFTA-TV (24.1 Fox, 24.2NBC, 24.3 Mystery, 24.4 Bounce, 24.5MNTV)
  • KRAH-CD 33/KFDF-CD 44 (xx.1/.2MeTV)
  • KHBS (40.1 ABC, 40.2CW+, 40.3 MeTV)
Adjacent locals
Springfield, MO
  • KYTV (3.1 NBC, 3.2 WeatherNation TV, 3.3 Fort smith arkansas news stations, 3.4Circle, 3.5 Crime, 3.6 Quest)
  • KOLR (10.1 CBS, 10.2 Laff, 10.3 Grit, 10.4 Shop LC)
  • KYCW-LD (24.1 CW)
  • KOZL-TV (27.1 MNTV, 27.2 Mystery, 27.3 Bounce, 27.4 Rewind)
  • KSPR-LD (33.1 ABC, 33.2CW, 33.3 MeTV, 33.4 Court TV)
  • KRBK (49.1 Fox, 49.2 ANT, 49.3 Dabl, 49.4 Ion)
Defunct stations

Broadcast television stations by affiliation in the state of Oklahoma

ABC
CBS
Fox
NBC
The CW
MyNetworkTV
Ion Television
PBS (OETA)
Spanish-language
  • KSWO-TV 7.2 / KKTM-LP 17Analog (TMD, Lawton/Altus)
  • KXAP-LD 14 (Estrella, Tulsa)
  • KUTU-CD 25 (UNI, Tulsa)
  • KUTU-CD 25.2 (TMD, Tulsa)
  • KTUZ-TV 30 (TMD, Shawnee)
  • KEYU 31 (TMD, Amarillo, TX)
  • KLHO-LD 31 (ALMA, Oklahoma City)
  • KUOK 35 / KUOK-CD 36 (UNI, Woodward/Oklahoma City)
  • KOHC-CD 45 (Azteca, Oklahoma City)
  • KOCY-LP 48 (Estrella, Oklahoma City)
  • KCEB 54.1 (Azteca, Longview, TX)
Other
Defunct
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Ft Smith - Fayetteville - Springdale - Rogers

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Hispanics represent $1.9 billion in consumer spending and are projected to compose more than half of Ft. Smith’s population growth over the next five years.  Founded in 1995, KXUN/Univision is the market’s first and only Spanish-language TV station, making it Ft. Smith’s destination for news, sports and entertainment for the emerging Hispanic consumer.

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In Fort Smith since 1953, KFSM relocates headquarters to NWA

After 66 years, Fort Smith-based television station KFSM-TV, Channel 5, is ready to embark on a new era.

Longtime station president and general manager Van Comer confirmed to the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal that the region’s CBS affiliate is moving its headquarters and primary studio for originating newscasts to its new facility in Johnson on South 48th Street, north of Inn at the Mill. The Business Journal first reported the construction plans in February 2018.

Some employees began moving into the $10 million building in late May. A grand opening and ribbon cutting for the 26,500-square-foot facility fort smith arkansas news stations planned Friday (June 14) at 10 a.m., and the station will originate its first live program from the building at 10 p.m. June 29.

“If you drop a pin in the population center of our 11-county coverage area, it’s actually right here in Johnson,” Comer said. “We will keep the Fort Smith office as a bureau and cover the news there on a daily basis, and Fort Smith will always get our attention key polymer corp this building [in Johnson] is our primary facility.”

Comer said it’s a “mixed bag” of company employees who are planning to relocate to Northwest Arkansas or commute. A handful of KFSM’s most recognizable on-air talents — anchor Daren Bobb and meteorologist Garrett Lewis, for example — live in the Fort Smith metro.

Comer said Lewis and anchor Erika Thomas are planning to move to Northwest Arkansas. Bobb and meteorologist Joe Pennington are planning to commute.

Sports director Bobby Swofford lives in Fayetteville, as do Comer and several other off-air executives.

“Ultimately, we will be judged by our content,” Comer said. “This facility will give us more opportunities to produce more local content.”

KFSM and its sister station, KXNW-TV, have about 110 employees, Comer said. The new building is being designed for approximately 100 workers and is replacing KFSM’s existing Northwest Arkansas studio, situated in 6,700 square feet inside Fayetteville’s Northwest Arkansas Mall since 1992.

MARKET LEADER
The region’s CBS affiliate since 1980, KFSM — a content partner of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal — signed on in 1953 as the first TV station licensed to Fort Smith. It serves western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. The station was initially KFSA-TV but changed its call letters to KFSM in 1973.

KFSM was the first station to open a news bureau in Northwest Arkansas in 1968, but its primary studio for originating its televised newscasts has always been in Fort Smith. The studio and administrative offices are in downtown Fort Smith in the former Carnegie Library on North 13th Street. Comer said KFSM owns the property, and he said plans to update and modernize those studios underscores the station’s commitment to Fort Smith and the Arkansas River Valley region.

He said any renovations would, however, ultimately have to be approved at the corporate level. KFSM’s parent company is Tribune Media Co., although media conglomerate TEGNA is in the process of buying KFSM and 10 other television stations in eight markets throughout the U.S. In December 2018, Nexstar Media Group and Tribune jointly announced they had entered into an agreement to combine their companies. As part of that agreement, Nexstar announced it would be divesting stations from its portfolio to comply with regulatory ownership limits.

TEGNA’s acquisitions are contingent on the closing of the Nexstar-Tribune merger, expected to take place later this fall.

KFSM has historically been the highest-rated station in the Designated Market Area (DMA), an 11-county area that includes nine counties in Arkansas and two in Oklahoma. According to data from ComScore, a producer of market and audience analytics for media and marketing industries, KFSM’s 5NEWS at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m. double (and then some) the next closest newscast from competing ABC and NBC affiliates. The data also shows all KFSM newscasts are up between 10% and 45% year-over-year, and 2018 marked the 15th consecutive year KFSM has been the most ftb business login station from sign-on to sign-off.

KFSM also televises the University of Arkansas football and basketball weekly coaches’ shows. The initial three-year deal started with the 2018-19 school year. Financial terms were not disclosed.

A CAMPUS FEEL
The Johnson building’s single-story design blends newsroom, advertising, production and other departments into one seamless workspace.

Comer said the primary benefit was being able to design and build a new studio and production control room from scratch.

The new studio set was created by Orlando-based FX Design Group and includes LED lighting, interactive screens and other state-of-the-art technology, including a robotic camera system.

Other design elements of the 4-acre site include enhanced security, a covered loading and unloading zone for camera equipment, garage parking for television production trucks and a back porch area that will give staff meteorologists the opportunity to originate outdoor weather reports.

Kyle Naples, the owner of NAPA Construction LLC, led the building construction. BiLD Architects PLLC was the building designer. Both firms are in Fayetteville. Comer lauded their efforts to give the building a distinctive, campus-like feel. As companies increasingly use real estate as a recruitment and retention tool, television stations are no different. Nicer properties help them compete for talent in a crowded media market.

David Erstine with CBRE in Fayetteville handled the leasing negotiations for KFSM, which has signed a 15-year lease with the building owner, Checkk Properties of Texarkana, Texas.

Источник: https://talkbusiness.net/2019/06/in-fort-smith-since-1953-kfsm-relocates-headquarters-to-nwa/

Free school supplies: Back-to-school giveaways in the River Valley


Children across the River Valley are gearing up to head back to school.

For families with tight budgets, shopping for supplies can be a struggle, but area nonprofits and churches are ready to help. 

Here's a round-up of back-to-school giveaways for free school supplies, clothing and other items:

July 31 at Central Mall

KISR 93.7 will give away free school supplies from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 31. The giveaway will be fort smith arkansas news stations drive-thru event in the Central Mall parking lot, located fort smith arkansas news stations 5111 Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith. 

Families must bring their children to the event. There are no limitations on the number of children while supplies last. 

July 31 at Evangel Temple

Children and families are invited to the Back to School Bash & Grocery Giveaway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 31. The event, hosted by Evangel Temple, will take place at 1201 Towson Ave. in Fort Smith. 

The church will give out backpacks with school supplies for students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade. They will also distribute bags of groceries. 

There are no identification, paperwork, or state street bank atlanta requirements. Families can drive through or walk up to the event.

Aug. 2 at First Baptist Church

Churches and community organizations with Matthew 25 will host their annual Back to School Bash from 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 2, at the First Baptist Church parking lot, 1121 Main St. in Van Buren.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year's event will be conducted as a drive-thru.

Stations will give away backpacks with age-appropriate school supplies, hygiene bags, socks and underwear as well as vouchers for free haircuts. 

Organizers request that children be in the vehicle. If children are not present, the family will receive two backpacks. 

No identification is required, and the event is open to any family. Backpacks and other items will be available while supplies last. 

Aug. 7 at Dylan's Closet

Dylan's Closet will put on its sixth annual back-to-school clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 7 at 4301 Windsor Dr. in Fort Smith. 

Giveaways will include clothing, shoes, school supplies, toothbrushes and toothpaste. 

Children, accompanied by an adult, must be present for the event. 

Aug. 13 at Stephens Boys and Girls Club

Arkansas United will host a free back-to-school event for children and families at 4 p.m., Aug. 13, at the Stephens Boys and Girls Club, 3101 N 6th St. in Fort Smith. 

Arkansas United is an organization helping immigrants to "become full participants in the state's economic, political and social processes," according to its website. 

They will distribute a basket of food, the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and a free backpack for students. There will also be activities, games, free eye exams and haircuts.

To register participants for a backpack or vaccine, visit the Arkansas United Facebook page.

Grand Avenue Baptist Church

Children can receive four or five outfits, along with shoes from Helping Hand, a ministry of Grand Avenue Baptist Church, 3901 Grand Ave. in Fort Smith. A limited supply of backpacks is also available. 

Parents or guardians should call 479-709-9035 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays to set an appointment for a Wednesday. 

Catherine Nolte is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms. She can be reached at cnolte@swtimes.com.

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5
(18)KFSMCBS

ID: "5 News"
City: Fort Smith, AR
Owner: Local TV, LLC
Web Site:http://www.kfsm.com/
Station Info: Digital Full-Power - 100 kW

10KFDF-CAThis TV

City: Fort Smith, AR
Owner: Pinnacle Media
Station Info: Class-A - 3 kW

13
(9)KAFTPBS

ID: "AETN"
City: Fayetteville, AR
Owner: Arkansas Educational Television
Web Site:http://www.aetn.org/
Station Info: Digital Educational Full-Power - 316 kW

24
(27)KFTAFOX

ID: "FOX 24"
City: Fort Smith, AR
Owner: Mission Broadcasting
Web Site:http://nwahomepage.com/
Station Info: Digital Full-Power - 200 kW
Subchannels: 24.1 KFTA/FOX

29
(15)KHOGABC

ID: "40/29 Hometown Channel"
City: Fayetteville, AR
Owner: Hearst Television
Web Site:http://www.4029tv.com/
Station Info: Digital Full-Power - 1410 kW

34KPBIUnknown

City: Eureka Springs, AR
Owner: Pinnacle Media
Station Info: Digital Full-Power - 100 kW

40KHBSABC

ID: "40/29 Hometown Channel"
City: Fort Smith, AR
Owner: Hearst Television
Web Site:http://www.4029tv.com/
Station Info: Digital Full-Power - 3160 kW

46KPBI-CAMy Network TV

City: Fort Smith, AR
Owner: Equity Media Holdings
Station Info: Class-A - 32 kW

51KNWANBC

ID: "KNWA NBC"
City: Rogers, AR
Owner: Nexstar Media Group
Web Site:https://www.nwahomepage.com/
Station Info: Digital Full-Power - 182 kW

57
(39)KWOGReligious

ID: "Safe TV"
City: Springdale, AR
Owner: Total Life Community Educational Foundation
Web Site:http://www.safetv.org/
Station Info: Digital Full-Power - 182 kW

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