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Analog to Digital Transition Status in St. Louis


DTV Status for Major Stations:

Call Letter Format HD News DTV Assignment Analog Assignment Affiliation Analog Shutdown
KTVI 720p FOX-HD Yes (2/16) 43 (2.1) 2 FOX June 12, 2009
KMOV 1080i (4.1) CBS-HD  

480i (4.2) KNLC-SD

Yes 24 (4.1, 4.2) 4 CBS June 12, 2009
KSDK 1080i (5.1) NBC-HD  

480i (5.2) WeatherPlus+

Yes 35 (5.1, 5.2) 5 NBC June 12, 2009
KETC 720p (9.1) KETC-HD  

480i (9.2) KETC Kids

480i (9.3) PBS World

480i (9.4) Create

N/A 39 (9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4) 9 PBS June 12, 2009
KPLR 1080i CW-HD Yes (2/16) 26 (11.1) 11 CW June 12, 2009
KNLC 720p N/A 14 (24.1) 24 CW February 17, 2009
KDNL 720p ABC-HD N/A 31 (30.1) 30 ABC February 17, 2009
WRBU 480i N/A 47 (46.1) 46 My Network TV February 17, 2009

KUMO-LP/LD is not included, but will broadcast on Channel 10, serving as the region’s lone VHF digital station when it signs on.

This chart will be updated as necessary.

February 17? Try June 12. DTV Transition Moves to June


If you’re tired of seeing DTV transition commercials, it’s not over; you’ll have to wait a few months. The transition commercials are being rejiggered  for the new date: June 12. The House of Representatives joined the US Senate in moving the DTV deadline to June 12, 264-158, after businesses spent millions of dollars on transition commercials trumpeting February 17. Maybe the networks should ask for bailout money, too.

If you’re wondering why the big day is moving, well, it’s because a few million people are either unaware a change was coming, unable to make the change, or didn’t care.  Be sure to tell your congressperson to move Thanksgiving or Christmas when you’re running behind on either of those holidays.  It would make about as much sense. Watching the cheesy NAB-produced commercials and asinine questions to TV stations during their “Let’s cover the DTV transition instead of actual news” segments, you might be tempted to do something else: turn the TV off. Permanently. 

Well, you’ve got to live through it for 4 more months. 

There is general agreement that the public is generally unprepared for DTV. Unfortunately, the public is usually unprepared for lot of things (see: any holiday). 

As the Post-Dispatch’s Gail Pennington said her Tube Talk blog: “Oh Yay!” 

Note: Most of this entry was written in jest.

KMOV, KSDK, & KTVI Over Cover the Story, KDNL Drops the Ball

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This evening in suburban St. Louis we had a breaking news event. A shooting at a council meeting in suburb of Kirkwood, MO. As expected, the major media outlets in St. Louis went into coverage overdrive rather than getting the full story before going to air. Hype, not content. It took almost and hour and half to get to actual news coverage, as opposed to who got on the scene first.

KMOV & KSDK scrambled their helicopters for no real effect on a story that occurred in a building, at night. One station went to as to call their sports anchor to get “personal” interest into the story. Again, not particularly helpful or relevant to the story, but I suppose forgivable based on situation. Another station’s reporter allowed their emotions to get involved in the story. The only reporter that should be emotional was the one in the council chambers covering the city council meeting.

But to the stations’ credit, KMOV, KSDK, KTVI, & KPLR actually covered the story in a mostly effective, all-around way. KMOV’s Vickie Newton asked some very relevant and pertinent questions.

St. Louis’ black sheep station, KDNL again, not surprising, drops the ball again, with no local coverage at all, as they lack a news department, or anything that resembles news staff. ABC News’ Nightline was forced to cover the news via other ABC stations and Associated Press.

A commendable job by the stations involved in a high stress breaking news event.

KMOV and KTVI broke coverage at 11:45pm, Leaving KSDK with coverage.

More on this breaking news event at:

KMOX (CBS Radio):
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

2007-2008 Designated Market Areas


The Television DMAs list from Neilsen Media was released last week.

St. Louis remains the #21 Largest Designated Market area for Television, with 1,244,370 TV homes, or 1.103% of the national audience. The number is essentially flat from last year, with St. Louis in the #21 slot with 1,228,970 TV homes, about a 1% percent increase over last year.

The biggest increase was Lima, OH which climbed from 196 to 185, climbing 11 markets.
The biggest decrease was Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, which dropped from 155 to 150, a drop of 5 markets. 

2007-2008 Designated Market Areas