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Wichita, Kansas
Branding KAKE 10 (general)

KAKE News (newscasts)

Slogan The Breaking News and Weather Authority
Channels Digital: 10 (VHF)
Subchannels 10.1 KAKE/ABC HD
Translators (see article)
Affiliations ABC
Owner Gray Television, Inc.

(Gray Television Licensee, Inc.)

First air date October 19, 1954
Call letters' meaning sounds like cake
Former callsigns KAKE-TV

The "-TV" was dropped 13 July 2010

Former channel number(s) Analog:

10 (VHF, 1954-2009) Digital: 21 (UHF, 1999-2009)

Former affiliations Primary:

NBC (1954-1955) Secondary: ABC (1954-1955)

Transmitter power 56.5 kW
Height 309.8 m
Facility ID 65522
Transmitter coordinates 37°46′52.9″N 97°31′9.1″W / 37.781361°N 97.519194°W / 37.781361; -97.519194


[hide]*1 History

  • 2 KAKE and the BTK case
  • 3 Digital television
  • 4 KAKEland Television Network
    • 4.1 Full-power stations
    • 4.2 "DTV Replacement" digital translator station
    • 4.3 Analog low-power & translator stations
      • 4.3.1 Low-power stations
      • 4.3.2 KGBD-LP translator stations
    • 4.4 Channel 70+ translators no longer in service
  • 5 News operation
    • 5.1 News/station presentation
      • 5.1.1 Newscast titles
      • 5.1.2 Station slogans
    • 5.2 Newscasts and local programming
    • 5.3 News staff
      • 5.3.1 Current on-air staff[6]
      • 5.3.2 Former staff
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

[edit] History[]

The station signed on the air on 19 October 1954. During its first year on the air, it was Wichita's NBC affiliate with a secondary ABC affiliation. It became a sole ABC affiliate in 1955 after KARD-TV (now KSNW) signed on.

In 1979, the station was sold to the Chronicle Publishing Company of San Francisco, California, run by the de Young family, who also owned KRON-TV in San Francisco and WOWT-TV in Omaha, Nebraska - KRON, a KRON translator, WOWT, and KAKE and its translators all have Facility IDs in the same range (assigned by the FCC circa 1980). Chronicle then bought KLBY in 1987. KLBY had been a separate, independent station with its own programming inventory, but with Chronicle's purchase it was made a satellite of KAKE.

In 1988, KAKE moved all of its translators on channels 70 to 83 (which were being phased out) down to other channel positions; in addition, a select few of the affected translators were simply closed. Chronicle owned the stations until 1999, when KAKE, its satellites, and WOWT were sold to LIN TV in the midst of the de Young family's liquidation of its media holdings. Almost as soon as the sale was finalized, LIN turned around and traded KAKE and WOWT to Benedek Broadcasting for that company's WWLP in Springfield, Massachusetts and cash. The acquisition of KAKE and WOWT could be seen as the ultimate undoing for the financially challenged Benedek, which in 2002 declared bankruptcy and sold most of its stations, including KAKE and WOWT, to Gray Television (their current owner). In 2003, another translator shuffle occurred, and many translator channels in service moved on 15 August of that year.

For 30 years, KAKE was the highest-rated station in Wichita, even though it didn't build an extensive translator/satellite network in central and western Kansas until the 1990s. For most of the last quarter-century, it has been runner-up to KWCH-TV which has been the dominant station in the market. KSNW-TV has been just behind KAKE in third place.

[edit] KAKE and the BTK case[]

For a more thorough history on the BTK case, see Dennis Rader.

In the 1970s, KAKE received letters, poems and packages from the BTK serial killer. One claimed responsibility for several of the BTK murders; another contained clues about an intended victim (who was not murdered). During an interview with Wichita's police chief in the late 1970s, subliminal messages were broadcast on KAKE to convince BTK to turn himself in. The effort was unsuccessful.

In 2004 and 2005, BTK again sent letters to KAKE. One included a word puzzle—another expressed concern about the colds anchors Susan Peters and Jeff Herndon had at the time. Park City, Kansas resident Dennis Rader was eventually arrested and convicted of the murders.

[edit] Digital television[]

On February 17, 2009, KAKE turned off its analog signal on channel 10 and moved its digital service from channel 21 to channel 10.

[edit] KAKEland Television Network[]

To reach the 69-county audience of the Wichita/Hutchinson-Plus DMA, KAKE extends its over-the-air coverage area through a network of eight full-power, low-power, and translator stations encompassing the majority of Kansas, the KAKEland Television Network.

KUPK, in Garden City, houses the Western Kansas newsroom and studio, originating one segment of the nightly newscasts seen on KUPK and KLBY. The rest of the broadcast is live from the Wichita studio.

The KAKEland WeatherPlex, inside KAKE's Wichita studio, can provide live continuous severe weather coverage to any combination of its five broadcast zones.

  1. KAKE and its DTV Replacement translator - South Central Kansas, including Wichita
  2. KUPK - Southwest Kansas, including Dodge City and Garden City
  3. KLBY - Northwest Kansas, including Goodland and Colby
  4. KHDS - North Central Kansas, including Salina
  5. KGBD and its K25CV/K38GH translators - North Central Kansas, including Great Bend, Hays, and Russell

For example: If a tornado is in progress near Colby, live continuous coverage will be seen only on KLBY, while normal programming will appear on the rest of the network.[1]

[edit] Full-power stations[]

These stations mostly rebroadcast KAKE. However, their full-power license allows them to broadcast different programming and commercial content, when desired.

Station City of license Channel First air date Call letters’






Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates

1 2

Garden City 13 (VHF) 19643 KUP-KAKE


63kW 262.4m 65535 37°39′1″N 100°40′6″W / 37.65028°N 100.66833°W / 37.65028; -100.66833 (KUPK-TV)

4 5 6

Colby 17 (UHF)

(PSIP 4.1)

4 July 1984 KoLBY


625kW 223m 65523 39°15′9″N 101°21′9″W / 39.2525°N 101.3525°W / 39.2525; -101.3525 (KLBY)


  • 1. The call sign changed from KUPK-TV to KUPK on 13 July 2010.
  • 2. KUPK-DT operated on channel 18 before 17 February 2009.
  • 3. The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says KUPK signed on 8 November, while the Television and Cable Factbook says 28 October.
  • 4. KLBY was an independent station from its 1984 sign-on until it was acquired by KAKE in 1987.
  • 5. KLBY formerly operated analog channel 4 until 19 August 2008, becoming the first digital-only station in the KAKEland Television Network.
  • 6. KLBY had the call letters KBOM in 1983.[2]

[edit] "DTV Replacement" digital translator station[]

The FCC determined that after the digital transition some full-service stations would not be able to cover their pre-transition analog service areas. It created the “Replacement Digital Television Translator Service” to assist qualifying full-service stations. These are associated with, given the same call letters, cannot be transferred, and are renewed/assigned along with the station’s main license.[3]

On February 9, 2010, KAKE filed an application to the FCC for a digital fill-in translator on its pre-transition digital allotment, UHF Channel 21.[4] The translator serves the city of Wichita and the surrounding areas north and west of the city. Some viewers using indoor "set-top antennas", which by the nature of their compact design perform better with UHF signals, had difficulty receiving the station's digital signal after it "moved" to VHF channel 10. It started broadcasting March 4, 2010.

This station can ONLY rebroadcast KAKE, due to its translator classification.

Station City of license Channel First air date Call letters’






Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
KAKE Wichita 21 (UHF)

(PSIP 10.1)

4 March 2010 sounds like


15kW 309.8m 65522 37°46′52.9″N 97°31′9.1″W / 37.781361°N 97.519194°W / 37.781361; -97.519194 (KAKE-LD)

[edit] Analog low-power & translator stations[]

The following stations will perform a flash-cut when converting to digital. The translators on channels 70 to 83 moved in 1988, and many moved again on 15 August 2003.

[edit] Low-power stations[]

These stations mostly rebroadcast KAKE. However, their low-power license allows them to broadcast different programming and commercial content, when desired.

Station City of license Channel First air date Call letters’






Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates


Salina 51 (UHF) 16 August 19988 8.5kW 68m 65527 38°50′27″N 97°40′8″W / 38.84083°N 97.66889°W / 38.84083; -97.66889 (K51GC)


Great Bend 30 (UHF) 31 May 199810 K-Great BenD

"Great Bend"

8.4kW 121m 65534 38°24′22″N 98°43′20″W / 38.40611°N 98.72222°W / 38.40611; -98.72222 (K30GD)


  • 7. Call sign changed from K51GC to KHDS-LP on 13 July 2010.
  • 8. Originally on channel 34 (K34AA), then 22 (K22CP); moved to channel 51 (K51GC) on 15 August 2003.[2]
  • 9. Call sign changed from K30GD to KGBD-LP on 13 July 2010.
  • 10. Originally on channel 71 (K71BP); moved to channel 69 (K69DQ) in 1988, then to channel 30 (K30GD) on 15 August 2003.[2]

[edit] KGBD-LP translator stations[]

These stations can only rebroadcast KGBD-LP, due to their translator classification.

Station City of license Channel First air date ERP




Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
K25CV Hays 25 (UHF) 23 May 198811 8.9kW 72m 65533 38°54′54″N 99°19′40″W / 38.915°N 99.32778°W / 38.915; -99.32778 (K25CV)
K38GH Russell 38 (UHF) 12 January 198812 7.2kW 135m 65529 38°54′51″N 98°51′52″W / 38.91417°N 98.86444°W / 38.91417; -98.86444 (K38GH)
  • 11. The Hays translator was K70FE channel 70 from the 1970s to 1988.[5]
  • 12. K38GH was K75CB[5] from the 1970s to 1988, then K20BU channel 20 until 15 August 2003.[2]

[edit] Channel 70+ translators no longer in service[]

  • K70EN channel 70 Manhattan [2]
  • K71BO channel 71 Herington [2]
  • K75CH channel 75 Junction City[2]

[edit] News operation[]

[edit] News/station presentation[]

[edit] Newscast titles[]

  • The General Motors Newscast (1954-early 1960s)
  • The National News (1960s)
  • TV-10 News (late 1960s-late 1980s)
  • KAKE News 10 (early 1990s-1998; continues in use as alternate newscast title)
  • KAKE News (1998-present)

[edit] Station slogans[]

  • The News People (1970s)
  • Come Home To KAKE (early 1980s; not related to the similarly-named NBC campaign)
  • Keep Your Eye on KAKE (mid 1980s)
  • Dedicated, Determined, Dependable (early 1990s)
  • Coverage You Count On (early-mid 1990s)
  • On Your Side (1998-2007)
  • The Breaking News and Weather Authority (2009-present)
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  • Good Morning Kansas - 5-7 a.m.
  • KAKE News at 11:00 - 11 a.m.-noon
  • KAKE News at 4:00 - 4-4:30 p.m.
  • KAKE News at 5:00 - 5-5:30 p.m.
  • KAKE News at 6:00 - 6-6:30 p.m.
  • KAKE News at 10:00 - 10-10:35 p.m.


  • Good Morning Kansas Saturday - 6-7 a.m.
  • Good Morning Kansas Saturday - 8-9 a.m.
  • KAKE News at 6:00 - 6-6:30 p.m.
  • KAKE News at 6:30 - 6:30-7 p.m.
  • KAKE News at 10:00 - 10-10:35 p.m.


  • KAKE News at 5:30 - 5:30-6 p.m.
  • KAKE News at 10:00 - 10-10:35 p.m.
  • KAKE Sports Overtime Live - 10:35-11:05 p.m.
  • Lawyer on the Line - 11:05-11:35 p.m.

[edit] News staff[]

[edit] Current on-air staff[6][]

Current Anchors

  • Susan Peters - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Jeff Herndon - weeknights at 4, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Larry Hatteberg - weeknights at 5 p.m.
  • Deb Farris - weekdays at 4 p.m.
  • Jemelle Holopirek - weekday mornings Good Morning Kansas and 11:30 a.m.
  • Mike Iuen - weekday mornings Good Morning Kansas
  • Cayle Thompson - weekend mornings Good Morning Kansas

KAKEland WeatherPlex Meteorologists

  • Jay Prater (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seal of Approval) - Managing Meteorologist; weekdays at 4, weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Ben Pringle (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seals of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekday mornings Good Morning Kansas and 11 a.m.
  • Blake Smith (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist) - Meteorologist; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.
  • Tanner Swift - Meteorologist; Saturday morning Good Morning Kansas, also fill-in
  • Aaron Blaser - Meteorologist; Sunday morning Good Morning America local weather updates, and fill-in

Sports team

  • Chris Frye - 6 pm & 10 pm Sports Anchor, Monday-Friday, also host of KAKE Sports Overtime Live
  • Terrell Benton - KAKE Sports Overtime Live co-host; also sports reporter
  • Jason Duda - KAKE Sports Overtime Live co-host
  • Abby Lippold - Overtime live producer/part-time anchor
  • Mike Curkov - sports anchor/reporter


  • Rye Addis - general assignment reporter
  • Abby Barnett - general assignment reporter
  • Jared Cerullo - "Crimestoppers" reporter/storm spotter
  • Stephanie Diffin - general assignment reporter; also producer
  • Chris Frank - general assignment reporter
  • Enrique Ramirez - "Ricky's Review" entertainment critic

[edit] Former staff[]

  • Mark Allan - anchor (now at WDTN in Dayton, OH)[7]
  • Johnathan Coachman - on-air personality/former commentator, World Wrestling Entertainment (SmackDown! Brand) (now with ESPN)
  • Steve Doocy - host of "PM Magazine" (now co-host of Fox and Friends on Fox News Channel)[8]
  • Denise Franklin - anchor/reporter (now at WFDD in Winston-Salem, NC)[9]
  • Jeanene Kiesling - reporter (now at KCTV in Kansas City)
  • Phil LeBeau - reporter (now at CNBC)
  • Phillip Palmer - sports anchor (now at KABC-TV in Los Angeles)
  • Rick Price - anchor/reporter (now at KIRO-TV in Seattle, WA)
  • Dawn Tongish - anchor (now at KDAF in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX)
  • Roger Wallace - sports anchor (now at KXAN in Austin, Texas)

[edit] References[]

  1. ^ Email exchange with Jay Prater, Managing Meteorologist KAKE-TV
  2. ^ a b c d e f g FCC query program: each of the stations in this chain have Facility IDs with 655__. Changing that number brings up a number of KAKE translators, WOWT-TV, KRON, and a KRON translator between 65521 and 65535.
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b
  6. ^ Gray Television, Inc.. "Inside KAKE". Clickability. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
  7. ^ LIN Television Corporation. "About Us". LIN Television Corporation. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
  8. ^ FOX News Network (2010-01-09). "FOX & Friends -". FOX News Network. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
  9. ^ 88.5 WFDD. "88.5 WFDD". 88.5 WFDD. Retrieved 2010-01-10.

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