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KSAT-TV, channel 12, is the local ABC affiliate television station in the greater San Antonio area. Its transmitter is located in Elmendorf, Texas. The station calls itself KSAT 12, pronounced as "K-Sat".

The station also serves as the default ABC affiliate for the Laredo market, which does not have an ABC affiliate of its own.

San Antonio, Texas
Branding KSAT 12 (general)

KSAT 12 News (newscasts) (pronounced "K-Sat")

Slogan Live. Local. Latebreaking.
Channels Digital: 12 (VHF)
Affiliations ABC

LATV (DT2) .2 Net (DT3)

Owner Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc.

(Post-Newsweek Stations, San Antonio, Inc.)

First air date January 21, 1957
Call letters' meaning San Antonio, Texas; also the ICAO code for San Antonio International Airport
Former callsigns KONO-TV (1957-1969)
Former channel number(s) Analog:

12 (VHF, 1957-2009) Digital: 48 (UHF)

Transmitter power 17.6 kW
Height 455 m
Facility ID 53118
Transmitter coordinates 29°16′11″N 98°15′31″W / 29.26972°N 98.25861°W / 29.26972; -98.25861


[hide]*1 History

[edit] History

KSAT first went on the air as KONO-TV in January 1957, owned by the Roth family with KONO-AM-FM. It has been an ABC affiliate since its launch.

The station was purchased by The Outlet Company of Providence, Rhode Island, in 1968, who changed its call letters to the present day KSAT-TV in 1969. Outlet was taken private in 1986, and the new owners sold KSAT to H&C Communications. In 1994, it was sold with KPRC-TV in Houston to current owner Post-Newsweek Stations, a subsidiary of the Washington Post Company.

[edit] Digital television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

[edit] KSAT-DT

KSAT-DT broadcasts on digital channel 12.

Digital Channel

Channel Name Programming
12.1 KSAT-DT main KSAT-TV/ABC programming
12.3 KSAT-DT3 .2 Net

[edit] Analog-to-digital conversion

KSAT-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 12, on June 12, 2009 [1], as part of the DTV transition in the United States. The station had been broadcasting its pre-transition digital signal over UHF channel 48, but returned to channel 12 for its post-transition operations.[2]

[edit] Programming

KSAT-TV broadcasts The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil, The Rachael Ray Show, Entertainment Tonight, and ABC programming. [3]

[edit] News operation

KSAT broadcasts a total of 24.5 hours of local news per week (with 4½ hours on weekdays, one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays).

As of the November 2006/May 2007 ratings period, KSAT 12 News is in 1st place in all time slots, with exception of mornings, where it is in second.

[edit] Station branding

[3][4]KSAT-TV logo from 1994Post-Newsweek adopted a "Local Mandate" meaning that all its stations carry the "Local" branding. KSAT 12 was briefly called "Local 12" in 2004 before reverting back to the current brand used before. This means that KSAT does not follow this station standardization, but Local is mentioned in the station's slogan: "Live, Local, Latebreaking", & periodocally during newscasts the station bug does cycle between both names (mimicking a similar behavior at sister stations KPRC-TV and WDIV, cycling between the station call letters/channel and "Local 4" or "Local 2" on the animated bug).

[edit] KSAT 12 HD

On February 5, 2009, KSAT became the second station in San Antonio (behind KENS) to broadcast its newscast in high definition, however KSAT does not currently broadcast in true HD, but rather upconverted widescreen standard definition. Nevertheless, it claim to be broadcasting in high definition.

[edit] Leslie Mouton

In 2004, weeknight co-anchor Leslie Mouton was interviewed on The Oprah Winfrey Show (which airs on KSAT), talking about her battle with breast cancer and her decision to anchor the news without a wig while she was going through chemotherapy. The talk show featured clips of Mouton's first anchoring appearance after she lost her hair, including the explanation she gave on-air of what she was going through at the time. Mouton chronicled her treatment and recovery on KSAT, earning accolades from local oncologists and cancer patients.

[5][6]KSAT 12 Studio on N. St. Mary's===[edit] On-air staff===

[edit] Current on-air staff


  • Mark Austin - weekday mornings "Good Morning San Antonio" and noon
  • Charles Gonzales - Saturdays at 5, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 pm
  • Leslie Mouton - weekday mornings "Good Morning San Antonio" and noon
  • Ursula Pari - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 pm
  • Steve Spriester - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 pm
  • Isis Romero - Sundays at 5:30 and 10pm, also a reporter during the week


  • Jessie Degollado - general assignment reporter
  • Jennifer Dodd - general assignment reporter
  • Simon Gutierrez - general assignment reporter
  • Marilyn Moritz - "12 On Your Side" consumer reporter
  • Brian Mylar - general assignment reporter (also fill-in anchor and "Defenders" investigative reporter)
  • Rosenda Rios - general assignment reporter (also "Defenders" investigative reporter)
  • Doug Shupe - general assignment reporter
  • Paul Venema - general assignment reporter)
  • Tim Gerber - general assignment reporter (also fill-in anchor)
  • Steve Roldan - general assignment reporter (also fill-in meteorologist)
  • April Molina - general assignment reporter (also fill-in anchor and "Defenders" investigative reporter)
  • David Sears - general assignment reporter (also fill-in sports anchor)
  • Katrina Webber- general assignment reporter
  • Stephenie Serna- general assignment reporter
  • Eileen Gonzales- general assignment reporter(also fill-in anchor)

KSAT 12 Weather Team

  • Steve Browne - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 pm
  • John Honore (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; Saturdays at 5, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 pm
  • Mike Osterhage - meteorologist; weekday mornings "Good Morning San Antonio" and noon

Sports team

  • Greg Simmons - Sports Director; Monday-Tuesdays at 5, 6 and 10 pm
  • Larry Ramirez - sports anchor; Wednesday-Fridays at noon, Wednesday-Fridays at 6, Saturdays at 5, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 pm

[edit] Former on-air staff

  • Bill Balleza - weekend weatherman and floor cameraman; now with KPRC in Houston
  • Shara Fryer - anchor/reporter; later anchored in Houston at KTRK, now retired
  • Karen Gallagher - anchor
  • Michele Marsh - reporter; later worked in New York City at WCBS-TV and WNBC
  • Michelle Lima - anchor/reporter (deceased)
  • Denise Valdez - anchor/reporter; now with KLAS in Las Vegas
  • Kathy Vara - reporter/anchor; now with KNBC in Los Angeles
  • Bob Salter - anchor

[7] This film, television or video-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it with reliably sourced additions.===[edit] News/station presentation===

[edit] Newscast titles

  • 12 Star Final (10pm, 1957–1973)
  • News Extra (1960s–1970)
  • Channel 12 Report (1970–1973)
  • NewsWatch 12 (1973–1984)
  • KSAT 12 News (1984–present)
  • KSAT 12 News, Nightbeat (1994–present; used for 10 pm newscasts)

[edit] Station slogans

  • San Antonio's NewsChannel (1991-1994)
  • San Antonio's #1 Choice for News (1994-1996)
  • Live. Local. Latebreaking. (1996-present)

[8] This film, television or video-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it with reliably sourced additions.==[edit] References==

  1. ^
  2. ^ CDBS Print
  3. ^ "KSAT Programs". KSAT. KSAT.Com. Retrieved 2010-08-16.

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