digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















KCRG-TV Logo.png

KCRG-DT2 Logo.png
Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-
Iowa City-Dubuque, Iowa
United States
City of license Cedar Rapids, IA
Branding KCRG-TV 9 (general)
KCRG-TV 9 News (newscasts)
Slogan Your 24-Hour News (and Weather) Source
Channels Digital: 9 (VHF)
Subchannels 9.1 ABC
9.2 MNTV
9.3 Antenna TV
Affiliations ABC
Owner Gray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air date October 15, 1953
Call letters' meaning K-Cedar

(sister newspaper)
Former callsigns Analog:
KCRI-TV (1953–1954)
KCRG-TV (1954–2009)
KCRG-DT (2003–2009)
Former channel number(s) 9 (UHF analog, 1953–2009)
52 (UHF digital, 2003–2009)
Transmitter power 18 kW
Height 607 m
Facility ID 9719
Transmitter coordinates 42°18′58.4″N 91°51′31.1″W / 42.316222°N 91.858639°W / 42.316222; -91.858639
Website www.kcrg.com/

KCRG-TV, channel 9, is a television station, operating as the ABC affiliate for the Cedar Rapids, Iowa metropolitan area, and the nearby cities of Waterloo, Iowa City and Dubuque. The station is owned by Gray Television.

The station broadcasts on VHF digital channel 9, and is the primary ABC for the northeast quarter of Iowa. The station's studios are located on 2nd Avenue Southeast in Cedar Rapids and its transmitter is located in Walker, Iowa.

Digital Television[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming [1]
9.1 720p 16:9 KCRG-D1 Main KCRG programming / ABC
9.2 480i KCRG-D2 MyNetworkTV
9.3 KCRG-D3 Antenna TV

KCRG has a digital subchannel called "KCRG 9.2" at channel 9.2, which originally aired a wheel schedule of local news, weather and features. The remainder of the screen had a news ticker, current weather conditions, rotating weather images and program listings. Over time, syndicated and locally produced programs were added, culminating in the addition of MyNetworkTV to the subchannel's in October 2011, one month after KWKB dropped the service and became a sole CW affiliate. However, MyNetworkTV's programming runs as a late night offering on 9.2, airing from 12:05–2:05 a.m., five hours later than its usual primetime running time. Subchannel 9.2 is also used to air ABC network programming pre-empted on the main signal for breaking news coverage; a prime example was during the Great Iowa Flood of June 2008, when 9.2 carried ABC's coverage of the NBA Finals while 9.1 devoted full coverage of the disaster.

The schedule of 9.2 prominently features live and taped local sports coverage, including regular season and state championship coverage of volleyball, wrestling, soccer, baseball, football, and basketball (the latter two sports are broadcast on Friday evenings). Also featured are coverage of the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL hockey), Cedar Rapids Kernels (Midwest League baseball), and University of Northern Iowa athletics. Ancillary sports programming includes the discussion show On Iowa Live and the Zach Johnson Foundation pro-am golf tournament.

In late August 2011, KCRG added a third subchannel, 9.3, branded "WXNow" and featuring local forecasts and looping conditions originated locally from station weather computers. On October 1, 2013, the WXNow loop was moved to an online-only streaming channel on the station's website and replaced on 9.3 by the lifestyle-oriented Live Well Network. With Live Well slated to discontinue programming in January 2015,[2] subchannel 9.3 joined Antenna TV that month, taking over the network's Eastern Iowa affiliation from KWKB (subchannel 20.2).[3]

Analog-to-digital transition[edit]

KCRG's broadcasts became digital-only, effective June 12, 2009. The station had attempted to convert on February 17, 2009 with the majority of other Cedar Rapids stations, but the FCC requested they maintain one analog commercial network signal for the market for the remaining four months. Upon KCRG-TV's digital transition completion in June 2009, the "KCRG-TV" callsign was legally transferred from the now-defunct analog channel 9 to the new digital channel 9 with the "KCRG-DT" callsign being permanently discontinued.


During the late 1940s, the Cedar Rapids Gazette, previous owners of KCRG-AM 1600, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for a TV station license. At the time, the FCC had a backlog of over 200 applications, and had decided not to proceed with action on further applications until the backlogged requests could be filled.

After the backlog was taken care of, many applications were filed for licenses. The Gazette Company didn't want to compete for a license, and decided to withdraw the initial application. It joined with a number of other investors as Cedar Rapids Television Company (CRTV), which was granted a license for channel 9. The station signed on October 15, 1953.

Initially, the station was known as KCRI because the other investors didn't want to have the new television station so closely identified with the Gazette. The radio station also took the KCRI calls because one of the television station's managers suggested that every mention of "KCRG" on air was a promotion for the newspaper—one for which the Gazette would have to pay each time. After about a year of operation, the Gazette bought out the remaining investors in CRTV and the station was renamed KCRG-TV in 1954.

KCRG news logo used from 1992-2011 (modified in 2002); the "9" in the logo has been in use since 1989.

Since that time the station has remained under the ownership of Gazette Communications, which was renamed the SourceMedia Group in mid-2010. After the 1996 sale of WHO-TV in Des Moines, KCRG-TV was the only locally owned and operated television station left in Iowa. KCRG started broadcasting in high definition television in January 2003. The station also had the first news helicopter in Iowa, "NewsCopter 9". In September 2015, Atlanta, Georgia based Gray Television and Gazette Communications announced they had an agreement where Gray Television would buy KCRG-TV for $100 million, with the transfer taking place on October 1.[4][5] The sale was completed on November 1.[6]


KCRG airs the entire ABC network schedule in pattern, though America This Morning airs at 4 a.m. due to the 4:30 a.m. start of their newscasts. Syndicated programs on KCRG includes Live! with Kelly and Michael, The Big Bang Theory, The Dr. Oz Show, Steve Harvey, and Rachael Ray.

The station also produces PowerHouse TV, a program about energy efficiency and safety, for local utility Alliant Energy, which airs on KCRG and stations throughout Alliant's service area in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and small portions of Illinois and Missouri.[7]

News operation[edit]

Currently, KCRG-TV broadcasts a total of 31 hours of local newscasts each week (with 5 hours on weekdays, three hours on Saturdays, and three hours on Sundays). In addition to its main newsroom at its Cedar Rapids studios, the station also operates satellite newsrooms in Iowa City and Dubuque.

KCRG-TV has the distinction of being one of only four remaining broadcast television stations in the United States currently utilizing the "24 Hour News Source" format, which it began using in 1990—the only other stations still using the format, As of November 2014, are NBC affiliate WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan and CW affiliate WISH-TV in Indianapolis.

Dave Franzman has been with the station since the 1970s, while Bruce Aune started anchoring at KCRG in 1986. Meteorologist Denny Frary was the station's longest-running on-air personality, working on KCRG from 1974 until he retired on November 17, 2006. Upon Frary's retirement, several pieces aired with friends and associates sharing a few words on Frary, and a roast ceremony was held the night prior to his retirement. Sports Director John Campbell had also been with the station since the 1970s. Campbell officially retired as Sports Director in 2012, however can still be heard and seen from time to time as he continues to report for the station.

On January 3, 2011, KCRG-TV expanded its weekday morning newscast by one half-hour, moving it to 4:30 a.m., creating a 2½ hour block of news each weekday morning.[8]

On January 21, 2012, KCRG-TV became the second station in the Cedar Rapids market to broadcast its newscasts in high definition. The switch to HD came with brand-new logo, graphics, news set and a new 113-inch interactive touch screen that will be used for weather and other interactive storytelling. It is the largest interactive touch screen of its kind in the U.S.A. and third largest in the world.[9]

Notable former on-air staff[edit]


  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KCRG
  2. ^ "ABC to Discontinue Live Well Network," from Broadcasting & Cable, 6/9/2014
  3. ^ "KCRG Cedar Rapids To Launch Antenna TV," from TVNewsCheck, 12/3/2014
  4. ^ http://gray.tv/index.php?page=press-releases&releaseid=2084226
  5. ^ "KCRG-TV9 sold to Gray Television", KCRG.com (Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Gazette Communications), September 1, 2015, retrieved September 1, 2015 
  6. ^ Consummation Notice CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  7. ^ http://powerhousetv.com/GetShowInfo/index.htm
  8. ^ KCRG Sets Alarm Clock for 4:30 A.M., TVNewsCheck.com, December 22, 2010.
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ http://www.fouroaks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=news.list
  • History Article from the KCRG web site. Date Accessed: July 29, 2005. Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Cedar Rapids Television Company.
  • Stein, Jeff, Making Waves: The People and Places of Iowa Broadcasting (ISBN 0-9718323-1-5). Cedar Rapids, Iowa: WDG Communications, 2004.

External links[edit]

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KCRG-TV — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.

16729 news items


Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:30:00 -0800

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Nicole Agee and Kaj O'Mara said their goodbyes to Ashley Hinson on the KCRG-TV9 Morning News on Wednesday. The trio have been together for six years, working on the two-and-a-half hour morning show and hourlong midday ...


Wed, 18 Nov 2015 07:58:47 -0800

MARENGO, Iowa — About two dozen volunteers spent Wednesday morning cleaning up the debris left over after a strong wind damaged several buildings in town. Marengo police said the damage came from a strong gust of wind shortly after 2 a.m. which ...


Sun, 22 Nov 2015 19:50:24 -0800

Leaders with Alliant reviewed the 2011 and stressed to KCRG-TV 9 for this report they had “several issues” with the EIP analysis, such as incorrect math and inconsistencies with the group's collection methods. Alliant said it works closely with the ...


Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:37:30 -0800

Police surround the entrance to the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville after an apparent shooting on Friday, June 12, 2015. (KC McGinnis/The Gazette). By Mark Carlson, KCRG-TV9. November 24, 2015 | 11:32 am. IOWA CITY, Iowa — Recently unsealed search ...


Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:42:29 -0800

MARQUETTE, Iowa — After enduring a 25-year deal that has cost a Clayton County non-profit millions through the years, the Lady Luck Casino and the casino's license holder have reached a new deal that will bring in more money. Sindee Gohde, executive ...


Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:08:47 -0800

A low pressure system is quickly moving our direction from the northwest and into Iowa by Friday. This system will likely impact eastern Iowa in the afternoon hours Friday and overnight. The heaviest snowfall will likely occur into the evening hours ...


Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:15:00 -0800

CORALVILLE – Dozens lined up outside of Best Buy at the Coral Ridge Mall on Thanksgiving Day, in an effort to snag early Black Friday deals. For some shoppers, this marked their first Black Friday experience. “We saw the great deal in Best Buy about ...


Wed, 18 Nov 2015 11:30:00 -0800

SWISHER, Iowa — The mayor of Swisher says he has directed city staff to continue welcoming all refugees, regardless of their national origin or refugee status. Mayor Christopher Taylor issued a proclamation Tuesday in response to Governor Terry ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight