As of January 2018[update], KSWO-TV presently broadcasts 26½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 4½ hours each weekday and two hours each on Saturdays and Sundays). From 1967 to 1970 and again since 1977, KSWO-TV has used some form of the Circle 7 logo used by many ABC owned-and-operated and affiliated stations that broadcast on channel 7. Channel 7 was the first television station in the area to have its own on-site weather radar (which was originally displayed in black and white as the station had not yet acquired color broadcasting equipment nor did colorizing techniques for radar displays exist at the time) in the late 1950s or early 1960s, had introduced the market's first color radar in 1976 (branded as "Accu-scan 7"), and introduced the area's first Doppler weather radar in 1984 (more than ten years ahead of the installations of such a system by arch-rivals KFDX and KAUZ). The two stations began simulcasting local news for the first time on January 6, 2018, when KSWO and KAUZ consolidated production of their respective half-hour weekend 8:00 a.m. newscasts into a single program, under the unified title Texoma Weekend Morning News, that is simulcast on both stations and utilizes KSWO's existing weekend morning news staff (KSWO maintains a separate 6:30 a.m. newscast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, which carries the same title). Kristen Ward joined the 7News team in August of 2018 as the weekend news anchor and reporter after she and her husband wanted to be closer to family. The station signed off on a nightly basis until September 1997, when KSWO-TV converted to a 24-hour programming schedule, filling its former downtime with station-scheduled syndicated programming and infomercials on Friday/early Saturdays and Saturday/early Sundays and ABC's overnight newscast, World News Now, during the rest of the week. On July 30, 2011, KSWO-DT3 converted into an affiliate of the Live Well Network, a lifestyle-oriented multicast service owned by Disney-ABC Television Group (the channel was relegated to a live stream on the station's website and mobile app before being discontinued in 2015). Outside of those assumed by Drewry under the agreement, KAUZ's operations remained largely autonomous from KSWO; both stations maintain separate studio facilities (KAUZ continues to operate from its longtime facility on Seymour Highway in Wichita Falls, more than a one-hour drive from the KSWO building in Lawton), news departments and non-management staff. ) The sale was approved on December 20, and was completed on January 2, 2019.. On cable and satellite, KSWO-DT3 is available on Fidelity Communications basic channel 5 in Lawton, and Charter Spectrum digital channel 1240 in Wichita Falls.  Through its ownership by Drewry, KSWO-TV had been one of the few television stations in the country not owned by a major network that has had the same callsign, owner and primary network affiliation throughout its history; it was also the only remaining major television station in the Wichita Falls–Lawton market to be locally owned. The station is owned by Gray Television, which also operates Wichita Falls, Texas-licensed dual CBS/CW+ affiliate KAUZ-TV (channel 6) under a shared services agreement (SSA) with owner American Spirit Media (although KAUZ maintains studio facilities separate from those which house KSWO-TV). Over the years, Ransom Drewry and his family gradually expanded their broadcasting group by acquiring other stations in the northern half of Texas: KFDA-TV in Amarillo (acquired in 1976 through Amarillo Telecasters, a partnership between R.H. Drewry and Ray Herndon, majority owner of KMID-TV in Midland); KXXV-TV in Waco (acquired in 1994); KWES-TV in Midland, Texas and Big Spring satellite KWAB-TV (both acquired in 1991); K60EE (now KTLE-LD) in Odessa (acquired in 2001); KSCM-LP in Bryan (acquired in 2006) and KEYU in Amarillo (acquired in 2009). For the May 2009 ratings period, according to Nielsen Media Research, KSWO's newscasts ranked in first place on weekdays in the morning, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. timeslots.
The transmitter facility was activated on February 28, 1960, which extended channel 7's signal to encompass a much larger area of northwestern Texas and southwestern Oklahoma—bringing stronger reception of ABC network programming to additional areas of the two states for the first time.  Tom Charles, a familiar face to Channel 7 viewers since the early 1960s, officially retired from KSWO-TV after 45 years of service on December 31, 2010; Charles served as chief weathercaster/meteorologist from 1964 to 1996 and then as anchor of the 5:30 a.m. newscast and co-anchor of Good Morning Texoma from 2000 to 2010 following a four-year stint as chief meteorologist at CBS affiliate KAUZ-TV. I joined the team at ABC7 in August 2017, moving in from Lawton, Oklahoma, where I worked for another Channel 7, KSWO-TV, for 31 years. ), traveling, and discovering great places to eat that are off the beaten path. Among the three local television news operations in the area, KSWO maintains a ratings stronghold on the Oklahoma side of the Wichita Falls–Lawton market, while KAUZ and KFDX primarily compete for the audience on the Texas side. The cash-and-stock merger transaction valued at $3.6 billion – in which Gray shareholders would acquire preferred stock currently held by Raycom – resulted in KSWO/KAUZ gaining new sister stations in nearby markets: CBS affiliates KXII in Sherman, Texas, KOSA-TV in Odessa–Midland, Texas (with which KAUZ was co-owned from 1988 to 2000), and KWTX-TV in Waco as well as Bryan semi-satellite KBTX-TV. Thanks for taking time to find out a little bit about me! While KSWO and KAUZ would remain jointly operated, the existing joint sales agreement between KSWO and KAUZ would be terminated upon the sale's closure due to an FCC rule implemented that year, which prohibited such agreements by counting the sale of 15% or more of advertising time by one station to a competing junior partner station in the JSA as a duopoly in violation with the agency's ownership rules (the Wichita Falls-Lawton market has only four full-power television stations, four fewer than that allowed to legally form a duopoly, with the remaining stations consisting of low-power outlets). But, after working part-time in a hospital, that dream lost its appeal, and I remembered those days as a kid, sitting in front of the television, doing play-by-play of a football game into a tape recorder, and decided I should give that a try. Wichitex Radio and Television, and Sydney Grayson—the respective owners of NBC affiliate KFDX-TV and CBS affiliate KSYD-TV in Wichita Falls—opposed the application, resulting in Drewry having to convince the FCC that the construction permit needed to approved. In December 1997, Drewry sold KSWO radio, as well as KRHD (1350 AM, now KPNS) and KRHD-FM (102.3 FM, now KKEN at 97.1 FM) in Duncan, to Anadarko-based Monroe-Stephens Broadcasting (majority owned by media executive Stanton M. Nelson) for $425,000; the sale of the radio stations allowed the company to focus its business interests around KSWO-TV and its sister television stations in Central and West Texas. David Bradley - weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.; also news director; Jan Stratton - weeknights at 4 and 5 p.m.; also evening executive producer; former news director (Also Jan is in the Oklahoma Broadcasting Hall of Fame); Dara Jones - weekday mornings on Good Morning Texoma; SkyWarn 7 Weather Team. Meet your 7News Team! In regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the highest local newscast output among the Wichita Falls–Lawton market's broadcast television stations, tied with NBC affiliate KFDX-TV and beating KSWO's CBS-affiliated sister station KAUZ-TV's weekly news total by a half-hour. When she’s not covering news stories, Kristen enjoys trying to keep up with her two young sons, Wyatt and Ryker, and spending time with her husband, Randy who anchors Good Morning Texoma weekdays on 7 News. By the late 1950s, other nearby ABC affiliates (such as KTEN in Ada and KOCO-TV, which had recently relocated to Oklahoma City from Enid) began encroaching the northern and eastern fringes on KSWO's viewing area; however, wide gaps in channel 7's signal coverage existed to the south and west of Wichita Falls—the only primary ABC stations in north and west Texas at the time were Dallas affiliate WFAA-TV, and Amarillo affiliate KVII-TV (Lubbock and Abilene, respectively, did not get their own primary ABC affiliates until KAMC affiliated with the network in 1969, followed by the switch of KTXS-TV to ABC from CBS in 1979). KSWO-TV's studios are located on 60th Street in southeastern Lawton, and its transmitter is located near East 1940 and North 2390 Roads in rural southwestern Tillman County, Oklahoma (near Grandfield). In late May of that year, KSWO broadcast its early morning newscast, Good Morning Texoma, with limited backup electricity; the newscast was conducted virtually in the dark due to electrical outages that had affected the Lawton area after a complex of severe thunderstorms rolled through southern Oklahoma the previous night with areas of damaging straight-line winds. I was born and raised in Oklahoma and went to the University of Oklahoma with an eye on getting a job in the medical field. (Oklahoma Quality Broadcasting, which eventually became Drewry Communications, signed on its second radio station, KRHD — named after his initials — in Duncan six years later in 1947; the KRHD callsign is now used by its ABC-affiliated sister station in Bryan–College Station, Texas.). All rights reserved. The station cited the need to place its digital antenna where the analog transmitter was located for its decision to go forward with the transition on the originally scheduled date, despite a Congressional vote the previous month that pushed back the analog-to-digital cutoff for full-power stations to June 12. Additionally, Kristen is an award-winning shower singer and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is her weakness. The only power available to the studio came from a portable generator located in one of the station's live trucks, which also served as a makeshift studio-transmitter link to relay the signal to the transmitter dish at the Grandfield site. The broadcast was done with one camera, one tape deck and one microphone (which was passed between the anchors). Here’s […] The station carries the network's political/news discussion program This Week on a half-hour delay on Sunday mornings (at 9:30 a.m.), due to its broadcast of the hour-long religious program In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley.. With the affiliation switch, KSWO cancelled the prime time newscast, opting to carry feature films carried on the This TV network feed during that timeslot. Downing – submitted an application to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a construction permit to build and license to operate a broadcast television station in the Wichita Falls–Lawton market that would transmit on VHF channel 7. 1401 SE 60th StreetLawton, OK 73501(580) 355-7000. (The station's SD feed is also carried on channel 7 on other cable systems within the Wichita Falls–Lawton area. She has a degree in Mass Communications from Texas State University. KSWO-TV has several longtime veterans who have been with the station for 20 years or longer. KSWO broadcast Dr. James "Red" Duke's syndicated medical reports to viewers in Texoma throughout much of the 1980s and 1990s. On Monday morning – while desperately thinking for ways to keep viewers entertained between commercials – Lawton’s KSWO 7 ran a brain teaser game called “Mind Mixer.” It’s a gimmicky segment where someone in the studio tries to stump their co-anchors and viewers at home with a riddle or puzzle drawn on a whiteboard.
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