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KVVU

KVVU-TV

KVVU-TV is a Fox-affiliated television station serving the Las Vegas, Nevada market. It is owned and operated by Meredith Corporation. It transmits its analog signal on VHF channel 5, and its digital signal on VHF channel 9. The station's studios and transmitter are located in Henderson, its city of license.

History

KVVU went on the air September 10, 1967 as KHBV, Nevada's first independent station; the current call letters were adopted in 1971. It originally broadcast from a converted Flying A gas station along Boulder Highway near Sunset Road, while the offices were housed in a modern office building on Flamingo Road.

KVVU was owned for several years by Johnny Carson, who visited the station fairly often. Under Carson, the station often ran R-rated theatrical films uncut in the late-night/early morning hours. While the afternoon (1pm) and evening (9pm) movie would be always different, the same film would be run uncut in the evening and censored in the afternoon, but not on the same day. The evening movie generally reran at 1am almost every day. Films with questionable content were sometimes prefaced by a pre-recorded warning from Carson.

Meredith Corporation bought the station in 1985. The station's "5" logo for the next twenty years was used on other Meredith-owned Channel 5s, including KPHO-TV, WNEM-TV, KCTV and WTVH. Under Meredith, KVVU is the only Fox station under the same ownership since 2001. The station moved into its present home on Sunset Way in the Green Valley subdivision of Henderson in 1991.

The station announcer Ralph Menard, in the 1970s and 1980s would identify channel 5 with the catch-phrase "Henderson and Laaassss Vegas". (This announcer continued well into the 1990s). In June 1998, the station started "Fox 5 News at 10," the first 10 p.m. newscast in the Las Vegas market. For the first couple of years, the newscast was solo-anchored by Angelica Urquijo. The station did not have a weather anchor or actual sports anchor; the sports segments were pre-recorded with voice over work done by Boxing analyst Al Bernstein. The station added a morning newscast a year later.

In June 2006, the station's website was redesigned (along with those of four of Meredith Corporation's other stations). The old website was operated by the Local Media Network division of World Now. Internet Broadcasting currently operates the site.

On September 12 2006, the station launched a lifestyle magazine show called "MORE". The one hour show is live from the Fox 5 studios in Henderson. The TV show "MORE" targets women 25-49 offering them stories about Las Vegas fashion, food, and family fun. "MORE" was originated at Fox 5's sister-station, KPTV in Portland, Oregon. "MORE" is also the name of one of Meredith's top magazines for women in their 40's.

On September 10 2007 KVVU-TV added "Fox 5 News at 5pm", an hour-long newscast anchored by John Huck and Shelley Bruner, expanding the station's daily news production to 6 hours during the weekdays. KVVU-TV is now home to the only local newscast at 5:30pm.

On-air personalities

Anchors

  • John Huck - FOX 5 News @ 5, FOX 5 News @ 5:30, FOX 5 News @ 10 & FOX 5 News @ 11
  • Shelley Bruner - FOX 5 News @ 5, FOX 5 News @ 5:30, FOX 5 News @ 10 & FOX 5 News @ 11
  • Heidi Hayes - FOX 5 News This Morning
  • Dave Hall - FOX 5 News This Morning
  • Jason Feinberg - FOX 5 News Live in Las Vegas!, MORE
  • Monica Jackson - FOX 5 News Live in Las Vegas!, MORE
  • Rachel Smith - MORE
  • Lorraine Blanco - FOX 5 News @ 10 Weekends Anchor/Reporter

Reporters

  • Quyen Chung
  • Bob DeNinnis
  • Mike Doria
  • Stefanie Jay
  • Jon Castagnino

Weather

  • Darren Peck, Chief Meteorologist
  • Ted Pretty, Morning Meteorologist
  • Les Krifaton, Weekend Forecaster/Reporter

Sports

  • Kevin Bolinger - Weekdays
  • Claudine Grant - Weekends

Newscasts

  • Weekdays:
  • FOX 5 News This Morning: 5-7 AM
  • FOX 5 News: Live In Las Vegas: 7-9 AM
  • MORE: 9-10 AM
  • FOX 5 News @ 5: 5-5:30 PM
  • FOX 5 News @ 5:30: 5:30-6 PM
  • FOX 5 News @ 10: 10-11 PM
  • FOX 5 News @ 11: 11-11:30 PM
  • Weekends:
  • FOX 5 News @ 10: 10-11 PM

Newscast history

  • June 1, 1998: FOX 5 News @ 10 debuts as a 30-minute newscast
  • July 1999: FOX 5 News This Morning debuts
  • June 2002: The station added a weekend 10 PM newscast
  • Fall 2003(?): FOX 5 News @ 10 expands to 1 hour
  • September 12, 2006: MORE debuts
  • September 10, 2007: FOX 5 News @ 5 & 5:30 debut
  • August 4, 2008: FOX 5 News @ 11 debuts

Past news personalities

  • Richelle Carey, Morning Anchor (now at CNN Headline News)
  • Angelica Urquijo, 10 p.m. Anchor (1998-2001) (now Public Relations Specialist for United Teachers Los Angeles)
  • John Overall,10 p.m. Anchor (2001-04) (now Weekend anchor at KVOA-TV 4 Tucson, AZ)
  • Cher Calvin, Morning Anchor (now Morning anchor at KTLA-TV Los Angeles)
  • Fiona Gorostiza, Weekend anchor/Weekday reporter (now at KMIR-TV in Palm Springs, CA)
  • Darryl Hood, Morning/Midday Anchor, 1998-2002 (now Anchor/Reporter at WPTY-TV 24 Memphis, TN)
  • Christine Mahoney, Morning/Midday Anchor/Reporter (1998-2002)
  • Anne Yeager,Reporter, (Now Reporter KGW-TV Portland, Oregon)
  • Greg Ricks, Morning anchor (2002-03)
  • Dan Burns, Reporter (2001-03)
  • Teresa Yuan, Reporter (2005-08)(now at KGW-TV in Portland,Or)
  • Shaliz Koleini, Reporter
  • Collen McCarty,Reporter (now Investgative reporter at KLAS-TV)
  • Renee Murcia, Morning Anchor
  • Ryan Schulties,Reporter (now reporter at WHDH-TV 7 Boston, Ma)
  • Ann Rubin, Reporter (1999-2003) (now reporter at KSDK-TV 5 St. Louis, Mo)
  • Jerry Brown, Weekend Weather Forecaster (Currently at KVBC 3 in Las Vegas, NV)
  • Al Bernstein, Sports anchor (1998-2002) (Currently Showtime Boxing analyst)

Past non-news personalities

  • Dr. Ken Landow M.D., Host, What's Up Doc?/Medicine Week in Review Minute (1980s-2001)
  • Ralph Menard, KVVU-TV announcer (Late 1970s-2001) (Deceased)
  • Jack London, Host, On Camera With Jack London (1981-2002)
  • Deborah Champbell, Host, AM Southern Nevada (Original Host)
  • Lillian McMorris, Host, AM Southern Nevada (Mid 90s-2002)
  • "Vegas Vampire" AKA Jim Parker, Shock Theater (Mid 60s-70s)

Mascot

The station previously (roughly from 1990 to 2002) used a mascot named "Rusty the Fox", apparently named after the station's (then) General Manager Rusty Durante and the station's affiliation with the Fox network. The mascot, an anthropomorphic fox (a person in a fox costume), was used for announcements for family-oriented information, the block of children's programming called "Fox 5 Kids Club", and public appearances. The mascot's disuse appears to be linked to Durante's departure from KVVU management.

Repeater stations

KVVU is rebroadcast on the following low power stations:

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