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KOMU-TV 8 Recruits On-Air Talent from Students
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KOMU 8 (NBC) 1974 - 2008
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BBC Round table with KOMU-TV about Google Plus Hangouts On-Air
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+Mike Downes presents U News from Kenilworth Castle KOMU TV Sarah Hill
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Mihir Bhagat KOMU-TV 8 "Ole Miss Archie Manning 18 MPH"
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KOMU-TV Behind the Scenes of the news. Come say hello
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Mihir Bhagat KOMU-TV "Sports Anchoring November 28"
Mihir Bhagat KOMU-TV "Sports Anchoring November 28"
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Clayton Conness KOMU-TV 8 "Sports Anchoring March 19, 2014"
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Cougar Basketball Highlights Mid February 2012 - KOMU TV 8
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EMMY 2012 | Cat. 59, Interactivity | KOMU-TV
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Mihir Bhagat KOMU-TV "March 15 Sports Anchoring"
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Share your Memories of Donna Summer: Dead at 63. KOMU-TV now live
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Limb Differences, Skechers Shape-Ups Refunds & Jayhawk License Plates. KOMU-TV now Live. Come say hi
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The Martins - Cold Lonely Night - KOMU TV
The Martins - Cold Lonely Night - KOMU TV
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Mihir Bhagat KOMU-TV 8 "Justin Britt
Mihir Bhagat KOMU-TV 8 "Justin Britt's Daughter"
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Mihir Bhagat KOMU-TV 8 "March 8 Sports Anchoring"
Mihir Bhagat KOMU-TV 8 "March 8 Sports Anchoring"
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Kempton presents U_News@4 for Sarah Hill of KOMU-TV from Calgary, Canada
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Mihir Bhagat KOMU-TV 8 "March 1 Sports Anchoring"
Mihir Bhagat KOMU-TV 8 "March 1 Sports Anchoring"
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Interview with Sarah Hill - KOMU-TV Hangouts, interactive U_News@4
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KOMU-TV
KOMUHD LOGO.png

Komu dt3 cw.PNG
Columbia/Jefferson City, Missouri
Branding KOMU 8 (general)
KOMU 8 News
Mid-Missouri's CW
(on DT3)
Slogan Coverage You
Can Count On
Channels Digital: 8 (VHF)
Subchannels 8.1 NBC
8.3 The CW
Affiliations NBC (1953-1981 and since 1985)
Owner University of Missouri
(The Curators of the University of Missouri)
First air date December 21, 1953
Call letters' meaning MizzoU (nickname
of owner)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
8 (VHF, 1953-2009)
7 K07SD Rolla
Digital:
36 (UHF, 2002-2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
ABC (1982-1985)
Secondary:
ABC (1953-1971)
CBS (1953-1955)
DuMont (1953-1955)
Transmitter power 13.6 kW
Height 242 m
Facility ID 65583
Transmitter coordinates 38°53′17″N 92°15′48″W / 38.88806°N 92.26333°W / 38.88806; -92.26333
Website komu.com

KOMU-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station for Mid-Missouri licensed to Columbia. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 8 from a transmitter at studios on US 63 southeast of downtown. The station can also be seen on Mediacom, Suddenlink, and Charter channel 7 as well as CenturyLink channel 8.

Owned by the University of Missouri and operated by the Missouri School of Journalism, KOMU is one of only two commercial television stations in the United States to be owned by a public institution, the other being WVUA-CA, owned and operated by the University of Alabama.

Syndicated programming on the station includes: Wheel of Fortune, Grace Under Fire, Dr. Phil, and Rachael Ray.

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
8.1 1080i 16:9 KOMU-DT Main KOMU-TV programming / NBC
8.3 720p KOMU-CW Mid-Missouri's CW

History[edit]

KOMU's studios, designed by Jamieson and Spearl, on US 63 south of Columbia.

KOMU was the brainchild of longtime University of Missouri journalism professor Edward C. Lambert, who wanted to give journalism students a hands-on experience by working at a full-fledged commercial station. It began airing an analog signal on VHF channel 8 December 21, 1953 and carried programming from all four major networks at the time, but was a primary NBC affiliate. It lost CBS in 1955 when KRCG signed-on from Jefferson City. The two shared ABC until 1971 when KCBJ-TV (now KMIZ) launched. From January 22 through April 23, 1955, KOMU temporarily originated a live prime time ABC network show, Ozark Jubilee.

In 1982, ABC moved its affiliation to the station, since the network was the highest-rated at the time and wanted a stronger outlet. By 1985, however, NBC had regained the ratings lead. Accordingly, KOMU rejoined NBC on New Year's Day 1986. In 2002, KOMU took over operation of cable TV-only WB affiliate "KJWB" as part of The WB 100+. KMIZ had previously operated it, but relinquished control over it to KOMU after its parent company went bankrupt. This service was known on-air as "Mid-Missouri's WB 5" after its cable channel location and, as a result, had a fictional callsign (as did most cable-only WB affiliates).

In 2002, KOMU won the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for maintaining its longstanding policy banning political symbols on-air. The station had come under considerable government and popular pressure to allow its anchors and reporters to wear American flag lapels on-air in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. In December 2005, the station added NBC Weather Plus to a new second digital subchannel and live streaming video on its website. This was added to Mediacom digital systems on January 12, 2007. After the national service shut down on December 1, 2008, it was replaced with Universal Sports but was not added to other digital cable systems. In 2011, Universal Sports was dropped from subchannel 8.2.[1]

It was announced on April 12, 2006 that "KJWB" would become part of The CW and be added as a new third digital subchannel of KOMU to offer non-cable viewers access to the new network. "KJWB" joined The CW at the network's launch on September 18 and began to use the KOMU-DT3 call sign in an official manner. As a result, the station became the first and only educational institution-owned channel in the United States to affiliate with that network. Since KMIZ operated the area's cable-exclusive UPN station, this joined the other new network known as MyNetworkTV that was created to compete against The CW. KOMU's broadcasts became digital-only effective June 12, 2009. It moved the digital signal from pre-transition UHF channel 36 to its former analog assignment.

Carriage controversies[edit]

2011 Mediacom dispute[edit]

On January 3, 2011 KOMU was removed from the channel lineup of Mediacom, the main cable provider for most of Mid-Missouri, after talks to negotiate a new retransmission consent broke down, the previous carriage agreement with Mediacom was supposed to expire two days earlier, but KOMU and Mediacom agreed to extend their carriage agreement through midnight on January 3.[2] Mediacom replaced KOMU and its digital subchannels with three cable channels: Turner Classic Movies replaced KOMU on channels 7 and 707; Starz Kids and Family replaced Mid-Missouri CW on channel 5; and The Hub replaced Universal Sports on channel 101.[3] On January 7, 2011, Mediacom brought KOMU and its subchannels back on their respective channel slots after the company and KOMU reached a new carriage agreement.[4]

News operation[edit]

News open weeknights at 5 p.m.

Originally, MU School of Journalism students served as KOMU interns providing behind-the-scenes assistance with production and direction. However, since 1970, most of the station's reporters and photographers have been a rotating array of undergraduate and/or graduate students seen by week and portions of the semesters. In addition, weekend and substitute anchors as well as many producers are students. However, like other commercial outlets, the station does employ paid professional staff serving as managers, engineers, and sales representatives. The editors and main on-air anchors, as well as most of the producers, are actually School of Journalism faculty members. Due to the large number of unpaid interns, KOMU has a significantly larger news staff than conventional wisdom would suggest for a station in the 137th market.

It has historically been the dominant station in Mid-Missouri for most of its history according to Nielsen ratings. In the late 2006 sweeps, however, KOMU lost the lead at 10 p.m. to KRCG—the first time in memory that KOMU had lost any timeslot. However, it still remains a solid runner-up at 10, and leads all other timeslots. Today, KOMU airs local news for 4½ hours on weekdays and 2½ hours on weekends; unlike most NBC affiliates, there is no early evening newscast on Sundays. Unusual for its market size, KOMU begins its weekday morning show at 4:30 reflecting a recent trend of television stations airing a pre-5 a.m. broadcast (most stations ranked #75 and above in the Nielsen rank usually air morning newscasts at 5:30 or 6 in the morning). KOMU is the only station in the area that does this.

On August 8, 2008, the station became first in the market to offer local newscasts in high definition making Mid-Missouri the third-smallest DMA in the country to feature local broadcasts in HD.[5][6] On April 23, 2009, KOMU debuted a new set specifically designed for high definition television. Suddenlink and Charter currently do not offer this station's high definition feed resulting in reduced access to view HD newscasts. Starting July 5, 2010, the station began producing three newscasts for its CW-affiliated third digital subchannel. This includes KOMU 8 News at 9 on The CW every night for a half-hour.[7] The prime time show competes with the KMIZ-produced show on Fox affiliate KQFX-LD.

On September 12, 2011, KOMU started a new weekday 4 p.m. newscast, which replaced The Oprah Winfrey Show; U_News@4#Sarah Hill, featured news, events and local weather, and gave viewers a chance to share their opinions on news stories through social media outlets. The award winning Sarah Hill anchors the hour-long newscast.[8] On January 9, 2012, U_News moved to 11 a.m. and was shortened to a half-hour.[9] On April 23, 2012, the program will be reformatted as a traditional newscast and be moved once again to noon (the U_News title will also be dropped from the newscast); social media involvement in the newscast will continue to be included, though in a downscaled form.[10][11]

Like all CW Plus stations in the Central Time Zone, KOMU-DT3 also offers the nationally syndicated morning show The Daily Buzz on weekdays from 5 to 8 a.m. KOMU operates its own weather radar, known as "Live Doppler 8 First Alert Radar", next to its studios. KOMU's website features a live streaming video feed of all newscasts.

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • KOMU-TV News (1953–1964)
  • The News Camera (1964–1971)
  • News Eight Reports (1971–1974)
  • NewsCenter 8 (1974–1997)
  • NBC 8 News (1997–2002)
  • KOMU News (2002–2008)
  • KOMU 8 News (2008–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Channel 8, Let's All Be There" (1984–1986; local version of NBC ad campaign)
  • "Come Home To Channel 8" (1986–1987; local version of NBC ad campaign)
  • "Come On Home To Channel 8" (1987–1988; local version of NBC ad campaign)
  • "Come Home To The Best, Only On Channel 8" (1988–1990; local version of NBC ad campaign)
  • "Channel 8, The Place To Be!" (1990–1991; local version of NBC ad campaign)
  • "Your News for the '90s" (1991–1995)
  • "Mid-Missouri's News Team" (1995–2002)
  • "Coverage You Can Count On" (2002–present)
  • "Improve Your View" (2006–2008, secondary)

Newscast music[edit]

  • "KOMU 1975 News Theme" (1975–1978)
  • "Home Country" by Mayoham Music (1978–1980)
  • "KOMU 1980 News Theme" (1980–1986)
  • "You've Got A Friend Mid-Missouri" (1982–1985)
  • "Cool Hand Luke: The Tar Sequence" by Lalo Schifrin (1986–1988)
  • "KOMU 1988 News Theme" (1988–1990)
  • "KOMU 1990 News Theme" (1990–1991)
  • "The Great News Package" by Gari Communications, Inc. (1991–1998)
  • "The NBC Collection" by Gari Communications, Inc. (1998–2009)
  • "The Tower" by 615 Music (2009–present)

Franchises[edit]

  • 8 Goes Green
  • 8 On Your Side (Jim Riek)
  • Blumberg Off the Bench (Eric Blumberg)
  • Coverage From Callaway (Megan Murphy)
  • Friday Night Fever (KOMU Sports)
  • Sarah's Stories (Sarah Hill)
  • Stretching Your Dollar (Angie Bailey)
  • Target 8
  • Your View

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

Anchors

  • Angie Bailey - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 9:00 (KOMU-DT3) and 10:00 p.m.
  • Emily Spain - weekday mornings (5 - 7:00 a.m.)
  • Megan Judy - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
  • Jim Riek - weeknights at 6:00, 9:00 (KOMU-DT3) and 10:00 p.m.
  • TBD - weekdays at noon
  • TBD - Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:00 and weekends at 9:00 (KOMU-DT3) and 10:00 p.m.

Live Doppler 8 First Alert Weather

  • Dave Schmidt - chief weathercaster; Mondays-Thursdays at 6:00, 9:00 (KOMU-DT3) and 10:00 and Fridays at noon and 5:00 p.m.
  • Eric Aldrich (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
  • Rosie Newberry - weathercaster; Mondays-Thursdays at noon and 5:00 and Fridays at 6:00, 9:00 (KOMU-DT3) and 10:00 p.m.
  • TBD - Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:00 and weekends at 9:00 (KOMU-DT3) and 10:00 p.m.

Sports team

  • Chris Gervino - sports director; Mondays-Thursdays at 6:00, 9:00 (KOMU-DT3) and 10:00 p.m.; also host of KOMU 8 Sports Show
  • TBD - Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:00 and weekends at 9:00 (KOMU-DT3) and 10:00 p.m.

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ KOMU TV Listings
  2. ^ Justin Willett. "KOMU, Mediacom agree to extend deadline for deal", Columbia Daily Tribune, January 2, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2011 from HighBeam Research.
  3. ^ "Movie channel fills KOMU's old spot", Columbia Daily Tribune, January 6, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2011 from HighBeam Research.
  4. ^ Andrew Denney. "KOMU returns to Mediacom lineup", Columbia Daily Tribune, January 7, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2011 from HighBeam Research.
  5. ^ "KOMU-TV to go HD"
  6. ^ "KOMU-TV Lanches HD With Revised Graphics"
  7. ^ http://www.tvnewscheck.com/articles/2010/06/22/daily.11/
  8. ^ KOMU To Debut New Interactive Newscast, TVNewsCheck, May 2, 2011.
  9. ^ Missouri station moving interactive newscast, NewscastStudio, December 23, 2011.
  10. ^ KOMU Scales Back Interactivity on Google+ Newscast, TVSpy, April 11, 2012., Newscast Studio, April 11, 2012.
  11. ^ KOMU Ending Interactive Newscast, Newscast Studio, April 11, 2012.

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