KRNV-DT, virtual channel 4, is the NBC–affiliated television station for Western Nevada's Truckee Meadows licensed to Reno. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 7 (virtual channel 4.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter facility shared with KTVN and KOLO-TV on Slide Mountain between SR 431 and I-580 / US 395 / US 395 ALT in Washoe County. The station can also be seen on Charter channel 4 and in high definition on digital channel 784. KRNV-DT is owned by the Intermountain West Communications Company and operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group. KRNV studios are based at 1790 Vassar Street in Reno.

History

The station was founded on September 30, 1962, as KCRL-TV. It aired an analog signal on VHF channel 4 and was the second television station in Northern Nevada. The call letters became KRNV on January 22, 1990. The station has always been an NBC affiliate, although it shared ABC with KOLO-TV until 1967.

It signed on KENV in Elko on March 25, 1997, as a semi-satellite, providing Nevada-based programming to part of the Nevada side of the Salt Lake City, Utah market. The station operated another satellite, KWNV channel 7, in Winnemucca, but this went silent on July 1, 2008.

On December 19, 2006, KRNV began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition, making it the first station in the market to do so[2][3] (although local PBS station KNPB became the first in Northern Nevada to offer digital broadcasts on September 29, 2000).

On September 11, 2010, KRNV debuted public affairs show To The Point with Anjeanette Damon. Damon's first guest was Republican Gubernatorial nominee (now Governor) Brian Sandoval. The main guest on her second show was Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Rory Reid. To The Point with Anjeanette Damon airs Saturdays at 4:30 pm. On November 6, 2010 To The Point with Anjeanette Damon debuted Nevada statewide broadcast, airing on KRNV, KENV and KSNV[4] until the show finale on November 9, 2013.[5]

On November 22, 2013, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced the acquisition of KRNV's non-license assets, for $26 million. Sinclair already owned KRXI-TV and operated KAME-TV in Reno.[6] On December 19, it was announced that Cunningham Broadcasting will acquire the license assets of KRNV and KENV for $6.5 million.[7][8] Sinclair could not buy KRNV-DT outright because Reno has only six full-power stations--three too few to legally permit a duopoly. When the sale closes, Sinclair will control half of those stations. It will also create a situation in which a Fox affiliate is the nominal senior partner in a duopoly involving an NBC affiliate and a "Big Three" station.

KRNV became the second station in the country to do regularly scheduled Monday through Friday daily web-only newscasts powered by Google's G+ Hangouts on January 25, 2012.[9] The webcast started at 11:00 am Pacific Time and incorporated people in a news-talk format from all around the world.[10][2] An on-air show featuring Google+ at 11:00 am debuted September 24, 2012, under the name News 4 Forum. The first News 4 Forum featured Steve Grove, Head of Community Development at Google+.[2] President Barack Obama did his second Google+ hangout on the News 4 Forum on the 2012 United States presidential election.[2]

Digital television

Digital channels

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming[2]
4.11080i16:9KRNV-HDMain KRNV-DT programming / NBC
4.2480i4:3This-TVThis TV

Analog-to-digital conversion

KRNV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 7.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 4.

Programming

Outside of the NBC network schedule, syndicated programs featured on KRNV-DT include The Doctors, Dr. Phil, Judge Judy, Entertainment Tonight and The Insider.

News operation

KRNV produces the only hour-long 6:00 p.m. newscast on weeknights in the Reno area. As a result, KRNV airs NBC Nightly News at 5:30 p.m. KTVN and KOLO-TV air national newscasts at 6:00 p.m. On April 2, 2012, KRNV became the first station to offer the 4:00 p.m. newscast on the market.[2] Other newscasts include a two-hour long News 4 Today that runs from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and News 4 at 5:00 and 11:00 p.m.

KRNV partners with Sam Shad Productions to air Nevada NewsMakers, a show similar to Meet the Press, Monday through Thursday at noon.[2] The company also produces The Dining Show which airs on Fridays at noon.[2]

KRNV became the first station in recent history to produce a local "Coaches-Style" sports show on television featuring University of Nevada Wolf Pack sports.[2][2] Wolf Pack All Access debuted Sunday, September 9, 2012, after Sunday Night Football[3]

Notable current on-air staff

  • Steve Handelsman – national political correspondent for NBC News' Washington D.C. Bureau (1984–present)
  • Mark Hyman – national political commentator for Sinclair Broadcast Group's Behind the Headlines (2013–present)

Notable former on-air staff