• KIII-TV 3 (general; pronounced "K-Triple I")
  • 3 News (newscasts)
First air date
  • Former incarnation: June 20, 1954 (69 years ago) (1954-06-20)
  • Current incarnation: May 4, 1964 (59 years ago) (1964-05-04)
Last air date
Former incarnation: August 1957 (66 years ago) (1957-08)
Former call signs
KVDO-TV (1954−1957)
Former channel number(s)
Analog: 3 (VHF, 1964–2009)
Call sign meaning
III = Roman numeral 3
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID10188
ERP160 kW
HAAT269 m (883 ft)
Transmitter coordinates27°39′31″N 97°36′5″W / 27.65861°N 97.60139°W / 27.65861; -97.60139
Public license information

KIII (channel 3) is a television station in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States, affiliated with ABC and owned by Tegna Inc. The station's studios are located on South Padre Island Drive (SH 358) in Corpus Christi, and its transmitter is located near Robstown, Texas.



The station was originally launched on June 20, 1954, as KVDO-TV, broadcasting on channel 22 as the Corpus Christi market's first television station.[2] Owned by Coastal Bend Television, KVDO was a primary affiliate of the DuMont network,[3] but carried secondary affiliations with NBC until KRIS-TV took the air in May 1956, CBS until KZTV signed on in September 1956,[4] and ABC.[5] It was one of several television stations across the United States that took part in a 1956 lawsuit to prevent VHF stations from being added in their markets, on the grounds that UHF stations in that era typically suffered financially or even went out of business entirely if they had any VHF competition.[6] The lawsuit was unsuccessful, however, and KRIS and KZTV were both on air as VHF stations by fall 1956.[3] Around the same time as the VHF stations were launched, as well, the DuMont network collapsed.

KVDO carried on as an independent station and was sold to H. J. Schmidt's South Texas Telecasting Company in April 1957.[7] It temporarily suspended broadcast operations in August pending what was announced at the time as a reorganization of its studio layout,[8] but a federal tax lien was filed against the station by the Bureau of Internal Revenue in September.[9] In October the station received FCC approval to stay off the air until January 1958,[10] but by November 1957, the former KVDO studio building (minus equipment) had been sold to KRIS-TV,[11] and the station did not relaunch. Coastal Bend Television, which had built the station, continued to face legal actions over debts incurred in constructing channel 22; in 1959, RCA won a $67,000 judgment against the former owners for equipment payments on which it had defaulted.[12]

Fighting for channel 3

Following the demise of the original KVDO-TV, South Texas Telecasting petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to add a third VHF allocation on channel 3 at Corpus Christi due to KVDO's failure as a UHF station. Other cities also wanted the channel 3 allocation; however, following a lot of struggle, channel 3 was ultimately allocated to Corpus Christi, and hearings to award the channel began in 1961.[13] South Texas Telecasting was one of three applicants for the channel, alongside Nueces Telecasting and the Corpus Christi Caller-Times,[14] but the Caller-Times withdrew its application in 1962 after its owner, Harte-Hanks Newspapers, acquired the San Antonio Express-News.[15]

South Texas Telecasting was awarded channel 3 in December 1962,[16] but Nueces Telecasting then filed a protest alleging that awarding the channel to South Texas Telecasting would violate the FCC's regulations on concentration of media ownership.[17] Nueces withdrew its petition in June 1963 after South Texas Telecasting agreed to pay the company $40,000.[18]


The station relaunched on May 4, 1964, as KIII,[19] a full ABC affiliate.[20]

South Texas Telecasting, which had by this time added Clinton D. McKinnon as its major stockholder and executive vice president but still retained most of its original board of directors, later evolved into McKinnon Broadcasting, who remained the station's owners until 2010.

In 1969, KIII started a satellite in Victoria, Texas, KXIX (channel 19), to bring ABC programming to that area.[21] In 1976, KXIX was sold to local ownership. It now operates as Fox affiliate KVCT.

On April 29, 2010, it was announced that KIII would be acquired by London Broadcasting Company.[22] The sale was closed on August 31.[23] On September 18, 2011, KIII began broadcasting newscasts in high definition.

On May 14, 2014, the Gannett Company announced that it would acquire KIII and five other LBC stations for $215 million. Gannett's CEO Gracia Martore touted that the acquisition would give the company a presence in several fast-growing markets, and opportunities for local advertisers to leverage its digital marketing platform.[24] The company also owns fellow Texas ABC affiliates WFAA and KVUE, which it had acquired in its purchase of Belo Corporation. The sale was completed on July 8.[25] 13 months later, on June 29, 2015, the Gannett Company split in two, with one side specializing in print media and the other side specializing in broadcast and digital media. KIII was retained by the latter company, named Tegna.[26]


KIII carries the entire ABC schedule, with a half-hour delay on Friday late-night programming during the UIL/TAPPS high school football season for an extended newscast with Friday night highlights.

In 2004, KIII, along with sister station KBMT, was one of the 65 ABC affiliated stations who preempted an uninterrupted Veterans Day broadcast of the 1998 movie Saving Private Ryan.[27]

News operation

KIII currently airs 21+12 hours of local news programming each week (with 3+12 hours each weekday and two hours each on Saturdays and Sundays). The station also produces its own high school football highlight show when in season; the program airs on Fridays immediately after the 10 p.m. newscast. The station has been rated #1 consistently, beating its nearest competitor, KRIS, by a significant margin.

Technical information


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KIII[28]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
3.1 720p 16:9 KIII-HD ABC
3.2 480i MeTV MeTV
3.3 4:3 Quest Quest
3.4 16:9 Cozi Cozi TV
3.5 Crime True Crime Network
3.6 NEST The Nest
3.7 ShopLC Shop LC
3.8 4:3 GetTV Get

Analog-to-digital conversion

KIII shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 3, on June 12, 2009, the official date on 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 8,[29] using virtual channel 3.


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KIII". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "KVDO Starts Operations Tomorrow". Corpus Christi Times. June 19, 1954. p. 6. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Around the Dial with Dorothy Stanich". The Corpus Christi Times. May 3, 1964. p. 2E.
  4. ^ "KVDO Gets CBS Cable Service". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. July 15, 1956. p. 13C.
  5. ^ "ABC 'Racket Squad' Sold in Two Languages" (PDF). Billboard. January 19, 1957. p. 9 – via World Radio History.
  6. ^ "Court Is Asked to Keep TV Stations Off Air". Elwood Call-Leader. Associated Press. April 19, 1956. p. 12.
  7. ^ "TV Sale Okayed". The Austin American. Associated Press. April 5, 1957. p. A14.
  8. ^ "KCCT Has New Link Transmitter". The Corpus Christi Times. August 24, 1957. p. 8.
  9. ^ "Federal Tax Lien Filed Against KVDO". The Corpus Christi Times. September 26, 1957. p. 1.
  10. ^ "KVDO-TV Gets Extension of Time Off Air". The Corpus Christi Times. October 16, 1957. p. 18.
  11. ^ "KRIS-TV Starts Operating In New Studio Tomorrow". The Corpus Christi Times. November 14, 1957. p. 6-B.
  12. ^ "Former TV Company Loses Judgment". Corpus Christi Caller. March 31, 1959. p. 14B.
  13. ^ "FCC To Begin Oral Hearings Monday on Channel Three". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. November 12, 1961. p. 13.
  14. ^ "Oilman Is Principal In TV Application". Corpus Christi Times. July 28, 1960. p. 10.
  15. ^ "Caller-Times Will Drop TV Station Application". Corpus Christi Times. April 16, 1962. p. 1.
  16. ^ "FCC Examiner Recommends that KVDO Get Channel 3". The Corpus Christi Times. December 4, 1962.
  17. ^ "Feb. 25:Channel 3 Deadline For Reply Extended". The Corpus Christi Times. February 11, 1963. p. 1-B.
  18. ^ "Channel 3 TV Competitor Withdraws Its Application". Corpus Christi Times. June 28, 1963. p. 1.
  19. ^ FCC History Cards for KIII
  20. ^ "Open House Slated Today At New Station, KIII-TV". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. May 10, 1964. p. 2C.
  21. ^ "ABC Programming Due For Victoria Vicinity". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. September 6, 1969. p. 15A. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  22. ^ Chirinos, Fanny S. (April 29, 2010). "Dallas-based company to buy KIII-TV". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Archived from the original on June 4, 2010.
  23. ^ Chirinos, Fanny S. "Dallas company buys KIII-TV". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Archived from the original on August 14, 2014.
  24. ^ "Gannett Buys 6 London Broadcasting Stations". TVNewsCheck. May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  25. ^ "Gannett Completes London Broadcasting Buy". TVNewsCheck. July 8, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  26. ^ "Separation of Gannett into two public companies completed | TEGNA". Tegna. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  27. ^ "ABC pre-empts film 'Saving Private Ryan'". Corpus Christi Caller Times. November 12, 2004. p. 1.
  28. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KIII". Retrieved May 30, 2022.
  29. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.