CityTyler, Texas
  • KLTV 7
  • Telemundo Este de Texas; Noticias del Este de Texas (on DT3)
First air date
October 14, 1954
(69 years ago)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 7 (VHF, 1954–2009)
  • Digital: 10 (VHF, 2005–2009)
  • CBS, NBC (joint primary 1954–1984, secondary 1984–1987)
  • DuMont (secondary, 1954–1955)
  • ABC (secondary, 1954–1984)
Call sign meaning
Lucille Buford, a member of the station's founding family
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID68540
ERP66 kW
HAAT300 m (984 ft)
Transmitter coordinates32°32′24″N 95°13′12″W / 32.54000°N 95.22000°W / 32.54000; -95.22000
Translator(s)See Translators § Notes
Public license information

KLTV (channel 7) is a television station licensed to Tyler, Texas, United States, serving East Texas as an affiliate of ABC and Telemundo. Owned by Gray Television, the station maintains studios on West Ferguson Street in downtown Tyler (between the Smith County and United States courthouses), and its transmitter is located in rural northern Smith County (near the Wood County line).

KTRE (channel 9) in Lufkin operates as a semi-satellite of KLTV. As such, it simulcasts all network and syndicated programming as provided through KLTV but airs separate commercial inserts, legal identifications, weeknight newscasts and Sunday morning religious programs, and has its own website. KLTV serves the northern half of the Tyler–Longview–Lufkin–Nacogdoches market while KTRE serves the southern portion. The two stations are counted as a single unit for ratings purposes. Although KTRE maintains its own studios on TV Road (near US 69) in the unincorporated community of Pollok, master control and some internal operations are based at KLTV's facilities.


Original site of KLTV's studios and offices in east Tyler. There is nothing tangible remaining of the old building or property now. In recent years, a fast food/convenience store/gas station has been built there.

The station first signed on the air on October 14, 1954;[2] it was founded by the locally-based company Buford Television, which was owned by Lucille Buford. KLTV has been an ABC affiliate since its debut; however, it initially carried the network as a secondary service, while it shared primary affiliation with both CBS and NBC; the station also aired programming from the DuMont Television Network on a secondary basis until 1955. The station originally operated from studio facilities on Texas Loop 323 on the east side of Tyler. In 1964, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) collapsed Lufkin and Nacogdoches into the Tyler market. Soon afterward, the Buford family bought KTRE and converted it into a semi-satellite of KLTV.

KLTV's studios on West Ferguson Street in Downtown Tyler.

KLTV lost the CBS affiliation in September 1984, when Longview-based KLMG-TV (channel 51, now Fox affiliate KFXK-TV) signed on. It retained a secondary affiliation with NBC until KETK-TV (channel 56) signed on in March 1987, resulting in channel 7 becoming an exclusive ABC affiliate. Buford Television owned KLTV and KTRE until 1989, when it sold the stations to Jackson, Mississippi–based Civic Communications. In 1996, KLTV relocated its operations from its longtime studios on Texas Loop 323 in eastern Tyler to a new facility downtown, located in a former savings & loan branch and office complex near the Smith County courthouse; the former studio facility was demolished in November 2007. Civic merged with Cosmos Broadcasting, a division of the Liberty Corporation in 2000. That same year, Liberty sold its insurance businesses to the Royal Bank of Canada, resulting in the retirement of the "Cosmos Broadcasting" banner. Liberty sold itself to Raycom Media in 2006.

In October 2004, KLTV celebrated its 50th anniversary.[2]

At approximately 7:30 a.m. on February 3, 2006 (one day after Raycom officially took ownership of the station), KLTV's 1,078-foot (329 m) broadcast transmitter in Red Springs collapsed taking both its over-the-air analog and digital signals as well as radio station KVNE (89.5 FM) off the air; no one was reported injured as a result. Cox Communications (which sold its East Texas systems to Suddenlink Communications in 2007) continued to carry KLTV's standard and high definition feeds via a fiber optic connection; however, DirecTV and Dish Network customers were not able to receive the station. KLTV re-established an analog signal at reduced power from its former studio and transmitter location in eastern Tyler within 13 hours of the collapse. No cause for the collapse has been disclosed to date.

A new Harris transmitter—on a tower slightly less than half the height of the one that collapsed—was installed the following day, allowing resumption of full-power broadcasts from the Tyler site, allowing over-the-air viewers to watch ABC's broadcast of Super Bowl XL over its analog signal; the digital signal was restored several days later. KLTV restored its analog over-the-air signal from its original tower while also being restored on DirecTV, Dish Network and other area cable providers. Its analog transmitter equipment was not damaged and was supplemented at the original tower site with a newer transmitter. However, its over-the-air high definition and digital television transmission equipment was a total loss. In March and April 2007, KLTV ran a "Flip the Switch" promotion to promote the completion of the new Red Springs tower. Viewers were urged to submit 30-second videos to show why they should be selected to turn on the tower, with the winner being selected by popular vote on the station's website. On April 17, 2007, at approximately 6:58 p.m., contest winner Jeff Heimer officially flipped the switch to turn on the new transmitter and tower.

In January 2011, KLTV started "KLTV in Your Community", a section of its website serving as a branch for citizen journalism, or community blogging; the blog sites are separated into fifteen East Texas communities with Tyler divided into four quadrants by city section. It has since been shut down.

On June 25, 2018, Gray Television announced that it was merging with Raycom, under the Gray name. When the merger was approved by the FCC and the Justice Department, it made KLTV (and KTRE) a sister station to adjacent market stations KXII in Sherman, KBTX in Bryan and KWTX in Waco in addition to the current Raycom sister stations, while separating it from KXXV.[3] The sale was approved on December 20[4] and was completed on January 2, 2019.[5]

News operation

KLTV presently broadcasts 31+12 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 5+12 hours each weekday and two hours each on Saturdays and Sundays); unlike most ABC affiliates, the stations do not broadcast an early evening newscast on Sundays. Lufkin semi-satellite KTRE simulcasts KLTV's weekday morning, midday, 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and weekend morning and evening newscasts. Channel 7 has been the dominant station in the market for most of its history and its newscasts routinely garner several times the number of viewers of its nearest competitor. KLTV and its staff have received several awards including seven Lone Star Emmy Awards.

The station's longtime slogan is "Proud of East Texas", which has been used since 1985. In a June 2006 article, the Longview News-Journal reported KLTV continued its dominance in the area with an estimated 70,000 households tuning into its weeknight 10 p.m. broadcast. KETK-TV was second with about 12,000 viewers and KYTX was watched by an estimated 9,000 viewers. The station was nominated in 2008 for eleven Lone Star Emmy Awards including: best morning and evening newscasts, weather, along with several news/sports specials and reporting. On June 21, 2010, KLTV became the third television station in the Tyler–Longview market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. On September 10, 2012, KLTV debuted an hour-long weekday afternoon newscast at 4 p.m.

Notable former on-air staff

Technical information


The stations' signals are multiplexed:

Subchannels of KLTV[6]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
7.1 31.1 720p 16:9 KLTVDT K31PRDT ABC
7.2 31.2 480i KLTV365 The365 The365
7.3 31.3 720p KLTVDT3 LaVida Telemundo
7.4 31.4 480i KLTVBNC Bounce Bounce TV
7.5 31.5 KLTVDBL DABL Dabl
7.6 31.6 OXYGEN Oxygen Oxygen

On digital subchannel 7.2, the station carries The365 television network; the subchannel is also carried on Suddenlink Communications digital channel 247. The subchannel launched on December 14, 2005, as the "StormTracker 24/7 Weather Channel", a local weather service consisting of temperatures, weather conditions and a live feed of the station's Doppler radar (branded as the "StormTracker 7 Live Doppler Network") on a rotating schedule; the subchannel affiliated with This TV in December 2009, it later switched to Bounce TV on January 1, 2012. On January 1, 2020, Circle debuted on 7.2, displacing Bounce TV to 7.4. Circle remained until the channel was shut down on December 31, 2023, being replaced by The365. On digital subchannel 7.3, the station carries Telemundo; the subchannel is also carried on Suddenlink channel 22.

Analog-to-digital conversion

The station installed its digital transmitter tower on September 23, 2005; on December 14, KLTV became the second television station in East Texas to launch a digital signal, broadcasting on VHF channel 10. KLTV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, 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 relocated from its pre-transition VHF channel 10 to channel 7 for post-transition operations.[7]


City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates
Tyler K21PE-D 21 15 kW 240.1 m (788 ft) 185722 32°32′24″N 95°13′12″W / 32.54000°N 95.22000°W / 32.54000; -95.22000
K31PR-D 31 182595

On July 27, 2021, Gray Television signed K31PR on the air as a full simulcast partner of the main KLTV signal. Both stations air an identical subchannel line-up, with K31PR's coverage area encompassed entirely by the larger KLTV signal.

On March 14, 2023, digital translator K21PE-D was tested at its upgraded site on the KLTV tower, with a license to cover the new signal filed the following day. Concurrently, Gray Television filed a silent notification for K31PR-D, as the translator discontinued broadcasting on March 4, 2023, indicating that the company was doing so in preparation for the channel 31 facility to further upgrade through an upcoming filing.


Cable and satellite

On cable, KLTV is available on Suddenlink Communications channel 7 and in high definition on digital channel 720. Dish, DirecTV and several smaller cable providers also carry the station.


KLTV is available throughout much of East Texas, such as Tyler, Athens***, Canton***, Carthage*, Gilmer, Henderson, Jacksonville, Jefferson*, Kilgore, Lindale, Longview**, Marshall*, Mineola, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, Palestine***, Pittsburg, Rusk, and Sulphur Springs***.[8]
* – This city can receive KLTV over the air despite being in the Shreveport market.
** – This city can receive KLTV over the air despite parts of the city being in the Shreveport market.
*** – This city can receive KLTV over the air despite being in the DallasFort Worth market.

In other parts of the market, such as Lufkin, Nacogdoches and Crockett, KLTV is unavailable over the air, but viewers can receive sister station KTRE.

See also


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KLTV". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ a b "KLTV Celebrates 50th Anniversary". KLTV. 4 January 2005. Archived from the original on 8 September 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Gray and Raycom to Combine in a $3.6 Billion Transaction" (PDF). Gray Television (Press release). 25 June 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 October 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  4. ^ Eggerton, John (20 December 2018). "FCC OK with Gray/Raycom Merger". Broadcasting & Cable. ISSN 1068-6827. Archived from the original on 10 November 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Gray Completes Acquisition of Raycom Media and Related Transactions" (PDF). Gray Television (Press release). 2 January 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 December 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Digital TV Market Listing for KLTV". RabbitEars. n.d. Archived from the original on 17 March 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  7. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  8. ^ "KLTV-TV Station Information | TYLER, TX". NoCable.org. Retrieved January 5, 2017.