This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove these template messages) This article possibly contains original research. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. (January 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: "KVAL-TV" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (January 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) This article contains content that is written like an advertisement. Please help improve it by removing promotional content and inappropriate external links, and by adding encyclopedic content written from a neutral point of view. (March 2010) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

BrandingKVAL CBS 13; KVAL News
Affiliations13.1: CBS
13.2: TBD
13.3: Charge
First air date
April 15, 1954 (68 years ago) (1954-04-15)[1]
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 13 (VHF, 1954–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 25 (UHF, 2001–2009)
  • Primary:
  • NBC (1954–1982)
  • Secondary:
  • ABC (1954–1960)
  • DuMont (1954–1955)
Call sign meaning
Willamette Valley[3]
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID49766
ERP30.64 kW
1,000 kW (application)[1]
HAAT441 m (1,447 ft)
Transmitter coordinates44°0′6″N 123°6′57″W / 44.00167°N 123.11583°W / 44.00167; -123.11583
Public license information

KVAL-TV (channel 13) is a television station in Eugene, Oregon, United States, affiliated with CBS. It is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, which provides certain services to dual NBC/CW+ affiliate KMTR (channel 16) under a shared services agreement (SSA) with Roberts Media, LLC. Both stations share studios on Blanton Road in Eugene, where KVAL's transmitter is also located. KMTR maintained separate facilities on International Court in Springfield, Oregon, until 2020 when the station relocated to KVAL's building; master control and some internal operations for KMTR were based at the KVAL studios.

KVAL-TV reaches additional viewers in west-central Oregon via co-owned full-power semi-satellites KCBY-TV (channel 11) in Coos Bay and KPIC (channel 4) in Roseburg.


The station began broadcasting on April 15, 1954, locally owned by Eugene Television. Originally, it carried programming from all three networks, but was primarily an NBC affiliate. It lost CBS and ABC when KEZI signed on in 1960. Eugene Television bought KBCI-TV (now KBOI-TV) in Boise, Idaho in 1975 and changed its name to Northwest Television.

In the summer of 1978, as NBC was floundering in third place in the Nielsen ratings, KVAL started airing five hours of CBS programming each week. During the next four years, the station gradually offered more programs from CBS. NBC affiliated with newly signed-on KMTR in 1982, and KVAL formally switched its affiliation to CBS.

Retlaw Enterprises (a company owned by relatives of Walt Disney, Retlaw being "Walter" backwards) bought the station in 1996. Fisher Communications bought Retlaw's entire broadcasting division, including KVAL, in 1998.

Many KVAL alumni have gone on to be elected into office. As of 2009, schools superintendent Susan Castillo is a former KVAL reporter. Former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, who left office in January 2009, is also a former reporter and on-air personality. Bradbury and Castillo also served in the Oregon Legislature, as did KVAL alumni Wayne Whitehead and Mark Hass.[citation needed]

In September 2000, KVAL debuted an original sports program, Inside the Pac, a reference to the Pac-12 Conference which includes the University of Oregon and Oregon State University, both in KVAL's coverage area. Inside the Pac was created after the Oregon Sports Network TV contract went to local rival KEZI, along with the seasonal weekly program featuring Oregon Ducks football head coach Mike Bellotti. Airing each Sunday afternoon, Inside the Pac features game highlights and talk about Pac-12 sports. It was originally hosted by former KVAL sports director and longtime Eugene TV broadcaster Todd McKim, who left KVAL in 2005. Also featured on the show as in-studio guests are former college football players from Oregon and Oregon State, who share their knowledge and experience.

On April 11, 2013, Fisher announced that it would sell its properties, including KVAL, KCBY, and KPIC, to the Sinclair Broadcast Group.[4] The deal was completed on August 8, 2013.[5]


KVAL, KCBY and KPIC air nearly all CBS programs, but preempt occasional programs and the CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade for a regular episode of CBS-distributed Dr. Phil, as well as infomercials. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, it preempted The Bold and the Beautiful to air syndicated talk shows in the 11 a.m. hour, which is usually the slot for The Young and the Restless on the West Coast, while Y&R was moved to 12 noon, followed by As the World Turns and Guiding Light, the usual slots for the latter two soaps.

News operation

KVAL News logo
KVAL News logo

In December 2005, KVAL launched a newscast called Northwest News at 10 on Fox for local Fox affiliate KLSR-TV (channel 34). Katie Dyer anchored the newscast until April 2007, when Natasha Chugthai took over. This newscast came into its own in April 2007, with a new graphics scheme similar to that of such Fox affiliates as WNYW in New York and KTTV in Los Angeles. In August 2007, the newscast got its own theme music, rather than continuing to share the opening tune with KVAL. In March 2008, Northwest News at 10 was renamed Fox News @ 10 for the live weekday broadcast, and KVAL News @ 10 on Fox for the weekend repeats of the evening news. KVAL's 6 a.m. hour of morning news is replayed on KLSR at 7 a.m.

In September 2007, KVAL's morning news started airing from 5 to 7 a.m., beating rival KMTR, whose morning newscasts start at 5:30 a.m. KEZI soon announced it would begin to broadcast from 5 to 7 a.m. as well, branding the early-morning newscast with a new look and a new team.

In October 2008, Al Peterson, former KEZI morning news anchor, joined KVAL's morning news team. He replaced Seth Wayne, who moved to a station in Tucson, Arizona. The day Peterson took over, KVAL, like most other Fisher stations, adopted a new graphics scheme heavily emphasizing the station's CBS affiliation. KVAL also rebranded its news as KVAL News, dropping the 50-year-old Northwest News. The station also adopted a new news slogan: "First, Fair, Accurate." On May 10, 2010, KVAL News debuted a new set and started broadcasting newscasts in 16:9 widescreen.

In spring 2012, KVAL took complete control over the news departments at semi-satellites KCBY and KPIC. Previously, the content in those newsrooms was controlled by a news director who oversaw two to three reporters. Today, the KVAL news director oversees KCBY and KPIC's content. During the third block during the 5 and 6 p.m. news and second block during the 11 p.m. news, KCBY and KPIC air pre-recorded four-minute local news blocks that include a local weather forecast. In the mornings, KPIC and KCBY have five minutes of local news at 6:55 a.m., and produce their own local cut-ins during CBS Mornings. Roseburg and Coos Bay content is also interwoven into KVAL and KLSR's news. If there is a large breaking-news event or a special project happening in Roseburg and/or Coos Bay, Eugene viewers will see the KPIC and/or KCBY reporters, respectively. On a normal day, they do not because the signals are not switched for viewers in Eugene, or on DirecTV and Dish Network. Usually while the semi-satellites are running the local segment, a long block of weather is aired in Eugene and on satellite.

On February 26, 2020, KVAL debuted a new set, and became the second station in Eugene to broadcast news in HD.

Digital channels

The stations' digital signals are multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[6][7]
13.1 4.1 11.1 1080i 16:9 KVAL-DT
Main KVAL-TV/KPIC programming / CBS
13.2 4.2 11.2 480i TBD TBD
13.3 4.3 11.3 Charge! Charge!

Analog-to-digital conversion

KVAL-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 13, 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 UHF channel 25 to VHF channel 13.[8][9] The stations' analog signals went off-air at 12:37 a.m. PDT on June 12.



Station City of license Channels
First air date Call letters' meaning ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Transmitter location Public license information Website
KCBY-TV Coos Bay 11 (VHF)
October 1, 1960 (61 years ago) (1960-10-01)[10] Coos Bay 5 kW 192 m (630 ft) 49750 43°23′25.4″N 124°7′50.3″W / 43.390389°N 124.130639°W / 43.390389; -124.130639 (KCBY-TV) atop Noah Butte Profile
KPIC1 Roseburg 19 (UHF)
April 1, 1956 (66 years ago) (1956-04-01) Television picture 50 kW 292 m (958 ft) 61551 43°14′7″N 123°19′22″W / 43.23528°N 123.32278°W / 43.23528; -123.32278 (KPIC) atop Mount Rose, east of Roseburg Profile
Map all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap  Download coordinates as: KML



City of license Callsign Translating Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Owner
Camas Valley K29KR-D KPIC-TV 29 1 kW 471 m (1,545 ft) 190502 43°0′5.8″N 123°46′36.6″W / 43.001611°N 123.776833°W / 43.001611; -123.776833 (K29KR-D) Sinclair Broadcast Group
Cottage Grove K26MZ-D KVAL-TV 26 0.2 kW 138 m (453 ft) 61131 43°46′40.4″N 123°2′36.4″W / 43.777889°N 123.043444°W / 43.777889; -123.043444 (K26MZ-D) South Lane Television
Florence K24MF-D 24 2.5 kW 216 m (709 ft) 71619 43°57′25″N 124°4′30″W / 43.95694°N 124.07500°W / 43.95694; -124.07500 (K24MF-D) West Lane Translator Association
Glide K26HO-D KPIC-TV 26 2 kW 813 m (2,667 ft) 61548 43°22′18.4″N 123°3′52.2″W / 43.371778°N 123.064500°W / 43.371778; -123.064500 (K26HO-D) Sinclair Broadcast Group
Gold Beach K33CP-D KCBY-TV 33 0.5 kW 65 m (213 ft) 49762 42°26′24″N 124°25′2″W / 42.44000°N 124.41722°W / 42.44000; -124.41722 (K33CP-D)
London Springs K27JY-D KVAL-TV 27 0.012 kW −72 m (−236 ft) 61138 43°38′12.4″N 123°5′38.5″W / 43.636778°N 123.094028°W / 43.636778; -123.094028 (K27JY-D) South Lane Television
Mapleton K21LY-D 21 0.45 kW 237 m (778 ft) 190070 44°2′59.4″N 123°50′49.3″W / 44.049833°N 123.847028°W / 44.049833; -123.847028 (K21LY-D) Sinclair Broadcast Group
Myrtle Creek K13HM-D KPIC-TV 13 0.024 kW 232 m (761 ft) 61547 43°1′4″N 123°18′50″W / 43.01778°N 123.31389°W / 43.01778; -123.31389 (K13HM-D)
Port Orford K35MT-D KCBY-TV 35 0.45 kW 18 m (59 ft) 182753 42°44′40.4″N 124°30′12.4″W / 42.744556°N 124.503444°W / 42.744556; -124.503444 (K35MT-D)
Powers K24MH-D 24 0.554 kW 223 m (732 ft) 53292 42°54′57.8″N 124°4′44″W / 42.916056°N 124.07889°W / 42.916056; -124.07889 (K24MH-D) Powers TV Translator, Inc.
Roseburg KPIC (DRT) KPIC-TV 16 0.478 kW 114.9 m (377 ft) 61551 43°12′21″N 123°21′53″W / 43.20583°N 123.36472°W / 43.20583; -123.36472 (KPIC (DRT)) Sinclair Broadcast Group
Scottsburg K21MB-D KVAL-TV 21 0.5 kW 81 m (266 ft) 49754 43°38′49.4″N 123°49′29.3″W / 43.647056°N 123.824806°W / 43.647056; -123.824806 (K21MB-D)
Squaw Valley K15KB-D KCBY-TV 15 0.1 kW 469 m (1,539 ft) 49759 42°23′50″N 124°21′54.4″W / 42.39722°N 124.365111°W / 42.39722; -124.365111 (K15KB-D)
Tri-City, etc. K11GH-D KPIC-TV 11 0.0312 kW 511 m (1,677 ft) 61552 42°54′5.4″N 123°17′11.2″W / 42.901500°N 123.286444°W / 42.901500; -123.286444 (K11GH-D)

Low-power translators in Elkton, Glendale, Mapleton, Myrtle Point, Newport, Oakland, Oakridge, and Swisshome have been discontinued.[when?]


  1. ^ a b "Channel Substitution/Community of License Change". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. November 27, 2020. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  2. ^ "Report and Order", Media Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 2 July 2021, Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  3. ^ Nelson, Bob (June 2, 2009). "Call Letter Origins". Vol. 238. The Broadcast Archive. Archived from the original on February 18, 2016. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  4. ^ Malone, Michael (April 11, 2013). "Sinclair to Acquire Fisher Stations for $373 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  5. ^ "Sinclair Broadcast Group Closes On Fisher Communications Acquisition". All Access. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  6. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KVAL
  7. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KPIC
  8. ^ Wright, Jeff (13 February 2009). "Two local television stations delay switch to all-digital broadcasting." The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon. Archived 2012-09-08 at
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "Western States Museum of Broadcasting - History of Television in Southern Oregon". Archived from the original on January 12, 2016.