ⓘ KREM, TV. KREM, virtual channel 2, is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Spokane, Washington, United States and also serving Coeur dAlene, Idaho. T ..



KREM, virtual channel 2, is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Spokane, Washington, United States and also serving Coeur dAlene, Idaho. The station is owned by Tegna Inc., as part of a duopoly with CW affiliate KSKN. The two stations share studios on South Regal Street in Spokane; KREMs transmitter is on Krell Hill southeast of Spokane.

On cable and satellite, the station can be seen in high definition on Comcast Xfinity channel 102 in the Spokane area, Charter Spectrum channel 1209 in the Coeur dAlene area and the Palouse, and channel 2 in both standard and high definition on Dish Network and DirecTV.

The station is also carried on cable systems in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, both of which are double the size of KREMs American coverage area. One result of this is that stations in Calgary and Edmonton air American shows on Pacific Time, even though Calgary and Edmonton are both on Mountain Time. It is one of five local Spokane area television stations seen in Canada on the Shaw Direct satellite service. It can also been seen on local cable systems in eastern British Columbia.

While KREM is the primary CBS affiliate for the Spokane market, Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KLEW-TV channel 3, based in Lewiston, Idaho, also is a CBS affiliate. However, it focuses on the southern portion of the market. Both KREM and KLEW are available on Dish Network and DirecTV throughout the Spokane market.


1. History

KREM-TV signed on October 31, 1954 with an "inaugural program" at 6:30 p.m., followed by the 1933 movie The Private Life of Henry VIII. It initially had a dual affiliation with ABC and the DuMont Network, the latter shared with cross-town competitor KXLY-TV because of its then-CBS affiliation at the time. After DuMont dissolved, KREM continued as an ABC affiliate. In the late 1950s, the station was briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.

KREM-TV was affiliated with ABC until August 8, 1976, when it swapped affiliations with KXLY-TV, whom CBS immediately dropped for constantly pre-empting or delaying its network shows. KREM thus became a full member of the CBS network. Initially, CBS had approached KHQ-TV, while KREM was considered for a possible NBC affiliation because of the King Broadcasting Companys sister stations being NBC affiliates, but KREM decided to sign with CBS instead. It was the only non-NBC affiliated station in the King Broadcasting portfolio.

KREM-TV was originally owned by Cole Wylie alongside KREM radio. The King Broadcasting Company, run by Seattle businesswoman Dorothy Bullitt, bought the KREM stations from Wylie in 1957; the radio stations were sold off in 1984. Coincidentally, the former KREM-FM is now a sister station to KXLY-TV. However, channel 2 retained the -TV suffix in its callsign until 2009.

King Broadcasting was sold in 1992 to the Providence Journal Company, which merged with Belo Corporation five years later. On June 13, 2013, the Gannett Company announced that it would acquire Belo. The sale was completed on December 23.

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. KREM and KSKN were retained by the latter company, named Tegna.

KREM and KSKN are a part of a cluster of television stations in the Northwestern United States owned by Tegna, which includes KING-TV and its sister station KONG in Seattle; KGW in Portland, Oregon; and KTVB in Boise. All four stations had provided material to co-owned Northwest Cable News, a regional 24-hour cable news service based in Seattle that served much of the region. KREM was the only non-NBC affiliate to be a primary contributor to NWCN, with the exception of KSKN and Seattle independent station KONG. The channel shut down on January 6, 2017.


2. Digital television

Analog-to-digital conversion

KREM discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, 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 stations digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 20. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the stations virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 2.


3. Programming

KREM currently features CBS programming, as well as local news, public affairs and syndicated entertainment programming including The 700 Club, Dr. Phil, Friends, and 2 Broke Girls, the latter of which airs first run episodes on CBS.


4. News operation

KREM airs 28½ hours of newscasts with a two-hour morning broadcast, a noon telecast, and evening telecast at 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, and 11:00 p.m., along with weekend telecasts every Saturday and Sunday at 5:00, 6:00, and 11:00 p.m. KREM is still the only station in Spokane to hold a monopoly on midday newscasts for the Spokane area as of 2019.

In April 2010, KREM and KSKN began broadcasting its local newscasts in 16:9 enhanced definition widescreen, and KREM became the third station in Spokane to switch in either HD or widescreen.

From September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015, KREM was the only station to air their newscasts from 7:00-9:00 a.m. on its sister station KSKN. KREM switched to Gannetts "This is Home" music and graphics package on October 25, 2014 at the 5:00 newscast. KREM became the last station in the Spokane market to switch their newscasts to HD.


4.1. News operation Notable former on-air staff

  • Nadine Woodward – anchor 1990-2009; Mayor of Spokane.
  • Tim Lewis – sports anchor, then sports director September 2006–March 2012
  • Eric Johnson – sports director 1987–1989; now weeknight news anchor for KOMO-TV in Seattle.
  • Maureen OBoyle – anchor 1986–1990; now weeknight news anchor at WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Paul Deanno – anchor/meteorologist 1997–1999; now chief meteorologist for WMAQ-TV in Chicago.
  • well as the first new commercial station to sign on in the area since KREM - TV channel 2 hit the airwaves 28 years earlier. It is also the oldest non - Big
  • KREM KREM wanted to wait until ABC finished airing the network s coverage of the 1976 Summer Olympics to make the switch KXLY then picked up KREM s
  • meteorologist at KOMO - TV in Seattle, KYW - TV in Philadelphia, KENS in San Antonio, KREM TV in Spokane, and KDRV in Medford. On June 6, 2015, Deanno won an Emmy Award
  • Excellence: KREM - TV Spokane, WA Newscast: KSL - TV Salt Lake City Breaking Spot News Coverage: KHQ - TV Spokane, WA Continuing Coverage: KREM - TV Spokane
  • moved to K48GI channel 48. KREM - TV CBS Spokane rebroadcaster K73AP Quincy, Washington moved to K21AJ channel 21. KTCA - TV PBS Minneapolis - St. Paul
  • was moved to K41ER channel 41. KREM - TV CBS Spokane rebroadcaster K72AI Libby, Montana moved to K62DL channel 62. KUED - TV PBS Salt Lake City rebroadcasters
  • United States NBC - affiliated stations KING - TV in Seattle, KGW in Portland, KTVB in Boise and CBS affiliate KREM in Spokane. In addition, the channel maintained
  • KSNL - LD channel 47. KVBC - TV NBC Las Vegas rebroadcaster K74AN Chloride, Arizona moved to K42CQ channel 42 now K25PJ - D KREM - TV CBS Spokane rebroadcaster
  • stations included KGW radio and television in Portland, KREM - TV in Spokane, KTVB - TV in Boise, KHNL - TV and KFVE in Honolulu and KYA KOIT radio in San Francisco

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