At the time, the FCC had a backlog of over applications and had decided not to proceed with action on further applications until the backlogged requests could be filled. After the backlog was cleared, many applications were filed for licenses. The Gazette Company didn't want to compete for a license and decided to withdraw the initial application.
At the time, the FCC had a backlog of over applications, and had decided not to proceed with action on further applications until the backlogged requests could be filled. After the backlog was taken care of, many applications were filed for licenses.
The Gazette Company didn't want to compete for a license, and decided to withdraw the initial application.
The station signed on in Initially, the station was known as KCRI because the other investors didn't want to have the new television station so closely identified with the Gazette.
The radio station also took the KCRI calls because one of the television station's managers suggested that every mention of "KCRG" on air was a promotion for the newspaper—one for which the Gazette would have to pay each time.
Since that time the station has remained under the ownership of Gazette Communications. KCRG started broadcasting in high definition television in January They also had the first news helicopter, "NewsCopter 9," in Iowa.
KCRG has a digital subchannel called "Local 9. The remainder of the screen has a news ticker, current weather conditions, rotating weather images and program listings. KCRG aired wall-to-wall coverage of the Great Iowa Flood of from June 11 to 15, and continued to operate out of their downtown studios despite the flooding.
Network coverage of the NBA Finals as a consequence was aired on 9.
Chris Earl - weekend evenings; also reporter Ashley Hinson - weekday mornings and 11 a. Sports Director John Campbell and reporter Dave Franzman have also been with the station since the s.
Meteorologist Denny Frary was the station's longest-running on-air personality, working on KCRG from until he retired on November 17, Upon Frary's retirement, several pieces aired with friends and associates sharing a few words on Frary, and a roast ceremony was held the night prior to his retirement.
The station had attempted to convert on February 17, with the majority of other Cedar Rapids stations, but the FCC requested they maintain one analog commercial network signal for the market for the remaining four months.
Date Accessed: July 29,