Thursday, July 18, 2024

HISTORY OF KPRC-TV

Did the inventors of the first televisions in the 1920s have any idea how important television would become in human life? Over its century-long history, the television industry has made tremendous strides forward. It’s hard to imagine what it will be like in the future and what else to expect, as it seems that everything possible has already been done. However, as it is known, there is no limit to perfection. Read more at houston-future.

Television in Houston

As of the 2020s, Houston is among the Top 8 most developed television markets in the United States. It has a number of its own channels, one of which will be discussed today.

In general, the media space of the city and region has impressive figures, including 250 media outlets, with 58 radio and TV stations and other publications, both print and online.

Another channel that has been entertaining viewers in Houston and beyond for many years is NBC. Today, we will get to know more about it.

KPRC-TV. Lights, Camera, Action

On January 1, 1949, the residents of Houston heard about the new channel called KLEE TV  for the first time.

Four years later, the station got a permanent location at 3014 Post Oak Road. In 1972, the studio, already under its current name, KPRC-TV, moved to a new art studio in Harris County, where it has been based for 45 years. Whether it’s a lot or not, but the TV station building only had three studios, which may seem insufficient by modern standards.

From 1969 to 1998, the channel aired the legendary show The Eyes of Texas. It told viewers about the cultural and other aspects of life in the region.

21st century. Rebranding. Changes 

For 40 years, the station belonged to the Hobby Company, after which KPRC-AM-TV was acquired by the Washington Post on April 22, 1994. But a few years before that, there were several attempts to transfer the channel to other corporations.

It is worth noting that 10 years later, the channel was renamed Local 2, and a year later, in December 2005, KPRC TV began to be simply called Channel 2.

In April 2016, the TV channel changed its studio. Interestingly, the new one was 25 thousand square feet smaller than the old one. As for the former premises of the channel, they were demolished and only remained in the archives and memories of those who were part of the team.

We also cannot miss the famous logo of the channel, which immediately comes to the minds of the locals. Like any segment of the channel’s history, the “2” with a star on a blue background has also undergone significant modifications.

The iconic figure “2” began its history in 1994. It was also called “Lone Star 2″. With the transition to HD format in 2004, the logo was adapted to meet the requirements not only of the new format but also of the corporations that owned the channel, including the world-famous NBC. Today, residents and TV viewers recognize the channel’s logo as the number two with a star in a vertical parallelogram. It was designed in the early 2000s.

Present days

Currently, the television studio is owned by Graham Media Group and closely collaborates with the television flagship NBC. The channel’s studio is located on the Southwest Freeway in Houston. Its repeater is based in Fort Bend near Missouri City.

The abovementioned information in the article is just a small fraction of all the changes, reformattings and stages of history that have a differentiated color. Among all the historical facts, nothing matters more than the creations of the team that leave a pleasant impression in the hearts of viewers even today. The love and respect of the locals are the greatest reward for the channel, which undoubtedly ranks first by all criteria and statistical data.

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