FIRST ON THE BLOG: Five years ago, St. Joseph was just a three-station market, with one for ABC (and the only local news at the time), one for The CW and one for Telemundo. Now it has exploded and another network joins that list and with it, local news.
Today, KCJO 30 was launched as the newest CBS affiliate for St. Joseph. It’s the first CBS affiliate for St. Joseph in 50 years and this city was the birthplace to legendary CBS News anchorman Walter Cronkite. And now it has its own CBS affiliate again and now offers local news, but its the same newscasts from its sister stations.
KCJO 30 is owned and operated by News-Press and Gazette Company, the same folks who own KNPG 21 (NBC/CW/TMD) and flagship station KNPN 26 (FOX) and because of that, it airs the same newscasts, mainly from KNPG 21.
Today, KCJO 30 has launched a 90-minute morning news simulcast with KNPG 21 and KNPN 26 in which that runs from 5:30-7:00 a.m. Afterward, KNPN 26 will continue to run an extra hour of local news at 7:00 a.m. It will run no news at midday as KNPN 26 will have that exclusivity. It will air local news on weeknights for three half-hours, each at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m., the same times as when KNPG 21 airs them as a simulcast. All three compete against long-time leader KQTV 2 (ABC) for local news at that timeslot in the market.
For weekends, its just two half-hours at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m., also simulcast with KNPG 21. It will be all alone at 5:00 while competing against KQTV 2 at 10:00 p.m. In other words, KCJO 30 will basically simulcast all newscasts from KNPG 21. A new station with the same newscasts.
KNPN 26 will continue to have exclusivity on the following timeslots: weekday mornings from 7:00-8:00 a.m. and weekdays for three half-hours, each at noon, 5:30 and 9:00 p.m. as well as just one half-hour newscast on the weekends at 9:00 p.m. None of these newscasts compete against KQTV 2 as they are not on during these timeslots.
So a new station with the same newscasts as seen on their sister stations. But at least they now have a CBS station so I congratulate them on finally achieving market-wide major affiliations throughout St. Joseph television.