KTRE is a dual ABC/Telemundo affiliate first airing on Aug 31, 1955 and broadcasts in Lufkin and Nacogdoches. Originally licensed to Lufkin, the channel is owned by Gray Television with studios and transmitter located on TV Road near unincorporated community of Pollok. It is a semi-satellite of KLTV in Tyler and in this way is responsible for producing the simulcasts of syndicated programming sourced by its parent while having separate commercial inserts, legal indents, weeknight news-bulletins and religious programs.
However, for rating purposed the parent and its broadcast relay station are considered single entity. The channel maintains its own master control, internal operations and has studios on West Ferguson Street in downtown Tyler. Consolidated Communications and Suddenlink and some independent providers are the cable carriers of the KTRE wile Dish Network and DirecTv are the satellite partners of Lufkin-based channel.
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KTRE debuted on Aug 31, 1955 and was launched by the owners and founders of KTRE-AM (now defunct). Channel 9 was originally served as a broadcast relay station of KPRC affiliated with Houston-based NBC affiliate KPRC. It however, would occasionally show divergence form the CBS and ABC’s regularly scheduled programming. Lufkin and Nacogdoches were collapsed into one market: Tyler-Longview by FCC in 1964 and not long after this change the channel was acquired by Buford family which owned KLTV. Until 1984, KTRE held a joint primary affiliation sharing agreement with the Big three including CBS, ABC and NBC with a slight tilt towards ABC.
CBS affiliation was dropped when KFXK signed on air in Sep 1984 and lost NBC to KETK in March 1987. In 1989, both KTRE and KLTV were acquired by Civic Communications. The company merged with Liberty Corporation in 2002 which in turn joined the umbrella of Raycom Media in 2006. Gray Television on June 25, 2018 announced its merger with Raycom. This resulted in the sale of KTRE and KLTV to Gray; the sale was approved on Dec 20, 2018 and consummated on Jan 2, 2019. KTRE completed its digital transition on June 12, 2009.
Syndicated programs offered by the channel include The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live with Kelly and Ryan, Texas Country Reporter, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. It presently broadcasts 5 hours of locally produced news segments each week with one hour on each weekday including Sat and Sun. Channel 9 can be watched online for the latest news, weather and sports programming, community events, contests and more. Follow the station on Facebook and Twitter. Here is the website: https://www.ktre.com/