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KRCR: Redding/Chico, California
KAEF: Arcata/Eureka, California
United States
Branding KRCR Channel 7
KAEF Channel 23 (general)
KRCR NewsChannel 7 (newscasts)
Slogan Accurate, Reliable
Severe Weather First
Start Here
Channels Digital:
Subchannels 7.1 ABC
7.2 Me-TV
7.3 Movies!
Translators (see article)
Affiliations ABC (1978-present)
Owner Bonten Media Group, LLC
(BlueStone License Holdings, Inc.)
First air date KRCR-TV: August 1, 1956 (1956-08-01)
KAEF-TV: August 1, 1987 (1987-08-01)
Call letters' meaning KRCR-TV: Redding Chico Red Bluff
KAEF-TV: Arcata Eureka Fortuna
Sister station(s) KCVU & KBVU (Fox)
MyTV Northern California
The CW
Former callsigns KRCR-TV:
KVIP-TV (1956-1963)
KREQ (1987-1989)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
7 (VHF, 1956-2009)
23 (UHF, 1987-2009)
34 (UHF, 2003-2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
NBC (1956-1978) [1]Secondary:
Fox (1986-1994)
Live Well Network (2011-2013)
Transmitter power KRCR-TV: 25 kW
KAEF-TV: 45 kW
Height KRCR-TV: 1103 m
KAEF-TV: 549.9 m
Facility ID KRCR-TV: 8291
KAEF-TV: 8263
Transmitter coordinates KRCR-TV:
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Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website (KRCR-TV) (KAEF-TV)

KRCR-TV, branded as NewsChannel 7, formerly known as Channel 7R, is a television station serving the towns of Redding and Chico and surrounding area in Northern California. Currently an affiliate of ABC and MeTV, the studios are located on Auditorium Drive in Redding, and the transmitter is on top of Shasta Bally, the tallest mountain in the Whiskeytown unit of the Whiskeytown–Shasta–Trinity National Recreation Area.[1]

KRCR also operates a satellite, KAEF-TV, which serves the cities of Eureka, Arcata, and surrounding area on California's North Coast.


The station was founded in 1956 as KVIP-TV by William B. Smullin of California Oregon Broadcasting, Inc. (COBI), owners of KOBI in Medford, Oregon and KOTI Klamath Falls, Oregon as a primary NBC affiliate with a secondary ABC affiliation. By 1963, network emphasis had shifted towards ABC, as only the Saturday morning and Sunday night primetime schedules, a few daytime game shows and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson were carried in NBC's schedule pattern.[2] The full ABC schedule was available by way of translators of Stockton's KOVR in Chico and Redding. Channel 7 became KRCR in 1963.

It changed from primary NBC affiliation to a full-time ABC affiliation in 1978, which in turn started the seven-year process for building KCPM (now KNVN). This was an unusual arrangement for a two-station market especially one of the size of Chico and Redding, but, after 15 years of unsuccessful attempts, the area was served by a local ABC affiliate.

KRCR, KAEF, and KFWU (now KQSL) aired Fox full-time on off-network hours until 1994 when now sister station KCVU switched to Fox and KBVU signed on.

It was purchased by Lamco Communications of Texas in 1995, KRCR was operated by California Broadcasting, Inc., run by general manager Bob Wise, until 2004, when the station was sold to current owners Bluestone Television. Then in December 2006, the station was sold (along with 12 other Bluestone stations) to Diamond Castle Holdings, a New York-based private equity firm, later become Bonten Media Group.

The station also operates a semi-satellite in Eureka, KAEF-TV (channel 23). It operated a local cable-only WB affiliate KIWB, but that station was sold to Catamount Broadcasting following the merger between the WB and UPN to form the new CW Network. KRVU-LD was previously a UPN affiliate, but now is a My Network TV affiliate.

KRCR was one of very few ABC affiliates that broadcasts on channel 7 but didn't use the Circle 7 logo until April 11, 2006 when a new set and logo were designed. Under COBI ownership, KRCR's logo was an interstate highway sign, with the name "7R", matching its sister stations. The "7R" was adopted due to TV Guide's reference to KRCR in text (non-bulleted) listings to differentiate it from KGO-TV San Francisco (both stations were listed in the Northern California edition).

Merger with KCVU & KBVU

In December 2012, KRCR/KAEF took over sales operations of KCVU Fox 20 in Chico, as well as KVIQ and KBVU in Eureka. They still all maintain separate operations.

In August 2012, Bonten Media announced that KCVU & KBVU will be sold to Esteem Broadcasting, effectively merging both the ABC & Fox affiliates operations to create a media powerhouse north of Sacramento and south of the Oregon border.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3][4]
x.1 720p 16:9 KRCR-HD
Main programming / ABC
x.2 480i 4:3 MeTV Me-TV
x.3 LWN Movies!

On August 23, 2011, Disney-ABC Television Group announced that KRCR and KAEF would carry Live Well Network as part of an affiliation agreement with Bonten Media Group; the network was added to a new third subchannel.[5] Live Well Network was replaced by Movies! on November 18, 2013.[6]

Analog-to-digital conversion

KRCR-TV & KAEF-TV shut down their analog signals 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 station's digital channel allocations post-transition are as follows:[7]

  • KRCR-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7; the station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 34 to VHF channel 7.[8][9]
  • KAEF-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 23; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 22. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 23.


KAEF is a satellite station of KRCR, serving the North Coast.

KAEF began broadcasting in 1987 under the call sign KREQ. Prior to 1987, ABC programming was limited to off-hours clearances on CBS affiliate KIEM-TV and NBC affiliate KVIQ. Some North Coast residents were able to get a grade B signal from KRCR, but the coastal areas (where most of the population lives) were unable to receive it until cable arrived in the 1970s. In 1989, Channel 23 adopted the call letters K-A-E-F, (for Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna).

KAEF shares some much of the same programming as KRCR, but does offer a separate newscast of its own, North Coast News with Lindsay Housaman serving as anchor.[when?] KAEF airs local commercials and weather updates produced by KRCR throughout the day, with an extended weather brief each night at 11pm. KAEF's sales offices are located on E Street in Eureka, with its master control handled at KRCR's studios in Redding.

What Makes News Channel 7?

In the fall of 1995, Continental Cablevision of Mt. Shasta (now part of Northland Communications) filmed, produced and broadcast a 30-minute documentary special called "What Makes News Channel 7?" as part of its news magazine series In Focus: Siskiyou Magazine. It took a look behind the scenes of what went on at the station and mainly focused on the news team, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at how a newscast is done as well as interviews with key personalities such as Mike Mangas, Rich Eisen, Sandra Geist, Warren Wright, Gary Gunter and Katy Brown. The program aired on Mt. Shasta cable channel 3 in the winter and spring of 1996 and starting showing on YouTube and MySpace in February 2010.[10] It was rebroadcast to the Mt. Shasta cable airwaves again on MCTV 15 in 2010 leading to that program's relaunch.

Past ownership

  • California Oregon Broadcasting, Inc. (William B. Smullin, Founder) (1956–1995)
  • Sacramento Valley Television, Inc. (operators) (?-1990)
  • Lamco Communications (owners) & California Broadcasting, Inc. (operators) (1995–2005)
  • Bluestone Television (2005–2006)
  • Bonten Media Group, LLC (Bluestone License Holdings, Inc.) (current)

Notable former on-air staff

Cable systems

Cable Provider Area 7.1 (ABC) 7.2 (Me-TV)
Comcast Butte & Glenn Counties 707 (HD) & 7 (SD) 197
Charter Shasta & Tehama Counties 787 (HD) & 7 (SD) 287
Suddenlink Humboldt County (KAEF) 107(HD) & 7 (SD) TBA

Mt. Shasta cable dispute

Since its inception in the mid 1980s, the Mt. Shasta cable system currently owned by Northland Communications had carried KRCR on its cable channel 7. However, in January 2012, Northland dropped KRCR from its cable line-up after the station's current ownership and the cable company failed to come to a mutual agreement to continue the station's coverage on the system and severed ties after a near-30-year working relationship between the two. As a result, Northland replaced KRCR on cable channel 7 with Medford, Oregon, ABC affiliate, KDRV NewsWatch 12.[11][12]

KRCR and its sister stations no longer broadcast north of Shasta County or south of Butte County.

Dispute with Dish Network

Dish Network and KRCR had been at odds for quite sometime regarding carriage of the station on the satellite system. KRCR was asking for reimbursement and made their feeling public. Charges for which Dish Network denies. As a result, on December 8, 2013, Dish halted carrying KRCR on their system. General manager Andrew Stewart went to the internet at the station's website to share his frustrations with the viewers and called out Dish Network.[13] On January 12, 2014, DISH restored KRCR, KCVU and associated stations to its line-up.


KRCR is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:

KRCR is operating a digital fill-in translator on their pre-transition channel 34 for residents in Redding and the surrounding areas that have difficulty receiving their VHF signal on channel 7.[14]

KAEF translators:


  1. Shasta Bally
  2. TV Guide magazine, Northern California edition, July 13-19, 1963.
  3. RabbitEars TV Query for KRCR
  4. RabbitEars TV Query for KAEF
  5. Live Well Adds 7 Affils, Tops 40% Clearance, TVNewsCheck, August 23, 2011.
  6. Movies! TV Network - Where to Watch
  7. "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Appendix B, Federal Communications Commission FCC 07-138, accessed August 27, 2013
  9. CDBS Print
  10. In Focus: Siskiyou Magazine Show #4 - Special: What Makes News Channel 7?
  11. Northland Communications Mt. Shasta Cable Schedule
  12. Northland pulls KRCR Channel 7 off air in Siskiyou; affiliate out of Oregon takes its spot, David Benda, Record Searchlight), January 12, 2012
  13. A letter to our viewers, from the general manager, regarding Dish, Andrew Stewart, General Manager, KRCR-TV, taken from, December 12, 2013

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