Sunbelt Communications' KVBC Las Vegas has changed its call
letters to KSNV to better reflect the digital era. KVBC was an abbreviation for
former owner Valley Broadcast Company, but the new KSNV reflects the Sunbelt
division known as Southern Nevada Communications.
GeneralManager Lisa Howfield suggested "broadcast" sounded somewhat
dated in the modern media era. "We thought, why not change, as we're more
than just a broadcast signal," she said.
The new calls now share a template with fellow Sunbelt
properties KRNV Reno and KENV Elko.
An NBC affiliate, KSNV became official July 9 and was marked
with a new graphics package that Howfield describes as "fantastic."
While Howfield said NBC helped with the rebrand by having network stars Al
Roker and Jay Leno state the new calls on Today
and The Tonight Show, viewers in DMA
No. 42 don't typically refer to the station by its calls. "News 3" is
the more common branding.
Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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