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Spokane, Washington/Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Branding KREM 2 (general)
KREM 2 News (newscasts)
Slogan When It Matters Most
Channels Digital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
Subchannels 2.1 CBS
2.2 TheCoolTV
Translators (see article)
Owner Belo Corporation
(King Broadcasting Company)
First air date October 29, 1954[1]
Call letters' meaning Named after former sister radio stations (KREM sounds like Crem)
Sister station(s) KSKN, KING-TV, KGW, KTVB, Northwest Cable News
Former channel number(s) Analog:
2 (VHF, 1954-2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
ABC (1954-1976)
DuMont (1954-1956)
Transmitter power 893 kW
Height 641 m
Facility ID 34868
Transmitter coordinates 47°35′40.9″N 117°17′56.8″W / 47.594694°N 117.299111°W / 47.594694; -117.299111
Website www.krem.com

KREM, virtual channel 2, is the CBS-affiliated television station serving the Spokane, Washington-Coeur d'Alene, Idaho market. It broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 20. The station is owned and operated by the Belo Corporation, and is operated in a duopoly with area CW affiliate KSKN (channel 22). The two stations share all back-office functions, and KREM produces a 10 p.m. newscast for air on KSKN. KREM can be seen in high-definition on Comcast channel 102 for the Spokane area, channel 702 on Time Warner for the Coeur d'Alene area and for the Palouse, and channel 2 (both standard definition and high definition) for both Dish Network and DirecTV viewers.

KREM and KSKN are a part of the Belo Northwest cluster, which includes KING and its sister station KONG, Seattle; KGW, Portland, Oregon; and KTVB in Boise. All four stations provide material to co-owned Northwest Cable News, a regional 24-hour cable news service based in Seattle serving much of the region. KREM is the only non-NBC affiliate to be a primary contributor to NWCN, with the exception of KSKN and Seattle independent station KONG. It is one of five local Spokane area television stations seen in Canada on the Shaw Direct satellite service. It can also been seen on local cable systems in eastern British Columbia.


  Digital orogramming

Digital channels

Channel Video Aspect Name Programming
2.1 1080i 16:9 KREM-TV Main KREM programming / CBS
2.2 480i 4:3 KREM-DT TheCoolTV

  Post-analog shutdown

KREM shut down analog transmissions on June 12, 2009.[2] The station remained on its pre-transition channel 20.[3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display KREM's virtual channel as 2.


KREM-TV signed on October 31, 1954 with an "inaugural program" at 6:30 pm[4], followed by the 1933 movie The Private Life of Henry VIII.[5] It initially carried dual-affiliation with ABC and the DuMont Network, the latter shared with cross-town competitor KXLY-TV because of its then-CBS affiliation at the time. After DuMont dissolved, KREM continued as an ABC affiliate. In the late 1950s, the station was briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[6]

KREM-TV was affiliated with ABC until August 8, 1976, when it swapped affiliations with KXLY-TV, whom CBS immediately dropped for constantly pre-empting or delaying its network shows. KREM thus became a full member of the CBS network.

KREM-TV was originally owned by the owner of KREM radio (AM 970, now KTRW at AM 960; and FM 92.9, now KZZU). The King Broadcasting Company, run by Seattle businesswoman Dorothy Bullitt, bought the KREM stations in 1957; the radio stations were sold off in 1984. (Coincidentally, the former KREM-FM is now a sister station to KXLY-TV.) King Broadcasting was sold in 1992 to the Providence Journal Company, which merged with current owner Belo Corporation five years later.


KREM currently features CBS programming, as well as local news, public affairs and syndicated entertainment programming including The 700 Club, Dr. Phil, The Dr. Oz Show, Inside Edition, and Access Hollywood.

  News operation

In April 2010, KREM and KSKN began broadcasting its local newscasts in 16:9 enhanced definition widescreen.[7]

  News/station presentation

  Newscast titles

  • Newsbeat (1954–1958)
  • Newsroom (1958–1963)
  • TV-2 News (1963–1967)
  • Eyewitness News (1967–1974)
  • Channel 2 News (1974–1979)
  • KREM 2 News (1979–present)[8]

  Station slogans

  • "The Switcheroo is to Channel 2" (1964)
  • "Why 2 Eye 2" (1965)
  • "Spokane's Color Station" (1966)
  • "Eyewitness News, in SUPERCOLOR" (1967–1969)
  • "Eyewitness News, The Team That Really Knows News" (early 1970s)
  • "Channel 2, Spokane's Own" (early 1970s)
  • "You're in 2 Country" (mid-late 1970s)
  • "Turn to 2" (early 1980s)
  • "KREM 2 News, First in Spokane" (mid 1980s)
  • "You and KREM 2, We've Got the Touch" (1984–1985; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • "Your 24 Hour News Leader" (early 1990s)
  • "Coverage You Can Count On" (1998–2008)
  • "When it Matters Most (to You)" (2008-present)

  News team[9]


  • Danielle Grant - weekend co-anchor; Sundays at 6:30, and weekends at 5, 6, 10 (on KSKN) and 11 p.m. (also weekday morning reporter)
  • Jane McCarthy - weeknights at 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m.; fill-in anchor at 10 (on KSKN) and 11 p.m. (weeknights)
  • Chris Nguyen - Sundays at 6:30, and weekends at 5, 6, 10 (on KSKN) and 11 p.m.
  • Laura Papetti - weekday mornings First Edition; also fill-in noon anchor (wife of Gonzaga University TV sports announcer Greg Heister)[10]
  • Randy Shaw - weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30, 10 (on KSKN) and 11 p.m.
  • Sten Walstrom - weekday mornings First Edition and noon

Storm Tracker 2 Weather

  • Tom Sherry (NWA Seal of Approval; member, AMS) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30, 10 (on KSKN) and 11 p.m.
  • Katie Boer - weekday mornings First Edition and noon meteorologist
  • Danielle Grant - weekend meteorologist; Sundays at 6:30, and weekends at 5, 6, 10 (on KSKN) and 11 p.m.
  • Michelle Boss (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; fill-in
  • Randy Mann - meteorologist; fill-in

Sports team

  • Darnay Tripp - sports director; weeknights at 6, 10 (on KSKN), and 11 p.m.
  • Mike Boyle - sports anchor; fill-in, also sports reporter (voice of the Spokane Chiefs and the Spokane Indians)


  • Chelsey Brooks- digital media reporter (weeknight evenings)
  • Shawn Chitnis - general assignment reporter; also fill-in sports anchor
  • Danielle Grant - general assignment reporter (weekday mornings)
  • Cole Heath - North Idaho reporter
  • Ashley Korslein - general assignment reporter (also 2 On Your Side reporter)
  • Othello Richards - general assignment reporter
  • Honora Swanson - general assignment reporter
  • Katie Utehs - general assignment reporter/fill-in weather meteorologist
  • Jen York - digital media reporter (weekday mornings/noon edition)

  Notable former on-air staff

  • Paul Deanno - weekday morning anchor/meteorologist (1997-1999; formerly meteorologist in Philadelphia and Miami; now weekday meteorologist for KOMO-TV in Seattle)
  • Kathi Goertzen - station intern (May–June 1980; now special on-air reporter at KOMO-TV in Seattle)
  • Eric Johnson - sports director (1987-1989; went to sister station KGW from 1989-1993; now 5 p.m. co-anchor and sports director for KOMO-TV in Seattle)
  • Maureen O'Boyle - weeknight anchor (1986-1990; later host of A Current Affair from 1990–1994 and Extra from 1997-2000; now evening anchor at WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina)

  Past logos

The logo used from 1994 through April 16, 2007 was a former logo of KCBS-TV (another CBS station; owned and operated) from 1994 to 1997. [11].


KREM is rebroadcast on the following translator stations.


  External links



All translations of KREM_(TV)

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