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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)
(King Broadcasting Company)
|First air date||October 29, 1954|
|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)
|Transmitter power||893 kW|
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.
|2.1||1080i||16:9||KREM-TV||Main KREM programming / CBS|
KREM shut down analog transmissions on June 12, 2009. The station remained on its pre-transition channel 20. 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, followed by the 1933 movie The Private Life of Henry VIII. 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.
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.
|This section requires expansion with: further information on KREM's news operation. (December 2011)|
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KREM is rebroadcast on the following translator stations.
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