KTRE has uniquely positioned itself in the Lufkin-Nacogdoches area, which is in the nation's 109th-ranked television market. It covers a viewing area with a population of approximately 400,000. This trade area is comprised of a diverse marketplace and is considered the regional hub of Deep East Texas. KTRE is affiliated with the ABC television network and has offices and news bureaus in Lufkin and Nacogdoches. The principal cities in the area are the county seats of Angelina and Nacogdoches counties.
This region echoes with the history of Texas. The earliest inhabitants were Caddo Indians, who left us their burial mounds, artifacts and even some of their language. The City of Nacogdoches bears one of their tribal names. Since then the flags of France, Spain, Mexico, The Republic of Texas, and the Confederate have flown here.
The burgeoning timber industry brought the railroad and the area has continued to grow ever since. Forest products are still an important part of the East Texas economy, but they share the spotlight with industries as wide ranging as Lufkin Industries Inc., founded in 1902 to Lockheed Martin Corporation.
KTRE has a long history with the communities it serves. KTRE first signed on the air August 30, 1955, and has continued to grow with the region. KTRE's first news anchorman was Murphy Martin, who later became a local television newsman in Dallas and anchorman for ABC News.
In 1964, the Buford family, owners of KLTV in Tyler, bought KTRE and made it a satellite of KLTV. However, KTRE has come into its own and currently dominates the southern part of the Lufkin-Nacogdoches/Tyler-Longview market. It was sold, along with KLTV, to Civic Communications in the early 1990s. Civic merged with Liberty Corporation in 2002, and in 2006, Raycom Media bought the stations.
KTRE has experienced expansion and technological advancement previously unprecedented in our 50-plus year history. KTRE covers the southern part of the Lufkin-Nacogdoches/Tyler-Longview DMA, which is comprised of 29 counties with a combined population of nearly 1.2 million people (2000 Census), in an area of almost 21,000 square miles. Retail sales for the 29-county area totaled $8.9 billion in the most recent year for which economic census data is available.
KTRE strives to be a good neighbor through community involvement and public service. The Texas State Forest Festival, Blueberry Festival, Pineywoods Fair, Downtown Hoedown and Angelina Benefit Rodeo are just a few of the area events in which we participate.
Local news coverage is a cornerstone of KTRE's importance to the community and the East Texas News serves as the prime source for local news, weather and sports information. Our viewers are kept up to date with KTRE's local East Texas News at 5, 6, and 10 weeknights. In addition, KTRE simulcasts with KLTV Good Morning East Texas, East Texas News MidDay and weekends.
There are many channels to choose from, but there's only one channel that can bring you local East Texas news, weather and sports. The one channel you can depend on is KTRE-TV.