KLAS-TV

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KLAS-TV
KLAS-TV 8 logo.png
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Branding Channel 8 (general)
8 News Now (newscasts)
Slogan Nevada's First Choice for News (primary)
Anytime. Anywhere. (secondary)
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
Subchannels See article
Affiliations CBS
Me-TV (DT2)
Movies! (DT3)
Owner Landmark Media Enterprises
(KLAS, LLC)
First air date July 8, 1953
Call letters' meaning LAS Vegas and IATA Code for McCarran International Airport
Former channel number(s) Analog:
8 (VHF, 1953–2009)
Former affiliations Secondary:
ABC (1953–1956)
Transmitter power 30.1 kW
Height 609.1 m
Facility ID 35042
Transmitter coordinates 35°56′44″N 115°2′33″W / 35.94556°N 115.04250°W / 35.94556; -115.04250
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.8newsnow.com

KLAS-TV, virtual channel 8 (VHF digital channel 7), is a CBS-affiliated television station located in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The station is owned by Landmark Media Enterprises. KLAS-TV's studios are located at 3228 Channel 8 Drive near the northern portion of the Las Vegas Strip in the unincorporated community of Paradise (though with a Las Vegas address), and its transmitter is located on Mount Arden in Henderson.

History[edit]

KLAS first signed on the air on July 8, 1953; the station was originally owned by Hank Greenspun, owner of the Las Vegas Sun. Channel 8 was the first television station to sign on in Nevada (beating KOLO-TV in Reno to the air by two months and five days). It has always been a CBS affiliate, but maintained a secondary affiliation with ABC, which it would share with KLRJ/KORK-TV (channel 3, now KSNV-DT) from that station's sign on in January 1955, until KSHO-TV (channel 13, now KTNV-TV) debuted in May 1956. Greenspun sold the station to aviation magnate Howard Hughes in 1968, reportedly because the tycoon was dismayed that the station never played his favorite late night movies. After Hughes' death in 1976, the station was held in an outside trust for another two years until 1978, when it was sold to its current owner, Landmark Communications (Landmark Communications renamed itself to Landmark Media Enterprises in September 2008).

On April 16, 1996, KLAS-TV became the first commercial television station in Nevada (and one of the first in the United States) to carry a digital broadcast signal. This signal was first launched during the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention that year. A little more than four years later on April 6, 2000, the first scheduled high definition network broadcasts in Las Vegas began on KLAS' digital signal.

On January 30, 2008, Landmark announced its intention to sell KLAS, along with its other television station WTVF in Nashville.[1] No suitable buyer for KLAS was found until Landmark took most of its properties off the market in October 2008 due to the economic resession. KLAS and WTVF remained under Landmark ownership for more than four years.

On September 4, 2012, Journal Broadcast Group (owners of one of KLAS's local rivals, ABC affiliate KTNV-TV) announced that it would purchase WTVF for $215 million. The sale was finalized on December 6.[2] This leaves KLAS-TV as the only television station in Landmark's portfolio.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
8.1 1080i 16:9 KLAS-HD Main KLAS-TV programming / CBS
8.2 480i 4:3 MeTV Me-TV
8.3 16:9 Movies Movies![4]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KLAS-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, 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 signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 7.[5][6] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 8.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programming seen on KLAS-TV includes Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Inside Edition, Live! with Kelly and Michael, omg! Insider, EP Daily, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Private Practice and Entertainment Tonight. The station clears the entire CBS network schedule; however, the station airs Let's Make a Deal and The Talk in reverse order from CBS's recommended timeslots for both programs.

News operation[edit]

KLAS-TV presently broadcasts 34½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with six hours on weekdays, 1½ hours on Saturdays and 2½ hours on Sundays). Although Channel 8 does not produce a Saturday edition of its morning newscast, 8 News Now This Morning, the station does produce a newscast which runs for 3 hours weekday mornings from 4 to 7 a.m. and a half-hour on Sunday Mornings at 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., since Channel 8 airs the Saturday edition of CBS This Morning, a national news program from CBS News from 5 to 7 a.m., with no local news or weather cut-ins, just national stuff, including the 6-city weather forecast from various CBS affiliates around the country. Channel 8 has been the ratings leader in the Las Vegas market for most of its history. However in recent years, KLAS's local newscasts have been losing ground in the ratings, with rivals KTNV and KSNV having successfully eroded ratings for KLAS's early evening newscasts; the station's 11 p.m. broadcast is currently the only news program that KLAS wins in total viewers thanks in large part to a strong lead-in from CBS's primetime lineup.

KLAS previously branded its newscasts as Eyewitness News, taking over the name from 1982 after KVBC discontinued using the branding, and used it until late 2009, when its newscasts adopted the 8 News Now title. In the early 1980s, the station's newscasts were branded as Newscenter 8, and used the opening Phenix Horns music of Earth, Wind & Fire's 1979 single In The Stone for two years. On September 21, 1981, KLAS-TV became the first station in the state of Nevada to provide hour-long newscasts. For years, KLAS produced a daily interview show called Face to Face, hosted by business and political writer Jon Ralston, which aired on sister channel Las Vegas One; the program moved to NBC affiliate KVBC (channel 3, now KSNV) in January 2010.

Beginning in the fall of 2005, KLAS produced a 10 p.m. newscast for KTUD-CA called UPN Eyewitness News, anchored by Denise Saunders. In the fall of 2006 when KTUD became an independent station, that station was rebranded on-air as "Vegas TV" and the newscasts was renamed to suit the new identity. Shortly after the merger however, the station dropped the 10 p.m. newscast and Sanders would later go to KTNV (KTUD later revived its 10 p.m. newscast, produced by KSNV, from October 2009 to August 2010).

In March 2006, KLAS revamped the station's morning newscast, Eyewitness News This Morning. At the time, Casey Smith and Charlotte Evans anchored the newscasts, with Sherry Swensk doing the weather, and Dayna Roselli and Justin Cooper (who is no longer with KLAS for non-conflicting reasons) with Skywitness Traffic. Smith left the station "to further pursue his professional career", while Evans moved to the noon and 4:30 p.m. newscasts. In their place, the station promoted longtime sports director Dave McCann to fill one anchoring spot. Denise Valdez, who had just joined the station in January 2006, swapped positions with Charlotte, leaving the noon and 4:30 p.m. newscasts. Smith joined ABC affiliate KTNV (channel 13) a short time later and became that station's morning and midday anchor. Evans was let go from the station during a massive reorganization in 2008.

Later that year, longtime meteorologist Kevin Janison left the station before resurfacing (after sitting out a year) at KVBC. Gina Cancelliere, Kevin's replacement, joined the station in September 2006, but did not stay with the station long. After having a baby, she left to be a stay-at-home mom and KLAS brought in Darren Miller as her replacement. On September 17, 2006, KLAS became the first station in the Las Vegas market and the state of Nevada, and the eleventh station in the United States, to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition.

In June 2012, a new anchor team was announced for KLAS's last place morning show. On July 9, 2012, longtime evening anchor Gary Waddell announced on that day's 4 p.m. newscast that he was retiring after 32 years at KLAS-TV. His tenure at channel 8, along with a prior four-year tenure at KORK-TV (now KSNV) is, as he figured out, the longest of any television anchor in Southern Nevada; Waddell's last day at KLAS was August 3, 2012. Paul Joncich, formerly of Cleveland's WOIO, replaced him as midday and 4 p.m. anchor on August 13.

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • Shell News (1953–1957)
  • KLAS-TV News (1957–1961)
  • The Big News (1961–1966)
  • Channel 8 News (1966–1974)
  • TV-8 News (1974–1980)
  • NewsCenter 8 (1980–1982)
  • Eyewitness News 8 (1982–1989)
  • Channel 8 Eyewitness News (1989–2009; stylized as Channel 8 Eyewitness News HD from 2006 to 2009)
  • 8 News Now (2009–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Channel 8 News, in Color" (late 1960s-early 1970s)
  • "Turn to Channel 8" (early 1970s)
  • "Count on the TV-8 News" (late 1970s)
  • "Join the Team, on NewsCenter 8" (early 1980s)
  • "The NewsChannel for Southern Nevada" (mid-1980s)
  • "Southern Nevada's 24-Hour News Source" (late 1980s)
  • "Southern Nevada's Number One News Team" (early 1990s)
  • "People You Can Count On" (1992–1995)
  • "The News Leader" (1995–2006)
  • "The First Local News in HD" (2006–2009)
  • "This Is Where Experience Counts!" (2009)
  • "Anytime. Anywhere." (2009–present; secondary slogan)
  • "Nevada's First Choice for News" (2009–present; primary slogan)
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News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

KLAS-TV's primary news anchors are Patranya Bhoolsuwan (Sunday mornings on 8 News Now This Morning from 6-6:30 and 8-8:30 a.m.), Dave Courvoisier (weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.), Paula Francis (weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.), Paul Joncich (weekdays at noon and 4 p.m.), Kirsten Joyce (weekday mornings on 8 News Now This Morning from 4-7 a.m.), Brian Loftus (weekday mornings on 8 News Now This Morning from 4-7 a.m.), Sharie Jackson (Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 6:30 and weekends at 5 and 11 p.m., also weekday 4 and weeknight 5 and 6 p.m. reporter) and Denise Valdez (weekdays at noon and 4 p.m.).[7]

The 8 News Now Neighborhood Weather team includes chief meteorologist Darren Miller (AMS member; NWA member; weekdays at 4, and weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.), meteorologist Diane Tuazon(member, AMS; member, NWA; Sunday mornings on 8 News Now This Morning from 6-6:30 and 8-8:30 a.m., Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 6:30 and weekends at 5 and 11 p.m., also reporter) and weather anchor Sherry Swensk (weekday mornings on 8 News Now This Morning from 4-7 a.m. and weekdays at noon).[7]

The station's sports team includes sports director Chris Maathuis (weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m., also Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 6:30 and weekends at 11 p.m.) [7]

The station's reporting staff includes Joe Bartels (general assignment reporter), Patranya Bhoolsuwan (general assignment reporter), Brian Brennan (general assignment reporter), Scott Daniels (general assignment reporter), Aaron Drawhorn (general assignment reporter), Cassandra Garcia (general assignment reporter), Lauren Rozyla (general assignment reporter), Steve Sebelius (political reporter) and Ken Smith ("Chopper 8" reporter; weekday mornings from 4-7 a.m., weekdays at 4 and weeknights at 5 p.m.). Reporters for the station's I-Team investigative unit are Nathan Baca, George Knapp (senior investigative reporter), Collen McCarty and Michelle Mortenson.[7]

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

  • Cindy Cesare - reporter (now at Cin City Media, Inc.)
  • Ned Day - reporter (1970–1987; deceased)
  • Gary Waddell - Noon, 4, and 6 p.m. anchor (retired)
  • Brian Wood - anchor/reporter (now at KATU in Portland, Oregon)
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Translators[edit]

KLAS' signal is relayed throughout Nevada and parts of Arizona on the following translator stations:

City of license Callsign Channel
Caliente K09FL-D 9
Ely K24GY-D 24
Ely & McGill K50IY-D 50
Eureka K51GR 51
Kingman, Arizona K31BI-D 31
Laughlin K22DR 22
Lund & Preston K47HV-D 47
Overton K18IP-D 18
Pahrump K24BY-D 24
K49AB 49
Panaca K06DM-D 6
Pioche K09FJ-D 9
Ruth K03DS-D 3
Ursine K09FK-D 9

Heliport[edit]

KLAS Channel 8 Heliport - (FAA LID: NV38)

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