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|Albuquerque/Santa Fe, New Mexico
|City of license||Albuquerque/Santa Fe|
|Branding||KOAT 7 (general)
Action 7 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Coverage You Can Count On|
|Channels||Digital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
7.2 Estrella TV
|Affiliations||ABC (primary until 1955; exclusive 1955-present)|
|Owner||Hearst Television, Inc.
(KOAT Hearst Television, Inc.)
|First air date||September 28, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||COAT or KO Albuquerque Television|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
7 (VHF, 1953–2009)
21 (UHF, 2002–2009)
|Transmitter power||26.5 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KOAT-TV, channel 7, is an ABC network affiliated television station serving Albuquerque, New Mexico. Its transmitter is located on Sandia Crest, northeast of Albuquerque, and has studios located in Northeast Albuquerque. Syndicated programming on KOAT includes: Entertainment Tonight, Ellen, The Dr. Oz Show, and Live! with Kelly and Michael.
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KOAT signed on September 28, 1953, less than a week before KGGM-TV (now KRQE). It was locally owned by Albert M Cadwell & Walter Stiles. The station signed on as an ABC affiliate. In 1957 KOAT was sold to Alvarado Television (the owner of KVOA in Tucson, Arizona), and in 1962 both stations were sold to Steinman Stations, who owned WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and later acquired WTEV (now WLNE-TV) in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Steinman sold both KOAT and KVOA to Pulitzer, the then-owner of KSD-TV (now KSDK) in St. Louis, in 1969.  This made KOAT Pulitzer's second television station acquisition outside of its home city of St. Louis; the KOAT acquisition was consummated a year after Pulitzer closed on its purchase of KVOA. A decade later, the other two Steinman stations were sold to Pulitzer as well, reuniting them with KOAT (KVOA was spun off in 1972).
In 1999, Pulitzer sold its entire broadcasting division, including KOAT and WGAL, to Hearst-Argyle. In mid-2009 the Hearst Corporation, already majority owner of what was Hearst-Argyle Television, bought out all of the then-publicly traded shares and changed the broadcasting group's name to Hearst Television.
KOAT uses a version of the Circle 7 logo used by many other ABC stations, both owned-and-operated stations and affiliates. The "Circle 7" logo has been used at KOAT since 1971 and the Action News title since 1974.
1450 kHz in Albuquerque is now KRZY.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|7.1||720p||16:9||KOAT-DT||Main KOAT-TV programming / ABC|
KOAT-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, 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 relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 21 to VHF channel 7.
KOAT-TV formerly operated three satellite stations, which rebroadcast its signal and add local content for other parts of the broadcast market:
|Station||City of license||Channels
|First air date||Last air date||Former callsigns||ERP
|Facility ID||Transmitter Coordinates|
|KOCT||Carlsbad||19 (UHF)||6||August 24, 1956||July 18, 2012||KAVE-TV (1956–1987)
|15 kW||333 m||53908|
|KOFT1||Farmington||8 (VHF)||3||2002||November 2007||40 kW||165.9 m||53904|
|KOVT||Silver City||10 (VHF)||10||September 19872||July 18, 2012||KWNM-TV (1987–1992)||3.2 kW||485 m||53911|
- 1. KOFT never operated its analog signal; its digital station was operated via Special Temporary Authorization.
- 2. The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says KOVT signed on September 9, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on September 10.
KOCT, formerly KAVE-TV and KVIO-TV, became part of the KOAT-TV operation in 1993 after previously serving as a satellite of El Paso ABC affiliate KVIA-TV. The Carlsbad station began in 1956 as KAVE-TV, a CBS/NTA Film Network affiliate with studio and transmitter facilities on Church Street in Carlsbad. In 1966, when Roswell, New Mexico station KBIM-TV became the CBS affiliate for southeastern New Mexico, KAVE became a satellite station of then-ABC affiliate KMOM-TV in Monahans, Texas (now NBC affiliate KWES-TV, Midland-Odessa, Texas) and then of KVIA-TV in El Paso in 1976.
Hearst-Argyle surrendered the license of KOFT to the FCC on November 13, 2007, though its license was not canceled until May 5, 2010. Hearst then informed the FCC on July 18, 2012 that it would discontinue the operations of KOCT and KOVT; their licenses were canceled on August 1. The move was made to eliminate the need to maintain the KOCT and KOVT public files in their respective cities due to FCC regulations which went into effect on that date; both stations were promptly replaced with KOAT translator stations on the same channels to continue providing service to both cities.
In addition, there are several low-powered repeaters that carry KOAT's programming throughout New Mexico, northeastern Arizona and southern Colorado.
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Ordinarily, KOAT produces just over four hours of local news each weekday, and 4½ hours each on Saturdays and Sundays. The station's newscasts, known as Action 7 News, have led the ratings in New Mexico for over 30 years. Weather forecaster Howard Morgan worked at KOAT for 28 years before retiring in 1999.
KOAT is also one of six ABC affiliates and one of three Hearst-owned ABC stations to have an hour-long 10 p.m. newscast, along with KITV in Honolulu and WISN in Milwaukee; as well as KRGV in Weslaco, Texas, KSTP in Saint Paul, Minnesota, KIFI in Idaho Falls, Idaho and WEAR in Pensacola, Florida.
KOAT does not broadcast in high definition; however on June 13, 2010, the station began broadcasting its newscasts in 16:9 standard definition widescreen. The station plans to air its newscasts in high definition, but no date has been confirmed as to when. Rival KRQE (along with sister station KASA) is the only newscast in the Albuquerque market to broadcast in true high definition, while other rival KOB now also airs local news in 16:9 standard definition widescreen.
- Your Esso Reporter (1953–1960)
- Newsroom (1960–1962)
- TV-7 News (1962–1971)
- Big 7 News (1971–1974)
- TV-7 Action News (1974–1976)
- Action 7 News (1976–present)
- Action News is Everywhere (1978)
- Working Hard For You (1978)
- New Mexico's News Leader (1980s-1998)
- The Area's #1 News Source (early 1990s)
- 7 On Your Side (mid 1990s)
- Coverage You Can Count On (1998–present)
Current on-air staff
- Royale Da - Saturdays at 6:00 and weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also weekday reporter
- Doug Fernandez - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Shelly Ribando - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Marisa Maez - weekday mornings on More in the Morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
- Todd Kurtz - weekday mornings on More in the Morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.); also weekday reporter
First Alert Weather Team
- Joe Diaz (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Eric Green (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) Seal of Approval - meteorologist; weekday mornings on More in the Morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
- Byron Morton (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; weekend mornings on More in the Morning (6:00-9:00 a.m.), Saturdays at 6:00 and weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Orlando Sanchez - sports director; Saturdays at 6:00 and weekends at 5:00 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.
- Angela Brauer - general assignment reporter
- Megan Cruz - general assignment reporter
- Alana Grimstad - general assignment reporter
- Aaron Hilf - general assignment reporter
- Dr. Barry Ramo - Health Beat reporter
- Regina Ruiz - general assignment reporter
- Mike Springer - general assignment reporter
- Laura Thoren - general assignment reporter
- Anna Velasquez - general assignment reporter
Hearst Television Washington Bureau
- Sally Kidd - Washington Bureau correspondent
- Laurie Kinney - Washington Bureau correspondent
- Traci Mitchell - Washington Bureau correspondent
- KOAT Purchase is for $12,500 Plus Its Debts, Albuquerque Tribune (Albuquerque, NM) Jan. 12, 1957 pg. 1-2
- "$20 million in TV sales approved." Broadcasting, May 12, 1969, pg. 48. 
- FCC Approves KOAT-TV Sale For $5 million, Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM) May 9, 1969 pg. F8
- Advertisement: Albuquerque Tribune (Albuquerque, NM), Aug. 19, 1974 pg. A-9
- US Network-Affiliated AM Radio Stations, 1949
- Directory of AM, FM and TV Staions of the US
- Radio truck seen in Ace in the Hole, IMCDb
- RabbitEars TV Query for KOAT
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- KOAT to buy Carlsbad station, Roswell Daily Record (Roswell, NM) May 28, 1993 pg. 27
- "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films", Boxoffice, November 10, 1956: 13
- KOFT-DT request to FCC to cease operation
- Pendarvis, Clay C. (May 5, 2010). "Re: KOFT, Farmington, New Mexico" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- Harding, Kevin R. (August 1, 2012). "In Re: BLCDT-20090616ABK" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- Harding, Kevin R. (August 1, 2012). "In Re: BLCDT-20090616ABR" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- "Request for Waiver of Filing Freeze" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. July 7, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
- KOAT.com - Official Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KOAT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KOAT-TV