|City of license||Reno|
|Branding||KOLO 8 (general)
KOLO 8 News Now (newscasts)
|Slogan||On Air, On Line And On The Go
|Channels||Digital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
8.2 Live Well Network
|Translators||see list below|
|Affiliations||ABC (primary 1972–present; secondary 1953–1967)|
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||September 23, 1953|
|Former callsigns||KZTV (1953–1956)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
8 (VHF, 1953–2009)
Digital: 9 (VHF)
|Transmitter power||15.6 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KOLO-TV, virtual channel 8, is the ABC–affiliate serving Reno and the surrounding areas. It is owned by Gray Television and operates on digital channel 8. Syndicated programing on KOLO-TV includes Live! with Kelly and Michael (9:00–10:00 a.m.), The Chew (12:00–1:00 p.m.), General Hospital (1:00–2:00 p.m.), The Queen Latifah Show (2:00–3:00 p.m.), Rachael Ray (3:00–4:00 p.m.), Dr. Oz (4:00–5:00 p.m.), Jeopardy! (7:00–7:30 p.m.), Wheel of Fortune (7:30–8:00 p.m.) and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (11:35 p.m.–12:35 a.m.), among others. A notable local KOLO-TV production, Zomboo's House of Horror Movies (Saturdays 11:35 p.m.-1:30 a.m.), has been continuously aired since September 1999 and is the longest running hosted horror picture show in the US. Zomboo, a full dress clown-like figure with fangs, has a local fan base and regularly participates in local community events as well as in social media such as Facebook and YouTube.
KOLO was the first station in Reno, having been founded (as KZTV) on September 23, 1953; and the second station in Nevada, following KLAS-TV in Las Vegas (which went on air two months before KLAS. It carried programming from all four networks, but was a primary CBS affiliate. The station also carried programs from the short-lived Paramount Television Network; KZTV was one of that network's strongest affiliates, airing Paramount programs such as Time For Beany, Bandstand Revue, and Hollywood Wrestling. In 1956 The Station's Callsign changed into the present-day KOLO-TV.
DuMont folded in 1955, NBC moved to KCRL-TV (now KRNV-TV) in 1962, and ABC moved to KTVN in 1967. KOLO and KTVN swapped affiliations in 1972. KOLO also carried Sesame Street for several years, before Reno had a PBS station of its own (KNPB).
The analog signal of KOLO-TV went off the air at 12:30 PM on January 12, 2009, so that the station could complete work on the transmitter on Slide Mountain in order to move the digital signal back to Channel 8.
KOLO-TV aired a controversial report about Ryan Rhea related to the death of KTVN Sports Director J. K. Metzker. KOLO-TV later refused to apologize for the incident on their Facebook page after KTVN apologized for the incident with an updated report.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|8.1||720p||16:9||KOLO-DT||Main KOLO-TV programming / ABC|
|8.2||480i||4:3||LWN||Live Well Network|
KOLO-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 relocated from its pre-transition VHF channel 9 to its former analog-era VHF channel 8.
- Pat Hambright – weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
- Sarah Johns – weeknights at 5:00, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
- Kendra Kostelecky – weekends at 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
- Dave Lawrence – weekday mornings (5:00–7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at 11:00 and 11:30 a.m.
- Amanda Sanchez – weekday mornings (5:00–7:00 a.m.)
- Lindsey Matherly – forecaster; weekday mornings (5:00–7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at 11:00 and 11:30 a.m.
- Dick Stoddard (NWA Seal of Approval) – meteorologist; weekends at 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
- Jeff Thompson (AMS and NWA Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seals of Approval) – chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
- Chris Buckley – general assignment reporter and video journalist
- Angela Chen – general assignment reporter and video journalist
- Joe Harrington – general assignment reporter and video journalist
- Rebecca Kitchen – general assignment reporter and video journalist
- Colin Lygren – general assignment reporter and video journalist
- Ed Pearce – general assignment reporter and video journalist
- Terri Russell – general assignment reporter and video journalist
- Catherine Van – general assignment reporter and video journalist
- Josh Little – sports director; weeknights at 5:30, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
- Ben Ross – sports anchor; weekends at 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
- David Muir – 20/20 co-host (Fridays at 10:00 p.m.) and ABC World News host (weekends at 6:00 p.m.)
- John Muller – World News Now co-host; weekday mornings (2:00–4:30 a.m.) and America This Morning co-host (weekday mornings at 4:30 a.m.)
- Diana Perez – World News Now co-host; weekday mornings (2:00–4:30 a.m.) and America This Morning co-host (weekday mornings at 4:30 a.m.)
- Diane Sawyer – ABC World News host (weeknights at 6:00 p.m.)
- Elizabeth Vargas – 20/20 co-host (Fridays at 10:00 p.m.)
Notable former on-air staff
- Marc Brown – Former anchor
- Sean Cronin – Former chief meteorologist
- Vicky Nguyen – Former investigative reporter
- AP News TelePix (1950s)
- Channel 8 News (1968–1974)
- Eyewitness News (1974–1995)
- NewsChannel 8 (1995–2007)
- KOLO 8 News Now (2007–present)
- TV8 ALive (1977–1983)
- Dynamic 8 (1983–1988)
- The Team You Know and Trust (1995–2007)
- On Air, On Line And On The Go (2010–present)
- Expect More (2013–present)
- "DO YOU LIKE SCARY MOVIES?IF YOU DO, YOU'LL LOVE ZOMBOO!". Monster News. October, 2001. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
- Frank Leto_KOLO-TV (March 11, 2014). "Zomboo's House of Horror Movies - About". Facebook. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
- Frank Leto_KOLO-TV (March 11, 2014). "Zomboo's House Of Horror Movies". Facebook. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
- KOLO-TV (March 11, 2014). "YourOldPalZomboo". YouTube. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
- "KZTV Programs". Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, NV). 1953-10-10. p. 10.
- "KZTV Channel 8". Nevada State Journal (Reno, NV). 1954-03-24. p. 17.
- "KZTV Log". Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, NV). 1955-03-26. p. 11.
- KOLO-TV (May 16, 2012). "KOLO 8 News in Reno - Gay Marriage = Sin?". YouTube. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
- KOLO-TV (May 17, 2012). "KOLO 8 News Now - A promotional spot aired on our station...". Facebook. Retrieved June 2, 2013.[dead link]
- KOLO-TV (October 18, 2012). "Man Who Hit And Killed Metzker Surrenders for Plea Deal, Is Released". KOLO-TV. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
- KOLO-TV (October 18, 2012). "KOLO 8 News Now - The man who hit and killed Channel 2...". Facebook. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
- "CORRECTION – No Probation Violation or DUI Arrest for Ryan Rhea". KTVN. October 18, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
- "RabbitEars TV Query for KOLO". Rabbitears.info. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- KOLOTV.com – Official Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KOLO-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KOLO-TV
- Zomboo's House of Horror Movies – Official Website