KOLO-TV

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KOLO-TV
KOLO-TV logo.png
Reno, Nevada
United States
City of license Reno
Branding KOLO 8 (general)
KOLO 8 News Now (newscasts)
(Pronounced 'co-low')
Channels Digital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
Subchannels 8.1 ABC
8.2 Live Well Network
Translators see list below
Affiliations ABC (primary 1972–present; secondary 1953–1967)
Owner Gray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air date September 23, 1953 (1953-09-23)
Former callsigns KZTV (1953–1956)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
8 (VHF, 1953–2009)
Digital: 9 (VHF)
Former affiliations Primary:
CBS (1953–1972)
Secondary:
NBC (1953–1962)
DuMont (1953–1955)
Transmitter power 15.6 kW
Height 893 m
Facility ID 63331
Transmitter coordinates 39°18′49″N 119°53′0″W / 39.31361°N 119.88333°W / 39.31361; -119.88333
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.kolotv.com

KOLO-TV, virtual channel 8, is the ABC–affiliate television station for Northwestern Nevada's Truckee Meadows licensed to Reno. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 8 (virtual channel 8.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter facility shared with KTVN and KRNV-DT on Slide Mountain between SR 431 and I-580 / US 395 / US 395 ALT in Washoe County. The station can also be seen on Charter channel 8 and in high definition on digital channel 788. KOLO-TV is owned and operated by Gray Television. KOLO-TV studios are based at 4850 Ampere Drive in Reno.

History[edit]

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,[1] Bandstand Revue,[2] and Hollywood Wrestling.[3] In 1956 the station's callsign changed into the present-day KOLO-TV. The KZTV call letters now reside on the CBS affiliate in Corpus Christi, Texas.

DuMont folded in 1955, NBC moved to KCRL-TV (now KRNV-DT) 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.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
8.1 720p 16:9 KOLO-DT Main KOLO-TV programming / ABC
8.2 480i 4:3 LWN Live Well Network

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

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 former VHF analog channel 8.[5]

Programming[edit]

KOLO-TV broadcasts the entire ABC schedule, with the exception of program preemptions for breaking news or severe weather coverage. Syndicated programming on KOLO-TV includes Live! with Kelly and Michael, The Queen Latifah Show, Rachael Ray, Dr. Oz, Jeopardy!, and Wheel of Fortune, among others.[citation needed]

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

Translators[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KZTV Programs". Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, NV). 1953-10-10. p. 10. 
  2. ^ "KZTV Channel 8". Nevada State Journal (Reno, NV). 1954-03-24. p. 17. 
  3. ^ "KZTV Log". Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, NV). 1955-03-26. p. 11. 
  4. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KOLO". Rabbitears.info. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  5. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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