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KOLO-TV logo.png
Reno, Nevada
United States
City of license Reno
Branding KOLO 8 (general)
KOLO 8 News Now (newscasts)
(Pronounced 'co-low')
Slogan On Air, On Line And On The Go
Expect More
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; 60 years ago (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)
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
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.


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.

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 fired John Tyson, a 25-year veteran reporter, after a traffic accident for talking on his cell phone while driving, on July 20, 2011.[4]

KOLO-TV aired a controversial promotional spot that was read out by Sarah Johns depicting Gay marriage as a sin.[5] KOLO-TV later apologized for the incident on their Facebook page.[6]

KOLO-TV aired a controversial report about Ryan Rhea related to the death of KTVN Sports Director J. K. Metzker.[7] KOLO-TV later refused to apologize for the incident on their Facebook page after KTVN apologized for the incident with an updated report.[8][9]

KOLO-TV Anchor and Reporter Pat Hambright was arrested on August 9, 2014, for driving under the influence, failure to decrease speed and child abuse.[10][11][12]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[13]
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.[14]


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. A local KOLO-TV production, Zomboo's House of Horror Movies, has been continuously aired since September 1999 and is the longest running hosted horror picture show in the US.[15][16] 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[17] and YouTube.[18]

News operation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • AP News TelePix (1950s)
  • Channel 8 News (1968–1974)
  • Eyewitness News (1974–1995)
  • NewsChannel 8 (1995–2007)
  • KOLO 8 News Now (2007–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • 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)

On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

  • Sarah Johns – weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Kendra Kostelecky – weekends at 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Dave Lawrence – weekday mornings on Good Morning Reno (5:00–7:00 a.m.) and Midday (11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)
  • Amanda Sanchez – weekday mornings on Good Morning Reno (5:00–7:00 a.m.)
  • Lindsey Matherly – forecaster; weekday mornings on Good Morning Reno (5:00–7:00 a.m.) and Midday (11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.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
  • Rebecca Kitchen – video journalist
  • Colin Lygren – video journalist
  • Ed Pearce – senior reporter
  • Terri Russell – chief reporter
  • Catherine Van – video journalist
  • Matt Vaughan – 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.

Notable former on-air staff[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. ^ "25-year KOLO-TV veteran says he was fired for traffic crash | Reno Gazette-Journal | rgj.com". Archive.rgj.com. 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  5. ^ KOLO-TV (May 16, 2012). "KOLO 8 News in Reno - Gay Marriage = Sin?". YouTube. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ KOLO-TV (May 17, 2012). "KOLO 8 News Now - A promotional spot aired on our station...". Facebook. Retrieved June 2, 2013. [dead link]
  7. ^ KOLO-TV (October 18, 2012). "Man Who Hit And Killed Metzker Surrenders for Plea Deal, Is Released". KOLO-TV. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ KOLO-TV (October 18, 2012). "KOLO 8 News Now - The man who hit and killed Channel 2...". Facebook. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ "CORRECTION – No Probation Violation or DUI Arrest for Ryan Rhea". KTVN. October 18, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ KOLO Staff. "Pat Hambright Arrested on DUI and Abuse/Neglect Charges". Kolotv.com. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  11. ^ "Photos/Videos of KTVN Channel 2 News - Reina VandeBrake Davis". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  12. ^ "Mark Liu - Photos/Videos of KRNV News 4". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  13. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KOLO". Rabbitears.info. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  14. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  15. ^ "DO YOU LIKE SCARY MOVIES?IF YOU DO, YOU'LL LOVE ZOMBOO!". Monster News. October 2001. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  16. ^ Frank Leto_KOLO-TV (March 11, 2014). "Zomboo's House of Horror Movies - About". Facebook. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ Frank Leto_KOLO-TV (March 11, 2014). "Zomboo's House Of Horror Movies". Facebook. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  18. ^ KOLO-TV (March 11, 2014). "YourOldPalZomboo". YouTube. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 

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