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Not to be confused with WOLO-TV, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, South Carolina.
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 Movies!
Translators see list below
Affiliations ABC (1972–present; secondary from 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)
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 Northern 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 hit the airwaves September 23, 1953 as KZTV. It was the second station in Nevada, following KLAS-TV in Las Vegas (which went on air two months earlier) and the first in northern Nevada. 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.

Gray Television is considering selling KOLO-TV to Nexstar Broadcasting Group.

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 Movies!

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 analog channel 8.[5]


Outside of the ABC network schedule syndicated programs featured on KOLO-TV include Live! with Kelly and Michael, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, Jeopardy!, and Wheel of Fortune, among others.

News operation[edit]

KOLO-TV produces the only midday newscast that runs from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. As a result, KOLO-TV airs ABC World News Tonight at 6:00 p.m. KTVN also airs the national newscast at 6:00 p.m. KRNV-DT is the only station to air the national newscast at 5:30 p.m. Other newscasts include a two and a half hour long Good Morning Reno that runs from 4:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and KOLO 8 News Now at 5:00, 5:30, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m. The 4:30 a.m. newscast debuted on October 13, 2014 to compete with KTVN. KRNV-DT is the only station to not have a 4:30 a.m. newscast. On April 20, 2015, KOLO-TV became the first station to offer the 4:30 p.m. newscast on the market after Dr. Oz was moved to an hour-long 2:00 p.m. time slot after The Queen Latifah Show was cancelled and Jeopardy! was added for the 4:00 p.m. time slot.

It is not known whether or not that KOLO-TV will air ABC World News Tonight at 5:30 p.m. and air the newscast at an hour-long 6:00 p.m. newscast on weeknights and a half-hour 6:00 p.m. newscast on weekends.

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. ^ "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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