|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 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, 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 fired John Tyson, a 25-year veteran reporter, after a traffic accident for talking on his cell phone while driving, on July 20, 2011.
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.
|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 former VHF analog channel 8.
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. 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.
- 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)
Current on-air staff
- 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
- Marc Brown – Former anchor
- Sean Cronin – Former chief meteorologist
- Vicky Nguyen – Former investigative reporter
- "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.
- "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.
- 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.
- KOLO Staff. "Pat Hambright Arrested on DUI and Abuse/Neglect Charges". Kolotv.com. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
- "Photos/Videos of KTVN Channel 2 News - Reina VandeBrake Davis". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
- "Mark Liu - Photos/Videos of KRNV News 4". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
- "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.
- "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.
- 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