|Branding||KOLO 8 (general)
KOLO 8 News Now (newscasts)
|Slogan||Covering the News That Matters to You|
|Channels||Digital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
|Translators||see list below|
|Affiliations||ABC (secondary 1953–1967; primary 1972–present)|
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||September 23, 1953|
|Former callsigns||KZTV (1953–1956)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
8 (VHF, 1953–2009)
9 (VHF, until 2009)
PBS (per-program; 1970–1983)
|Transmitter power||15.6 kW|
|Height||893 m (2,930 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile
KOLO-TV is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Reno, Nevada, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and VHF channel 8 from a transmitter facility shared with CBS affiliate KTVN (channel 2) and NBC affiliate KRNV-DT (channel 4) on Slide Mountain between SR 431 and I-580/US 395/US 395 ALT in unincorporated Washoe County. The station can also be seen on Charter Spectrum channel 8 and in high definition on digital channel 788. Owned by Gray Television, KOLO-TV maintains studios on 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; despite this, none of the soap operas it cleared during the 1950s came from CBS. 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. 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 p.m. 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.
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|
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 channel 8.
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 as a re-run for the 4:00 p.m. time slot.
Notable former on-air staff
- Marc Brown – Former anchor
- Jean Casarez – Former weekend anchor
- Sean Cronin – Former chief meteorologist
- Pete Giddings – Former chief meteorologist
- Peter Laufer – Former reporter
- Vicky Nguyen – Former investigative reporter
- Brian Sussman – Former meteorologist
- Rene Syler – Former weekend anchor
- Henry Wofford – Former weekend sports anchor
- "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.
- "RabbitEars TV Query for KOLO". Rabbitears.info. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- "KOLO is ready for some more "News NOW" at 4:30 p.m." The Changing Newscasts Blog. Roly Ortega. Retrieved 2 July 2015.