KLAS-TV, virtual channel 8 (digital channel 7), is the CBS-affiliated television station serving the Las Vegas, Nevada market; it is owned and operated by Nexstar Broadcasting Group. The station's studios are located at 3228 Channel 8 Drive, and its transmitter is located on Mount Arden in Henderson.
|Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Branding||Channel 8 (general)
8 News Now (newscasts)
|Slogan||Nevada's First Choice for News (primary)
Anytime. Anywhere. (secondary)
|Channels||Digital: 7 (VHF)|
|Owner||Nexstar Broadcasting Group
|First air date||July 22, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||LAS Vegas|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
|Transmitter power||30.1 kW|
|Transmitter coordinates||35°56′44″N 115°2′33″W / 35.94556°N 115.0425°W / 35.94556; -115.0425|
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further information on KLAS' station history.
KLAS was the first TV station in Nevada (beating KOLO-TV in Reno by two months and five days) and was started by Hank Greenspun on July 22, 1953. Greenspun also owned the Las Vegas Sun. Greenspun sold it to aviation magnate Howard Hughes in 1968, reportedly because the tycoon was dismayed that the station never played his favorite late-night movies. Some time after Hughes' death in 1976, the station was sold to its former owner, Landmark Communications. Landmark Communications renamed itself to Landmark Media Enterprises in September 2008.
On April 16, 1996, KLAS-TV became the first commercial station in Nevada (and one of the first in the United States) to carry a digital broadcast signal. This was for the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention. A little more than four years later on April 6, 2000 the first scheduled high definition network broadcasts in Las Vegas began on KLAS' digital signal.
On January 30, 2008, Landmark announced its intention to sell KLAS, along with its other TV station WTVF in Nashville. No suitable buyer for KLAS was found until Landmark took most of its properties off the market in October 2008 due to the credit crisis.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
KLAS-DT broadcasts on digital channel 7.
|8.1||KLAS-DT||Main KLAS-TV/CBS programming|
After the digital television transition date of June 12, 2009 , KLAS-TV's digital broadcasts remained on channel 7, but through the use of PSIP, digital television will display KLAS-TV's virtual channel as 8.
KLAS' newscasts are generally named "8 News Now". KLAS previously branded its newscasts as Eyewitness News, taking over the name from 1982 after KVBC discontinued using the branding until late 2009. Originally, its newscasts were branded as Newscenter 8, and used the opening Phenix Horns music of Earth Wind & Fire's 1979 single In The Stone for two years. In addition, all KLAS newscasts are simulcast and later rebroadcast on Las Vegas ONE, a regional news channel jointly operated by KLAS, Cox Communications, and the Las Vegas Sun.
For years, KLAS produced a daily interview show, Face to Face with business and political writer Jon Ralston, on sister channel Las Vegas One. Face to Face moved to KVBC Channel 3 in January 2010. Channel 8 has been the ratings leader in Las Vegas for most of its history. On September 21, 1981, KLAS-TV became the first station in Nevada to provide hour-long newscasts.
In March 2006, KLAS revamped Eyewitness News This Morning. At the time, Casey Smith and Charlotte Evans anchored the newscasts, with Sherry Swensk doing the weather, and Dayna Roselli and Justin Cooper (who is no longer with KLAS for non-conflicting reasons) with "Skywitness Traffic". Casey Smith left the station "to further pursue his professional career," while Charlotte Evans moved to the noon and 4:30 p.m. newscasts. Smith was thanked for his "dedication and contributions." In their place, the station promoted longtime sports director Dave McCann to fill one anchoring spot. Denise Valdez, who had just joined the station in January 2006, swapped positions with Charlotte, leaving the noon and 4:30 p.m. newscasts. Smith joined ABC affiliate KTNV (channel 13) a short time later and is now that station's morning and midday anchor. Evans was let go from the station during a massive reorganization in 2008.
Later that year, the station kept its name going. Longtime Metereologist Kevin Janison was fired from the station, after a change that was "in the works for awhile." Gina Cancelliere, Kevin's replacement, joined the station in September 2006. Janison is now the evening metereologist for NBC affiliate KSNV-DT (channel 3). Cancelliere did not stay with the station long. After having a baby, she left to be a stay at home Mom and KLAS brought in Darren Miller as her replacement. On September 17, 2006 KLAS became the first station in the Las Vegas market and the state Nevada, and the eleventh station in the United States, to broadcast its local newscasts in high definition.
KLAS produced a 10 p.m. newscast for KTUD-CA called UPN Eyewitness News, anchored by Denise Saunders. In the fall of 2006 when UPN and The WB merged, KTUD became "Vegas TV" and the newscasts was renamed to suit the new identity. Shortly after the merger however, the station dropped the 10 p.m. newscast and Sanders would later go to KTNV (KTUD has since revived its 10 p.m. newscast, now produced by KSNV).
- 8 News Now This Morning — 4:00 a.m. — 7:00 a.m.
- 8 News Now at Noon — 12:00 p.m. — 12:30 p.m.
- 8 News Now at 4 — 4:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
- 8 News Now at 5 — 5:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
- 8 News Now at 6 — 6:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
- 8 News Now at 11 — 11:00 p.m. — 11:30 p.m.
- 8 News Now at 5: Weekend Edition — 5:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
- 8 News Now at 6: Weekend Edition — 6:00 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.
- 8 News Now at 11: Weekend Edition — 11:00 p.m. — 11:30 p.m.
- 8 News Now This Morning at 6: Weekend Edition — 6:00 a.m. — 6:30 a.m.
- 8 News Now This Morning at 8: Weekend Edition — 8:00 a.m. — 8:30 a.m.
- 8 News Now at 5: Weekend Edition — 5:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
- Politics Now — 5:30 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.
- 8 News Now at 6:30: Weekend Edition — 6:30 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
- 8 News Now at 11: Weekend Edition — 11:00 p.m. — 11:30 p.m.
- Shell News (1953–1957)
- KLAS-TV News (1957–1960s)
- The Big News (1960s–1970s)
- Channel 8 News (1970s)
- NewsCenter 8 (1970s–1982)
- Eyewitness News 8 (1982–1990s)
- Channel 8 Eyewitness News (1990s–2006)
- Channel 8 Eyewitness News HD (2006–2009)
- 8 News Now (2009–present)
 Station slogans
- Channel 8 News, in Color (late 1960s–early 1970s)
- Turn to Channel 8 (early 1970s)
- The Best is Right Here on Channel 8/Channel 8 is Easy on The Eyes (1973–1974; localized version of CBS campaign)
- Catch The Brightest Stars on TV-8 (1975–1976; localized version of CBS campaign)
- Count on the TV-8 News (late 1970s)
- Reach for the Stars on Channel 8 (1981–1982; localized version of CBS campaign)
- Join The Team, on NewsCenter 8 (early 1980s)
- The News Channel for Southern Nevada (mid 1980s)
- Southern Nevada's 24-Hour News Source (late 1980s)
- Southern Nevada's Number One News Team (early 1990s)
- The Look of Southern Nevada is Channel 8 (1991–1992; customized version of CBS campaign)
- People You Can Count On (1992–1995)
- The News Leader (1995–2006)
- The First Local News in HD (2006–2009)
- This Is Where Experience Counts! (2009)
- Anytime. Anywhere. (2009–present; secondary slogan)
- Nevada's First Choice for News (2009–present; primary slogan)
Current on-air staff
- Dave Courvoisier – weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
- Sharie Johnson – weekends at 5:00, 6:00 on Saturdays, 6:30 on Sundays and 11:00 p.m.
- Paul Joncich – weekdays at 4:00 and 4:30 p.m.
- Kirsten Joyce – weekday mornings on 8 News Now This Morning (4:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.)
- Christianne Klein – weekdays at noon, 4:00 and 4:30 p.m.
- Brian Loftus – weekday mornings on 8 News Now This Morning (4:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.)
- Steve Sebelius – co-host; Sundays on Politics Now (5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
- Denise Valdez – weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
- Patrick Walker – co-host; Sundays on Politics Now (5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
- Nia Wong – Sunday mornings on 8 News Now This Morning: Weekend Edition (6:00 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.)
- 8 News Now Neighborhood Weather
- Katie Boer – meteorologist; weekends at 5:00, 6:00 on Saturday, 6:30 on Sunday and 11:00 p.m.
- Ashley Conroy – weather anchor; weekdays at noon, 4:00 and 4:30 p.m.
- Tedd Florendo (NWA member) – chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
- Sherry Swensk – weather anchor; weekday mornings on 8 News Now This Morning (4:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.)
- Sports team
- Ron Futrell – sports reporter
- Chris Maathuis – sports director; weeknights at 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
- Jon Tritsch – sports anchor; weekends at 5:00, 6:00 on Saturdays, 6:30 on Sundays and 11:00 p.m.
- Beat the Traffic
- Demetria Obilor – traffic reporter; weekday mornings on 8 News Now This Morning (4:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.)
- George Knapp – chief investigative reporter
- Michelle Mortensen – 8 On Your Side consumer investigative reporter
- Steve Sebelius – investigative reporter
- Shakala Alvaranga – general assignment reporter
- Karen Castro – general assignment reporter
- Brittany Edney – general assignment reporter
- Mauricio Marin – general assignment reporter
- Vanessa Murphy – general assignment reporter
- Michael Stevens – general assignment reporter
- Patrick Walker – general assignment reporter
Former on-air staff
|Name||Position at KLAS||Years at KLAS||Currently at|
|Zahid Arab||Reporter||2010 to 2012||KDFW|
|Nathan Baca||Reporter||2010 to 2014||WBNS-TV|
|Joe Bartels||Reporter||2011 to 2015||KNXV-TV|
|Scott Bemis||Sports Anchor/Reporter||2011 to 2014||KPGE and KSEE|
|Patranya Bhoolsuwan||Anchor/Reporter||2011 to 2016||KIRO-TV|
|Brian Brennan||Anchor/Reporter||2012 to 2015||KGW|
|Calvert Collins||Reporter||2007 to 2012||Methodist Health System|
|Aaron Drawhorn||Reporter||2006 to 2014||KRQE|
|Melissa Duran||Anchor/Reporter||2006 to 2011||City of Las Vegas|
|Gina Cancelliere||Chief Meteorologist||2006 to 2008||Retired|
|Cindy Cesare||Reporter||N/A||Cin City Media, Inc.|
|Ned Day||Reporter||Late 1970 to 1987||Deceased|
|Atle Erlingsson||Reporter||2002 to 2005||N/A|
|Charlotte Evans||Anchor||N/A to 2008||N/A|
|Pete Ferryman||Anchor||1995 to 2000||KPTV|
|Paula Francis||Anchor/Reporter||1990 to 2016||Retired|
|Michael Geeser||Reporter||N/A||AAA Nevada Spokesperson|
|Polly Gonzalez||Anchor||1994 to 2005||Deceased|
|Jamie Guirola||Reporter||2010 to 2012||WTVJ|
|Jonathan Humbert||Investigative reporter||2007 to 2011||KOMO-TV|
|Kevin Janison||Chief Meteorologist||1994 to 2006||KSNV|
|Shauna Khorrami||Anchor/Reporter||2012 to 2013||Retired|
|Jonathan Martinez||Reporter||2009 to 2011||KPRC-TV|
|Colleen May||Anchor/Reporter||N/A to 2008||Owner of ThinkMedia Now|
|Jonathan McCall||Reporter||2009 to 2011||KOKI-TV|
|Allison McCarthy||Reporter||2002 to 2010||Retired|
|Colleen McCarthy||Investigative reporter||2004 to 2013||Gordon & Silver|
|Dave McCann||Anchor/Reporter||1999 to 2012||KSL|
|Glen Meek||Investigative reporter||2014 to 2015||Retired|
|Darren Miller||Chief Meteorologist||2009 to 2014||Retired|
|Mark Pfister||Weather Anchor/Reporter||1992 to 1995 and 1997 to 2003||N/A|
|Cale Ramaker||2012 to 2014||Anchor/Reporter||KIRO-TV|
|Dayna Roselli||Anchor/Reporter||2004 to 2012||KTNV-TV|
|Lauren Rozyla||Reporter||2012 to 2015||WFTS-TV|
|Chris Saldana||Anchor/Reporter||2004 to 2012||KEYE-TV|
|Casey Smith||Anchor||2000 to 2006||Retired|
|Ken Smith||Reporter||2007 to 2015||Retired|
|Jon Summers||Reporter||N/A||Spokesman for Harry Reid|
|Gary Waddell||Anchor/Reporter||1980 to 2012||Retired|
|Brian Wood (journalist)||Anchor/Reporter||N/A||KATU|
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- K09FL Caliente
- K24GY-D Ely
- K50IY-D Ely & McGill
- K51GR Eureka
- K46GX Henderson
- K31BI Kingman, Arizona
- K22DR Laughlin
- K47HV Lund & Preston
- K11JL Overton
- K49AB Pahrump
- K06DM Panaca
- K55AO Panaca
- K09FJ Pioche
- K03DS-D Ruth
- K09FK Ursine
- KLAS site
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- ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says July 22, while the Television and Cable Factbook says July 8.
- ^ "NewsChannel 5 owner looks to sell station". Nashville Business Journal. 2008-01-30. http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/stories/2008/01/28/daily25.html. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
- ^ http://www.lasvegasnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=9797310&nav=menu102_2
- ^ KLAS-TV Personalities, 8NewsNow.com, Accessed October 20, 2010.