KVVU-TV, virtual channel 5.1, is a Fox-affiliated television station serving the Las Vegas, Nevada market. It is owned and operated by Meredith Corporation. It transmits its digital signal on VHF channel 9. The station's studios and transmitter are located in Henderson, its city of license. Syndicated programming on KVVU includes: TMZ on TV, Extra, Don't Forget the Lyrics!, and America's Funniest Home Videos.

200px-KVVU-TV 5 www.kvvutv
Henderson / Las Vegas, Nevada
Branding Fox 5 Las Vegas(general)

Fox 5 News (news)

Slogan Local. Las Vegas.
Channels Digital: 9 (VHF)

Virtual: 5 (PSIP)

Subchannels 5.1 Fox TV

5.2 Fox 5 Weather 24/7

Affiliations Fox
Owner Meredith Corporation

(KVVU Broadcasting Corporation)

First air date September 10, 1967
Former callsigns KHBV-TV (1967-1971)
Former channel number(s) Analog:

5 (VHF, 1967-2009)

Former affiliations independent (1967-1986)
Transmitter power 86 kW
Height 384.5 m
Facility ID 35870
Transmitter coordinates 36°0′26″N115°0′22″W


KVVU went on the air September 10, 1967[1] as KHBV-TV, Nevada's first independent station; the current call letters were adopted in 1971 as KVVU-TV. It originally broadcast from a converted Flying A gas station along Boulder Highway near Sunset Road, while the offices were housed in a modern office building on Flamingo Road.

KVVU was owned for several years by Johnny Carson, who visited the station fairly often.[2] Under Carson, the station often ran R-rated theatrical films uncut in the late-night/early morning hours. While the afternoon (1 p.m.) and evening (9 p.m.) movie would be always different, the same film would be run uncut in the evening and censored in the afternoon, but not on the same day. The evening movie generally reran at 1 a.m. almost every day. Films with questionable content were sometimes prefaced by a pre-recorded warning from Carson.

Meredith Corporation bought the station in 1985.[3] The station's "5" logo for the next four years was used on other Meredith-owned stations broadcasting on channel 5, including KPHO-TV, WNEM-TV, KCTV and WTVH. Under Meredith, KVVU is the only Fox station under the same ownership since 2001. The station moved into its present home on Sunset Way in the Green Valley subdivision of Henderson in 1991.

KVVU was not part of the 1994 affiliation deal between Meredith and CBS because that network had a long-term affiliation contract with its existing affiliate KLAS-TV (however, KPHO and WNEM were part of the Meredith-CBS deal, and KCTV was already affiliated with that network). It was one of only five stations (not counting satellites or semi-satellites) under Meredith ownership (the company having recently sold off WTVH) at the time of the deal.

The station announcer Ralph Menard, in the 1970s and 1980s would identify channel 5 with the catch-phrase "Henderson and Laaassss Vegas". (This announcer continued well into at least 1998).

In June 2006, the station's website was redesigned (along with those of four of Meredith Corporation's other stations). The old website was operated by the Local Media Network division of World Now. Internet Broadcasting currently operates the site.

Digital television

KVVU-DT broadcasts on digital channel 9. Besides the main 5.1 signal, the station also carries an all-weather station with looping maps, conditions and forecasts on digital subchannel 5.2.

KVVU-TV turned-off its analog transmitter on June 12, 2009. [4] The station's digital broadcasts remained on channel 9; but, through the use of PSIP, digital television display KVVU-TV's virtual channel as 5.

News operation

In June 1998, the station started "FOX5 News at 10," the first 10 p.m. newscast in the Las Vegas market. For the first couple of years, the newscast was solo-anchored by Angelica Urquijo. The station did not have a weather anchor or actual sports anchor; the sports segments were pre-recorded with voice over work done by Boxing analyst Al Bernstein. The station added a morning newscast a year later.

On September 12, 2006, the station launched a lifestyle magazine show called "MORE." The one hour show is live from the KVVU studios in Henderson. The program targets women aged 25–49 offering them stories about Las Vegas fashion, food, and family fun. MORE was originated at KVVU's sister-station, KPTV in Portland, Oregon. MORE is also the name of one of Meredith's top magazines for women in their 40s.

On September 10, 2007 KVVU-TV added "FOX5 News at 5" and "FOX5 News at 5:30", two additional 30-minute newscasts, expanding the station's daily news production to six hours during the weekdays. KVVU-TV is now home to the only local newscast in Las Vegas at 5:30 p.m. Since then, KVVU-TV has also added a half-hour newscast at 11:00 p.m., which debuted on August 4, 2008.

On June 29, 2009, KVVU became the last network-affiliated station in Southern Nevada (behind KLAS, KVBC and KTNV) to broadcast local news in high definition.

KVVU has a top-rated morning show but often falls behind in breaking news coverage as it remains the only news station in Las Vegas without a helicopter.



  • 4:30a to 7am: FOX5 News This Morning
  • 7a to 9am: FOX5 News: Live In Las Vegas
  • 9am to 10am: MORE
  • 5pm to 5:30pm: FOX5 News @ 5
  • 5:30pm to 6pm: FOX5 News @ 5:30
  • 6pm to 7pm: MORE Access
  • 10pm to 11pm: FOX5 News @ 10
  • 11pm to 11:35pm: FOX5 News @ 11


  • 10pm to 11pm: FOX5 News @ 10 (Saturday)
  • 10pm to 10:45pm: FOX5 News @ 10 (Sunday)
  • 10:45pm to 11:00pm: FOX5 Sports Plus (Sunday)

Newscast history

  • June 1, 1998: FOX5 News @ 10 debuts as a 30-minute newscast
  • July 1999: FOX5 News This Morning debuts
  • June 2002: The 10 p.m. newscast expands to weekends
  • Fall 2003(?): FOX5 News @ 10 expands to 1 hour
  • September 12, 2006: MORE debuts
  • September 10, 2007: FOX5 News @ 5 & 5:30 debut
  • August 4, 2008: FOX5 News @ 11 debuts
  • September, 2009: "MORE at 4pm" debuts
  • Fall 2010: "MORE at 4pm" moves to 6pm and debuts as "MORE Access"
  • March 7, 2011: "FOX5 News This Morning" expands to 4 1/2 hours

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Fox 5 News (1998-present)
  • "FOX5 News This Morning"
  • "FOX5 News: Live in Las Vegas"
  • "FOX5 News at 5pm"
  • "FOX5 News at 5:30pm"
  • "FOX5 News at 10pm"
  • "FOX5 News at 11pm"
  • "FOX5 Sports Plus"
  • "MORE"
  • "MORE Access"

Station slogans

  • Channel 5 Las Vegas, In Color (1967-1971)
  • Come Alive, You're on Channel 5 (early 1970s)
  • Las Vegas Turns to TV-5 (mid 1970s)
  • Las Vegas' Independent TV-5 (late 1970s)
  • TV-5, The Place to Be (early 1980s)
  • We've Got A Good Thing Going On (mid 1980s)
  • It's on Fox 5! (1990-1992; localized version of Fox slogan)
  • The Original Ten O'Clock News (1998-2003)
  • The Right Time. The Right Team. (2003-2006)
  • Local. Las Vegas. (2006-present)

On-air staff

Current on-air staff[5]


  • Arran Andersen - weeknights on 'FOX5 News: Live in Las Vegas! Access (6-7 p.m.)
  • Jason Feinberg - weekday mornings FOX5 News: Live in Las Vegas! (7-10 a.m.)
  • Olivia Fierro - weeknights at 5-6 10-11:40
  • Dave Hall - weekday mornings FOX5 News This Morning (4:30-7 a.m.)
  • Heidi Hayes - weekday mornings FOX5 News This Morning (4:30-7 a.m.)
  • John Huck - weeknights at 5-6 10-11:40
  • Monica Jackson - weekday mornings FOX5 News: Live in Las Vegas! (7-10 a.m.)
  • Rachel Smith - weekdays on FOX5 News: Live in Las Vegas! (9-10 a.m.), and weeknights on FOX5 News: Live in Las Vegas! Access (6-7 p.m.)
  • 'Maria Silva FOX5 News This Morning (4:30-7 a.m.)
  • Elizabeth Watts - weekends at 10 p.m.; also weekday reporter and fill-in weekday anchor

FOX5 Weather 24/7

  • Darren Peck (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 5:30, 10 and 11 p.m.
  • Ted Pretty - meteorologist; weekday mornings FOX5 News This Morning (4:30-7 a.m.), FOX5 News: Live in Las Vegas! (7-9 a.m.) and MORE (9-10 a.m.)
  • Les Krifaton (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekends at 10 p.m.; also reporter
  • Nathan Tannenbaum - meteorologist; fill-in

Sports team

  • Jon Castagnino - sports anchor; weekends at 10 p.m.; also general assignment and sports reporter


  • Kevin Bolinger - general assignment reporter; also fill-in weekday anchor
  • Matt DeLucia - general assignment reporter
  • Claudine Grant - MORE feature reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Stefanie Jay (Jednoralski) - general assignment reporter
  • Doug Johnson - general assignment reporter
  • MaryAnn Martinez - general assignment reporter
  • Lauren Murphy - weekday morning reporter
  • Diane Tuazon - general assignment reporter

FOX5 Traffic Solutions

  • Chris Brown - traffic reporter; weekday mornings "FOX5 News This Morning" and "FOX5 News: Live in Las Vegas!"

Former on-air staff

  • Lorraine Blanco - reporter/weekend anchor (2003-2009)
  • Mike Doria - reporter (2006-2010)
  • Michael Baldwin - reporter (2000-2001; now weekend anchor at WITN in Wilmington, North Carolina)
  • Al Bernstein - sports anchor (1998-2002; currently a boxing analyst on Showtime)
  • Jerry Brown - weekend weather anchor (now at KVBC)
  • Shelley Bruner - evening anchor (2001-2009)
  • Dan Burns - reporter (2001-2003)
  • Cher Calvin - morning anchor (now morning anchor at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles)
  • Deborah Champbell - original host of AM Southern Nevada
  • Rachelle Carey - morning anchor (now at HLN)
  • Bob DeNinnis - reporter (2006-2009)
  • Fiona Gorostiza - coordinating producer & general assignment/feature reporter (then weekend weather anchor and reporter at KCOY/KKFX-CA Santa Maria, CA, then morning weather anchor at KMIR-TV in Palm Springs, CA; now weather anchor and entertainment/feature reporter at KDFW in Dallas-Fort Worth)
  • Darryl Hood - morning/midday anchor (1998-2002; now anchor/reporter at WPTY-TV in Memphis, TN)
  • Shaliz Koleini - reporter
  • Dr. Ken Landow M.D. - host of What's Up Doc?/Medicine Week in Review Minute (1980s-2001)
  • Jack London - host of On Camera With Jack London (1981-2002)
  • Christine Mahoney - morning/midday anchor/reporter (1998-2002)
  • Collen McCarty - reporter (now investgative reporter at KLAS-TV)
  • Ralph Menard - KVVU-TV announcer (late 1970s-2001; deceased)
  • Lillian McMorris - host of AM Southern Nevada (mid 1990s-2002)
  • Renee Murcia - morning anchor
  • John Overall - 10 p.m. anchor (2001-2004; now evening anchor at KTVL in Medford, Oregon)
  • Jim Parker (a.k.a. "Vegas Vampire") - host of Shock Theater (mid 1960s-1970s)[4]
  • Greg Ricks - morning anchor (2002-2003)
  • Ann Rubin - reporter (1999-2003; now reporter at KSDK-TV in St. Louis)
  • Ryan Schulties - reporter (now reporter at WHDH-TV in Boston, MA)
  • Snave - morning audio guy (2001-2006; now executive producer and talent at MonkeY DomE in Toledo Ohio)
  • Angelica Urquijo - 10 p.m. Anchor (1998-2001; now Director of Marketing and Communication at White Memorial Medical Center/Adventist Health
  • Anne Yeager - reporter (now reporter at KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon)
  • Teresa Yuan - reporter (2005-2008; now at KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon)


The station (roughly from 1990 to current) uses a mascot named "Rusty the Fox", apparently named after the station's (then) General Manager Rusty Durante [1] and the station's affiliation with the Fox network. The mascot, an anthropomorphic fox (a person in a fox costume), is used for community events and at one time was used for announcements for family-oriented information, the block of children's programming called "Fox5 Kids Club." [2] [3]

Repeater stations

KVVU is rebroadcast on the following low power stations:

External links


  1. ^ "KVVU on-air date". Brainy History. Retrieved 2007-05-16.
  2. ^ "Fox Helps You". Welcome Home Magazine of Las Vegas. Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2007-05-16.
  3. ^ Meredith acquires Carson Broadcasting, PR Newswire (via HighBeam Research), December 3, 1984.
  4. ^
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  6. ^ Ask LasVegasLynn > The vegas Vampire. Retrieved 2008-03-05
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