KCNC-TV, channel 4, is a CBS affiliated television station in Denver, Colorado. It is owned-and-operated by CBS Television Stations, Inc.KCNC broadcasts on UHF channel 35 from Lookout Mountain near Golden, Colorado.
|Branding||CBS 4 (general)
CBS 4 News(newscasts)
|Slogan||Only CBS 4(general)|
|Channels||Digital: 35 (UHF)Virtual: 4 (PSIP)|
(CBS Television Stations, Inc.)
|First air date||December 24, 1952|
|Call letters' meaning||Colorado'sNews
Channel (former slogan)
|Former callsigns||KOA-TV (1952-1983)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:4 (VHF, 1952-2009)|
|Former affiliations||NBC (1953-1995)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
As an NBC affiliate
The station first went on the air on December 24, 1952 as KOA-TV, co-owned with KOA radio (AM 850 and FM 103.5, now KRFX). It immediately took the NBC affiliation away from KBTV (channel 9, now KUSA-TV), due to KOA's NBC radio affiliation. It was owned by Metropolitan Broadcasting, a company partly owned by famed comedian Bob Hope.
In 1965, KOA-TV carried most of NBC's American Football League games with Curt Gowdy doing play-by-play, but Denver Broncos home games had to be blacked out because none of them sold out. In 1967, KOA-TV aired an award winning documentary, The Acid Test, LSD. Five months in the making, with more than 5,000 feet of film shot, LSD was hosted by news editor Bob Palmer. Photographers involved included Bill Baker, Medill Barnes, Jerry Curran, Sam Houston and Barry Trader.
In 1968, KOA-AM-TV was sold to General Electric for $10 million. In 1969, 10 p.m. anchor Bob Palmer left Channel 4 for Channel 7, to replace John Rayburn, who went to a station in Kansas City. In 1981, KBTV news director Roger Ogden was hired by KOA-TV as general manager. Ogden brought Marv Rockford and John Haralson with him. Ogden named George Caldwell, Sam Allred and Ron Zappolo as channel 4's number one news team. Also joining the station that year were Janet Zappala and Alan Berg.
In the 1970s when it was known as "NewsWatch4" it aired its late evening weekend newscasts at 11pm.
KOA-TV was piped in by cable systems in Rapid City, South Dakota between 1972 and 1976, as Rapid City didn't have an NBC affiliate then; at the time, KOTA-TV was a "joint primary" affiliate of both ABC and CBS, and had no room on its schedule for NBC programs.
In 1982, Bill Stuart left KMGH (channel 7) for KOA-TV and Linda Farrell, Sylvia Cordy, Jeff Hullinger, Stephanie White, Merrie Lynn, Tom Martino and Tom Bear all joined the station. In June, KOA-TV premiered "First News," a half hour from 4:30-5 p.m., co-anchored by Larry Green and Linda Farrell. Suzanne McCarroll was the featured reporter on the new show. Also in 1982, KOA-TV pilot/reporter Karen Key, 28, and mechanic Larry Zane, 28, died when Copter4 slammed into a snowy stand of pine trees near Larkspur, Colorado, while en route to the crash site of a commuter airplane. She was promoted as the first female news helicopter pilot and reporter. Her blood alcohol content was reported to be 0.09, just below the legal limit of 0.10.
On the evening of June 18, 1984 Alan Berg, who was hosting programs on both KOA-AM and KOA-TV was shot and killed in the driveway of his home by members of a White nationalist group called The Order. Berg was an attorney who was known for taking a largely liberal stand on issues and was, at times, abrasive and combative to callers and guests who held opposing views.In 1983, General Electric sold the KOA radio stations to A. H. Belo for $22 million. The sale forced General Electric to change Channel 4's call letters on Aug. 12. The new call letters, KCNC, stood for Colorado's News Channel. Also that year, Peter Rogot was named weekend anchor at channel 4 and Marty Aarons joined Bob Palmer and Janet Zappala in anchoring duties. Others joining channel 4 were Wendy Bergen, Karen Layton, Marcia Neville, Tom Raponi and Mike Silva. Marv Rockford was promoted to News Director.
In 1986, General Electric bought NBC, making KCNC an NBC owned-and-operated station (and the first network-owned station in Colorado). By 1990, KCNC-TV was broadcasting nearly 40 hours of news per week, nearly all of its non-network hours. General Manager Roger Ogden felt his station's money was better spent on local programming than paying syndicators of national shows. In 1990, KCNC paid $11,000 to another television station in Denver to carry election coverage using KCNC's reporters so KCNC could air its Tuesday night lineup, including Matlock and Heat of the Night.
Switch to CBS
In 1994, CBS and Westinghouse Electric Corporation agreed to a long-term affiliation deal that saw all five of Westinghouse's television stations become CBS affiliates. This switch included KYW-TV in Philadelphia. After NBC won a bidding war for CBS' longtime O&O in Philadelphia, WCAU-TV, NBC found out it could not buy the station outright without going over the FCC's ownership cap of the time. To solve this problem, NBC offered to trade KCNC, KUTV in Salt Lake City and the channel 4 allocation and transmitter in Miami to CBS in return for WCAU.
On September 10, 1995, KCNC became Denver's CBS affiliate in a move that saw all three of Denver's "Big Three" networks switch affiliates. Denver's longtime CBS affiliate, KMGH-TV, went to ABC because KMGH's owner, McGraw-Hill, had recently struck an affiliation deal with ABC, while longtime ABC affiliate KUSA-TV took the NBC affiliation, probably by default (although KUSA's owner, Gannett, already owned a number of NBC affiliates, and today, most of Gannett's stations are still NBC affiliates). KCNC's final NBC program was Saturday Night Live; NBC moved all of its programming to KUSA when it ended.
Under the terms of the CBS/Westinghouse deal, CBS sold controlling interest in KCNC to Westinghouse's broadcasting division, Group W. Later in 1995, CBS and Westinghouse merged, making KCNC a CBS owned-and-operated station, the second time in the station's history that channel 4 has been owned by a major network.
In 2002, Marv Rockford was forced out as general manager of KCNC and replaced by Walt DeHaven. Tony Lopez moved from San Antonio to join channel 4. In 2003, the lead news team at channel 4 was Molly Hughes and Bill Stuart anchoring the 10 p.m. news, with Brian Maass and Rich Sallinger as reporters. In 2003, channel 4 was rebranded as "CBS4" under theCBS Mandate (although it retained the "News4" moniker for its newscasts for another two years).
The station was featured in the 2007 film Blades of Glory, and along with other stations in the Denver market has been mentioned on South Park, which takes place in Colorado. One episode mentioned Ron Zappolo as still being with channel 4, although he now actually anchors at KDVR.
Currently, KCNC is one of four network owned and operated television stations in Denver; the other three are Telemundo station KDEN (channel 25), Telefutura station KTFD (channel 14) and ION Television station KPXC (channel 59). It is also one of a handful of television stations which have been owned by two networks at separate points in its history. KDVR (channel 31) and KWGN (channel 2) were formerly O&Os of their respective networks (Fox and The WB).
On June 12, 2009, KCNC-TV left channel 4 and continued broadcasting on channel 35 to complete its analog to digital conversion. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display KCNC-TV's virtual channel as "4".
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KCNC-TV broadcasts a total of 27½ hours of local news per week (with 4½ hours on weekdays, and two hours on Sautrdays, 3½ hours each on Sundays).
On April 21, 2008 Karen Leigh (who previously worked at KCNC's sister station WCCO-TV in Minneapolis-Saint Paul) replaced Molly Hughes as co-anchor of the weekday evening newscasts. Also, KCNC began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition, becoming the second station (after KUSA) in the market to do so and the third station in the market to broadcast all programming in HD, behind KUSA and KTVD (channel 20). KCNC premiered the new HD graphics package during its noon newscast. The music package, "Newstime" was retained.
On May 27, 2010 KCNC joined other CBS O&O stations by releasing a new graphics package. The change mirrors the packages seen on WCBS and KCBS, whose openings involve a spinning glass CBS eye, and the station ID in the center, with video of various city and state landmarks, like downtown Denver and the Maroon Bells. The color scheme is now a dark blue with the glass CBS eye featured prominently. KCNC retained "Newstime" in its original format.
- NBC Choice Channel 4 (1953–1960s)
- Channel 4 Report (1960s–1969)
- Eyewitness News (1969–1976)
- NewsWatch 4 (1976–1979)
- NewsCenter 4 (1979–1988)
- News 4 Colorado (1988–1997)
- News 4 (1997–2005)
- CBS 4 News (2005–present)
- Channel 4, Colorado's Color Station (1960s)
- Have a Ball This Fall on Channel 4 (1970–1975)
- This is TV-4, Colorado's News Service Station (1975–1976)
- For Colorado, 4 Stands Alone (1976–1977)
- Newswatch 4: Newswatching Out for You (1977–1979)
- This is Channel 4, Colorado's News Channel (1979–1986; used to open newscasts)
- Channel 4, Proud as a Peacock! (1979–1981; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Channel 4, Our Pride is Showing (1981–1982; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- We're Channel 4, Just Watch Us Now (1982–1983; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Channel 4 There, Be There (1983–1984; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Channel 4, Let's All Be There (1984–1986; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Colorado's News Channel (1985–2005 & 2013–present)
- Proud to be Owned by NBC (1986–1995)
- Come Home to Channel 4 (1986-1987; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Come on Home to Channel 4 (1987-1988; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Come Home to the Best, Only on Channel 4 (1988-1990; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- KCNC, The Place to Be! (1990-1992; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- It's A Whole New Channel 4 (1992-1993; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- More Coloradans Get Their News from NEWS 4, Than from Any Other Source (1993–1995; used during the close of the Colorado Evening News and NEWS 4 at 10; ironically, this slogan is similar to a former ABC News slogan)
- The Stars Are Back on Channel 4 (1993-1994; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- It's Channel 4! (1994-1995; last localized version of NBC ad campaign before switching to CBS in September 1995)
- You're on CBS on News 4 (1995-1996; first localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- This is Who We Are, Still Colorado's News Channel (September 1995; used to promote affiliation switch to CBS)
- The Spirit of Colorado (1996–2002)
- Coverage You Can Count On (2005–2007)
- CBS 4 Is Always On (2005–present; website slogan)
- Get The Whole Story (2007–2010)
- On Your Side (2012–present; used for consumer and investigative reports)
Current on-air staff
- Jim Benemann - weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30 and 10 p.m.
- Tom Mustin - Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.
- Karen Leigh - weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30 and 10 p.m.
- Alan Gionet - weekday mornings and noon
- Brooke Wagner - weekday mornings and noon
- Kathy Walsh - weekend evenings (also Health Specialist seen Tuesday-Saturday)
- Ed Greene (AMS Seals of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30 and 10 p.m.
- Dave Aguilera (AMS/NWA Seals of Approval) - Meteorologist; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.
- Jennifer Zeppelin (AMS/NWA Seals of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekday mornings and noon
- Kris Rhodes Weekend Mornings
- Jim Thomas Fill-In only
- Vic Lombardi - Sports Director; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Gary Miller - weekend sports anchor and sports reporter
- Shaun Boyd - daytime reporter
- Jodi Brooks - weeknight reporter
- Stan Bush- Mountain Bureau reporter
- Lynn Carey - traffic specialist, seen mornings and early evenings (She's gone. Five people posted on the "get answers" page of the CBS News Denver website asking what happened to the linebackers behind them. Not only were the questions not answered but all five posts were removed for "inappropriate content."
- Valerie Castro - weeknight reporter
- Raj Chohan - general assignment reporter
- Paul Day - environmental specialist, seen middays and early evenings
- Dominic Garcia - general assignment reporter
- Michelle Griego - weekday morning and midday reporter
- Dr. Dave Hnida - health specialist
- Mike Hooker - Northern Newsroom correspondent
- Terry Jessup - political specialist
- Andrea Lopez - Mountain Newsroom corrsepondent
- Brian Maass - investigative reporter
- Suzanne McCarroll - health specialist
- Jennifer Miller - general assignment reporter
- Greg Moody - critic-at-large and entertainment reporter, seen at 6:30 PM
- Howard Nathan - general assignment reporter
- Gloria Neal- Interactive Help Center reporter
- Brooke Rogers- weeknight reporter
- Rick Sallinger - investigative reporter
- Allan Bisset - (1971 to present)
- Bob Burke - Chief photographer
The Denver market includes large portions of Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. KCNC serves this vast area with one of the largest translator networks in the country. All translators are in Colorado unless otherwise listed.
- K35FI - Akron
- K47FT - Anton
- K50IN - Aspen
- K50AE - Axial Bason
- K53AD - Bethune, Burlington
- K30DL - Blue Mesa
- K10HE - Buford
- K08GZ - Carbondale
- K45HL - Carbondale
- K13RD - Collbran
- K02CB - Craig
- K06CI - Craig
- K30IK - Cripple Creek, etc.
- K56AD - Crystal, etc.
- K04GM - Divide Creek, etc.
- K04JL - East Elk Creek
- K02CQ - Elk River Valley
- K47EC - Estes Park
- K63AJ - Flagler-Seibert
- K33BV - Fraser, ETC.
- K08IS - Glen Haven
- K11DI - Glenwood Springs
- K45IT - Grand Junction
- K43AB - Grand Junction, etc.
- K13EL - Grand Lake
- K09GO - Hamilton
- K68AR - Hartsel
- K35GO - Haxton
- K06CE - Hayden
- K17EU - Holyoke
- K18FO - Idalia & S. Yuma County
- K49IN - Julesburg
- K08ER - Leadville
- K39DD - Marvine Creek, etc.
- K08EC - Maybell
- K09FE - Meeker
- K09JT - New Castle, etc.
- K24DG - Rangely
- K02IO - Redstone, etc.
- K44AC - Rio Blanco Valley East
- K63BM - Rulison, etc.
- K11KU - Salida, etc.
- K10IW - Snowmass at Aspen
- K11FW - Steamboat Springs
- K46CY - Sterling
- K12KR - Toponas
- K10IQ - Upper Divide Creek
- K12DQ - Williams Fork
- KRYD-LP - Wolcott, etc.
- K34AC - Yuma
- KOA AM
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- ^ "Zapped." US News and World Report 109.15 (1990): 24.
- ^ ""South Park" drops names, takes jabs". Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
- ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf
- ^ Grand jury probe » Ethics cases online
- Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KCNC-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KCNC-TV
- From Black & White to Digital Color: Channels 4 & 7 Turn 50
- Grand Jury Probe: TV journalists indicted for illegal dogfight. 
- Pilot error? A TV chopper pilot dies 
- Broadcast Professionals of Colorado: The History of Television in Denver