KOIN ("KOIN Local 6") is the CBS affiliate television station serving the Portland metropolitan area. Its transmitter is located in Portland, Oregon, United States; it broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 40. KOIN's studios are located in the basement of the KOIN Center skyscraper on SW Columbia Street in Downtown Portland.

Portland, Oregon
Branding KOIN Local 6

(Pronounced as "Coin Local 6")

Channels Digital: 40 (UHF)

Virtual: 6 (PSIP)

Translators KBNZ-LD 7 Bend

see list below

Affiliations CBS
Owner Nexstar Media Group
First air date October 15, 1953
Call letters' meaning Know

Oregon's Independent Newspaper (from The Portland News. Later purchased by The Oregon Journal)

Former callsigns None
Former channel number(s) Analog:

6 (VHF, 1953-2009)

Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 523.3 m
Facility ID 35380
Transmitter coordinates 45°30′58″N 122°43′58″W

KOIN has rebroadcasters in Bend (KBNZ-LD channel 7) and in Prineville (K31CR-D). New Vision Television converted the Central Oregon translators to a locally-focused CBS affiliate in 2008.[1]


Radio origins

KOIN began in 1925 as a radio station, KOIN-AM (at AM 970).[2] It became part of the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), now known as the CBS Radio Network, in 1930.[2] During thegolden years of radio, KOIN-AM was one of Portland's major radio stations, with an extensive array of local programming, including live music from its own studio orchestra.

As a CBS radio affiliate, KOIN-AM was the local home for CBS radio network programs such as the CBS World News Roundup, Lux Radio Theater, and Suspense (KOIN's own history page has omissions and errors in its early days. KOIN radio signed on the air as KQP on November 9, 1925 and changed call sign to KOIN on April 12, 1926. KOIN became a CBS Radio affiliate on September 1, 1929. From: Craig Adams, radio historian). An FM station, KOIN-FM (at 101.1 FM), was added in 1948. Both stations were owned by Field Enterprises, Inc. from 1947 until sold in 1952 to the Mount Hood Radio and Television Broadcasting Corporation.[3]

KOIN-AM and KOIN-FM were sold on May 1, 1977 to the Gaylord Broadcasting Company, and effective May 12, 1977 their call signs changed to KYTE (both AM and FM).[4] Affiliation with CBS was dropped, and broadcasting of the programming of the CBS Radio Network in the Portland market moved to KYXI at that time.[5] The stations using the former KOIN frequencies currently are KUFO (AM) and KXL-FM.

Television station

KOIN-TV began operating on October 15, 1953, as Portland's first VHF TV station.[2][6] At the time, it was jointly owned by Mount Hood Radio and Television Broadcasting Corporation; Newhouse Broadcasting Corporation (now Advance Publications), owner and publisher of The (Portland) Oregonian; local investors and Marshall Field's department stores.[citation needed] Newhouse and Mount Hood also shared ownedship of KOIN radio (AM 970 and 101.1 FM). Eventually, Marshall Field sold its stake to Newhouse. Lee Enterprises purchased KOIN-TV in April 1977 from Mt. Hood Broadcasting Corporation (50-percent owner) and Newhouse Broadcasting (50-percent owner).[7]

In 1978 a production company MIRA Mobile Television was founded.

On February 27, 1971, both transmitter towers used by KOIN-FM and KOIN-TV—the 1,000-foot main tower and the 700-foot auxiliary tower—collapsed during an ice and wind storm.[8] The two KOIN (AM) towers, located on the same property, were not damaged. Nine days later, on March 9, 1971, KOIN-FM and KOIN-TV returned to the air when a temporary tower was erected on the site of the collapsed auxiliary tower. During those nine days off the air, CBS programming was provided to the Portland market (and, by extension, most of Oregon) by independent station KVDO-TV of Salem. (Oregon Public Broadcasting later purchased KVDO and moved the station to Bend as KOAB-TV.

During the 1970s, KOIN had a few locally-produced programs on the air, including KOIN Kitchen (cooking show), and public affairs programs such as News Conference Six and Northwest Illustrated.[citation needed]) In 1976, KOIN-TV became the second TV station in the Portland market (after KPTV) to broadcast Portland Trail Blazers basketball games. Selected Trail Blazer games aired on KOIN-TV until 1996. KOIN-AM was the first flagship station of the Trail Blazers' radio network, beginning in the inaugural 1970-71 season, and ending when the station was sold shortly after the Trail Blazers won the 1976-77 National Basketball Association (NBA) championship.

By the 1980s, one of KOIN's past general managers - Richard M. "Mick" Schafbuch - served one term in 1981 as President of the CBS Network Affiliates Group. During KOIN-TV's 30th anniversary week in 1983, the station aired classic CBS programming from the 1950s and 1960s. By this time, the station had moved into its new location at KOIN Center. In 1984, the station aired the Japanese program From Oregon With Love.[9]

In 1982, C. Stephen Currie, KOIN's program operations manager, was elected to serve as the president of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE International).[10]

In October 2000, the Lee Enterprises television group, including KOIN, was purchased by Emmis Communications. On January 27, 2006, Emmis sold KOIN (along with KHON-TV/Honolulu, KSNT/Topeka, and KSNW/Wichita) to Montecito Broadcast Group for $259 million.

The KOIN Center is the third-tallest skyscraper in Portland.

KOIN updated its website in September 2006[11] as part of a partnership with WorldNow.[12] KOIN expects the switch to lead to over $1 million in revenue during its first year; the switch was characterized by Bob Singer, KOIN's general sales manager, as a "creative new way" to boost revenue for a station with a "somewhat average ratings position."[13]Due to a dispute over fees, Comcast did not offer KOIN in HDTV for over two years after it started offering other local channels in HDTV.[citation needed] After Montecito took ownership, Comcast started carrying KOIN in high-definition on February 28, 2006. KOIN was also in a dispute withDirecTV over HD broadcast, as both sides claimed the other to be the problem.[citation needed]As of August 2008 KOIN HD is now carried on DirecTV.

On July 24, 2007, Montecito announced the sale of all of its stations (KOIN, plus KHON-TV inHonolulu and its satellites, KSNW in Wichita and its satellites, and KSNT in Topeka) to New Vision Television. The sale closed on November 1, 2007.[14]

In March 2008, KOIN relaunched its website through Newport Television subsidiary Inergize Digital Media, replacing the old World Now-powered site. The Web sites of several of its sister stations in other markets also joined the Inergize Digital Network in late December 2008 and early January 2009.

On December 30, 2008, one of the 15 guy wires on the main transmitter tower snapped, putting the tower in danger of collapsing. (As with the 1971 tower collapse, this incident followed a prolonged snow and ice storm.) The Portland Police Bureau evacuated about 500 local residents and closed several roads around the tower, including a portion of Skyline Boulevard, the main north-south road through the West Hills of Portland. At first, officials feared that the wire itself—which is over 1000 feet long and weighs several tons—had snapped. If the wire had snapped, it would take several weeks to manufacture and install a replacement. Upon inspection it was revealed that one of the high frequency insulators incorporated into the guy wire assembly had shattered. Repair crews replaced the insulator by 4:00 p.m. the next day and the surrounding neighborhood was reopened to residents and car traffic. KOIN had to pay $1,500 to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

News operation

On February 1, 2007, KOIN became the first Portland station to broadcast its daily newscasts in 16:9 widescreen.[15] According to Oregon Media Insiders, during Montecito's ownership of KOIN, its local news ratings declined in all time periods; among the four stations producing local news in the Portland area, KOIN had the greatest loss in audience share.[16]

For the first time in ten years, KOIN finished in first position in the 11 p.m. news in the May 2008 NSI sweeps.[citation needed] KOIN News 6 at 11 — unlike a year earlier when it lost over twenty percent of its CBS lead-in share — held its prime time share throughout its 11 p.m. newscast in the May 2008 NSI sweeps.[citation needed] In January 2008, KOIN's owners, New Vision Television, fired news director Jeff Alan and replaced him with Lynn Heider. Afterwards, KOIN was dropped its slogan "Bringing News Home" as Jeff Alan had trademarked it under his name in 2000 before he worked at KOIN.

Under new News Director Lynn Heider and long-time Creative Services Director Rodger O'Connor, KOIN News 6 at 11 increased its household ratings from May 2007 to May 2008 by twelve percent and its household share by nineteen percent. It increased its household ratings by 30% from February 2008 to May 2008 and its household share by 33%.[citation needed] According to General Manager Christopher Sehring, "The defining moment for KOIN News came in the third week of the sweeps. Up until then, we were having a strong ratings run against some terrific competition. Unfortunately, we then lost two straight nights—and I was worried that these losses might shake our new-found confidence. Fortunately, our team roared back on Thursday night, delivering an 8 household rating by increasing Without A Trace’s 19 share lead-in to a 21 share. This type of comeback is indeed the sign of a station that refuses to toss in the towel—and will go a long way to helping us continue New Vision's plan to reenergize this great operation."[citation needed] This was the first time in a decade that KOIN has won any newscast.

On September 9, 2009 KOIN launched a new local program on weekdays at 4 p.m., called Keep It Local. The show's explore local neighborhoods and highlighted events taking place in Portland. Priya David hosted, with Mike Donahue and Araksya Karapetyan reporting for the show. In 2010, Keep It Local was reformatted into Studio 6, a product and lifestyles magazine, hosted by Jenny Hansson, Anne Jeager, Hayley Platt, and Jake Byron.

On Monday, July 26th, 2010, KOIN became the third major network-affiliated station in the Portland market to broadcast newscasts in high definition. It is also the first in the market with all aspects of the operation, including field reporting, studio and weather operations completely in the format. Two other stations, KGW and KATU, broadcast their newscasts from the studio in high definition but continue to present live field pieces in widescreen standard definition. This leaves KPTV as the only station to broadcast local news in 16:9 widescreen standard definition.

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • KOIN Television Newsreel (1953–1961)
  • The Six O'Clock Report/The Eleven O'Clock Report (1961–1967)
  • Newscene (1967–1973)
  • Channel 6 News (1973–1976)
  • Newsroom 6 (1976–1994)
  • NewsCenter 6 (1994–1997)
  • KOIN 6 News (1997–2004 & 2013–present)
  • KOIN News 6 (2004–2008)
  • KOIN Local 6 News (2008–2013)

Station slogans

  • Part of Your Life (late 1970s)
  • Reach for the Stars on Channel 6 (1981-1982; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Northwest's Most Experienced News Team (1980s–1994)
  • The Look of Portland is Channel 6 (1991-1992; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Experience You Can Trust (1994–1997)
  • News At The Speed Of Life (1990s, used in news opens)
  • People Make the Difference (1997–2004)
  • News That's To the Point (2004–2006)
  • Bringing News Home (2006–2008)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (2010–2011)

News team

Current on-air staff


  • Kohr Harlan - weekday mornings "News Now" (5AM-7AM); also reporter
  • 'Alexis Del Cid' - weekday mornings "News Now" (5-7AM) & noon; also reporter
  • Amy Troy- weekdays at noon & 4 p.m.
  • Jenny Haanson - weekdays at noon & 4 p.m.
  • Jeff Gianola - weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Kelley Day - weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Ken Boddie - weekends at 6 and 11 p.m.; also reporter
  • Kacey Montoya - weekends at 6 and 11 p.m; also reporter

PinPoint Weather Team

  • Bruce Sussman (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Matt Brode (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "News Now" (5AM-7AM) and noon
  • Sally Showman- Meteorologist; weekends at 6 & 11p.m.

Sports team

  • Dan Christopherson - Sports Director; weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Tim Becker - Sports Anchor; fill-in


  • Lisa Balick - political and "KOIN Savers" feature reporter
  • Chad Carter- general assignment reporter
  • Alexis Del Cid - general assignment reporter
  • Art Edwards - general assignment reporter
  • Amy Frazier - general assignment reporter
  • Tim Gordon - general assignment reporter
  • Jenny Hansson - health reporter
  • Joel Iwanaga - general assignment reporter
  • Tim Joyce - general assignment reporter
  • Araksya Karapetyan - general assignment reporter
  • Carly Kennelly - traffic reporter
  • Alana Kujala - general assignment reporter
  • Jessica Morkert - general assignment reporter
  • Eric Taylor -general assignment reporter

Notable former staff

Digital television

After the analog television shutdown scheduled for June 12, 2009[19], KOIN remained on its pre-transition channel number, 40 [20] using PSIPto display KOIN's virtual channel as 6.

On June 12, 2009, KOIN stopped transmitting regularly scheduled programming over its analog transmitter. At 7:28 a.m. on that day, the analog signal (also heard at 87.7 FM) began carrying "nightlight mode" programming consisting of English and Spanish language public service announcements regarding the DTV transition.

On June 27, 2009, at 7:06 a.m. KOIN stopped playing the nightlight program and played the station's 25th anniversary special for their final 24 minutes of channel 6 analog; at 7:30 a.m. analog 6 (and 87.7 FM) was gone.


KOIN is rebroadcast on the following network of translator stations.

Low power translators in Florence, Seaside, and Sisters have been discontinued.

Bend area translators

Main article: KBNZ-LD*KBNZ-LD Channel 7 Bend (City Grade Signal-Digital)

External links


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c KOIN History from the station's website
  3. ^ "KOIN Radio Sold by Field". The Oregonian, July 5, 1952, p. 1.
  4. ^ Murphy, Francis (May 3, 1977). "Behind the mike: Concert Hall stays on air". The Oregonian, p. C7.
  5. ^ Murphy, Francis (April 29, 1977). "KYXI radio set to carry CBS network". The Oregonian, p. F11.
  6. ^ "KOIN-TV Goes on Air; Reception Found Good". The Oregonian, October 16, 1953, p. 1.
  7. ^ "Lee Enteprises buys rest of KOIN-TV stock". The Oregonian, April 29, 1977, p. 1.
  8. ^ Miller, Joel "J. R.". "KOIN Transmission Towers Collapse - 1971". Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  9. ^ Oregon Kara Ai wiki
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ ...Here comes, from the Oregon Media Insiders blog
  12. ^ Nine Station Groups Sign New Partnership Agreements from the WorldNow website
  13. ^ Broadcasters Learn the Secrets to Making Online Millions..., from the PR Newswire website
  14. ^ Michael Malone (July 24, 2007). "New Vision Buys Montecito Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
  15. ^ KOIN goes widescreen from the Oregon Media Insiders blog
  16. ^ February 2007 Ratings from the Oregon Media Insiders blog
  17. ^ "Whelan says he's out at KOIN". The Portland Tribune. Aug 31, 2007.
  18. ^ "‘Big Daddy’ misses the show". The Portland Tribune. Oct 7, 2010.
  19. ^
  20. ^ CDBS Print