KOLO-TV Channel 8 is the ABC affiliate serving Reno, Nevada and the surrounding areas. It is owned by Gray Television and operates on digital channel 8. Syndicated programing on KOLO-TV includes The Oprah Winfrey Show, Rachel Ray, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and The View.

Reno, Nevada
Branding KOLO 8 News Now
Slogan On Air, On Line, And On The Go
Channels Digital: 8 (VHF)
Subchannels 8.1 ABC

8.2 Universal Sports

Translators see list below
Affiliations ABC
Owner Gray Television, Inc.

(Gray Television Licensee, Inc.)

First air date September 1953[1]
Former callsigns KZTV (1953-1956?)
Former channel number(s) Analog:

8 (VHF, 1953-2009) Digital: 9 (VHF)

Former affiliations Primary:

CBS (1953-1972) Secondary: NBC (1953-1962) ABC (1953-1967) DuMont (1953-1955)

Transmitter power 15.6 kW
Height 893 m
Facility ID 63331
Transmitter coordinates 39°18′49″N119°53′0″W

The chief evening anchors for KOLO-TV are Pat Hambright and Sarah Johns.


KOLO was the first station in Reno, having been founded (as KZTV) on September 23, 1953; and the second station in Nevada, following KLAS-TV in Las Vegas. It carried programming from all four networks, but was a primary CBS affiliate. 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,[2] Bandstand Revue,[3] and Hollywood Wrestling.[4]

DuMont folded in 1955, NBC moved to KCRL-TV (now KRNV-TV) in 1962, and ABC moved toKTVN in 1967. KOLO and KTVN swapped affiliations in 1972. KOLO also carried Sesame Streetfor several years, before Reno had a PBS station of its own.

The station covers one of the largest coverage areas in the country, including portions of northern Nevada and northern California. It serves this vast area with a series of translators. Recently KOLO has received a new news set and format.

KOLO was the only analog station in the market that served Carson City without the need for a translator.

Digital television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed. Main KOLO-TV and ABC programming is shown on subchannel 8.1, while 8.2 at present carries the Universal Sports network.

The analog signal of KOLO-TV went off the air at 12:30 PM 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. After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion on June 12, 2009, KOLO-TV moved digital broadcasts from its pre-transition channel 9 assignment to its former analog channel 8 location. This makes KOLO the only Reno television station that still broadcasts on its original, historical VHF channel.

News Team


  • Pat Hambright (evening anchor); formerly weather anchor at KTXL (FOX/Sacramento)
  • Sarah Johns (evening co-anchor)
  • Kendra Kostelecky (weekend anchor); formerly anchor at KTVL (CBS/Medford, OR)
  • Amanda Sanchez (Daybreak/Midday anchor); formerly weather anchor at KTNV (ABC/Las Vegas)
  • Dennis Flack (meteorologoist)
  • Chris Larson (chief meteorologist)
  • Dick Stoddard (weekend weather)
  • Daniel Chanin (sports anchor)
  • Josh Little (sports director)
  • Joe Harrington (reporter)
  • Marianna Hicks (reporter)
  • Ed Pearce (reporter)
  • Terri Russell (reporter)
  • John Tyson (reporter)


  • Erin Breen (anchor); now at KTVN (CBS/Reno) as morning news anchor
  • Marc Brown (anchor); now at KABC {ABC/LOS ANGELES} as co-anchor of weeknight news Brent Boynton(Anchor)
  • Jean Casarez(weekend anchor); now correspondent at Tru TV (formerly Court TV/New York)
  • Jenee Conway Youngblood (reporter); now producer/reporter at FOX 59 (Indianapolis)
  • Anne Cutler (Daybreak anchor) now at WGNO-26
  • Rich Dahlquist(meteorologist): now at KNXV (ABC/Phoenix)
  • Mai Do (anchor); formerly anchor at KGET (NBC/Bakersfield)
  • Karoline Weightman now at Little Rock, AR
  • Tad Dunbar (anchor, later anchor at KRNV);
  • Carolyn Evert (reporter)
  • Carlos Faura (weather); started at KYMA (NBC/Yuma) now at "KATU" (ABC/Portland, OR)
  • Donna Fendrick (sports anchor)
  • Beth Ford (reporter); now at KPBS radio (San Diego)
  • Koula Gianulias (reporter); now at KOVR (CBS/Sacramento) as reporter
  • Pete Giddings (Chief Meteorologist); later moved to KION/KCBA (CBS/FOX Salinas/Monterey, CA) now working at (KGO Radio in San Francisco)
  • Jeff Hardin (former meteorologist); currently Director of Communications for the NC Credit Union League in Greensboro
  • Terri Hendry (anchor); now working for City of Reno
  • Sean Horejs (weekend sports anchor); now Sports Director at KRIS TV (Corpus Christi, TX/NBC)
  • Auburn Hutton (reporter)
  • JoDee Kenney (weekend anchor); now anchor at News 10 Now (Central New York)
  • Dennis Myers (reporter); Reno News and Review
  • Vicky Nguyen (investigative reporter); now at KNTV (NBC/San Jose) as a reporter
  • Rob Nikolewski (sports reporter); Nationally recognized and 3-time Emmy award winner for sports broadcasting.
  • Christina Pascucci (reporter); now morning news anchor at NBC's KMIR 6 in Palm Springs
  • Kevin Peters (weekend anchor); now at KHOU-TV (CBS/Houston)
  • Jennifer Rogers (Executive Producer/Anchor/Reporter); now at GemsTV USA Ltd. as a Senior Executive Producer/Presenter
  • Bryan Samudio (anchor); now at KRNV (NBC/Reno) as sports anchor
  • Sam Shad (meteorologist); Host of Nevada NewsMakers on KRNV
  • Dennis Shanahan (reporter); now reports at KTXL Fox 40 in Sacramento
  • Tony Shelton (weather anchor, later moved to KRNV); died in June 2007
  • James Steiner (reporter); now a writer for KABC in Los Angeles
  • Kara Tsuboi (reporter/weekend anchor); now a reporter for
  • Dana Wagner (sports director); Meteorologist at KVBC (NBC/Las Vegas), also co-hosts "Waking up with the Wagners."
  • Henry Wofford (weekend sports anchor); former Sports Director at WZZM (ABC/Grand Rapids, MI) former weekend sports anchor atWTHR(NBC/Indianapolis) currently Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area(San Francisco)

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • AP News TelePix (1950s)
  • Channel 8 News (1968-1970s)
  • Eyewitness News (1970s–1990s)
  • NewsChannel 8 (1990s–2007)
  • KOLO 8 News Now (2007–present)

Station slogans

  • TV 8 ALive (1977-1980s)
  • Dynamic 8 (1980s)
  • Together with Channel 8 (1986-1987; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • The Team You Know and Trust (1995-2007)
  • On air, On line, On the go (2010-present)


KOLO is rebroadcast on the following translator stations.

City Grade Translators:

Repeater Stations:


  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says September 27, while the Television and Cable Factbook says September 26.
  2. ^ "KZTV Programs". Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, NV): pp. 10. 1953-10-10.
  3. ^ "KZTV Channel 8". Nevada State Journal (Reno, NV): pp. 17. 1954-03-24.
  4. ^ "KZTV Log". Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, NV): pp. 11. 1955-03-26.

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