KOSA Channel 7 in the Odessa/Midland television market is the CBS affiliate for the Permian Basin area of West Texas. KOSA and its transmitter are both located in Odessa with the station being housed inside the Music City Mall. A secondary studio and bureau are located in downtown Midland. ICA Broadcasting I Ltd locally owns KOSA. The station also owns and operate a MyNetworkTV affiliate, MyTV 16, under the call letters NOSA. It is available on cable channel 16 and 7-2 on the digital signal. KOSA signed on the air January 1, 1956, and has been a CBS affiliate since its debut. KOSA was also the first station to bring HDTV and a digital signal to the Midland/Odessa Market. In June 2006, KOSA began to produce a nightly 9pm newscast for MyTV 16.
The station also operates a low-power translator, K10HH in Big Spring.
|Slogan||Your Eye on West Texas|
|Channels||Digital: 7 (VHF)|
|Owner||ICA Broadcasting I, Ltd.|
|First air date||January 1, 1956|
|Call letters' meaning||OdesSA|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
7 (VHF, 1956-2009) Digital: 31 (UHF)
|Former affiliations||WB (1999-2005)
|Transmitter power||48 kW|
|Transmitter coordinates||31°51′50″N 102°34′41″W / 31.86389°N 102.57806°W / 31.86389; -102.57806|
From 1956-1964, the KOSA sports anchor was Jim Reese, who was elected mayor of Odessa in 1968 and served until 1974. Reese is now the owner of Penatek Industries of Odessa and has been involved in Republican political activities, particularly between 1964 and 1982.
On November 26, 1983, a chartered twin-engine Beechcraft B100 King Air turboprop was flying from Fort Worth back to Odessa when it fell nose first, crashed and burned on impact. It killed all eight on board, instantly, some burned beyond recognition. Six of the victims were KOSA station employees who had been away filming high school football playoffs. The plane burned for about four hours before firemen could extinguish the blaze. A charred and twisted heap of metal was all that remained.
The victims were eventually identified as assistant news director Gary Hopper, 32, of Midland; sports director Jeff Shull, 25, of Odessa; chief engineer Bobby Stephens, 47, of Odessa; assistant chief engineer Edward Monette, 26, of Odessa; production assistants Bruce Dyer, 26, of Midland and Brent Roach, 24, of Odessa; pilot Keith Elkin, 29, of Midland; and Jay Alvin Price, 27, of Midland, a helper for the station at football games and Hopper's brother-in-law.
Making News: Texas Style
Main article: Making News: Texas StyleKOSA was the setting for a TV Guide Network reality series called Making News: Texas Style, which revolved around the inner workings, staff, and personalities of the station's news department. The show aired Mondays from June 11, 2007 to September 23, 2007.
News Director- Jose Gaona
- Jay Hendricks, 4:30, 6 and 10 pm - Anchor
- Tatum Hubbard, 6 and 10 pm - Anchor
- Krista Escamilla, Morning and Midday - Anchor
- Stephanie Rivas, 5 pm - Anchor/Reporter
- Catherine Collins, 5 pm and 9 pm (MyNews) - Anchor/Reporter
- Craig Stewart, 5, 6 and 10 pm - Weather Director
- Greg Morgan, Morning and Midday - Chief Meteorologist
- Mike Moritz, 6 and 10 pm Weekends - Meteorologist
- Juan Acuna, 6 and 10pm Weekends- Meteorologist
- Krista Lander, 5, 6 and 10 pm - Sports Director
- Kyle Scott, 6 and 10 Weekends - Sports Reporter
- Beau Berman, Reporter
- Greg Sherman, Big Spring News & Sports Reporter
- Jennifer Samp, Reporter
- Shelley Childers, Reporter
- The West Texas Report (1956-1960s)
- TV-7 Total News (1970s)
- Channel 7 News (1980s)
- Super 7 News (1990s)
- News Center 7 (1990s-2000)
- CBS 7 News (2000-present)
- Spirit of the Basin (1990s-2002)
- The First with the Most (2002-2007)
- Your Eye on West Texas (2007-present)
- KOSA Official Site
- MyTV 16 Official Site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KOSA-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KOSA-TV