KSAZ-TV, virtual channel 10.1, is the Fox Network owned-and-operated station in Phoenix, Arizona. It is owned by Fox Television Stations in a duopoly with MyNetworkTV station KUTP (channel 45).

Phoenix, Arizona
Branding Fox 10 (general)

Fox 10 News (newscasts)

Slogan Just You Watch The Best
Channels Digital: 10 (VHF)
Affiliations Fox (1995-present)
Owner Fox Television Stations, Inc.

(NW Communications of Phoenix, Inc.)

Founded 1953 (as KOY-TV and KOOL-TV)
First air date October 24, 1953
Call letters' meaning Spirit of AriZona
Sister station(s) KUTP
Former callsigns KOOL-TV (1953-1982)

KTSP-TV (1982-1994)

Former channel number(s) Analog:

10 (VHF, 1953-2009) Digital: 31 (UHF)

Former affiliations ABC (1953-1955)

CBS (1955-1995)

Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 484 m
Facility ID 35587
Transmitter coordinates 33°20′2.3″N112°3′45.7″W

The station broadcasts its digital signal on VHF Channel 10, and its signal is relayed on numerous translators throughout Northern Arizona. Its transmitter is located on South Mountainin Phoenix.


As a CBS affiliate

Channel 10 was founded in 1953 as a shared-time signal between KOY-TV and KOOL-TV; the two later merged to become simply KOOL-TV. Gene Autry was one of the station's owners. The station was originally a CBS[1] and ABC affiliate until 1955, when KTVK (channel 3) signed on and took the ABC affiliation. As a result, the station was now able to feature Autry's show on its schedule. Over the years, KOOL-TV ran nearly all of the programming CBS offered along with some first run syndicated shows and local news.

On May 28, 1982 at about 5:00 p.m., Joseph Billie Gwin, wanting to "prevent World War III" forced his way into KOOL-TV studio, fired a shot from his gun, the butt struck Louis Villa in the back of the head, Gwin held Villa in a chokehold, at gunpoint for nearly five hours. Gwin took 4 people hostage and demanded nationwide air time. 2 hostages, Jack Webb and Bob Cimino, were released three hours later. At 9:30 p.m., anchorman Bill Close read a 20-minute statement as Gwin sat next to him holding a gun under the table, Close took Gwin's gun after the statement and set it on the table.[2][3][4]

The station was sold to Gulf Broadcasting in 1982, and changed its callsign to KTSP-TV. It had been said that the call sign stands for Tempe/Scottsdale/Phoenix, but some have also claimed that the call sign was simply changed to match WTSP in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida, which the company also owned. KTSP's logo at the time was similar to WTSP's "Sunset 10" logo; it would remain in use until 1995.

KTSP was sold to Taft Broadcasting in 1984, as part of a corporate deal. In 1989 KTSP newscaster Shelly Jamison left the station after appearing nude and on the cover of Playboy magazine.[5]

Taft was restructured into Great American Broadcasting after a hostile investor takeover late in 1987. The station did not change significantly under Gulf, Taft or Great American Broadcasting. Also in the early 1990s, KTSP's logo was slightly modernized, losing the linear elements at the bottom. When Great American Broadcasting filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in 1993, the company restructured once again and became known as Citicasters late that year. The station changed its call sign to KSAZ on February 12, 1994 to match its new slogan, "The Spirit of Arizona".

As a Fox station

Due to the bankruptcy, Citicasters put four stations, including KSAZ-TV up for sale. KSAZ and sister station WDAF-TV in Kansas City were then sold to New World Communications on May 5, 1994 for $360 million, becoming final on September 9 of that year. New World also received WGHP in Greensboro/Winston Salem/High Point, North Carolina and WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama. [6] (WBRC would be placed in a blind trust along with WVTM due to ownership complications.) Just 18 days later, New World announced that all except three of its stations would switch to Fox affiliation, including KSAZ. As a result, four commercial stations in the Phoenix market swapped network affiliations at different times. KSAZ dropped the CBS affiliation three days after the sale to New World became final, on September 12. This switch temporarily left KSAZ as an independent station as Fox's affiliation agreement with its existing affiliate KNXV-TV did not run out until December 14. CBS affiliation at that time went to KPHO-TV.[1] ABC affiliation was to go KNXV on January 9, 1995 (as part of the corporate affiliation deal between ABC and KNXV's owner E. W. Scripps Company) but that August, KNXV began running ABC shows that KTVK was preempting.

Fox network's prime time and sports programming moved to the station on December 15, 1994. Fox Kids programming moved to KTVK and in 1996 to KASW (channel 61). WB programming also went to KASW in 1995. KSAZ became known as "10 News" in the fall of 1994. With several top-rated syndicated shows moving to other stations in 1995, KSAZ was up to about 50 hours a week of local news. The remaining syndicated programming on the station was rather low-rated, and as a result KSAZ did not have good ratings in its early days as a Fox affiliate. Much of the news audience went to KTVK, the former ABC affiliate which also took on a news-intensive format. In the fall of 1995, KSAZ added 3 hours of talk shows jointly produced by New World and Fox.

A major catalyst for the Fox-New World deal was the network's contract with the National Football Conference of the National Football League. The local NFL team, the Arizona (formerly Phoenix) Cardinals, were part of the NFC, and thus, had their games telecast on KTSP/KSAZ since 1988, the first year the Cardinals were in Arizona. At that time, the NFC games were shown on CBS. Until recently however, home game telecasts were hard to come by, as the Cardinals often failed to sell out games at Sun Devil Stadium. Since moving toUniversity of Phoenix Stadium, there have been no blackouts.

Fox purchased New World late in 1996, making KSAZ a fully owned-and-operated station, or "O&O". The merger was completed in January of the next year. Later in 1997, KSAZ along with KTBC in Austin, Texas were nearly traded to the Belo Corporation in return for KIRO-TV inSeattle. That trade fell through; however, Belo would purchase KTVK (and KVUE in Austin) two years later. KSAZ has since been known asFox 10. Fox then began to upgrade the station's programming, adding some high-rated off-network sitcoms such as M*A*S*H, Seinfeld, andKing Of The Hill. The station also added higher-rated court shows and reality shows. Fox Kids though stayed with KASW.

KSAZ and KUTP (channel 45) became sister stations in 2001, making both the only network O&Os in the Phoenix market. KUTP was previously owned by United Television, which had a 50% stake in the UPN network, until Fox bought the station. Although Fox owns both KSAZ and KUTP (now a MyNetworkTV station), neither station aired the Saturday morning cartoon block eventually known as 4Kids TV. This continued on KASW until 4Kids TV was replaced by Weekend Marketplace as Weekend Marketplace would air on KAZT-CA (channel 7). It was possible after KUTP became a MyNetworkTV affiliate that 4Kids TV could have moved there but nothing was decided.

On July 27, 2007, "SkyFox10" reporter-pilot Don Hooper witnessed a mid-air collision over Phoenix between two news helicopters. There was a police pursuit in progress at the time and two helicopters, one belong to KTVK and the other to KNXV-TV, collided in mid-air and crashed into a city park. There were no survivors. In a video available over the internet, Hooper became very shaken and upset as he reports that "Channel 15 and Channel 3 just had a mid-air collision. They are in a park." The video also contains audio of Hooper calling the tower at nearby Sky Harbor airport on his aircraft's FAA radio reporting the collision. Hooper then talked on a discreet frequency to another news helicopter belonging to KPNX (channel 12) saying he was OK, but two other helicopters had just crashed. Hooper then said "I think it was Scott" referring to KTVK pilot Scott Bowerbank.

Digital television

The station broadcasts its digital signal on VHF channel 10.

 Channel   Name  Programming
10.1  KSAZ-DT1   Main KSAZ-TV Programming / Fox (HD) 

KSAZ ceased its analog broadcasts at 8:30AM on 12 June 2009, the day mandated by the Federal government for TV stations to cease analog transmissions across the country. The analog switchoff occurred during the station's morning newscast. After the transition was complete, KSAZ moved its digital broadcasts to channel 10.[7]

News operation

KSAZ broadcasts a total of 48 hours of local news a week (8½ hours on weekdays, 2½ hours on Saturdays and three hours on Sundays), more than any other station in Phoenix and the state of Arizona; however as is standard with Fox stations that carry early evening weekend newscasts, KSAZ's Saturday and Sunday 5 p.m. newscast is subject to preemption due to sports coverage.

On July 31, 2006, KSAZ launched its new 6 p.m. newscast. The newscast is anchored by Troy Hayden, who also anchors the 10 p.m. newscast. Alongside the launch of the newscast was the debut of a brand new look for KSAZ, taking on the generic Fox O&O graphics and logo first used by sister stations WTVT in Tampa and WNYW in New York. On July 6, 2009 starting with the 5 p.m. newscast, KSAZ was the last FOX-owned station producing its local newscasts in high definition.

On April 1, 2009, Fox Television Stations and E. W. Scripps Company announced the creation of the Local News Service model in the Phoenix, Detroit and Tampa Markets. The service pools news gathering efforts for general market news events. Each station provides employees to the pool service in exchange for the sharing of video.[8] CBS affiliate KPHO-TV (channel 5) signed on to the Phoenix LNS model shortly after the announcement.[9]

Meteorologist Jayme King is the only meteorologist on the KSAZ weather staff with a Television Meteorology Seal of Approval, King has a seal of approval from the National Weather Association.

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Niteline News (1962–1970)
  • The Big News (1964–1970)
  • KOOL News (1970–1976)
  • KOOL News 10 (1976–1982)
  • TV-10 News (1982–1983)
  • NewsCenter 10 (1983–1992)
  • Channel 10 News (1992–1995)
  • 10 News (1995–1996)
  • Fox 10 News (1996–present)

Station slogans

  • We're the Team (early 1980s-1992)
  • We've Got the Touch You and TV-10 (1983-1984; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • You and TV-10, We've Got the Touch (1984-1985; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • We've Got the Touch on TV-10 (1985-1986; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Share the Spirit on Channel 10 (1986-1987; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Channel 10 Spirit, oh yes (1987-1988; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • You Can Feel It on Channel 10 (1988-1989; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Arizona Get Ready for Channel 10 / Get Ready for Channel 10 (1989-1991; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Look is Channel 10 (1991–1992; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • This is CBS, on Channel 10 (1992-1994; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Spirit of Arizona (1992–1996)
  • Arizona's News Leader (1996–2006; news slogan)
  • Just You Watch! (1997–2000; general slogan)
  • Just You Watch The Best (2000–present; still used for programming and news promo after the first 10 minutes of the newscast)
  • The Most Powerful Name in Local News (2006; promotional for new look)
  • Let The News Begin (2006; promotional for new look)

On-air staff

Current on-air staff (as of August 28, 2010)[10]


  • Kristen Anderson - weekday mornings "Arizona Morning" and noon
  • Rick D'Amico - weekday mornings "Arizona Morning" (7-10 a.m.) and noon
  • Troy Hayden - weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • John Hook - weeknights at 5, 5:30 and 9 p.m.
  • Ron Hoon - weekday mornings "Arizona Morning" (5-10 a.m.); also fill-in noon anchor
  • Kari Lake - weeknights at 5, 5:30 and 9 p.m.
  • Marc Martinez - weekends at 5, 9 and 10 p.m.
  • Andrea Robinson - weekday mornings "Arizona Morning" (5-10 a.m.); also general assignment and "Traffic Authority" reporter, and fill-in anchor
  • Linda Williams - weekends at 5, 9 and 10 p.m.

FOX10 Weather Authority

  • Dave Munsey - Chief Weather Anchor; weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6, 9 and 10 p.m.
  • Cory McCloskey - Weather Anchor; weekday mornings "Arizona Morning" (5-10 a.m.) and noon, also substitute morning and noon anchor
  • Jayme King (NWA Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekends at 5, 9 and 10 p.m.
  • Dan Sand - Weather Anchor; fill-in

Sports team

  • Jude LaCava - Sports Director; weeknights at 6, 9 and 10 p.m.
  • Richard Saenz - Sports Anchor; weekends at 5, 9 and 10 p.m.
  • Gayle Jansen - sports reporter and fill-in sports anchor


  • Rick Crabbs - "SkyFox" pilot reporter
  • Miriam Garcia - general assignment reporter
  • Andrew Hasbun - general assignment reporter
  • Kelly Hessedal - general assignment reporter
  • Brian Kelley - "SkyFox" pilot reporter
  • Steve Krafft - political reporter
  • Britt Moreno - general assignment reporter
  • Allie Rasmus - general assignment reporter
  • Diane Ryan - general assignment reporter
  • Laura Sambol - general assignment reporter
  • Alex Savidge - general assignment reporter
  • Dan Spindle - general assignment reporter
  • Alexis Vance - general assignment reporter
  • Keith Yaskin - investigative reporter; also substitute anchor

Former on-air staff

Name Position at KSAZ Years Active Whereabouts
Alexis DelChiaro Weekday mornings "Arizona Mornings" (5-10 a.m.) and noon 2006-2010 Morning show, KUSI, San Diego
Stephanie Angelo General Assignment Reporter Unknown Married Fox 10 News Live at 6 and 10 Anchor Troy Hayden, now an interior designer in Phoenix.
Kathleen Bade Host of Fox 10 Arizona Morning to 2000s Weeknight 10 PM anchor for KSWB-TVSan Diego
Bob Bruce 6 and 10pm anchor Unknown WPXI morning anchor
Karen Carns Primetime Anchor 1989 to mid-1990s went to KPHO. Now runs her own business.
Jennifer Burgess Fox 10 Arizona Morning Co-Anchor to mid-2000s moved to KNXV-TV as weathercaster, morning anchor, and reporter. Quit in 2009 after extended absence from anchor table.
Bill Leverton Arizona Road Presenter to 1990s Retired
Ilona Carson Fox 10 Arizona Morning Co-Anchor to 2000s Anchoring 13 Eyewitness News at Four at KTRK-TVHouston, Texas
Bill Close Evening and late news anchor 1969–1986 Deceased
Donna Cordova Weeknight anchor 1989–1993 Anchoring news at 10PM weeknights on KTXLSacramento, CA
Steve Deshler Morning news anchor and weatherman 1994–1997 Real estate agent Chicago, Illinois
Carrie Edwards Scharbo Reporter/Investigative Reporter 2000-2003 Founding Partner Case-mate[1]/New York City-based Actress[2]
Pat Flannigan Weather presenter Late 1980s to early 1990s Runs production company in Phoenix
Heidi Foglesong Co-host of Fox 10 Arizona Morning 1994 to 1996 Created Life A TO Z on KTVK-TV, now afternoon news co-anchor at KTAR-FM radio
Marlene Galan Co-host of Fox 10 Arizona Morning, Co-anchor of Fox 10 News @ 6 & 10 1990s to 2000s In retirement and married to former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods
Robin Garrison Fox 10 News at 5 and 9 Co-Anchor; Arizona Prime News Co-Anchor 1994 to 1999 Residing in Phoenix as a stay-at-home mom
J.D. Hayworth Evening sports anchor to 1994 U.S. Congressman elected 1994, unseated in 2006. Hosted talk show on KFYI, then failed in a United States Senate bid in 2010.
Don Hooper Helicopter pilot-reporter 2006–2008 Now flying for Native Air in Arizona
Dewey Hopper Weather anchor at KTSP 1983–1992 Later moved to KOVR from 1993–2005, then did local news updates for KPHX/KNUV until shutdown
Fred Kalil Sports Director 1986–1997 Now Sports Director at WXIA-TV in Atlanta, GA
Ramin Khalili General Assignment Reporter Unknown Now at WKMG-TVOrlando, FL
Kirby Maus Sports Anchor/Reporter 1997–2000 Unknown
Dennis McBroom Traffic reporter Unknown Now on KUPD radio in Phoenix
Kevin McCabe Sports Reporter Unknown Now at KDUS radio in Phoenix; also sideline reporter for FoxNFLbroadcasts, covering Arizona Cardinals home games
Terry McSweeney Co-Anchor for Fox 10 News @ 6 & 10 to 2001 Moved to WTEN in Albany, NY as evening anchor (2000–2006), now a reporter at KGO-TV in San Francisco
Geoff Morrell General Assignment Reporter mid-1990s Was White House correspondent for ABC News, now press secretary for the Pentagon
Anne Montgomery Sports Reporter 1980s later at ESPN, now a teacher at South Mountain High School
Vicky Nguyen Investigative reporter/collaborator 2004–2006 Currently reporter at KNTV in San Jose
Corrie O'Connor Traffic reporter 1994 to 2000 Working for Clear Channel Communications in Phoenix
Dave Patterson Co-Anchor of Fox 10 NEWS 5, 6, 10PM. 1984 to 1990s Owns a Safari business
Natalia Perez General Assignment Reporter Unknown Unknown
Rob Piercy Weekend news co-anchor To 2004 Became North Bureau Chief and substitute anchor at KING-TV inSeattle, WA
Randy Rauch Weekend weather presenter Unknown later at WTSP-TV in Florida as weekend meteorologist
Sherry Ray Co-host of Fox 10 Arizona Morning, meteorologist on Fox 10 Arizona Morning and Fox 10 News @ NOON To 2000s Currently at WTSP-TV in Florida as the weekend meteorologist
Gina Salazar-Hook Anchor/Reporter 1990s to 2000s now a spokesperson for Nationwide Vision and occasionally reporting for Fox 10; married to Fox 10 News at 5&9 anchor, John Hook
Stephanie Sandoval Fox 10 News @ 10 co-anchor Late 2002 to Early 2007 Currently KNXV-TV's ABC15 Sonoran Living Live Host
Jim Schnebelt Weather anchor Unknown Unknown
Claren Scott Co-anchor of Fox 10 News @ 5 1985 to 1997 Now runs her own media consulting business
Dale Schornack Anchor 1986–1992 Now weekday anchor at KXTV in Sacramento
Tyler Sieswerda Weekend anchor Unknown Now at KVUE-TV in Austin, TX
"Skippy" (Tony McGraw) Co-host of Fox 10 Arizona Morning Unknown Weekend DJ at KOOL-FM 94.5
Julie Staley-Rodriguez Anchor/Reporter 1990s to 2000s now spokesperson for Sky Harbor and reporter/anchor for Phoenix government access
Mary Zeal-Stoddard Traffic reporter Unknown Occasionally appears on KPNX-TV
Gina Sutter Traffic reporter Unknown Unknown
Ashlee Tate Investigative reporter 2000-2002 former weekend weather and substitute anchor at KFSN-TV, now weekend evening weather at KTNV in Las Vegas
Susan Taylor Anchor of Fox 10 News @ NOON & Arizona Prime News Unknown
June Thomson 6pm and 10pm anchor early 1990s-circa 2000 Originally went to KPHO-TV, whereabouts unknown
Olga Villaverde Co-anchor of Fox 10 NEWS 6am to 9am Unknown Formerly anchor at Houston's KPRC-TV
Tammy Vo General Assignment Reporter Unknown Weekend Anchor/Reporter at KGUN
Mary Jo West Lead anchor, first female to assume such position in Phoenix 1970s-1984 Former spokeswoman for Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix; now working for local supermarket chain Bashas'
Jayme West Traffic reporter Unknown Now at KTAR-FM
Randy Ripplinger Investigative Reporter 1979-1980 Left KOOL and worked as reporter for KATU in Portland, OR, for 13 years, then moved into PR in Vancouver, WA; in 1995 he started PR work in SLC, UT.
Todd Whitthorne Co-host of Fox 10 Arizona Morning, also Sports Anchor/Reporter 1994-1996 President/CEO, Cooper Concepts, Dallas, Texas. Speaks nationally regarding health, wellness, and prevention.
Bruce Dunbar Investigative Reporter 1994-2010 Deceased.
Karen Key On-air helicopter pilot 1980-1982 Deceased

Blog re: Ms. Key's fatal crash

Also see Time Magazine



List of translators [show]==References==

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