KSL-TV is an NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah that broadcasts locally in digital on UHFchannel 38, and brands itself as "Channel 5." (Although KSL permanently ceased analog broadcasts on VHF channel 5 on June 12, 2009, the station is still available on channel 5 for most viewers via virtual channel mapping.)

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Salt Lake City, Utah
Branding KSL 5 (general)

KSL 5 News HD(newscasts)

Channels Digital: 38 (UHF)Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
Subchannels 5.1 NBC5.2 Universal Sports

5.3 Live 5 Weather Channel

Translators (see article)
Owner Bonneville International

(Bonneville Holding Company)

First air date June 1, 1949
Call letters' meaning Salt Lake
Sister station(s) KSL radio, KRSP-FM,KSFI, KUTR
Former channel number(s) Analog:5 (VHF, 1949–2009)
Former affiliations ABC / DuMont / CBS(1949–1995)
Transmitter power 546 kW
Height 1267 m
Facility ID 6359
Transmitter coordinates 40°39′33″N112°12′7″W
Website tv.ksl.com

A large translator network extends coverage throughout the state and into portions of Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, and Wyoming. KSL-TV is owned by Bonneville International Corporation, which is in turn owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A sister station to KSL Newsradio (AM 1160 and FM 102.7), KSL-TV is also related to KBYU-FM and KBYU-TV in Provo through Brigham Young University (BYU), also owned by the LDS Church. KSL-TV broadcasts from a tower located on Farnsworth Peakwest of Salt Lake City.


KSL television studio headquarters (center) in downtown Salt Lake City.

KSL-TV came on the air June 1, 1949, operating from studios in the Union Pacific Building on Main Street. It was owned by the Deseret News along with KSL radio (AM 1160 and FM 100.3, now KSFI). It was a CBS affiliate owing to its radio sister's long affiliation with CBS radio. Later in 1949, KSL moved to Broadcast House on Social Hall Avenue.

In 1952, a 370-foot transmission tower was constructed on Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains to improve coverage all along the Wasatch Front and into Tooele County. It also began building a massive translator network stretching across five states, and now claims the largest coverage of any station in the United States.

It shared ABC programming with KDYL-TV (now KTVX) until KUTV signed on in 1954 as an ABC affiliate. It also broadcast DuMont programming. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[1]

KSL-AM-FM-TV was a division of the Deseret News until 1964, when Bonneville International was formed as the parent company for the LDS' broadcasting holdings. Soon afterward, channel 5 broadcast in color for the first time.

In 1995, NBC sold KUTV (which swapped affiliations with what is now KTVX in 1960) to a partnership of CBS and Group W as part of a swap involving stations in Denver, Miami andPhiladelphia. Originally, NBC sought to reaffiliate with KTVX; but after KTVX renewed its ABC affiliation, NBC then secured an affiliation agreement with KSL-TV.

KSL-TV experienced a scare in 1999 when a shooter entered the Triad Center, allegedly looking for a KSL-TV reporter. An employee of another company in the building was shot during the incident, resulting in her later death. De-Kieu Duy, a 24-year-old female, was arrested in connection with the incident. She has been declared incompetent to stand trial due to mental illness, and is currently awaiting trial while committed at Utah State Hospital.

In 2002, Bruce Christensen was named the President of KSL-TV. Christensen is the former president of PBS, the former dean of the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications, as well as a former reporter for KSL-TV.

In July 2010, KSL-TV took over the local marketing agreement (LMA) for independent station KJZZ-TV upon the conclusion of the five-year LMA between that station and KUTV.

Digital television

On June 12, 2009, KSL ended analog broadcasts and began to transmit exclusively digitally.[2]

On January 1, 2009 KSL discontinued their version of NBC Weather Plus due to discontinuation of the service by NBC, and relaunched the 5.3 subchannel as a locally-compiled automated weather channel, Live 5 Weather Channel, which unlike Weather Plus airs in 480iwidescreen.


KSL ENG SUV at the Utah State Capitol.

KSL-TV airs most NBC programming, as well as locally produced news and sports programs.

KSL has decided to not air some NBC programs, such as the short-lived sitcom Coupling and the long-running Saturday Night Live are two examples. (It also aired the CBS drama Picket Fences at 11pm on Saturdays instead of 9pm on Fridays.[3] SNL is preempted for the local SportsBeat Saturday, a holdover from the station's CBS days. (KUCW currently airs Saturday Night Live in the Salt Lake City market instead.) KSL also airs semiannual LDS General Conference as it is held, preempting any programs in the affected time slots.

Though KSL has decided to not air certain programs, some controversial programs have aired on KSL, such as The Book of Daniel (which was not shown by a few other NBC affiliates, especially in Bible Belt states) and a paid political message criticizing the war in Iraq, which featured Cindy Sheehan. KSL-TV is one of the few remaining television stations in the United States that still signs off at night, doing so at 3:30 am Saturday nights.

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Your Esso Reporter (1949–1953)
  • KSL-TV News (1953–1961)
  • Night Report (1961–1964)
  • Channel 5 News Final (1964–1966)
  • Channel 5 News (1966–1970)
  • 24 Hours (1966–1970; 10 p.m. newscast)
  • Channel 5 Eyewitness News (1970–1999)
  • Eyewitness News (1999–2004)
  • KSL-5 Eyewitness News (2004–2008)
  • KSL-5 Eyewitness News HD (2008–2009)
  • KSL 5 News HD (2009–present)

Station slogans

  • Mountain America's #1 News Team (1970s-early 1980s)
  • The News Specialists (1981–2004)
  • Channel 5, We're Looking Good (1979-1980; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Looking Good Together, Channel 5 (1980-1981; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Reach for the Stars on Channel 5 (1981-1982; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Great Moments on Channel 5 (1982–1983; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • We've Got The Touch, You and Channel 5 (1983-1984; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • You and Channel 5, We've Got The Touch (1984-1985; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • We've got the Touch on Channel 5 (1985-1986; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Share the Spirit of Channel 5 (1986-1987; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Utah Spirit, oh yes/Channel 5 Spirit, oh yes! (1987-1988; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • You Can Feel it on Channel 5 (1988-1989; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Get Ready for Channel 5 (1989-1991; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Look of Utah is Channel 5 (1991-1992; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • This is CBS, on Channel 5 (1992-1994; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • We Are Channel 5 People (1994-1995; last localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Year to be on Channel 5 (1995-1996; first localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Eyewitness News. Your News. (2004–2008)




  • Jed Boal - weekdays - afternoon newscasts (R)
  • Amanda Butterfield - weekdays - afternoon newscasts (R)
  • Scott Haws - mornings and noon
  • Bruce Lindsay - weeknights - evening newscasts
  • Keith McCord - weekends (R)
  • Tonya Papanikolas - mornings and noon (R)
  • Lori Prichard - weekends & investigative (R)
  • Nadine Wimmer - weeknights - evening newscasts

(R) - also serves as reporter

Franchise reporters

  • Carole Mikita - arts & leisure, religion, fill-in anchor
  • Dr. Kim Mulvhill - medical reporter (also seen on KPIX-TV in San Francisco)
  • Sam Penrod - Utah County bureau chief
  • Richard Piatt - political reporter (fill in for anchors)
  • Nadine Wimmer - hosts a series of "Staying Safe" reports
  • Ed Yeates - health & science reporter
  • Sandra Yi - crime reporter

General assignment reporters

  • Alex Cabrero
  • John Daley
  • Sarah Dallof
  • John Hollenhorst
  • Shara Park
  • Nicole Gonzales
  • Jennifer Stagg


  • Kevin Eubank - weeknights - 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 pm newscasts
  • Dan Pope - weekends, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 4:00 and 6:30 pm newscasts
  • Len Randolph - Monday and Tuesday - 4:00 and 6:30 newscasts
  • Grant Weyman - morning and noon newscasts


  • Kathy Aiken - reporter
  • Jeremiah Jensen - reporter and fill-in anchor
  • Tom Kirkland - sports director (appears weeknights)
  • Rod Zundel - weekend anchor
  • Greg Wrubell - morning anchor

Studio 5

Studio 5 is a midday newsmagazine-style program aired weekdays at 11 am. Its co-hosts are Brooke Walker and Darin Adams.


  • Duane Cardall

Former staff

  • Kerry Barrett, morning & noon anchor, currently at WTXF
  • Craig Bolerjack, sports anchor, presently a play-by-play announcer with the Utah Jazz in addition to play-by-play for college and NFL football broadcasts by CBS Sports
  • Gretchen Carr, weekend and morning anchor, later moved to KCBS-TV; whereabouts unknown
  • Jane Clayson, weekend anchor, formerly co-host of the CBS Early Show
  • Lisa Conley, morning and weekend anchor, later moved to KTVX, whereabouts unknown
  • Reed Cowan, reporter, moved to KTVX ABC4 as anchor/reporter, now at WSVN
  • Steve Cyphers, sports anchor, later moved to ESPN; Middle School Teacher in Colorado
  • Kelley Day, morning anchor/reporter, currently works as the lead female anchor for KOIN
  • Steve Eager, anchor/reporter, currently at KDFW
  • Mark Eubank, Chief Meteorologist. Now retired. Joined KSL in 1990, previously worked for KUTV 22 years prior
  • Dina Freedman, weekend meteorologist, moved to KTVX
  • Ashley Hayes, reporter, currently at WSB-TV in Atlanta
  • Samantha Hayes, 4 pm & 4:30 pm anchor/reporter; currently a CNN correspondent in Washington, D.C.
  • Brent Hunsaker, reporter, currently at KTVX
  • Jeff Hullinger, sports anchor/reporter, currently at WXIA NBC Atlanta political reporter/anchor
  • Paul James, sports anchor 1965-1991, retired (part of Nourse/Welti/James team)
  • Kim Johnson, weekday morning & noon anchor; whereabouts unknown
  • Scott Light, morning and noon anchor, currently at KPNX
  • Doug Miller, outdoor specialist, later moved to KUTV (died August 2006)
  • Brian Mullahy, anchor/reporter, currently at KUTV
  • Jim Nantz, sports anchor, now the lead sports announcer for CBS Sports
  • Dick Nourse, weeknight 10 pm anchor, retired November 27, 2007 after 43 years with KSL
  • Shelley Osterloh, anchor/reporter, retired
  • Sterling Poulson, meteorologist, currently at KUTV
  • Kent Rupe, sports reporter, later moved to KUTV then KSTU, currently at KTVX
  • Brad Steinke, sports reporter and anchor, currently with Fox Sports Arizona
  • Ruth Todd, Saturday mornings, noon, then finally 10 pm anchor; moved to KTVX; Now semi-retired
  • Nick Toma, morning and noon anchor/reporter, currently works as the morning and noon anchor for KMAX-TV
  • Robert Walz, reporter, currently at KTVX
  • Bob Welti, meteorologist, retired (part of the Nourse, Welti & James team for 26 years)
  • Susan Wood, anchor/reporter, later moved to KTVX; now retired
  • Terry Wood, weekday morning & noon anchor, moved to KTVX; now retired
  • Whit Johnson, 6:30 pm anchor/reporter, currently at CBS Newspath, Washington D.C.
  • Gene Kennedy, reporter
  • Coco (Nebeker) Warner, presented High 5 Awards


KSL-TV extends its coverage throughout Utah, plus parts of Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming, using a network of more than 115 community-owned translator television stations listed below.

List of translators [show]



  1. ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films", Boxoffice: 13, November 10, 1956
  2. ^ http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_11665656
  3. ^ "NBC finalizes Salt Lake station deal." - Adweek Western Edition 2 January 1995

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