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KOLO-TV logo.png
Reno, Nevada
United States
Branding KOLO 8 (general)
KOLO 8 News Now (newscasts)
(Pronounced 'co-low')
Slogan Covering the News That Matters to You
Channels Digital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
Subchannels 8.1 ABC
8.2 MeTV
8.3 The CW
Translators see list below
Affiliations ABC (secondary 1953–1967; primary 1972–present)
Owner Gray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air date September 23, 1953 (64 years ago) (1953-09-23)
Former callsigns KZTV (1953–1956)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
8 (VHF, 1953–2009)
9 (VHF, until 2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
CBS (1953–1972)
NBC (1953–1962)
DuMont (1953–1955)
PBS (per-program; 1970–1983)
Transmitter power 15.6 kW
Height 893 m (2,930 ft)
Facility ID 63331
Transmitter coordinates 39°18′48.6″N 119°53′3.6″W / 39.313500°N 119.884333°W / 39.313500; -119.884333
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.kolotv.com

KOLO-TV is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Reno, Nevada, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and VHF channel 8 from a transmitter facility shared with CBS affiliate KTVN (channel 2) and NBC affiliate KRNV-DT (channel 4) on Slide Mountain between SR 431 and I-580/US 395/US 395 ALT in unincorporated Washoe County. The station can also be seen on Charter Spectrum channel 8 and in high definition on digital channel 788. Owned by Gray Television, KOLO-TV maintains studios on Ampere Drive in Reno.


KOLO hit the airwaves September 23, 1953 as KZTV. It was the second station in Nevada, following KLAS-TV in Las Vegas (which went on air two months earlier) and the first in northern Nevada. It carried programming from all four networks, but was a primary CBS affiliate; despite this, none of the soap operas it cleared during the 1950s came from CBS.[1] 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] In 1956 the station's callsign changed into the present-day KOLO-TV. The KZTV call letters now reside on the CBS affiliate in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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

The analog signal of KOLO-TV went off the air at 12:30 p.m. 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.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
8.1 720p 16:9 KOLO-TV Main KOLO-TV programming / ABC
8.2 480i 4:3 KOLO-SD MeTV
8.3 720p 16:9 CW-Tv The CW

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KOLO-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition VHF channel 9 to channel 8.[6]


In addition to the ABC network schedule, syndicated programs featured on KOLO-TV include Live with Kelly and Ryan, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, Jeopardy!, and Wheel of Fortune, among others.

News operation[edit]

KOLO-TV produces the only midday newscast that runs from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. while also airing ABC World News Tonight at 6:00 p.m., instead at 5:30 or 6:30 p.m. KTVN also airs their network newscast at 6:00 p.m. while KRNV-DT is the only station to air its network newscast at 5:30 p.m. Other newscasts include a 2½-hour long Good Morning Reno that runs from 4:30-7:00 a.m. and KOLO 8 News NOW at 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m. The 4:30 a.m. newscast debuted on October 13, 2014 to compete with KTVN and as of 2018, KRNV is the only station to not have a 4:30 a.m. newscast. On April 20, 2015, KOLO-TV became the first station to offer a 4:30 p.m. newscast in the market after Dr. Oz was moved to an hour-long 2:00 p.m. time slot after The Queen Latifah Show was canceled and Jeopardy! was added as a rerun for the 4:00 p.m. time slot.[7] KTVN has since added local news at 4:00 and 4:30 p.m., the latter of which competes against KOLO-TV.

Notable former on-air staff[edit]


List of translators

KOLO is rebroadcast on the following translator stations.

City grade translators:

Repeater stations:


  1. ^ http://edgehomepage.com/station-clearances.html
  2. ^ "KZTV Programs". Reno Evening Gazette. Reno, NV. 1953-10-10. p. 10. 
  3. ^ "KZTV Channel 8". Nevada State Journal. Reno, NV. 1954-03-24. p. 17. 
  4. ^ "KZTV Log". Reno Evening Gazette. Reno, NV. 1955-03-26. p. 11. 
  5. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KOLO". Rabbitears.info. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  6. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  7. ^ "KOLO is ready for some more "News NOW" at 4:30 p.m." The Changing Newscasts Blog. Roly Ortega. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 

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