KOLO-TV, virtual channel 8, is the ABC–affiliate television station for Western Nevada's Truckee Meadows licensed to Reno. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 8 (virtual channel 8.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter facility shared with KTVN and KRNV-DT on Slide Mountain between SR 431 and I-580 / US 395 / US 395 ALT in Washoe County. The station can also be seen on Charter channel 8 and in high definition on digital channel 788. KOLO-TV is owned and operated by Gray Television. KOLO-TV studios are based at 4850 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. 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, Bandstand Revue, and Hollywood Wrestling. 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 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.
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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.
KOLO-TV produces the only midday newscast that runs from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. As a result, KOLO-TV airs ABC World News Tonight at 6:00 p.m. KTVN also airs the national newscast at 6:00 p.m. KRNV-DT is the only station to air the national newscast at 5:30 p.m. Other newscasts include a two and a half hour long Good Morning Reno that runs from 4:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and KOLO 8 News Now at 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. KRNV-DT 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 the 4:30 p.m. newscast on the market after Dr. Oz was moved to an hour-long 2:00 p.m. time slot after The Queen Latifah Show was cancelled and Jeopardy! was added as a re-run for the 4:00 p.m. time slot.
Notable former on-air staff
- Marc Brown – Former anchor
- Jean Casarez – Former weekend anchor
- Sean Cronin – Former chief meteorologist
- Pete Giddings – Former chief meteorologist
- Peter Laufer – Former reporter
- Vicky Nguyen – Former investigative reporter
- Brian Sussman – Former meteorologist
- Rene Syler – Former weekend anchor
- Henry Wofford – Former weekend sports anchor