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KCNC-TV, channel 4, is the CBS owned-and-operated television station in Denver, Coloradomarker. Its digital (channel 35) transmitter is located atop Lookout Mountain near Golden, Coloradomarker.


The station first went on the air on December 24, 1953 as KOA-TV, co-owned with KOAmarker radio. It immediately took the NBC affiliation away from KBTVmarker (channel 9, now KUSA), due to KOA's NBC radio affiliation. It was owned by Metropolitan Broadcasting, a company partly owned by famed comedian Bob Hope.

In 1965, KOA-TV carried the 14 NBC AFL Football games with Curt Gowdy doing play-by-play, but the Denver Broncos games had to be blacked out due to a lack of sell-out games in Denver. In 1967, KOA-TV aired an award winning documentary, The Acid Test, LSD. Five months in the making, with more than 5,000 feet of film shot, LSD was hosted by news editor Bob Palmer. Photographers involved included Bill Baker, Medill Barnes, Jerry Curran, Sam Houston and Barry Trader.

In 1968, KOA-AM-TV was sold to General Electric for $10 million. In 1969, 10 p.m. anchor Bob Palmer left Channel 4 for Channel 7, to replace John Rayburn, who went to a station in Kansas City. In 1981, KBTV news director Roger Ogden was hired by KOA-TV as general manager. Ogden brought Marv Rockford and John Haralson with him. Ogden named George Caldwell, Sam Allred and Ron Zappolo as channel 4's number one news team. Also joining the station that year were Janet Zappala and Alan Berg.

In 1982, Bill Stuart left KMGHmarker (channel 7) for KOA-TV and Linda Farrell, Sylvia Cordy, Jeff Hullinger, Stephanie White, Merrie Lynn, Tom Martino and Tom Bear all joined the station. In June, KOA-TV premiered "First News," a half hour from 4:30-5 p.m., co-anchored by Larry Green and Linda Farrell. Suzanne McCarroll was the featured reporter on the new show. Also in 1982, KOA-TV pilot/reporter Karen Key, 28, and mechanic Larry Zane, 28, died when Copter4 slammed into a snowy stand of pine trees near Larkspur, Colorado, while en route to the crash site of a commuter airplane. She was promoted as the first female news helicopter pilot and reporter. Her blood alcohol content was reported to be 0.09, just below the legal limit of 0.10.

KOA-TV, which switched from logo to logo in the 1970s, stuck with this circle 4 logo until 1993.
In 1983, General Electric sold KOA-AMmarker 850 and KOA-FM (now KRFXmarker) 103.5 to A. H. Belo Corp. of Dallas for $22 million. The sale forced General Electric to change Channel 4's call letters on Aug. 12. The new call letters, KCNC, stood for Colorado's News Channel. Also that year, Peter Rogot was named weekend anchor at channel 4 and Marty Aarons joined Bob Palmer and Janet Zappala in anchoring duties. Others joining channel 4 were Wendy Bergen, Karen Layton, Marcia Neville, Tom Raponi and Mike Silva. Marv Rockford was promoted to News Director.

On the evening of June 18, 1984 Alan Berg, who was hosting programs on both KOA-AM and KOA-TV was shot and killed in the driveway of his home by members of a White nationalist group called The Order. Berg was an attorney who was known for taking a largely liberal stand on issues and was, at times, abrasive and combative to callers and guests who held opposing views.

In 1986, General Electric bought NBC, making KCNC an NBC owned-and-operated station (and the first network-owned station in Colorado). By 1990, KCNC-TV was broadcasting nearly 40 hours of news per week, nearly all of its non-network hours. General Manager Roger Ogden felt his station's money was better spent on local programming than paying syndicators of national shows.

In 1994, CBS and Westinghouse Electric Corporation agreed to a long-term affiliation deal that saw all five of Westinghouse's television stations become CBS affiliates. This switch included KYW-TVmarker in Philadelphiamarker. After NBC won a bidding war for CBS' longtime O&O in Philadelphia, WCAU-TVmarker, NBC offered to trade KCNC, KUTVmarker in Salt Lake City and the channel 4 allocation and studios in Miamimarker to CBS as compensation for the loss of WCAU.

On September 9, 1995, KCNC became Denver's CBS affiliate in a move that saw all three of Denver's "Big Three" networks switch affiliates. Denver's longtime CBS affiliate, KMGH-TVmarker, went to ABC because KMGH's owner, McGraw-Hill, had recently struck an affiliation deal with ABC, while longtime ABC affiliate KUSA-TVmarker took the NBC affiliation, probably by default (although KUSA's owner, Gannett, already owned a number of NBC affiliates, and today, most of Gannett's stations are still NBC affiliates).

Under the terms of the CBS/Westinghouse deal, CBS sold controlling interest in KCNC to Westinghouse's broadcasting division, Group W. Later in 1995, CBS and Westinghouse merged, making KCNC a CBS owned-and-operated station, the second time in the station's history that channel 4 has been owned by a major network.

In 2002, Marv Rockford was forced out as general manager of KCNC and replaced by Walt DeHaven. Tony Lopez moved from San Antonio to join channel 4. In 2003, the lead news team at channel 4 was Molly Hughes and Bill Stuart anchoring the 10 p.m. news, with Brian Maass and Rich Sallinger as reporters. In 2003, channel 4 was rebranded as "CBS4" under the CBS Mandate (although it retained the "News4" moniker for its newscasts for another two years).

The station was featured in the 2007 film Blades of Glory, and along with other stations in the Denver market has been mentioned on South Park, which takes place in Colorado. One episode mentioned Ron Zappolo as still being with channel 4, although he now actually anchors at KDVRmarker.

On April 21, 2008 Karen Leigh (who previously worked at KCNC's sister station WCCO-TVmarker in Minneapolis-Saint Paulmarker) replaced Molly Hughes as co-anchor of the weekday evening newscasts. Also, KCNC began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition, becoming the second station (after KUSAmarker) in the market to do so and the third station in the market to broadcast all programming in HD, behind KUSA and KTVDmarker (channel 20). KCNC premiered the new HD graphics package during their noon newscast. The music package, "Newstime" was retained.

Currently, KCNC is one of four network owned and operated television stations in Denver; the other three are Telemundo station KDENmarker (channel 25), Telefutura station KTFDmarker (channel 14) and ION Television station KPXCmarker (channel 59). It is also one of a handful of television stations which have been owned by two networks at separate points in its history. KDVRmarker (channel 31) and KWGNmarker (channel 2) were formerly O&Os of their respective networks (Fox and The WB).

Digital television

On June 12, 2009, KCNC-TV left channel 4 and continued broadcasting on channel 35 to complete its analog to digital conversion. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display KCNC-TV's virtual channel as "4".

News Operation

KCNC-TV broadcasts a total of 27½ hours of local news per week (with 4½ hours on weekdays, and two hours on Sautrdays, 3½ hours each on Sundays).


Current On-Air Talent

Current Anchors
  • Jim Benemann - weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30 and 10PM
  • Alan Gionet - weekend evenings (also Wednesday-Sunday reporter)
  • Karen Leigh - weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30 and 10PM
  • Ericka Lewis - weekend mornings (also Wednesday-Friday reporter)
  • Tom Mustin - weekday mornings and noon
  • Brooke Wagner - weekday mornings and noon
  • Kathy Walsh - weekend evenings (also Health Specialist seen Tuesday-Saturday)

  • Anna Alejo - education specialist (seen weeknights)
  • Katherine Blake - weeknight reporter
  • Shaun Boyd - daytime reporter
  • Jodi Brooks - weeknight reporter
  • Lynn Carey - traffic specialist (seen mornings and early evenings)
  • Raj Chohan - general assignment reporter
  • Paul Day - environmental specialist (seen middays and early evenings)
  • Michelle Griego - weekday morning and midday reporter
  • Dr. Dave Hnida - health specialist
  • Mike Hooker - Northern Newsroom correspondent
  • Molly Hughes - special assignment reporter
  • Terry Jessup - political specialist
  • Andrea Lopez - Mountain Newsroom corrsepondent
  • Brian Maass - investigative reporter
  • Suzanne McCarroll - health specialist
  • Greg Moody - critic-at-large and entertainment reporter (seen at 6:30 PM)
  • Rick Sallinger - investigative reporter
  • Karlyn Tilley - general assignment reporter

Weather Team
  • Ed Greene (AMS Seals of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30 and 10PM
  • Dave Aguilera (AMS/NWA Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10PM
  • Stacey Donaldson (AMS/NWA Seals of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekday mornings and noon
  • Jennifer Zeppelin (AMS/NWA Seals of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekend mornings

Sports Team
  • Vic Lombardi - Sports Director; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM
  • Reggie Rivers - Sports Anchor; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10PM
  • Gary Miller - sports reporter

Past Personalities

  • Marty Aarons - news anchor (went to WGRZmarker in Buffalo)
  • Luan Akin - "Copter4" reporter (retired)
  • Dick Albert - weather anchor (now with WCVBmarker in Boston)
  • Ralph Allen - political reporter
  • Sam Allred - weather anchor (1976-1983)
  • Steve Alvarez - sports anchor
  • Carlos Amezcua - news anchor (was with KTLAmarker in Los Angelesmarker, now on KTTV in Los Angeles)
  • Steve Anderson - weather anchor/environmental reporter (1982-1989)
  • Bill Barker - anchor/announcer (1960s-1970s)
  • Alan Berg - KOA radio and TV talk show host
  • Wendy Bergen - reporter (1983-1990; resigned in the wake of a scandal in which Bergen and two other KCNC personnel were indicted for staging an illegal pit bull fight for a story)
  • Ed Bates - reporter
  • Larry Blunt - news anchor (1998-2005; now working at WLOSmarker in Asheville, NCmarker)
  • Ed "Weatherman" Bowman - weather anchor (deceased; member of the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame)
  • Byron Brown - news anchor (1994-1996?; now with WJTVmarker in Jackson, MSmarker)
  • George Caldwell (Sells) - news anchor (now with WAFBmarker in Baton Rouge, LAmarker)
  • Dan Caplis - legal reporter
  • Kristi Carson - fill-in meteorologist
  • Stephen Clark - reporter/news anchor
  • William "Bill" Clark - consumer reporter (retired)
  • Rosemary Collins - news anchor
  • Marty Coniglio - chief meteorologist (1988-1995; now with KUSA-TVmarker)
  • David Crabtree - anchor/reporter (1991-1994; now with WRAL-TVmarker in Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • Steve Daniels - reporter
  • Clyde Davis - anchor/reporter
  • Keith Eldridge - Colorado Springs Bureau Reporter (now with KOMO-TVmarker in Seattle, WAmarker)
  • Laurie Everett - weathercaster (1970s)
  • John Ferrugia - anchor/investigative reporter (now at KMGH)
  • Mike Fierberg - business reporter
  • Linda Farrell - anchor
  • Glen Gerberg - meteorologist (1991-1998; later moved to KWGN-TVmarker, deceased)
  • Vince Gonzalez - reporter (now with CBS News in New York City)
  • Steve Gray - reporter
  • Larry Green - weather anchor (1982-2006; retired to Alabama)
  • Penny Griego - news anchor (1983-1986; moved to KCBS in Los Angeles, now at KFWB radio in Los Angeles)
  • Mark Grimm - reporter
  • Thelma Gutierrez - reporter (now in Los Angeles)
  • Jane Hampden - morning news anchor (reporter)
  • Jim Hanchett - reporter
  • Wayne Herman - business reporter
  • Cynthia Hesson - reporter
  • Jim Hooley - morning anchor (now at KMGH-TV)
  • Haney Howell - reporter
  • Morris Jones - midday anchor
  • Karen Key - helicopter pilot
  • Katie Keifer - news anchor
  • Phil LeBeau - Boulder Bureau reporter (1988-1996; went to MSNBC, now auto reporter at CNBC)
  • Karen Layton - education reporter
  • Tony Lopez - weekend anchor (now at KOVRmarker/KMAXmarker in Sacramentomarker)
  • David Lougee - 1982-1990 assistant news Director. (Now President of Gannett Broadcasting)
  • Steve Lusk - reporter
  • Theresa Marchetta - news anchor (now with KMGH)
  • Jean Martirez - reporter (now KTTVmarker in Los Angeles)
  • Marty Matthews - weather anchor (later anchor at WTSP-TVmarker in Tampa-St. Petersburg; was released from station 4/1/09)
  • Bob Martin - sports anchor
  • Tom Martino - consumer reporter (1989-2000; now at KDVR)
  • Tom Maule - weather anchor (1978-1981)
  • Kristin McCloskey - news anchor
  • Madeline McFadden - news anchor
  • Leo McGuire - Colorado Getaways host
  • Mark McIntosh - sports anchor (now host of "Colorado & Company" at KUSA)
  • Jennifer Miller - reporter (2003-2006; now with CBS Newspath, based out of KCNC's newsroom)
  • Dave Minshall - reporter
  • Ken Montoya - reporter
  • Reynelda Muse - news anchor (1969-1980 and 1984-1997)
  • Marcia Neville-Burke - sports reporter (1990-2005; now at KDVR)
  • John Nickel - reporter
  • Bob Palmer - news anchor (1957-1968 and 1982-1997; deceased)
  • Philip Palmer - (now anchor at KABC in Los Angeles)
  • Ed Pearl - weather anchor
  • Tony Pepper - news anchor
  • John Rayburn - anchor (1960s)
  • Gillian Rice - reporter
  • Richard Riggs - investigative reporter
  • Stephanie Riggs - anchor (1994-2006)
  • Peter Rogot - anchor/reporter (1981-1991)
  • Norvell Rose - entertainment reporter (1980-?)
  • Russell Ruffin - reporter
  • Scott Sander - news anchor
  • Deanna Sauceda - reporter
  • Chris Schauble - news anchor (now at KNBCmarker in Los Angeles)
  • Les Shapiro - sports anchor (1984-1999)
  • Pete Smythe - host of Tin Cup Alley (1960s)
  • Mark Soicher - sports anchor (now with KWGN-TVmarker)
  • Aimee Sporer - news anchor (1992-2002)
  • Tricia Springer - PM Magazine anchor
  • Bill Sternoff - news anchor
  • Bill Stuart - news anchor (1981-2004; retired to Alabama)
  • Dalton Tanonaka - anchor/reporter (now lives in Indonesia)
  • Jim Thomas - meteorologist
  • Stephanie White - news anchor
  • Jim West - criminal justice reporter
  • Mark Wiskup - financial reporter
  • Christina Yao - reporter (now in Houston)
  • Janet Zappala - anchor/reporter (1982-1984; now at CN8)
  • Ron Zappolo - sports anchor (1977-1990; now anchor at KDVR)
  • Larry Zimmer - sports (also longtime play-by-play broadcaster for the Denver Broncos)

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • Channel 4 News (1970s)
  • News Watch 4 (1970s)
  • NewsCenter 4 (1970s-1988)
  • News 4 Colorado (1988-2003)
  • News 4 (2003-2005)
  • CBS 4 News (2005-present)

Station Slogans

  • This is TV-4, Colorado's News Service Station (1975-1976)
  • For Colorado, 4 Stands Alone (1976-1977)
  • Proud to be Owned by NBC (1986-1995)
  • Colorado's News Channel (1985-2005)
  • More Coloradans Get Their News from NEWS4, Than from Any Other Source (1993-1995; used during the close of the Colorado Evening News and NEWS4 at 10; ironically, this slogan is similar to a former ABC News slogan)
  • We're 4 Colorado (1992-1994; based on the WNBC slogan "We're 4 New York")
  • This is Who We Are, Still Colorado's News Channel (September 1995; used to promote affiliation switch to CBS)
  • The Spirit of Colorado (1996-2002)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (2005-2007)
  • Get The Whole Story (2007-present)


The Denver market includes large portions of Colorado, Nebraskamarker and Wyomingmarker. KCNC serves this vast area with one of the largest translator networks in the country. All translators are in Colorado unless otherwise listed.

  • K35FI - Akron
  • K47FT - Anton
  • K50IN - Aspen
  • K50AE - Axial Bason
  • K53AD - Bethune, Burlington
  • K30DL - Blue Mesa
  • K10HE - Buford
  • K08GZ - Carbondale
  • K45HL - Carbondale
  • K13RD - Collbran
  • K02CB - Craig
  • K06CI - Craig
  • K30IK - Cripple Creek, ETC.
  • K56AD - Crystal, ETC.
  • K04GM - Divide Creek, ETC.
  • K04JL - East Elk Creek
  • K02CQ - Elk River Valley
  • K47EC - Estes Park
  • K63AJ - Flagler-Seibert
  • K33BV - Fraser, ETC.
  • K08IS - Glen Haven
  • K11DI - Glenwood Springs
  • K45IT - Grand Junction
  • K43AB - Grand Junction, ETC.
  • K13EL - Grand Lake
  • K09GO - Hamilton
  • K68AR - Hartsel
  • K35GO - Haxton
  • K06CE - Hayden
  • K17EU - Holyoke
  • K18FO - Idalia & S. Yuma Cty
  • K49IN - Julesburg
  • K08ER - Leadville
  • K39DD - Marvine Creek, ETC.
  • K08EC - Maybell
  • K09FE - Meeker
  • K09JT - New Castle, ETC.
  • K24DG - Rangely
  • K02IO - Redstone, ETC.
  • K44AC - Rio Blanco Valley East
  • K63BM - Rulison, ETC.
  • K11KU - Salida, ETC.
  • K10IW - Snowmass at Aspen
  • K11FW - Steamboat Springs
  • K46CY - Sterling
  • K12KR - Toponas
  • K10IQ - Upper Divide Creek
  • K12DQ - Williams Fork
  • KRYD-LP - Wolcott, ETC.
  • K34AC - Yuma

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