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KPHO-TV is the CBS affiliate television station in Phoenix, Arizonamarker. Its transmitter is located on South Mountain in Phoenix. It broadcasts locally over-the-air in digital on UHF channel 17, identifying as channel 5 via PSIP. KPHO extends its signal throughout Northern Arizona by way of more than a dozen translators. It is owned by the Meredith Corporation.

History

KPHO is Arizona's oldest television station, signing on December 4, 1949, originally with the call sign of KTLX. It is not known when the station changed its call sign to the current KPHO. As the only television station in Phoenix during the first three-and-a-half years of operation, it carried programming from all four networks of the time: CBS (primary affiliation), NBC, ABC and the now-defunct DuMont Television Network.

NBC disappeared from KPHO's schedule when KTYL-TV (channel 12, now KPNXmarker) signed on April 23, 1953, followed by ABC when KOOL-TV (channel 10, now KSAZ-TVmarker) signed on a few months later, on October 24. KPHO remained a dual CBS-DuMont affiliate until February 28, 1955, when CBS moved its affiliation to KOOL-TV after KTVKmarker (channel 3) signed on and took the ABC affiliation from KOOL. KPHO became an independent station when DuMont ceased network operations in 1956. During the late 1950s, the station was briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.

The station was originally owned by a group of entrepreneurs -- one of whom, John Mullins, would later launch KBTV (now KUSA-TVmarker) in Denver, Coloradomarker. The Meredith Corporation purchased the station in 1952.

As an independent station, channel 5 programmed a schedule of movies, off-network series, and a nightly newscast at 9:00 p.m.. It also produced The Wallace and Ladmo Show, a children's show which aired weekday mornings from 1954 until 1989 (when it was decided by the stars of the show that it would end). During the 1970s, KPHO became a regional superstation available on cable in much of Arizona and New Mexicomarker, as well as parts of Californiamarker, Utahmarker and Nevadamarker.

KPHO logo, used from 1997 to 2002.
KPHO was the sole independent English-language television station in Phoenix until 1979, when KNXV-TVmarker (channel 15) signed on with general entertainment during the day and subscription TV at night. (KNXV became a full-time general entertainment station by 1983.) Even though KPHO was the leading independent station in the market, the new Fox network opted to affiliate with KNXV in 1986 after the E. W. Scripps Company purchased the station, promising to upgrade its syndicated programming and to launch a newscast. Although it never did begin a newscast, landing the Fox affiliation made KNXV a very strong competitor against KPHO.

KPHO logo, used from 2002 to 2008.
The CBS affiliation returned to KPHO in 1994, when a massive shift in network affiliations occurred in the market in the wake of KSAZ taking the Fox affiliation. Initially, KPHO continued to run a number of sitcoms during local time, but the station gradually added more newscasts and talk/reality shows, with the sitcoms being phased out and moved to KTVK, KUTPmarker, and KASWmarker.

On February 24, 2009 it was announced that KTVKmarker, KPHO-TV and KPNXmarker will share a helicopter starting March 1, 2009.

On March 14, 2009, KPHO became the fourth station in Phoenix to switch to 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. KPHO-TV signed on to the Phoenix LNS model shortly after the announcement.

Programming

KPHO is a typical CBS affiliate, clearing the entire network schedule and airing five hours of local news daily, complemented by syndicated fare and paid programming. KPHO airs one hour of local news at 5 PM, so the CBS Evening News is shown at 6 PM instead of 5:30 PM, when most CBS stations in the Mountain Time Zone air the network news. Better Arizona, a national daily lifestyle program, features locally-produced inserts.

Digital television

KPHO's HDTV logo prior to 2008


Digital channels
Channel Format Programming
5.1 1080i KPHO-DT
5.2 480i Weather Now


Prior to 2009, a 5.3 subchannel was added for NCAA tournament coverage, with analog channel 5 breaking from 5.1 in order to create coverage of all four games.

KPHO switched its analog broadcasts to a digital nightlight service at 11:59PM on 12 June, 2009, just minutes before the end of the day mandated by the Federal government for TV stations to cease analog transmissions across the country. KPHO continues digital broadcasts on its pre-transition channel number, 17. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display KPHO-TV's virtual channel as 5.

KPHO's analog channels will, for 30 days after the switch to digital, serve as a "nightlight" station to remind TV viewers of the switch to digital.

Notable personalities

Current Anchors

  • Catherine Anaya, 5, 5:30, 6:30 & 10 PM Anchor/Reporter
  • Chris Coraggio, Morning & Midday Anchor
  • Nicole Crites, Morning & Midday Anchor/General Assignment Reporter
  • Peter Busch, Weekend Anchor/Reporter
  • Sean McLaughlin, 5, 5:30, 6:30 & 10PM Anchor


Current Reporters

  • Jason Barry, General Assignment Reporter; Substitute Anchor
  • Sarah Buduson, General Assignment Reporter; Substitute Anchor
  • Greg Gurule, General Assignment Reporter
  • Elizabeth Erwin, General Assignment Reporter
  • Steve Filmer, General Assignment Reporter
  • Elias Johnson, General Assignment Reporter
  • Lisa Leigh Kelly, General Assignment Reporter
  • Tammy Leitner, 5 Investigates Reporter
  • Cara Liu, General Assignment Reporter
  • Morgan Loew, 5 Investigates Reporter
  • Marya Piani, General Assignment Reporter; Morning Co-Anchor; Substitute Anchor
  • Donna Rossi, General Assignment Reporter; Substitute Anchor
  • Marcy Valenzuela, General Assignment Reporter; Morning Co-Anchor/Time Saver Traffic


Helicopter Pilots/Reporters

(As part of a Local News Service the helicopter is shared with KTVKmarker and KPNXmarker and operated by Helicopters Inc.)
  • Scott Clifton
  • Jimmy Castanza
  • Tammy Rose


Sports

  • Eric Sperling, Weekend Sports Anchor
  • Chris Coraggio, Morning News Anchor/Sports Reporter


CBS 5 Valley Pinpoint Weather

  • Steve Garry, Meteorologist (AMS Certified)
  • Paul Horton, Morning & Midday Meteorologist and General Assignment Reporter
  • Chris Dunn, Chief Meteorologist
  • Randy Kollins, Substitute Meteorologist


Past news personalities

Name: Position at KPHO: Years Active: Whereabouts:
Mike Chamberlin Morning Anchor and Weekend Sports Reporter 2005 - 2008 Retired to become pursue a career in Christian music.
Ken Coy News anchor 1970s to ? Unknown
Gary "Cruzer" Cruz Weeknight Sports Anchor 2000-2009 Unknown
Roger Downey Morning, Noon, 9pm Anchor 1977 to July 5, 2002 PIO, Arizona Medical Board
Julie Durda Morning Traffic & Weather 2006 to 2007 Weather reporter at WSVNmarker
Linda Turley Morning, Noon, 9pm Anchor ?? to late 1990s Syndicated columnist in Ahwatukee Foothills News
Jeff Kelly Morning/Noon Meteorologist mid 1990s to 2006; Previously at rival KPNXmarker KPAX-TVmarker Missoula, MT Chief Meteorologist
Jay Alan Primetime Anchor and Reporter 1995-2000 news/talk radio host at Newstalk 1530 KFBKmarker Sacramento
Elise Finch Meteorologist To 2004 Now at WCBS-TVmarker.
Jack Gates Reporter 1974-1980 Currently at Channel 4 San Diego.
Mike Harvey Chief Meteorologist 2002-2006 Now at WTKR-TVmarker.
Bob Jeswald Meteorologist Unknown Chief Meteorologist at WRBL-TVmarker.
Christien Kafton Anchor, Reporter 2000-2003 Now at KNTVmarker.
Ted Koppy Morning/Noon News Anchor with Christina Wofford mid 1990s to 2002 6PM and 11PM news anchor at WTNH-TVmarker.
Mark Lodato General Assignment Reporter 1995 to 2006 News Director of Cronkite NewsWatch at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communicationmarker since Fall 2006.
Gina Maravilla Morning news anchor with John Overall 1996 to 2006 weekday morning traffic at KTVKmarker
John Overall Morning news anchor 2002 to 2006 Weekend Anchor at KVOA-TVmarker in Tucson
Fred Powers Anchor Unknown Deceased
Diana Sullivan Midday Anchor and 5:30 p.m. Anchor 2000 to 2008 Unknown
June Thomson Primetime news anchor 1994 to 2000 Unknown
Stu Tracey Lead weatherman 1970s to 1990s Unknown
Rich Robertson 5 Investigates Reporter 1995 to 1998 R3 Investigations, Mesa, AZ.
CJ Ward 5 Investigates Reporter 1995 to 1998 Anchor, KEYT, Santa Barbara, CA.
Ted Simons Weekend Sports 1980 to ?? Host of Horizon public affairs program on KAETmarker
Jon Brictson Sports Director/Anchor 1980s News anchor for Glendale public access
Omadelle Nelson General Assignment Reporter 2006 to 2009 Unknown
Jeff Butera General Assignment Reporter to 2009 Relocated to Floridamarker with wife, who also worked at the station.
Jennifer Parks General Assignment Reporter to 2009 General Assignment Reporter at KNXVmarker, also reporter for KTAR-FM.


News/Station Presentation

Newscast titles

  • Today's News (1950s)
  • News in Focus (1950s)
  • 3-Star News Report (1950s)
  • Eyewitness News (1970s)
  • Channel 5 News (1980s)
  • News 5 (1980s-1990s)
  • Arizona 5 News (1990s-1996)
  • CBS 5 News (1996-2000 and February 2004-present)
  • TV-5 News (2000-July 2002)
  • News 5 (July 2002-February 2004)


Station slogans

  • 5'll Getcha (late 1970s)
  • 5 is the Place (early 1980s)
  • First in Arizona (mid 1980s)
  • Local, Live, Latebreaking (c. mid-late 1990s)
  • Welcome Home, Arizona (mid 1990s; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Be in the Know with KPHO (late 1990s)
  • Your Valley News Station (2002-2003)
  • Live, Latebreaking, Investigative (2004-present)


Digital subchannels

On December 20, 2006, KPHO began broadcasting CBS 5 Weather Now on digital subchannel 5.2. CBS 5 Weather Now is located on Cox Communications digital channel 85, Qwest Choice TV channel 64, and CableOne.

Rebroadcasters

KPHO is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:

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