KKCO digital channel 12 (virtual channel 11) is an NBC affiliate in the Grand Junction/Montrose, Colorado market. The station is owned byGray Television.

Grand Junction, Colorado
Branding 11 News
Slogan Grand Junction's News Leader
Channels Digital: 12 (VHF)
Affiliations NBC
Owner Gray Television, Inc.

(Gray Television Licensee, Inc.)

First air date July 19, 1996
Call letters' meaning KK COlorado
Former channel number(s) Analog:

11 (VHF, 1996-2009)

Transmitter power 5.3 kW
Height 452 m
Facility ID 24766
Transmitter coordinates 39°3′59.3″N108°44′47.3″W


KKCO signed on in 1996; prior to then NBC had been available by way of off-hours clearance on KREX-TV, as well as on cable from Denverstations (KCNC-TV prior to 1995 and KUSA-TV from 1995 to 1996). KKCO was owned by Eagle III Broadcasting L.L.C. from 1996-2005.

Soon after signing on, KKCO's newscast shot to the top of the ratings, past longer-established KREX and KJCT.

In September 2006, its DT2 subcarrier became the area's new affiliate for The CW Television Network. Sometime in late 2008 KKCO-DT dropped the CW affiliation when KJCT-TV picked up the CW. On February 17, 2009 they shut off their analog signal but hasn't upgraded to HD making the only station without. In early April 2010, KKCO started airing a Noon news cast, this replaced their 11am news cast.


Current On-Air StaffEdit

Current Anchors

  • Bernie Lange - weekday mornings
  • Glen Mills - weeknights at 5:30 and 10PM
  • Natalie Pallone - weekends at 5:30 and 10PM (also news producer)
  • Jean Reynolds - weeknights at 5:30 and 10PM
  • Amanda Wagner - weekdays at Noon (also news director)
  • Lauren Whitney - weekday mornings


  • Tim Ciesco - general assignment reporter
  • Joe Gagnon - general assignment reporter
  • Chiara Lotierzo - general assignment reporter
  • Aaron Luna - general assignment reporter
  • Lizz Marrs - general assignment reporter

KKCO Weather Authority

  • Butch McCain - Chief Weather Anchor; weeknights at 5:30 and 10PM
  • Scott Aldridge - Weather Anchor; weekends (also reporter)
  • Lauren Whitney - Weather Anchor; weekday mornings (5-7AM and Noon)

Sports Team

  • Tom Giles - Sports Anchor; weekends at 5:30 and 10PM (also sports reporter)

Former On-Air StaffEdit

News/Station presentationEdit

Newscast titlesEdit

  • 11 News (1996-2002)
  • KKCO 11 News (2002-2008)
  • NBC11 News (2008-present)

Station slogansEdit

  • Western Colorado's News Leader (1996-2008)
  • Grand Junction's News Leader (2008-present)

External linksEdit

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