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KLAS-TV, virtual channel 8 (digital channel 7), is the CBS-affiliated television station serving the Las Vegas, Nevada market; it is owned and operated by Nexstar Broadcasting Group. The station's studios are located at 3228 Channel 8 Drive, and its transmitter is located on Mount Arden in Henderson.

KLAS-TV
[1]
Las Vegas, Nevada
Branding Channel 8 (general)

8 News Now (newscasts)

Slogan Nevada's First Choice for News (primary)

Anytime. Anywhere. (secondary)

Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)

Virtual: 8 (PSIP)

Affiliations CBS

LATV (DT2)

Owner Nexstar Broadcasting Group

(KLAS, LLC)

Founded July 1953
First air date July 22, 1953[1]
Call letters' meaning LAS Vegas
Sister station(s) WTVF
Former channel number(s) Analog:

8 (1953-2009)

Transmitter power 30.1 kW
Height 609.1 m
Facility ID 35042
Transmitter coordinates 35°56′44″N 115°2′33″W / 35.94556°N 115.0425°W / 35.94556; -115.0425
Website www.8NewsNow.com

[edit] HistoryEdit

KLAS was the first TV station in Nevada (beating KOLO-TV in Reno by two months and five days) and was started by Hank Greenspun on July 22, 1953. Greenspun also owned the Las Vegas Sun. Greenspun sold it to aviation magnate Howard Hughes in 1968, reportedly because the tycoon was dismayed that the station never played his favorite late-night movies. Some time after Hughes' death in 1976, the station was sold to its former owner, Landmark Communications. Landmark Communications renamed itself to Landmark Media Enterprises in September 2008.

On April 16, 1996, KLAS-TV became the first commercial station in Nevada (and one of the first in the United States) to carry a digital broadcast signal. This was for the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention. A little more than four years later on April 6, 2000 the first scheduled high definition network broadcasts in Las Vegas began on KLAS' digital signal.

On January 30, 2008, Landmark announced its intention to sell KLAS, along with its other TV station WTVF in Nashville.[2] No suitable buyer for KLAS was found until Landmark took most of its properties off the market in October 2008 due to the credit crisis.

Digital televisionEdit

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

KLAS-DTEdit

KLAS-DT broadcasts on digital channel 7.

Digital channels

Channel Name Programming
8.1 KLAS-DT Main KLAS-TV/CBS programming
8.2 KLAS-DT2 LATV

After the digital television transition date of June 12, 2009 [3], KLAS-TV's digital broadcasts remained on channel 7, but through the use of PSIP, digital television will display KLAS-TV's virtual channel as 8.

News operationEdit

KLAS' newscasts are generally named "8 News Now". KLAS previously branded its newscasts as Eyewitness News, taking over the name from 1982 after KVBC discontinued using the branding until late 2009. Originally, its newscasts were branded as Newscenter 8, and used the opening Phenix Horns music of Earth Wind & Fire's 1979 single In The Stone for two years. In addition, all KLAS newscasts are simulcast and later rebroadcast on Las Vegas ONE, a regional news channel jointly operated by KLAS, Cox Communications, and the Las Vegas Sun.

For years, KLAS produced a daily interview show, Face to Face with business and political writer Jon Ralston, on sister channel Las Vegas One. Face to Face moved to KVBC Channel 3 in January 2010. Channel 8 has been the ratings leader in Las Vegas for most of its history. On September 21, 1981, KLAS-TV became the first station in Nevada to provide hour-long newscasts.

In March 2006, KLAS revamped Eyewitness News This Morning. At the time, Casey Smith and Charlotte Evans anchored the newscasts, with Sherry Swensk doing the weather, and Dayna Roselli and Justin Cooper (who is no longer with KLAS for non-conflicting reasons) with "Skywitness Traffic". Casey Smith left the station "to further pursue his professional career," while Charlotte Evans moved to the noon and 4:30 p.m. newscasts. Smith was thanked for his "dedication and contributions." In their place, the station promoted longtime sports director Dave McCann to fill one anchoring spot. Denise Valdez, who had just joined the station in January 2006, swapped positions with Charlotte, leaving the noon and 4:30 p.m. newscasts. Smith joined ABC affiliate KTNV (channel 13) a short time later and is now that station's morning and midday anchor. Evans was let go from the station during a massive reorganization in 2008.

Later that year, the station kept its name going. Longtime Metereologist Kevin Janison was fired from the station, after a change that was "in the works for awhile." Gina Cancelliere, Kevin's replacement, joined the station in September 2006. Janison is now the evening metereologist for NBC affiliate KSNV-DT (channel 3). Cancelliere did not stay with the station long. After having a baby, she left to be a stay at home Mom and KLAS brought in Darren Miller as her replacement. On September 17, 2006 KLAS became the first station in the Las Vegas market and the state Nevada, and the eleventh station in the United States, to broadcast its local newscasts in high definition.

KLAS produced a 10 p.m. newscast for KTUD-CA called UPN Eyewitness News, anchored by Denise Saunders. In the fall of 2006 when UPN and The WB merged, KTUD became "Vegas TV" and the newscasts was renamed to suit the new identity. Shortly after the merger however, the station dropped the 10 p.m. newscast and Sanders would later go to KTNV (KTUD has since revived its 10 p.m. newscast, now produced by KSNV).

NewscastsEdit

Weekdays

  • 8 News Now This Morning — 4:00 a.m. — 7:00 a.m.
  • 8 News Now at Noon — 12:00 p.m. — 12:30 p.m.
  • 8 News Now at 4 — 4:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
  • 8 News Now at 5 — 5:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
  • 8 News Now at 6 — 6:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
  • 8 News Now at 11 — 11:00 p.m. — 11:30 p.m.

Saturdays

  • 8 News Now at 5: Weekend Edition — 5:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
  • 8 News Now at 6: Weekend Edition — 6:00 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.
  • 8 News Now at 11: Weekend Edition — 11:00 p.m. — 11:30 p.m.

Sundays

  • 8 News Now This Morning at 6: Weekend Edition — 6:00 a.m. — 6:30 a.m.
  • 8 News Now This Morning at 8: Weekend Edition — 8:00 a.m. — 8:30 a.m.
  • 8 News Now at 5: Weekend Edition — 5:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
  • Politics Now — 5:30 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.
  • 8 News Now at 6:30: Weekend Edition — 6:30 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
  • 8 News Now at 11: Weekend Edition — 11:00 p.m. — 11:30 p.m.

News/station presentationEdit

[edit] Newscast titlesEdit

  • Shell News (1953–1957)
  • KLAS-TV News (1957–1966)
  • The Big News
  • Channel 8 News (1966–1974)
  • TV-8 News (1974–1980)
  • NewsCenter 8 (1980–1982)
  • Eyewitness News 8 (1982–1989)
  • Channel 8 Eyewitness News (1989–2009)
  • Channel 8 Eyewitness News HD (2006–2009)
  • 8 News Now (2009–present)

[edit] Station slogansEdit

  • Channel 8 News, in Color (late 1960s–early 1970s)
  • Turn to Channel 8 (early 1970s)
  • The Best is Right Here on Channel 8/Channel 8 is Easy on The Eyes (1973–1974; localized version of CBS campaign)
  • Catch The Brightest Stars on TV-8 (1975–1976; localized version of CBS campaign)
  • Count on the TV-8 News (late 1970s)
  • Reach for the Stars on Channel 8 (1981–1982; localized version of CBS campaign)
  • Join The Team, on NewsCenter 8 (early 1980s)
  • The News Channel for Southern Nevada (mid 1980s)
  • Southern Nevada's 24-Hour News Source (late 1980s)
  • Southern Nevada's Number One News Team (early 1990s)
  • The Look of Southern Nevada is Channel 8 (1991–1992; customized version of CBS campaign)
  • People You Can Count On (1992–1995)
  • The News Leader (1995–2006)
  • The First Local News in HD (2006–2009)
  • This Is Where Experience Counts! (2009)
  • Anytime. Anywhere. (2009–present; secondary slogan)
  • Nevada's First Choice for News (2009–present; primary slogan)

[3] This film, television or video-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it with reliably sourced additions.

News teamEdit

Current on-air staff[4]Edit

Anchors
  • Dave Courvoisier – weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Sharie Johnson – weekends at 5:00, 6:00 on Saturdays, 6:30 on Sundays and 11:00 p.m.
  • Paul Joncich – weekdays at 4:00 and 4:30 p.m.
  • Kirsten Joyce – weekday mornings on 8 News Now This Morning (4:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.)
  • Christianne Klein – weekdays at noon, 4:00 and 4:30 p.m.
  • Brian Loftus – weekday mornings on 8 News Now This Morning (4:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.)
  • Steve Sebelius – co-host; Sundays on Politics Now (5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
  • Denise Valdez – weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Patrick Walker – co-host; Sundays on Politics Now (5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
  • Nia Wong – Sunday mornings on 8 News Now This Morning: Weekend Edition (6:00 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.)
8 News Now Neighborhood Weather
  • Katie Boer – meteorologist; weekends at 5:00, 6:00 on Saturday, 6:30 on Sunday and 11:00 p.m.
  • Ashley Conroy – weather anchor; weekdays at noon, 4:00 and 4:30 p.m.
  • Tedd Florendo (NWA member) – chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Sherry Swensk – weather anchor; weekday mornings on 8 News Now This Morning (4:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.)
Sports team
  • Ron Futrell – sports reporter
  • Chris Maathuis – sports director; weeknights at 6:30 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Jon Tritsch – sports anchor; weekends at 5:00, 6:00 on Saturdays, 6:30 on Sundays and 11:00 p.m.
Beat the Traffic
  • Demetria Obilor – traffic reporter; weekday mornings on 8 News Now This Morning (4:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.)
I-Team
  • George Knapp – chief investigative reporter
  • Michelle Mortensen – 8 On Your Side consumer investigative reporter
  • Steve Sebelius – investigative reporter
Reporters
  • Shakala Alvaranga – general assignment reporter
  • Karen Castro – general assignment reporter
  • Brittany Edney – general assignment reporter
  • Mauricio Marin – general assignment reporter
  • Vanessa Murphy – general assignment reporter
  • Michael Stevens – general assignment reporter
  • Patrick Walker – general assignment reporter

Former on-air staffEdit

Name Position at KLAS Years at KLAS Currently at
Brian Allen Reporter N/A KSFY-TV
Zahid Arab Reporter 2010 to 2012 KDFW
Adrian Arambulo Reporter N/A KDFW
Nathan Baca Reporter 2010 to 2014 WBNS-TV
Joe Bartels Reporter 2011 to 2015 KNXV-TV
Scott Bemis Sports Anchor/Reporter 2011 to 2014 KPGE and KSEE
Patranya Bhoolsuwan Anchor/Reporter 2011 to 2016 KIRO-TV
Ashanti Blaize Reporter N/A KXAS-TV
Brian Brennan Anchor/Reporter 2012 to 2015 KGW
Calvert Collins Reporter 2007 to 2012 Methodist Health System
Aaron Drawhorn Reporter 2006 to 2014 KRQE
Melissa Duran Anchor/Reporter 2006 to 2011 City of Las Vegas
Gina Cancelliere Chief Meteorologist 2006 to 2008 Retired
Cindy Cesare Reporter N/A Cin City Media, Inc.
Ned Day Reporter Late 1970 to 1987 Deceased
Atle Erlingsson Reporter 2002 to 2005 N/A
Charlotte Evans Anchor N/A to 2008 N/A
Pete Ferryman Anchor 1995 to 2000 KPTV
Paula Francis Anchor/Reporter 1990 to 2016 Retired
Michael Geeser Reporter N/A AAA Nevada Spokesperson
John Gilbert Anchor N/A KCEN-TV
Polly Gonzalez Anchor 1994 to 2005 Deceased
Jamie Guirola Reporter 2010 to 2012 WTVJ
Jonathan Humbert Investigative reporter 2007 to 2011 KOMO-TV
Kevin Janison Chief Meteorologist 1994 to 2006 KSNV
Shauna Khorrami Anchor/Reporter 2012 to 2013 Retired
Anita Lightfoot Reporter N/A XETV
Jonathan Martinez Reporter 2009 to 2011 KPRC-TV
Colleen May Anchor/Reporter N/A to 2008 Owner of ThinkMedia Now
Jonathan McCall Reporter 2009 to 2011 KOKI-TV
Allison McCarthy Reporter 2002 to 2010 Retired
Colleen McCarthy Investigative reporter 2004 to 2013 Gordon & Silver
Dave McCann Anchor/Reporter 1999 to 2012 KSL
Glen Meek Investigative reporter 2014 to 2015 Retired
Darren Miller Chief Meteorologist 2009 to 2014 Retired
Janet O Reporter N/A KCRA-TV
Mark Pfister Weather Anchor/Reporter 1992 to 1995 and 1997 to 2003 N/A
Ky Plaskon Reporter N/A KXJZ
Cale Ramaker 2012 to 2014 Anchor/Reporter KIRO-TV
Dayna Roselli Anchor/Reporter 2004 to 2012 KTNV-TV
Lauren Rozyla Reporter 2012 to 2015 WFTS-TV
Chris Saldana Anchor/Reporter 2004 to 2012 KEYE-TV
Casey Smith Anchor 2000 to 2006 Retired
Ken Smith Reporter 2007 to 2015 Retired
LuAnne Sorrell Reporter N/A WSVN
Jon Summers Reporter N/A Spokesman for Harry Reid
Gary Waddell Anchor/Reporter 1980 to 2012 Retired
Brian Wood (journalist) Anchor/Reporter N/A KATU

[4] This film, television or video-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it with reliably sourced additions.Translator channels KLAS' signal is relayed on the following translator channels:

HeliportEdit

KLAS Channel 8 Heliport - (FAA LID: NV38)

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says July 22, while the Television and Cable Factbook says July 8.
  2. ^ "NewsChannel 5 owner looks to sell station". Nashville Business Journal. 2008-01-30. http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/stories/2008/01/28/daily25.html. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
  3. ^ http://www.lasvegasnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=9797310&nav=menu102_2
  4. ^ KLAS-TV Personalities, 8NewsNow.com, Accessed October 20, 2010.

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