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Portland, Oregon
Branding KGW NewsChannel 8
Slogan Where the News Comes First
Channels Digital: 8 (VHF)
Translators see list below
Affiliations NBC
Estrella TV (DT2)
Owner Belo Corporation
(King Broadcasting Company)
First air date December 15, 1956
Call letters’ meaning Keep
Former callsigns KGW-TV (1956-1994)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
8 (VHF, 1956-2009)
46 (UHF, 2000-2009)
Former affiliations ABC (1956-1959)
NBC Weather Plus (DT2) (2004-2008)
KGW Weather Channel (DT2) (2008-2009)
Transmitter Power 45 kW
Height 524 m
Facility ID 34874
Transmitter Coordinates 45°31′21″N 122°44′45″W / 45.5225°N 122.74583°W / 45.5225; -122.74583

KGW is an NBC affiliate serving the Portland, Oregon area. The station broadcasts its digital signal on VHF channel 8. Its transmitter is located in Portland. It also produces segments and serves as the Portland bureau for Northwest Cable News (NWCN), which is also owned by KGW's corporate parent, Belo Corp. Along with NBC's lineup, the station also airs some local programming, including telecasts of a select amount of Portland Trail Blazers games.

KGW broadcasts Estrella TV on DTV 8.2 and on Comcast Cable channel 307.



The station was an extension of radio station KGW (620 AM). The Oregonian newspaper created KGW-AM by purchasing an existing transmitter from the Shipowners Radio Service. The U.S. Department of Commerce licensed the station, and it began broadcasting on March 21, 1922.

The Oregonian applied for and received an FCC construction permit for a television station in 1947, but later returned it in order to focus on its core newspaper business. It later bought KOIN-AM and used it to start KOIN-TV.

North Pacific Television, Inc. acquired KGW and KGW-FM on November 1, 1953. The group was owned by a group of five Portland businessmen and Seattle businesswoman Dorothy Bullitt. Bullit's King Broadcasting Company owned a 40 percent stake in the venture. Bullitt eventually gained full control of the stations, and KGW-TV signed on the air on December 15, 1956 on channel 8 as an ABC affiliate. On April 26, 1959, it swapped affiliations with KPTV, becoming an NBC affiliate. (KGW's sister station, KING-TV in Seattle, also switched from ABC to NBC at the same time.)

KGW's logo used from September, 1999 - January 21, 2008

The KGW-TV tower was a prominent victim of the Northwest's historic, violent Columbus Day Storm on Friday, October 12, 1962. KGW was back on the air Tuesday night, October 16, using a temporary tower, plus an antenna on loan from KTNT-TV of Tacoma, Wash.. A new antenna and tower were placed into service on January 28, 1963. In 1964 KGW became the first station in Portland to broadcast in color.

KGW-TV's original evening-news team remained intact for more than seven years - a rarity in the broadcast industry. Anchors Richard Ross and Ivan Smith, commentator Tom McCall, sportscaster Doug LaMear and meteorologist Jack Capell were the faces of KGW's "News Beat" from sign-on in December 1956 until early 1964, when McCall left the air to run for Oregon secretary of state. McCall won election that fall, and was elected governor two years later. Ross anchored KGW's nightly news "Northwest Tonight" until 1975, and LaMear and Capell remained on Channel 8 for at least another two decades after Ross' departure for rival KATU.

In 1992, the Bullitt family sold KING Broadcasting (which also included KING-TV in Seattle, KREM-TV in Spokane, Washington, KTVB-TV in Boise, Idaho and KHNL-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii) to the Providence Journal Corporation. Belo Corp purchased "ProJo" in 1997, gaining control of all the former KING Broadcasting stations.

KGW aired a Portland Trail Blazers game in high-definition (HD) on October 24, 2007. On January 21, 2008 the station became the first in the Portland metropolitan market to broadcast newscasts in HD. Along with a newly-renovated studio, the station also rebranded from "Northwest NewsChannel 8" to "KGW NewsChannel 8", updated its logo/graphics, and debuted version 3 of 615 Music's "The Tower" music package. In November, 2008, KGW retrofitted its news helicoptor with a HD camera.[2]

The station developed a high-definition news studio in Downtown Portland at historicPioneer Courthouse Square in a space previously occupied by Powell's Books. On March 17, 2009 starting with the 4:30 am sunrise broadcast, anchors Brenda Braxton, Russ Lewis and Drew Carney officially welcomed in the debut of KGW's "Studio on the Square."[3] KGW's morning, noon and 7 PM newscasts originate from the new location.[4]

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • News Beat (1956-1965)
  • KGW-TV News (1965-1973)
  • Channel 8 News (Northwest at Noon, Northwest Tonight (1973-1979)
  • Newscenter 8 (1979-1986?)
  • News 8 (1986?-1994)
  • KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8 (1994-January 21, 2008)
  • KGW NewsChannel 8 (January 21, 2008-present)

Station slogans

  • Channel 8, Take A Look (1979)
  • Channel 8, Proud as a Peacock! (1979-1980; localized version of NBC slogan)
  • Channel 8, Our Pride is Showing (1981-1982; localized version of NBC slogan)
  • Channel 8 There, Be There (1983-1984; localized version of NBC slogan)
  • Channel 8, Let's All Be There! (1984-1986; localized version of NBC slogan)
  • Come on Home to Channel 8 (1987-1988; localized version of NBC slogan)
  • Draw On Us, News 8 (early 1990s)
  • Coverage You Can Count On: News 8 (c. 1993-1994)
  • Where the News Comes First (1994-present)

KGW On-Air Staff

Current personalities


  • Brenda Braxton - "News Channel 8 @ Sunrise" (5am-7am)
  • Russ Lewis - "News Channel 8 @ Sunrise" (5am-7am)
  • Tracy Barry - weeknights 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm
  • Joe Donlon - weeknights 5pm, 6pm, 11pm
  • Laural Porter - weeknights 6:30pm, 11pm, Straight Talk 6:30pm weekends
  • Stephanie Stricklen - "Live @ 7" weeknights Studio on the Square (Downtown Portland)
  • Wayne Havrelly - weekend mornings (also consumer reporter)
  • Amy Troy - weekends 5pm, 11pm (also reporter)

First Alert Storm Team

  • Matt Zaffino (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights
  • Nick Allard (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "News Channel 8 @ Sunrise"
  • Jim Donovan - weekend mornings "News Channel 8 @ Sunrise"
  • Rod Hill (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekend evenings

Sports Team

  • Adam Bjaranson - Sports director; weeknights
  • Joe Becker - Sports anchor; weekends


  • Mike Benner - general assignment reporter
  • Amanda Burden - general assigment reporter
  • Scott Burton - general assignment reporter
  • Drew Carney - feature reporter "News Channel 8 @ Sunrise"
  • Keely Chalmers - general assingment reporter/fill-in meteorologist
  • Katherine Cook - general assignment reporter
  • Pat Doris - general assignment/political reporter
  • Erica Heartquist - weekday morning reporter "News Channel 8 @ Sunrise"
  • Kyle Iboshi - general assignment reporter
  • Randy Neves - general assignment/political reporter
  • Joe Smith- consumer & business reporter/general assignment reporter "Live @ 7"
  • Anne Yeager - investigative reporter
  • Teresa Yuan - general assignment/investigative reporter

Notable alumni

Digital television

The station's digital channel:


KGW-DT broadcasts on digital channel 8.

Digital channels

Channel Name Programming Cable Channel
8.1 KGW-DT Main KGW programming / NBC HD Comcast 708
Verizon 508
8.2 Estrella TV Comcast 307
Verizon 460

Analog-to-digital conversion

On July 18, 2008 at 6:14 PM, KGW turned off its' analog signal for 10 seconds to test if viewers' TV sets were ready for DTV.

After the analog television shutdown scheduled for June 12, 2009 [5], KGW returned to channel 8.[6] As scheduled, KGW shut down its analog transmitter at 3:04 a.m. (PDT). At 3:43 a.m., KGW completed its digital conversion when it shut down its temporary DTV transmitter (on channel 46) and switched digital operations to channel 8.

KGW provided 24-hr weather on DTV subcarrier channel 8-2 through the DTV transition, until the September 14, 2009 launch of LBI Media's Burbank, California-based Spanish-language Estrella TV Network. KGW-ES was the network's principal affiliate in the Pacific northwest region at time of launch; sister station KING 5 in Seattle was not one four BELO Corp.-owned stations carrying Estrella TV.


KGW is rebroadcast on the following translator stations.

Low power translators in La Pine, Sunriver and Terrebonne has been discontinued.


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