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KKCO logo
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″N 108°44′47.3″W / 39.066472°N 108.746472°W / 39.066472; -108.746472

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



KKCO signed on in 1996; prior to then NBC had been available by way of off-hours clearance on KREX, as well as on cable from Denver stations (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-TV and KJCT. It has stayed there more or less ever since.

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.



Current On-Air Staff

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 - weekday mornings at 11AM (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
  • Lisa McDivitt - general assignment reporter (also morning show photographer)

KKCO Weather Authority

  • Butch McCain - Chief Weather Anchor; weeknights at 5:30 and 10PM
  • James Hopkins - Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and weekends at 10PM (also reporter)
  • Lauren Whitney - Weather Anchor; weekday mornings (5-7AM and 11AM)

Sports Team

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

Former On-Air Staff

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News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

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

Station slogans

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