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KLAS-TV
KLAS-TV logo
Las Vegas, Nevada
Branding Channel 8 (general)
8 News Now (newscasts)
Slogan Nevada's First Choice for News
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
Affiliations CBS
LATV (DT2)
Owner Landmark Communications, Inc.
(KLAS, Inc.)
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.lasvegasnow.com/

KLAS-TV (Channel 7 digital) is the CBS station serving the Las Vegas, Nevada market. Its address is 3228 Channel 8 Drive. It is owned and operated by Landmark Communications. Its transmitter is located in Henderson.

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. KLAS and WTVF will remain owned by Landmark for the foreseeable future.

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Digital television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

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KLAS-DT

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.

History

KLAS was the first TV station in Nevada (beating KOLO-TV in Reno by 2 months and 5 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 some time in the 1960s, reportedly because the tycoon was dismayed that the station never played his favorite late-night movies. Eventually, the station was sold to its current owner, Landmark Communications.

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 4:30pm 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 4:30pm newscasts. Smith joined KTNV a short time later and is now the morning and mid-day anchor.

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 KVBC.

KLAS produced a 10:00 pm Newscast for KTUD-CA which was 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 10:00 pm newscast and Sanders would later go to KTNV.

Channel 8 has been the ratings leader in Las Vegas for most of its history. Among its many firsts:

  • September 21, 1981: First station in Nevada to provide hour-long newscasts.
  • April 16, 1996: First commercial Nevada station to broadcast a digital signal. This was for the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention.
  • April 6, 2000: The first scheduled HDTV broadcasts in Las Vegas begin.
  • September 17, 2006: KLAS becomes the first station in Nevada, and the eleventh in the United States, to broadcast local news in HD.

Newscasts

  • Weekdays
  • 8 News Now This Morning - 4:30-7 AM
  • 8 News Now at Noon - 12-12:30 PM
  • 8 News Now at 4 - 4-4:30 PM
  • 8 News Now at 4:30 - 4:30-5 PM
  • 8 News Now at 5 - 5-5:30 PM
  • 8 News Now at 6 - 6-6:30 PM
  • 8 News Now at 11 - 11-11:35 PM
  • Weekends
  • 8 News Now at 5 - 5-5:30 PM
  • 8 News Now at 6:30 - 6:30-7 PM
  • 8 News Now at 11 - 11-11:35 PM
  • Sunday Mornings
  • 8 News Now Sunday Morning - 6-6:30 AM and again from 8-8:30 AM

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 will be moved to KVBC Channel 3 starting 1/4/10.

Notable personalities

  • Gary Waddell, Anchor
  • George Knapp, Senior Investigative Reporter

Past news personalities

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News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Shell News (1953-1957)
  • KLAS-TV News (1957-1966)
  • 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)

Station slogans

  • 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; customized version of CBS campaign)
  • Catch the Brightest Stars on TV-8 (1975-1976; customized version of CBS campaign)
  • Count on the TV-8 News (late 1970s)
  • Reach for the Stars on Channel 8 (1981-1982; customized 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)
  • Nevada's First Choice for News (2009-present)
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Translator channels

KLAS' signal is relayed on the following translator channels:

Heliport

KLAS Channel 8 Heliport - (FAA LID: NV38)

External links

References

  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

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