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KOLD-TV logo
Tucson, Arizona
Branding KOLD News 13
Slogan Live, Local, Latebreaking
Channels Digital: 32 (UHF)
Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations CBS
Owner Raycom Media, Inc.
(KOLD License Subsidiary, LLC)
First air date January 13, 1953
Call letters’ meaning disambiguation from then-sister station KOOL-TV in Phoenix
Former callsigns KOPO-TV (1953-1957)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
13 (VHF, 1953-2009)
Former affiliations Secondary:
DuMont (1953-1956)
Transmitter Power 108 kW
Height 1123 m
Facility ID 48663
Transmitter Coordinates 32°24′55.8″N 110°42′51.9″W / 32.4155°N 110.714417°W / 32.4155; -110.714417

KOLD-TV is a full-service television station in Tucson, Arizona. It is the CBS affiliate in Tucson, Arizona, and is owned by Raycom Media. The station broadcasts in digital on UHF channel 32.



On November 13, 1952, the FCC granted a construction permit for a television station to broadcast on VHF channel 13. Two months later, on January 13, 1953, Tucson's first television station went on the air with the call letters KOPO-TV. Known as "Lucky 13", KOPO played up the "13" angle, coming on the air at 1:13:13 PM, the 13th second of the 13th minute of the 13th hour of the 13th day of the year.[1] It was sister station to KOPO AM in Tucson, and like its radio partner, a CBS affiliate. KOPO-TV also had a secondary DuMont affiliation.[2] It was initially owned by country singer Gene Autry, who also owned Phoenix station KOOL-TV. In 1957, the station changed its call letters to KOLD-TV, playing off its sister television station in Phoenix. KOOL and KOLD remained sister stations until Autry sold off KOLD to Universal Communications, the broadcasting arm of the Detroit-based Evening News Association, in 1969.

Universal Communications was acquired by the Gannett Company as part of Gannett's purchase of the Evening News Association in 1986. Gannett had owned the Tucson Citizen since 1977, and FCC regulations of the time forced Gannett to sell KOLD along with KTVY (now KFOR-TV) in Oklahoma City and WALA-TV in Mobile, Alabama to Knight Ridder Broadcasting after just one day of ownership. The News-Press & Gazette Company acquired KOLD in 1989, when Knight Ridder bowed out of broadcasting.

In 1993, Atlanta-based New Vision Television (the first one; the company restructured with smaller-market stations after the Ellis deal) bought NPG's entire television station group of the time, which (in addition to KOLD) included WJTV in Jackson, Mississippi and its semi-satellite WHLT in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, WSAV-TV in Savannah, Georgia, WECT in Wilmington, North Carolina and KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (NPG has since rebuilt its television station group.) Two years later, New Vision I sold all of its stations to another Atlanta-based company, Ellis Communications. Ellis, in turn, was sold the next year to a media group funded by the Retirement Systems of Alabama, who purchased two additional broadcasting groups (Aflac's broadcasting unit and Federal Broadcasting) several months later. The three groups merged in 1997 to form Raycom Media.

Digital television

On April 3, 1997, the FCC released its initial digital television companion channel assignments. They assigned UHF channel 32 to KOLD-TV to build its DTV facilities. KOLD received a construction permit to build the new facilities on May 12, 2000, and on September 11, 2003, began broadcasting in digital. The digital station was licensed January 6, 2004. KOLD has elected channel 32 as its final digital channel, meaning that on June 12, 2009,[3] at the end of the digital transition, KOLD will surrender its license for channel 13 and continue broadcasting in digital on channel 32. It will continued to be identified as channels 13.1 and 13.2 on television set tuners.

While KOLD's analog station originates from the electronics site in the Tucson Mountains west of downtown, KOLD's digital transmitter is at the Mount Bigelow electronics site to the northeast of the city.

The station's digital channel, UHF 32, is multiplexed:[4]

Digital channels

Video Aspect Programming
13.1 1080i 16:9 Main KOLD-TV programming
13.2 480i 4:3 News 13 Now

News Department


On-Air Talent

News Anchors

  • Jenny Anchondo - weekday mornings
  • Mindy Blake - weekdays noon and 5pm
  • Barbara Grijalva - weekdays noon
  • Scott Kilbury - weekday mornings
  • Teresa Jun - Saturday and Sunday 5:30pm and 10pm
  • Dan Marries - weekdays 5pm, 6pm, and 10pm
  • Heather Rowe - weekdays 6pm and 10pm
  • Mark Stine - Sunday 5:30pm and 10pm


  • Lauren Burgoyne
  • Jim Becker
  • Joan Lee - traffic
  • Bud Foster - politics
  • Barbara Grijalva
  • Teresa Jun
  • Som Lisaius - crime
  • Mark Stine
  • J.D. Wallace


  • Chuck George - chief meteorologist; weekdays 5pm, 6pm, and 10pm
  • Erin Jordan - weekday mornings and noon
  • Aaron Pickering - weekends 5:30pm and 10pm


  • Damien Alameda - sports director
  • Dave Cooney - weekend sports anchor/reporter
  • Eric Villalobos - part-time sports anchor/reporter

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • KOLD News 13 (1997-present)

Station slogans

  • Arizona's News Station (1993-1997)
  • Live. Local. Latebreaking. (1997-present)
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KOLD in fiction

Two Nickelodeon shows have used the KOLD call letters for fictional radio stations. A Bikini Bottom version of KOLD is heard in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode Mid-Life Crustacean, and on the first-season Rugrats episodes "Baseball" and "No Bones About It", Grandpa Lou listens to KOLD, "Music for the old and the old-at-heart".

In Tom Clancy's 1991 book The Sum Of All Fears, KOLD-TV is an independent superstation in Denver, Colorado that breaks the first video footage of a terrorist nuclear detonation at the Super Bowl, after the sitting President orders FBI agents to muzzle the major network news operations.


  1. ^ "KOPO-TV Airs First Telecast With No. 13 In Starring Role", Tucson Daily Citizen: 20, 1953-01-14  
  2. ^ "Cable Will Mean More Shows", Tucson Daily Citizen: 24, 1953-09-26  
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  4. ^ Zap2It channel lineup

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