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KPHO logo
Phoenix, Arizona
Branding CBS 5 (general)
CBS 5 News (newscasts)
Slogan Telling It Like It Is
Channels Digital: 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
Subchannels See below
Affiliations CBS (1949-1955 and 1995-present)
Owner Meredith Corporation
Founded 1949
First air date December 4, 1949
Call letters’ meaning PHOenix
Former channel number(s) Analog:
5 (VHF, 1949-2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1955-1995)
NBC (secondary, 1949-1953)
ABC (secondary, 1949-1953)
DuMont (secondary, 1949-1955)
NTA Film Network (secondary, 1956-1961)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW
Height 507 m (1,663 ft)
Facility ID 41223
Transmitter Coordinates 33°20′3.3″N 112°3′43.1″W / 33.33425°N 112.061972°W / 33.33425; -112.061972

KPHO-TV is the CBS affiliate television station in Phoenix, Arizona. Its transmitter is located on South Mountain in Phoenix. It broadcasts locally over-the-air in digital on UHF channel 17, identifying as channel 5 via PSIP. KPHO extends its signal throughout Northern Arizona by way of more than a dozen translators. It is owned by the Meredith Corporation.



KPHO is Arizona's oldest television station, signing on December 4, 1949, originally with the call sign of KTLX.[1] It is not known when the station changed its call sign to the current KPHO. As the only television station in Phoenix during the first three-and-a-half years of operation, it carried programming from all four networks of the time: CBS (primary affiliation), NBC, ABC and the now-defunct DuMont Television Network.[2]

NBC disappeared from KPHO's schedule when KTYL-TV (channel 12, now KPNX) signed on April 23, 1953, followed by ABC when KOOL-TV (channel 10, now KSAZ-TV) signed on a few months later, on October 24. KPHO remained a dual CBS-DuMont affiliate until February 28, 1955, when CBS moved its affiliation to KOOL-TV after KTVK (channel 3) signed on and took the ABC affiliation from KOOL. KPHO became an independent station when DuMont ceased network operations in 1956. During the late 1950s, the station was briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[3]

The station was originally owned by a group of entrepreneurs—one of whom, John Mullins, would later launch KBTV (now KUSA-TV) in Denver, Colorado. The Meredith Corporation purchased the station in 1952.[2]

As an independent station, channel 5 programmed a schedule of movies, off-network series, and a nightly newscast at 9:00 p.m.. It also produced The Wallace and Ladmo Show, a children's show which aired weekday mornings from 1954 until 1989 (when it was decided by the stars of the show that it would end). During the 1970s, KPHO became a regional superstation available on cable in much of Arizona and New Mexico, as well as parts of California, Utah and Nevada.

KPHO logo, used from 1997 to 2002.

KPHO was the sole independent English-language television station in Phoenix until 1979, when KNXV-TV (channel 15) signed on with general entertainment during the day and subscription TV at night. (KNXV became a full-time general entertainment station by 1983.) Even though KPHO was the leading independent station in the market, the new Fox network opted to affiliate with KNXV in 1986 after the E. W. Scripps Company purchased the station, promising to upgrade its syndicated programming and to launch a newscast. Although it never did begin a newscast, landing the Fox affiliation made KNXV a very strong competitor against KPHO.

KPHO logo, used from 2002 to 2008.

The CBS affiliation returned to KPHO in 1994, when a massive shift in network affiliations occurred in the market in the wake of KSAZ taking the Fox affiliation. Initially, KPHO continued to run a number of sitcoms during local time, but the station gradually added more newscasts and talk/reality shows,[4] with the sitcoms being phased out and moved to KTVK, KUTP, and KASW.

On February 24, 2009 it was announced that KTVK, KPHO-TV and KPNX will share a helicopter starting March 1, 2009.[5][6][7]

On March 14, 2009, KPHO became the fourth station in Phoenix to switch to high definition.

On April 1, 2009, Fox Television Stations and E. W. Scripps Company announced the creation of the Local News Service model in the Phoenix, Detroit and Tampa Markets. The service pools news gathering efforts for general market news events. Each station provides employees to the pool service in exchange for the sharing of video.[8] KPHO-TV signed on to the Phoenix LNS model shortly after the announcement.[9]


KPHO is a typical CBS affiliate, clearing the entire network schedule and airing five hours of local news daily, complemented by syndicated fare and paid programming. KPHO airs one hour of local news at 5 PM, so the CBS Evening News is shown at 6 PM instead of 5:30 PM, when most CBS stations in the Mountain Time Zone air the network news. Better Arizona, a national daily lifestyle program, features locally-produced inserts.

Digital television

KPHO's HDTV logo prior to 2008

Digital channels

Channel Format Programming
5.1 1080i KPHO-DT
5.2 480i Weather Now

Prior to 2009, a 5.3 subchannel was added for NCAA tournament coverage, with analog channel 5 breaking from 5.1 in order to create coverage of all four games.

KPHO switched its analog broadcasts to a digital nightlight service at 11:59PM on 12 June, 2009, just minutes before the end of the day mandated by the Federal government for TV stations to cease analog transmissions across the country. KPHO continues digital broadcasts on its pre-transition channel number, 17.[10][11] However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display KPHO-TV's virtual channel as 5.

KPHO's analog channels will, for 30 days after the switch to digital, serve as a "nightlight" station to remind TV viewers of the switch to digital.[12]

Notable personalities


Current Anchors

  • Catherine Anaya, 5, 5:30, 6:30 & 10 PM Anchor/Reporter
  • Chris Coraggio, Morning & Midday Anchor
  • Nicole Crites, Morning & Midday Anchor/General Assignment Reporter
  • Peter Busch, Weekend Anchor/Reporter
  • Sean McLaughlin, 5, 5:30, 6:30 & 10PM Anchor

Current Reporters

  • Jason Barry, General Assignment Reporter; Substitute Anchor
  • Sarah Buduson, General Assignment Reporter; Substitute Anchor
  • Elizabeth Erwin, General Assignment Reporter
  • Steve Filmer, General Assignment Reporter
  • Elias Johnson, General Assignment Reporter
  • Lisa Leigh Kelly, General Assignment Reporter
  • Tammy Leitner, 5 Investigates Reporter
  • Cara Liu, General Assignment Reporter
  • Morgan Loew, 5 Investigates Reporter
  • Pat McReynolds, General Assignment Reporter/Fill-in Anchor
  • Marya Piani, General Assignment Reporter; Morning Co-Anchor; Substitute Anchor
  • Donna Rossi, General Assignment Reporter; Substitute Anchor
  • Marcy Valenzuela, General Assignment Reporter; Morning Co-Anchor/Time Saver Traffic

Helicopter Pilots/Reporters

(As part of a Local News Service the helicopter is shared with KTVK and KPNX and operated by Helicopters Inc.)

  • Scott Clifton
  • Jimmy Castanza
  • Tammy Rose


  • Eric Sperling, Weekend Sports Anchor
  • Chris Coraggio, Morning News Anchor/Sports Reporter

CBS 5 Valley Pinpoint Weather

  • Steve Garry, Meteorologist (AMS Certified)
  • Paul Horton, Morning & Midday Meteorologist and General Assignment Reporter
  • Chris Dunn, Chief Meteorologist
  • Randy Kollins, Substitute Meteorologist

Past news personalities

Name: Position at KPHO: Years Active: Whereabouts:
Mike Chamberlin Morning Anchor and Weekend Sports Reporter 2005 - 2008 Retired to become pursue a career in Christian music.[13]
Ken Coy News anchor 1970s to ? Unknown
Gary "Cruzer" Cruz Weeknight Sports Anchor 2000-2009 Unknown
Roger Downey Morning, Noon, 9pm Anchor 1977 to July 5, 2002 PIO, Arizona Medical Board
Julie Durda Morning Traffic & Weather 2006 to 2007 Weather reporter at WSVN
Linda Turley Morning, Noon, 9pm Anchor ?? to late 1990s Syndicated columnist in Ahwatukee Foothills News
Jeff Kelly Morning/Noon Meteorologist mid 1990s to 2006; Previously at rival KPNX KPAX-TV Missoula, MT Chief Meteorologist
Jay Alan Primetime Anchor and Reporter 1995-2000 news/talk radio host at Newstalk 1530 KFBK Sacramento
Elise Finch Meteorologist To 2004 Now at WCBS-TV.
Jack Gates Reporter 1974-1980 Currently at Channel 4 San Diego.
Mike Harvey Chief Meteorologist 2002-2006 Now at WTKR-TV.
Bob Jeswald Meteorologist Unknown Chief Meteorologist at WRBL-TV.
Christien Kafton Anchor, Reporter 2000-2003 Now at KNTV.
Ted Koppy Morning/Noon News Anchor with Christina Wofford mid 1990s to 2002 6PM and 11PM news anchor at WTNH-TV.
Mark Lodato General Assignment Reporter 1995 to 2006 News Director of Cronkite NewsWatch at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication since Fall 2006.
Gina Maravilla Morning news anchor with John Overall 1996 to 2006 weekday morning traffic at KTVK
John Overall Morning news anchor 2002 to 2006 Weekend Anchor at KVOA-TV in Tucson
Fred Powers Anchor Unknown Deceased
Diana Sullivan Midday Anchor and 5:30 p.m. Anchor 2000 to 2008 Unknown
June Thomson Primetime news anchor 1994 to 2000 Unknown
Stu Tracey Lead weatherman 1970s to 1990s Unknown
Rich Robertson 5 Investigates Reporter 1995 to 1998 R3 Investigations, Mesa, AZ.
CJ Ward 5 Investigates Reporter 1995 to 1998 Anchor, KEYT, Santa Barbara, CA.
Ted Simons Weekend Sports 1980 to ?? Host of Horizon public affairs program on KAET
Jon Brictson Sports Director/Anchor 1980s News anchor for Glendale public access
Omadelle Nelson General Assignment Reporter 2006 to 2009 Unknown
Jeff Butera General Assignment Reporter to 2009 Relocated to Florida with wife, who also worked at the station.
Jennifer Parks General Assignment Reporter to 2009 General Assignment Reporter at KNXV, also reporter for KTAR-FM.
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News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Today's News (1950s)
  • News in Focus (1950s)
  • 3-Star News Report (1950s)
  • Eyewitness News (1970s)
  • Channel 5 News (1980s)
  • News 5 (1980s-1990s)
  • Arizona 5 News (1990s-1996)
  • CBS 5 News (1996-2000 and February 2004-present)
  • TV-5 News (2000-July 2002)
  • News 5 (July 2002-February 2004)

Station slogans

  • 5'll Getcha (late 1970s)
  • 5 is the Place (early 1980s)
  • First in Arizona (mid 1980s)
  • Local, Live, Latebreaking (c. mid-late 1990s)
  • Welcome Home, Arizona (mid 1990s; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Be in the Know with KPHO (late 1990s)
  • Your Valley News Station (2002-2003)
  • Live. Latebreaking. Investigative. (2004-2009)
  • Telling It Like It Is (2009-present)

Digital subchannels

On December 20, 2006, KPHO began broadcasting CBS 5 Weather Now on digital subchannel 5.2.[14] CBS 5 Weather Now is located on Cox Communications digital channel 85, Qwest Choice TV channel 64, and CableOne.


KPHO is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:


  1. ^ "TV Transfers". 1972 Broadcasting Yearbook. Retrieved 2009-01-14.  
  2. ^ a b "Early History of KPHO". KPHO-TV website. 2007-04-13. Retrieved 2008-12-01.  
  3. ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films", Boxoffice: 13, November 10, 1956,  
  4. ^ "Murdoch's Raid Brings a Shuffling of TV Stations in Phoenix". New York Times: pp. 2. August 29, 1994. Retrieved 2009-10-22.  
  5. ^ "3 TV stations to share helicopter to cover the news". azcentral. February 24, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-25.  
  6. ^ "Channels 5, 3, 12 To Share Chopper". KPHO. February 25, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-25.  
  7. ^ "Phoenix TV stations to share news helicopter". KTAR. February 25, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-26.  
  8. ^ "Fox, Scripps Create Local News Service". Broadcasting & Cable. April 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-28.  
  9. ^ "Chicago stations join to share video crews for ENG". BroadcastEngineering. May 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-28.  
  10. ^ "DTV Transition Status Report". FCC CDBS database. 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2008-12-01.  
  11. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds". FCC CDBS database. 2006-05-23. Retrieved 2008-12-01.  
  12. ^ "Phoenix TV goes digital, can you still see our signal?". KNXV-TV. Retrieved 2009-06-12.  
  13. ^ Griffiths, Lawn (2008-08-08). "Mike Chamberlin is retiring, but his guitar isn't". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved 2008-12-01.  
  14. ^ "KPHO Phoenix launches 24-hour local weather channel". TVNEWSDAY. 2006-12-20. Retrieved 2008-12-01.  

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