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KSAZ-TV
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Phoenix, Arizona
Branding Fox 10 (general)
Fox 10 News (newscasts)
Slogan Just You Watch The Best
Channels Digital: 10 (VHF)
Affiliations Fox (1995-present)
Owner Fox Television Stations, Inc.
(NW Communications of Phoenix, Inc.)
Founded 1953 (as KOY-TV and KOOL-TV)
First air date October 24, 1953
Call letters’ meaning Spirit of AriZona
Sister station(s) KUTP
Former callsigns KOOL-TV (1953-1982)
KTSP-TV (1982-1994)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
10 (VHF, 1953-2009)
Digital: 31 (UHF)
Former affiliations ABC (1953-1955)
CBS (1955-1995)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW
Height 484 m
Facility ID 35587
Transmitter Coordinates 33°20′2.3″N 112°3′45.7″W / 33.333972°N 112.062694°W / 33.333972; -112.062694
Website www.myfoxphoenix.com

KSAZ-TV is the owned-and-operated Fox station in Phoenix, Arizona. It is co-owned with sister KUTP. The station broadcasts in digital on VHF Channel 10 in Phoenix and on numerous translators throughout Northern Arizona. Its transmitter is located on South Mountain in Phoenix.

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History

As a CBS affiliate

Channel 10 was founded in 1953 as a shared-time signal between KOY-TV and KOOL-TV; the two later merged to become simply KOOL-TV. Gene Autry was one of the station's owners. The station was originally an CBS[1] and ABC affiliate until 1955, when KTVK (channel 3) signed on and took the ABC affiliation. As a result, the station was now able to feature Autry's show on its schedule.

On May 28, 1982, at about 5:00 P.M., Joseph Billie Gwin, wanting to "prevent World War III" forced his way into KOOL-TV studio, fired a shot from his gun, the butt struck Louis Villa in the back of the head, Gwin held Villa in a chokehold, at gunpoint for nearly 5 hours. Gwin took 4 people hostage and demanded nationwide air time. 2 hostages, Jack Webb and Bob Cimino, were released 3 hours later. At 9:30 P.M. anchorman, Bill Close read a 20-minute statement as Gwin sat next to him holding a gun under the table, Close took Gwin's gun after the statement and set it on the table.[2][3][4]

The station was sold to Gulf Broadcasting in 1982, and changed its callsign to KTSP-TV. It had been said that the call sign stands for Tempe/Scottsdale/Phoenix, but some have also claimed that the call sign was simply changed to match WTSP in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida, which the company also owned. KTSP's logo at the time was similar to WTSP's "Sunset 10" logo; it would remain similar until 1995.

KTSP was sold to Taft Broadcasting in 1984, as part of a corporate deal. In 1989, KTSP newscaster Shelly Jamison left the station after appearing nude and on the cover of Playboy magazine.[5]

Taft was restructured into Great American Broadcasting after a hostile investor takeover late in 1987. The station was then sold to New World Communications in 1994.[6] Also in the early 1990s, KTSP's logo was slightly modernized, losing the linear elements at the bottom.

As a Fox station

The station changed its call sign to KSAZ on February 12, 1994 to match its new slogan, "The Spirit of Arizona". It remained as CBS network's Phoenix affiliate; however, as a result of a deal reached between New World and Fox, four commercial stations in the Phoenix market swapped network affiliations at different times. KSAZ dropped the CBS affiliation in December 1994, which went to KPHO.[1]

Fox network's prime time and sports programming moved to the station from KNXV (channel 15), although the Fox Kids programming moved to KTVK and in 1995 to KASW (channel 61). KSAZ became known as "10 News" in the fall of 1994 and in December, it rebranded again as "Fox 10 News." With several top-rated syndicated shows moving to other stations in 1995, KSAZ was up to about 50 hours a week of local news. The remaining syndicated programming on the station was rather low-rated, and as a result KSAZ did not have good ratings in its early days as a Fox affiliate. Much of the news audience went to KTVK, the former ABC affiliate which also took on a news-intensive format. In the fall of 1995, KSAZ added 3 hours of talk shows jointly produced by New World and Fox.

Fox purchased New World late in 1996, making KSAZ a fully owned-and-operated station, or "O&O". KSAZ has since been known as Fox 10. Fox then began to upgrade the station's programming, adding some high-rated off-network sitcoms such as M*A*S*H, Seinfeld, and King Of The Hill. The station also added higher-rated court shows and reality shows. Fox Kids though stayed with KASW.

KSAZ and KUTP (channel 45) became sister stations in 2001, making both the only network O&Os in the Phoenix market. KUTP was previously owned by United Television, which had a 50% stake in the UPN network, until Fox bought the station. Although Fox owns both KSAZ and KUTP (now a MyNetworkTV station), neither run the Saturday morning cartoon block eventually known as 4Kids TV. This continued on KASW until 4Kids TV was replaced by Weekend Marketplace as Weekend Marketplace would air on KAZT-CA (channel 7). It was possible after KUTP became a MyNetworkTV affiliate that 4Kids TV could have moved there but nothing was decided.

On July 27, 2007, "SkyFox10" reporter-pilot Don Hooper witnessed a mid-air collision over Phoenix between two news helicopters. There was a police pursuit in progress at the time and two helicopters, one belong to KTVK and the other to KNXV-TV, collided in mid-air and crashed into a city park. There were no survivors. In a video available over the internet, Hooper becomes very shaken and upset as he reports that "Channel 15 and Channel 3 just had a mid-air collision. They are in a park." The video also contains audio of Hooper calling the tower at nearby Sky Harbor airport on his aircraft's FAA radio reporting the collision. Hooper then talks on a discreet frequency to another news helicopter belonging to KPNX (channel 12) saying he is OK, but two other helicopters just crashed. Hooper then says "I think it was Scott" referring to KTVK pilot Scott Bowerbank.

Digital television

10.1 KSAZ HD
10.2 KSAZ SD

KSAZ ceased its analog broadcasts at 8:30AM on 12 June, 2009, the day mandated by the Federal government for TV stations to cease analog transmissions across the country. The analog switchoff occurred during the station's morning newscast. After the transition was complete, KSAZ moved its digital broadcasts to channel 10.[7]

News operation

KSAZ broadcasts a total of 48 hours of local news a week (8½ hours on weekdays, 2½ hours on Saturdays and three hours on Sundays), more than any other station in Phoenix and the state of Arizona; however as is standard with Fox stations that carry early evening weekend newscasts, KSAZ's Saturday and Sunday 5PM newscast is subject to preemption due to sports coverage.

On July 31, 2006, KSAZ launched its new 6:00 P.M. newscast. The newscast is anchored by Troy Hayden, who also anchors the 10:00 P.M. newscast. Alongside the launch of the newscast was the debut of a brand new look for KSAZ, taking on the generic Fox O&O graphics and logo first used by WTVT and WNYW.

On July 6, 2009 starting with the 5PM newscast, KSAZ began producing its local newscasts in 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]

FOX10 Notable Personalities

Current on-air talent

(as of May 7, 2009)
Current Anchors

  • Rick D'Amico - weekday mornings "Arizona Morning" (5-10AM) and noon
  • Alexis DelChiaro - weekday mornings "Arizona Morning" (5-10AM) and noon
  • Troy Hayden - weeknights at 6 and 10PM
  • John Hook - weeknights at 5 and 9PM
  • Ron Hoon - weekday mornings "Arizona Morning" (5-10AM) (also fill-in noon anchor)
  • Kari Lake - weeknights at 5 and 9PM
  • Marc Martinez - weekends at 5, 9 and 10PM
  • Andrea Robinson - weekday mornings "Arizona Morning" (5-10AM) (also general assignment and "Traffic Authority" reporter, and fill-in anchor/weather forecaster)
  • Linda Williams - weekends at 5, 9 and 10PM

Reporters

  • Rick Crabbs - "SkyFox" pilot reporter
  • Miriam Garcia - general assignment reporter
  • Andrew Hasbun - general assignment reporter
  • Brian Kelley - "SkyFox pilot reporter
  • Steve Krafft - general assignment reporter
  • Allie Rasmus - general assignment reporter
  • Diane Ryan - general assignment reporter
  • Laura Sambol - general assignment reporter
  • Alex Savidge - general assignment reporter
  • Alexis Vance - general assignment reporter

FOX10 Investigators

  • Bruce Dunbar - investigative reporter (also reporter and substitute anchor)
  • Keith Yaskin - investigative reporter (also reporter and substitute anchor)

FOX10 Weather Authority

  • Dave Munsey - Chief Weather Anchor; weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6, 9 and 10PM
  • Cory McCloskey - Weather Anchor; weekday mornings "Arizona Morning" (5-10AM) and noon; substitute anchor for Arizona Morning and Fox 10 News at Noon)
  • Jayme King (NWA Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekends at 5, 9 and 10PM

Sports Team

  • Jude LaCava - Sports Director; weeknights at 6, 9 and 10PM
  • Richard Saenz - Sports Anchor; weekends at 5, 9 and 10PM
  • Gayle Jansen - sports reporter and fill-in sports anchor

Former personalities

Name Position at KSAZ Years Active Whereabouts
Stephanie Angelo General Assignment Reporter Unknown Married Fox 10 News Live at 6 and 10 Anchor Troy Hayden, now an interior designer in Phoenix.
Kathleen Bade Host of Fox 10 Arizona Morning to 2000s Weeknight 10 PM anchor for KSWB-TV San Diego
Bob Bruce 6 and 10pm anchor Unknown WPXI morning anchor
Karen Carns Primetime Anchor 1989 to mid-1990s went to KPHO
Jennifer Burgess Fox 10 Arizona Morning Co-Anchor to mid-2000s now weathercaster, morning anchor, and reporter for KNXV-TV
Bill Leverton Arizona Road Presenter to 1990s Retired
Ilona Carson Fox 10 Arizona Morning Co-Anchor to 2000s Anchoring 13 Eyewitness News at Four at KTRK-TV Houston, Texas
Bill Close Evening and late news anchor 1969-1986 In retirement
Donna Cordova Weeknight anchor 1989-1993 Anchoring news at 10PM weeknights on KTXL Sacramento, CA
Steve Deshler Morning news anchor and weatherman 1994-1997 Real estate agent Chicago, Illinois
Pat Flannigan Weather presenter Late 1980s to early 1990s Runs production company in Phoenix
Heidi Foglesong Co-host of Fox 10 Arizona Morning 1994 to 1996 Created Life A TO Z on KTVK-TV, now afternoon news co-anchor at KTAR-FM radio
Marlene Galan Co-host of Fox 10 Arizona Morning, Co-anchor of Fox 10 News @ 6 & 10 1990s to 2000s In retirement and married to former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods
Robin Garrison Fox 10 News at 5 and 9 Co-Anchor; Arizona Prime News Co-Anchor 1994 to 1999 Residing in Phoenix as a stay-at-home mom
J.D. Hayworth Evening sports anchor to 1994 U.S. Congressman elected 1994, unseated in 2006. Hosts talk show on KFYI.
Don Hooper Helicopter pilot-reporter 2006-2008 Now flying for Native Air in Arizona
Dewey Hopper Weather anchor at KTSP 1983-1992 Later moved to KOVR from 1993-2005, then did local news updates for KPHX/KNUV until shutdown
Fred Kalil Sports Director 1986-1997 Now Sports Diector at WXIA-TV in Atlanta, GA
Ramin Khalili General Assignment Reporter Unknown Now at WKMG-TV Orlando, FL
Kirby Maus Sports Anchor/Reporter 1997-2000 Unknown
Dennis McBroom Traffic reporter Unknown Now on KUPD radio in Phoenix
Kevin McCabe Sports Reporter Unknown Now at KDUS radio in Phoenix; also sideline reporter for Fox NFL broadcasts, covering Arizona Cardinals home games
Terry McSweeney Co-Anchor for Fox 10 News @ 6 & 10 to 2001 Moved to WTEN in Albany, NY as evening anchor (2000-2006), now a reporter at KGO-TV in San Francisco
Geoff Morrell General Assignment Reporter mid-1990s Was White House correspondent for ABC News, now press secretary for the Pentagon
Anne Montgomery Sports Reporter 1980s later at ESPN, now a teacher at South Mountain High School
Vicky Nguyen Investigative reporter/collaborator 2004-2006 Currently reporter at KNTV in San Jose
Corrie O'Connor Traffic reporter 1994 to 2000 Working for Clear Channel Communications in Phoenix
Dave Patterson Co-Anchor of Fox 10 NEWS 6am to 9am 1984 to 1990s In retirement
Natalia Perez General Assignment Reporter Unknown Unknown
Rob Piercy Weekend news co-anchor To 2004 Became North Bureau Chief and substitute anchor at KING-TV in Seattle, WA
Randy Rauch Weekend weather presenter Unknown Currently at WTSP-TV in Florida as a meteorologist
Sherry Ray Co-host of Fox 10 Arizona Morning, meteorologist on Fox 10 Arizona Morning and Fox 10 News @ NOON To 2000s Currently at WTSP-TV in Florida as the weekend meteorologist
Gina Salazar-Hook Anchor/Reporter 1990s to 2000s now a spokesperson for Nationwide Vision and occasionally reporting for Fox 10; married to Fox 10 News at 5&9 anchor, John Hook
Stephanie Sandoval Fox 10 News @ 10 co-anchor Late 2002 to Early 2007 Currently KNXV-TV's ABC15 Sonoran Living Live Host
Jim Schnebelt Weather anchor Unknown Unknown
Claren Scott Co-anchor of Fox 10 News @ 5 1980s to late 1990s Now working for KAET-TV
Dale Schornack Anchor 1986-1992 Now weekday anchor at KXTV in Sacramento
Tyler Sieswerda Weekend anchor Unknown Now at KVUE-TV in Austin, TX
"Skippy" (Tony McGraw) Co-host of Fox 10 Arizona Morning Unknown Weekend DJ at KOOL-FM 94.5
Julie Staley-Rodriguez Anchor/Reporter 1990s to 2000s now spokesperson for Sky Harbor and reporter/anchor for Phoenix government access
Mary Zeal-Stoddard Traffic reporter Unknown Occasionally appears on KPNX-TV
Gina Sutter Traffic reporter Unknown Unknown
Ashlee Tate Investigative reporter 2000-2002 former weekend weather and substitute anchor at KFSN-TV, now weekend evening weather at KTNV in Las Vegas
Susan Taylor Anchor of Fox 10 News @ NOON & Arizona Prime News Unknown Lead anchor at KNSD
June Thomson Anchor of Fox 10 NEWS @ 6 & 10 Unknown Originally went to KPHO-TV, whereabouts unknown
Olga Villaverde Co-anchor of Fox 10 NEWS 6am to 9am Unknown Formerly anchor at Houston's KPRC-TV
Tammy Vo General Assignment Reporter Unknown Weekend Anchor/Reporter at KGUN
Mary Jo West Lead anchor, first female to assume such position in Phoenix 1970s-1984 Former spokeswoman for Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix; now working for local supermarket chain Bashas'
Jayme West Traffic reporter Unknown Now at KTAR-FM
Randy Ripplinger Investigative Reporter 1979-1980 Left KOOL and worked as reporter for KATU in Portland, OR, for 13 years, then moved into PR in Vancouver, WA; in 1995 he started PR work in SLC, UT. As of 2009, lives in Fruit Heights, UT, with his wife, Linda. Had 7 children.
Todd Whitthorne Co-host of Fox 10 Arizona Morning, also Sports Anchor/Reporter 1994-1996 President/CEO, Cooper Concepts, Dallas, Texas. Speaks nationally regarding health, wellness, and prevention.

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • The Esso Reporter (1953-1965)
  • The National News/24 Hours (1965-1968)
  • Channel 10 National News/Channel 10 World News (1968-1977)
  • KOOL News 10 (1977-1982)
  • NewsCenter 10 (1982-1992)
  • Channel 10 News (1992-1995)
  • 10 News (1995)
  • Fox 10 News (1995-present)

Station slogans

  • We're the Team (early 1980s-1992)
  • The Look is Channel 10 (1991-1992; local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Spirit of Arizona (1992-1996)
  • Arizona's News Leader (1996-2006; news slogan)
  • Just You Watch! (1997-2000; general slogan)
  • Just You Watch The Best (2000-present; still used for programming and news promo after the first 10 minutes of the newscast)
  • The Most Powerful Name in Local News (2006; promotional for new look)
  • Let The News Begin (2006; promotional for new look)
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Translators

References

  1. ^ a b "Murdoch's Raid Brings a Shuffling of TV Stations in Phoenix". New York Times: pp. 2. August 29, 1994. http://www.nytimes.com/1994/08/29/business/murdoch-s-raid-brings-a-shuffling-of-tv-stations-in-phoenix.html?pagewanted=1. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Gunman releases TV-station hostages". google news (The Ledger). May 30, 1982. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=wfgSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=PvsDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6677,5118241&dq=kool-tv&hl=en. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  3. ^ "Gunman forces TV anchorman to read message". google news (The Free-Lance Star). May 29, 1982. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=luMPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=iosDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3457,4049449&hl=en. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  4. ^ "Gunman holds two in TV studio". google news (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). May 29, 1982. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=WQgOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=l20DAAAAIBAJ&pg=7050,6270801&dq=kool+tv&hl=en. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  5. ^ "On the Rink of A Vervous Breakdown", By Dewey Webb, Phoenix New Times, August 30, 1989. Retrieved March 9, 2007.
  6. ^ "COMPANY NEWS; GREAT AMERICAN SELLING FOUR TELEVISION STATIONS". New York Times. May 6, 1994. http://www.nytimes.com/1994/05/06/business/company-news-great-american-selling-four-television-stations.html. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  7. ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf
  8. ^ "Fox, Scripps Create Local News Service". Broadcasting & Cable. April 1, 2009. http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/191108-Fox_Scripps_Create_Local_News_Service.php. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  9. ^ "Chicago stations join to share video crews for ENG". BroadcastEngineering. May 8, 2009. http://broadcastengineering.com/news/chicago-stations-join-0508/. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 

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