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Phoenix, Arizona

<tr><th style="vertical-align: top; text-align: right;">Branding</th><td style="text-align: left;">CBS 5</td></tr><tr><th style="vertical-align: top; text-align: right;">Slogan</th><td style="text-align: left;">Live, Late Breaking, Investigative</td></tr>

Channels Analog: 5 (VHF)

Digital: 17 (UHF)
<tr><th style="vertical-align: top; text-align: right;">Affiliations</th><td style="text-align: left;">CBS</td></tr>

Owner Meredith Corporation

<tr><th style="vertical-align: top; text-align: right;">First air date</th><td style="text-align: left;">December 4, 1949</td></tr><tr><th style="vertical-align: top; text-align: right;">Call letters’ meaning</th><td style="text-align: left;">PHOenix</td></tr><tr><th style="vertical-align: top; text-align: right;">Former affiliations</th><td style="text-align: left;">Primary:
CBS (1949-1955)
independent (1955-1995)
NBC (1949-1953)
ABC (1949-1953)
DuMont (1949-1955)</td></tr><tr><th style="vertical-align: top; text-align: right;">Transmitter Power</th><td style="text-align: left;">100 kW (analog)
1000 kW (digital)</td></tr><tr><th style="vertical-align: top; text-align: right;">Height</th><td style="text-align: left;">539 m (analog)
507 m (digital)</td></tr><tr><th style="vertical-align: top; text-align: right;">Facility ID</th><td style="text-align: left;">41223</td></tr><tr><th style="vertical-align: top; text-align: right;">Transmitter Coordinates</th><td style="text-align: left;">[ 33_20_3.3_N_112_3_43.1_W_type:landmark_scale:2000 33°20′3.3″N, 112°3′43.1″W]</td></tr><tr><th style="vertical-align: top; text-align: right;">Website</th><td style="text-align: left;"></td></tr>

KPHO-TV ("CBS 5") is the CBS affiliate television station in Phoenix, Arizona. Its transmitter is located on South Mountain in Phoenix. It can be seen on Channel 5 in Phoenix and operates several translators throughout Northern Arizona. It is currently owned by Meredith Corporation.


KPHO is Arizona's oldest television station. It signed on December 4 1949. 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. [1] NBC disappeared from KPHO's schedule when KTYL-TV (now KPNX) signed on April 23, 1953, followed by ABC when KOOL-TV (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 signed on and took the ABC affiliation from KOOL. KPHO became an independent station when DuMont ceased network operations in 1956.

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. Meredith Broadcasting purchased the station in 1952.

Over the years, it ran cartoons, off-network sitcoms, old movies, a 9 p.m. newscast, and drama shows. It also produced a children's show called Wallace & Ladmo, which aired weekday mornings from 7-9 a.m. until the early 1980s, and 7-8 a.m. 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 was the sole independent station in Phoenix until 1979, when KNXV signed on channel 15 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 after it was purchased by Scripps-Howard, which promised to upgrade the station's syndicated programming and launch a newscast. This made KNXV a very strong competitor against KPHO (even though KNXV never started a newscast for the duration of its Fox affiliation).

The CBS affiliation returned to KPHO in 1994, when a massive shift in network affiliations occurred in the market in the wake of KSAZ (formerly KTSP) 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, with the sitcoms being phased out and moved to KTVK, KUTP, and KASW.

Today, KPHO is a typical CBS affiliate, clearing the entire CBS schedule and running a decent amount of local news and the typical syndicated fare. But instead of the 5:30 timeslot like most CBS counterparts, KPHO airs CBS Evening News at 6 p.m. instead. In June 2006, the station's website was redesigned (along with those of four of Meredith Corporation's other stations). The old website was operated by the Local Media Network division of World Now. Now Internet Broadcasting operates the site.

Digital Television

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The station's digital channel:

Digital channels
Channel Programming
5.1 / 17.1 Main KPHO programming / CBS HD
5.2 / 17.2 "Weather Now" (local weather)

Analog-to-digital conversion

After the analog television shutdown scheduled for February 17 2009 [1], KPHO-DT will continue broadcasts on channel 17 [2] using PSIP to display KPHO's virtual channel as 5 on digital television receivers.


For decades, KPHO was the largest station in terms of market size to be owned by Meredith. That distinction changed in 2000 when sister station WGCL-TV in Atlanta would be purchased from Tribune Company. But WGCL is a UHF station, so this makes KPHO the owner's largest station on VHF.

Notable personalities

Current Anchors

  • Catherine Anaya, 5:30, 6:30 & 10 PM Anchor/Reporter
  • Chris Coraggio, Morning & Midday Anchor
  • Nicole Crites, Morning & Midday Anchor/General Assignment Reporter
  • Kent Dana, 5, 5:30, 6:30 & 10 PM Anchor/Reporter
  • Christina Wofford, Weekend Anchor/Reporter

Current Reporters

  • Jason Barry, General Assignment Reporter/Substitute Anchor
  • Scott Clifton, Newshawk5 Pilot/Reporter
  • Jeanne Rohrer, General Assignment Reporter; Substitute Morning/Noon Anchor
  • Tammy Leitner, General Assignment Reporter
  • Cara Liu, General Assignment Reporter
  • Morgan Loew, 5i Team Investigative Reporter
  • Greg Mocker, General Assignment Reporter
  • 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
  • Omadelle Nelson, General Assignment Reporter
  • 'Detour' Dan Beach, Time Saver Traffic and KTAR-FM Airborne-Traffic Reporter
  • Peter Busch, General Assignment Reporter
  • Jennifer Parks, General Assignment Reporter
  • Steve Filmer, General Assisgment Reporter/Substitute Anchor
  • Laurie Raymond, General Assignment Reporter/Substitute Anchor


  • Amy Bender, Weekend Sports Anchor/Better Arizona Repoter
  • Gary Cruz, Weeknight Sports Anchor


  • Steve Garry, Meteorologist (AMS Certified)
  • Paul Horton, Morning & Midday Meteorologist and General Assignment Reporter
  • Sean McLaughlin, Chief Meteorologist; Primetime Anchor at 5pm on Weekdays and at 5:30pm and 10pm on Sundays; General Assignment Reporter
  • Randy Kollins, Substitute Meteorologist on CBS 5 Morning News

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.
Roger Downey Morning, Noon, 9pm Anchor ?? to late 1990s 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 Professor of Practice at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication since Fall 2006.
Gina Maravilla Morning news anchor with John Overall 1996 to 2006 now in California as a freelancer at KGTV
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 Contract not renewed, last day August 20, 2008
June Thomson Primetime news anchor 1994 to 2000 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 at KGLN 11 - Glendale, AZ Public Access


News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles over the years

  • Today's News (1950s)
  • News in Focus (1950s)
  • 3-Star News Report (1950s)
  • Eyewitness News (1970s)
  • News 5 (1980s-90s)
  • Arizona 5 News (1990s-96)
  • CBS 5 News (1996-2000)
  • TV-5 News (2000-7/2002)
  • News 5 (7/2002-2/2004)
  • CBS 5 News (2/2004-Present)

Station name and slogan over the years

  • 5'll Getcha (late 1970s)
  • 5 is the Place (early 1980s)
  • First in Arizona (mid 1980s)
  • TV5/News5 (late 1980s-early 1990s)
  • Arizona5 (mid 1990s)
  • CBS5: Welcome Home, Arizona (1990s)
  • KPHO-TV5 & TV5: Be in the Know with KPHO (late 1990s)
  • News5: Your Valley News Station (2002-2003)
  • CBS 5 NEWS: Live, Late Breaking, Investigative (current)

Digital subchannels

On December 11 2006, KPHO began broadcasting CBS 5 Weather Now on digital subchannel 5.2[2]. 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:


External links

BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KPHO-TV

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