KPHO-TV, channel 5, is a CBS-affiliate
television station located in Phoenix,
KPHO-TV is owned by the Meredith
Corporation, and has its studios located on Black
Canyon Highway in the Alhambra
Village section of Phoenix, with its transmitter located on South
Mountain in Phoenix. KPHO extends its signal throughout northern
Arizona by way of more than a dozen translators.
KPHO is Arizona's oldest television station, signing on December 4,
It was originally owned by a group of entrepreneurs—one of whom,
John Mullins, would later launch KBTV (now KUSA-TV)
Colorado. The original group also included shareholders of Phoenix
Broadcasting, which operated KPHO radio (910 AM, now KFYI
at AM 550); the television station, originally known as KTLX,
had its call letters changed to the current KPHO-TV shortly
before it took to the air. It originally broadcast from studios at the
Westward Ho in downtown Phoenix. The Meredith Corporation
purchased the KPHO stations on June 25, 1952.
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,
and the now-defunct DuMont
NBC disappeared from KPHO's schedule when KTYL-TV (channel 12, now KPNX)
signed on April 23, 1953, followed by CBS when KOOL-TV (channel 10,
signed on a few months later, on October 24. KPHO remained a dual ABC-DuMont
affiliate (with ABC programming shared between KPHO-TV and KOOL-TV)
until February 28, 1955, when KTVK
(channel 3) signed on and took the ABC affiliation full-time. KPHO
became an independent
station when DuMont ceased network operations in 1956. During the
late 1950s, the station was briefly affiliated with the NTA
KPHO-TV lost its sister station when Meredith sold KPHO radio in 1971.
That same year, channel 5 moved to its current facility on Black
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
Broadcasting Company opted to affiliate with KNXV in 1986 after
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. By the late 1980s, News 5, its news
operation, comprised two newscasts: a weekday 11:30 newscast and
Arizona's first primetime newscast at 9:30pm (years before KSAZ became
a Fox station with a 9pm newscast).
KPHO logo, used from 2002 to 2008.
In 1994, as part of a
massive wave of affiliation switches throughout the country, KSAZ
announced it was dropping CBS in favor of Fox as a result of its
pending sale to New
World Communications. CBS briefly wooed KTVK, whose then
locally-based ownership declined in hopes of renewing with ABC. CBS
then approached KPHO, since it was the only non-Big Three station in
town that had a functioning news department. On June 30, 1994, CBS
agreed to a long-term contract with Meredith, allowing KPHO-TV to
rejoin the network 42 years after CBS moved to channel 10. The
centerpiece of the deal was a renewal of CBS's affiliation with
City station, KCTV;
it also called for a switch at another of KPHO-TV's sister stations, WNEM-TV
City, Michigan, to CBS from NBC..
(The ABC affiliation eventually went to KNXV when Scripps cut an
affiliation deal which called for four of that company's non-ABC
affiliates to switch to ABC; KTVK then replaced KPHO as the market's
main independent station.) Phoenix was one of just four television
markets where the CBS affiliation moved from one VHF station to
another during the 1994 affiliation switches.
KSAZ-TV evicted CBS on September 12, 1994 upon that station's sale
to New World Communications becoming final. CBS then moved to KPHO at
that time. Initially, KPHO continued to run a couple cartoons and a
moderate number of sitcoms during local time. By January 1995, the
cartoons were gone, and then the station gradually added more
newscasts and talk/reality shows,
with the sitcoms being phased out and moved to KTVK, KUTP
(channel 45), and KASW
(channel 61). KPHO has generally been one of CBS's weaker affiliates
after switching in 1994 due in large part to the station's lack of a
strong inventory of syndicated programming although its 10 p.m.
newscast took the lead among English-language stations in total
households in the November 2009 sweeps period. In stark contrast, KOOL/KTSP/KSAZ
had been one of CBS's strongest affiliates and was in strong second at
the time of the switch.
On February 24, 2009 it was announced that KPHO-TV, KTVK and KPNX
would share a helicopter starting March 1, 2009.
On March 14, 2009, KPHO became the fourth station in Phoenix to
switch to high
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.
KPHO-TV signed on to the Phoenix LNS model shortly after the
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 p.m., so the CBS
Evening News is shown at 6 p.m. instead of 5:30 p.m., when
most CBS stations in the Mountain
Time Zone air the network news. In addition, KPHO features the
only 6:30pm local newscast in the Phoenix market. Better Arizona,
a national daily lifestyle program, features locally-produced inserts.
That program airs weekday mornings at 10 a.m., with The
Price Is Right airing at 9 a.m. (one hour earlier than CBS's
recommended time slot).
KPHO's HDTV logo prior to 2008
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 11:59 p.m. 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.
However, through the use of PSIP,
digital television receivers display KPHO-TV's virtual
channel as 5.
For 30 days after the switch to digital, KPHO's analog channels
served as a "nightlight" station to remind TV viewers of the
switch to digital.
- Today's News (1950s)
- News in Focus (1950s)
- 3-Star News Report (1950s)
- Midday News/The 6 O'Clock Report (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)
- 5'll Getcha (late 1970s)
- 5 is the Place (early 1980s)
- First in Arizona (mid 1980s)
- Local, Live, Latebreaking (c. mid-late 1990s)
- 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)
- Only CBS 5 (2010-present; local version of CBS ad
- Catherine Anaya - weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6:30 and 10
p.m.; also reporter
- Nicole Crites - weekday mornings and noon; also reporter
- Pat McReynolds - weekday mornings and noon; also reporter
- Peter Busch - Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and
weekends at 10 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Sean McLaughlin - weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6:30 and 10 p.m.
5 Valley Pinpoint Weather
- Chris Dunn (AMS
Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA
Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 5:30,
6:30 and 10 p.m.
- Paul Horton - meteorologist; weekday mornings and noon,
also weekday morning co-host
- Katie Baker - meteorologist; weekday mornings
- Jason Kadah (NWA
Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at
5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m. (also special reporter)
- Steve Garry AMS
Broadcast Meteorologist- meteorologist; fill-in
- Eric Sperling - sports anchor; weeknights at 5, 6:30 and
- Scott Smith - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at
5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m., also sports reporter
- Jason Barry - general assignment reporter; also fill-in
- Elizabeth Erwin - general assignment reporter
- Steve Filmer - general assignment reporter
- Tammy Leitner - "5 Investigates" investigative
- Cara Liu - general assignment reporter
- Morgan Loew - "5 Investigates" investigative
- Nadine Toren - morning traffic reporter
- Pat McReynolds - general assignment reporter; also
- Donna Rossi - general assignment reporter; also fill-in
- Jadiann Thompson - general assignment reporter
- Heather Moore - freelance general assignment reporter
- Colton Shone - freelance general assignment reporter
(As part of a Local
News Service the helicopter is shared with KTVK
and operated by Helicopters Inc.)
- Scott Clifton
- Jimmy Castanza
- Tammy Rose
former on-air staff
On December 20, 2006, KPHO began broadcasting CBS 5 Weather Now on
digital subchannel 5.2.
CBS 5 Weather Now is located on Cox
Communications digital channel 85, Qwest
Choice TV channel 64, and CableOne
Digital channel 461.
KPHO is rebroadcast on the following translator stations: