call_letters = KCNC-TV
city =
station_slogan = To The Point
Get the whole story
station_branding = CBS 4 Denver (general)
CBS 4 News (newscasts)
analog = 4 (VHF)
digital = 35 (UHF)
other_chs = (see article)
affiliations = CBS
network =
founded =
airdate = December 24, 1953
location = Denver, Colorado
callsign_meaning = Colorado's
former_callsigns = KOA-TV (1953-1983)
former_channel_numbers =
owner = CBS Corporation
licensee = CBS Television Stations, Inc.
sister_stations =
former_affiliations = NBC (1953-1995)
effective_radiated_power = 100 kW (analog)
1000 kW (digital)
HAAT = 339 m (analog)
318 m (digital)
class =
facility_id = 47903
coordinates = coord|39|43|48.1|N|105|14|3.7|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 (analog)
coord|39|43|50.6|N|105|13|55.6|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 (digital)
homepage = [http://www.cbs4denver.com/ www.cbs4denver.com]

KCNC-TV, channel 4, is the CBS owned-and-operated television station in Denver, Colorado. Its analog (channel 4) and digital (channel 35) transmitters are located atop Lookout Mountain near Golden, Colorado.


The station first went on the air on December 24, 1953 as NBC affiliate KOA-TV. It was owned by Metropolitan Broadcasting, a company partly owned by famed comedian Bob Hope, along with KOA-AM 850. In 1968, it was sold to General Electric. In 1983, General Electric sold all of its television stations except KOA-TV, which changed its calls on August 12th of that year to KCNC-TV after the sale of the radio station to A. H. Belo Corp.. General Electric bought NBC in 1986, making KCNC an NBC owned-and-operated station. The station was broadcasting nearly 40 hours of news per week by 1990.

In 1994, CBS and Westinghouse Electric Corporation agreed to a long-term affiliation deal that saw all five of Westinghouse's television stations become CBS affiliates. This switch included KYW-TV in Philadelphia. After NBC won a bidding war for CBS' longtime O&O in Philadelphia, WCAU-TV, NBC offered to trade KCNC to CBS in return for WCAU. NBC also sold KUTV in Salt Lake City to CBS as compensation for the loss of WCAU.

On September 9, 1995, KCNC became Denver's CBS affiliate in a move that saw all three of Denver's "Big Three" networks switch affiliates. Denver's longtime CBS affiliate, KMGH-TV, went to ABC because KMGH's owner, McGraw-Hill, had recently struck an affiliation deal with ABC, while longtime ABC affiliate KUSA-TV took the NBC affiliation, probably by default (although KUSA's owner, Gannett, already owned a number of NBC affiliates, and today, most of Gannett's stations are still NBC affiliates).

Under the terms of the CBS/Westinghouse deal, CBS sold controlling interest in KCNC to Westinghouse's broadcasting division, Group W. Later in 1995, CBS and Westinghouse merged, making KCNC a CBS O&O, the second time in the station's history that channel 4 has been owned by a major network. In 2003, it rebranded as "CBS4" (although it retained the "News4" moniker for its newscasts for another 2 years). The station was featured in the 2007 film Blades of Glory.

Currently, KCNC one of two network owned and operated television stations in Denver; the other is Telemundo's KDEN. KDVR and KWGN were formerly O&Os of their respective networks (Fox and The WB).

On April 21, 2008, Karen Leigh (formerly of the Twin Cities' WCCO-TV) replaced Molly Hughes as co-anchor of the weekday, evening newscast. Also, KCNC began broadcasting newscasts in high definition, becoming only the second station (behind KUSA) in the market to do so. They are the 3rd station to broadcast all programing in HD, behind KUSA & KTVD. KCNC premiered the new HD package during their noon newscast. The music package remained a version of the California 9 Signature from KCBS.


The Denver market includes large portions of Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. KCNC serves this vast area with one of the largest translator networks in the country. All translators are in Colorado unless otherwise listed.

* K35FI - Akron
* K47FT - Anton
* K50IN - Aspen
* K50AE - Axial Bason
* K53AD - Bethune,Burlington
* K30DL - Blue Mesa
* K10HE - Buford
* K08GZ - Carbondale
* K45HL - Carbondale
* K13RD - Collbran
* K02CB - Craig
* K06CI - Craig
* K30IK - Cripple Creek,ETC.
* K56AD - Crystal,ETC.
* K04GM - Divide Creek, ETC.
* K04JL - East Elk Creek
* K02CQ - Elk River Valley
* K47EC - Estes Park
* K63AJ - Flagler-Seibert
* K33BV - Fraser,ETC.
* K08IS - Glen Haven
* K11DI - Glenwood Springs
* K45IT - Grand Junction
* K43AB - Grand Junction ETC.
* K13EL - Grand Lake
* K09GO - Hamilton
* K68AR - Hartsel
* K35GO - Haxton
* K06CE - Hayden
* K17EU - Holyoke
* K18FO - Idalia & S. Yuma Cty
* K49IN - Julesburg
* K08ER - Leadville
* K39DD - Marvine Creek, ETC.
* K08EC - Maybell
* K09FE - Meeker
* K09JT - New Castle, ETC.
* K24DG - Rangely
* K02IO - Redstone, ETC.
* K44AC - Rio Blanco Valley East
* K63BM - Rulison, ETC.
* K11KU - Salida, ETC.
* K10IW - Snowmass at Aspen
* K11FW - Steamboat Springs
* K46CY - Sterling
* K12KR - Toponas
* K10IQ - Upper Divide Creek
* K12DQ - Williams Fork
* KRYD-LP - Wolcott, ETC.
* K34AC - Yuma

Current Personalities



*Jim Benemann
*Karen Leigh

*Tom Mustin
*Brooke Wagner


*Alan Gionet (also Wednesday-Sunday reporter)
*Kathy Walsh (also Health Specialist seen Tuesday-Saturday)

*Arturo Santiago (also Wednesday/Thursday reporter)
*Ericka Lewis (also Wednesday-Friday reporter)

Weather Team

*Dave Aguilera, weekend evenings meteorologist (NWA/AMS)
*Ed Greene, chief meteorologist/weekday evenings (AMS)
*Stacey Donaldson, weekday mornings/noon (NWA/AMS)
*Jennifer Zeppelin, weekend mornings (NWA/AMS)

ports Team

*Vic Lombardi, sports director/weekday anchor
*Gary Miller, reporter
*Reggie Rivers, weekend anchor


*Anna Alejo, Education Specialist seen weeknights
*Katherine Blake, weeknight reporter
*Shaun Boyd, daytime reporter
*Jodi Brooks, weeknight reporter
*Lynn Carey, Traffic Specialist seen mornings and early evenings
*Raj Chohan, general assignment reporter
*Paul Day, Environmental Specialist seen middays and early evenings
*Michelle Griego, Weekday mornings/midday reporter
*Dr. Dave Hnida, Health Specialist
*Mike Hooker, Northern Newsroom correspondent
*Terry Jessup, Political Specialist
*Andrea Lopez, Mountain Newsroom corrsepondent
*Brian Maass, investigative reporter
*Suzanne McCarroll, Health Specialist seen early evenings
*Greg Moody, Critic-at-Large and entertainment reporter seen at 6:30 PM
*Rick Sallinger, investigative reporter
*Karlyn Tilley, general assignment reporter
*Molly Hughes, special assignment reporter

Past Personalities

*Marty Aarons, news anchor
*Dick Albert, weather anchor (now with WCVB in Boston)
*Ralph Allen, political reporter
*Sam Allred, weather anchor (1976-1983)
*Steve Alvarez, sports anchor
*Carlos Amezcua, news anchor (was with KTLA in Los Angeles, CA, now on KTTV in LA)
*Steve Anderson, weather anchor/environmental reporter (1982-1989)
*Wendy Bergen, reporter (1983 - 1990), resigned in the wake of a scandal in which Bergen and two other KCNC personnel were indicted for staging an illegal pit bull fight for a story. [http://journalism.indiana.edu/resources/ethics/getting-the-story/grand-jury-probe/] ]
*Larry Blunt, news anchor (1991-1995),(Left the night of the Affiliate Switch.)
*Byron Brown, news anchor
*George Caldwell (Sells), news anchor (now with WAFB in Baton Rouge, LA)
*Kristi Carson, Fill-In meteorologist
*Stephen Clark, reporter, news anchor
*Rosemary Collins, news anchor
*Marty Coniglio, Chief Meteorologist (1988-1995) Now with KUSA-TV
*David Crabtree, News Anchor, reporter (1991-1994) Now With WRAL-TV
*Steve Daniels, reporter
*Keith Eldridge, Colorado Springs Bureau Reporter (Now with KOMO-TV in Seattle, WA)
*John Ferrugia, News Anchor and investigative reporter, now at KMGH
*Mike Fierberg, business reporter
*Linda Farrell, news anchor
*Vince Gonzalez, reporter, now with CBS in NY
*Steve Gray, reporter
*Larry Green, weather anchor (1982-2006), retired to Alabama
*Penny Griego, news anchor (1983-1986), moved to KCBS Los Angeles, now KFWB New Radio, LA
*Mark Grimm, reporter
*Thelma Gutierrez, reporter, now in LA
*Jane Hampden, morning news anchor, reporter
*Wayne Herman, business reporter seen mornings
*Jeff Hullinger, sports anchor (1982 -1984) (WAGA main sports anchor 20 years -voice of the Atlanta Falcons) now afternoon news anchor WSB-AM Atlanta.
*Morris Jones, Noonday anchor
*Katie Keifer, news anchor
*Phil LeBeau, Boulder Bureau reporter
*Tony Lopez, weekend anchor, now at KOVR/KMAX in Sacramento
*Steve Lusk, reporter
*Theresa Marchetta, news anchor, now with KMGH
*Jean Martirez, reporter, now in LA
*Marty Matthews, weather anchor, now news anchor at WTSP-TV, Tampa-St. Petersburg
*Bob Martin, sports anchor
*Tom Martino, consumer reporter, now at KDVR
*Tom Maule, weather anchor (1978-1981)
*Kristin McCloskey, news anchor
*Madeline McFadden, news anchor
*Leo McGuire, Colorado Getaways host
*Mark McIntosh, sports anchor, now host of "Colorado & Company" at KUSA
*Dave Minshall, reporter
*Reynelda Muse, news anchor (1969-80 and 1984-97)
*Marcia Neville-Burke, sports reporter, now at KDVR
*John Nickel, reporter
*Bob Palmer, news anchor (1957-68 and 1982-97) (deceased)
*Philip Palmer, news anchor on KABC in LA
*Ed Pearl, weather anchor
*Tony Pepper, news anchor
*Richard Riggs, investigative reporter
*Stephanie Riggs, anchor (1994-2006)
*Peter Rogot, anchor/reporter (1981-1991)
*Norvell Rose, entertainment reporter (1980-?)
*Scott Sander, news anchor
*Deanna Sauceda, reporter
*Chris Schauble, news anchor, now in LA
*Les Shapiro, sports anchor (1984-99)
*Mark Soicher, sports anchor (Now with KWGN-TV)
*Aimee Sporer, news anchor (1992-2002)
*Tricia Springer, PM Magazine anchor
*Bill Sternoff, news anchor
*Bill Stuart, news anchor (1981-2004), retired to Alabama
*Jim Thomas, meteorologist
*Stephanie White, news anchor
*Jim West, criminal justice reporter
*Mark Wiskup, financial reporter
*Christina Yao, reporter, now in Houston
*Janet Zappala, anchor/reporter (1982-84) (Now at CN8 1996-Present)
*Ron Zappolo, sports anchor (1977-90), now anchor at KDVR (Fox Denver)
*Larry Zimmer, sports (also longtime play-by-play broadcaster for the Denver Broncos)
*Gillian Rice, reporter
*Russell Ruffin, reporter
*Jim Hooley, morning anchor (now at KMGH-TV)
*Ed Bates, reporter
*Ken Montoya, reporter
*Cynthia Hesson, reporter
*Dan Caplis, legal reporter
*Jim Hanchett, reporter
*Karen Layton, education reporter
*Jennifer Miller, reporter
*Dalton Tanonaka, anchor/reporter. Now in Indonesia
*Haney Howell, Reporter
*Luan Akin, Copter4 Reporter

Newscast Titles

*"News Watch 4" (1970s)
*"NewsCenter 4" (1970s-1988)
*"News 4 Colorado" (1988-2003)
*"News 4" (2003-2005)
*"CBS 4 News" (2005-present)

tation Slogans

*Colorado's News Channel (1985-2005)
*The "Spirit Of Colorado" (1996-2002)
*Coverage You Can Count On. (2005-2007)
*Get The Whole Story (2007-present)

ee also


External links

* [http://www.cbs4denver.com/ cbs4denver.com]
* [http://www.ad-mkt-review.com/public_html/docs/fs067.html From Black & White to Digital Color: Channels 4 & 7 Turn 50]
*Grand Jury Probe: TV journalists indicted for illegal dogfight. [http://journalism.indiana.edu/resources/ethics/getting-the-story/grand-jury-probe/]

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