KOLD News 13 launched on Jan 13, 1953 is a CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television which also has control over the operations of Tucson-based KMSB affiliated with Fox and MyNetworkTV affiliate KTTU owned by Tucker; it operates the two service through different SSAs. The three channels are housed on North Business Park Drive. The facility is also a home of Raycom Design Group which produces graphics for Raycom’s services. The transmitter of the station is installed atop Mount Bigelow. A fill-in translator is also maintained by KOLD from the Tucson Mountains.
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Sub-channels: 13.1 CBS
FCC allowed Gene Autry to construct a service on VHF Ch 13 on Nov 13, 1952. Two months after the grant of permit Autry’s company incorporated as Pueblo Television Company signed on air KOPO-TV on Jan 13, 1953. It upon signing on was the maiden Tucson and 2nd Arizona station. Branded as Lucky 13 at that time, KOPO had a radio sibling KOPO 1450 AM (later KOHT). It broadcasted from its original location on West Drachman Street near downtown Tucson. KOPO became a primary affiliate with CBS to extend its partnership as its radio siblings had been already linked with the service. Having secondary affiliation with DuMont, the channel call sign was changed to KOLD-TV in 1957. KOLD was released to Universal Communications in 1969.
Changes in Ownership
Gannet Company purchased Universal Communications in 1986. Knight Ridder then acquired the station and sold it to News-Press & Gazette Company in 1989. The ownership was again changed when New Vision Television purchased KOLD in 1993, the Atlanta-based company then sold all of its assets to Ellis Communications, another Atlanta-based company. Further changes were recorded when Ellis was acquired by Retirement Systems of Alabama. The studio facilities of the KOLD were then shifted to West Drachman Street and further relocated to North Business Park Drive – the present location of the Tucson television. Retirement Systems which had already purchased two additional broadcast groups merged with the two and the unification of the trio resulted in the establishment of Raycom Media.
SSA with KTTU and KMSB
KOLD entered a Shared Service Agreement with Belo Corporation in Feb 2012. Subsequently, KOLD moved the advertising sales department of the sisters to KOLD studios, MC operations were shifted to KOLD which also took over the official site of KMSB.
Sale to Gray Television
Raycom then merged with Gray Television in June 2018 and in result KOLD along with other broadcasting assets of Raycom shifted under the corporate Umbrella of Gray. The sale was approved by FCC on Dec 20, 2018 and closed on Jan 2, 2019.
KOLD-TV produces 29.5 hours of local news-bulletins weekly. The Tucson based channel on Aug 30, 2010 became the 2nd broadcaster in Tucson to operate in HD. KOLD News 13 can be have online with local, national and international news, weather and sports updates, community events, latest videos, trending stories and more. You can find the channel on Facebook and Twitter. Here is the website: http://www.kold.com/
Address: 7831 N. Business Park Drive
Tucson, AZ 85743
Tel: 520 744 1313