KPHO-TV owned by Meredith Corporation is a CBS affiliate operating in Phoenix, AZ. The station is located on North Seventh Avenue in Uptown Phoenix with transmitter being maintained on South Mountain. The channel throws its signal across northern Arizona with the help of a network of dozen plus translators. It shares duopoly with the non-affiliated service KTVK.
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KPHO under the original ownership of a group of entrepreneurs hit the waves on Dec 4, 1949 as the maiden Arizona market station. Phoenix Broadcasting enjoyed the majority interest in KTLX, later changing its call to KPHO-TV to match its identity with the radio sister KPHO 910 AM (later KFYI 550 AM). The original broadcast location of the studios was at Hotel Westward Ho in downtown Phoenix. Meredith Corporation acquired the KPHO assets on June 25, 1952. Although a primary CBS affiliate following its launch and during initial 3.5 years of its operations being the only television in the market, the channel held secondary affiliations with ABC, DuMont Television Network and NBC. The trend changed when KTYL signing on in April 1953 singed affiliation with NBC followed by KOOL-TV which singed with CBS in October. It until Feb 1955 shared the dual affiliation with DuMont and ABC but separated with ABC when KTVK joined the latter network.
Transition to an Independent Service
KPHO in 1956 following the closure of DuMont became an independent station. It for a brief stint signed affiliation with NTA Film Network afterwards.
New World Communications on May 23, 1994 entered a deal with Fox which would see over dozen of the network stations switching to New World including KSAZ-TV. CBS then looking for a new Phoenix area affiliate signed the deal with KPHO on Sep 12, 1994.
On Jan 27, 2016, Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced its acquisition of Media General thus forcing an end to its merger with Meredith.
KPHO currently produces 28 hours of locally produced news-bulletins on weekly basis however it doesn’t favor newscasts on weekend mornings. The news department of the station is active since its inception.
KPHO at present produces two hours CBS content because of the fact that it has to maintain it hour-long local news-bulletin at 5. CBS Evening News follows at 6pm. The Price is Right is another program airing at 9am which is one hour earlier than network’s original timeslot. Syndicated programming includes, Person of Interest, People’s Court, Inside Edition, Dr. Phil, The Insider and others.
Select games of the National Football League (NFL) franchise Arizona Cardinals are carried by the service via CBS. PGA Tour’s Phoenix Open and Arizona State Sun Devils in NCAA Division also get the coverage in certain sport slots.
You can get the AZ Family service online for the latest news, weather and sports updates. Here is the website: www.azfamily.com