call_letters = KSAZ-TV
station_branding = Fox 10 (general)
Fox 10 News (newscasts)
analog = 10 (VHF)
digital = 31 (UHF)
affiliations = Fox
October 24, 1953
callsign_meaning = Spirit of AriZona
former_callsigns = KOOL-TV (1953-1982)
owner = Fox Television Stations, Inc.
licensee = KSAZ License, Inc.
former_affiliations = ABC (1953-1955)
effective_radiated_power = 316 kW (analog)
1000 kW (digital)
HAAT = 558 m (analog)
484 m (digital)
facility_id = 35587
coordinates = coord|33|20|2.3|N|112|3|45.7|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
homepage = [http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/myfox/ www.myfoxphoenix.com]
KSAZ-TV is the owned-and-operated Fox station in
Phoenix, Arizona. It is co-owned with sister KUTP. The station broadcasts on Channel 10 in Phoenix and on numerous translators throughout Northern Arizona. Its transmitter is located on South Mountain in Phoenix.
Channel 10 was founded in 1953 as a shared-time signal between KOY-TV and KOOL-TV; the two later merged to become simply KOOL-TV.
Gene Autrywas one of the station's owners. The station was originally an ABC affiliate until 1955, when KTVKsigned on and took the ABC affiliation. KOOL then took the CBSaffiliation away from KPHO-TV. As a result, the station was now able to feature Autry's show on its schedule.
The station was sold to Gulf Broadcasting in 1982, and changed its callsign to KTSP-TV. It had been said that the call sign stands for Tempe/Scottsdale/Phoenix, but some have also claimed that the call sign was simply changed to match
WTSPin Tampa/ St. Petersburg, Florida, which the company also owned. KTSP's logo at the time was similar to WTSP's "Sunset 10" logo.
KTSP was sold to
Taft Broadcastingin 1984, as part of a corporate deal. In 1989, KTSP newscaster Shelly Jamisonleft the station after appearing nude and on the cover of Playboymagazine. [http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/1989-08-30/news/on-the-rink-of-a-vervous-breakdown/full "On the Rink of A Vervous Breakdown"] , By Dewey Webb, " Phoenix New Times", August 30, 1989. Retrieved March 9, 2007.]
Taft sold most of its network affiliates to
Great American Broadcasting. The station was then sold to New World Communicationslate in 1993.
The station changed its call sign to KSAZ on
February 12, 1994to match its new slogan, "The Spirit of Arizona". It remained as CBSnetwork's Phoenix affiliate; however, as a result of a deal reached between New World and Fox, four commercial stations in the Phoenix market swapped network affiliations at different times. KSAZ dropped the CBS affiliation in December of 1994 which went to KPHO 5.
Fox network's prime time and sports programming moved to the station from
KNXVin December 1994, although the Fox Kids programming moved to KTVKand in 1995 to KASW. KSAZ became known as "10 NEWS" in the Fall of 1994 and in December "Fox 10 News." With several top-rated syndicated shows moving to other stations in 1995, KSAZ was up to about 50 hours a week of local news. The remaining syndicated programming on the station was rather low-rated, and as a result KSAZ did not have good ratings in its early days as a Fox affiliate. Much of the news audience went to KTVK, the former ABC affiliate which also took on a news-intensive format. In the fall of 1995, KSAZ added 3 hours of talk shows jointly produced by New World and Fox.
Fox bought out New World late in 1996, making KSAZ a fully owned-and-operated station, or "
O&O". KSAZ has since been known as Fox 10. Fox then began to upgrade the station's programming, adding some high-rated off-network sitcoms such as "M*A*S*H", " Seinfeld", and " King Of The Hill". The station also added higher-rated court shows and reality shows. Fox Kids though stayed with KASW.
KUTPbecame sister stations in 2001, making both the only network O&Os in the Phoenix market. KUTP was previously an O&O of UPN with United Television's 50% stake in the network until Fox bought the station. Although Fox owns both KSAZ and KUTP (now a MyNetworkTVstation), neither run the Saturday morning cartoon block now known as 4Kids TV. This still runs on KASW. It was possible after KUTP became My Network TV that 4Kids TV could have moved there but nothing was decided.
July 31, 2006, KSAZ launched its new 6:00 P.M. newscast. The newscast is anchored by Troy Hayden, who also anchors the 10:00 P.M. newscast. Alongside the launch of the newscast was the debut of a brand new look for KSAZ, taking on the generic Fox O&O graphics and logo first used by WTVTand WNYW.
July 27, 2007, "SkyFox10" reporter-pilot Don Hooper witnessed a mid-air collision over Phoenix between two news helicopters. There was a police pursuit in progress at the time and two helicopters, one belong to KTVKand the other to KNXV, collided in mid-air and crashed into a city park. There were no survivors. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27aEB-k4wg8 In a video available over the internet] , Hooper becomes very shaken and upset as he reports that "Channel 15 and Channel 3 just had a mid-air collision. They are in a park." The video also contains audio of Hooper calling the tower at nearby Sky Harbor airport on his aircraft's FAA radio reporting the collision. Hooper then talks on a discreet frequency to another news helicopter belonging to KPNXsaying he is OK, but two other helicopters just crashed. Hooper then says "I think it was Scott" referring to KTVK pilot Scott Bowerbank.
2009, KSAZ-TV will remain on channel 10 when the analog to digital conversion is complete.http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf]
Current On-Air Talent
Fox 10 Anchors
*Rick D'Amico: Fox 10 News Arizona Morning and Noon Anchor
*Alexis DelChiaro: Fox 10 News Arizona Morning and Noon Anchor
Troy Hayden: Fox 10 News Live at Six and Ten Anchor
*John Hook: Fox 10 News at Five and Nine Anchor
*Ron Hoon: Fox 10 News Arizona Morning Anchor and Substitute Anchor at Noon
*Kari Lake: Fox 10 News at Five and Nine Anchor
*Marc Martinez: Fox 10 News at Five, Nine and Ten (weekends) Anchor; Substitute Anchor
*Isis Romero: Fox 10 News at Ten Anchor
*Linda Williams: Fox 10 News at Five, Nine and Ten (weekends) Anchor; Substitute Anchor
Fox 10 Reporters
*Sarah Acevedo: General Assignment Reporter
*Rick Crabbs: "SkyFox" Pilot Reporter
*Yetta Gibson: General Assignment Reporter; Substitute Anchor
*Miriam Garcia: General Assignment Reporter
*Sabra Gertsch: General Assignment Reporter; Substitute Anchor
*Andrew Hasbun: General Assignment Reporter
*Don Hooper: "SkyFox" Pilot Reporter
*Steve Krafft: General Assignment Reporter
*Allie Rasmus: General Assignment Reporter
*Andrea Robinson: "Traffic Authority"; substitute weather reporter; Arizona Morning Anchor; substitute Anchor; General Assignment Reporter
*Diane Ryan: General Assignment Reporter
*Alex Savidge: General Assignment Reporter
*Laura Sambol: General Assignment Reporter
Fox 10 Investigators
*Bruce Dunbar: Investigative Reporter; General Assignment Reporter; Substitute Anchor
*Keith Yaskin: Investigative Reporter; General Assignment Reporter; Substitute Anchor
Fox 10 Weather Authority
*Dave Munsey: FOX Chief Weather Authority
*Cory McCloskey: Fox 10 News Arizona Morning and Noon Weather Forecaster; Host of MyDatingPlace on sister station, MY45 (
*Jayme King: Weekend Meteorologist (NWA Certified)
*Andrea Robinson: "Traffic Authority" and substitute Weather Forecaster
*"'Fox 10 Sports
*Jude LaCava: Sports Director
*Gayle Jansen: Weekday/Weekend Sports Anchor and Substitute Anchor; General Assignment Reporter
*Richard Saenz: Weekend Sports Anchor
*"The Esso Reporter" (1953-1965)
*"The National News/24 Hours" (1965-1968)
*"Channel 10 National News/Channel 10 World News" (1968-1977)
*"KOOL News 10" (1977-1982)
*"NewsCenter 10" (1982-1992)
*"Channel 10 News" (1992-1995)
*"10 News" (1995-1996)
*"Ten is News" (1996-1997)
*"Fox 10 News" (1997-present)
*"We're the Team" (Early 1980s to Early 1990s)
*"The Spirit of Arizona" (Early 1990s)
*"Just You Watch!" (Late 1990s)
*"Just You Watch The Best" (2000 to present; still used for programming and news promo after the first 10 minutes of the newscast.)
*"The Most Powerful Name in Local News" (2006, promotional for new look)
*"Let The News Begin" (2006, promotional for new look)
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K31FE K31FE]
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K04JC K04JC] Bouse
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K07YJ K07YJ] Bullhead City
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K11UC K11UC] Carrizo
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K11UA K11UA] Cedar Creek
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K11UB K11UB] Cibecue
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K36AE K36AE] Clarkdale/Cottonwood/Prescott Valley
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K49CH K49CH] Duncan/Clifton
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K39FC K39FC] East Flagstaff/Leupp
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K48GI K48GI] Flagstaff
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K54EQ K54EQ] Fort Apache
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K48AY K48AY] Kingman
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K38IR K38IR] Lake Havasu City
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K31EA K31EA] Littlefield
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K55BW K55BW] Madera Peak/Globe/Miami
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K17BN K17BN]
Needles, California/Bullhead City
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K42CP K42CP] Peach Springs
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K04AI K04AI] Prescott
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K39IT-D K39IT-D] Prescott
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K07OJ K07OJ] Snowflake/Show Low
*940415CF Whiteriver (Special Temporary Authorization)
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K43IE K43IE] Williams
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K09JZ K09JZ] Winslow
* [http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/ "MyFoxPhoenix" Fox 10 Website]
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