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KOMO-TV, virtual channel 4, is a television station in Seattle, Washington. It is an affiliate of ABC and broadcasts on digital channel 38. KOMO-TV is the flagship station of Fisher Communications, and its studios and offices are co-located with sister radio stations KOMO (1000 AM and 97.7 FM), KVI (570 AM), and KPLZ-FM (101.5 MHz.) within Fisher Plaza in the Lower Queen Anne section of Seattle, directly across the street from the Space Needle. The station's transmitter is located on Queen Anne Hill.

KOMO-TV
[1]
Seattle, Washington
Branding KOMO 4
Slogan Working 4 You
Channels Digital: 38 (UHF)

Virtual: 4 (PSIP)

Subchannels 4.1 ABC

4.2 This TV

Translators 11 K11EZ Cashmere/Leavenworth

55 K55AQ Neah Bay

Affiliations ABC
Owner Fisher Communications

(Fisher Broadcasting - Seattle TV, LLC)

First air date December 10, 1953
Call letters' meaning unknown, yet it's pronounced "Como"
Sister station(s) KOMO, KOMO-FM, KPLZ-FM, KVI
Former channel number(s) Analog:

4 (VHF, 1953-2009)

Former affiliations NBC (1953-1959)
Transmitter power 810 kW
Height 223 m
Facility ID 21656
Transmitter coordinates 47°37′55″N 122°21′9″W / 47.63194°N 122.3525°W / 47.63194; -122.3525
Website www.komonews.com

KOMO is one of five local Seattle TV stations seen in Canada on the Bell TV and Shaw Direct satellite providers.



History

KOMO began operating on December 10, 1953 as a NBC affiliate. Its sister radio station was a long time affiliate of NBC Radio. In 1959, KOMO swapped affiliations with KING-TV and became an ABC affiliate.

KOMO nearly lost one of its own in the catastrophic eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980. Dave Crockett, who had been with KOMO since 1975, had been covering the mountain every day for three weeks until being rotated out a few days prior. On the morning of May 18, he woke up at 3AM in Seattle on a hunch that he would get some impressive video that day, and loaded up his news car and headed towards Mount St. Helens without anyone at KOMO knowing about it. He arrived at the mountain just as it was erupting. His news video, which shows an advancing ash cloud and mud flows down the South Fork Toutle River, was made famous by its eleven-minute long "journey into the dark", six of those minutes of which were recorded in "total darkness" as Crockett narrated to what he thought would be his "last day on Earth."


[2][3]KOMO Radio/TV's former broadcast facility photographed circa 1948-1959. Note the "NBC Affiliate" script on the facade.His video made worldwide news and was used in a movie remake of the disaster starring Art Carney. The car he drove, with the remains of KOMO lettering still visible, is now a part of a Mount St. Helens Volcano Museum just outside Toutle.

KOMO also has an almost forgotten distinction as being the first station in Seattle to broadcast a television signal. Whereas crosstown rival KING 5 was the first to air "wide audience" television (of a Thanksgiving Day high school football game), KOMO broadcast a television signal nearly 20 years prior. On June 3, 1929, KOMO radio engineer Francis J. Brott televised images of a heart, a diamond, a question mark, letters, and numbers over electrical lines to small sets with one-inch screens. A handful of viewers were captivated by the broadcast. KOMO would likely have held the distinction of being the first television station in Seattle, and perhaps the nation, were it not for a depression and World War II.[1]

On July 2, 2009 a small electrical fire knocked KOMO's 11PM newscast off the air. [4][5][6] The fire also affected power to Fisher radio stations KOMO AM/FM and KPLZ FM. The fire started in an electrical vault at 11:15 PM local time. The fire forced KOMO-TV to improvise their delivery of KOMO 4 News, including setting up a temporary news set and satellite truck at Seattle's Kerry Park, and weather forecast graphics were prepared on a large sketchpad set up on an easel.

Notable achievements

[4][5]KOMO-TV's former broadcast facility at the current site of Fisher Plaza, taken in March, 1995, near the intersection of 4th Avenue North and Denny Way. This building was completed in 1948, expanded in 1975, and demolished in 2000 to make way for building 2 of the Fisher Plaza complex.KOMO has a number of broadcast "firsts." In 1954, a KOMO news photographer discovered a way to develop color film in a new process that took just a few hours instead of days. His discovery allowed KOMO-TV to become the first TV station in the nation to broadcast in true color.

In 1984, KOMO became the first TV station to broadcast daily programming in full stereo sound.[2]

In 1994, KOMO applied for the first test license for broadcasting new high-definition signals. KOMO began broadcasting HDTV in 1997, and on May 18, 1999, KOMO became the first TV station in America to broadcast its daily newscasts in HDTV.[3] This statement, however, comes into conflict with a claim made by WFAA-TV (sister station of KING-TV) that it is the first station in the nation to broadcast its daily news programs in HDTV, on February 28, 1997.[4][dubiousdiscuss] These claims by KOMO are false. KOMO has never broadcast their local news in HD. The confusion is a result of using upconverted 720p, which can not be considered true HD when compared to other stations that do broadcast in native HD (KING-TV and KIRO-TV both broadcast their local news partially in HD).

News operation

Currently, KOMO broadcasts a total of 38 hours of local news each week (with six hours on weekdays and four hours on weekends).


[6][7]The remains of a car, a Mercury Monarch, once owned by KOMO TV that was involved in the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Photo was taken at the 19-Mile House Restaurant and Gift Shop, which was also a former museum, on May 18, 2007 - the 27th anniversary of the famous eruption.For the last three decades, KOMO has competed directly with KING-TV for first place in the Seattle news ratings.

KOMO currently does not air newscasts in HD, only ED. They rely on 16x9 480p standard definition as well as some studio HD cameras. All of it is produced in standard definition (the studio HD is downconverted) and then upconverted back to 720p.

Past personalities

During the 1960s, local television personality Don McCune became well known for two programs. Mr. McCune was known to thousands of Seattle-area children who came to know him in the role of Captain Puget, hosting a children's entertainment program. KOMO and Don McCune also produced the "Exploration Northwest" documentary series, which explored many of the places and people of the Pacific Northwest.

Former NBC Nightly News weekend anchor John Seigenthaler Jr. was once a reporter and anchor at KOMO-TV. He married Kerry Brock, another KOMO News anchor and reporter in 1992, left the station and moved to Nashville, Tennessee.

Current NBC reporter John Larson was a reporter at KOMO-TV from 1989 to 1994, winning several Emmy Awards.


[8][9]KOMO's present broadcast facility, known as Fisher Plaza, completed in 2001. Broadcast portion of the complex was opened in June, 2000.Bill Brubaker was a long time newscaster with KOMO-TV for 25 years from 1962 to 1987.

Milt Furness worked at KOMO from 1967 until 1982, serving as the newsdesk manager, reporter, and anchoring the morning news (in the early 1970s) and the evening news (in the later 1970s and early 1980s). When KOMO's parent company, Fisher Communications, launched its own cable news network, SNC (Satellite News Channel) and the local program, Fisher Satellite News, Furness was named news director, and he also served as anchor. SNC/FSN sold its cable news rights to CNN after a year, and Furness moved on to CNN briefly, and then began working for Boeing Aerospace as the Public Relations Director for the Air and Space Division. He is now retired. His son, Ian Furness, himself a former sports producer at KOMO TV, now hosts a sports radio program on KJR 950 AM in Seattle.

Keith Jackson, now retired after a long career with ABC Sports, had his start at KOMO in the 1950s.

Bruce King was a long time sportscaster with KOMO-TV for 31 years, starting in 1968 and retiring in 1999. He also worked at WABC in New York for one year (1981), and can be seen in a video promo of the station at the "80's TV Themes SuperSite."

Reporter Steve Osunsami of ABC News was a reporter with KOMO-TV in the mid 90s. His reports included stories on a severe snowstorm that struck Washington State in 1996.

Former KOMO reporter and anchor Emily Langlie, who worked at KOMO during much of the 1980s and 1990s, is the granddaughter of former Washington State governor Arthur B. Langlie.

Current Personalities

Long-time and current anchors Dan Lewis and Kathi Goertzen are seen here in this screenshot taken from a 1991 newscast. Dan Lewis and Kathi Goertzen, along with weather anchor Steve Pool, have long been the face of KOMO News.

Anchors

  • Molly Shen - Weekday Mornings & 11 a.m.
  • Mike Dardis - Weekday Mornings & 11 a.m.
  • Mary Nam - Weekdays 4 p.m.
  • Eric Johnson - News Anchor Weeknights 5 p.m. Sports Anchor 6 & 11 p.m.
  • Kathi Goertzen Weekdays 5, 6, and 11 p.m.
  • Dan Lewis - Weeknights 6 & 11 p.m.
  • Marlee Ginter - Weekend Mornings & Reporter
  • Theron Zahn - Weekend Mornings (Anchor/Weather)
  • Sabra Gertsch - Weekends 5, 6 & 11 p.m.
  • Ray Lane - Saturdays 5, 6 & 11 p.m.
  • Luke Duecy - Sundays 5, 6 & 11 p.m.

Weather

  • Steve Pool - Chief Weathercaster; 4, 5, 6 & 11 p.m.
  • Paul Deanno - Weekday Mornings & 11 a.m.
  • Theron Zahn - Weekend Mornings (Anchor/Weather)
  • Shannon O'Donnell - Weekends Evenings (originally staff weather anchor 1994-1995)

Sports

  • Eric Johnson - Sports Director; Weeknights 6 & 11 p.m.
  • Mike Ferreri - Weekend Evenings 5, 6 & 11 p.m. & Fill-In
  • James Sido - Sports Reporter & Fill-In

Reporters

  • Bryan Johnson - Senior Reporter
  • Keith Eldridge - South Sound Correspondent
  • Michelle Esteban - Problem Solver Reporter
  • Marlee Ginter - Anchor/Reporter
  • Elisa Jaffe - Problem Solver Reporter
  • Matt Markovich
  • Melody Mendez
  • Joel Moreno
  • Mark Miller
  • Rachelle Murcia - AM Traffic/Reporter/Fill-In Anchor
  • Mary Nam - Anchor/Reporter
  • Liz Rocca - Problem Solver Reporter
  • Ken Schram - Commentator
  • Shomari Stone
  • Connie Thompson - Anchor/Problem Solver Reporter
  • Tracy Vedder - Problem Solver Reporter
  • Herb Weisbaum - Problem Solver Reporter
  • Denise Whitaker - /Reporter/Fill in Anchor

Previous personalities

Anchors

  • Milt Furness - KOMO 4 Evening News Co-Anchor, reporter and newsdesk manager in 1970s and early 1980s, moved to Fisher Satellite News when it was launched in the early 1980s to compete with CNN, now retired
  • Ruth Walsh - KOMO 4 Evening News Co-Anchor in 1970s, now retired
  • Bob Throndsen - KOMO 4 Evening News Co-Anchor in 1970s, now PD at KOMO Newsradio
  • Sabrina Register - KOMO 4 Morning News Co-Anchor (now at NWCN)
  • Jim Harriott - Retired from KOMO TV in 1988, went to Voice of America radio. Deceased in 2007
  • John Siegenthaler - (1990-1992) - retired when Brian Williams became NBC Nightly News anchor, now NBC special correspondent.
  • Kerry Brock - (1983-1992) Married John Siegenthaler in 1992; both left to work for WKRN, has presumably left the broadcast news business; sister is Kathy Brock of WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago, IL
  • Eric Slocum - (1990-2001) Voluntarily accepted a buyout from KOMO in 2001. Worked for KOMO radio from 2002 to 2008. Currently is a writer living in Seattle and works for Metro Traffic as a traffic reporter.[5] [6]
  • Brook Stanford - Anchor of News4 in the late seventies, later served as the station's first "People Helper" reporter. Retired in 2001.
  • Bill Brubaker
  • Ted Warren - Anchor and reporting duties in the mid 80's, later with KING-AM and CNN as occasional Northwest correspondent. Currently, Senior Partner and founder of Strategic Resources, an international executive search firm based in Bellevue, Wa.
  • Jeff McAtee - Anchored KOMO 4 News with Kerry Brock in the 1980s. After a contract dispute with new management, McAtee moved to Nashville as its main anchor.
  • Jim Paymar - Anchored KOMO 4 News (1988-1990)
  • Natasha Curry - KOMO 4 Morning News Co-Anchor, now at CNN
  • Emily Langlie - Granddaughter of former Washington governor Arthur B. Langlie. Anchored the weekend editions of KOMO News 4 along with John Siegenthaler in the early 1990s, later moved to an investigative reporting role. Left KOMO in the late 1990s. Prior to KOMO, was the nightbeat reporter for KING in the 80's.
  • Margo Myers - (1992-2005) Weekend news anchor along with Eric Slocum. Weekday morning news anchor. Moved to KIRO-TV in 2005.
  • Lynn Espinoza - Anchor of the Morning Express newscasts, left KOMO in the mid 1990s.
  • Rick Van Cise - Anchor/Reporter/Meteorologist. Currently weekend meteorologist for KIRO-TV
  • Casey Norton - (2007-2010) Weekend news co-anchor now at WFAA-TV in Dallas, TX.

Weather

  • Todd Johnson - KOMO 4 News @ 5:00, 6:00, & 11:00 Weekends, now at KIRO 7
  • Bob McGuire - Weekend weather anchor (1990-1992). Now works for KTVQ-TV in Billings, MT.
  • George Siegel - Morning Express weather anchor/ main co-anchor along with Lynn Espinoza. Left KOMO in 1996.
  • Ray Ramsey - Longtime KOMO weather anchor, retired in 1984, and replaced by current weather anchor Steve Pool
  • Leigh Glaser - Weekend weather anchor (1988-1990), now weather anchor at KGO-TV in San Francisco.
  • Robert Santos - KOMO 4 News @ 5:00, 6:00, & 11:00 Weekends, now weekend weather anchor at KGTV in San Diego.
  • Jim Castillo - Morning News & KOMO 4 News @ 11:00 AM

Reporters

  • George Howell - now at WSB-TV Atlanta
  • John Sharify - now at KING-TV
  • Kevin Reece - now at KHOU 11 News Houston
  • Joe Furia
  • April Zepeda
  • Todd Johnson - now at KIRO-TV
  • Steve Osunsami - now with ABC news Southern Bureau, based in Atlanta
  • Rick Price - now at KIRO-TV
  • Eric Schudiske - now at KING-TV
  • Lynn Espinoza - now President of Speak! Communications

Traffic

  • Trooper Monica Hunter - KOMO 4 Morning News Traffic Anchor (was a Washington State Patrol trooper working for KOMO News as a traffic reporter)
  • Rick VanCise - Now with KIRO-TV
  • Jenni Hogan - Now with KIRO-TV

Northwest Afternoon

  • Elisa Jaffe - Northwest Afternoon Co-host
  • Kent Phillips - Northwest Afternoon Co-host
  • Natasha Curry - Northwest Afternoon Co-host (Natasha Curry is now an anchor for HLN based in CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta. Curry joined the network in December 2008).
  • Dick Foley - Northwest Afternoon Co-host
  • Cindi Rinehart - Northwest Afternoon Co-host
  • Dana Middleton - Northwest Afternoon Co-host

Current personalites

KOMO anchors Dan Lewis, Kathi Goertzen, and weather forecaster Steve Pool have the third longest-running tenure out of any anchor team in America, having anchored KOMO News together since 1987. The station's evening newscast has long been co-anchored by Lewis and Goertzen, and was praised by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as being the "Best First-String anchor unit in town."[7]. The show now airs at 6pm, but originally aired from 5-6pm and 6:30-7PM until August 14, 2006 when it made the 5PM newscast a half-hour and moved ABC World News to 5:30PM in order to compete with KIRO-TV's airing of the CBS Evening News and to challenge KIRO's Eyewitness News at 6PM.

Dan Lewis came to KOMO in 1987 after working at WJLA in Washington, D.C., replacing retiring news anchor Jim Harriott. Previous to his work with WJLA, he also worked for WISN-TV, also in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and at WLKY-TV in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1993, he became the first reporter to interview then-president Bill Clinton following the inauguration ceremony [8]. The interview was conducted at the White House. On October 1, 2007, KOMO celebrated Dan Lewis' 20 year tenure with KOMO. His first newscast with KOMO which aired on September 21, 1987, among scores of other highlights were part of a five-minute long tribute KOMO aired to celebrate his career. His 20 year tenure is the 4th longest tenure in Seattle.


[10][11]KOMO TV's Kathi Goertzen is seen here in this screengrab from a 1989 report on the Berlin Wall takedown. Goertzen was the first American journalist from a local TV station to report live from Berlin when the Berlin Wall came down.Kathi Goertzen joined KOMO-TV just after the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980, fresh from Washington State University. Prior to her work with KOMO, she was an intern for Spokane's KREM-TV and also was an anchor for WSU's campus newscast. In 1981, Goertzen became a general assignment reporter, and took weekend news anchoring duties from Kerry Brock in 1982. In 1984, she became the female co-anchor for the weeknight editions of "KOMO 4 News" alongside Jim Harriott. In 1989, she was the first American local TV news reporter to broadcast live from Germany as the Berlin Wall came down. Her broadcasts originated at the Brandenburg Gate from what was then known as "West Berlin." After a three-year absence from the late-night newscasts to spend time with her two daughters [9], she returned to KOMO on January 3, 2007 [10].

On Sept. 16th, 2005, Goertzen announced she was taking a leave of absence to treat a benign brain tumor [11][dead link][12]. She had a similar one removed seven years before. Upon her return to work then, coanchor Dan Lewis welled up with tears, saying "Kathi, don't ever leave me like that again." Kathi announced on April 2, 2008, that she would have a third surgery to remove the brain tumor that had once again grown to the point that removal was necessary.

The tumor recurred in 2005, resulting in Goertzen announcing a leave of absence on September 16. Because the tumor is located near nerves that are vital to speech, it could not be removed completely, it had regrown to where Goertzen announced on April 2, 2008 that she would be undergoing a third surgery to remove the tumor. The surgery "went better than expected" [13] on April 3, and after spending several months on an experimental chemotherapy drug used to fight kidney cancer (with high levels of success), it was announced on August 14 that Goertzen would resume anchor duties alongside Dan Lewis on September 2, 2008.[14]

A little more than two weeks following her return on KOMO 4 News, on September 18, Kathi Goertzen announced that the tumor had grown back yet again, and that she would undergo her fourth operation to have the tumor removed. Her announcement topped all the evening newscasts, with longtime news anchor Dan Lewis leading the 11PM newscast in tears. [15]

After a number of surgeries to remove the tumor, and five months off television, Goertzen returned to KOMO-TV on Monday, February 16, 2009.[16][17] The surgeries have partially paralyzed the right side of her face, resulting in difficulty blinking her right eye [18]. As a result of her surgeries, she's forced to wear glasses (in her 29-year history with KOMO-TV she's never worn them on-air). Her return to broadcasting the evening news was met with scores of "Welcome back, Kathi!" remarks by fellow KOMO colleagues and KOMO viewers.

Weatherman Steve Pool has been at KOMO since 1977, starting out as KOMO's lead science reporter. In 1984, Pool was promoted into the role of chief weather forecaster upon the retirement of former longtime weather forecaster Ray Ramsey, and has held the position at KOMO ever since. In 2006, he co-wrote a book called "Somewhere I Was Right: Why Northwest Weather is So Predictably Unpredictable" with KOMO-TV producer Scott Sistek. Steve Pool also has a column titled "Ask Steve" in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Additionally, Steve Pool has been called in on a number of occasions to substitute for the Good Morning America weather anchor (his last substitute fill-in was when Spencer Christian was at Good Morning America), having done so from both the KOMO Weather Center and the Good Morning America studios in New York City.

KOMO reporter Bryan Johnson has been with KOMO for more than four decades. In 2002, he celebrated 40 years with KOMO. Having started at KOMO Radio, and actually serving as KOMO Radio's news director, he moved to KOMO TV in 1976 and has been a reporter and anchor at KOMO TV ever since. His reporting has won him several Emmy awards and a National Unity in Broadcasting award.

Reporter Keith Eldridge is also a longtime reporter at KOMO. Having been with the station since 1983, he often reports on political issues and news issues in the south Puget Sound area of Washington State. In, 1996 and 1999, he was the only reporter to cover the extensive flooding of the Skokomish River valley during a period of unusually heavy rain. In the 1996 flooding event, he actually became stranded for three days, as well as two other KOMO news vehicles and one other reporter, as the raging Skokomish River ripped up stretches of Highway 101. His route north was also blocked by large landslides that also blocked stretches of 101. His reporting has won him several Emmy awards and has been twice the recipient of the Associated Press' "Reporter of the Year" for the State of Washington.

KOMO sports director Eric Johnson came to KOMO in 1994, replacing KOMO weekend sports anchor and former KOMO Radio broadcaster Bob Rondeau. In 1998, he was named weeknight sports anchor and sports director upon the retirement of longtime KOMO sports director Bruce King. The 1997 movie Prefontaine, a movie dedicated to distance runner Steve Prefontaine, lists a very young Eric Johnson in the credits as the "Olympic Trials Reporter.[19]" In 2006, it was announced in a Seattle Post-Intelligencer article that Johnson will succeed Dan Lewis as KOMO's primary anchor upon Lewis' retirement. [20]

Awards

KOMO TV and its news division is a consistent award winning operation, and averages more wins per year than any Seattle television station. In 2002, "KOMO 4 News" was awarded the Edward R. Murrow award for best large market newscast.[7]. They were awarded the same award in 2008.[8]. In June 2008, KOMO was awarded 15 regional Emmy awards, taking top honors in Station Excellence, Morning News, Evening News, Breaking News, and Team Coverage. KOMO anchor/reporter Molly Shen won the prestigious Individual Achievement award for the second time in three years, and longtime anchor Kathi Goertzen took home a Silver Circle award, recognizing her 25-plus years with the station.[9]. They also won the Emmy Award for Breaking News Coverage.

KOMO in Popular Culture

[12][13]One of a few KOMO TV vehicles that made their appearance in Harry and the Hendersons. The graphics used on the van pictured dates to the late '70s, and was used with variant styles until the late 1990sIn the movie Life or Something Like It (2002), Angelina Jolie's character works for a fictional Seattle TV station, KQMO 4, which is based on the real-life KOMO-TV. Parts of the movie were shot on location at KOMO's studio, and KOMO's equipment was also shown in some scenes (with KOMO's logo on the equipment and in the studio modified to say "KQMO" instead). Some of KOMO's anchors (such as Steve Pool, Margo Myers, Dan Lewis, and Theron Zahn) also made appearances in the movie. (Margo Myers has since moved to rival KIRO-TV.) In 1990, a made-for-tv movie aired on parent network ABC, called "She'll Take Romance". It featured Linda Evans as an anchor and reporter working at a fictional Seattle station again called "KQMO", and modified versions of the station's on-air appearance were used for the "newscasts" throughout the movie.

Longtime anchors Dan Lewis and Kathi Goertzen also made a brief appearance in the movie Assassins (1995) starring Antonio Banderas and Sylvester Stallone.

In Harry and the Hendersons (1986) starring John Lithgow, then-hosts Dana Middleton and Dick Foley of KOMO-TV's Northwest Afternoon made an appearance as news anchors on KOMO 4 News, reporting the mysterious appearance of a Sasquatch in downtown Seattle. Several of KOMO-TV's news vehicles, bearing KOMO's old logo and paint scheme, also made an appearance.

In the movie Black Sheep starring Chris Farley and David Spade, a KOMO News vehicle and a fictionalized version of the KOMO News 4 anchor team are seen in a sequence close to the ending of the movie. The only other real-life Washington State TV station to be featured (even though it was only a news vehicle) in the movie is KCPQ Channel 13 (even though at the time KCPQ had no news program).

A person holding a KOMO camera makes a brief appearance in the beginning of the 1974 Warren Beatty thriller Parallex View.

In WarGames, a KOMO newscast featuring then-anchor Jim Harriott describes the first incidents between Matthew Broderick's character and the WOPR computer.

KOMO-TV and its sister station in Portland, KATU-TV (the only ABC affiliates owned by Fisher Communications), were the only two stations in the lower 48 states that delayed Monday Night Football for one hour from 1970 - 95, to accommodate local newscasts. The only time that it would be shown live if the Seattle Seahawks were playing. However in 1996 after protests by fans both stations aired the games live, regardless of who was playing.

KOMO-TV's home, Fisher Plaza, is featured in bumper scenes of ABC's Grey's Anatomy as well as the helipad. In addition to the bumper scenes on Grey's Anatomy, stock footage of several KOMO personalities, including Dan Lewis, Kathi Goertzen, is used on several other ABC shows.

A KOMO-TV story of a bear being shot with a tranquilizer dart, then falling upon a home trampoline, catapulting it high into the air before plummeting back to earth head-first became a favorite clip on the ESPN show Pardon the Interruption, MSNBC news program Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°.

A popular video of an Auburn Senior High School cheerleader being run over by her school's football team, which made national, and later global news (and even featured in Jay Leno and other late night talk show monologues), originally aired on KOMO TV's "KOMO 4 News" as the sports segment's "Play of the Night."

Digital television

Digital channels


Channel Label Format Programming
4.1 KOMO-DT
4.2 480i This TV

KOMO became digital-only on June 12, 2009 and shut down its analog transmitter on June 12, 2009 as mandated by the FCC.[10]

KOMO's digital signal remained on channel 38 [11] using PSIP to display KOMO-TV's virtual channel as 4 on digital television receivers.

In 2009, KOMO became one of the first four TV stations in the country to air mobile DTV signals. The OMVC chose KOMO and KONG in Seattle and WPXA-TV and WXIA-TV in Atlanta as the stations to beta test the ATSC-M/H standard, which has since been officially adopted for free-to-air broadcast TV with clear reception on mobile devices, which overcomes the defects of the original ATSC standard.

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Deadline, 195X (1953, 1959; was the name of the station's first newscast when KOMO signed on in 1953)
  • KOMO 4 News (through 1978)
  • News 4 (1978-1984; sometimes announced on air with callsign letters pronounced individually, although the actual name was News4, changed to KOMO News 4 in 1981 when the open (living room) set was replaced in 1981)
  • KOMO 4 News (1984-1987; originally styled in the 1980s-era ABC News logo typeface; changed to a modified Futura Bold in mid-1987)
  • KOMO News 4 (1987-1998; newscast title was used during their reign as Seattle's news leader, often with the tagline "ABC NEWS and KOMO News 4, recognized as the leader in television news" per ABC's "More Americans get their news..." style)
  • KOMO 4 News (1998-present)

Station slogans

  • The Color Station (1954-1960)
  • Your Satellite News Station (1984-1986)
  • The Northwest's News Channel (1984-1986)
  • You'll Love It on Channel 4 (1985-1986; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • We Are You (1987-1992)
  • First 4 Local News (1998-2006)
  • Working 4 You (2006-present)

[14] This film, television or video-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it with reliably sourced additions.==References==

  1. ^ [1]
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  4. ^ WFAA-TV Fiftieth Anniversary
  5. ^ http://www.seattlepi.com/tv/377609_radiobeat04.html
  6. ^ Personal Interview, 12/27/09
  7. ^ "KOMO/4 newscast wins Murrow Award for best local newscast". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 2002-06-21. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/tv/75243_tf121.shtml. Retrieved 2006-12-18.
  8. ^ "KOMO 4 Television Wins National Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence". Fisher Communications. 2008-07-02. http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=61026&p=irol-newsArticle&t=Regular&id=1171622&. Retrieved 2008-07-08.
  9. ^ "KOMO's Molly Shen wins individual achievement Emmy ... again". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 2008-06-09. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/tv/366373_tf110.html. Retrieved 2008-07-08.
  10. ^ http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20090207/news/302079996
  11. ^ CDBS Print

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