About KOLD News 13KZAZ was a television station that began broadcasting in Tucson, Arizona on February 1, 1967. It was licensed to the nearby city of Nogales, but had its main studios located in Tucson. KZAZ was the first independent station to serve the Tucson area, meaning that it was not affiliated with any major network and aired a diverse range of programming, including movies in both English and Spanish, dramas, sitcoms, bullfights, cartoons, and other general entertainment content. The station also had a local news department and aired a newscast.
KZAZ was originally owned and operated by the IBC Limited Partnership, which was made up of out-of-town investors, including Danny Thomas and Monty Hall. The station's facilities were located in a former Safeway supermarket on Tucson Boulevard, just north of Grant Road. In 1976, a group of local investors known as "Roadrunner Television" purchased KZAZ and made a number of changes to the station's programming and operations. These changes included hosting live wrestling matches in the studio, organizing a "paint-the-station" day, and airing a 24-hour Star Trek marathon that sparked a demand for blank videotapes. The sales manager, Hank Lominac, hosted the prime-time movies, while the sports anchor, Bill Roemer, anchored live sports from the University of Arizona. The station's hour-long newscast at 9 PM was anchored by former KOLD news director George Borozan and co-starred John Scott Ulm. It featured long interview segments and used a single field camera and recorder to capture field reports.