Arizona – KOLD News13

About KOLD News 13

Tucson gained its first independent station when KZAZ signed on the air February 1, 1967. It was licensed to Nogales, but had its main studios in Tucson. The station aired movies in both English and Spanish, dramas, sitcoms, bull fights, cartoons and other general entertainment fare. It had a local news department and newscast.

The station was owned and operated by IBC Limited Partnership, which was composed of out of town investors, including Danny Thomas and Monty Hall, and had its facilities in a former Safeway supermarket on Tucson Blvd., just north of Grant Road. Gene Adelstein, a Tucson resident, put together a group of investors as "Roadrunner Television" and bought KZAZ on November 19, 1976. As Bonnie Henry wrote in the Arizona Daily Star: "They held live wrestling matches in the studio, organized a paint-the-station day and ran a 24-hour Star Trek marathon that sparked a run on blank videotape." The sales manager, Hank Lominac, hosted the prime time movies. The sports anchor, Bill Roemer, anchored live sports from the University of Arizona. The hour-long newscast at 9 p.m. was anchored by former KOLD news director George Borozan and co-starred John Scott Ulm. It featured long interview segments, and its field reports were captured on one field camera/recorder.

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