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KOAT 7 logo.png
CityAlbuquerque, New Mexico
BrandingKOAT 7; KOAT Action 7 News
(call letters are pronounced individually)
Affiliations7.1: ABC
7.2: Estrella TV
7.3: True Crime Network
7.4: Shop LC
7.5: Story Television
First air date
September 28, 1953 (68 years ago) (1953-09-28)
Former channel number(s)
7 (VHF, 1953–2009)
21 (UHF, 2002–2009)
DuMont (1953–1955)
Call sign meaning
sounds like the word "coat"
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID53928
ERP26.5 kW
HAAT1,292 m (4,239 ft)
Transmitter coordinates35°12′53″N 106°27′3″W / 35.21472°N 106.45083°W / 35.21472; -106.45083
Translator(s)See Below
Public license information

KOAT-TV (channel 7) is a television station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, affiliated with ABC. Owned by Hearst Television, the station maintains studios on Carlisle Boulevard in Northeast Albuquerque, and its transmitter is located on Sandia Crest, northeast of Albuquerque.

Through several low-power repeaters, KOAT-TV serves nearly the entire state of New Mexico with the exception of the ClovisPortales area, which receives ABC programming from KVIH-TV in Clovis (a satellite of KVII-TV in Amarillo, Texas), and Las CrucesDeming, which is in the El Paso television market and is served by KVIA-TV.


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KOAT signed on the air on September 28, 1953, less than a week before KGGM-TV (channel 13, now KRQE). It was locally owned by Albert M. Cadwell & Walter Stiles. It first operated from studios located on Tulane Drive, just off Central Avenue in Southeast Albuquerque. The local owners sold the station to Alvarado Television (the owner of KVOA in Tucson, Arizona) in 1957,[1] Upon sign on, the station acquired the ABC affiliation from KOB, channel 4 (which carried it as a secondary affiliation). It also carried programming from the DuMont Television Network, which went off the air in 1955. In 1962, Alvarado sold both stations to Steinman Stations, who owned WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and later acquired WTEV (now WLNE-TV) in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The station moved its studios in the early 1960s to a new facility located on University Boulevard in Northeast Albuquerque. In 1982, KOAT opened a new state of the art facility on the intersection of Carlisle and Comanche in Northeast Albuquerque.

Steinman sold both KOAT and KVOA to Pulitzer, the then-owner of KSD-TV (now KSDK) in St. Louis, in 1969.[2][3] This made KOAT Pulitzer's second television station acquisition outside of its home city of St. Louis; the KOAT acquisition was consummated a year after Pulitzer closed on its purchase of KVOA. A decade later, the other two Steinman stations were sold to Pulitzer as well, reuniting them with KOAT (KVOA was spun off in 1972).

In 1998, Pulitzer sold its entire broadcasting division, including KOAT and WGAL, to Hearst-Argyle. In mid-2009 the Hearst Corporation, already majority owner of what was Hearst-Argyle Television, bought out all of the then-publicly traded shares and changed the broadcasting group's name to Hearst Television.

KOAT uses a version of the Circle 7 logo used by many other ABC stations, both owned-and-operated stations and affiliates. The "Circle 7" logo has been used at KOAT since 1971 and the Action News title since 1974.[4] The original Circle 7 logo was inside a square, much like the variation used for many years by sister station KATV in Little Rock, Arkansas. Currently, KOAT uses a regular Circle 7 logo for its news broadcasts, and a variation with the ABC logo (the same logo used by the ABC owned-and-operated stations which use virtual channel 7) for all other station promotions and identification.


KOAT-TV had a radio counterpart on 1450 kHz, KOAT, which launched in 1946 and affiliated with ABC Radio, portending KOAT-TV's continuous ABC affiliation.[5][6] A KOAT radio remote appears frequently in the 1951 Billy Wilder film, Ace in the Hole.[7] Pulitzer sold the radio station sometime in the early 1970s, and 1450 kHz in Albuquerque is now KRZY.


Syndicated programming on KOAT includes The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Entertainment Tonight, Tamron Hall, The Good Dish, and Live with Kelly and Ryan. As a Hearst owned station, KOAT airs the national political show Matter of Fact, hosted by Soledad O'Brien, on Sunday mornings after ABC's This Week.

KOAT airs the entire ABC schedule in pattern, with the exception of the Saturday edition of Good Morning America, whose first hour airs at 5 a.m., two hours earlier than its recommended time for Mountain Time Zone affiliates, with the second hour at 9 a.m., following a three-hour newscast. The Sunday edition of GMA also airs at 5 a.m.[citation needed]

News operation

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KOAT-TV reporter interviewing Deb Haaland at the 2019 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
KOAT-TV reporter interviewing Deb Haaland at the 2019 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

KOAT produces 39 hours of news programming each week, with six hours each weekday, and 4½ hours each on Saturdays and Sundays. The station's newscasts, branded as Action 7 News, have consistently won the ratings battles with competitors KOB and KRQE for over 40 years, although KRQE has narrowed the margin in the last 10 years. Much of the success is due to KOAT's news anchors, many who have stayed at the station for many years. Weather forecaster Howard Morgan worked at KOAT for 28 years before retiring in 1999. Current weather forecaster Joe Diaz has been with the station for over 30 years, with the exception of five years spent in El Paso.

KOAT was one of six ABC affiliates and one of two Hearst-owned ABC stations to have an hour-long 10 p.m. newscast, along with WISN in Milwaukee; as well as KRGV in Weslaco, Texas, KSTP in Minneapolis–Saint Paul, KIFI in Idaho Falls, Idaho, WEAR in Pensacola, Florida, and former sister station KITV in Honolulu, Hawaii. KOAT announced that with the 10 p.m. newscast on January 14, 2019, it would return to 35 minutes.

Upon its current ownership by Hearst (then Hearst-Argyle) in 1999, KOAT rolled out a new set and began using the then-current Hearst-Argyle mandated graphics and "Image News" theme music package around October of that year. Then in 2004, "Image News" was dropped in favor of Newsmusic Central's "Hearst TV News Package". Another new set was introduced in September 2008. Currently, KOAT doesn't produce its newscasts in high definition. However, on June 13, 2010, the station began airing its newscasts in 16:9 widescreen standard definition. And around late August 2013, KOAT switched to Hearst TV's "diagrid" standardized graphics along with the "Strive" news music package.

On August 21, 2017, KOAT added a one-hour 4 p.m. weekday newscast, and on October 25 of the same year, a new set was introduced. On April 5, 2018, KOAT began using an updated version of Hearst's standardized graphics, which were first rolled out by sister station WESH in Orlando, Florida in January.

On August 26, 2019, KOAT began broadcasting "Action 7 News Live At Nine" on the 7.3 True Crime Network digital channel. It is also available, as all newscasts are, on KOAT's website.

Since September 20, 2021, KOAT streams its newscasts, as well as other locally produced content, on Very Local, an over-the-top media service operated by Hearst Television.[8]

Technical information


The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[9]
7.1 1080i 16:9 KOAT-DT Main KOAT-TV programming / ABC
7.2 480i Estrell Estrella TV
7.3 Crime True Crime Network[10]
7.4 Shop LC Shop LC
7.5 Story Story Television

KOAT has carried the Spanish-language network Estrella TV on its second digital subchannel since it launched on September 14, 2009. On July 11, 2016, KOAT added the Justice Network featuring true crime and investigation programming and also providing alerts of local criminals who are wanted by police. On April 30, 2021, KOAT is the first Hearst Television to have a fourth digital subchannel Shop LC featuring Shopping network. KOAT added Weigel Broadcastings' Story Television on digital channel 7.5 on March 28, 2022, the day of that networks' launch.

Analog-to-digital conversion

KOAT-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 21 to VHF channel 7.[11]


City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Owner
Alamagordo, etc. K34CR-D 34 1.18 kW 500 m (1,640 ft) 53906 32°49′45.3″N 105°53′16.9″W / 32.829250°N 105.888028°W / 32.829250; -105.888028 (K34CR-D) Hearst Television
Caballo K16LU-D 16 1 kW 790 m (2,592 ft) 53890 32°58′16.6″N 107°13′26.7″W / 32.971278°N 107.224083°W / 32.971278; -107.224083 (K16LU-D)
Capulin, etc. K27OL-D 27 0.31 kW 616 m (2,021 ft) 60317 36°42′19″N 103°52′39.8″W / 36.70528°N 103.877722°W / 36.70528; -103.877722 (K27OL-D) Sierra Grande TV Cooperative, Inc.
Carlsbad K19JZ-D 19 15 kW 334 m (1,096 ft) 189377 32°47′38″N 104°12′31″W / 32.79389°N 104.20861°W / 32.79389; -104.20861 (K19JZ-D) Hearst Television
Colfax K23JD-D 23 1 kW 646 m (2,119 ft) 53918 36°33′36.1″N 105°11′42″W / 36.560028°N 105.19500°W / 36.560028; -105.19500 (K23JD-D)
Crownpoint K30KV-D 30 26 m (85 ft) 53886 35°40′52″N 108°8′55.2″W / 35.68111°N 108.148667°W / 35.68111; -108.148667 (K30KV-D)
Deming K22ME-D 22 356 m (1,168 ft) 53897 32°12′1.8″N 107°36′37.1″W / 32.200500°N 107.610306°W / 32.200500; -107.610306 (K22ME-D)
K28ER-D 28 0.2 kW 492 m (1,614 ft) 53937 36°59′0″N 106°58′13.1″W / 36.98333°N 106.970306°W / 36.98333; -106.970306 (K28ER-D)
Farmington K19CM-D 19 1.21 kW 145 m (476 ft) 53883 36°40′17″N 108°13′55.2″W / 36.67139°N 108.232000°W / 36.67139; -108.232000 (K19CM-D)
K24IV-D 24 1 kW 254 m (833 ft) 53888 36°25′33″N 107°50′41.2″W / 36.42583°N 107.844778°W / 36.42583; -107.844778 (K24IV-D)
Gallup K10PW-D 10 0.3 kW 8 m (26 ft) 11464 35°32′8″N 108°44′30″W / 35.53556°N 108.74167°W / 35.53556; -108.74167 (K10PW-D)
Grants, etc. K11EV-D 11 34 m (112 ft) 53916 37°7′9.1″N 107°54′4.2″W / 37.119194°N 107.901167°W / 37.119194; -107.901167 (K11EV-D)
Hobbs K12NH-D 12 85 m (279 ft) 53934 32°47′12.5″N 103°7′5″W / 32.786806°N 103.11806°W / 32.786806; -103.11806 (K12NH-D)
Las Vegas K09AI-D 9 109 m (358 ft) 53882 35°36′16.3″N 105°15′39.4″W / 35.604528°N 105.260944°W / 35.604528; -105.260944 (K09AI-D)
K28NX-D 28 1 kW 257 m (843 ft) 53910 34°59′6.2″N 104°8′0.8″W / 34.985056°N 104.133556°W / 34.985056; -104.133556 (K28NX-D)
Mount Powell K15KK-D 15 0.084 kW 398 m (1,306 ft) 183687 35°28′0.7″N 108°14′27″W / 35.466861°N 108.24083°W / 35.466861; -108.24083 (K15KK-D)
Raton K16CH-D 16 1 kW 435 m (1,427 ft) 53880 36°40′56.1″N 104°24′53.9″W / 36.682250°N 104.414972°W / 36.682250; -104.414972 (K16CH-D)
Red River K12OC-D 12 0.3 kW −16 m (−52 ft) 13441 36°41′0.1″N 105°22′23″W / 36.683361°N 105.37306°W / 36.683361; -105.37306 (K12OC-D)
Roswell K13RK-D 13 85 m (279 ft) 53914 33°24′5.3″N 104°22′46.8″W / 33.401472°N 104.379667°W / 33.401472; -104.379667 (K13RK-D)
Ruidoso K31MW-D 31 0.1 kW 925 m (3,035 ft) 198239 33°24′14.2″N 105°46′56.9″W / 33.403944°N 105.782472°W / 33.403944; -105.782472 (K31MW-D)
Silver City K10QY-D 10 0.3 kW 470 m (1,542 ft) 189378 32°51′46.2″N 108°14′30.1″W / 32.862833°N 108.241694°W / 32.862833; -108.241694 (K10QY-D)
Taos K36LF-D 36 1 kW −187 m (−614 ft) 185192 36°23′51″N 105°32′36″W / 36.39750°N 105.54333°W / 36.39750; -105.54333 (K36LF-D)
Tierra Amarilla K36KD-D 67 m (220 ft) 53927 36°53′58″N 106°36′7.1″W / 36.89944°N 106.601972°W / 36.89944; -106.601972 (K36KD-D)
Tucumcari K42CR-D 42 0.61 kW 196 m (643 ft) 68706 35°8′12.2″N 103°41′58.8″W / 35.136722°N 103.699667°W / 35.136722; -103.699667 (K42CR-D) Quay County UHF Association
Cortez, CO K09DM-D 9 0.3 kW 481 m (1,578 ft) 61443 37°21′0.9″N 108°8′3.2″W / 37.350250°N 108.134222°W / 37.350250; -108.134222 (K09DM-D) Southwest Colorado TV Translator Association
Durango, CO K24NH-D 24 0.8 kW 369 m (1,211 ft) 53923 37°20′22.5″N 107°49′28.3″W / 37.339583°N 107.824528°W / 37.339583; -107.824528 (K24NH-D) Hearst Television
Romeo, CO K17JW-D 17 1 kW 742 m (2,434 ft) 183579 36°51′25″N 106°1′14″W / 36.85694°N 106.02056°W / 36.85694; -106.02056 (K17JW-D)
Vallecito, CO K13PJ-D 13 204 m (669 ft) 190192 37°15′46″N 107°54′0.24″W / 37.26278°N 107.9000667°W / 37.26278; -107.9000667 (K13PJ-D) Southwest Colorado TV Translator Association
Many Farms, AZ K36JX-D 36 645 m (2,116 ft) 53926 36°27′30″N 109°5′39.3″W / 36.45833°N 109.094250°W / 36.45833; -109.094250 (K36JX-D) Hearst Television

Former satellite stations

KOAT-TV formerly operated three satellite stations, which rebroadcast its signal and added local content for other parts of the broadcast market:

Station City of license Channels
First air date Last air date Former callsigns ERP
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
KOCT1 Carlsbad 19 (UHF) 6 August 24, 1956 (66 years ago) (1956-08-24) July 18, 2012 (2012-07-18) KAVE-TV (1956–1987)
KVIO-TV (1987–1993)
15 kW 333 m (1,093 ft) 53908 32°47′38″N 104°12′29″W / 32.79389°N 104.20806°W / 32.79389; -104.20806 (KOCT)
KOFT2 Farmington 8 (VHF) 3 2002 (20 years ago) (2002) November 2007 (2007-11) 40 kW 165.9 m (544 ft) 53904 36°40′17″N 108°13′52.7″W / 36.67139°N 108.231306°W / 36.67139; -108.231306 (KOFT)
KOVT Silver City 10 (VHF) 10 September 1987 (35 years ago) (1987-09)3 July 18, 2012 (2012-07-18) KWNM-TV (1987–1992) 3.2 kW 485 m (1,591 ft) 53911 32°51′46″N 108°14′28″W / 32.86278°N 108.24111°W / 32.86278; -108.24111 (KOVT)


KOCT, formerly KAVE-TV and KVIO-TV, became part of the KOAT-TV operation in 1993 after previously serving as a satellite of El Paso, Texas, ABC affiliate KVIA-TV.[12] The Carlsbad station began in 1956 as KAVE-TV, a CBS/NTA Film Network[13] affiliate with studio and transmitter facilities on Church Street in Carlsbad. In 1966, when Roswell, New Mexico, station KBIM-TV became the CBS affiliate for southeastern New Mexico, KAVE became a satellite station of then-ABC affiliate KMOM-TV in Monahans, Texas (now NBC affiliate KWES-TV, MidlandOdessa, Texas) and then of KVIA-TV (then-KELP-TV) in El Paso in 1970.

Hearst-Argyle surrendered the license of KOFT to the FCC on November 13, 2007,[14] though its license was not canceled until May 5, 2010.[15] Hearst then informed the FCC on July 18, 2012, that it would discontinue the operations of KOCT and KOVT; their licenses were canceled on August 1.[16][17] The move was made to eliminate the need to maintain the KOCT and KOVT public files in their respective cities due to FCC regulations which went into effect on that date; the transmitters for both stations were immediately repurposed into lower-powered KOAT translator stations to continue to provide service to both communities.[18]


  1. ^ KOAT Purchase is for $12,500 Plus Its Debts, Albuquerque Tribune (Albuquerque, NM) January 12, 1957 pg. 1-2
  2. ^ "$20 million in TV sales approved." Broadcasting, May 12, 1969, pg. 48. [1][permanent dead link]
  3. ^ FCC Approves KOAT-TV Sale For $5 million, Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM) May 9, 1969 pg. F8
  4. ^ Advertisement: Albuquerque Tribune (Albuquerque, NM), August 19, 1974 pg. A-9
  5. ^ US Network-Affiliated AM Radio Stations, 1949
  6. ^ Directory of AM, FM and TV Stations of the US[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Radio truck seen in Ace in the Hole, IMCDb
  8. ^ Spangler, Todd (September 20, 2021). "Hearst TV Launches Free 'Very Local' Streaming Channels in 26 Markets". Variety. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  9. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KOAT
  10. ^ "Find Justice — Justice Network". Archived from the original on June 30, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  11. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  12. ^ KOAT to buy Carlsbad station, Roswell Daily Record (Roswell, NM) May 28, 1993 pg. 27
  13. ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films", Boxoffice: 13, November 10, 1956
  14. ^ KOFT-DT request to FCC to cease operation
  15. ^ Pendarvis, Clay C. (May 5, 2010). "Re: KOFT, Farmington, New Mexico" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  16. ^ Harding, Kevin R. (August 1, 2012). "In Re: BLCDT-20090616ABK" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  17. ^ Harding, Kevin R. (August 1, 2012). "In Re: BLCDT-20090616ABR" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  18. ^ "Request for Waiver of Filing Freeze" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. July 7, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2012.