KRNV-DT, virtual channel 4 (VHF digital channel 7), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Reno, Nevada, United States. Owned by Cunningham Broadcasting, the station is operated under joint sales and shared services agreements by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, making it sister to Fox affiliate KRXI-TV, channel 11 (which is owned by Sinclair outright), and primary sports-formatted independent station and secondary MyNetworkTV affiliate KNSN-TV, channel 21 (which is owned by Deerfield Media and managed by Sinclair under a separate JSA). However, Sinclair effectively owns KRNV as the majority of Cunningham's stock is owned by the family of deceased group founder Julian Smith.

Reno, Nevada
United States
BrandingChannel 4 (general)
News 4 (newscasts)
SloganOn Your Side
ChannelsDigital: 7 (VHF)
(to move to 12 (VHF))
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
TranslatorsK28PP-D (28 UHF) Shurz
K34PY-D (34 UHF) Mina/Luning
Affiliations4.1: NBC
4.2: Dabl
4.3: TBD
OwnerCunningham Broadcasting
(Reno (KRNV-TV) Licensee, Inc.)
OperatorSinclair Broadcast Group
(via JSA/SSA)
First air dateSeptember 30, 1962 (1962-09-30)
Call letters' meaningReno, NeVada
(No relation to KRNV-FM)
Sister station(s)KNSN-TV, KRXI-TV
Former callsignsKCRL-TV (1962–1982)
KCRL (1982–1990)
KRNV (1990–2009)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
4 (VHF, 1962–2009)
Former affiliationsSecondary:
ABC (1962–1967)
This TV (20??–2019)
Transmitter power16.1 kW
Height879 m (2,884 ft)
891.4 m (2,925 ft) (CP)
Facility ID60307
Transmitter coordinates39°18′55.8″N 119°53′9.3″W
39°18′56.2″N 119°53′6″W (CP)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

The three stations share studios on Vassar Street in Reno; KRNV's transmitter is located on Slide Mountain between SR 431 and I-580/US 395/US 395 ALT in unincorporated Washoe County (on a tower shared with CBS affiliate KTVN, channel 2, and dual ABC/CW+ affiliate KOLO-TV, channel 8). On cable, KRNV is available on Charter Spectrum channel 4 and in high definition on digital channel 784.

From 1997 until 2018, KRNV operated a semi-satellite in Elko, Nevada, KENV-DT (channel 10), which simulcast all NBC network and syndicated programming as provided through its parent but aired separate commercial inserts, legal identifications, and weekday morning newscasts. Even though KENV currently maintains its own studio facilities, master control and some internal operations are based at KRNV's studios in Reno; KENV is now a Comet-operated station.


The station was founded on September 30, 1962, as KCRL-TV. It aired an analog signal on VHF channel 4 and was the second television station in Northern Nevada. The call letters became KRNV on January 22, 1990. The station has always been an NBC affiliate, although it shared ABC with KOLO-TV until 1967.

It signed on KENV in Elko on March 25, 1997, as a semi-satellite, providing Nevada-based programming to the Nevada side of the Salt Lake City, Utah market. The station operated another satellite, KWNV channel 7, in Winnemucca, but this went silent on July 1, 2008.

On December 19, 2006, KRNV began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition, making it the first station in the market to do so[1][2] (although local PBS station KNPB became the first in Northern Nevada to offer digital broadcasts on September 29, 2000).

On September 11, 2010, KRNV debuted public affairs show To the Point with Anjeanette Damon. Damon's first guest was Republican Gubernatorial nominee (now former Governor) Brian Sandoval. The main guest on her second show was Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Rory Reid. To the Point aired Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. Beginning on November 6, 2010, To the Point was simulcast statewide on KRNV, KENV and KSNV[3] until the show finale on November 9, 2013.[4]

On November 22, 2013, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced the acquisition of KRNV's non-license assets, for $26 million. Sinclair already owned KRXI-TV and operated KAME-TV in Reno.[5] On December 19, it was announced that Cunningham Broadcasting will acquire the license assets of KRNV and KENV for $6.5 million.[6][7] The sale was approved on September 22, 2017,[8] and was completed on January 9, 2018.[9] Sinclair could not buy KRNV-DT outright because Reno has only six full-power stations—three too few to legally permit a duopoly. With the sale to Cunningham, Sinclair now controls half of those stations. The sale also created a situation in which a Fox affiliate is the nominal senior partner in a duopoly involving an NBC affiliate and a "Big Three" station.

KRNV became the second station in the country to do regularly scheduled Monday through Friday daily web-only newscasts powered by Google's G+ Hangouts on January 25, 2012.[10] The webcast started at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time and incorporated people in a news-talk format from all around the world.[11][12] An on-air show featuring Google+ at 11:00 am debuted September 24, 2012, under the name News 4 Forum. The first News 4 Forum featured Steve Grove, Head of Community Development at Google+.[13] President Barack Obama did his second Google+ hangout on the News 4 Forum on the 2012 United States presidential election.[14] Google shut down its Google+ social networking website on April 2, 2019.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[15]
4.11080i16:9KRNV-HDMain KRNV-DT programming / NBC

Analog-to-digital conversion

KRNV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, 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 remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 7.[16] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 4.


In addition to the NBC network schedule, syndicated programs featured on KRNV-DT include The Doctors, Dr. Phil, Judge Judy, and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

News operation

KRNV produces the only hour-long 6:00 p.m. newscast on weeknights in the Reno area. KRNV airs the NBC Nightly News at 5:30 p.m. while KTVN and KOLO-TV air their national newscasts at 6:00 p.m. On April 2, 2012, KRNV became the first station to offer a 4:00 p.m. newscast on the market.[17] Other newscasts include a two-hour long News 4 Today that runs from 5:00-7:00 a.m. and News 4 at 5:00 and 11:00 p.m.

KRNV partners with Sam Shad Productions to air The Dining Show at 12:30 p.m. on Fridays.[18]

KRNV became the first station in recent history to produce a local "Coaches-Style" sports show on television featuring University of Nevada Wolf Pack sports.[19][20] Wolf Pack All Access debuted Sunday, September 9, 2012, after Sunday Night Football.[21]

Notable former on-air staff


  1. "Reno's KRNV Launches HD Local News". TVTechnology. December 27, 2006. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  2. Dickson, Glen (December 20, 2006). "KRNV Beats KREN to the HD Punch". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  3. "To The Point". KRNV. November 6, 2010. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  4. "To the Point - As many of you already know, To the Point..." Facebook. 2013-11-18. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  5. "KRNV-TV Sold to Sinclair Broadcast Group". KTVN Channel 2 News. November 22, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
  6. Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License. CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 19 December 2013
  7. Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License. CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 19 December 2013
  8. Notice. CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, 22 September 2017, Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  9. Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  10. Seelmeyer, John (April 2, 2012). "KRNV breaks ground with interactive video". Northern Nevada Business Weekly. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  11. "News 4's First Webcast". KRNV. January 26, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  12. Brown, Matthew B. (February 29, 2012). "Google Hangouts Infiltrate the Newsroom". Journalism and Social Media Musings. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  13. "News 4 Forum: What Is Google Plus?". KRNV. September 24, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  14. "News 4, viewers interview President Obama: Part 1 - Benghazi". KRNV. October 26, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  15. "RabbitEars TV Query for KRNV". Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  16. "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  17. "News 4 at 4:00pm starts Monday". KRNV. April 1, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  18. "The Dining Show". The Dining Show. March 21, 2005. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  19. ""Wolf Pack All Access" debuts Sunday night on News 4". KRNV. September 7, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  20. "University of Nevada Official Athletic Site - Athletics News". Nevada Wolf Pack. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  21. Murray, Chris (September 9, 2012). "Nevada football notes: Injuries impact Wolf Pack secondary in USF matchups". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
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