Albuquerque/Santa Fe, New Mexico
Branding KOAT 7 (general)
Action 7 News (newscasts)
Slogan Coverage You Can Count On
Channels Analog: 7 (VHF)

Digital: 21 (UHF)

Affiliations ABC
Owner Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc.
First air date September 28, 1953
Call letters' meaning COAT or KO Albuquerque Television
Former Affiliations Secondary:
DuMont (1953-1955)
Transmitter Power 87.1 kW (analog)
280 kW (digital)
Height 1292 m (analog)
1243 m (digital)
Facility ID 53928
Website Action 7 News' Website

KOAT-TV is a TV station in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It's an ABC network affiliate & broadcasts on ch. 7. It's transmitter is located on Sandia Crest, east of Albuquerque.

KOAT uses a version of the Circle 7 logo used by many other ABC stations, O&O's as well as affiliates.

Weather forecaster Howard Morgan worked @ KOAT for 28 years before retiring in 1999.


KOAT signed on September 28 1953, less than a week before KGGM-TV (now KRQE). It was locally owned by AM Caldwell & Walter Stiles. The station signed on as an ABC Affiliate. In 1959 KOAT was sold to Alvarado Television & in 1962 to Steinman Stations. Steinman sold KOAT to Pulitzer, the then-owner of KSD-TV (now KSDK) in St. Louis, in 1969. This made KOAT Pulitzer's first TV station acquisition outside of it's home city of St. Louis. In 1998, Pulitzer sold it's entire broadcasting division, including KOAT, to Hearst-Argyle.

Satellite stationsEdit

These stations rebroadcast KOAT's signal & add local content for other parts of the broadcast market:

Station City of license Channels
First air date Former callsigns ERP
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
KOCT Carlsbad 6 (VHF)
19 (UHF)
August 24, 1956 KAVE-TV (1956-1987)
KVIO-TV (1987-1993)
100 kW
912 kW
365.4 m
333 m
KOFT Farmington 3 (VHF)
8 (VHF)
1 100 kW
40 kW
126 m
165.9 m
KOVT Silver City 10 (VHF)
12 (VHF)
September 19872 KWNM-TV (1987-1992) 8.71 kW
62 kW
485 m
485 m


  • 1. No record of analog station on air; DT station operating via Special Temporary Authorization.
  • 2. The Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook says KOVT signed on September 9, while the Television & Cable Factbook says it signed on September 10.

KOCT, formerly KAVE-TV & KVIO-TV, became part of the KOAT-TV operation in 1993 after previously serving as a satellite of El Paso ABC affiliate KVIA-TV Ch. 7. The Carlsbad station began in 1956 as KAVE-TV, a CBS affiliate with studio & 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 Ch. 9 in Monahans, Texas (now NBC affiliate KWES-TV in Midland-Odessa, Texas) & then of KVIA-TV in El Paso in 1976.

In addition, there are several LP repeaters that carry KOAT's programming throughout New Mexico, northeastern Arizona & southern Colorado.


Ordinarily, KOAT produces just over 4 hours of local news each weekday, 4 1/2 hours each Saturday & 4 1/2 hours each Sunday. The station's newscasts, known as "Action 7 News", have led the ratings in New Mexico for over 30 years.

Notable PersonalitiesEdit

Current On-Air TalentEdit

KOAT Anchors

  • Royale Da: Weekend Morning Anchor/Reporter
  • Doug Fernandez: Weekday Evening Anchor
  • Mike Garofalo: Weekend Anchor/Reporter
  • Christine Jones: Weekend Anchor/Reporter
  • Shelly Ribando: Weekday Evening Anchor
  • Melissa Mahan: Weekday Morning Anchor/Reporter
  • Marisa Maez: Weekday Morning Anchor
  • Natalie Swaby: Weekend Morning Anchor

KOAT Reporters

  • Larry Behrens: Santa Fe Bureau Reporter
  • Mitch Blacher: Target 7 Reporter
  • Leigh Checkstad: General Assignment Reporter
  • Dominic Garcia: General Assignment Reporter
  • Rod Green: General Assignment Reporter
  • Ilana Gold: General Assignment Reporter
  • Matt Grubs: General Assignment Reporter
  • Chris Ramirez: General Assignment Reporter
  • Dr. Barry Ramo: Health Reporter
  • Dave Roberts: Farmington Bureau Reporter
  • Drew Rudnick: Southeast New Mexico Bureau Reporter
  • AJ Smith: General Assignment Reporter, fill-in weather chick
  • Natalie Swaby: General Assignment Reporter
  • Melissa Vega: Target 7 Reporter

Hearst-Argyle Washington Bureau

  • Sally Kidd: Washington Bureau Correspondent
  • Laurie Kinney: Washington Bureau Correspondent
  • Tracy Mitchell: Washington Bureau Correspondent

First Alert Weather Team

  • Joe Diaz (AMS/NWA Seals of Approval): Chief Meteorologist, seen weeknights
  • Byron Morton (AMS/NWA Seals of Approval): Weekend Meteorologist
  • Jason Stiff (AMS Seal of Approval): Weekday Morning Meteorologist

Sports Anchors/Reporters

  • Bob Brown: Sports Director/Anchor, seen weeknights
  • John Salazar: Weekend Sports Anchor

Former On-Air TalentEdit

  • Cynthia Izaguirre: Longtime anchor/reporter (2000-2007, moved to WFAA in Dallas, TX)
  • Diane Anderson: Longtime anchor/reporter (1985-2004, later moved to KRQE-TV)
  • Ed Lopez: Morning Anchor (1994-2000)
  • Nelson Martinez: Longtime anchor (1981-2002, later moved to KOB-TV)
  • Nannette Miranda: (Reporter 1996-1999), now State Capitol Correspondent for KABC-TV in Los Angeles & KGO-TV in San Francisco
  • Johnny Morris:Long Time Anchor (1969-1999)

News/Station PresentationEdit

Newscast TitlesEdit

  • Action 7 News (1970s-present)

Station SlogansEdit

  • New Mexico's News Leader (1980s-1990s)
  • 7 On Your Side (1990s)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (1990s-present)

External linksEdit