It’s not easy being first when you arrive at the party late
On Sept. 20, 2003, a meeting of Reno’s Good Old Days Club observed the 50th anniversary of television in Reno, and some of the speakers mentioned that KZTV/KOLO was the state’s second television station. But club officials say the contingent from KOLO arrived late at the meeting and never heard this, and that night’s Channel 8 newscast referred to the station as "the first television station in Nevada." The same phrase was used in proclamations honoring the station’s birthday issued by Reno and Sparks mayors, declaring Sept. 29 as "KOLO-TV News Channel 8 Day." Sparks Mayor Tony Armstrong said the information in his proclamation was provided by the station itself.