KTLA Broadcasts America’s New Year Celebration: The Rose Parade “Melody of Life” on January 1

KTLA Broadcasts America’s New Year Celebration: The Rose Parade “Melody of Life” on January 1

KTLA’s coverage begins early Tuesday, January 1, with nostalgic broadcasts of the 1989, 1999 and 1979 Rose Parades leading into KTLA’s extensive 2019 parade coverage throughout the day

LOS ANGELES, CA – December 17, 2018- KTLA, Tribune Broadcasting’s Los Angeles television station, will proudly air its 72nd consecutive television broadcast of the Rose Parade on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 8:00 AM PST. KTLA’s coverage of the 130th Rose Parade Presented by Honda entitled “Melody of Life,” will carry on the long-standing tradition of presenting Southern California’s most watched parade coverage. 2019 coverage will begin at midnight, January 1, with vintage presentations of the 1989, 1999 and 1979 parades (in that order) leading into KTLA’s extensive 2019 parade coverage including: LIVE “behind-the-scenes” reporting and interviews, exclusive Rose Parade coverage (without commercial interruption), as well as four encore presentations throughout the broadcast day.

The 130th Rose Parade Presented by Honda will feature 10-time Grammy Award winner, Chaka Khan as Grand Marshal, a Royal Court of seven remarkable young women, floats decorated in flowers and other natural materials, marching bands and equestrian groups along the 5 1/2-mile route down Pasadena’s famed Colorado Boulevard.
With the best camera positions of any broadcaster, and spectacular aerial views from the Goodyear Airship, KTLA, Tribune Broadcasting’s Los Angeles television station, has been the broadcast home of the Rose Parade since 1948.

In 2019, KTLA’s HD broadcast will be syndicated across the US on Tribune Broadcasting stations (including KSWB/San Diego, KCPQ/Seattle, WGNT/Norfolk, WGHP/Greensboro, WQAD/Davenport, Moline) and distributed nationally on cable. The station will also offer a LIVE simulcast stream of the broadcast on KTLA.com, as well as via FACEBOOK LIVE.

Emmy Award winning hosts, Leeza Gibbons, Mark Steines and Micah Ohlman will return to bring an enthusiastic play-by-play account of America’s New Year’s Celebration.

Leeza Gibbons is one of the most well‐known pop‐culture icons on television. In addition to her impressive background in the field of entertainment and news media, Leeza is an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness, and caregiving. She is also a wife, mother, businesswoman, and New York Times bestselling author.

Mark Steines is a respected, award-winning television host, working for almost two-decades on “Entertainment Tonight” and most recently, on Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family.” From his start in Dubuque, Iowa to the red carpets of Hollywood, Steines has established himself as one of the most trusted figures in entertainment news.

Micah Ohlman, a multi-Emmy Award winning anchor, has covered virtually every LIVE major Southern California news story over the past decade, instilling a sense of trust, while earning the confidence and gaining credibility among viewers. Micah has shared hosting duties for KTLA’s Rose Parade since 2010.

“Leeza, Mark and Micah wonderfully represent all that KTLA has to offer – experience, enthusiasm and excellence,” said Don Corsini, President/General Manager of KTLA-TV. “We’re extremely proud of our hosts and their unique ability to tell stories about the parade, its floats and the marching bands to our vast television audience.”
” The pageantry and colorful history of the Rose Parade so perfectly reflects the greater Los Angeles area and Southern California, and it’s our privilege to be LA’s very own go-to station as we carry-on this iconic tradition,” continued John Moczulski, VP/Station Manager/Co-Executive Producer.

On January 1st, KTLA will feature all-day coverage beginning at 6:00 AM with “Backstage at the Parade” from 6 AM-7AM (PST) and “Parade Countdown” from 7AM-8AM (PST).  The pre-parade shows include live interviews with parade participants, including celebrity guests who will ride on the floats and march in the parade. “Backstage at the Parade” and “Parade Countdown” will also feature behind the scenes stories about the Rose Queen and her court, equestrian and band entries from around the world and other parade surprises.

Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment and sports programming. Tribune Media is comprised of Tribune Broadcasting’s 42 owned or operated local television stations reaching approximately 50 million households, national entertainment cable network WGN America, whose reach is more than 77 million households, and a variety of digital applications and websites commanding 54 million monthly unique visitors online. Tribune Media also includes Chicago’s WGN-AM, the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV, and Covers Media Group, an unrivaled source of online sports betting information. Additionally, the Company owns and manages a significant number of real estate properties across the U.S. and holds a variety of investments, including a 31% interest in Television Food Network, G.P., which operates Food Network and Cooking Channel.

Media Contacts:
Jessica Bellucci
VP/Communications, Tribune Broadcasting

Jennie O’Hagan
Executive Producer, Live Special Events KTLA 5