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KGUN-TV
KGUN 9 2006 Logo.jpg
Tucson, Arizona
Branding KGUN 9 (general)
(pronounced K-GUN)
Slogan On Your Side
Channels Digital: 9 (VHF)
Translators K16EO Oro Valley
K65DM Duncan
Affiliations ABC
Owner Journal Broadcast Group, Inc.
(Journal Broadcast Corporation)
First air date June 3, 1956
Call letters’ meaning former owner's interest in GUN collecting and the Westerns that were filmed in Tucson
Former callsigns KDWI-TV (1956-1957)
KGUN-TV (1957-1987)
KGUN (1987-2009)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
9 (VHF, 1956-2009)
Digital:
35 (UHF, 2005-2009)
Transmitter Power 10.3 kw
Height 1140 m
Facility ID 36918
Transmitter Coordinates 32°24′55.7″N 110°42′53.2″W / 32.415472°N 110.714778°W / 32.415472; -110.714778
Website www.kgun9.com

KGUN-TV is the ABC-affiliated television station serving Tucson, Arizona. It broadcasts in digital VHF channel 9 from [[Mount Bigelow (Arizona)|Mount Bigelow]] northeast of Tucson. It is known locally as K-Gun.

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History

The station was founded in 1955 by rancher D.W. Ingram, who gave the station his initials, KDWI-TV. It began broadcasting June 3, 1956.[1] Shortly afterward, Ingram sold it to H. U. Garrett, who changed the station's call sign to KGUN on March 14, 1957.[1] Garrett sold the station to Henry S. Hilberg in 1960, and Hilberg sold it to Gilmore Broadcasting in 1964. The station came under the ownership of May Broadcasting in 1968.[2] May would sell its television holdings (KGUN and KMTV in Omaha, Nebraska) to Lee Enterprises in 1986, which, in turn, sold both stations to Emmis Communications in 2000. In 2005, Emmis liquidated all of its television properties, sending KGUN and control of KMTV to the Milwaukee based Journal Broadcast Group, which already owned four radio stations in Tucson.[3] The sale was finalized in December 2005.

Programming

An ABC affiliate, KGUN broadcasts the network's schedule, supplemented by syndicated and local programming, most of which is local news. In January 2009, KGUN launched a Spanish-language station, Mexicanal, on its digital channel 9.2.

Digital television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Virtual
Channel
Video Aspect Programming
9.1 720p 16:9 main KGUN programming / ABC HD
9.2 480i 4:3 Mexicanal
9.3 480i 4:3 theCoolTV

Analog shutdown

In 1997, the FCC assigned UHF channel 35 to KGUN for digital operations. The station was granted an application to build its digital operations in October 2001 and, after several extensions, brought KGUN-DT to air in August 2005.

KGUN has selected channel 9 for its post-transition digital operations, and since the analog television shutdown, on June 12, 2009, KGUN broadcasts in digital from channel 9.[4]

News Team

Current personalities

News Anchors

  • Guy Atchley - weekdays 5pm, 6pm, 9pm on KWBA, and 10pm
  • Ian Reitz - weekday mornings and 11am
  • Kimberly Romo - weekday mornings and 11am
  • Tammy Vo - weekends 5pm and 10pm
  • Jennifer Waddell - weekdays 5pm, 6pm, 9pm on KWBA, and 10pm

Reporters

  • Sergio Avila
  • Linda Garrett
  • MaryAnn Martinez
  • Steve Nunez
  • Craig Smith
  • Joel Waldman

Weather

  • Erin Christiansen - chief meteorologist; weekdays 5pm, 6pm, 9pm on KWBA, and 10pm
  • Brian Basham - weekday mornings and 11am
  • April Madison - weekends 5pm and 10pm, weekday substitute at 5pm, 6pm, 9pm on KWBA, and 10pm

Traffic

  • Allen "Big Al" Kath - weekday mornings

Sports

  • Dave Silver - sports director
  • Jake Knapp - sports anchor/reporter

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • News in Action (1970s)
  • NewsCenter 9 (1980s-1994)
  • KGUN 9 News (1994-present)

Station slogans

  • We're Still the One, on Channel 9 (1979-1980; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • You and Me and Channel 9 (1980-1981; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Now is the Time, Channel 9 is the Place (1981-1982; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Come on Along to Channel 9 (1982-1983; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • That Special Feeling on Channel 9 (1983-1984; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • We're With You on Channel 9 (1984-1985; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • You'll Love It on Channel 9 (1985-1986; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Together on Channel 9 (1986-1987; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Something's Happening on Channel 9 (1987-1990; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Tucson's Watching Channel 9 (1990-1992; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • If It's Channel 9, It Must Be ABC (1992-1993; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • In Touch with Tucson (1994-2003)
  • Clear. Accurate. To the Point (2003–2006)
  • On Your Side (2006–present)
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