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Denver, Colorado
Branding 9NEWS
Slogan Colorado's High Definition News Leader / Where News Comes First
Channels Digital: 9 (VHF)
Subchannels 9.1 NBC
9.2 AccuWX
9.3 Universal Sports
Translators (see article)
Affiliations NBC (secondary, 1952-1953; primary 1995-present)
Owner Gannett Company
(KUSA/Gannett Co.-Multimedia Holdings Corporation)
First air date October 12, 1952
Call letters’ meaning United States of America
USA Today (also owned by Gannett)
Sister station(s) KTVD
Former callsigns KBTV (1952-1984)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
9 (VHF, 1952-2009)
Former affiliations CBS (1952-1953)
ABC (1952-1995; secondary until 1953)
NBC Weather Plus (DT2, 2005-2008)
Transmitter Power 45 kW
Height 352.4 m
Facility ID 23074
Transmitter Coordinates 39°43′50″N 105°13′53″W / 39.73056°N 105.23139°W / 39.73056; -105.23139

KUSA, Channel 9, is an NBC-affiliated television station in Denver, Colorado. KUSA is owned by the Gannett Company, and is a sister station to KTVD (Channel 20), Denver's MyNetworkTV affiliate. Both stations share studio facilities in Denver, and KUSA's transmitter is atop Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado.



The station first went on the air on October 12, 1952 as KBTV, the second television station in Denver (KFEL-TV, now KWGN-TV, was first by about three months). It was owned originally by Mullins Broadcasting. The station carried programming from CBS, ABC and NBC, but was a primary CBS affiliate. Channel 9 lost CBS to KLZ-TV (channel 7, now KMGH-TV) in November 1953 and lost NBC to KOA-TV (channel 4, now KCNC-TV) a month later, leaving it with ABC. The station struggled in the ratings for some years, in part because ABC was not on par with the other major networks until the 1970s.

In 1972, the station was sold along with then sister station KARK-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas to Combined Communications, which would be merged into the Gannett Company seven years later. The station changed its call letters to the current KUSA-TV on March 19, 1984.

In 1995, KCNC-TV, then an NBC-owned station, became a CBS affiliate as a result of a complex ownership/affiliation deal between Westinghouse Electric Corporation, NBC and CBS which also included stations in Miami, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City. At the same time, McGraw-Hill, owner of longtime CBS affiliate KMGH-TV, entered into a network affiliation agreement with ABC, thereby causing KMGH to become an ABC station. Gannett then entered into an affiliation agreement with NBC that included, among others, KUSA, which then became an NBC affiliate in the very early morning hours of September 10, 1995.

KUSA served as the default NBC affiliate for Rapid City, South Dakota, from 1995, when KEVN (channel 7) flipped to Fox, until 2000, when KNBN (channel 21) went on the air.

In April 2004, KUSA became the first television station in the Denver market, the first Gannett-owned station, and the second station nationally to produce newscasts in high definition. From April 2005 until December 2008, KUSA aired NBC Weather Plus on its second digital subchannel (9.2) and Comcast digital cable channel 249. KUSA replaced the NBC Weather Plus network with the The AccuWeather Channel on the same broadcast channels after NBC announced Weather Plus would be shut down. The station continues to use the brand "9 NEWS Weather Plus".

In August 2007, KUSA started the "9 NEWS High School Hotshots Program", which incorporated twelve Colorado high schools: Berthoud High School, Broomfield High School, Fort Collins High School, Greeley West High School, Lakewood High School, Lamar High School, Limon High School, Montbello High School, Ponderosa High School, Ralston Valley High School, Thunder Ridge High School, and Wheat Ridge High School. The "Hotshots" are students from each school, selected by the administration and staff of the school, who filmed the school's football games. The program has since extended to cover winter sports at the schools. The "Hotshots" footage can be found on KUSA's website.

Digital television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Digital channels

RF Channel
Video Aspect Programming
9.1 16.1 1080i 16:9 NBC and KUSA Programming
9.2 16.2 480i 4:3 9 News Weather Plus / AccuWeather Channel
9.3 16.3 480i 4:3 Universal Sports

On April 16, 2009, KUSA remained on channel 9 when the analog to digital conversion completed.[1][2]


Syndicated programing on the station includes The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Entertainment Tonight, Extra! and The Doctors.

In September 2004, KUSA started broadcasting a lifestyle magazine called Colorado & Company. It airs after the third hour of The Today Show at 10AM MT. When the show started, it also aired on KPXC-TV, but that ended when NBC ended its joint ownership of Pax/Ion Television. Colorado & Company is produced live each weekday morning from the KUSA studios and features paid segments by local companies.

KUSA airs the fourth hour of Today apart from the first three hours; it airs at 11AM, with Colorado & Company airing between the first three hours and the fourth hour.

News operation

For over 30 years, KUSA's newscasts, which are known as 9NEWS, have dominated the ratings in Denver. In February 1976, Ed Sardella and John Rayburn anchored the weekday edition of 9NEWS at 10PM to the top of the ratings, overtaking longtime leader KMGH-TV. Rayburn was succeeded by Mike Landess in 1977. He would remain paired with Sardella as one of Denver's top anchor teams for 16 years until leaving for KUSA's sister station WXIA-TV in Atlanta in late 1993. Sardella retired from the anchor desk in 2000, but returned briefly to replace Jim Benemann, who left for KCNC.[3] Landess, after anchoring at WTTG in Washington D.C., returned to Denver on rival KMGH-TV.

In the November 2007 sweeps, KCNC's 5PM newscast surged over KUSA for the first time in over a decade, and also overtook KUSA in overall sign-on to sign-off numbers. This is partially due to KCNC's recent highlights in investigative reports and human interest stories, though also largely due to CBS's primetime lineup strengths and NBC's primetime lineup weaknesses. However, overall, KUSA is still the #1 station for news despite the closest ratings between KUSA, KCNC, and KMGH ever.

On September 5, 2006, KUSA launched a daily half-hour 9PM newscast on sister station KTVD, to coincide with that station's affiliation switch from UPN to MyNetworkTV. On December 5, 2006, KUSA launched a two-hour extension of its weekday morning newscast on KTVD, which airs from 7 to 9AM with the same anchors as its 5 to 7AM morning newscast on KUSA. The station now produces weekend morning newscasts at 6AM on KTVD. In addition to its main studios in downtown Denver, KUSA operates a "Northern Newsroom" out of the offices of the Fort Collins-based Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper. The newsroom is staffed by photojournalist Gary Wolfe and reporter Adam Chodak. The station also operates a "Mountain Newsroom" in Silverthorne staffed by Matt Renoux.

According to their newscast closings from March 11, 2007 to September 26, 2007, the 9NEWS Networks are 9NEWS.COM (their website), 9 NEWS Now (their ticker), 9 NEWS Weather Plus (their version of NBC Weather Plus) and My20. As of September 27, 2007, the 9 NEWS Networks also include (Their smaller version of 9NEWS.COM for Palm Pilots & other Mobile devices).

When NBC partnered with Pax TV (now ION Television) in the late 1990s, KUSA rebroadcast its 6:00 and 10:00PM newscasts weeknights on KPXC-TV (channel 59). This ended in 2005 when NBC ended its agreement with Pax. The station stopped providing weather forecasts for KOA (AM), on January 1, 2008 and entered a partnership with Entercom Communications to provide daily weather forecasts for KALC, KEZW, KQMT, and KOSI. On March 6, 2009, KUSA started streaming its noon newscast on its website with a live chat room.

The weather forecasts are typically presented outside, in the "9 Back Yard". The back yard is simply a courtyard, with a chroma key (bluescreen) wall and a robo cam. Weather forecasts for The Today Show and updates for 9 NEWS Weather Plus are done from a chroma key wall inside the weather center.

Currently KUSA airs approximately 25.7 Hours of news a week, this includes updates during NBC's TODAY SHOW. (As of January 2010)



Current on-air talent

Current Anchors

  • Adele Arakawa - weeknights at 5, 6, and 10PM
  • Kim Christiansen - weekdays at 4PM (also reporter)
  • Kyle Clark - weekends at 5 and 10PM (also reporter)
  • Kyle Dyer - weekday mornings and noon
  • Bazi Kanani - weeknights at 9PM (on KTVD) (also reporter)
  • Mark Koebrich - weekdays at 4PM, weeknights at 5, 6, and 10PM (also consumer reporter)
  • Shawn Patrick - weekend mornings (also reporter)
  • Cheryl Preheim - weekend mornings, weekends at 5 and 10PM (also reporter)
  • Gary Shapiro - weekday mornings and noon


  • Anastaysia Bolton - general assignment reporter
  • Adam Chodak - Northern Newsroom reporter
  • Dave Delozier - general assignment reporter
  • Vicky Evans - "Sky9" reporter
  • Nelson Garcia - education and technology reporter
  • Jamie Kim - general assignment reporter
  • Jace Larson - investigative reporter ("9 Wants to Know")
  • Heidi McGuire - general assignment reporter ("Backpack Journalist)
  • Ben McKee - general assignment reporter ("Backpack Journalist) (also community relations journalist)
  • Kirk Montgomery - entertainment anchor (weekdays at 4PM)
  • Gregg Moss - Business Reporter (5,6AM & 4,6PM) (starts Jan 18,2010)
  • Graeme Nistler - reporter
  • Matt Renoux - Mountain Newsroom reporter
  • Jennifer Ryan - morning reporter
  • Adam Schrager - political reporter
  • Deborah Sherman - investigative reporter ("9 Wants to Know")
  • Brooke Thacker - general assignment reporter
  • TaRhonda Thomas - general assignment reporter
  • Dr. John Torres - medical reporter
  • Kevin Torres - general assignment reporter ("Backpack Journalist)
  • Chris Vanderveen - general assignment reporter

The weather team also provides daily weather forecasts for the Denver Post and the Fort Collins Coloradoan newspapers, and KALC, KEZW, KQMT and KOSI radio.

  • Kathy Sabine (AMS/NWA Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weekdays at 4, weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM
  • Ashton Altieri (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist/NWA Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekend mornings
  • Marty Coniglio (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist/NWA Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekends at 5 and 10PM
  • Becky Ditchfield (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekday mornings and noon


  • Drew Soicher - Sports Director; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM
  • Rod Mackey - Sports Anchor; weekends at 5 and 10PM (also sports reporter)
  • Susie Wargin - Sports Anchor; weekday mornings
  • Jesse Horne - high school sports reporter (also "Prep Rally" anchor)


  • Dr. James Rouse - nutrition expert (now featured only on
  • Steve Spangler - science experiments (featured on the morning and 4PM newscasts)

Former Personalities

A — L
  • Bobby Anderson - Sports Talk Show, Broncos (1976-1986)
  • Carl Akers - 10 p.m. anchor (1966-1975)
  • Jim Benemann - anchor (2000-2003; now with KCNC in Denver)
  • Neal Browne - news anchor/political reporter (1976-1997)
  • Heather Cabot - reporter (1997-2000; went to ABC News World News Now from January-December 2005; currently Web Life editor for Yahoo)
  • Nick Carter - meteorologist (1984-2009; now with KDVR in Denver)
  • Kevin Corke - sports anchor; (1994-2000 now with WTVJ in Miami)[4]
  • Tom Costello - reporter (early 1990s; now with NBC News as a correspondent for NBC Nightly News and MSNBC)
  • John Cromwell - meteorologist (?-?)
  • Gary Cruz - sports anchor (now with KPHO in Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Frank Currier - anchor/reporter (1972-1979; longtime CBS News correspondent and now a Journalism Professor at Syracuse University)
  • Ginger Delgado - police beat reporter (1996-2005, now a reporter & fill in anchor at KWGN in Denver)
  • Dan Dennison - Western Slope newsroom reporter (1982-1995; now news director at KHNL in Honolulu, Hawaii)
  • Rick DeReyes - reporter (1984-1986)
  • Fred Dressler - political reporter and station editorial director (later an executive with Time Warner Cable; deceased)[5]
  • Amelia Earhart - Sky9 traffic reporter (2007-2009; now at KCAL & KCBS in Los Angeles)
  • Tom Green - sports anchor (1992-1995; now with KWGN in Denver)
  • Ed Greene - meteorologist (1995-2001; now with KCNC in Denver)
  • Leanne Gregg - reporter (1996-2000; now with NBC News Channel, based out of KUSA's newsroom)
  • Taunia Hottman - Sky9 reporter (2004-2007; now living in New York City with her husband. Now at NY1)
  • Paul Johnson - reporter (last known to be living in New York as a stay-at-home father)
  • Brian Joyce - sports reporter (left to pursue a career outside of television)
  • Bob Kendrick - anchor (2003-2008; now with CHEK news in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)
  • Jinah Kim - reporter (now with NBC News Channel)
  • Bill Kuster - weather anchor (1979-1996; deceased)
  • Tony La Monica - traffic reporter (1998-2004; does voiceover work in the Denver area)
  • Mike Landess - anchor (1977-1993; now with KMGH in Denver)
  • Anita Lopez - anchor/reporter (1997-2002; now working as a real estate broker in Boulder, Colorado, as well as anchoring the Comcast Local Edition on HLN)
  • Ward Lucas - anchor/reporter (1976-2009; retired)
  • Jayson Luber - traffic reporter (part-time fill-in while working full time at KOA-AM; now with KMGH in Denver)
  • Dave Lougee - news director (1990-1996; now President of Gannett Broadcasting)
  • Bertha Lynn - reporter (1976-1981; now with KMGH in Denver)
M — Z
  • Carrie McClure - anchor/reporter (2005-2009)
  • Cristina Mendonsa - anchor/reporter (1991-1995; now at KXTV in Sacramento, California)
  • Ray Metoyer - reporter/fill-in anchor (1986-1991; now Executive Producer for Townhall Productions in Atlanta, GA)
  • Nancy Montoya - reporter/fill-in anchor (1976-1979); now Executive Producer International Media, Other Stations, KDKA, Pittsburgh, KDFW-Dallas, WSMV-Nashville, KGUN-Tucson, WSOC-Charlotte, ABC News Central America www.InternationalMedia.Us
  • Gregg Moss - business reporter (1993-2009; 2010-Present. (still with Alem International Management)
  • Mike Nelson - chief meteorologist (1991-2004; now with KMGH in Denver)
  • Quynh Nguyen - reporter (2000-2008)
  • Nick O'Kelly - meteorologist (2004-2007; left to go into private business with a company called ReFlight)
  • Blake Olson - sports reporter (now with Altitude Sports & Entertainment)
  • Peter Peelgrane - Sky 9 pilot (1979-1992; injured in helicopter crash in 1992, died in 1995 due to brain injury sustained in accident, (b)1945-(d)1995)
  • John Rayburn - 10PM anchor (1972-1978)
  • Andrew Resnik - weekend morning anchor (2001-2003; fired after drug arrest)
  • Lennette Romero - weekend morning anchor (1993-1996)
  • Rob "Sunny" Roseman - meteorologist (1977-1981; now with KWGN in Denver)
  • Leon "Stormy" Rottman - meteorologist (1969-1988; deceased)
  • Ed Sardella - anchor (1974-2004; now retired, but serves as host of "Let's Talk" on Denver metro government access channel 8)
  • Thanh Truong - reporter (2006-2009; now with NBC)
  • Simone Wilkinson - reporter (2008)
  • Roger Wolfe - Northern newsroom reporter (1985-June 2006; now retired)
  • Paula Woodward - investigative reporter (1977-2009; now retired)
  • Chip Yost - investivative reporter (2003-2006; now at KTLA in Los Angeles)
  • Ron Zappolo - sports anchor (1990-2000; now anchor at KDVR In Denver)
  • Tony Zarella - sports anchor (now with WOIO in Cleveland, Ohio)

News and Station Presentation

Newscast titles

  • 9 NEWS Action Center (1976-1984)
  • KUSA 9 NEWS (1984-1995)
  • 9 NEWS (1995-present)

Station slogans

  • Colorado's News Leader (1976-2008)
  • We're Still the One, on Channel 9 (1977-1978, 1978-1979; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • We're the One You Can Turn To, Channel 9 (1978-1979; 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)
  • It's All Right Here on Channel 9 (1988-1992; used during period station used Frank Gari's It's All Right Here)
  • There's No Substitute (1992-1995; used in image campaign)
  • NBC & 9NEWS Follow the Leaders (September 1995; used to promote affiliation switch to NBC)
  • Colorado's On-Line News Leader (June 1996-present; used only on 9NEWS.COM)
  • Where News Comes First (April 2004-present)
  • Colorado's High Definition News Leader (May 12, 2008-present)
  • The 9 NEWS Networks, Colorado's Information Center (May 12, 2008-present; used on newscast reopens)
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  • KUSA broadcasts the Gannett ID & Sounder (The "Death Star") after 9 NEWS at 6pm Monday-Friday only, while some Gannett stations play the ID & Sounder hourly, and occasionally at the introduction of newscasts, while some do not at all.
  • The KUSA News Package (created by Third Street Music) was commissioned by KUSA in 1995, making it one of the two Gannett-owned NBC affiliated stations to use a custom news package by Third Street Music. KUSA's sister station, KARE in Minneapolis-St. Paul commissioned the KARE 11 News Theme for its newscasts since 1996. On October 15, 2008, KUSA debuted a brand new and standardized graphics package created by the Gannett Graphics Group (G3), and a standardized music package composed by Rampage Music New York, which is used by other Gannett stations. The closing cut of the theme was last used on February 6, 2009; the remastered talent bumper cut is still being used. KARE is also using the new graphics package, but is still using KARE 11 News Theme as of this day.
  • KUSA's 1996-2004 news set was seen in the NBC made-for-TV movie Asteroid.


The Denver market includes large portions of Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. KUSA & NBC serve this vast area with one of the largest translator networks in the country. (All translators on this list are in Colorado unless otherwise listed)

  • K41EV - Akron
  • K49EX - Anton
  • K02FW - Ashcroft
  • K19FH - Ashcroft
  • K06HU - Aspen
  • K06BX - Axial Basin
  • K07KR - Basalt
  • K59BZ - Broadmoor
  • K59AP - Bethune/Burlington
  • K10LW - Carbondale
  • K48IC - Carbondale
  • K24CH - Cortez
  • K55KN-D - Cortez
  • K03CK - Craig
  • K04GS - Crested Butte,ETC
  • K58AA - Crystal,ETC
  • K02GJ - Delta,ETC
  • K02JD - East Elk Creek
  • K08OF-D - Estes Park
  • K61AA - Estes Park
  • K69AX - Flagler-Seibert
  • K39BT - Fraser,ETC
  • K02IK - Gateview,ETC
  • K12KP - Glen Haven
  • K09DC - Glenwood Springs
  • K07JM - Grand Vally,ETC
  • K04DH - Gunnison
  • K64AQ - Hartsel,ETC
  • K41IT - Haxtun
  • K28FX - Idalia & S. Yuma Cty
  • K55JC - Julesburg
  • K13GI - Leadville
  • K11LM - Lower Frying Pan River
  • K50AS - Marvine Creek Campground
  • K48CL - Meeker
  • K06JJ - Meeker,ETC
  • KXHD-LP - Montrose
  • K11JZ - New Castle,ETC
  • K09QA - Paonia, ETC.
  • K63CX - Parlin, ETC.
  • K64AV - Piceance Creek
  • K08JZ - Pitkin-Ohio,CO
  • K18GM - Pleasant Valley
  • K12LX - Powder Horn Valley
  • K04HP - Red Stone
  • K09XN - Red Stone (NBC / Universal-Owned Translator)
  • K06HF - Salida, ETC.
  • K46DB - Sapinero
  • K57CS - Sargents
  • K04HH - Snowmass-At-Aspen
  • K10KK - Somerset
  • K56GL - Sterling ETC.
  • K39HE - Woody Creek
  • K44GQ - Woody Creek (NBC/Universal-Owned Translator)
  • K11LW - Woody Creek
  • K52FZ - Wray
  • K07GK - Yampa
  • K38AD - Yuma


See also

External links


  1. ^ DTV Transition: Still not seeing a picture?, KUSA 9 News, Denver, April 2009
  2. ^
  3. ^ - Jim Benemann
  4. ^
  5. ^ Time Warner Cable Veteran Fred Dressler Dies at 66


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