• 1952

Company Description

9News is a television channel that provides information about latest breaking news.

9News is a television channel that provides information about latest breaking news. In 1952 Harry Truman was in the last years of his presidency and the hot new thing in Denver was an exotic technology called television. On October 12, 1952, KBTV Channel 9 began broadcasting a mixture of ABC and CBS network programs as well as local news and other programs, stating the beginning of a legacy that continues well into a new century. When Channel 9 was born only a few homes had TV sets, but that changed over time until virtually everyone had access to one. After originally broadcasting from a temporary location, the station moved into its home at 1089 Bannock Street in Denver in 1953, where it stayed until moving to its current location at 500 Speer Blvd in 1992. After initially sharing programs from a variety of networks, Channel 9 became an ABC affiliate for more than 40 years until switching to its current NBC partnership in 1995. Channel 9’s call letters changed from KBTV to KUSA in 1984. Max Goldberg is widely considered as the ‘father’ of Channel 9 for organizing the original group of investors and lobbying for an FCC license, the key ingredient for all radio and television broadcasters. In 1955, John Mullins bought the station which he owned until his death in 1969. In 1971, a company called Combined Communications Corporation bought the station making it part of a group that eventually merged with [Gannett](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/gannett), now one of the largest media companies in the country with TV stations in 32 American cities and a newspaper group that includes [USA Today](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/usa-today). In the beginning, Channel 9 was merely a single TV channel. Today, it broadcasts programs on KUSA Channel 9 as well as KTVD Channel 20 (since 2006) and digital channels, 9.2 (24 hour weather programs) and 20.2 (Me TV). In addition, 9NEWS is now very much 9news.com which was launched in the 1990s and now is a vital news source for Coloradoans that updates news, weather, and sports 24 hours a day.