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 MyNetworkTVaffiliate. Both stations share studio facilities in Denver, and KUSA's transmitter is atop Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado.
|City of license||Denver|
|Branding||Channel 9 (general)|
9 News (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 9 (VHF)|
|Subchannels||9.1 NBC9.2 AccuWX|
|Affiliations||NBC (secondary, 1952-1953; primary 1995-present)|
(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)
|Former callsigns||KBTV (1952-1984)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:9 (VHF, 1952-2009)Digital:
16 (UHF, until 2009)
|Former affiliations||CBS (1952-1953)DuMont (1953-1956)ABC (1952-1995; secondary until 1956)
NBC Weather Plus (DT2, 2005-2008)
|Transmitter power||45 kW|
|Transmitter coordinates||39°43′50″N 105°13′53″W|
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. ABC was secondary to their foremost affilitation, the Dumont Network. 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, and because soon Dumont Network would shutdown in 1956.
In 1972, the station was sold along with then sister station KARK-TVin 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.
Joining the Peacock
In 1995, KCNC-TV, then an NBC-owned station, became a CBS owned and affiliated station as a result of a complex ownership deal between Westinghouse Electric Corporation, NBC and CBS. NBC discovered it could not buy Philadelphia's WCAU outright without going over the FCC's ownership limit of the time. To solve this problem, NBC swapped KCNC-TV and KUTV in Salt Lake City, as well as the channel 4 frequency in Miami (then home to WTVJ) to CBS in return for WCAU and the channel 6 frequency in Miami (then home to WCIX, which became WFOR-TV). 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.
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 Pluson its second digital subchannel (9.2) and Comcast digital cable channel 249. KUSA replaced the NBC Weather Plus network with 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 "9NEWS 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.
|9.1||1080i||16:9||NBC and KUSA Programming|
|9.2||480i||4:3||9 News Weather Plus / AccuWeather Channel|
On January 10, 2011 at 9:10 AM Universal sports moved to KTVD-DT2.
Syndicated programing on the station includes The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Entertainment Tonight, Extra! and The Doctors. KUSA airs the fourth hour of Today apart from the first three hours; it airs at 11 a.m., with Colorado & Company airing between the first three hours and the fourth hour.
In September 2004, KUSA started broadcasting a lifestyle magazine called Colorado & Company. It airs after the third hour of The Today Show at 10 a.m. 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 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.But of course this dependts on the regulations by which the FCC runs monitors each station.
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. Landess, after anchoring at WTTG in Washington, D.C., returned to Denver on rival KMGH-TV.
In the November 2007 sweeps, KCNC's 5 p.m. 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. Comcasts new ownership of NBC should tip the scales in some matter.
On September 5, 2006, KUSA launched a daily half-hour 9 p.m. 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 9 a.m. with the same anchors as its 5 to 7 a.m. morning newscast on KUSA. The station now produces weekend morning newscasts at 6 a.m. 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 currently staffed on a rotating basis from staff out of Denver. Longtime photojournalist Gary Wolfe died in 2010 and reporter Adam Chodak left the station in early 2011. The station also operates a "Mountain Newsroom" in Silverthorne staffed by Matt Renoux.
According to a newscast closing from June 7, 2010 the 9NEWS Networks areMy20, 9NEWS.COM (their website), 9NEWS Weather Plus (their version of NBC Weather Plus), Metromix.com (Metromix), MomsLikeMe.com(http://denver.momslikeme.com/), NBC Universal Sports, and MY20DENVER.COM (My 20 website). The 9NEWS Networks also include m.9news.com (Their smaller version of 9NEWS.COM for Palm Pilots & other Mobile devices). As of August 1, 2010 the 9NEWS Networks are: 9NEWS.COM, 9NEWS Now,9NEWS Weather Plus, My 20,M.9NEWS.COM,Universal Sports,HighSchoolSports.net & 9NEWS Weather Call (though not all of these are on the broadcast).
When NBC partnered with Pax (now ION Television) in the late 1990s, KUSA rebroadcast its weeknight 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts 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 and now steams all newscasts on KUSA and KTVD.
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. It uses Enterprise Electronics Corporation’s "DWSR-10001C" radar known on air as "HD-Doppler 9". It uses a maximum of 1,000,000 watts of power and is located east of Elizabeth, Colorado. In June 2010, KUSA expanded its morning newscast to 2½ hours with the addition of a 4:30 a.m. newscast, the KUSA-produced 9 p.m. newscast on KTVD will also expand that month to one hour.
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 and KTVD collectively air approximately 47.5 hours of local news a week; KUSA airs 32 hours of local news per week (five hours on weekdays and 3½ hours on weekends), while KTVD airs 15.5 hours of local news per week (2½ hours on weekdays and an hour-and-a-half on weekends).
On the week of 02/13/2011, 9News relaunched their website with a new look. Since 9News is the Gannett flagship, this new website is thought to be a precursor to a Gannett system-wide update.
News and station presentation
- KBTV News (1960-1970)
- 9 KBTV NEWS (1970–1976)
- KBTV Action Center-9 News (1976-1977)
- 9 NEWS-Action Center (1977–1984)
- 9NEWS (1984–present)
- Colorado's News Leader (1976–2008 & 2012-2013)
- #1 in Colorado (1977-1992)
- We're Still the One, on Channel 9 (1977–1978, 1979–1980; 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 With 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/It`s Alright 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)
- Colorado`s Watching Channel 9 (1990-1992; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- If It's Colorado, It Must Be Channel 9 (1992-1993; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- There's No Substitute (1992–1995; used in image campaign)
- Watched By More Colorados, Channel 9, ABC (1993-1995; last localized version of ABC ad campaign; last slogan as ABC affiliate)
- NBC & 9 NEWS Follow The Leaders (1995)
- The Year To be on NBC & 9 NEWS (1995-1996; first localized version of NBC ad campaign; first as NBC affiliate)
- NBC & 9 NEWS Switch to Great TV! (September 1995; produced by NBC, to promote the affiliation switch)
- Colorado's On-Line News Leader (June 1996–present; used only on 9NEWS.COM)
- Where News Comes First. (2004–2011)
- Colorado's High Definition News Leader (May 12, 2008–2012)
- The 9 NEWS Networks, Colorado's Information Center (May 12, 2008–2012; used on newscast reopens)
- M.9NEWS.COM It's All Right Here In The Palm Of Your Hand. (June 1, 2009-present; used on-air to promote the website)
- KUSA 9, More Colourful (2009-present; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- The 9 NEWS Networks, Where News Comes First. (2010-present; used to close out newscasts usually followed by above slogan)
Current on-air staff
- Adele Arakawa - weeknights at 5, 6, and 10 p.m.
- Kim Christiansen - weekdays at 4 p.m. & weeknights at 9 p.m. (on KTVD)
- Kyle Clark - weekdays at 9 (on KTVD); also reporter
- Kyle Dyer - weekday mornings and noon
- Matt Flener - weekend mornings; also reporter
- Eric Kahnert - weeknights at 5, 9 (on KTVD) and 10 p.m. (also reporter)
- Greg Moss - weekday mornings at 4:30 a.m.; also "Your Money business reporter
- Mark Koebrich - weekdays at 4, weeknights at 5, 6, and 10 p.m.; also consumer reporter
- Cheryl Preheim - weekends at 5, 9 (on KTVD) and 10 p.m.; also reporter
- Cory Rose - weekend mornings; also reporter
- Gary Shapiro - weekday mornings and noon
- Kathy Sabine (AMS/NWA Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weekdays at 4, weeknights at 5, 6, 9 (on KTVD) and 10 p.m.
- Belen De Leon- weekend mornings
- Marty Coniglio (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist/NWA Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekends at 5, 9 (on KTVD) and 10 p.m.
- Becky Ditchfield (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekday mornings and noon
- Drew Soicher - Sports Director; weeknights at 5, 6, 9 (on KTVD) and 10 p.m.
- Rod Mackey - Sports Anchor; weekends at 5, 9 (on KTVD) and 10 p.m.; also sports reporter
- Susie Wargin - Sports Anchor; weekday mornings
- Jesse Horne - high school sports reporter; also "Prep Rally" anchor
- Anastasiya Bolton - general assignment reporter
- Dave Delozier - general assignment reporter
- Amelia Earhart - Traffic reporter
- Matt Flener - general assignment reporter
- Nelson Garcia - education and technology reporter
- Jace Larson - investigative reporter ("9 Wants to Know")
- Heidi McGuire -Host of Metromix.com TV
- Ben McKey - community relations reporter ("Backpack Journalist")
- Kirk Montgomery - entertainment anchor; seen weekdays at 4 p.m.
- Gregg Moss - business reporter/anchor
- Matt Renoux - Mountain Newsroom reporter
- Corey Rose - general assignment reporter
- Jennifer Ryan - morning reporter
- Deborah Sherman - investigative reporter ("9 Wants to Know")
- Brooke Thacker - morning reporter
- TaRhonda Thomas - general assignment reporter
- Dr. John Torres - medical reporter
- Kevin Torres - general assignment reporter ("Backpack Journalist")
- Chris Vanderveen - general assignment reporter
- Jessica Zartler - morning reporter
- Floyd Ciruli - political analyst
- Greg Feith - aviation expert
- Scott Robinson - legal analyst
- Dr. James Rouse - nutrition expert; now featured only on 9NEWS.com
- Steve Spangler - science experiments; featured on the morning and 4 p.m. newscasts
- Andy Schaeffer - Promotion Photographer/Producer 1989—now
Notable former news staff
- KUSA's 1996-2004 news set was seen in the NBC made-for-TV movie Asteroid.
- KUSA along with 4 other Denver Stations can be seen on Carnival cruse ships in the Caribbean & South Pacific.
The Denver market includes large portions of Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. KUSA & NBC serve this vast area with one of the largesttranslator 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
- KUSA Official Website
- KUSA Mobile Site
- Gannett Broadcasting
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KUSA
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KUSA-TV
- Broadcast coverage map for KUSA-DT's main transmitter at TV Fool
- ^ DTV Transition: Still not seeing a picture?, KUSA 9 News, Denver, April 2009
- ^ http://www.9news.com/company/press_releases/article.aspx?storyid=112050&catid=263
- ^ cbs4denver.com - Jim Benemann
- ^ http://flnewscenter.com/?p=754
- ^ "Frank Currier". CBS News. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
- ^ Time Warner Cable Veteran Fred Dressler Dies at 66