KCAU-TV is a television station in Sioux City, Iowa, broadcasting digitally on VHF channel 9 as an affiliate of the American Broadcasting Company.

Sioux City, Iowa
Branding Channel 9 KCAU-TV(general)

Channel 9 Eyewitness News(newscasts)

Channels Digital: 9 (VHF)
Subchannels 9.1 ABC-HD

9.2 AccuWeather

Translators 30 (UHF) Sioux City
Affiliations American Broadcasting Company
Owner Nexstar Media Group
First air date March 9, 1953
Call letters' meaning Cares About U
Former callsigns KVTV (1953-1965)
Former channel number(s) Analog:

9 (1953-2009) Digital: 30

Former affiliations Primary:

CBS (1953-1965) Secondary: NBC (1953-1954) ABC (1953-1965) DuMont (1953-1955) CBS (1965-1967)

Transmitter power 29.5 kW
Height 616 m
Facility ID 11265
Transmitter coordinates 42°35′12.2″N96°13′57.1″W
Website www.kcautv.com


KCAU signed on air as KVTV on March 9, 1953. It is western Iowa's oldest television station. KCAU was primarily affiliated with the CBS network, but it also carried programs from ABC, NBC and DuMont. It lost NBC in 1954 when KTIV signed on. KVTV was sold to Forward Broadcasting in 1965, who, effective November 1 of that year, changed the call letters to KCAU-TV and the primary network affiliation to ABC. The station continued to present some CBS programs until October 1, 1967, when KMEG-TV signed on and took the CBS affiliation.

Citadel Communications (not to be confused with the larger Citadel Broadcasting, the owner of numerous radio stations across the U.S.) bought the station in 1988, also purchasing Albion, Nebraska, station KBGT-TV (channel 8) at about the same time; that station was converted into KCAN, a satellite of KCAU. (Citadel moved KCAN's license to Lincoln, Nebraska and converted the station into KLKN, a standalone ABC affiliate, in 1996.)

From 1953 to 1985 KCAU was home to Canyon Kid's Corner, a popular children's show in the area, and it was hosted by longtime KCAU announcer Jim Henry during the entire run of the program.

In December 2006, KCAU received new graphics and music, but did not drop Eyewitness Newsbranding, like sister stations WOI-TV and WHBF-TV did. Since noon February 17, 2009, KCAU's broadcasts have been digital-only.[1]

The 'KCAU TV Tower is a guyed mast for TV transmission in Sioux City at 42°35′12.2″N96°13′57.1″W. The tower was built in 1965 and is 609.9 meters (2000 feet) high. It is tied for the tallest structure of the state and is one of the tallest structures in America.

KCAU does not carry ABC World News Now, even though it did for awhile in the early 2000s. Instead, the station signs off every night at 1:05 a.m. -- one of the few stations in the United States that still does so.

KCAU began broadcasting local news in high definition on November 23, 2010, the first station in the Sioux City market to do so. (KMEG/KPTH began broadcasting 16x9 widescreen news earlier, but not HD.)


In 2009, KCAU added The Local AccuWeather Channel as a digital subchannel. KCAU is the only station owned by Citadel Communications to carry AccuWeather programming on a digital subchannel; sister stations KLKN, WOI-DT, and WHBF-TV instead carry RTV on their DT2 subchannels. KCAU-DT2 originally identified as "KCAU WeatherNow" but by 2010 was instead branded as "Accuweather 9".

On-air staff



  • Larry Wentz - weeknights
  • Jenna Rehnstrom - weeknights
  • Chris Liberto - weekday mornings/Midday
  • Jessica Cihacek - weekends


  • Fred Hexom (Chief Meteorologist)
  • Karissa Sanford
  • Chris Mulcahy


  • Aaron Adelson
  • Tanya De Jesus
  • Paloma Richards
  • Staci DaSilva


  • Tim Seaman (Sports Director)
  • Jon Tritsch


News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • TV-9 News
  • Major 9 Report (1960s–?)
  • Major 9 News (?–1996)
  • News 9 (1996–2001)
  • Channel 9 Eyewitness News (2001–2013)
  • ABC 9 News (2013–2017) 
  • KCAU 9 News (2017–present)

Station slogans

  • Together, We're Making a Difference (1989–1996; used during period station used Frank Gari's "Making a Difference")
  • Siouxland's Most Experienced News Team (1989–1996)
  • If It's Sioux City, It Must Be Channel 9 (1992-1993; localized version of ABC campaign)
  • You'll Say I See (2001–2006)
  • Siouxland's ABC (2006-2011)
  • Siouxland's ABC in High Definition (2011–present)


  1. ^ Today is the day for digital TV switch, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, February 17, 2009

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