KGMB-TV is the CBS-affiliated television station for the state of Hawaii that is licensed to Honolulu. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 23 from a transmitter in Palehua.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
Branding KGMB (general)

Hawaii News Now (newscasts)

Slogan Your Source for Breaking News
Channels Digital: 23 (UHF)

5.1 - CBS

5.2 - This TV

Owner Gray Television

(KHNL/KGMB License Subsidiary, LLC)

First air date December 1, 1952
Call letters' meaning K'

George M.'Bowls(KGMB's first chief engineer)

Sister station(s) KHNL


Former callsigns KGMB-TV (1952-1982)
Former channel number(s) Analog:

9 (VHF, 1952-2009) Digital: 8 (VHF, 2002-2009)

Former affiliations ABC (secondary, 1952-1954)UPN (secondary shared withKHON-TV, 2002-2004)
Transmitter power 23 kW
Height 629 m
Facility ID 34445
Transmitter coordinates 21°17′28.8″N157°50′7.4″W

The station is owned and operated by Gray Television, who gained ownership of KGMB through a complex (and controversial) shared services agreement with KGMB's former owner, MCG Capital Corporation, an arrangement that saw KGMB leave its longtime on-air home from PSIP channel 9 to channel 5 in October 2009.

The station shares studio space with KHNL and KFVE (now owned by MCG Capital) on Waiakamilo Road in Honolulu. Syndicatedprogramming on KGMB includes Jeopardy! and The Rachael Ray Show.


KGMB-TV was the first television station in Hawaii airing its first programs on December 1, 1952. It was owned by a partnership of future congressman Cec Heftel, owner of KGMB-AM 590, and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. They carried programming from all three major networks but was a primary CBS affiliate owing to KGMB-AM's long affiliation with CBS Radio. The station lost NBC when KONA-TV (now KHON-TV) signed-on two weeks later, and lost ABC when KULA-TV (now KITV) launched in 1954. Lee Enterprises bought KGMB-AM-TV in 1977. The company sold off KGMB-AM in 1980 and is now KSSK-AM. In 1982, they dropped the -TV suffix from the call sign. The real-life KGMB news crew was often featured in one of the longest running police dramas on CBS in the 1970s, Hawaii Five-O.

Former KGMB logo, circa 2007.

From 2002 to 2004, KGMB carried select programming from now-defunct UPN, via a secondary affiliation shared with KHON. UPN programming had previously been seen on KFVE from 1995 until 2002, when the station switched its primary affiliation to The WB. KIKU picked up secondary UPN affiliation in Fall 2004.In 2000, Lee exited television and sold most of its television holdings (including KGMB) to Emmis Communications. Emmis already owned KHON-TV, so it had to get a waiver of the FCC's duopolyrules which normally forbid common ownership of two of the four largest stations in a singlemarket for the purchase of KGMB. This waiver was renewed several times while Emmis owned both stations. At that time, KHON moved its studios to KGMB's facility.

As Emmis itself prepared to exit the television industry, it sold KHON to the Montecito Broadcast Group in 2006. Emmis then announced on February 20, 2007 that KGMB and its satellites had been sold to MCG Capital Corporation for $40 million.[1] The FCC granted approval for this sale in late-May and was completed on June 4.

KGMB 1990s logo

For many years, KGMB billed itself as "One of the Good Things About Hawaii" with its rich history of local television programming exclusively in Hawaii. This slogan was made famous by an acapella jingle which is still heard on KGMB today. It can now be heard at the end of KGMB's morning newscast, "Sunrise," leading into The Early Show. Later, with an emphasis on weather, the station branded itself "Hawaii's Severe Weather Station".

Shortly after MCG Capital Corporation took over, KGMB adopted a logo similar to one it used in the early-1980s and also rolled out a new news package and website.

On August 18, 2009, MCG Capital Corporation and Raycom Media (owner of KHNL and, at the time, KFVE) announced a shared services agreement which would see Raycom merge the three stations' operations into the KHNL/KFVE studios on Waiakamilo Road in Honolulu (KGMB would vacate its studios on Kapiolani Boulevard). Though non-news programming would remain in place, the 3 stations' news operations would be combined under one banner. The arrangement would also see a channel swap, with KGMB moving from PSIP channel 9 to channel 5 and KFVE move from 5 to 9.[2]

The resulting ownership arrangement of the stations has generated some controversy, as Raycom would gain ownership of KGMB when it moved to channel 5 and KFVE would be owned by MCG Capital on channel 9. Organizations such as media watchdog group Media Council Hawaii viewed the plan as a way to circumvent FCC rules preventing one company owning two of the top four stations in any market.[2] (The FCC only recognizes ownership of facility identifications, which remain attached to their channel numbers, and not ownership of a station's call sign or intellectual properties. In this case, Raycom keeps ownership of Facility ID 34445, KGMB's new home, while MCG Capital still owns Facility ID 36917, KFVE's new home.) Raycom president Paul McTear has staunchly defended the SSA, saying it would "preserve three stations that provide important and valuable local, national and international programming to viewers in Hawaii." [3] Further controversy over the SSA grew with the revelation in a Honolulu Star-Bulletin report on November 7, 2009 that Raycom will pay MCG Capital an amount of $22 million (according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission[4])--which, in effect, would constitute a sale of KGMB from MCG Capital to Raycom. Both companies did not mention any exchange of money during its August SSA announcement, only "assets."[5] The FCC, in response to Media Council Hawaii's filing of an objection over the SSA, has asked Raycom for detailed, unredacted agreements in relation to the SSA.[6]

The SSA and on-air swap took effect on October 26, 2009, with KGMB moving from PSIP channel 9 to channel 5 and changing branding from "KGMB 9" to just "KGMB."[7] An estimated 68 positions from a total of 198 from the three stations would be eliminated as part of the agreement.[8]

On May 8, 2010, the remaining items and memorabilia that was left at KGMB's former studios were auctioned off, with proceeds going to charity.[9]

Sale to Gray Television

On June 25, 2018, Atlanta-based Gray Television announced it had reached an agreement with Raycom to merge their respective broadcasting assets (consisting of Raycom's 63 existing owned-and/or-operated television stations, including KGMB and KHNL), and Gray's 93 television stations) under the former's corporate umbrella. In the cash-and-stock merger transaction, valued at $3.6 billion, Gray shareholders would acquire preferred stock currently held by Raycom. Because Raycom operates three stations in the Honolulu market, the companies were required to sell either KHNL, KGMB or KFVE to another station owner in order to comply with FCC ownership rules. On November 1, 2018, Nexstar Media Group – which has owned Fox affiliate KHON-TV since January 2017 – announced that it would acquire KFVE and the licenses of satellites KGMD-TV and KGMV from American Spirit Media for $6.5 million. Nexstar concurrently assumed the station's operations through a time brokerage agreement that took effect the day the transaction paperwork was filed with the FCC, under which Raycom forwarded the rights to certain managerial services involving KFVE – not counting certain other services to which Raycom would retain stewardship under the TBA – on a transitional basis. Under the deal, which is expected to receive regulatory approval in the first quarter of 2019, Nexstar also intends to integrate KFVE's operations into KHON's studio facilities at the Haiwaiki Tower on Piikoi and Waimanu Streets. However, Raycom will retain rights to the KFVE intellectual unit (call letters, syndicated and local programming), which will be shifted to a digital subchannel of either KHNL or KGMB as will KFVE-DT2's Bounce TV affiliation (which will be moved to KGMB-DT4); the KFVE calls will also be retained by Raycom for branding continuity. As such, Nexstar will likely assign new call letters to the channel 9 license as well as acquire programming to replace that being maintained by Raycom post-acquisition (which may include shifting the programming on KHON's CW-affiliated DT2 feed to the KFVE license, and/or the retention of the MyNetworkTV affiliation, which Raycom did not include in the KFVE intellectual property transaction.) The sale of KFVE to Nexstar was approved by the FCC on December 17; the Gray-Raycom merger was approved three days later.[22] The sale was completed on January 2, 2019.


In April 2011 KGMB's DT2 subchannel added This TV to its lineup. Although they carry the netowrk's lineup, they also air some local content because of the time difference between the mainland US and Hawaii.

Satellite stations

Like all major television stations in Hawaii, KGMB operates multiple satellites and translators across the Hawaiian Islands to rebroadcast programs outside of metropolitan Honolulu. The translators include K57BI channel 57 in Waimea and K69BZ channel 69 in Lihue. K57BI has a transmitter in Kalaheo while K69BZ has a transmitter northwest of Omao.

Station City of license Channel First air date ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Transmitter location
KGMD-TV1 Hilo 9 (VHF) May 15, 1955 2 kW 31 m 36914 19°42′51″N 155°8′3″W west of downtown
KGMV2 Wailuku 24 (UHF) April 24, 1955 77 kW 755 m 36920 20°42′30″N 156°15′19″W summit of Haleakala


  • 1. KGMD-TV used the call sign KPUA-TV from 1955 until either 1975 or 1976.
  • 2. KGMV used the calls KMAU-TV from its 1955 sign-on until either 1976 or 1977.Digital programming 
Channel  Name  Programming 
5.1 KGMB-DT1 Main KGMB-TV Programming / CBS (HD)
5.2 KGMB-DT2 This TV


KGMB clears all CBS programming, although it will occasionally pre-empt prime time shows until late nights in order to broadcast local events. The station airs CBS' daytime soap operas in a radically different order from the main network feed. Prior to the September 18, 2009 conclusion of Guiding Light, air times included The Bold and the Beautiful (at 11:30 A.M.), Guiding Light (at Noon), The Young and the Restless (at 1 P.M.), and As the World Turns (at 2). In most other markets, Y&R is aired first followed by B&B, ATWT, and GL. Starting in October, Let's Make a Deal took the Noon slot. On weekdays outside of network hours, KGMB airs syndicated first-run shows during the daytime and sitcom reruns during the late night hours. On weekends during the Hawaii Warriors football season, KGMB airs The Coach Mack Show, which recaps the last game played and previews the next one.

High definition television

KGMB currently broadcasts in full 1080i. Live-action events such as the NFL and college basketball games are thus available in high definition to Honolulu residents. Recently, they also upgraded its servers to time-shift high definition programming including CSI Miami, The Unit, and The Late Show with David Letterman. The shows, which are received from the mainland in the afternoon, were previously recorded in standard definition before being rebroadcast in the evening. On January 14, 2008, KGMB's HD feed became available on Oceanic Time Warner Cable digital channel 1007.[10] Prior to that date, it was the only major broadcast station not available in HD on Oceanic. A temporary agreement was reached between KGMB and Oceanic Time Warner to carry Super Bowl XLI in high definition.[11] KGMB does produce some local programming in high definition.

In January 2009, KGMD remained on channel 9, while KGMB and KGMV moved to channels 22 and 24 respectively when the analog to digital conversion was completed.

News operation

Their weeknight 5 and 10 o'clock news open.

As a result of the SSA, KGMB now broadcasts local news in HD.[12] On December 13, 2008, the station had said that their plans to transfer their news operation to HD was put on hold for the coming months due to the possibility of moving their headquarters. They planned to produce their newscasts in a wide-screen picture as early as July 2009. They stream newscasts live on their website.From September 2005 until August 2007, KGMB aired the nationally syndicated morning show The Daily Buzz Monday through Fridays from 5 to 7. Although The Daily Buzz is a three-hour show, the station only aired the first two. During this period it was the only big three affiliate in the United States carrying the show. They dropped the show after its August 17, 2007 edition to make room for a new morning newscast titledSunrise on KGMB 9 which launched on September 17. The Daily Buzz moved to KHON's second digital subchannel that has CW affiliation on August 20. Ironically, that show competes with KHON's own Hawaii's Morning News. In June 2007, KGMB built new studios and launched an updated website.

The shared services agreement resulted in the termination of all but four KHNL on-air staff and all of KHNL's morning show technicians when its newsroom merged with KGMB on October 26, 2009 when they began their simulcast.[13] Seniority was guaranteed to technicians in the IBEW Local 1260 contract, but management said "New equipment nullifies any previous seniority.", even though the technicians had installed and been operating the new equipment for over 6 months. The new hires had no prior experience operating the new equipment and had to be trained. The IBEW reps and heads were paid to turn a blind eye to the situation. People let go had been with the station from between 20 to 3 years, while those with as little as 6 months were allowed to keep their jobs, this suggests those with long service were let go to hire new people at less pay. The two stations began to jointly produce and simulcast a weeknight 5 and 10 o'clock newscasts while KHNL moved their 6 P.M. show to 5:30. KGMB continues to have its own weeknight 6 o'clock newscast. The only times when they don't simulcast is during the 7AM hour when KHNL starts airing NBC's Today Show, 5:30PM when KGMB airs The CBS Evening News, and at 6PM when KHNL airs The NBC Nightly News. Weekday morning and weekend shows are simulcasted on the two but can be preempted on one station due to network obligations. The local news schedule on KFVE-TV remains unchanged. There is no weekday midday news on either station.[14] Complaints to IBEW Local 1260 about the legality of the layoffs still goes unanswered.

News/Station Presentation

Newscast titles

  • Pan-American World News (1950s)
  • Hawaii News with Jim Topping/World News with Bob Baker (1960s)
  • Channel 9 News (1970s)
  • Newsroom 9 (1980s)
  • KGMB News (1980s–1990s)
  • KGMB 9 News (1990s–2009)
  • Hawaii News Now (2009–present)

Station slogans

  • Hawaii's Color Station (1960s-1970)
  • Channel 9 is Where the Good Times Are (1971–1972; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Have We Got a Fall for You! (1972–1973; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Best is Right Here on Channel 9 (1973–1974; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • See the Best...Channel 9 (1974–1975; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Catch the Brightest Stars on Channel 9 (1975–1976; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • We're Looking Good on Channel 9 (1979–1980; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Looking Good Together, Channel 9 (1980–1981; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Reach for the Stars on Channel 9 (1981–1982; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Great Moments on Channel 9 (1982–1983; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • We've Got the Touch, You and Channel 9 (1983–1984; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • You and Channel 9, We've Got the Touch (1984–1986; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Share the Spirit on Channel 9 (1986–1988; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • You Can Feel it on Channel 9 (1988–1989; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Get Ready for Channel 9 (1989–1990; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Look is Channel 9 (1991–1992; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • This is CBS, on Channel 9 (1992–1993; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Spirit of Hawaii (1994–1998)
  • One of the Good Things About Hawaii (1998–2002; always used as the signature slogan since 1960s and 1970s)
  • Your Eye On Hawaii (2002–2004)
  • Hawaii's Severe Weather Station (2004–2009)
  • Live, Local, Connected (2009–2013)
  • Your Source for Breaking News (2013–present)

News team

Hawaii News Now Anchors

  • Ramsay Wharton - weekday mornings at 4:30 a.m.-5 a.m. (also weekday morning reporter and fill-in morning news anchor)
  • Steve Uyehara - weekday mornings at 5 a.m.-8 a.m. (also sports special assignments)
  • Tannya Joaquin - weekday mornings at 5 a.m.-8 a.m. (also reporter)
  • Shawn Ching - weeknights at 5 p.m. (also reporter)
  • Stephanie Lum - weeknights at 5 & 10 p.m.
  • Teri Okita - weeknights at 6 p.m. (also senior reporter)
  • Keahi Tucker - weeknights at 6 & 10 p.m.
  • Lisa Kubota - weekends at 5 & 10 p.m. (also reporter)

Hawaii's Severe Weather Team (Hawaii Weather Now)

  • Guy Hagi - weeknights at 5, 6, & 10 p.m.
  • Dan Cooke - weekday mornings at 4:30 a.m.-8 a.m. (also fill-in morning news anchor)
  • Malika Dudley - weekends at 5 & 10 p.m. (also weekday morning special projects reporter)
  • Ben Gutierrez - fill-in weather anchor (also reporter)

Hawaii Sports Now

  • Mike Cherry - sports anchor/reporter - weeknights at 6 & 10 p.m. and weekends at 5 & 10 p.m.
  • Russell Yamanoha - fill-in sports anchor

Hawaii News Now Reporters

  • Brooks Baehr - general assignment reporter
  • Taizo Braden - Hawaii Traffic Now reporter weekday mornings
  • Howard Dicus - weekday morning business and weeknight special reports
  • Byron Furukawa - weekday mornings "Around Town"
  • Terry Hunter - movie/film critic
  • Amy Kalili - weekday morning special correspondent for Hawaiian news
  • Jim Mendoza - general assignment reporter
  • Tim Sakahara - general assignment reporter
  • Minna Sugimoto - general assignment and crime reporter
  • Billy V - weekday morning local events and celebrity news
  • Oscar Valenzuela - general assignment reporter (also video journalist)

Former personnel

  • Linda Coble (Anchor; Reporter)
  • Wayne Collins (The first anchor at KGMB9)
  • Kim Gennaula (Weeknight Anchor; Weather Anchor)
  • Bob Jones (Weeknight Anchor; Reporter; News Director)
  • Stacy Loe (Weeknight Anchor; Weekend Anchor; Morning Anchor; Reporter)
  • Jim Manke (News Director '86-'88)
  • Jade Moon (Weeknight Anchor; Reporter)
  • Bob Sevey (b.1927-d.2009; Anchor; News Director)
  • Russell Shimooka (Anchor; Reporter)
  • Tim Tindall (Anchor)
  • Leslie Wilcox (Anchor; Reporter) - Currently President & CEO of KHET-TV
  • Grace Lee (Morning Anchor, 2007–2010; Reporter) - Currently with KPIX-TV, San Francisco, CA
  • Dave Carlin (Weekend Anchor; Reporter) - Currently with WCBS-TV, New York, NY
  • Sandra Sagisi (Moser) (Weekend Anchor; Morning Weekday Anchor with Tim Tindall; Live Night Reporter; Health Reporter, Eye-on-Hawaii Reporter, and Weekend Weather)
  • Janet Wu (Weekend Anchor; Reporter)
  • Jeff Booth - Meteorologist: AMS and NWA Seal of Approvals (Morning Weather Anchor; Weekend Weather Anchor; Reporter) - Currently with WKEF-TV/WRGT-TV, Dayton, OH
  • Paul Drewes (Weather Anchor; Reporter; Fill-in Sports Anchor/Reporter)
  • Aloha Taylor (Weather Anchor) - Currently with KSWB-TV, San Diego, CA
  • Larry Beil (Sports Anchor) - Currently with KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA
  • Liz Chun (Sports Director/Anchor)
  • Scott Culbertson (Sports Anchor)
  • Neil Everett (Sports Anchor) - Currently with ESPN
  • Russ Francis (Sports Anchor)
  • Michael French (Photographer) - Currently with Hearst and Fox
  • Jim Leahy (Sports Anchor)
  • Joe Moore (Sports Anchor) - Currently with KHON-TV
  • Ross Shimabuku (Weekend Sports Anchor) - Currently with KSWB-TV, San Diego, CA
  • Gary Sprinkle (Sports Anchor; Reporter)
  • Dave Vinton (Sports Anchor)
  • Kyle Meenan (Reporter/Fill-in Anchor)(later with WAWS then WTLV-TV Jacksonville, FL)
  • Tina Chau (Reporter)
  • Sabrina Hall (Reporter) - Currently with KIII-TV, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Terry Hunter (Reporter; Video journalist) - Currently with Hawaii News Now as a film critic/reporter
  • Angela Keen (Reporter; Fill-In Anchor and Weather Anchor; Health Reporter)
  • Louise Kim McCoy (Reporter)
  • Alan Lu (Reporter) - Currently a member of the Honolulu Police Department
  • Stephanie Lum (Reporter; Morning Anchor) - Currently with Hawaii News Now
  • Walter Makaula (Reporter) - Currently with KSWB-TV, San Diego, CA
  • Cedric Moon (Reporter) - Currently with RT (TV network)
  • Ashley Nagaoka (Reporter)
  • Mariza Reyes (Reporter) - Currently with KPRC-TV, Houston, TX
  • Britt Riedl (Reporter; Weekend Weather Anchor)
  • Bailey Warren (Education Reporter, 1985–1986)
  • Lara Yamada (Reporter) - Currently with KITV-TV
  • Rob Young (Reporter)



  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b "Execs explain TV swap, but some see it as blurry", from Honolulu Star-Bulletin, August 20, 2009
  3. ^ "Raycom to Manage Honolulu CBS", from, August 18, 2009
  4. ^ SEC filing
  5. ^ "TV deal includes payment of $22M", from Honolulu Star-Bulletin, November 7, 2009
  6. ^ "FCC Wants More Info From Raycom On Honolulu Shared Service Agreement", from, November 10, 2009
  7. ^ "Joint newscasts launch with technical glitches", from Honolulu Star-Bulletin, October 27, 2009
  8. ^ "68 to lose jobs in local TV agreement, sources say", from Honolulu Star-Bulletin, August 18, 2009
  9. ^ "Hawaii television history on the auction block Saturday" from Hawaii News Now (May 7, 2010)
  10. ^ "Oceanic Time Warner Cable digital channel lineup
  11. ^ "Super news in time for Super Bowl" February 2, 2007
  12. ^ "KGMB9 Goes High Definition"
  13. ^
  14. ^

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