KGUN-TV is the ABC-affiliated television station serving Tucson, Arizona. It broadcasts in digitalVHF channel 9 from Mount Bigelow northeast of Tucson. It is known locally as K-GUN.

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Tucson, Arizona
Branding KGUN 9 (general)

KGUN 9 News (newscasts) (pronounced "K-GUN")

Slogan On Your Side
Channels Digital: 9 (VHF)
Translators K16EO Oro Valley

K65DM Duncan

Affiliations ABC
Owner Journal Broadcast Group, Inc.

(sale to The E.W. Scripps Company pending)(Journal Broadcast Group)

First air date June 3, 1956
Call letters' meaning former owner's interest in GUNcollecting and the Westerns that were filmed in Tucson
Former callsigns KDWI-TV (1956-1957)

KGUN-TV (1957-1987) KGUN (1987-2009)

Former channel number(s) Analog:

9 (VHF, 1956-2009) Digital: 35 (UHF, 2005-2009)

Transmitter power 10.3 kw
Height 1140 m
Facility ID 36918
Transmitter coordinates 32°24′55.7″N 110°42′53.2″W


The station was founded in 1955 by rancher D.W. Ingram, who gave the station his initials,KDWI-TV. It began broadcasting June 3, 1956.[1] Shortly afterward, Ingram sold it to H. U. Garrett, who changed the station's call sign to KGUN on March 14, 1957.[1] Garrett sold the station to Henry S. Hilberg in 1960, and Hilberg sold it to Gilmore Broadcasting in 1964. The station came under the ownership of May Broadcasting in 1968.[2] May would sell its television holdings (KGUN and KMTV in Omaha, Nebraska) to Lee Enterprises in 1986, which, in turn, sold both stations to Emmis Communications in 2000. In 2005, Emmis liquidated all of its television properties, sending KGUN and control of KMTV to the Milwaukee based Journal Broadcast Group, which already owned four radio stations in Tucson.[3] The sale was finalized in December 2005.]


An ABC affiliate, KGUN broadcasts the network's schedule, supplemented by syndicated and local programming, most of which is local news. In January 2009, KGUN launched a Spanish-language station, Mexicanal, on its digital channel 9.2.

In 1997, KGUN added a 5:30pm newscast, moving ABC's World News Tonight to 6pm and expanding its news department.[4] On April 23, 2011, KGUN became the third station in Tucson to begin airing local newscasts in high definition.

The Morning Blend

On April 26, 2010, KGUN began producing a lifestyle and entertainment magazine program called The Morning Blend [5], a program which was adapted from Journal flagship station WTMJ-TV. The program airs weekdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is hosted by Ann Lauricello and Alex Miranda. The show replaces KGUN's 11 a.m. newscast.

Digital television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Digital channels



Video Aspect Programming
9.1 720p 16:9 main KGUN programming / ABC HD
9.2 480i 4:3 Mexicanal
9.3 480i 4:3 theCoolTV

Analog shutdown

In 1997, the Federal Communications Commission assigned UHF channel 35 to KGUN for digital operations. The station was granted an application to build its digital operations in October 2001 and, after several extensions, brought KGUN-DT to air in August 2005.

KGUN has selected channel 9 for its post-transition digital operations, and since the analog television shutdown, on June 12, 2009, KGUN broadcasts in digital from channel 9.[6]

News team


  • Julie Brinks - General Manager
  • Forrest Carr - News Director
  • David Rush - Executive Producer

Current on-air staff

News anchors

  • Guy Atchley - weekdays 5pm, 6pm, 9pm on KWBA, and 10pm
  • Ian Reitz - weekday mornings 5am-7am
  • Kimberly Romo - weekday mornings 5am-7am
  • Tammy Vo - weekends 5pm and 10pm
  • Jennifer Waddell - weekdays 5pm, 6pm, and 10pm


  • Sergio Avila
  • Jessica Chapin
  • Ileana Diaz
  • Claire Doan
  • Steve Nunez
  • Craig Smith
  • Joel Waldman


  • Erin Christiansen - chief meteorologist; weekdays 5pm, 6pm, 9pm on KWBA, and 10pm
  • Brian Basham - weekday mornings 5am-7am
  • April Madison - weekends 5pm and 10pm


  • Allen "Big Al" Kath - weekday mornings


  • Dave Silver - sports director
  • Jake Knapp - sports anchor/reporter

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Panorama 9 (19??-1960s)
  • News in Action (1960s-1967)
  • News on 9 (1967-1970s)
  • NewsCenter 9 (1970s–1980s)
  • KGUN 9 News (1980s–2006 & 2020–present)
  • KGUN 9 On Your Side News (2006–2020)

Station slogans

  • We're Still the One, on Channel 9 (1979-1980; 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)
  • Tucson's Watching Channel 9 (1990-1992; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • If It's Channel 9, It Must Be ABC (1992-1993; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • In Touch with Tucson (1994-2003)
  • TV is Good, on Channel 9 (1997-1998; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • We Love TV, on KGUN-9 (1998-1999; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Clear. Accurate. To the Point (2003–2006)
  • On Your Side (2006–present)


  1. ^ a b "Journal of Wis. to purchase KGUN-TV". Arizona Daily Star. 2005-08-23. Retrieved 2009-01-12.
  2. ^ "TV Transfers". 1972 Broadcasting Yearbook. Retrieved 2009-01-12.
  3. ^ "Emmis Announces Sale of Nine Television Stations". Emmis Press Release. 2005-08-22. Retrieved 2009-01-12.
  4. ^ Rademacher, Kevin. "KGUN to introduce hour-long newscast tonight." Inside Tucson Business 6 Jan. 1997: 9-10.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds". FCC CDBS database. Retrieved 2009-01-12.

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