On October 12th 1952 KBTV Channel 9 began broadcasting a mixture of ABC and CBS network programs as well as local news and other programming, the beginning of a legacy that continues well into a new century.
After initially sharing programming from a variety of networks, Channel 9 became an ABC affiliate for more than 40 years until switching to our current NBC partnership in 1995. Channel 9’s call letters changed from KBTV to KUSA in 1984. Max Goldberg is widely considered 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 would eventually merge with Gannett, one of the largest media companies in the country. In 2015, Gannett spun its publishing properties from its broadcast and digital properties, making 9NEWS a part of TEGNA Media, which remains one of the country’s largest, most geographically diverse broadcasters.