KGUN-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 9, is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Tucson, Arizona, United States. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, as part of a duopoly with Sierra Vista-licensed CW affiliate KWBA-TV (channel 58). The two stations share studios on East Rosewood Street in East Tucson; KGUN's transmitter is located atop Mount Bigelow, northeast of Tucson. Known as "K-GUN", the station operates one low-power translator: K16EO-D (channel 27) in Oro Valley.
The station was founded in 1955 by rancher D. W. Ingram of the Tucson Television Company, Inc., who gave the station his initials, KDWI-TV. It began broadcasting on June 3, 1956. On January 24, 1957, Ingram sold it to H. U. Garrett. Garrett changed the station's call sign to KGUN on March 14, 1957. The change came in part because Garrett was concerned about possible negative connotations with the letters "DWI." Garrett was also an avid Western fan and gun collector, and thought having "gun" in the station's calls would be apropos. The station's original studios were located on North 6th Avenue in Tucson.
Garrett sold the station to Cincinnati meatpacker Henry S. Hilberg, who renamed the station KGUN-TV, on February 1, 1961. Hilberg sold both KGUN and WEHT in Evansville, Indiana to Gilmore Broadcasting in 1964. Gilmore then sold it to May Broadcasting in 1968. May would sell KGUN and KMTV in Omaha, Nebraska to Lee Enterprises in December 1986. Lee in turn sold all of its stations to Emmis Communications in 2000. In 2005, Emmis liquidated all of its television properties, sending control of KGUN to the Milwaukee-based Journal Broadcast Group, which already owned four radio stations in Tucson. The sale was finalized in December 2005.
On March 18, 2008, Journal announced plans to buy CW affiliate KWBA-TV from Cascade Broadcasting Group on undisclosed terms, creating a duopoly with KGUN-TV. On June 3 of that year, the Federal Communications Commission issued a failing station waiver which allowed Journal to buy KWBA, which caused the loss of its rights to broadcast Arizona Diamondbacks baseball and continued financial losses as the reason for the sale (the special waiver was necessary since the Tucson market already had two co-owned duopolies at the time, and a Journal purchase of KWBA would leave the market with only seven unique station owners). In the waiver, Journal said it would launch a newscast produced by KGUN on the station. The acquisition was completed on July 23, 2008.
On July 30, 2014, it was announced that the E. W. Scripps Company would acquire Journal Communications in an all-stock transaction. The combined firm will retain their broadcast properties, including KGUN, and spin off their print assets as Journal Media Group. The deal made KGUN a sister station to Phoenix's ABC affiliate, KNXV-TV, along with connecting it through statewide coverage to existing sister station and ABC affiliate KTNV-TV in Las Vegas. The FCC approved the deal on December 12, 2014. It was approved by shareholders on March 11, 2015. The merger was completed on April 1, 2015.
KGUN-TV presently broadcasts 19½ hours of locally produced newscasts per week (with 3½ hours each weekday and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays).
KGUN-TV started its own news operation in 1961, when it hired Mac Marshall to cover the news; previously, all newscasts that aired on KGUN were the film-recorded newscasts from ABC itself; as such, no locally based newscasts were made. Its newscasts originally aired under the title of Panorama 9 and underwent various names, including a stab at the NewsCenter 9 motif before arriving at the current KGUN 9 On Your Side title in 2006 (although the slogan and format had been used at KGUN since the 1980s). KGUN's newscasts were originally videotaped in black-and-white, although the station had the city's first color film chain; it was during the 1968 elections that KGUN's newscasts began airing entirely in color.
Pat Stevens started at KGUN as a weather forecaster and worked her way to news director, and, as a result, she made national news by becoming the first female news director at a network affiliate. The long wave of news anchors at this station has included Fred Allison, Nina Trasoff, Andy Nadell, Ed Sorensen, Stephanie White and Jennifer Waddell over the years. Dave Silver became KGUN's sports director in 1983, and this was followed by the 1984 launch of Guy Atchley's career at the station, which spanned 34 years; he retired on March 30, 2018.
In 1997, KGUN added a 5:30 p.m. newscast, moving ABC's World News Tonight to 6 p.m. and expanding its news department; however, less than a few years later, the time slots for both were swapped.
On April 23, 2011, KGUN became the third station in Tucson to begin airing local newscasts in HD.
On April 21, 2014, KGUN began airing a one-hour extension of its weekday morning newscast on KWBA from 7–8 a.m. titled Good Morning Tucson Extra. This replaced the simulcast of the weekday 7–9 a.m. portion of The Jon Justice Show from sister-station KQTH-FM.
KGUN began airing the "Don't Waste Your Money" consumer reports filed by John Matarese of its sister station WCPO in Cincinnati, Ohio in early 2016; the station is one of 22 in the United States currently broadcasting them.
- Panorama 9 (?-1960s)
- News in Action (1960s-1967)
- News on Nine (1967–1979)
- NewsCenter 9 (1979–1980s)
- KGUN 9 News (1980s–2006 & 2020–present)
- KGUN 9 On Your Side News (2006–2020)
- 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
- In Touch with Tucson
- Tucson's Watching Channel 9
- If It's Tucson, It Must Be Channel 9 (1992-1993; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Watched By More People in Tucson, Channel 9, ABC
- Nobody Does It Like Channel 9 (1996-1997; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- On Your Side (?–2003 & 2006–present)
- Clear. Accurate. To the Point (2003–2006)
- Lydia Camarillo - weekday mornings
- Mark Charter - weekday mornings
- Valerie Cavazos - weeknights at 5, 6 & 10:00 p.m.; also investigative reporter
- Pat Parris - weeknights at 5, 6 & 10:00 p.m.
- Shawndrea Thomas
- Taja Davis
- April Madison -
- Brian Brennan -
- Cuyler Diggs -
- Jason Barr
- 'Allen "Big Al" Kath
- Ciara Encinas
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