The year was 1956. Women were sporting bouffant hairdos, the after tax income for the average American family was $1700, minimum wage was $1, and KDWI Television signed on the air.
The station was owned by local rancher and lumberman, D.W. Ingram (hence the call letters) and his wife Kathleen. They paid $100,000 for a 9,000 square foot Television studio located at 2175 N. Sixth Avenue.
A short time later, the station was sold, and immediately changed its call letters to KGUN TV. The General Manager then was quoted as saying, "where I come from DWI don't mean nothin' good". Besides airing ABC Network and syndicated programming, KGUN 9 Television is a leader in community events and local programming.
The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy telethon is seen on KGUN 9 every Labor Day weekend and has been since 1969. Every February since 1972, 100,000 plus viewers tune in for the world's longest non-mechanized parade, Tucson's "Fiesta de los Vaqueros" Rodeo Parade. Over the years, other much loved local programming included, Romper Room, the Marshall KGUN Show, Mexican Theater and Saturday Night Chiller Movies with host Dr. Scar.
Mac Marshall was KGUN 9's first news anchor in 1961.
Pat Stevens was the first female news director of any network affiliate.
She started at KGUN as a Weather Forecaster and worked her way up to
News Director. Favorite KGUN 9 News anchors through the
years include: Fred Allison, Nina Trasoff, Andy Nadell, Ed Sorensen and Stephanie White. Sports anchor Dave Silver has been with KGUN 9 News since 1983 and News Anchor Guy Atchley followed shortly after in 1984.