is the ABC
television affiliate in Denver, Colorado
. It broadcasts its analog signal on VHF
channel 7 and its digital signal on UHF channel 17 from a transmitter located in Golden, Colorado
. The station is owned by McGraw-Hill
The station first went on the air on November 1, 1953 as KLZ-TV. It was owned by Edward K. Gaylord and his Oklahoma Publishing Company along with KLZ radio (560 AM and 106.7 FM, now KBPI). The station was a CBS affiliate, owing to KLZ-AM's long affiliation with CBS Radio. In 1954, Gaylord sold KLZ-AM-FM-TV to Time-Life. McGraw-Hill bought the station in 1972, changing the calls to the present KMGH-TV.
KMGH had been one of CBS' stronger affiliates. However, as a result of CBS's partnership (and later merger) with Westinghouse in the mid-1990s, the network had to divest its owned-and-operated station (O&O) in Philadelphia, WCAU-TV (since Westinghouse already owned KYW-TV in that city). In a three-way trade, WCAU was sold to NBC while Denver's longtime NBC affiliate and O&O, KCNC-TV was sold to a partnership of CBS and Westinghouse, taking the CBS affiliation.
At the same time, McGraw-Hill had recently struck its own affiliation deal with ABC (due in part to having its stations in San Diego and Indianapolis aligned with the network). (KERO-TV in Bakersfield was also part of the deal between McGraw-Hill and ABC; however, it had to wait for ABC's affiliation contract with rival station KBAK-TV to expire in March 1996 before it could finally switch networks.) In keeping with all of this, on September 9, 1995, KMGH became an ABC affiliate while KUSA-TV, Denver's longtime ABC affiliate, took on the NBC affiliation.
Shortly afterwards, KMGH aired programming on low-power station K49AY in Cheyenne, Wyoming to bring ABC programming to Wyoming's state capital, which was one of the few areas remaining in the U.S. not to have an ABC affiliate. This arrangement continued until 2004, when KKTU picked up the ABC affiliation and filled the void in the market.
In 1998, KMGH re-introduced the "Circle 7" logo in navy, which is a variation of those seen on other ABC stations on channel 7. The station added the ABC logo to it in the bottom left approximately a year later colored in yellow. In 2006, KMGH aligned itself with other ABC stations, including KABC-TV in Los Angeles, by using the same news package by Gari Communications, specifically designed for ABC O&O's. KMGH is not, however, owned by ABC. In conjunction with the music switch, on-air graphics were overhauled to include shades of red in addition to KMGH's signature gold and blue combination, and their Circle 7 logo was updated to look like real metals. KMGH Went HD August 18,2008 and again updated their on air look, and the logo is now a deep blue circle 7 logo.
The station itself is usually branded as "Denver's 7", but its newscasts are branded as "7 News."
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|| Programming |
| 7.1 / 17.1
|| Main KMGH programming / ABC HD |
After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion
, which is tentatively scheduled to take place on February 17 2009
, KMGH-TV will move its digital broadcasts back to its present analog channel number, 7.
- Dayle Cedars: Weekend Mornings
- Christine Chang: Weekday Mornings
- Jim Hooley: Weekend Mornings
- Mitch Jelniker: Weekday Mornings / Midday
- Mike Landess: Weekday Evenings
- Bertha Lynn: Weekday Midday
- Theresa Marchetta: Weekend Evenings / Call 7 Investigators
- Anne Trujillo: Weekday Evenings
- Jaclyn Allen - General Assignment Reporter
- Jennie Castor - Video Journalist
- Dayle Cedars - General Assignment Reporter
- John Ferrugia - Call 7 Investigators
- Russell Haythorn - General Assignment Reporter
- Lance Hernandez - General Assignment Reporter
- Jim Hooley - General Assignment Reporter
- Tony Kovaleski - Call 7 Investigators
- Tyler Lopez - General Assignment Reporter
- Jayson Luber - Traffic Reporter
- Lane Lyon - General Assignment Reporter
- Theresa Marchetta - Call 7 Investigators
- Steve Saunders - General Assignment Reporter
- Doug Schepman - Video Journalist
- Jane Slater - General Assignment Reporter
- Lionel Bienvenu: Sports Director
- Kami Carman: Weekend Sports Anchor / Reporter
- Lisa Hidalgo: Weekday Mornings
- Scott Mace: Weekend Evenings / Reporter
- Mike Nelson: Chief Meteorologist
- Richard Ortner: Weekend Mornings / Environmental Reporter
- Jayson Luber: Traffic Anchor / Helicopter Reporter & Photographer
- Rich Westra: "Airtracker 7" Pilot
- Phil Aldridge, sports anchor / reporter, now with KSTP-TV Minneapolis
- Brien Allen, meteorologist, now with WDJT Milwaukee
- Ron Allen, meteorologist, now with WPLG Miami
- Tom Bearden, reporter (1978-84), anchor (1984-85); now Correspondent, "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer."
- Ernie Bjorkman, anchor,(1982-84 and 1988-98), now with KWGN
- Bill Clarke, "Consumer Champ," (1985-2007)
- David Crabtree, anchor/reporter, now with WRAL-TV in Raleigh (1988-1991)
- Thomas Drayton, weekend morning anchor/reporter (1999-2002), later went to KTXL in Sacramento (2002-2008) and now main anchor at FOX 29 in Philadelphia
- Chris Fowler, of ESPN College GameDay, worked as an intern in the sports department here.
- Steve Gottsegen, sports anchor / reporter (1998-2008), unknown
- Larry Green, weather anchor (1977-82); went to KCNC before retiring
- Ed Greene, weather anchor (1976-81), now with KCNC
- Michael Marsh, WBRZ-TV anchor, previously worked here.
- Linda Moulton Howe, investigate journalist and documentary producer, was Director of Special Projects here from 1978 through 1983.
- Jeff Passolt, sports anchor (1994-96), now at KMSP-TV in Minneapolis and member of The KQ92 Morning Show with Tom Barnard.
- Jim Redmond, reporter (1975-1984), Anchor (1984-1988), Documentary reporter/Producer (1988-1992); now Journalism Department Chair, Univ. of Memphis
- Harry Smith, reporter/anchor (1982-85); now anchor, CBS Early Show.
- Bill Stuart, anchor (1978-81); went to KCNC, now retired.
- Bill O'Reilly, reporter, currently with Fox News
- Bob Palmer - anchor (1968-1982) (deceased)
- Hendrik Sybrandy, Reporter,(1992-2007)
- Mark Thompson, Emmy award winning writer, host, and producer, worked as weathercaster and science/environmental reporter here.
- Kris Long, anchor (now at KPSP-LP, Palm Springs)
24/7 Weather Channel
KMGH operates the 24/7 Weather Channel
Digital Cable, channel 247. The station replays all newscasts of the day (with the 10pm news running until the next morning), with weather updates and real-time weather information on screen.
- The News (Late 1970s)
- News 7 (1980s)
- Colorado's 7 News (1987-1995)
- Real Life, Real News (1996)
- 7News (1995-present)
- Colorado Style (1984-87; Used music based on Frank Gari's Turn To... series)
- KMGH-TV, Colorado's 7 (1990s; as CBS affiliate)
- Denver's 7 (1995-present)
- Working For You! (1995-present)
- Start Here (May 25,2008-Present)