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KMGH-TV, channel 7, is the ABC television affiliate in Denver, Coloradomarker. The station itself is usually branded as "Denver's 7", but its newscasts are branded as "7 News." It broadcasts its digital signal on VHF channel 7 from a transmitter located in Golden, Coloradomarker. 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 AMmarker and 106.7 FM, now KBPImarker). 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.

During the 1950s, the Channel 7 staff included newscaster (later sportscaster and "Dialing For Dollars" host) Starr Yelland who came from KOA-TV (now KCNC-TVmarker) and Ed Scott as Sheriff Scotty to entertain the kids [84225]. In 1956, KLZ-TV presented the first TV remote broadcast from a courtroom after General Manager Hugh Terry won a court battle to allow cameras into the courtroom. In 1957 "Panorama," a weekly public affairs series on Channel 7, became the first Denver-produced program to win a prestigious national Peabody Award. It was written and hosted by Gene Amole and directed by Jim Lannon. The television station has since won two more Peabody awards for the investigative reports "Honor and Betrayal: Scandal at the Air Force Academy"(2003) and "Failing the Children: Deadly Mistakes"(2008). The station was the first in Denver to operate a news bureau in Washington, D.C.marker, as well as the first Denver station to receive reports from its own radio and TV correspondents in Europe and Asia. Channel 7 televised the first kidney transplant in the mid-1960s.

Starting in 1968 and running through 1983, the most popular kids show in town was the "Noell and Andy Show," 8-8:30a.m. Monday through Friday. Her coloring contest drew hundreds of entries each week [84226].

Channel 7 has always been located in the same block at Speer Boulevard and Lincoln Street, though from 1953 until 1969 the station was housed in a former auto dealership on the east side of the block at E. 6th Avenue and Sherman Street. The station's current eight-sided, five-level building, called "The Communications Center," opened in 1969, state-of-the-art at the time.

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 Philadelphiamarker, WCAU-TVmarker (since Westinghouse already owned KYW-TVmarker in that city). In a three-way trade, WCAU was sold to NBC while Denver's longtime NBC affiliate and O&O, KCNC-TVmarker was sold to a partnership of CBS and Westinghouse, taking the CBS affiliation.

KMGH-TV Channel 7 - ABC Affiliate - Denver, Colorado
At the same time, McGraw-Hill had recently struck its own affiliation deal with ABC, due in part to having its stations in San Diegomarker and Indianapolismarker aligned with the network. (KERO-TVmarker in Bakersfieldmarker was also part of the deal between McGraw-Hill and ABC; however, it had to wait for its affiliation contract with CBS to run out in March 1996 before it could finally switch to ABC.) In keeping with all of this, on September 9, 1995, KMGH became an ABC affiliate while KUSA-TVmarker, Denver's longtime ABC affiliate, took on the NBC affiliation.

Shortly afterwards, KMGH signed on low-power station K49AYmarker in Cheyenne, Wyomingmarker to bring ABC programming to Wyomingmarker's state capital. Cheyenne was one of the few areas remaining in the U.S. not to have an ABC affiliate. This arrangement continued until 2004, when KKTUmarker 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-TVmarker in Los Angelesmarker, 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. The logo is now a deep blue circle 7 logo.

Air Tracker 7

Digital Television

In April 2009 , KMGH-TV remained on channel 7 when the analog to digital conversion completed. The digital channel is multiplexed; 7.1 carries ABC-HD (720p, 16:9) while 7.2 carries Azteca America (KZCO-LPmarker) in standard definition.

News Operation

While KLZ-TV always had a strong line-up of local and syndicated programs during the station's early years, it was obviously helped by CBS' long dominance nationally. It led the 10 p.m. news ratings from the early 1960s until 1977 when it was topped by KBTV (now KUSA-TVmarker), which benefited from the rise of ABC's prime ratings as well as an improved news product that took advantage of live electronic news gathering (ENG) technology. KMGH-TV actually had ENG capability first, in 1975, with its "Insta Cam," but never promoted it on the air, noted Craig Allen in "News is People" (2001 Blackwell Publishing). "We waited and waited, but they never promoted it," then KBTV promotions director Harvey Mars told Allen.

In 1970, Channel 7 had a 40 share, while KOA-TV and KBTV were battling to stay out of last place, each with about a 24 share. By the end of the decade, KBTV had a 54 share at 10 PM, more than all of the other stations combined.

Channel 7's 10 pm news team in the 1960s was headed by news anchor Carl Akers, weatherman Warren Chandler and Starr Yelland with sports. All three would do live commercials as part of their program. John Rayburn joined the 10 pm news in 1964 but would leave for KBTV in 1967. In 1966, Akers took a short-lived retirement only to show up a year later at KBTV Channel 9 as anchor and news director. He was replaced at Channel 7 by Bob Palmer from KOA-TV. The Palmer, Chandler, Yelland team would continue until 1975 when Terry Phillips was added as a news co-anchor. Phillips would be replaced by John Lindsey in 1976. In 1982, Palmer would return to KOA-TV.

On July 15, 2002, KMGH-TV became the first major market television station in the world to broadcast fully automated newscasts. A computer system, known as ParkerVision, combines the work of several technical personnel in a program requiring just a single operator. Ten studio cameras, channels of audio, all art graphics and electronic titling along with tape operations are programmed and played back live by one person instead of 7 people.[84227]

24/7 Weather Channel

KMGH operates the 24/7 Weather Channel on Comcast 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. [84228] [84229]


Current On-Air Talent

Current Anchors
  • Ana Cabrera - weekend mornings
  • Dayle Cedars - weekend mornings
  • Christine Chang - weekday mornings
  • Mitch Jelniker - weekday mornings and 11AM
  • Mike Landess - weekdays at 4, weeknights at 5 and 10PM
  • Bertha Lynn - weekdays at 11AM
  • Theresa Marchetta - weekends at 5 and 10PM (also "The Investigators" investigative reporter)
  • Anne Trujillo - weekdays at 4, weeknights at 5 and 10PM

  • Jaclyn Allen - general assignment reporter
  • Christin Ayers - general assignment reporter
  • Ana Cabrera - general assignment reporter
  • Jennie Castor - video journalist
  • Dayle Cedars - general assignment reporter
  • Don Champion - general assignment reporter (also news producer)
  • John Ferrugia - "The Investigators" investigative reporter
  • Russell Haythorn - general assignment reporter
  • Lance Hernandez - general assignment reporter
  • Tony Kovaleski - "The Investigators" investigative reporter
  • Tyler Lopez - general assignment reporter
  • Jayson Luber - traffic reporter (also helicopter reporter/photographer)
  • Lane Lyon - general assignment reporter
  • Theresa Marchetta - "The Investigators" investigative reporter
  • Doug Schepman - video journalist
  • Jane Slater - general assignment reporter

KMGH 24/7 Weather Team
  • Mike Nelson (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weekdays at 4, weeknights at 5 and 10PM
  • Corey Christiansen (AMS/NWA Member) - Meteorologist; weekends at 5 and 10PM
  • Lisa Hidalgo - Meteorologist; weekday mornings
  • Richard Ortner (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist/NWA Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekend mornings (also environmental reporter)

Sports Team
  • Lionel Bienvenu - Sports Director; weeknights at 5 and 10PM
Famous for once saying, "Stephane Guivarc'h says he want's to play more for Newcastle United, well guess what, they don't need him!"
  • Kami Carmann - Sports Anchor; weekends at 5 and 10PM (also sports reporter)

Past Personalities

  • Carl Akers - 5 and 10 pm anchor (1960s)
  • Phil Aldridge - sports anchor/reporter (now at KSTP-TVmarker in Minneapolis)
  • Brien Allen - meteorologist (now at WDJTmarker in Milwaukee)
  • Ron Allen - meteorologist (1980s-early 1990s; now at WPLGmarker in Miami)
  • Tom Bearden - reporter/anchor (1978-85; now correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer)
  • Ernie Bjorkman - anchor (1982-1984 and 1988-1998)
  • Tom Campbell - sports (1981-1985)
  • Bill Clarke - "Consumer Champ" (1985-2007; retired)
  • David Crabtree - anchor/reporter (1988-1991; now at WRAL-TVmarker in Raleigh)
  • Warren Chandler - weather anchor (1960s-1970s)
  • Thomas Drayton - weekend morning anchor/reporter (1999-2002; now at WTXFmarker in Philadelphia)
  • Chris Fowler - sports intern (now with ESPN's College GameDay)
  • Steve Gottsegen - sports anchor/reporter (1998-2008)
  • Larry Green - weather anchor (1977-1982; went to KCNCmarker before retiring)
  • Ed Greene - weather anchor (1976-81; now with KCNCmarker)
  • Cynthia Hessin - anchor/reporter (1984-1990s)
  • Jim Hooley - weekend morning anchor/reporter
  • Jessica Jamison - weekend weather anchor
  • Andrea Joyce - reporter
  • Bill Lagattuta - 5-10 pm anchor, 1981
  • John Lindsey - news anchor (1976-1982 and 1985-?)
  • Kris Long - anchor (now with KPSP-LP in Palm Springs, California)
  • Scott Mace - weekend weather anchor (2004-2008; now chief meteorologist at KGPEmarker in Fresno, California)
  • Michael Marsh - (now anchor at WBRZ-TVmarker in Baton Rouge)
  • Linda Moulton Howe - Director of Special Projects (1978-1983; currently an investigative journalist and documentary producer)
  • Bill O'Reilly - reporter (now host of The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel)
  • Bob Palmer - news anchor (1969-1982; deceased)
  • Jeff Passolt - sports anchor (1994-1996; now anchor at KMSP-TVmarker in Minneapolismarker and member of The KQ92 Morning Show with Tom Barnard)
  • Terry Phillips - news anchor (mid-1970s)
  • John Rayburn - 5 and 10 pm anchor (1964-1967)
  • Jim Redmond - reporter (1975-1984), anchor (1984-1988), documentary reporter/producer (1988-1992; now Journalism Department Chair at the University of Memphis)
  • Robin Robinson - reporter (1980s)
  • Steve Saunders - reporter (?-2009; now director of communications for Adams County, CO School District 50)
  • Harry Smith - reporter/anchor (1982-85, now with CBS' The Early Show)
  • Bill Stuart - anchor (1978-1981; went to KCNCmarker before retiring)
  • Hendrik Sybrandy - reporter (1992-2007)
  • Mark Thompson - weather anchor/environmental reporter/Emmy-award winning writer/host/producer
  • Ann Wade - anchor (1984)
  • Rich Westra - "Airtracker 7" pilot

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • Channel 7 News (1953-1973)
  • NewsSource 7 (1973-1977)
  • The News (1977-1981)
  • Live on 7 (1981; 5PM newscast)
  • Nightscene (1981; 10PM newscast)
  • News 7 (1981-1987)
  • KMGH 7 News (1987-1991)
  • Colorado's 7 News (1991-1995)
  • Real Life, Real News (1996)
  • 7 News (1995-present)

Station Slogans

  • Colorado Style (1984-1987; used music based on Frank Gari's Turn To... series)
  • KMGH-TV, Colorado's 7 (1990s; as CBS affiliate)
  • What You're Looking For (September 1995; used to promote affiliation switch to ABC)
  • Working For You! (1995-2004)
  • Denver's 7 (1995-present)
  • Start Here (May 25, 2008-present; local version of current ABC slogan)
  • Time Well Spent (September 2009-present; also former slogan for A&E)

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