Hawaii News Now (newscasts)
|Slogan||Live, Local, Connected|
|Channels||Digital: 23 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
5.2 This TV
(KHNL/KGMB License Subsidiary, LLC)
|First air date||December 1, 1952|
|Call letters' meaning||K George M. Bowls
(KGMB's first chief engineer)
|Former callsigns||KGMB-TV (1952–1982)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
9 (VHF, 1952–2009)
8 (VHF, 2002–2009)
9 (PSIP, 2002–2009)
NBC (December 1952)
UPN (shared with KHON-TV, 2002–2004)
|Transmitter power||23 kW|
KGMB, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 23), is a CBS-affiliated television station located in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. The station is owned by Raycom Media, as part of a duopoly with NBC affiliate KHNL (channel 13); Raycom also operates MyNetworkTV affiliate KFVE (channel 9) under a shared services agreement with owner MCG Capital Corporation. All three stations share studios on Waiakamilo Road in downtown Honolulu, KGMB's transmitter is located in Palehua. Syndicated programming on KGMB includes omg! Insider, Jeopardy!, America Now, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Frasier.
The station first signed on the air on December 1, 1952, as the first television station in the then-territory of Hawaii. KGMB-TV was originally owned by J. Howard Worrall. The station carried programming from three of the four major networks at the time (excluding DuMont), but was a primary CBS affiliate owing to KGMB-AM's long affiliation with CBS Radio. The station lost NBC programming when KONA-TV (channel 2, now KHON-TV) signed on two weeks later, and lost ABC when KULA-TV (channel 4, now KITV) launched in April 1954. In 1973, a partnership led by future Hawaii congressman Cecil Heftel bought KGMB-AM-TV, then turned around and sold the KGMB stations to Lee Enterprises in 1977. The company sold off KGMB-AM (now KSSK-AM) in 1980. In 1982, the station dropped the "-TV" suffix from its call sign. KGMB originally operated from studios located on Kapiolani Boulevard in Honolulu.
The real-life KGMB news crew was often featured in one of the longest-running police dramas on CBS in the 1970s, Hawaii Five-O. The station continues to have ties to the iconic series' reboot, as CBS has allowed KGMB to let its viewers preview the season premiere episode early at the Waikiki Shell each September since the rebooted series debuted in 2010.
In 2000 Lee exited from television broadcasting and sold most of its television holdings (including KGMB) to Emmis Communications. Emmis already owned KHON-TV, so it had to obtain a cross-ownership waiver for the purchase of KGMB from the Federal Communications Commission, to bypass the recently passed duopoly rules that forbid common ownership of two of the four highest-rated stations in a single market. This waiver was renewed several times while Emmis owned both stations. At that time, KHON moved its operations into KGMB's facility; although the two stations maintained separate news operations.
From 2002 to 2004, KHON carried select UPN programming via a secondary affiliation shared with KHON; each station aired programs from that network that the other station did not air. The two stations began carrying UPN programming after KFVE, which had served as Honolulu's UPN affiliate since the network's January 1995 inception, decided to switch its primary affiliation to The WB (whose programming aired on KFVE as a secondary affiliation from 1998 until that point) and disaffiliate from UPN in September 2002. KIKU, an independent station specializing in Japanese programming, became a secondary UPN affiliate in November 2004 and remained with the network until its closure in September 2006.
As Emmis itself prepared to exit the television industry, it sold KHON to the Montecito Broadcast Group in 2006. Emmis then announced on February 20, 2007 that KGMB and its satellites had been sold to MCG Capital Corporation for $40 million, resulting in a one of the rare instances involving a complete separation of a television station duopoly. The FCC granted approval of the sale in late May and was completed on June 4, 2007. Shortly after MCG Capital Corporation took over, KGMB adopted a logo similar to one it used in the early-1980s and also rolled out a new graphics package for its newscast and a new website.
For many years, KGMB billed itself as "One of the Good Things About Hawaii" with its rich history of local television programming exclusively in Hawaii, especially in such shows as Skipper Al and Checkers & Pogo (both children's programs; the latter being the most remembered, airing from 1967 to 1982 and featured Morgan White), The Hawaii Moving Company (originally a disco/dance program that transitioned into a general interest show), and the 1982 television special Rap's Hawaii starring Rap Reiplinger. This slogan was made famous by an a cappella jingle which is still heard on KGMB today. It can now be heard at the end of KGMB's morning newscast, Sunrise, leading into CBS This Morning. Later, with an emphasis on weather, the station branded itself "Hawaii's Severe Weather Station".
On August 18, 2009, MCG Capital Corporation and Raycom Media (owner of KHNL and, at the time, KFVE) announced a shared services agreement that would result in Raycom merging the three stations' operations into the KHNL/KFVE studios on Waiakamilo Road in Honolulu (KGMB would vacate its studios on Kapiolani Boulevard). Though non-news programming would remain in place, news operations of the three stations would be combined into one entity. The arrangement would also see a channel swap, with KGMB moving from PSIP channel 9 (UHF digital channel 23) to channel 5 (UHF digital channel 22) and KFVE move from 5 to 9. The resulting ownership arrangement of the stations generated some controversy, as Raycom gained ownership of KGMB when it moved to channel 5 and KFVE would be owned by MCG Capital on channel 9. Organizations such as media watchdog group Media Council Hawaii viewed the plan as a way to circumvent FCC rules preventing one company owning two of the top four stations in the same market (the FCC only recognizes ownership of facility identifications, which remain attached to their channel numbers, and not ownership of a station's call sign or intellectual properties; in this case, Raycom kept ownership of Facility ID 34445, now belonging to KGMB, while MCG Capital still owns Facility ID 36917, which now belonged to KFVE; the overall viewership of channel 5, as KFVE, fell outside the criteria (which restricts ownership of two stations in the same market to one of the four highest-rated stations and one not among the top four) that would have otherwise barred a duopoly between KHNL and KGMB if facility IDs were traded as well).
Raycom Media president Paul McTear staunchly defended the SSA, stating it would "preserve three stations that provide important and valuable local, national and international programming to viewers in Hawaii." Further controversy over the SSA grew after a November 7, 2009 report in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin revealed that Raycom would pay MCG Capital Corporation $22 million (according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission) – which, in effect, would constitute a sale of KGMB from MCG Capital to Raycom. Both companies did not mention any monetary exchanges during its August SSA announcement, only "assets." The FCC, in response to Media Council Hawaii's filing of an objection over the SSA, asked Raycom for detailed, unredacted agreements in relation to the SSA.
The SSA and channel swap took effect on October 26, 2009, with KGMB moving from PSIP channel 9 to channel 5 and changing its branding from "KGMB 9" to just "KGMB." An estimated 68 positions from a total of 198 between the three stations would be eliminated as part of the agreement. On May 8, 2010, the remaining items and memorabilia that were left at KGMB's former studios were auctioned off, with proceeds going to charity.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|5.1||1080i||16:9||KGMB-DT||Main KGMB-TV programming / CBS|
In April 2011, KGMB began carrying This TV on its second digital subchannel. Although it carries the network's lineup, the station also airs some local content on the subchannel because of the time difference between the mainland U.S. and Hawaii.
KGMB shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 9, on January 15, 2009, the date in which full-power television stations in Hawaii transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts (six months earlier than the June 12 transition date for stations on the U.S. mainland). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 23. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers displayed the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 9. Following the channel swap with KFVE, the station's digital channel switched to UHF channel 23 and its virtual channel to 5.
At the same time, KGMD's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition VHF channel 8 to its former analog-era VHF channel 9, while KGMV's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 24 (using its former analog channel 3 as its virtual channel) for post-transition digital operations.Cite error: A
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</ref> (see the help page). Prior to that date, it was the only major station in the market not available in HD on Oceanic. A temporary agreement was reached between KGMB and Oceanic Time Warner to carry Super Bowl XLI in high definition. KGMB also broadcasts some local programming in high definition, such as newscasts.
KGMB presently broadcasts 27 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with five hours on weekdays, and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). For its first 25 years on the air, KGMB was the dominant news station in Hawaii. However, in 1978, rival KHON-TV persuaded sports director Joe Moore to join that station as its lead anchor. Within a few years, KHON had passed KGMB for the lead, and KGMB has placed either second or third in the ratings since then.
From September 2005 to August 2007, KGMB aired the nationally syndicated morning show The Daily Buzz on weekdays from 5 to 7 a.m. Although that program runs three hours, the station only aired the first two hours; during this period, KGMB was the only "Big Three" affiliate in the United States that carried the show. The program was dropped on August 17, 2007 to make room for a new morning newscast titled Sunrise on KGMB 9, which launched on September 17. The Daily Buzz moved to KHON's CW-affiliated second digital subchannel on August 20; ironically, that show competes with KHON's own Hawaii's Morning News. In June 2007, KGMB built new studios and launched an updated website.
In 2008, the station announced plans to upgrade its news production to high definition. However, on December 13 of that year, KGMB announced that those plans had been put on hold due to the possibility of relocating its studio facilities. The station planned to begin producing its newscasts in widescreen standard definition as early as July 2009. With the launch of the Hawaii News Now operation on October 26, 2009, KGMB began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. KGMB and KHNL began to jointly produce and simulcast weeknight 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts, while KHNL moved its 6 p.m. newscast to 5:30. KGMB continues to have its own weeknight 6 p.m. newscast. The only times when KGMB and KHNL do not simulcast news programming are on weekdays during the 7 a.m. hour when KHNL airs NBC's Today, at 5:30 p.m. when KGMB airs the CBS Evening News and at 6 p.m. when KHNL airs NBC Nightly News. Weekday morning and weekend shows are simulcast on the two stations, but are subject to preemption on one of the stations due to network obligations. The local news schedule on KFVE remains unchanged. There is no weekday midday news on either station.
- Pan American World News (1952-1960)
- Newscope (1961-1970)
- Channel 9 News (1970-1981)
- Newsroom 9 (1981-1983)
- KGMB News (1983–1991)
- KGMB 9 News (1991–2009)
- Hawaii News Now (2009–present)
- "Hawaii's Color Station" (1960s–1970)
- "Up, Up and Away with KGMB" (1967)
- "The Spirit of Hawaii" (1994–1998)
- "One of the Good Things About Hawaii" (1998–2002; always used as the signature slogan since the 1960s and 1970s)
- "Your Eye On Hawaii" (2002–2004)
- "Hawaii's Severe Weather Station" (2004–2009)
- "Live, Local, Connected" (2009–present)
Current on-air staff
Notable former on-air staff
- Larry Beil - sports anchor (now at KGO-TV in San Francisco)
- Neil Everett - sports anchor (now at ESPN)
- Russ Francis - sports anchor
- Michael French[disambiguation needed] - photographer (now with Hearst and Fox)
- Joe Moore - sports anchor (now at KHON-TV)
- Aloha Taylor - weather anchor (now at KSWB-TV in San Diego)
- "Execs explain TV swap, but some see it as blurry", from Honolulu Star-Bulletin, August 20, 2009
- "Raycom to Manage Honolulu CBS", from broadcastingcable.com, August 18, 2009
- SEC filing
- "TV deal includes payment of $22M", from Honolulu Star-Bulletin, November 7, 2009
- "FCC Wants More Info From Raycom On Honolulu Shared Service Agreement", from broadcastingcable.com, November 10, 2009
- "Joint newscasts launch with technical glitches", from Honolulu Star-Bulletin, October 27, 2009
- "68 to lose jobs in local TV agreement, sources say", from Honolulu Star-Bulletin, August 18, 2009
- "Hawaii television history on the auction block Saturday"[dead link] from Hawaii News Now (May 7, 2010)
- RabbitEars TV Query for KGMB
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- "Super news in time for Super Bowl" February 2, 2007
- "KGMB9 Goes High Definition"
- HawaiiNewsNow.com - Official KGMB/KHNL-TV website
- Honolulu.ThisTV.com - Official This TV Honolulu website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KGMB
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KGMD-TV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KGMV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K57BI
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K69BZ