KGMB launched on Dec 1, 1952 is a Hawaiian CBS-affiliate owned by Raycom Media. Raycom also partners with MCG Capital Corporation under SSA to operate KFVE affiliated with KFVE. KGMB, KHNL and KFVE are housed in the same facility on Waiakamilo Road in Kapālama. The transmitter of KGMB operates from Akupu, Hawaii. Oceanic Spectrum and Hawaiian Telcom are responsible for carrying the station via cable in Big Island, Oahu, Kauai, Maui and other parts of the state.
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K45CT-D, K28NN-D, KOGG-DT2 and KHBC-DT2 are the broadcast relay stations to spread the station out of metropolitan Honolulu. KGMV and KGMD-TV were the former satellites of the station and operated until there swap with KFVE in 2009. Translators K69BZ and K57BI were also used by KGMB until Oct 2015 when their licenses were cancelled by FCC.
Launched on Dec 1, 1952 as Hawaii’s maiden station, the channel was originally owned by J. Howard Worrall, who also the owner of the then KGMB 500 AM radio now known as KSSK. At that time it carried programming from three of the four major networks in States namely CBS, NBC and ABC. It later lost its connection with NBC and ABC following the launch of KONA-TV and KULA-TV. Cecil Heftel and partners in 1973 acquired KGMB-A-TV before selling it out to Lee Enterprises in 1977. Lee then released the channel 1980. ‘TV’ was separated from the call letters in 1982.
The real-life crew of the TV was used in Hawaii Five-O, one of the longest-running police/crime dramas hosted by CBS in 70s. KGMB was also allowed by CBS to give its viewers the chance to preview the season premiere episode of reboot each September since its launch in 2010.
In 2000, the channel was purchased by Emmis Communications, the owner of KHON-TV, after obtaining a cross-ownership waiver from FCC. It carried selected UPN content from Sep 2000 to Oct 2004 as a secondary affiliate. A Shared Services Agreement with MCG Capital was completed on Oct 26, 2009 for the channel swap and sharing of joint facilities for KVE, KHNL and KGMB.
Sale to Gray Television (Pending)
Gray Television on June 25, 2018 announced that it has reached an agreement with Raycom for a merger of their assets with a cash-and-stock merger transaction of USD 3.6 billion. The deal would complete in the first quarter of 2019 subject to Federal Communications Commission approval.
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Some of the Syndicated programming aired by KGMB include Entertainment Tonight, Jeopardy!, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.