KMGH-TV (Denver7) is an ABC affiliate owned by E. W. Scripps Company and broadcasts from East Speer Boulevard in Denver’s Congress Park neighborhood. Channel 7 serves Denver area with its transmitter installed on Lookout Mountain near Golden. Comcast Xfinity serves as the cable carrier of the service available in HD on digital Ch 652. Century Link also carries the station statewide on Ch 7 and Ch 1007. KZCO-LD is the digital translator of the service while analog broadcast relay stations include Windsor-based KZFC-LP and Colorado Springs-based KZCS-LP; the analog translators rebroadcast DT2 sub-channel affiliated with Azteca América.
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History as a CBS Affiliate
KMGH hit the waves as KLZ-TV on Nov 1, 1952 under the ownership of Oklahoma Publishing Company; the founder also owned KLZ 560 AM (now KWBL). Upon its launch, the channel KTVT as CBS affiliate in the market as KLZ enjoyed being longtime CBS Radio Network affiliate in the market. It was sold to Time-Life in 1954 by Gaylord. It originally began its journey from a building at East 6th Avenue and Sherman Street, formerly used as an auto dealership. KLZ moved to its present location in The Communications Center in 1969.
In Oct 1970, Time-Life released KLZ and its other television and radio assets to McGraw-Hill. In order to be in Compliance with Federal Communications Commission regulations, McGraw-Hill have to sell its KLZ 560 AM and other radio sisters based in San Diego, Indianapolis and Grand Rapids to different companies. KLT-TV along with other television assets was retained by McGraw-Hill, although in order to comply with Federal Communications Commission restrictions KLZ was rechristened as KMGH-TV. Early 90’s time didn’t prove good for the channel as it faced a considerable financial floundering with a decline in audience-share for local news-bulletin as well. However, a turnaround came in 1992 when a new management took over the operations; the net profit boosted to as much as 105.5% in year 1992.
Affiliation with ABC
Somewhere in 1986, McGraw signed an affiliation deal with ABC mainly due to the fact that its Indianapolis and San Diego stations had already struck an affiliation with the network. KMGH however, had to wait for the expiration of its affiliation contract with CBS until March 1996 to the seal the deal. In a three way trade, ABC switched to KMGH, CBS moved to KCNC and NBC opting for KUSA.
On Oct 3, 2011 McGraw-Hill revealed that its intent to sell cluster of its eight station to E.W. Scripps Company; The deal closed on Dec 30, 2011 following the approval of Federal Communications Commission in Nov 2011. With the purchase of eight-station division by Scripps, the company reentered into the Denver market after a hiatus of two years as it ceased its publishing business with the closure of long-maintained paper “Rocky Mountain News” in 2009.
At present the channel airs 35 hours of locally produced news-bulletins weekly comprising of 5.5 hours on weekdays, 3.5 hours on Saturday and 4 hours on Sundays. Contrary to most of ABC affiliates, the service does not produce the 6pm bulletin on weeknights for last eight years or so.
KMGH clears all of ABC Network lineup however it is one of the few affiliates of the network that air ABC World News Tonight’s Saturday and Sunday editions a half to one hour earlier than others because of its long-hour 5pm news-bulletin. Weekend editions of This Week and Good Morning America are also aired. Syndicated programs hosted by the Denver station include Inside Edition, Jeopardy!, Right This Minute and others. It obtained the rights of weekly analysis show, The John Fox Show led by Denver Broncos head coach John Fox; the program aired until 2013 as KDVR outbid the station on Aug 7, 2014.
Audiences may watch the station online with local newscasts, weather and sports updates, traffic reports, 360 Stories, Contests and more. You can also find KMGH-TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Here is the website: https://www.thedenverchannel.com/