KMBC-TV Channel 9, Kansas City, MO
Final Analog Sign-off
Sunday, 12 July 2009

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On Friday, 12 June 2009, Kansas City's ABC network affiliate ceased regular programming on analog Channel 9. However, KMBC-TV, along with some 120 other U.S. TV stations, went into "nightlight" operation for several weeks, airing nothing but a loop of the DTV Answers program produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). When that ended on Sunday, 12 July, this is what whoever may have been viewing KMBC-TV's analog signal saw before the transmitter was shut off for the final time.

When Channel 9 commenced operation in August 1953 it was actually TWO stations sharing that frequency. The locally-based owners of two of KC's top AM radio stations, WHB and KMBC, after hotly competing for the channel assignment, joined together and jointly bid for the FCC construction permit, and won. Under the arrangement, WHB-TV and KMBC-TV shared the Channel 9 frequency and transmitter, while the two stations operated separate studio facilities. The two stations each alternated 90 minutes of airtime daily and shared an CBS-TV network affiliation. This split-station operation lasted until June 1954, when Cook Paint & Varnish Company, then-owners of WHB radio and TV, bought both KMBC radio and KMBC-TV from Midland Broadcasting and absorbed WHB-TV into KMBC-TV (Cook sold off WHB radio to Storz Broadcasting around the same time). When CBS moved its programming to KCMO-TV Channel 5 ind mid-1955, KMBC-TV joined the ABC network, of which it is still affiliated with to the present day.

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