KWGN-TV Channel 2, Denver, Colorado
Sign-On recorded circa 1983

Page updated and modified Sunday, 9 August 2020

KWGN-TV, as the call letters imply, is the sister station of Chicago's WGN-TV Channel 9 (both owned by Tribune Broadcasting until September 2019, when Nexstar Media Group bought out Tribune). This recording of Colorado's Own's sign on was reportedly made in 1983, though its appearence would suggest that it was probably produced many years earlier. It consists of filmed nature scenes with the classic 1965 model NAB Television Code Seal tacked on at the end.

KWGN-TV became Colorado's first TV station when it was launched in mid-July 1952 as KFEL-TV. It also was the first VHF station to go on the air following the Federal Communications Commission's decision to lift its freeze on television station licenses that year. Channel 2 was initially a primary affiliate of the DuMont Network, but it also cherry-picked programs from the other three nets. Two changes in ownership resulted in two changes in call letters: KTVR (1955-1963) and KTGO (1963-1965). Tribune would take over Channel 2 in 1965 and converted the newly-christened KWGN-TV into a full-color station, Denver's first. KWGN-TV was an independent stations for most of its days until 1995, the year the station joined the The WB Network along with its Chicago sibling WGN-TV 9 (The WB became The CW in 2006).

To view a classic sign-on of KWGN-TV's Chicago sibling station from April 1982, which features a sermonette, SSB and the SOGP, go here.

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