Denver's 7 celebrates 60 years of commitment to Colorado families


On November 1, 1953 at 1:30 PM, "KLZ–TV Channel 7 " was born and began broadcasting studio entertainment, news and special events, laying the foundation for what is now Denver's most trusted local television station.   

The dream of KLZ-TV began in the late 1940's when operators of KLZ radio applied to the Federal Communications Commission for a license to operate a television station.  Upon its submittal, the FCC placed a "freeze" on all applications, which lasted nearly 4 years before being lifted in April 1952.  More than a year of discussion happened before the commission, between Aladdin Radio and Television, Inc., KLZ Radio and another Denver firm - all of which were battling for the rights to Channel 7.  In a series of decisions, Aladdin won every possible approval from the FCC and was granted a construction permit on June 29, 1953. 

"Today we celebrate 60 years of service to the people of Colorado and beyond. It's a commitment started on this day in 1953 and that commitment to excellence, leadership and helping our community continues today. All of us at KMGH-TV/Azteca Colorado are proud of our history and excited about making Colorado the best it can be for many more years to come," said Vice President and General Manager, Byron Grandy.

As a CBS affiliate, Channel 7 quickly became the regional destination for dignitaries including President Eisenhower and Presidential Candidate John Kennedy.  It was the first Colorado station to get cameras inside a courtroom for the John Gilbert Graham Trial, who planted a bomb in his mother's suitcase before she boarded a United Airlines Flight in 1955.

Although the station had been one of the stronger CBS affiliates of its time, Channel 7 would end up disaffiliating from the network due to a series of partnership events in 1995, which ultimately led to its current affiliation with ABC Network. 

Throughout history and today, the station continues its commitment to Colorado through journalism excellence and community service.  7NEWS has won the most prestigious awards for journalistic excellence including 4 Peabody Awards, the national Edward R. Murrow award, and the Columbia-Dupont award, the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.  The Call7 Investigators have driven positive legislative change in Colorado and the 24/7 Weather team is committed to keeping families safe. Other community initiatives include We Believe in Colorado Day7Everyday Hero, the 7Healthy Kids Project and Coats for Colorado

In serving Colorado for six decades, Denver's 7 proudly applauds the legendary talent for gracing its airwaves, Coloradans for tuning in, and the developers for making it all possible.  

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About 7NEWS

7NEWS is owned and operated by the E.W. Scripps Company. The E.W. Scripps Company is a diverse, 133-year-old media enterprise with interests in television stations, newspapers and local news and information Web sites. The company's portfolio of locally focused media properties includes: 19 TV stations (10 ABC affiliates, three NBC affiliates, five Azteca America affiliates and one independent); daily and community newspapers in 13 markets, and the Washington, D.C.-based Scripps Media Center, home of the Scripps Howard News Service.  For a full listing of Scripps media companies and their associated Web sites, visit

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