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  • 1959 Channel 12 Christmas Parade

    60th Anniversary: The Channel 12 Christmas Parade

    From the sidewalk outside of the Broadview Hotel, in the early 1950s and 60s Channel 12 broadcasted a live Christmas parade. Large balloons of cartoon animals and floats, Santa, television personalities and local politicians, could be seen rolling down Douglas Avenue.

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  • 60th Anniversary: Who owns Channel 12?

    When 19-year-old Navy-enlisted man Bobby Stout was transferred to Naval Air Station Hutchinson, just south of Yoder in June of 1953, he noticed people were excited about something new that was coming.  There was a TV in the barrack's rec room but no television reception, or pictures.

    "July 1st, 1953 was a real red letter day for a lot of folks at the Naval base because KTVH finally arrived," Stout…

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    60th Anniversary: A look behind Fact Finder 12

    Infant car seats that risked serious injury to children during an accident. A roofing scam that left water pouring into a woman's home. Children forced to have unnecessary root canals, crowns and tooth extractions for millions of dollars of profit. These are a few of the thousands of cases that were solved by Channel 12's investigative team over the past 12 years.

  • History of the State Fair

    KWCH 60th: More than 50 years broadcasting from the Kansas State Fair

    Amid the corn dogs, funnel cakes and ribbon winning livestock, Kansans have found Channel 12's most well-known reporters and television personalities at the Kansas State Fair. Since 1961, the station has broadcast live from the Hutchinson fair grounds, giving our reporters the chance to have a little fun.

  • Old shows on KWCH

    60th: Joyce Livingston, Cowboy Frank and Ch. 12 shows remembered

    "I just can't believe it after all these years," said Joyce Livingston as she reflects over her years hosting local programs at Channel 12. "I don't think there's a time I go into a restaurant or a store where somebody doesn't stop me and tell me how much they enjoyed it."

    Livingston was one of many Kansans whose lives changed when the station hired them to host live local programs during the…

  • Where are former KWCH staffers now?

    Where are former KWCH anchors and reporters now?

    We often hear questions from viewers asking whatever happened to their favorite anchors and reporters. Some of them stay and make Wichita their home but others move on to new cities and careers.

  • History of photojournalism

    60th Anniversary: The changing role of the photojournalist

    Dennis Decker, Director of News Operations at Channel 12, has seen things change in his 38 years as a photojournalist. 

    "If you don't like change, this isn't the business to be in," said Decker. "This one of the first industries that seeks out technology."

  • Hi Fi Hop

    Hi Fi Hop gave Kansas teens a place to rock 'n' roll

    In the early 1950's a new kind of music called rock 'n' roll was taking over the airwaves. Girls in poodle skirts and guys in wing-tipped shoes danced to songs by Frankie Avalon and Elvis Presley. And for the next decade, a locally produced TV show called Hi Fi Hop captured the change in American culture.

  • History of KWCH weather

    From blizzards to tornadoes: 60 years of Kansas weather

    The Storm Team 12 weather center is a silent contrast to the noisy newsroom a few yards away. Inside of one of the television studios at the station, bright monitors line the walls, tracking cloud and precipitation patterns that drift across Kansas. Day or night you can find Merril Teller, Ross Janssen, Mark Larson, Rodney Price or Dean Jones quietly studying maps and analyzing data. 

  • Sports Moments

    12 Kansas sports moments in KWCH's 60 year history

    Since KWCH went on the air 60 years ago, we've covered some great Kansas sports moments and athletes. 

  • Changing look of KWCH

    60th Anniversary: The changing look of Channel 12

    When Channel 12 first went on the air on July 1, 1953, the news looked very different than it does today. Reporters from existing news organizations like radio and newspapers were the first faces that greeted viewers on black and white TV. For example, Dick Cornish, father of KWCH anchor Roger Cornish, had been working at a Hutchinson radio station in the 1950's. He applied for a job at Channel…

  • KWCH blows up old call letters

    60th Anniversary: Channel 12 blows up call letters to signal rise to the top

    This year marks the 60th anniversary of when Channel 12 first went on the air.  Many viewers only know the station as it is today, the number one ranked television station broadcasting to two-thirds of the state and to parts of Colorado, Oklahoma and Nebraska.  On average 55,000 viewers watch our 10 p.m. newscast each night. 

  • Where are former KWCH anchors and reporters now?

    Where are former KWCH anchors and reporters now?

    We often hear questions from viewers asking whatever happened to their favorite anchors and reporters. Some of them stay and make Wichita their home but others move on to new cities and careers.

  • 12 Kansas sports moments in KWCH's 60 year history

    12 Kansas sports moments in KWCH's 60 year history

    Since KWCH went on the air 60 years ago, we've covered some great Kansas sports moments and athletes. 

  • 60th Anniversary: The changing role of the photojournalist

    60th Anniversary: The changing role of the photojournalist

    Dennis Decker, Director of News Operations at Channel 12, has seen things change in his 38 years as a photojournalist.

  • Hi Fi Hop gave Kansas teens a place to rock 'n' roll

    Hi Fi Hop gave Kansas teens a place to rock 'n' roll

    In the early 1950's a new kind of music called rock 'n' roll was taking over the airwaves. Girls in poodle skirts and guys in wing-tipped shoes danced to songs by Frankie Avalon and Elvis Presley. And for the next decade, a locally produced TV show called Hi Fi Hop captured the change in American culture.

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