KGWN Turning 60 on Saturday

By: Kyle Markley Email
By: Kyle Markley Email

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Like many families, we here at KGWN have scrapbooks.
We pull them out during special occasions and flip through them. Our 60th anniversary is one of those special occasions.
Maybe it’s nostalgia, longing for the past, or because we simply want to see where we came from.
One of the first pictures in the KGWN scrapbook is the ground breaking for our studios in 1953.
You will notice if you look carefully, we didn’t have a station yet, but we had a station car. A year later our home was finished and the lot was filled with classic cars, except they weren’t classic back then. This is our original control room. If you look carefully you will see a turntable with a record, this was how we played our theme music back then.
That job doesn’t exist anymore. In the early days, homemade children’s shows were popular. Here is a picture of the Timmy O’Toole & Company Puppet Show. Another popular show featured this guy, Derwood Early. It must have been a popular show because we found several pictures of him. He had puppets too. We were big on puppets in those days, they worked cheap. We also shot everything on film back then and cameramen dressed up. Eventually, they dressed more comfortable when we switched to video they started dressing up again. Eventually they got tired of dressing up and went back to being comfortable.
Apparently we had some pretty good Christmas parties back in the day, at least this guy thought so. For our 25th anniversary party, Roxy Roker from “The Jeffersons” was our special guest. She is better known now as the mother of rocker Lenny Kravitz. No word if he was there too, but we had Elvis, sort of.
Our news set has changed over the years. Sometime in the 1970’s we also grew our hair out, a lot, except maybe for that guy on the far right. We have covered elections, storms, royalty, news makers. We aren’t sure who this woman is, but she must have been important. We even made the cover of a magazine, again, with lots of hair. We’ve covered 60 Frontier Days, sometimes with cowboy hats and sometimes without that always included the thunderbirds, big and small.
The faces we have presented on the air have changed a lot over the years. Some you may remember, some you don’t, some you never saw, but whoever has been in front of or behind the camera these past 60 years, they are always a part of Channel 5 and wherever these faces have gone, we’ll see all them again, someday over the rainbow.


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