Hubbard Broadcasting, 3415 University Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Hubbard Broadcasting

Construction of the Hubbard Broadcasting building in 1948
Address: 3415 University Avenue SE
Neighborhood/s: St. Anthony Park, St. Paul, Minnesota
City/locality-
State/province
St. Paul, Minnesota
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State/province:
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1948
Year razed: 1948
Primary Style: A-Frame

St. Anthony Park St. Paul Ramsey

Hubbard Broadcasting, 3415 University Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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History

KSTP-TV Channel 5, the upper Midwest's first commercial television station, is owned by the pioneering broadcasting company Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. Channel 5 signed on the air April 27, 1948 and today remains the only locally owned locally operated broadcasting company in the Twin Cities. Eyewitness News is the station's hallmark, presenting local news, weather, and sports coverage daily for Channel 5 (ABC network affiliate) and its UHF sister station, Channel 45 (independent).

Channel 5's distinguished history includes many "firsts." Here are a few:

First commercial television station in Minnesota to broadcast in high definition digital format: We flipped the switch for digital TV on November 8th, 1999. DTV broadcasts in the Twin Cities metro area on Channel 50 and outstate via the station's translator system.

First Minnesota duopoly with the debut of KSTC-TV Channel 45 on September 11th, 2000: FCC duopoly rules permit a broadcasting company to own more than one station in a designated market area. Channel 45 is the only fully independent television station in the Twin Cities and is a free over-the-air UHF broadcast signal - not cable.

First commercial television station serving the upper Midwest: We signed on the air April 27th, 1948.

First full color television station in the United States

First station in the country to inaugurate a regularly scheduled seven-day newscast

First in this region to feature investigative reporting

First station in the country to institute remote satellite news reports in local news broadcasts

Hubbard Broadcasting also owns and operates these Minnesota television stations: KAAL, Austin; KSAX-TV, Alexandria; KRWF-TV, Redwood Falls; WDIO-TV, Duluth; and WIRT-TV, Hibbing. Among Hubbard's television properties outside of Minnesota are WHEC-TV, Rochester, New York; and WNYT-TV, Albany, New York; plus four stations in New Mexico: KOB-TV, Albuquerque; KOBF-TV, Farmington; KOBR-TV, Roswell; and KOBJ-TV in Silver City. Click here for more information on Hubbard Properties.

Memories and stories

Memory

On a Girl Scout field trip in the early 1970s, I remember being in the audience the Dialing for Dollars television and participating in a stump the host audience activity. I had to say the first few words of a song and if the host couldn't guess the song, the guest won a prize. I chose some 4th grade song about a Grasshopper. Well the host was stumped, and I won a 3 foot tall bag of Old Dutch products! It was a thrill to win and an even bigger thrill to be in the studio audience. -- R.S. Saint Paul

Photo Gallery

Related Links

Photos of KSTP in the Minnesota Historical Society's Photo and Art Database

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