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KTSM Logo.png
El Paso, Texas
Branding NewsChannel 9
Slogan First, Live, Local
Channels Digital: 9 (VHF)
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)
Subchannels 9.1 NBC HD (1080i)
9.2 Estrella TV SD (480i)
Affiliations NBC
Estrella TV (DT2)
Owner Communications Corporation of America
(sale to Nexstar Broadcasting Group pending)
(Comcorp of El Paso License Corp)
First air date January 4, 1953
Call letters' meaning Tri
Sister station(s) KDBC-TV
Former channel number(s) Analog:
9 (VHF, 1953-2009)
Transmitter power 34 kW channel 9
Height 577 m
Facility ID 67760
Transmitter coordinates 31°48′18″N 106°28′57″W / 31.80500°N 106.48250°W / 31.80500; -106.48250
Website www.ktsm.com

KTSM-TV, also known as NewsChannel 9, is an NBC affiliated television station based in El Paso, Texas. It broadcasts its digital signal on VHF channel 9. KTSM-TV is currently owned by Communications Corporation of America. The station has studios located on Oregon Street near El Paso Community College and its transmitter is located in the Franklin Mountains.

In the El Paso area, the station is aired on Time Warner Cable channel 10 and HD channel 860.


KTSM-TV signed on air on January 4, 1953 as the second oldest television station in the market, behind KDBC-TV. The station shares its call letters with its former sister AM and FM stations (AM 1380, now on AM 690, and FM 99.9), which are now owned by Clear Channel Communications, separate from KTSM-TV. The "TSM" in the name stands for "Tri State Music" (now "Tri State Media") Texas, New Mexico & Chihuahua, referring to KTSM-AM's original owner.1

KTSM claims to have the tallest VHF transmission tower in Texas. It is located at Ranger Peak, one of the peaks of the Franklin Mountains. It is 2,000 feet above downtown El Paso, and 5,990 feet above sea level.

KTSM was owned and operated for 60 years by Karl O. Wyler, a philanthropist and broadcast pioneer in El Paso. Mr. Wyler built the El Paso Aerial Tramway in the early 1960s to allow his staff to maintain the transmitters at Ranger Peak. The tramway was open to the public until the 1980s, when insurance laws in Texas prohibited its use by the general public. When Mr. Wyler died in 1990, he left controlling interest in Tri-State Broadcasting, Inc. (the radio and television stations) to the El Paso Community Foundation as a charitable gift.

In 1991, the Foundation hired Richard E. Pearson, a dynamic station manager at KVIA-TV at the time, to run the operations. Under Pearson's leadership, the station flourished, and became a dominant force in the market, until the stations were sold to ComCorp, the current owners, in 1998.

Among KTSM's most famous personalities was Ted Bender (1925-2013). Bender hosted numerous programs on KTSM including the El Paso version of Dialing for Dollars, in which he gave four viewers a chance to win money, and halfway through the calls, Bender (who was a city councilman) would interview a key figure in the El Paso community. The program aired for 25 minutes, which followed a 5-minute newscast on KTSM at 10 AM.

Bender also was the lead weatherman for KTSM from its inception until his retirement in 1991, using weather symbols that the National Weather Service utilizes on their weather charts.

Dialing for Dollars and daytime soaps pre-empted NBC's regular daytime staple of game shows, later airing in the afternoon hours. Sesame Street, which normally airs on PBS (née NET), aired on KTSM, due to the lack of a public television station in the El Paso area and the difficulty of getting the broadcast signal of KRWG from Las Cruces to El Paso due to the Franklin Mountains range cutting across the middle of El Paso, from 1969 until KCOS opened in 1978, and may have aired other PBS programs, besides.

On August 3, 2008, during its 5:00 p.m. newscast, KTSM became the first station in El Paso to produce their news in high definition.

KTSM began its affiliation with the Spanish-language network Estrella TV via a digital subchannel in 2009.2

On October 19, 2009 ComCorp, the parent company of KTSM, announced that KTSM would provide sales and other services for Titan Broadcast Management's KDBC under a new agreement. Comcorp El Paso, which owns and operates KTSM, provides advertising, sales, administrative services and some news programming for KDBC, while TTBC continues to manage KDBC, with both stations retaining separate newscasts.3

On April 24, 2013, ComCorp announced the sale of its entire group, including KTSM-TV, to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group.4 The future status of the SSA between KTSM and KDBC (which was initially sold to Sinclair-linked Cunningham Broadcasting, then to Sinclair proper) has yet to be determined.

KTSM-TV, XHIJ-TV and XHCJE-TV of Ciudad Juárez, and KTDO of Las Cruces share resources especially with violence in Juarez.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming5
9.1 1080i 16:9 KTSM-DT Main KTSM-TV programming / NBC
9.2 480i 4:3 KTSM-D2 Estrella TV

Analog-to-digital conversion

KTSM-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 9, at 12:30 p.m. on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate.6 The station's digital relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 16 to its former analog VHF channel 9.78

on July 31, 2009 KTSM was given Special Temporary Authority by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to also operate on Digital Channel 16, because of reports of reception problems on digital channel 9. The station has since filed a petition to the FCC to remain on channel 16 permanently.9

On-air staff

NewsChannel 9 Anchor team

  • Adrienne Alvarez - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Keagan Harsha - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Noreen Jaramillo - weekday mornings on NewsChannel 9 Today (5:00-7:00 a.m.)
  • Anoushah Rasta- Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.
  • Daniel Marin - Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.

NewsChannel 9 Sports team

  • Fred Albers - sports director; weeknights at 6:00, 6:30 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Beau Bagley - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.
  • Aaron Rich - sports reporter

The Weather Authority

  • Chuck DeBroder - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Mark Mathis - meteorologist; weekday mornings on NewsChannel 9 Today (5:00-7:00 a.m.)
  • Monica Cortez - Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.


  • Cathy Hernandez
  • Anoushah Rasta
  • Kay Recede
  • Sandra Ramirez
  • Benjamin Zamora
  • Monica Cortez
  • Zach Rael

Former on-air staff

  • Micah Johnson (journalist)
  • Eric Reinholt
  • Chip Maxham (now at KDBC)
  • Anthony Garcia (now Weekend Anchor at KDBC)
  • Ben Swann (now at WXIX-TV FOX19 in Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Louie Saenz (now a UTEP professor)
  • Tom Thorpe (PR at Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District)
  • Bill Armstrong (PR for VA Medical Center, Albuquerque)
  • Jeff Reynolds (deceased)

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • El Paso Newsreel (1953–1959)
  • Bill Thomas and the News (1959–1966)
  • The Sixth Hour Report/The Eleventh Hour Report (1966–1972)
  • Channel 9 News (1972–1975, 1988–1993)
  • NewsCenter 9 (1975–1988)
  • 9 News (1993–1995)
  • TSM News (1995–1999)
  • NewsChannel 9 (1999–present)

Station slogans

  • El Paso's Number 1 News Team (1970s-1994)
  • Channel 9 Is Where You Belong (early 1980s)
  • NewsCenter 9 Is Everywhere (mid-1980s)
  • The Heart of West Texas, Southern New Mexico, and Northern Mexico (1990–1993)
  • For West Texas, Southern New Mexico, and Northern Chihuahua (1993–1995)
  • Get Connected, Stay Connected (1995–2002)
  • First, Live, and Local (2002–present)

KTSM Music

  • Where You Belong By TM Productions (1980–1986)
  • News 88 By Tuesday Productions (1986-1988)
  • KPRC Custom Packages By Toby Arnold & Associates (1988–1990)
  • USA News By 615 Music (1990–1997)
  • NewsChannel 9 Theme By Unknown Composer (2000)
  • Advantage By Gari Communications (2000–2006)
  • The NBC Collection Includes : New Millenium sic V.1 And Flagship Gari Communications (2005–2009)
  • Extreme By Stephen Arnold Music (2009-Pres.)


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