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1950–1954 1954 1954–1960 1960–1964 1964–1970
1970 1970–1981 1981–1994 1994–1998 1998–present
1970 1970–1981 1981–1994 1994–1998 1998–present



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Originally signed on the air on February 15, 1950 as KEYL, a primary CBS affiliate on VHF channel 5. In 1951, Storer Broadcasting (which had good relations with the network) purchased KEYL and KABC. On February 1, 1954, channel 5 changed its call letters to KGBS-TV; KABC's calls were subsequently changed to match its television sister, as KGBS, on March 1. In November of that year, Storer was forced to sell KGBS-AM-TV to the San Antonio Express-News, in order to complete the company's purchase of WXEL-TV (now WJW) in Cleveland, Ohio as keeping KGBS-TV would have put the company one station over the Federal Communications Commission's ownership regulations that went into effect that year which limited the number of television stations that can be owned by one company to seven, with no more than five of those allocated to the VHF band (at the time, newspapers could own television and/or radio stations in the same market provided that such ownership complied with the FCC-mandated ownership limits of each property in effect at the time).



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The Express-News then changed the call letters of the television and radio stations to KENS-TV and KENS (the -TV suffix was dropped from the callsign of the television station following the digital television transition on June 12, 2009, when several other Belo stations dropped the suffix from their legal call signs; Storer later re-used the KGBS calls on what is now KTNQ and KNOU in Los Angeles).






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5 Alive was claimed to be used as KENS' on-air name from September 13, 1976 to September 9, 1979; the "Alive" branding was made popular by future sister station WXIA-TV (as well as other stations owned by WXIA's former parent companies Combined Communications and Gannett Company (predecessors of Tegna) later on, who also started using the "11 Alive" branding around the same time alongside then Tribune-owned WPIX in New York City.


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The lower hook of the '5' was moved to the left, in addition to the upper stroke expanding in size.



In September 1997, Harte-Hanks sold its remaining media properties, including the KENS stations, to The E.W. Scripps Company in order to concentrate on the company's direct marketing operations. At the same time, Belo Corporation announced that it would trade its controlling stake in the Food Network to Scripps in exchange for the KENS stations. The Harte-Hanks/Scripps deal and the transfer of Belo's stake in the Food Network to Scripps were both completed on October 15 of that year. At that time, Belo took over the operations of the KENS stations through a time brokerage agreement (TBA).


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