Channel 9 began broadcasting on June 3, 1956 as KDWI-TV.
H. U. Garrett purchased channel 9 from rancher D. W. Ingram of the Tucson Television Company, Inc. in 1957, and changed the station's call sign to KGUN on March 14, 1957. The change came in part because Garrett was concerned about possible negative connotations with the letters "DWI" (or driving under the influence). Garrett was also an avid Western fan and gun collector, and thought having "gun" in the station's calls would be apropos.
Garrett sold the station to Cincinnati meatpacker Henry S. Hilberg, who added the -TV suffix, on February 1, 1961. Hilberg sold both KGUN and WEHT in Evansville, Indiana to Gilmore Broadcasting in 1964.
In 2005, Emmis liquidated all of its television properties, sending control of KGUN to the Milwaukee-based Journal Broadcast Group, which already owned four radio stations in Tucson. The sale was finalized in December 2005.
This logo phased in the current slogan "On Your Side".
Notice the glossy design, to match the "Start Here" look.
Kept up to date to mark the new ABC logo's introduction. However, the previous version was still used in news opens and lower thirds until the introduction of the 2020 logo and its adoption of the Scripps standardized graphics.