Originally signed on the air on April 27, 1948, channel 5 has been owned by Hubbard Broadcasting since its inception. It was also formerly a primary NBC affiliate until it picked up the ABC affiliation in 1979.
First used by KSTP-TV in April 1969, this is the original variation of what has been affectionately known as the "Groovy 5" logo. This same logo would be used by Mexican television network XHGC-TV (Canal 5, Mexico City) from 1980 to 1986, as well as by Canal 5 (HRTG, Tegucigalpa) in Honduras from 1981 to 1996 (the latter network, as Canal 5 El Líder, has used a slightly modified version since 1996).
ID from 1978, one year before it switched to ABC.
The color-swapped NBC logo and thin-lettered ABC logo appeared with the KSTP logo on a black rectangle during the March 4, 1979, edition of Eyewitness News promoting the changes coming to the station.
Eyewitness News logo
1980 KSTP NEWS
1980 KSTP TV NEWS
Logo with callsign
"Channel 5, still the one!"
1983 KSTP TV
1982 KSTP TV
1983 KSTP TV
In 1979, KSTP switched its affiliation to the then-high-rated ABC, which at the time was seen on KMSP-TV (VHF channel 9, now a Foxowned-and-operated station). NBC later affiliated with Metromedia's independent station WTCN-TV (VHF channel 11, now KARE).
"We're With You! on Channel 5" ID (1984–1985)
"You'll Love It on Channel 5!" ID (1985–1986)
"Something's Happening, Here on Channel 5" ID (1989)