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On January 16, 1949, Channel 9, then a new CBS network affiliate station, began its first official broadcast. Four days later, President Harry S Truman made history as the first American president to give a live, televised inaugural address. Of course, that speech was carried by WOIC-TV, Channel 9.
Since that time much has changed. We've had several sets of call letters (WOIC, WTOP, WDVM, and today, WUSA) and Washington has grown from a small television market to one of the top ten markets in the country. Some of the most revered names in the business have shared desks here at Channel 9 - Walter Cronkite, Sam Donaldson, Arthur Godfrey, Max Robinson, Eric Sevareid, Howard K. Smith and Lowell Thomas. WUSA 9 is now part of Gannett, Inc., an internationally diverse news and information company.
The one constant throughout the WUSA 9's 60 year history in Washington is our commitment to innovation. WUSA 9 was the first station with a Noon newscast, and the first at 5:00am, 5:30 am, 6:00 am, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, and 7:00 pm. Today, WUSA 9 remains the only local TV station to have a 7 pm local newscast. On Monday, May 2, 2005, WUSA 9 was the first television station in Washington, DC, and the sixth in the nation to present its local live newscasts in HD, or high definition. Viewers are able to experience the difference of the technological advancement of HD in all of WUSA 9's more than 35 hours of local news each week. On January 23, 2007, WUSA 9 was the first television station in the world to stream live on the web HD video of the State of the Union address. Our customers can now watch HD video on-air and online! Additionally, WUSA9.com was the first local broadcast station website to offer streaming video for local news as well as the first station to offer video news to be downloaded to computers, laptops and mp3 players in the form of vodcasts.
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