Throughout its years with ABC, KMSP was notorious for having a sub-standard news department with large staff turnover.Ratings were dismal with KMSP obtaining only one-third of the viewing audience of each of their two competitors, CBS affiliate WCCO-TV and NBC affiliate KSTP-TV.with much of the station's programming having been acquired from WTCN-TV.
Over time, it became one of the most successful and profitable independent stations in the country.
KMSP went through another ownership change on June 9, 1981, when 20th Century-Fox spun off United Television as an independent company owned by Fox shareholders; the transaction was approved alongside the 0 million sale of 20th Century-Fox to Marvin Davis.
It was far more successful than the station ever had been as an ABC affiliate.
It became a regional superstation, available on nearly every cable system in Minnesota as well as large portions of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin.
The episode was titled "The Call of the, Like, Wild".
During its early years until 1972, the station's studios and offices were located in a lower level of the Foshay Tower in downtown Minneapolis; the transmitter was located on top of the tower, the tallest structure in the area until 1971, along with WCCO-TV (channel 4) and WTCN-TV (channel 11, now KARE).
The station grew out of an AM station, KEYD (1440 AM, now KYCR), with which it was co-owned until mid-1956.
When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened up bidding for the channel 9 construction permit, WLOL and WDGY (now KTLK) also expressed interest.
KMSP-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 9, is a Fox owned-and-operated television station licensed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.
KMSP-TV is owned by the Fox Television Stations division of 21st Century Fox, and operates as part of a television duopoly with WFTC (channel 29), the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area's My Network TV owned-and-operated station.
Channel 9 changed its call letters to KMGM-TV on September 1, 1956; at the time, the station was in negotiations with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to acquire the Twin Cities television rights to the company's films, along with selling a 25 percent stake in KMGM-TV to the studio.