13 at 65: Gov. Colyer honors WIBW TV's 65th Anniversary

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Since 1953, WIBW-TV has covered 16 different Kansas gubernatorial administrations.

The man who currently occupies the governor’s mansion, Gov. Jeff Colyer, took time to pay tribute to our 65 years of broadcasting.

“This is something that is historic. WIBW has been here for 65 years and it has a great story just here in Kansas,” Gov. Jeff Colyer said.

Several members of the current WIBW team visited the statehouse as Gov. Colyer signed a proclamation recognizing the stations 65th Anniversary.

“It’s the Kansas News Leader. It is somebody that’s really talking about your neighbors and you know what’s going on,” he added. “It’s a lot of fun to sign this today.”

Channel 13 signed on in the middle of Republican Edward Arn’s first and only term. Since then, 13 NEWS has covered the inaugurations of 15 governors, capturing the history of the Sunflower State all along the way.

We will celebrate our 65th Anniversary on Thursday, November 15th.

Read the Full Proclamation:


WHEREAS, WIBW TV’s first broadcast was 12:45 p.m. on November 15, 1953, the first program being the San Francisco 49ers vs Cleveland Browns football game; and

WHEREAS, WIBW TV serves a 17-county Northeast Kansas market, with a potential reach of over 400,000 Kansans; and

WHEREAS, WIBW TV has won numerous broadcasting awards with the Kansas City Press Club, Regional Emmys and has been named Kansas Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year in nine of the last 10 years; and

WHEREAS, Popular 13 News special reports include “Salute the Badge,” “To Your Health,” “Wednesday’s Child,” “Good Kids,” “On Your Side,” and “Fork in the Road”; and

WHEREAS, In 2012, WIBW TV staff confronted an intruder who broke into the station and assaulted four employees. Eight staffers were honored by the Topeka Police Department for “running toward the danger” and teaming up to stop the attack to prevent a more serious assault; and

WHEREAS, WIBW TV has eight News employees with a combined 180 years of experience at WIBW TV. Another eight in Management, Sales, Operations, Engineering and Programming have almost 170 years at the station; and

WHEREAS, Along with its veterans, WIBW TV is proud of fact that the station has been a training ground for young talent all over the U.S., who can proudly say they got their start at WIBW TV, Topeka, Kansas; and

WHEREAS, WIBW TV continues to be “Kansas News Leader” in serving Northeast Kansas;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jeff Colyer, M.D., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, do hereby recognize November 15th, 2018 as WIBW’s 65th Anniversary.