On September 5, 1959 South Australian Television history was made when Channel 9 officially took to the airwaves. It was a time when black and white pictures were transmitted on to small screens, a time when the viewer had to manually turn the dial.
Channel 9 Adelaide has been a fully operational television station with both studios in production. The Kevin Crease Studio (formerly known as Studio One) has been the proud home of many popular productions including The Variety Show, Adelaide Tonight, The Country and Western Hour, children’s shows C’mon Kids, Channel Niners, Here’s Humphrey and The Curiosity Show.
Channel 9 has had many notable presenters come through its doors including – Rob Kelvin, Kevin Crease, Lionel Williams, Roger Cardwell, Ian Fairweather, Ernie Sigley, Anne Wills, KG Cunningham, Humphrey B. Bear and Winky-Dink . . .just to name a few.
Channel 9 was the first commercial station to go to air in South Australia and its continued commitment to South Australians from day one has been an integral part of its success.
Over the years what has happened in the Channel 9 building on Tynte Street, North Adelaide has been quite a remarkable story of people who loved what they were doing and who constantly displayed enthusiasm for what is, after all, a fascinating part of the entertainment industry.
In 2012 the digital era in television is well and truly here with television as a medium changing with technology, and the unveiling of Channel 9 Adelaide’s free to air multi channels – GO! and GEM.
Viewers are reaping the benefits with television providing more choice in programs over our three channels, offering more entertainment to our popular line up with live sport, fast-tracked series from the USA and much loved Australian and local programs on offer 24 hours a day.
Our station has a potential audience of 1.408 million people in metropolitan Adelaide and reaches a much broader area across South Australia including Yorketown, Kangaroo Island, Blanchetown and Meningie.