It all started with a woman with a dream.
KING 5 is – and always has been – a trailblazer.
Founded by a woman with a fascination for technology, KING 5 broadcast its first program on Thanksgiving Day 1948. It was a football game between West Seattle and Wenatchee high schools.
There were fewer than 6,000 TV sets in the entire area, and the picture was grainy, but KING 5 founder Dorothy Frances Bullitt was excited about the possibilities.
“It was very chancy,” she reflected decades later, “and I was very much afraid of it. But I thought we could maybe swing it.”
From these humble beginnings, KING 5 has become a successful media company dedicated to entertaining and informing its viewers – and in the internet world in which we now live, its visitors.
KING 5 grew up with the community it serves. And as it marks its 70th anniversary, it continues to be Western Washington’s trailblazer and storyteller.
We hope you enjoy these stories of KING 5 through the years and the recollections of some of the people who made KING 5 the company you can count on.
Photos: KING 5's first broadcast in 1948