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Hubbard Station Named Historic Journalism Site

ST. PAUL, MINN.: Family-owned Hubbard Broadcasting and its flagship TV station, KSTP-TV, will be honored by the Society of Professional Journalists. The SPJ has designated KSTP-TV a National Historic Site in Journalism. The family of Stanley E. Hubbard started out as a radio broadcaster in the 1920s and launched the first commercial TV station west of Chicago. The Hubbards also launched the first all-color TV station in the country, the first seven-day schedule and the first use of remote satellite reports embedded in newscasts.

The award is in its 67th year, and the Hubbard nod marks the first one for Minnesota. Past winners include the Hartford Courant, the country’s oldest, continuously published newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, Joseph Pulitzer, founder of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Oologah, Okla., the birthplace of Will Rogers.

The designation will be awarded to Hubbard and KSTP this coming Friday at 6:15 p.m. in St. Paul. TVB profiled current Hubbard scion, Stanley S., in “Growing up a Broadcaster.” --Deborah D. McAdams