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KUSA-TV in Denver presently broadcasts a total of 35 hours of locally produced newscasts each week. Since the 1970's, KUSA's newscasts, which are known as 9NEWS, has been dominating Denver's local television news ratings. In February 1976, Ed Sardella and John Rayburn both anchored the weeknight editions of the 10 P.M. newscast, which helps the program to the top spot in the ratings. Rayburn was succeeded by Mike Landess in 1977. Landess and Sardella would remain as the station's top anchor team until Landess (whom was replaced by Adela Arakawa) left in late 1993. Sardella retired from the anchor desk in 2000, and was replaced by Jim Benemann. In 2003, Sardella briefly returned to replace Benemann. In April 2004, KUSA became the first television station in the Denver market, and the second local television station in the United States to begin producing its local newscasts in high definition. On October 15, 2008, KUSA debuted a standardized graphics package, along with a standardized music package composed by Rampage Music New York. On March 6, 2009, KUSA began streaming its noon newscast on the stations website, with a live chat room feature included next to the streaming player. In June 2010, KUSA expanded its weekday morning newscasts to 2 and a half hours with an addition half-hour at 4:30 A.M. On February 20, 2012, KUSA updated its HD-ready set constructed, to feature a new backdrop for its daytime newscasts. On January 15, 2013, KUSA debut its new standardized news package by Gari Music Group called "This Is Home", with new opening titles and graphics. In March 2014, the station debuted its new studio and set for the 9NEWS newscasts.