On January 23, 1955, KLRJ-TV debuted on VHF channel 2 as KLRJ-TV; it was initially licensed to Henderson and was controlled by Southwestern Publishing Company, which also owned the Las Vegas Review-Journal and KORK radio (920 AM, now KBAD; and 97.1 FM, now KXPT). It changed its call letters to KORK-TV in September 1955 to match its radio sisters, and shortly after transferred its city of license and studio facilities to Las Vegas. It has always been an NBC affiliate, however it shared ABC with KLAS-TV (channel 8) until 1956, when KSHO-TV (channel 13, now KTNV-TV) joined. The station was also temporarily linked with the NTA Film Network in the late 1950s. Donrey Media Group (later Stephens Media) purchased the Review-Journal and KORK stations in 1960.