DENISON, Texas (KTEN) – June 1, 1954 was a date of great change in Texoma. The first television station in the Sherman/Ada market, KTEN-TV, signed on the air for the very first time.

Our original base of operations was in Ada, Oklahoma, with our original studio being used for a short period of time before we moved to a brand new building at 1600 Arlington Street in Ada.

Former KTEN studio on Arlington Street in Ada

The weather on June 1, 2024 was similar to that of June 1, 1954 with high temperatures in the low- to mid-80s, with some locations in Texoma receiving rainfall.

Weather history from KTEN's first day on air

Taking a look at the overall pattern in the United States on this day 70 years ago, you can see a trough of low pressure digging into the Northern Plains in the top right panel of this image.

Weather data from June 2, 1954

It is likely that the 0.18” of rain that was observed in Ada, Oklahoma on June 1, 1954 was caused by this low pressure system.

In the following image, the low pressure system has traversed eastward with high pressure building in behind the low. There is reason to believe a cold front swept through Texoma and that was the forcing behind seeing observable rainfall in Ada.

Weather data from June 2, 1954

To learn more about KTEN’s history, you can view this article from our 50th anniversary in 2004.