|San Antonio, Texas|
|City of license||San Antonio|
Fox San Antonio (general)
Fox News (news; not to be confused with Fox News Channel)
|Channels||Digital: 30 (UHF)
Virtual: 29 (PSIP)
|Owner||Sinclair Broadcast Group
(KABB Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||December 16, 1987|
|Call letters' meaning||Alamo Broadcasting|
|Sister station(s)||WOAI-TV, KMYS, KEYE-TV,
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
29 (UHF, 1987-2009)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1987-1995)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
KABB, virtual channel 29, is the Fox Network affiliate television station in San Antonio, Texas. It is co-owned with NBC affiliate WOAI-TV (channel 4) by the Sinclair Broadcast Group. Sinclair also operates The CW Television Network affiliate KMYS (channel 35) through joint sales and shared services agreements with its owner Deerfield Media. KABB's studios are located in Northwest San Antonio off Loop 410 and its transmitter is located in Elmendorf, Texas. The station is currently known as "Fox 29", but alternately uses the branding "Fox San Antonio".
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|29.1||720p||16:9||KABB-HD||Main KABB programming / Fox|
|29.2||480i||4:3||COUNTRY||The Country Network|
KABB shut down its analog signal on June 12, 2009, as part of the DTV transition in the United States. KABB remained on its current pre-transition channel number, 30  using PSIP to display KABB's virtual channel as 29.
|This section requires expansion with: further information on KABB's history. (September 2010)|
KABB was launched as an independent station on December 16, 1987, and the first such independent in San Antonio in a year since KRRT took on the new Fox network. KABB was initially owned by the Alamo Broadcasting Corporation before it was sold to River City Broadcasting in 1989. In 1995, after spending over seven years as an independent, KABB picked up the Fox affiliation from KRRT, which became affiliated with UPN. River City merged with Sinclair in 1996. The next year, Glencairn, Ltd. bought KRRT, which had entered into a local marketing agreement with KABB two years earlier. However, Glencairn's stock was almost completely controlled by Sinclair's principals, making it a shell corporation for Sinclair (see Cunningham Broadcasting). Sinclair bought KRRT outright in 2001.
In late 2006, 4Kids TV programming moved to sister station KMYS to accommodate an expansion of the morning newscast Fox News First. This follows part of a 12-year trend of Fox affiliates pre-empting network Kids programming from its days as Fox Kids.
On May 15, 2012, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Fox agreed to a five-year extension to the network's affiliation agreement with Sinclair's 19 Fox stations, including KABB, allowing them to continue to carry the network's programming through 2017.
On July 19, 2012, Sinclair announced that it would acquire NBC affiliate WOAI-TV from High Plains Broadcasting as part of its purchase of six television stations plus control of two others from Newport Television. As a Sinclair purchase of WOAI-TV would normally violate Federal Communications Commission regulations that disallow more than two full-power stations in a single market from being under the same ownership, Sinclair spun off KMYS to Deerfield Media (as Sinclair has cited in its application that WOAI and KABB are the market's fourth- and fifth-ranked stations, respectively, in total viewership). However, Sinclair retained control of KMYS through a shared services agreement. The Sinclair and Deerfield Media deals were consummated on December 3, 2012. The operations of KABB and KMYS remain separate from WOAI-TV, including competing news operations.
The station debuted its 9 p.m. newscast in 1995. On January 2, 2006, the weekday morning newscast Fox News First was launched. On September 8, 2008 Fox News First expanded to four hours from 6-9 a.m., to running from 5-9 a.m.
The nightly newscast on KABB is also simulcast on Fox affiliates KIDY (channel 6) in San Angelo and KXVA (channel 15) in Abilene, Texas nightly at 9 p.m. Abilene's MyNetworkTV affiliate KIDZ-LD, also re-airs the newscast nightly on a one hour delay at 10 p.m. KIDY and KXVA also began simulcasting Fox News First weekday mornings in October 2010.
KABB became the fourth major English-language network-affiliated television station in San Antonio to broadcast in 16:9 widescreen and high-definition on August 3, 2011. A short time later KABB launched its live, daily lifestyle show "Daytime at Nine", extending its live morning broadcasts to five hours.
- The Nine O'Clock News (1995-2001)
- Fox News (2002–present)
- Fox News at Nine (2002-present; 9 p.m. newscast)
- Fox News First (2006-present; morning newscast)
- "San Antonio's New Choice for Evening News" (2002–2004)
- Ted Garcia - weekends at 9 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Cynthia Lee - weekends at 9 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Monica Taylor - weekday mornings Fox News First (5-9 a.m.)
- Michael Valdes - weeknights at 9 p.m.
- Ernie Zuniga - weekday mornings Fox News First (5-9 a.m.)
First Warning Weather Team
- Alex Garcia (AMS Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 9 p.m.
- Mike Hernandez (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekends at 9 p.m.
- Shaun Stevens (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings "Fox News First" (5-9 a.m.)
Maximum Sports team
- Chuck Miketinac - sports director; Tuesday-Fridays at 9 p.m.
- Hector Ledesma - sports anchor; weekends at 9 p.m.; also sports reporter
- Kevin Cuenca - sports anchor; Mondays at 9 p.m.; also sports reporter
- Christina Coleman - general assignment reporter
- Robert Price - general assignment reporter
- Sylvia Rincon - general assignment reporter
- Jennifer Saucedo - video journalist
- JT Street - video journalist
- Yami Virgin - general assignment reporter
- Grace White - general assignment reporter
- Jessica Headley - weekday morning traffic and general assignment reporter
Former On-Air Staff
- CDBS Print
- Sinclair Reups With Fox, Gets WUTB Option, TVNewsCheck, May 15, 2012.
- Newport Sells 22 Stations For $1 Billion, TVNewsCheck, July 19, 2012.
- Jakle, Jeanne (December 5, 2012). "WOAI, KABB won't join forces". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
- "KABB Programs". KABB. KABB.Com. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
- www.foxsanantonio.com/sections/station/news-team News Team
- FoxSanAntonio.com - Official Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KABB
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KABB-TV