KAIL

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KAIL
KAIL logo
Fresno/Visalia, California
Branding My 7.1
Cozi TV 7.2
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
Affiliations MyNetworkTV (MNT)
Cozi TV (DT2)
Bounce (DT3)
Owner Trans-America Broadcasting Corporation
First air date December 18, 1961
Former channel number(s) Analog:
53 (UHF, 1961-2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1961-1995)
UPN (1995-2006)
Transmitter power 38 kW
Height 560 m
Facility ID 67494
Transmitter coordinates 37°4′23″N 119°25′52″W / 37.07306°N 119.43111°W / 37.07306; -119.43111
Website www.kail.tv

KAIL is a VHF television station affiliated with MyNetworkTV, based in Fresno, California, operating on digital channel 7. Its transmitter is on top of Auberry Mountain, and the studios are in Clovis. They are locally owned by Trans-America Broadcasting Corporation. They are one of the few commercial stations that are independently owned and one of the few stations to have never been sold in its long life.

History[edit]

KAIL-TV became Fresno's first independent TV station on December 18, 1961, beating out soon to be competitor, KICU-TV (now KGMC) by 5 days. In its early years, it produced a great deal of its own programming, including children's shows such as Leebo the Clown and others. During the 1960s, KAIL ran religious shows, public affairs programs, a few older syndicated shows, some cartoons, older movies, and some sports. The station was on the air about 8 hours a day.

Through the 1970s KAIL ran older cartoons, drama shows, several hours a day of religious shows, and specialty shows. As new syndicated cartoons became abundant in the mid-1980s, KAIL added more of those. They also continued to lean toward barter syndicated shows. Their ratings continued to be modest throughout the 1980s.

In the 1995, the station became a charter affiliate of UPN, when the network launched in January 1995. In the 1990s, KAIL added stronger programs such as recent off network sitcoms, talk shows, reality shows, and court shows. The station began gradually phasing out cartoons around 2000 and dropped the weekday cartoons in the fall of 2003, when UPN ended its DIsney kids' block. When UPN affiliation was dropped (several weeks before the network's already announced demise), the station became a charter affiliate of MyNetworkTV on September 5, 2006.

KAIL holds the record for the longest continuous usage of a station's original call letters in the Fresno market, having used the callsign since its sign-on in 1961; it has held the record since 2000, when KJEO-TV (which signed on under those call letters in 1953) changed its call letters to KGPE-TV. (Several other stations have had the same call letters since their original licensing, but are younger than KAIL.) Also the station has never had a change in ownership since its 1961 sign on.

Prior to the licencing of KAIL-TV, Channel 53 broadcast as KBID-TV for a few months in 1954. The station was owned by veteran broadcaster John Poole, original owner of channel 22 in Los Angeles, originally KBIC-TV. KBID left the air when the station was unable to acquire a network affiliation. At the time, only CBS did not have an affiliate in Fresno. CBS would eventually affiliate with channel 12 (now channel 30) in 1956.

In 2008, KAIL became the flagship for Fresno State Bulldogs sports, which moved from KFRE-TV.

In November 2013, episodes of KAIL's Public Affairs program "The Valley Today" became available to watch on line at The Valley Today..

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
7.1 720p 16:9 KAIL 7 Main KAIL programming / MyNetworkTV
7.2 480i 4:3 Cozi TV
7.3 480i 4:3 Bounce TV

KAIL-DT2[edit]

On April 1, 2008, KAIL launched RTN, later RTV, on its digital subchannel 7.2.[1] The channel soon became the new home to the San Francisco Giants which moved from conter rival station, KFRE. On January 14, 2013, KAIL ended its run as an affiliate of RTV, switching its 7.2 subchannel over to the similarly-styled Cozi TV.[2]

Mobile DTV[edit]

In February 2010 KAIL began simulcasting both channels 7.1 My Network and 7.2 RTV in the new Mobile TV format becoming the first TV station in the Market to do so.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

On June 12, 2009, KAIL-TV ceased transmitting on UHF channel 53, using VHF channel 7 for both its branding and digital broadcasts.

Newscasts[edit]

On July 31, 2006, NBC affiliate, KSEE produced a 10 p.m. primetime newscast every Monday through Friday, until September 11, 2009. On January 7, 2013, ABC owned-and-operated station KFSN-TV began produced a half-hour primetime newscast for KAIL called ABC 30 Action News Live at 10:00, airing exclusively on weeknights. This resulted in KFSN becoming the fourth ABC-owned station to produce a news program for another station in the same market (WTVD/Raleigh-Durham and WPVI-TV/Philadelphia produce 10 p.m. newscasts for CW affiliate WLFL and MyNetworkTV affiliate WPHL-TV in the respective markets, while KGO-TV/San Francisco produces a 9 p.m. newscast for independent KOFY-TV). The program competes with KMPH's longer established in-house hour-long 10 p.m. newscast.

News team[3][edit]

Anchors
  • Warren Armstrong - weeknights at 10 p.m.
  • Liz Harrison - weeknights at 10 p.m.
  • Kevin Musso (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - ABC 30 AccuWeather meteorologist; weeknights at 10 p.m.
  • Tommy Tran - sports director; weeknights at 10 p.m.
Reporters
  • Tony Capozzi - legal and political consultant
  • Gene Haagenson - general assignment reporter
  • Corin Hoggard - court reporter
  • Mariana Jacob - general assignment reporter
  • Nannette Miranda - Sacramento bureau chief
  • Rick Montanez - general assignment reporter
  • Linda Mumma - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Jessica Peres - South Valley bureau chief
  • Sontaya Rose - investigative reporter
  • Stephanie Stone - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor

References[edit]

External links[edit]

The Valley Today, KAIL's Public Affairs Program