|Branding||ABC 30 (general)
ABC 30 Action News HD (newscasts)
|Slogan||Number One in Central California
Live, Local, Latebreaking
|Channels||Digital: 30 (UHF)
Virtual: 30 (PSIP)
(KFSN Television, LLC)
|First air date||May 10, 1956|
|Call letters' meaning||FreSNo|
|Former callsigns||KFRE-TV (1956-1971)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
12 (VHF, 1956–1961)
30 (UHF, 1961–2009)
Digital: 9 (VHF, until 2009)
|Former affiliations||CBS (1956–1985)|
|Transmitter power||260 kW|
KFSN-TV, channel 30, is an ABC owned-and-operated television station located in Fresno, California, United States. The station is owned by ABC Owned Television Stations, a unit of the Disney-ABC Television Group division of The Walt Disney Company. KFSN's studios are located in, and its transmitter is located in Meadow Lakes, California. The station produces the programs Motion and My Family Recipe Rocks for the Disney-owned Live Well Network.
Following the Federal Communications Commission's 1952 lifting of the four-year-long freeze on awarding television station licenses, two Fresno radio stations – KARM (1430 AM, now KYNO) and KFRE (940 AM, now KFIG) competed for the chance to operate a station on channel 12, the sole VHF allocation given to Fresno. KFRE won the construction permit, and the station signed on the air for the first time on May 10, 1956 as KFRE-TV. The station is Fresno's third-oldest television outlet, and upon signing on, KFRE-TV took the CBS affiliation from KJEO-TV (channel 47, now KGPE).
The KFRE stations were acquired by Triangle Publications in 1959. On February 17, 1961, KFRE-TV reluctantly moved to UHF channel 30 to make Fresno an all-UHF market under orders from the FCC. In was known by the term deintermixture, the move was made for the purpose of leveling the playing field and eliminating the potential of unfair competition between VHF and UHF. A similar situation occurred in nearby Bakersfield where that city's lone VHF station, KERO-TV on channel 10, moved to UHF channel 23 in 1963. The move of KFRE-TV to channel 30 opened up channel 12 for use by KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, which went on the air in 1964.
Capital Cities Communications acquired the KFRE stations from Triangle in 1971 as part of Triangle's exit from broadcasting. The new owners sold off the AM and FM radio stations as a condition of the purchase and kept the television station, changing its call letters to KFSN-TV in April 1971 (the KFRE-TV calls are now used on Fresno's CW affiliate on channel 59; that station is unrelated to the current KFSN-TV).
On March 18, 1985, Capital Cities announced it was purchasing ABC. Nearly six months later, on September 9, 1985, KFSN-TV traded network affiliations with KJEO and became an ABC affiliate. The transaction was finalized on January 3, 1986, making channel 30 an ABC-owned station. In 1996, The Walt Disney Company acquired Capital Cities/ABC.
The station is one of three network owned television stations in the Fresno television market; the other two are Univision's KFTV-DT (channel 21) and Telemundo's KNSO (channel 51). However, the latter station is managed by a third party via a time brokerage agreement.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|30.1||720p||16:9||KFSN-HD||Main KFSN-TV programming / ABC|
|30.2||KFSN-LW||Live Well Network
(Letterbox on 30.3)
KFSN-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 30, at noon on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition VHF channel 9 to UHF channel 30 for its post-transition operations.
KFSN-TV presently broadcasts 38½ hours of locally-produced newscasts each week (with 6½ hours on weekdays and 3½ hours each on Saturdays and Sundays).
KFSN has dominated the local news viewership ratings in the San Joaquin Valley for decades, dating back to its pre-ABC-merger years as a CBS affiliate. The station's newscasts are not branded Eyewitness News, nor does it use the Eyewitness News music package, like several other ABC-owned stations. Instead, KFSN retains the Action News branding made famous at Philadelphia sister station WPVI-TV since the 1970s. In 2003, the station began pooling resources with sister stations KABC-TV (channel 7) in Los Angeles and KGO-TV (channel 7) in San Francisco to hire a full-time reporter and photographer to staff a Sacramento bureau following Arnold Schwarzenegger's election as Governor during the 2003 California recall election.
KFSN's newscasts have used the Action News name and format. The station has led the news ratings in the San Joaquin Valley for more than 30 years. Its 5 p.m. newscast, Live at Five frequently attracts more viewers than all other local stations combined. Since 1994, KFSN has used the original version of 615 Music's "News One" music package, also used at the time by San Francisco sister station, KGO-TV.
On April 23, 2007 starting with the 5 p.m. newscast, KFSN-TV became the sixth ABC owned-and-operated station to produce and broadcast their newscasts in high definition (following its sister stations KABC-TV, WPVI-TV, WABC-TV, WLS-TV and KGO-TV) and updated its newscast branding to ABC 30 Action News HD.
On September 12, 2011, KFSN launched an hour-long 4 p.m. newscast, which replaced The Oprah Winfrey Show. This follows the trend of the four other sister-stations (WABC-TV, WPVI-TV, WTVD and KGO) that have started its new 4 p.m. newscast after Oprah's final first-run episode. On January 7, 2013, KFSN began producing a half-hour 10 p.m. newscast for MyNetworkTV affiliate KAIL-TV (channel 7) called ABC 30 Action News Live at Ten; it is the fourth ABC-owned station to enter into a news share agreement with another local station (alongside Raleigh's WTVD (which produces a 10 p.m. newscast for CW affiliate WLFL), San Francisco's KGO-TV (which produces a 9 p.m. newscast for independent station KOFY-TV) and Philadelphia's WPVI-TV (which produces a 10 p.m. newscast for MyNetworkTV affiliate WPHL-TV)).
- Channel 30 Action News (1976–1996)
- ABC 30 Action News (1996–present)
- "The Valley's #1 Newscast" (1986–1994)
- "Stand Up and Tell'em Fresno's Great!" (1985–1994; used during period station used Frank Gari's "Turn To News")
- "Number One in Central California" (1994–present)
- "Live. Local. Latebreaking." (2000–present)
- Warren Armstrong - weeknights at 5, 6, 10 (KAIL) and 11 p.m.
- Liz Harrison - weeknights at 5, 10 (KAIL) and 11 p.m.; also general assignment reporter
- Margot Kim - weekday mornings on Action News A.M. Live (4:30-7 a.m.); also health reporter
- Graciela Moreno - weekdays at 4 and weeknights at 6 and 6:30 p.m.
- Jason Oliveira - weekday mornings on Action News A.M. Live (4:30-7) and weekdays at 11 a.m.
- Christine Park - weekdays at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; also consumer reporter
- Sara Sandrik - weekends at 6 and 11 p.m.; also North Valley bureau chief
- Stephanie Stone - weekend mornings on Action News A.M. Live (6-7 and 8-9 a.m.); also general assignment reporter
- Dale Yurong - weeknights at 6:30 p.m.; also general assignment reporter
- ABC30 AccuWeather
- Doug Collins (member, AMS; member, NWA) - meteorologist; weekday mornings on Action News A.M. Live (4:30-7) and weekdays at 11 a.m.
- Reuben Contreras - meteorologist; weekend mornings on Action News A.M. Live (6-7 and 8-9 a.m.) and weekends at 6 and 11 p.m.; also news producer
- Kevin Musso (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; weekdays at 4 and weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30, 10 (KAIL) and 11 p.m.
- Sports team
- Tommy Tran - sports director; weeknights at 6, 10 (KAIL) and 11 p.m.; also fill-in news anchor
- David Bataller - sports anchor; weekends at 6 and 11 p.m.; also sports reporter
- 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 - weeknight reporter at 5, 6, 6:30, 10 (KAIL) and 11 p.m.; also fill-in anchor
- Linda Mumma - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Jessica Peres - South Valley bureau chief
- Gaby Rodriguez - weekday morning traffic reporter (4:30-7 a.m.)
- Sontaya Rose - investigative reporter
- Carlos Saucedo - general assignment reporter
- Amanda Venegas - weekday morning reporter (4:30-7 a.m.); also fill-in anchor
Former on-air staff
- Laura Diaz - anchor (1981–1983; later at KABC-TV and KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles; now at rival KTTV)
- Nancy Osborne - anchor (1977-2012; retired due to health issues)
- Angelo Stalis - chief weathercaster/announcer (1970-2013; retired)
- BroadcastPioneers.com: A History of the WFIL Stations - accessed on January 20, 2006
- "Lee breaks stalemate, KFRE gets Fresno Vhf." Broadcasting - Telecasting, January 16, 1956, pg. 67. 
- "KFRE-TV Fresno goes on the air." Broadcasting - Telecasting, May 14, 1956, pg. 9. 
- "KFRE-TV joins CBS-TV." Broadcasting - Telecasting, March 12, 1956, pg. 84. 
- "KFRE-TV to join CBS-TV." Broadcasting - Telecasting, May 7, 1956, pg. 88. 
- "Changing Hands." Broadcasting, November 24, 1958, pg. 96
- "KFRE-TV moves to uhf; backed deintermixture." Broadcasting, February 20, 1961, pg. 44. 
- "Vhf-to-uhf change approved for KERO-TV." Broadcasting, November 19, 1962, pg. 78. 
- "Capcities buys 9 Triangle outlets." Broadcasting, February 16, 1970, pg. 9. 
- "Last minute clearance for Capcities." Broadcasting, March 1, 1971, pp. 19-20. 
- "Part of Capcities package comes in." Broadcasting, July 13, 1970, pg. 36. 
- "Capcities + ABC" and "FCC approval of CapCities/ABC deal likely." Broadcasting, March 25, 1985, pp. 31-34. 
- "In brief." Broadcasting, August 19, 1985, pg. 96
- RabbitEars TV Query for KFSN
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- CDBS Print
- Meet The Team
- ABC30.com - Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KFSN-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KFSN-TV