|San Jose/San Francisco/
|City of license||San Jose, California|
KTVU Channel 2 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Fun For You (general)
Complete Bay Area News Coverage (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 36 (UHF)
Virtual: 36 (PSIP)
36.2 Korean Broadcasting System
36.3 CCTV News
|Translators||K29AB Monterey area
Fox (secondary since 2000)
|Owner||Cox Media Group
|First air date||October 9, 1967|
|Call letters' meaning||ICU = "I See You"|
|Former callsigns||KGSC-TV (1967–1981)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
36 (UHF, 1967–2009)
Digital: 52 (UHF, –2009)
|Former affiliations||NBC (secondary, 2008–2009; 2012)|
|Transmitter power||550 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KICU-TV, UHF digital channel 36, is an independent television station serving the San Francisco Bay Area that is licensed to San Jose, California, United States. The station is owned by the Cox Media Group subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, as part of a duopoly with Fox affiliate KTVU (channel 2). The two stations share studios located at Jack London Square in Oakland, KICU's transmitter is located on Monument Peak in Milpitas (the KICU signal covers most of the Bay Area with a city-grade signal, which decreases to rimshot reception in portions of the North Bay).
The channel 36 allocation was originally based in Stockton, California, and was occupied by a short-lived UHF station under the callsign KTVU (not related to the Oakland station) that existed in the mid-1950s. The allocation was later reassigned to the Bay Area television market; Stockton, meanwhile, became part of the Sacramento television market.
The current incarnation of channel 36 signed on as KGSC-TV on October 9, 1967. It is the Bay Area's longest continuously running commercial UHF television station. KGSC was notable for its all-night movie presentations, which were hosted for a long time by the "Old Sourdough" and "Chief Wachikanoka". While there were several sets of hosts for the all-night movies, including experienced MC of local San Jose Radio KLOK fame, Eugene Hogan, most versions were known as Movies 'Til Dawn, and sponsored by local retailer MMM Carpets. In the 1970s, the station promoted itself as "The Perfect 36" and employed busty San Francisco stripper/entertainer Carol Doda as its spokesmodel. KGSC was purchased by Ralph Wilson in 1981 and changed its call letters to KICU. The station's ID following the callsign change featured a breathy, husky voiceover reading: "I see you, San Francisco. You're watching the perfect 36 ... KICU, San Jose." In addition to breathing the station IDs, Doda would also do the station's editorials, which like the IDs were laced with double entendres. The first take was always broadcast, mistakes and all.
From 1995 to 2000, KICU broadcast several Golden State Warriors basketball games each season. The station also was a longtime broadcaster of San Jose Sharks hockey games. Over the years, the station ran a number of drama series and older movies. It added more classic sitcoms and children's programs by the mid-1990s. However, the station gradually phased out children's programs from its schedule between 1998 and 2002.
The station was sold to Cox Enterprises in 2000, creating the first television duopoly in the San Francisco Bay Area with KTVU; KICU subsequently moved its operations from its original San Jose studios to KTVU's facilities at Oakland's Jack London Square. Due to being co-owned alongside KTVU, KICU airs any Fox primetime programs that KTVU preempts due to conflicts with local programming (this was also the case when that station aired San Francisco Giants baseball games that ran into or aired during primetime hours, until it lost the rights to the Giants to NBC owned-and-operated station KNTV, channel 11, in 2007). With KNTV becoming the broadcast home of the Giants in 2008, KICU took on the role of airing preempted NBC programming in lieu of KNTV. In 2010, KRON-TV (channel 4) – NBC's original Bay Area affiliate until the network's programming moved to KNTV in January 2002 due to a dispute between the network and KRON owner Young Broadcasting – took over the duties of running NBC programs preempted by KNTV. The duty of being NBC's backup affiliate in the Bay Area in the event that the station broadcasts Giants games and breaking news coverage was turned back over to KICU in 2012.
KICU was the broadcast television flagship for Oakland Athletics games until 2009, when the A's signed an exclusive television deal with regional sports network Comcast SportsNet California. Since KTVU had the Giants, the Cox duopoly essentially had exclusive control of the local broadcast television rights to both Major League Baseball teams in the Bay Area for a short while until the end of the 2007 season. The station aired the sports highlight program High School Sports Focus on Friday nights at 11 p.m. with a 4 p.m. Sunday rebroadcast; the program won regional Emmy awards. High School Sports Focus was canceled in 2008.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|36.1||720p||16:9||KICU-TV||Main KICU-TV programming|
|36.2||480i||4:3||KICU-SD||Korean Broadcasting System|
KTVU operates its Mobile DTV feed of subchannel 2.1 (labelled "KTVU MB") over KICU-TV's digital signal, broadcasting at 1.83 Mbit/s, though KTVU has plans to move the Mobile DTV feed to its own signal.
KICU-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 36, 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 UHF channel 52, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to its former analog-era UHF channel 36.
KICU produced a half-hour evening newscast during the 1980s and 1990s, which originally aired at 7:30 p.m., but was eventually moved to 10 p.m. Jan Hutchins (formerly a sportscaster at KPIX) was a longtime anchor of the program, along with Ysabel Duron; reporters included Bill Buckmaster, Tony Russomanno and Melanie Morgan. KICU also ran Independent Network News, a syndicated nightly news program produced by WPIX/New York City, at 10:30 p.m. from the late 1980s until the program's June 1990 cancellation. KICU revived its news department in 1992, with the launch of a nightly early evening local newscast at 7 p.m. called Action 36 Prime News, this program was cancelled in 1994.
After being acquired by Cox Enterprises, KICU began airing rebroadcasts of sister station KTVU's The Ten O'Clock News at 11 p.m. from January 2000 until September 14, 2001, under the title The Eleven O'Clock Edition of the Original Ten O'Clock News (the "Original" branding was used to stand out from 10 p.m. newscasts airing on KRON-TV and KPIX-TV, channel 5, a few years prior, both of which pushed their network primetime schedules back an hour in order to improve viewership and to compete with KTVU, as well as a KNTV-produced program that aired on KBWB-TV (channel 20, now KOFY-TV) at the time). KICU also simulcast the 7-9 a.m. block of Mornings on 2 during the early 2000s, with a ticker featuring traffic and weather information, news briefs and breaking news stories specific to the South Bay area. The station resumed airing a newscast on January 21, 2008 with the launch of Bay Area News at 7 on TV 36, a half-hour weeknight 7 p.m. newscast that is produced by KTVU. On April 5, 2010, KICU once again began rebroadcasting KTVU's 10 p.m. newscast, this time at 11:30 p.m. on Monday thru Friday evenings. The rebroadcast of The Ten O'Clock News was moved back to the 11:00 p.m. slot it held during its original run on KICU on July 1, 2013.
- "You're Watching the Perfect 36 in San Jose" (late 1960s–late 1970s; was cooed by busty stripper Carol Doda, pictured from the waist up and wearing clothes which amplified her most prominent physical attributes)
- "I See You, TV 36!" (1980s; usually followed with the line, "And you should see us now!," or the corresponding music, this was a play on the last three letters of the station's callsign – "I-C-U")
- "Action 36, Cable 6" (1992–1995 and 2001–2007)
- "Fun For You" (2007–present)
- Julie Haener - weeknights at 11 p.m.
- Heather Holmes - weekends at 11 p.m.; also weekday reporter and fill-in anchor
- Gasia Mikaelian - weeknights at 7 p.m.
- Frank Somerville - weeknights at 11 p.m.
- Ken Wayne - weekends at 11 p.m.; also weekday reporter and fill-in anchor
- Storm Tracker 2 Weather
- Bill Martin (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 11 p.m.
- Rosemary Orozco - meteorologist; Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m.; also Wednesday and Thursday fill-in
- Mark Tamayo (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and weekends at 11 p.m.; also Monday, Wednesday and Friday fill-in
- Sports team
- Mark Ibáñez - sports director; weeknights at 7 and 11 p.m.
- Joe Fonzi - sports anchor; weekends at 11 p.m., also weeknight 7 p.m. fill-in
- Fred Inglis - sports reporter; also fill-in sports anchor
- Kraig Debro - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- John Fowler - health and science editor; general assignment reporter
- Diane Guerrazzi - general assignment reporter
- Robert Handa - general assignment reporter
- Craig Heaps - general assignment reporter
- Mike Mibach - general assignment reporter
- Jade Hernandez - general assignment reporter
- Jana Katsuyama - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Lloyd LaCuesta - South Bay bureau chief
- Amber Lee - general assignment reporter
- Patti Lee - general assignment reporter
- Bob MacKenzie - general assignment reporter
- Maureen Naylor - general assignment reporter
- Ken Pritchett - general assignment reporter
- Allie Rasmus - general assignment reporter
- Eric Rasmussen - special assignment reporter
- Rob Roth - general assignment reporter
- John Sasaki - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Alex Savage - general assignment reporter
- David Stevenson - general assignment reporter
- Tom Vacar - consumer editor; also occasional general assignment reporter
- Claudine Wong - general assignment reporter
- Rita Williams - general assignment reporter
- Cox Media Group Washington D.C. Bureau
- Allison Burns - Washington D.C. bureau reporter
- Carol Han - Washington D.C. bureau reporter
- Scott MacFarlane - Washington D.C. bureau reporter
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- KICU "TV 36"
- Cinema Insomnia
- UHF Nocturne: Channel 36
- Korean Television Network - Northern California (airs on digital channel 36.2)
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KICU-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KICU-TV