|City of license||Stockton, California|
|Branding||My 58 (general)
KCRA 3 News (newscasts)
This TV Sacramento
|Channels||Digital: 46 (UHF)
Virtual: 58 (PSIP)
58.2 This TV
|Owner||Hearst Television, Inc.
(Hearst Stations, Inc.)
|First air date||April 13, 1986|
|Call letters' meaning||Quality Television in CAlifornia|
|Former callsigns||KSCH-TV (1986-1995)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
58 (UHF, 1986-2009)
|Former affiliations||independent (1986-1995)
The WB (1998-2006)
|Transmitter power||600 kW|
KQCA is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for Sacramento, California, USA. Licensed to Stockton, the station broadcasts a digital-only signal on UHF channel 46. KQCA's transmitter is located northeast of Walnut Grove. The station is owned by Hearst Television as part of a duopoly with NBC affiliate KCRA-TV. The two stations share studios located on Television Circle in Downtown Sacramento. KQCA is known on-air as My 58.
As a result of the duopoly, local rights to syndicated shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show and Access Hollywood are shared between KCRA and KQCA. Other shows currently airing on KQCA that are not on KCRA are Cheaters, The Office, Friends, The Jerry Springer Show, Maury, How I Met Your Mother, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Brothers & Sisters, Stargate: Universe, Stargate: Atlantis, Friends, The Simpsons, American Chopper, Deadliest Catch and That '70s Show.
From September 5, 2006 to September 21, 2009, KQCA did not follow the 8 to 10 pm primetime MyNetworkTV schedule like other affiliates of the network. Instead, the station aired network programming from 7 to 9 pm and The Oprah Winfrey Show from 9 to 10 pm leading up to the 10 pm newscast that is produced by KCRA. KQCA is the second in the market to not follow a traditional network schedule. The other station KOVR has had a 7 to 10 pm lineup since its network switch to CBS in 1995. KQCA was also one of five MyNetworkTV affiliates on the West Coast that did not follow the 8 to 10 pm scheduling. The four other stations to do this (and still do so today) are KRON-TV (which has network programming slotted from 9 to 11 pm), KEVU (Network programming slotted from 9 to 11 pm), KPDX (Network Programming also slotted from 9 to 11 pm) and KMYQ, (Now KZJO, which also aired network programming from 7 to 9 pm until September 13th, 2010, when that station moved MyNetworkTV programming to 11pm to 1am). KQCA now airs the MyNetworkTV block in pattern.
The station went on the air on April 13, 1986 with the call letters KSCH. It originally was an independent station and aired classic television shows of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Some shows that were aired had not been seen since their original network/syndication runs. KSCH was also the first stereo sound station in the Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto area built from the ground up.
In 1994, KSCH entered into a local marketing agreement (LMA) with Kelly Broadcasting, the owner of KCRA. That station then took over the operations of KSCH.
On February 1, 1995, the station changed its call letters to its current call sign KQCA, became an affiliate of UPN, and changed its on-air branding to "Q 58"; prior to that, Sacramento viewers who wanted to watch UPN had to view it on cable, via KBHK-TV. On January 5, 1998, it swapped affiliations with KMAX and became an affiliate of The WB. When Hearst-Argyle Television (predecessor to today's Hearst Television) bought KCRA and its LMA with KQCA in 1999, the "Q 58" branding was dropped in favor of its call letters and channel number. Hearst-Argyle eventually bought KQCA outright in 2000 and the station adopted the "WB 58" branding in September 2004.
On January 24, 2006, CBS Corporation and Time Warner announced they would shut down both UPN and The WB that fall. In place of these two networks, a new "fifth" network, jointly owned by both companies, would launch, with a lineup of the most popular programming of both networks. The network was given the name "The CW Television Network" ("CW" representing the first initials of CBS and Warner). It was announced that KMAX would become an affiliate of The CW.
On February 22, 2006, News Corporation announced that it would start up another new broadcast television network called MyNetworkTV. The new network, which would be sister to Fox, would be operated by Fox Television Stations and its syndication division Twentieth Television. MyNetworkTV was created in order to give UPN and WB stations, not mentioned as becoming CW affiliates, another option besides becoming independent. It was also created to compete against The CW.
KQCA began broadcasting MyNetworkTV on September 5, 2006. KMAX began broadcasting The CW on September 18, 2006.
In August 2007, KQCA became the new home of Oakland Raiders pre-season games. It took the broadcasting rights from KMAX.
Like its sister station KCRA, My58 airs local news on a regular basis. It also airs news at special times in the event NBC special programming pre-empts KCRA's regularly scheduled local news (for example, if an event such as NFL football airs at 5 pm on a typical Sunday on KCRA, My58 will take its sister station's place in airing its early news).
Before the switch to MyNetworkTV branding, KQCA used to have its own set and own newscast. Once the station branded itself with the new MyNetworkTV affiliation, the decision was made to just use KCRA's set and anchors. While KCRAs newscast are branded as "KCRA 3 Reports", KQCAs newscast is branded as "KCRA 3 News".
In 2007, KQCA announced that it would be stopping the daily video feed of the radio program the Armstrong & Getty Show, instead going for a morning news show to compete with KMAX-TV's Good Day Sacramento. The newscast, very similar to Good Day Sacramento, airs from 7:00 am to 9:00 am Monday through Friday. The station advertises as being from 7-9, although it actually simulcasts sister station's KCRA morning news so the program actually starts at 4:30 am and ends at 9:00 am.
KCRA produces a 10:00 pm newscast for KQCA. The newscast is 30 minutes long.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|58.1||1080i||16:9||KQCA||Main KQCA programming / MyNetworkTV|
|58.2||480i||4:3||This TV||This TV|
Current on-air staff
(With the date they joined the station.)
Sister station KCRA produces several newscasts for KQCA. This includes ones at 7 am-9 am, 10 pm on weekdays and 10 pm on weekends. Like KCRA, all of the newscasts on KQCA are broadcast in HD. During all newscasts, KQCA uses KCRA's news helicopter that is known as "LiveCopter 3 HD". During all weather forecasts, KQCA uses KCRA's regional weather radar that is known as "KCRA 3 Live Triple Doppler".
- Deirdre Fitzpatrick, weekday morning anchor 7 am-9 am (1997)
- Chris Riva, weekend evening anchor 10 pm (2005)
- Gulstan Dart, weeknight 10 pm anchor (2008)
- Kellie MacMullan, weeknight 10 pm anchor (2011)
- Teo Torres, weekday morning anchor 7 am-9 am (2008)
- Eileen Javora, weekday morning meteorologist 7 am-9 am (2005)
- Mark Finan, weekday evening meteorologist 10 pm (1991)
- Dirk Verdoorn, weekend evening meteorologist 10 pm (1998)
- Tamara Berg, weekday morning weathercaster 7 am-9 am (2011)
- Jaclyn Dunn, weekday morning traffic reporter 7 am-9 am (2012)
- Brian Hickey, weekday morning reporter 7 am-9 am (2003)
- Del Rodgers, weekday/weekend evening sports anchor 10 pm (1997)
During KCRA-produced KQCA newscasts, additional news personnel from KCRA are also used, see the KCRA article for a complete listing.
- Station Website
- KCRA Website
- MyNetworkTV Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KQCA
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KQCA-TV