|Oakland – San Francisco –
San Jose, California
|City of license||Oakland, California|
|Branding||KTVU Fox 2 (general)
KTVU Channel 2 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Complete Bay Area News Coverage|
|Channels||Digital: 44 (UHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
K06FA 6 Hopland
K39AG 39 Ukiah
48 (UHF) San Jose
LATV (on DT2)
|Owner||Cox Media Group
|First air date||March 3, 1958|
|Call letters' meaning||TeleVision for YoU|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
2 (VHF, 1958–2009)
56 (UHF, 2000–2009)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1958–1986)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KTVU, virtual channel 2 (UHF digital channel 44), is a Fox-affiliated television station serving the San Francisco Bay Area that is licensed to Oakland, California, United States. The station is owned by the Cox Media Group subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, as part of a duopoly with independent station KICU-TV (channel 36). The two stations share studio facilities located at Jack London Square in Oakland; KTVU's transmitter is located at Sutro Tower in San Francisco. KTVU is the largest Fox station by market size that is not owned and operated by the network.
In the few areas of the western United States where a Fox station is not receivable over-the-air or through cable television, KTVU is carried on the Dish Network satellite service as part of All American Direct's distant network package to qualifying subscribers (All American Direct began to lease space from Dish Network to distribute distant network signals following a court ruling that said Dish itself could not distribute the programming). Until the late 1990s, KTVU was seen nationally on satellite via C-Band systems and the now-defunct PrimeStar service.
- 1 History
- 2 Digital television
- 3 Programming
- 4 News operation
- 5 References
- 6 External links
As an independent station
Channel 2 first signed on the air as an independent station on March 3, 1958, with a special live telecast from its Oakland studios (the KTVU call letters had been previously used by a short-lived station in Stockton, on UHF channel 36 that operated from 1955 to 1956). KTVU was originally owned by a group of investors under the name San Francisco-Oakland Television, Inc. Until the completion of the Sutro Tower, KTVU maintained transmitter facilities from a tower on San Bruno Mountain. In July 1963, KTVU was sold for $12 million to the Miami Valley Broadcasting Company (now Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises).
For a brief time between 1977 and 1982, KTVU was uplinked to satellite as a national superstation, seen mostly on Cox's cable television providers. However, the station was unable to compete with WTBS (now WPCH-TV) in Atlanta, WGN-TV in Chicago and WOR-TV (now WWOR-TV) in New York City; while KTVU remained a superstation for the remainder of its run as an independent, its cable coverage was reduced to providers within the Western United States and was available on cable providers in northern California, Nevada, Oregon and to a lesser extent, Utah.
Over the years, KTVU aired syndicated off-network series, movies, talk shows, news, public affairs and religious programs. It was the leading independent station in the San Francisco market for several years and retained this status when more independents on UHF, most notably KBHK-TV (channel 44, now KBCW), signed on the air during the late 1960s. Channel 2 adapted to competition over the years by reinventing the station's own image with its former longtime slogan: "There's Only One 2" – which was used in its marketing and on-air promos, including a musical jingle, during the 1970s and 1980s. As a VHF station competitor, KTVU aired The 8 O'Clock Movie as an independent alternative to network programs that aired during prime time on KRON-TV (channel 4), KPIX (channel 5) and KGO-TV (channel 7).
One of the station's great successes – both in terms of ratings and cultural impact – was Creature Features, a horror movie broadcast program hosted by Bob Wilkins. He brought a straight presentation and dry wit to a television genre made ridiculous by the likes of Vampira. Having come up the ranks at Sacramento's KCRA, where he hosted a very popular show with a similar theme, Wilkins began appearing on KTVU on January 9, 1971. Creature Features was an immediate hit, eventually being expanded to a double feature format in the mid-1970s, by which time the show was defeating network fare like Saturday Night Live in the local ratings. It was these latter ratings victories that resulted in John Belushi and John Landis actually appearing on the show during their promotional tour for National Lampoon's Animal House in 1978. Wilkins also interviewed then-local author Anne Rice upon the publication of Interview With The Vampire, as well as Christopher Lee, William Shatner, local independent filmmaker Ernie Fosselius (Hardware Wars) and many others. This all led to Wilkins second show on KTVU, Captain Cosmic, wherein he introduced the Bay Area – and by extension, thanks to KTVU's superstation status, the rest of the country – to Japanese anime by broadcasting such shows as Star Blazers. Captain Cosmic was a hit, though it went off the air when Wilkins retired from television in 1979.
As a Fox affiliate
On October 9, 1986, KTVU became a charter affiliate of the fledgling Fox television network. It began to air an afternoon cartoon block supplied by the network, Fox Kids, when it debuted in 1991. It also added more syndicated talk, court and reality shows over the years; the station still runs some off-network sitcoms. The station continued to run the Fox Kids block on weekdays until Fox ended weekday kids programming in January 2002, but still retained the Saturday morning lineup, which eventually became known as 4Kids TV until Fox discontinued its children's programming altogether on December 27, 2008. KTVU has generally aired the entire Fox program lineup without preemptions (except for San Francisco Giants baseball games during its contractual tenure with the team), as the network airs fewer hours of programming than CBS, NBC and ABC. At first, KTVU delayed preempted programming to weekends, but with the growth of Fox and viewer demand, the station eventually aired the delayed primetime shows following the station's 10 p.m. newscast.
The Bay Area has always been one of the ten largest Nielsen media markets and Fox has naturally wanted to have a owned-and-operated station in the area. Through the network's then-parent company, News Corporation (which spun off Fox to 21st Century Fox in 2013 as part of the company's separation of its entertainment and publishing assets), it made several offers to buy KTVU, but Cox turned Fox down each time. When Cox purchased KICU, the preempted Fox programming would be moved to that station to air in its normal timeslot in lieu of KTVU. Despite this, Fox has been very satisfied with KTVU, as the station is one of the network's strongest affiliates. The issue over Giants baseball and pre-emptions became moot when the team announced that NBC-owned KNTV (channel 11) would be the flagship station for the Giants beginning with the 2008 season.
In 2000, Cox Enterprises acquired KICU-TV (channel 36, which launched in 1967 as KGSC-TV, and is the successor to the original KTVU in Stockton), creating the Bay Area's first television station duopoly with KTVU; KICU's operations migrated from its original studios in San Jose and were consolidated into KTVU's studios in Oakland; both stations now share several programming and cross-promotion functions. On March 3, 2008, KTVU celebrated its 50th anniversary of broadcasting. In honor of the anniversary, a series of fifteen promos were produced for which included those honoring former KTVU programs such as Romper Room and Captain Satellite, as well as the station's sports programming.
In its early years as a Fox affiliate, KTVU still referenced itself as "Channel 2" and rarely called itself "Fox 2" under the branding conventions used by Fox for its other affiliates, although some promos for Fox network programs did refer to the station as "Fox Channel 2". In 1996, the Fox logo was added into the longtime "Circle Laser 2" logo (which has been in use since 1975), and when the network tightened its branding standardizations for its stations, the station began branding itself as "KTVU Fox 2" – although it continues to brand itself as "KTVU Channel 2" during its newscasts (however, the station briefly used the "Fox 2" name within the intro to its 10 p.m. newscast in the early 2000s). At the same time, it incorporated the KTVU calls into its branding full-time to maintain a local presence.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|2.1||720p||16:9||KTVU-HD||Main KTVU programming / Fox|
KTVU shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, 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 remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 56, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to UHF channel 44 (the allocation previously occupied by KBCW's analog signal) for post-transition operations, using PSIP to display KTVU's virtual channel as 2 on digital television receivers.
KTVU also operates a digital fill-in translator on UHF channel 48. This translator serves the southern part of the viewing area, including San Jose.
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Syndicated programs seen on KTVU currently include Maury, Seinfeld, The Wendy Williams Show, Right This Minute, Dish Nation, TMZ, The Dr. Oz Show, The Trisha Goddard Show, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, and The Big Bang Theory.
Classic television series and movies
For many years, KTVU regularly ran reruns of classic television series from the 1950s and 1960s; an early favorite on the station was the syndicated Topper. In the fall of 1981, KTVU ran Laverne & Shirley, The Odd Couple, M*A*S*H and Barney Miller in a two-hour weeknight block from 6 to 8 p.m. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, KTVU aired sitcoms such as I Love Lucy (which aired back-to-back episodes in the morning hours), Three's Company and Too Close for Comfort (which aired in the early afternoon).
KTVU frequently aired classic movies, especially on weeknights from 8 to 10 p.m. and on Sunday afternoons. In the early 1960s, KTVU began televising films from Warner Bros. Pictures, mostly from the 1950s and mostly in color, on Sundays at 7 p.m. Channel 2 was the first Bay Area station to present such films as A Star Is Born, East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause. KTVU exercised discretion and limited commercial interruptions during the movies, and often offered them uncensored and with commentary, either by a studio host or via slides. The station even televised MGM's Hollywood Revue of 1929 with some of the original two-strip Technicolor sequences.
In 1992, KTVU edited a version of the 1984 science fiction film Dune, combining the Alan Smithee television cut with the original theatrical release (and thereby restoring all the violence of the latter cut, while eliminating some of the objectionable edits that caused director David Lynch to take his name off the credits of the TV print).
During the 1960s and 1970s, KTVU aired an afternoon children's show called Captain Satellite, that was hosted by Bob March and featured among other cartoons, The Space Explorers. Up until the 1980s, the station produced a series of classic children's public service shorts under the title Bits and Pieces, which often featured a two talking puppets, Charley and Humphrey, which Pat McCormick had brought from KGO-TV; the shorts, which often aired during children's programming, were aimed at delivering positive and educational messages to children. It was also the Bay Area's originating station for Romper Room, a children's television show which was franchised, instead of syndicated; the program aired at 8:30 a.m. during the 1980s.
In the 1980s, KTVU aired nationally syndicated talk shows that later moved to other stations. Donahue aired at 11 a.m. on KTVU in the early 1980s, before moving to KGO-TV. Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee debuted in the San Francisco Bay Area in September 1988, airing on KTVU at 11 a.m.; that program also later moved to KGO-TV. The one-hour daily program by televangelist Jim Bakker aired at 6 a.m. on KTVU in the early 1980s.
Other locally and nationally produced programming
Programs that were formerly seen on KTVU during its run as an independent station included: Creature Features, hosted by Bob Wilkins from 1971 to 1979 and John Stanley from 1979 to 1984; Dialing for Dollars, hosted by Pat McCormick, the voice of Charley and Humphrey and later the station's weatherman; National All-Star Wrestling, telecast on Friday nights during the early and mid-1960s from the KTVU studios or San Francisco's Cow Palace, hosted by Walt Harris; and Roller Derby, which Harris also hosted for many years and featured San Francisco Bay Bombers roller derby games until the demise of the International Roller Derby League in 1973.
In the early 2000s, KTVU broadcast San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade each winter; sister station KICU generally rebroadcast the parade on the evening of its broadcast (KTSF, channel 26, broadcast its own Chinese-language version using "pool" cameras).
In 2013, KTVU and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer led a broadcast consortium of many station groups in the production of a daily newsmagazine show, Right This Minute, marking the station's first foray into national first-run television production.
San Francisco Giants baseball games were televised by KTVU from 1961, three years after the team arrived from New York City, to 2007. Until 1965, KTVU only televised the team's road games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. On November 1, 2007, it was announced that KNTV would obtain the broadcast rights for Giants games beginning with the 2008 Major League Baseball season. The Giants remain a presence on KTVU, as since 1996, some Saturday afternoon games have been carried as part of Fox's national baseball coverage.
KTVU has also been the home of most San Francisco 49ers games since 1994, when Fox won the contract to carry National Football Conference games. The Bay Area is the largest NFC market where the local Fox station is only an affiliate. KTVU also airs most Oakland Raiders games in which they are playing against an NFC team. Both KTVU and sister station KICU also carry Raiders preseason games. The San Francisco/Golden State Warriors also aired many of their games on KTVU through the years, on several occasions from 1962 to 1963, 1965 to 1983 (except during the 1968–69 season), and the late 1990s to 2001.
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KTVU presently broadcasts 47 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with eight hours on weekdays and 3½ hours each on Saturdays and Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the second-highest newscast output of any television station in the San Francisco Bay Area (behind MyNetworkTV affiliate KRON-TV, which carries 60 hours each week); KTVU's Saturday 6 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. newscasts are subject to preemption or delay due to network sports telecasts running into the timeslots. KTVU is the largest Fox station not owned by the network without a newscast in the traditional 11 p.m. timeslot, and the fifth-largest Fox station in the United States without an 11 p.m. newscast. KTVU also produces a half-hour 7 p.m. newscast each weeknight for sister station KICU-TV, which also rebroadcasts KTVU's 10 p.m. newscast at 11:00 p.m. KTVU has been the #1 rated local newscast among the Bay Area's television stations for several years; for the month of August 2010, KTVU's newscasts ranked #1 in viewers 25-54, beating KPIX, KGO, KNTV and KRON.
The station has been well known in the Bay Area for its local news programming; KTVU's news department began operations along with the station on March 3, 1958, with the launch of The Ten O'Clock News, which for years had been the only television news broadcast in the Bay Area in that timeslot. Throughout the 1980s into the mid-2000s, the 10 p.m. newscast was often referred to as "the number one prime time newscast in the country", a factual statement based on the number of viewers watching at that hour. KTVU's 10 p.m. newscast was such a force to be reckoned with that KBWB (channel 20, now KOFY-TV) cancelled its own 10 p.m. newscast in 2002, after being unable to compete with KTVU in the ratings (KBCW debuted a half-hour newscast at 10 p.m. in March 2008 that is produced by KPIX, and competes against KTVU's hour-long newscast).
When KRON-TV became an independent station in January 2002, it scheduled its new primetime newscast at 9 p.m. to avoid competing directly with KTVU, a stark contrast to the early 1990s, when KRON – along with KPIX – moved its 11 p.m. newscast to 10 p.m. as part of the "Early Prime" network scheduling experiment, though both have since moved their late newscasts back to the 11 p.m. timeslot. During the period, KTVU branded its late newscast as The Original Ten O'Clock News. The retirement of longtime news director Fred Zehnder brought changes to the newsroom, but in 2000 KTVU was ranked as the highest quality local newscast in the nation by the Project for Excellence in Journalism under his immediate successor, Andrew Finlayson, while maintaining the top ratings slot at 10:00 and throughout the noon and morning newscasts. Varying prime time numbers and improvements at competitors have since led to a decline in the once-dominant news operation's ratings.
The Ten O'Clock News is also one of the few local newscasts in the United States to be syndicated to other television stations. It also airs on Reno, Nevada Fox affiliate KRXI-TV (which was co-owned with KTVU from 1997 to 2013, and also carries KTVU's morning and noon newscasts), Monterey Fox affiliate KCBA (which has never been owned by KTVU parent company Cox, and also carries the morning newscast), and MyNetworkTV affiliates KRVU-LD in Chico and KEMY in Eureka, California (both of which have also never been owned by Cox). KTVU had used the "KTVU News Theme" by Michael Randall as its news theme from 1987 until it was replaced on June 23, 2010 by a new 615 Music-composed theme called "Icon News". At one point, KTVU was the last Bay Area news station without a news helicopter; in the 2000s[when?], the station began to utilize a helicopter called News Chopper 2.
Throughout its run as an independent station, KTVU's only news program was the 10 p.m. newscast. The noon newscast (originally called 2 at Noon) made its debut in 1986, displacing syndicated game shows in that slot. In the late 1980s, the station ran a half-hour 6 p.m. newscast, which was cancelled by the early 1990s. The station eventually decided to move towards a news-intensive format to go head-to-head with competitors KRON, KPIX, KGO-TV and KNTV that took the course of several years to take effect; Fox has never ran any national network newscasts (aside from news updates produced out of its New York City station WNYW that aired in primetime during the network's early years), but it still motivated its affiliates, including KTVU, to air more local news programming. The station's original morning newscast, Mornings on 2, debuted in January 1991 in the 7 to 9 a.m. slot (as such, it became the fourth Fox station to air a weekday morning newscast); this was followed by an additional hour-long morning newscast at 6 a.m. that debuted in 1996 (which would later expand to two-and-a-half hours, now beginning at 4:30 a.m.). Early evening newscasts later returned in March 26, 2000, with the debut of a new half-hour 6 p.m. newscast, and finally in April 2005, the addition of an hour-long 5 p.m. newscast.
On October 10, 2006, KTVU became the first station in the Bay Area to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition and debuted a new state-of-the-art studio designed for HD newscast production (it was also the third Cox-owned station to upgrade their newscasts to HD, following Atlanta's WSB-TV and Orlando's WFTV); video shot from remote and field equipment was still limited to 480p standard definition following the transition. On January 22, 2011, KTVU launched morning newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 to 9 a.m., making KTVU the largest Fox affiliate and the second-largest Fox station – behind Fox-owned KDFW in Dallas-Ft. Worth – to carry a weekend morning newscast. On January 24, KTVU expanded its weekday morning newscast to 4½ hours, with a half-hour extension of the newscast at 4:30 a.m.
In March 2014, KTVU began to present their newscasts in letterboxed widescreen for viewers watching on 4:3 television sets (in a similar manner to what certain cable channels such as Fox News Channel, HLN and CNN have done).
Asiana Airlines Flight 214
On July 12, 2013, during KTVU's noon newscast, a report claiming to identify the pilots of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 (which crash landed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6) was broadcast. Co-anchor Tori Campbell appearantly unaware of the prank reported the four joke names on-air (all intended to sound like satirical exlamations regarding the crash situation while also sounding like names of people of Asian heritage) – "Captain Sum Ting Wong", "Wi Tu Lo", "Ho Lee Fuk" (the last syllable pronounced by Campbell as "Fook" //) and "Bang Ding Ow". KTVU/KICU vice president and general manager Tom Raponi stated that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had confirmed the names to KTVU. The station later released an apology both on-air and in other forms of media. NTSB public affairs officer Peter Knudson responded to KTVU's version of the event, saying the NTSB never gives out names of pilots. Asiana Airlines itself had already confirmed two of the pilot's names earlier in the week; additionally, an article written by the Associated Press including the pilots' actual names was posted on KTVU's website two days before the erroneous report. The NTSB later admitted that an intern who "acted outside the scope of his authority" confirmed the fake names. The NTSB intern was released. Three producers were let go after an internal review. Investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu and producer Brad Belstock left the station. An additional noon producer Elvin Sledge told colleagues he was leaving for health reasons. Asiana Airlines confirmed on July 15 that it would file a defamation lawsuit against KTVU, claiming the incident damaged the airline's reputation; Asiana reversed course days later, withdrawing plans to sue KTVU, stating in a statement that the airline would instead "concentrate all our efforts on dealing with the aftermath of the accident." KTVU later filed requests through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to remove user-submitted videos of the prank that were uploaded online; KTVU has received some criticism for "trying to cover up their mistake (with some arguing that video uploads of the incident fall under fair use criteria)." Tom Raponi contended that the DMCA takedown claims were not so much a way of preventing copyright infringement than to try to lessen insensitivity towards the Asian community. KTVU fired three producers as a result of an internal investigation to the incident. A fourth also announced his departure, but for health reasons.
Current on-air staff
- Tori Campbell – weekday mornings on Mornings on 2 (7:00–9:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Pam Cook – weekday mornings (4:30–7:00 a.m.); also business reporter and fill-in anchor
- Dave Clark – weekday mornings (5:00–7:00 a.m.) and Mornings on 2 (7:00–9:00 a.m.)
- Brian Flores – weekday mornings at 4:30 a.m.; also fill-in anchor
- Julie Haener – weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Heather Holmes – weekends at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also weekday reporter and fill-in anchor
- Mike Mibach – weekend mornings on Mornings on 2 (7:00–10:00 a.m.); also weekday reporter and fill-in anchor
- Gasia Mikaelian – weeknights at 5:00 p.m. on KTVU and 7:00 p.m. on KICU; also fill-in anchor
- Frank Somerville – weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Ken Wayne – weekends at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also weekday reporter and fill-in anchor
- Claudine Wong – weekend mornings on Mornings on 2 (7:00–10:00 a.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 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Rosemary Orozco – meteorologist; weekend mornings on Mornings on 2 (7:00–10:00 a.m.); also weekday morning fill-in anchor
- Steve Paulson – meteorologist; weekdays mornings (4:30–7:00 a.m.), Mornings on 2 (7:00–9:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Mark Tamayo (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seals of Approval) – meteorologist; weeknights at 7:00 p.m. on KICU and weekends at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. on KTVU; also weekday fill-in anchor
- Mark Ibáñez – sports director; weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. on KTVU and 7:00 p.m. on KICU
- Joe Fonzi – sports anchor; weekends at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also sports reporter and fill-in sports anchor
- Fred Inglis – sports reporter; also fill-in sports anchor
- Sal Castaneda – weekday morning traffic anchor (4:30–9:00 a.m.) and noon and evening reporter
- Rosy Chu – general assignment reporter
- Janine De La Vega – morning reporter
- John Fowler – general assignment reporter; also health and science editor
- Robert Handa – general assignment reporter
- Craig Heaps – general assignment reporter
- Jana Katsuyama – general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Amber Lee – general assignment reporter
- Patti Lee – general assignment reporter
- Mike Mibach – general assignment reporter and weekend anchor
- Tara Moriarty – morning reporter and fill-in traffic anchor
- Maureen Naylor – general assignment reporter
- Ken Pritchett – general assignment reporter
- Allie Rasmus – general assignment reporter
- Eric Rasmussen – general 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
- Katie Utehs – general assignment reporter
- Tom Vacar – consumer editor; also occasional general assignment reporter
- Debora Villalon – general assignment reporter
- Ken Wayne – general assignment reporter and weekend anchor
- Claudine Wong – weekend anchor and morning reporter
- Cox Media Group's Washington D.C. Bureau
- Kyla Campbell – national correspondent
- Rosy Chu – national correspondent; also community affairs director and serves as host of the station's local program Bay Area People
- Jacqueline Fell – national correspondent
- Kristine Frazao – national correspondent
- Kai Jackson – national correspondent
Notable former on-air staff
- Larry Beil – (now at KGO-TV/KOFY)
- Brian Copeland – morning feature reporter (currently on KGO-AM)
- Elaine Corral – weeknight 10 p.m. anchor (resigned on-air March 18, 1998 to pursue an acting career)
- Priya David – (left to join CBS as a national correspondent)
- Mark Curtis – anchor/reporter (now an anchor/reporter, author and political analyst at WLNE-TV/Providence, Rhode Island)
- Faith Fancher – reporter (died of breast cancer in October 2003)
- Ron Fortner – co-anchor on The Tuck and Fortner Report
- Leslie Griffith – 10 p.m. anchor and reporter
- Judd Hambrick – anchor
- Walt Harris – sports, roller derby and wrestling
- Ray Jacobs – original anchor and station manager
- Lloyd LaCuesta – South Bay bureau chief
- Pat McCormick – host of Dialing for Dollars and children's show Charlie and Humphrey
- Ross McGowan – anchor/host of Mornings on 2
- Steve Physioc – sports director (now with Fox Sports)
- Dennis Richmond – 6 and 10 p.m. anchor (retired May 21, 2008)
- Ted Rowlands – reporter (now at CNN)
- Ryan Seacrest – Mornings on 2 fill-in entertainment reporter (now host of American Idol, On Air with Ryan Seacrest and American Top 40, managing editor for E! News and television producer)
- Don Sherwood – talk show host
- Barbara Simpson – anchor (now host of Babe in the Bunker on KSFO)
- Thuy Vu – anchor/reporter (left to anchor at KGO-TV, now at KPIX)
- Bob Wilkins – original host of Creature Features and the children's show Captain Cosmic
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