|Santa Maria, California
|Branding||UniMás Costa Central|
|Channels||Analog: 35 (UHF)
Digital: KPMR DT 38.2
|Translators||K10OG-D Lompoc CA
K50LZ-D San Luis Obispo CA
|First air date||September 28, 1995|
|Call letters' meaning||Telefutura Santa Barbara|
|Transmitter power||10 kW|
KTSB-CA is a low-power Class A television station in Santa Barbara, California, broadcasting locally in analog on UHF channel 35 as an affiliate of UniMás. Founded September 28, 1995, the station is owned and operated by Entravision Communications and shares facilities with Univision affiliate and sister station KPMR. It broadcasts from Gibraltar Peak overlooking Santa Barbara and employs a network of four translator stations to extend its signal into San Luis Obispo County. It is also seen on sister station KPMR's digital signal on channel 38.2 / 21.2 in Santa Barbara.
The FCC granted a construction permit on September 28, 1995 to build a low-power television station on UHF channel 43 to serve Santa Barbara. Melissa Harnett was the originally owner of the station, which was given the callsign K43FA. Harnett licensed the station on July 10, 1997. In June 1998, following the allotment of channel 43 to Los Angeles independent television station KCAL-TV for their digital facilities, Harnett attempted to move the station to a location about 15 mi (25 km) away, change the channel assignment to UHF 29 and to increase the power to the maximum 150 kW. The application would eventually be dismissed by the FCC. In October 1998, Harnett agreed to sell the station to JB Broadcasting Inc. The sale was approved by the FCC in April 1999 and consummated the following July. JB Broadcasting applied to upgrade the station's license to Class A and shortly after, agreed to sell the station to Univision. The sale was approved in October 2001 and finalized in December and the station was granted a Class A license on October 9, 2002. About the same time, Univision agreed to sell the station to Entravision Communications and the deal was finalized in November 2002.
KTSB-CA features programs from the UniMás network, plus local and children's programming to fulfill its Class A license. A half-hour of news followed by a half-hour of other local programming, both from KPMR and aired three days a week, gives the station its necessary three hours weekly of locally-produced programming. The UniMás network schedule features long blocks of movies, some of which are dubbed from English into Spanish.
Two translator stations extend the reach of KTSB-CA: