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Salinas/Monterey, California
United States
Branding Fox 35 (general)
KTVU Fox 2 News
(during newscast simulcasts)
Slogan We're Different
Channels Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 35 (PSIP)
Affiliations Fox (1986–present)
Owner Seal Rock Broadcasters, LLC
Operator Entravision Communications
First air date November 1, 1981; 35 years ago (1981-11-01)
Call letters' meaning CBA backwards of the first three letters of the English alphabet
Sister station(s) KSMS-TV, KDJT-CD
Former channel number(s) Analog:
35 (UHF, 1981–2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
SIN (1981–1986)
Independent (1986)
UPN (1995–2003)
Transmitter power 19.75 kW
Height 720 m
Facility ID 14867
Transmitter coordinates 36°45′22″N 121°30′6″W / 36.75611°N 121.50167°W / 36.75611; -121.50167
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website http://www.kcba.com

KCBA is a Fox-affiliated television station in Salinas, California, USA. The station broadcasts its digital signal on VHF channel 13. KCBA is owned by Seal Rock Broadcasters, LLC and operated by Entravision Communications through a local marketing agreement (LMA) with Univision affiliate KSMS-TV channel 67. It studios are co-located with KSMS in Monterey and the transmitter is atop Fremont Peak.


The station was launched on November 1, 1981 by Sainte Broadcasting Group. They started out as a Spanish International Network affiliate from noon until about 1 a.m. daily. In the mornings, Channel 35 had Christian programming such as Jimmy Swaggart, PTL Club, 700 Club weekday and many others on weekends. While the station was primarily a Spanish station, the Christian programming was in English.

The station was put up for sale in the winter of 1986 and sold to Ackerley Broadcasting in May 1986. That June, the station changed formats to an English conventional general entertainment format. The station added cartoons from 6 to 9 a.m. weekdays. The religious shows, held over from the Sainte days aired from 9 a.m. to about noon. The afternoon consisted of a movie, initially and eventually classic sitcoms. By about 2:30 the station aired cartoons, followed by more off network sitcoms by 5 p.m., a prime time movie, and a blend of sitcoms and dramas and movies late night. On weekends, the station ran more movies and the Sunday morning religious shows remained for many more years.

Joining the FOX Network[edit]

KCBA joined the Fox network at its inception in October 1986 and remains so today. Like most Fox stations and independents, KCBA moved away from older sitcoms and more toward talk shows, reality shows, and court shows by the mid-1990s. In 1994, KCBA entered into an LMA with what was then KCCN-TV, which was then owned by Harron Communications. KCBA then took over the operations of KCCN, who changed its call letters to KION-TV two years later. Although KCCN/KION was longer-established, KCBA functioned as the senior partner in the LMA during the years that Ackerley owned Channel 35. Ackerley bought KION outright in 1998 and sold KCBA to a pair of investors doing business as Seal Rock Broadcasters and Utica Television Partners (although only one of them, Seal Rock Broadcasters, serves as the licensee). The transactions were completed on January 12, 2000; however, Ackerley retained control of KCBA through an LMA with its new owners. As a result, Channel 46 became the senior partner in the LMA. Cartoons were phased out in 2001 and 2002 and newscasts were also added. KION and the LMA for KCBA were sold to Clear Channel Communications as part of a group deal as well.

In addition, KCBA and KION shared a secondary affiliation with UPN from 1995 until 2003. Programs included several in the Star Trek series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and WWF/E SmackDown!.

KCBA's previous logo while under LMA with KION-TV until December 1, 2013

Sale to Cowles Publishing Company[edit]

On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel Communications, the owner of KION at the time, entered into an agreement to spin off its entire television stations group to Newport Television, a broadcasting holding company controlled by the private equity firm Providence Equity Partners.[1] Newport Television has subsequently announced the sale of KION and its LMA with KCBA to Cowles Publishing Company. This transaction was finalized on May 7, 2008.

On June 5, 2013, Entravision Communications, owner of Univision (the successor to SIN) affiliate KSMS-TV, UniMás affiliate KDJT-CA, and radio stations KLOK-FM and KSES-FM, announced that it would take over KCBA's operations through a joint sales agreement on or around December 1.[2]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
35.1 720p 16:9 KCBA-DT Main KCBA programming / Fox

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KCBA shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 35, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 13.[4][5] Through the use of PSIP digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 35.

News and programming[edit]


Until November 30, 2013, KCBA aired one newscast, Central Coast News at 10, produced by KION. The broadcast was on-air for an hour on weeknights and half-hour on weekends. As of May 2011, this newscast was broadcast in high definition for the in-studio portions, with live field reports in unconverted 16:9 widescreen standard definition. The newscast was anchored by Jon K. Brent on weeknights and Susanne Brunner on weekends, while Norm Hoffman and Alex Snyder did the weather. KCBA used additional news personnel from KION for news and KCOY for "California Sports" segments. This newscast moved to KION's 46.2 subchannel as of December 1, 2013[6] while KCBA now simulcasts the KTVU Mornings on 2 morning show (4:30-9 weekdays and 7–10 a.m. Sundays) and The 10:00 News on KTVU Fox 2 at 10:00 p.m. daily, from Fox-owned KTVU in Oakland.[7]

Notable former on-air staff include Craig Kilborn, former late-night talk show host and SportsCenter anchor on ESPN, who was the sports anchor in the early 1990s. Another staff member, Alex Witt, anchor for MSNBC, was a reporter/anchor from 1990–1992.

Syndicated shows[edit]

As of the 2016-2017 TV season, syndicated programming includes Crime Watch Daily, The Big Bang Theory, Celebrity Name Game, The Simpsons, and 2 Broke Girls among others.


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