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|Salinas/Monterey/Santa Cruz, California|
|Channels||Digital: 11 (VHF)|
Virtual: 35 (PSIP)
|Branding||KCBA Fox 35 (general)|
KTVU Fox 2 News
(during newscast simulcasts)
|Owner||Seal Rock Broadcasters, L.L.C.|
First air date
|November 1, 1981|
Former channel number(s)
35 (UHF, 1981–2009)
13 (VHF, until 2020)
Independent (June–October 1986)
Call sign meaning
|CBA: reverse order of the first three letters of the English alphabet|
|ERP||12 kW (STA)|
19.75 kW (CP)
|HAAT||726 m (2,382 ft)|
Public license information
KCBA, virtual channel 35 (VHF digital channel 11), is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Salinas, California, United States and serving the Monterey Bay area. The station is owned by Seal Rock Broadcasters; Entravision Communications, which owns Monterey-licensed Univision affiliate KSMS-TV (channel 67) and low-powered, Class A UniMás affiliate KDJT-CD (channel 33), operates KCBA under a local marketing agreement (LMA). The three stations share studios on Garden Court south of Monterey Regional Airport in Monterey; KCBA's transmitter is located on Fremont Peak,Emits simulcast from KTVU.
The station was launched on November 1, 1981, by Sainte Broadcasting Group. It began as a Spanish International Network affiliate from noon until about 1 a.m. daily. In the mornings, it carried religious programming such as Jimmy Swaggart, The PTL Club and The 700 Club weekdays and others on weekends. While the station was primarily a Spanish-language broadcaster, the religious programming was in English.
The station was put up for sale in the winter of 1986 and sold to Ackerley Broadcasting in May 1986. In June the station changed formats to an English-language 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 initially consisted of a movie and eventually classic sitcoms. By about 2:30 p.m. the station aired cartoons, followed by more off-network sitcoms by 5 p.m., a prime-time movie, and a blend of sitcoms, dramas, and movies into the late night. On weekends, the station ran additional movies, and the Sunday morning religious shows remained for many more years.
As a Fox affiliate
KCBA joined the Fox network at its inception on October 9, 1986, and remains so today. Like most Fox stations and independents, KCBA moved away from older sitcoms and added talk shows, reality shows, and court shows by the mid-1990s. In 1994, KCBA entered into a local marketing agreement (LMA) with what was then KCCN-TV, which was then owned by Harron Communications. KCBA took over the operations of KCCN, which 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 in 2002 newscasts were added. KION and the LMA for KCBA were sold to Clear Channel Communications as part of a group deal. In addition, KCBA and KION shared a secondary affiliation with UPN from 1995 until 2003.
Sale to Cowles Publishing Company
On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia), 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. Newport Television 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.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP short name||Programming|
|35.1||720p||16:9||KCBA-DT||Main KCBA programming / Fox|
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. Through the use of PSIP digital-television receivers show the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 35.
News and programming
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 a 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 subchannels as of December 1, 2013 while KCBA now simulcasts the KTVU Mornings on 2 morning show (4:30–9 a.m. 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.
Notable former on-air staff includes 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 and anchor from 1990 to 1992.
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- "Entravision In JSA With KCBA Monterey, Calif". TVNewsCheck. June 5, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KCBA
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
- "Central Coast News at 10 is Moving to the CW Starting December 1". Central Coast News KION. November 5, 2013. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
- Gumz, Jondi (November 29, 2013). "Comcast to drop KTVU Dec. 12". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
- Official website
- KCBA in the FCC TV station database
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KCBA-TV