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KFMB-TV

San Diego, California United States
ChannelsDigital : 8 ( VHF ) Virtual : 8 ( PSIP )
BrandingCBS 8 (general), CW San Diego (DT2), News 8 (newscasts)
SloganHello San Diego! (general) San Diego's #1 Choice for News (newscasts)
Programming
Affiliations8.1: CBS, 8.2: The CW / MyNetworkTV, 8.3: Grit, 8.4: True Crime Network ( O&O ), 8.5: Quest ( O&O )
Ownership
OwnerTegna Inc. (KFMB-TV, LLC )
History
First air dateMay 16, 1949 (71 years ago) ( 1949-05-16 )
Former channel number(s)Analog:, 8 (VHF, 1949-2009), Digital:, 55 ( UHF , 2000-2009)
Former affiliationsAll secondary:, NBC (1949-1953), DuMont (1949-1956), ABC (1949-1956), DT2:, MeTV (2011-2017)
Call sign meaningF or M ary and B urnham (daughter and son of Warren B. Worcester, founder of former sister station KFMB (AM) )
Technical information
Licensing authorityFCC
Facility ID42122
ERP19.8 kW
HAAT227 m (745 ft)
Transmitter coordinates325017N 117150W / 32.83806N 117.25000W / 32.83806; -117.25000 Coordinates : 325017N 117150W / 32.83806N 117.25000W / 32.83806; -117.25000
Links
Public license informationProfile LMS
Websitewww .cbs8 .com

The station first signed on air on May 16 1949; it was the first television station to sign on in the San Diego market. Station was found by Jack O. Gross, who also owns local radio station KFMB. San Diego Mayor Harley E. Knox was present at the station's first broadcast. The station cost Gross $300 000 to build. KFMB-TV has been the primary CBS affiliate since its sign-on, however in its early years, Channel 8 also maintained secondary affiliations with ABC, NBC and DuMont Television Network. In October 1949, KFMB-TV signed an affiliation agreement with the short-live Paramount Television Network; Upon affiliating with Paramount, Channel 8 quickly became that Network's strongest affiliate. The station receives Network feed of Paramount programs that include, among others, Hollywood Opportunity, Meet Me in Hollywood, Magazine of Week, Time For Beany and Your Old Buddy; station airs six hours of Paramount programs each week. Since there was no technical transmission Network to distribute Paramount programs to its affiliates, KFMB instead carried the Network's programming via transmitter link from the broadcast tower of Paramount's Los Angeles affiliate KTLA atop Mount Wilson, 90 miles from KFMB-TV transmitter site on Mount Soledad. In November 1950, Gross sold KFMB stations to John. Kennedy, former publisher of San Diego Daily Journal newspaper. Three years later, Kennedy divested KFMB to partnership of television producer Jack Wrather and industry executive Helen Alvarez. That same year, Channel 8 lost its television monopoly in San Diego when the market received two new stations, Tijuana-base XETV and San Diego-license KFSD-TV, latter of which assumed NBC affiliation from Channel 8. KFMB-TV continued to air ABC programs until 1956, when XETV was granted permission to take ABC affiliation under special agreement between FCC and Mexican authorities, most notably the Secretariat of Communications and Public Works. After the Wrather-Alvarez partnership broke up in 1957, Wrather kept San Diego outlets and KERO-TV in upstate Bakersfield for his renamed broadcasting company, Marietta Broadcasting. In 1959, Wrather merged Marietta Broadcasting with Buffalo, New York-base Transcontinent Television Corporation. In 1964, as part of Transcontinent's exit from Broadcasting, KFMB stations were sold to Midwest Television, controlled by the Family of Champaign, Illinois banker August Meyer. In 1999, Midwest Television divested its other outlets, WCIA in Champaign and WMBD-AM-TV and WPBG in Peoria, Illinois, leaving KFMB stations as the company's only remaining properties. In 2005, Midwest Television signed a ten-year affiliation contract extension for KFMB-TV to remain a CBS affiliate through 2015. The Station restored its on-air branding to News 8 on September 19 2005, after four years of using the Local 8 brand. In early 2007, station began to phase in new branding as CBS 8, although newscasts maintained their previous title until 2013, when the station introduced a new logo similar to Miami's CBS O & O WFOR-TV and renamed its newscasts CBS News 8.

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Programming

Digital television

Virtual ChannelVideoAspectProgramming
8.11080i16:9Main KFMB-TV programming / CBS
8.2720p16:9The CW / MyNetworkTV (secondary)
8.3480i4.3Grit

KFMB-TV went on air on May 16 1949, as San Diego's first television station. It was owned by Jack O. Gross along with KFMB Radio. San Diego Mayor Harley E. Knox was present at its first broadcast. It has always been a CBS affiliate, and is the only station in the city to have never changed its affiliation. However, in the early years, it carried programs from ABC, NBC, and DuMont until other stations signed on. KFMB signed an affiliation agreement with short-Live Paramount Television Network in October 1949, and quickly became that Network's strongest affiliate. The station receives Network feed of Paramount programs which include Hollywood Opportunity, Meet Me in Hollywood, Magazine Of Week, Time For Beany, Your Old Buddy, and others; station airs 6 hours of Paramount programs each week. In 1953, Gross sold KFMB-AM-TV to Wrather-Alvarez Broadcasting. When Wrather-Alvarez partnership broke up in 1957, Wrather kept KFMB-AM-FM-TV as part of Marietta Broadcasting. In 1959, Wrather sold Marietta Broadcasting to Transcontinent Broadcasting Of Buffalo, New York. Transcontinent merged with Taft Television and Radio Co., Inc. In 1964. However, merger leaves Taft two television stations plus several Radio stations over FCC's ownership limit of Time. As a result, KFMB stations were sold to their current owner, Midwest Television. In the 1990s, Midwest Television divested its original stations, WCIA in Champaign, Illinois and WMBD / WPBG / WMBD-TV in Peoria, Illinois, leaving only KFMB cluster. In 2005, Midwest Television and CBS signed a 10-year extension for KFMB to remain a CBS affiliate. The Station rebranded itself as News 8 on September 19 2005 after a four - year branding campaign as Local 8. In early 2007, KFMB began to rebrand itself as CBS8 with the launch of their new website. While it follows CBS Mandate, Channel 8 is not CBS ' own and operated station. On January 28 2007, KFMB became the first station in San Diego to broadcast its News in HD, and unveiled a new set to go with the switch. On February 17 2009, KFMB-TV discontinued its analog signal in order to move its digital signal to increase power on VHF Channel 8. Some famous KFMB alumni include former weather girl Raquel Tejada, talk-Show host Regis Philbin, TV host Sarah Purcell, CNN and former CBS Anchor Paula Zahn, first host of Access Hollywood, Larry Mendte, and NBC correspondents Don Teague and Dawn Fratangelo. Main article: California Wildfires Of October 2007 Reporter Larry Himmel takes viewers on a walkthrough of his own destroyed home during coverage of the California Wildfires Of 2007. Audio of the TV station's news feed was also simulcasted on KFMB-FM & KFMB 760 AM for an extended period of time.

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News operation

KFMB presently broadcasts 40 hours of locally produced newscasts each week, and also produces an additional 21 hours a week of Local newscasts For KFMB-DT2. KFMB runs a local newscast at 6: 00 pm half-hour, with the station also airing an early evening newscast at 6: 30 pm. KFMB operates only news helicopter in the San Diego market; its Chopper 8 helicopter provides aerial video to most of the market's news-producing television stations through Local News Service agreements. Some famous KFMB alumni include former weather Anchor Raquel Tejada, talk show host Regis Philbin, Television host Sarah Purcell, CNN and former CBS Anchor Paula Zahn, original Access Hollywood host Larry Mendte, and eventual NBC correspondents Don Teague and Dawn Fratangelo. KFMB has led in newscast viewership in the San Diego market for most of its history, dating back to the 1950s when Ray Wilson was the popular Anchor of the city's first half-hour newscast. When Wilson stepped down in 1973, KFMB slipped to distant second behind KGTV, rebounding only in the late 1970s and early 1980s when former KGTV producer Jim Holtzman was hired by the station as its News Director. Holtzman formed a popular and acclaimed news team consisting of anchors Michael Tuck and Allison Ross, weather Anchor Clark Anthony and Sports Anchor Ted Leitner. By end of 1979, KFMB had risen back to 1 position, remaining there until 1984 when Tuck suddenly moved to KGTV and helped that station overtake KFMB for the remainder of the decade. Holtzman tried in vain to compete by experimenting with different formats for 11: 00 pm newscast called this Day, which emphasizes softer, humanized format and attempt to find a common thread within the newscast. There was no regular anchor; instead Hal Clement, Loren Nancarrow, Dawn Fratangelo and Susan Lichtman form an ensemble of anchors / reporters who alternate between anchoring, filing detailed reports and giving live interviews. Computer graphics were used heavily, and Dave Grusin's Night Lines served as the newscast's theme music. Although it was innovative for its time, this day proved to be a dismal failure as viewers responded negatively to the awkward format; within nine months, KFMB reverted to a more traditional late evening newscast. However, news ratings for KFMB go into deep decline for more than a decade as popular mainstays like Marty Levin and Allison Ross either leave voluntarily or were fired and were replaced by younger staffers like Stan Miller and Susan Roesgen. Eventually, in the 1990s, Hal Clement would assume Early Evening Anchor duties alongside Susan Peters and later, Denise Yamada to mixed results as the station continued to battle KGTV and KNSD, primarily in 11: 00 pm timeslot where CBS lead-in at Time was particularly weaker. In the early 2000s, Michael Tuck's brief return following Clement's departure for KGTV and CBS's resurgence at the start of the decade helped bring KFMB back to first place in the early evenings.

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