call_letters = KTVU
station_slogan = Complete Bay Area News Coverage
station_branding = KTVU Fox 2 (general)
KTVU Channel 2 News HD (newscasts)
analog = 2 (VHF)
digital = 56 (UHF)
other_chs = K06FA 6 Hopland
K39AG 39 Ukiah
subchannels = (see article)
affiliations = Fox
March 3, 1958
location = Oakland /
San Francisco, California
callsign_meaning = TeleVision for YoU
licensee = KTVU Partnership
former_affiliations = Independent (1958-1986)
effective_radiated_power = 100 kW (analog)
400 kW (digital)
HAAT = 479 m (analog)
433 m (digital)
facility_id = 35703
coordinates = coord|37|45|18.8|N|122|27|10.4|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
homepage = [http://www.ktvu.com/ www.ktvu.com]
KTVU, channel 2, is the
San Francisco Bay Area's Fox affiliate. Its studio facilities are located in Oakland, Californiaat Jack London Square, and its transmitter is located at Sutro Towerin San Francisco. It has been owned by Cox Enterprisessince 1964, making it the largest Fox affiliate by market size that is not owned and operated by the network. KTVU is also co-owned with KICU-TV. It is technically the second largest Cox-owned station behind sister flagship WSB-TVin Atlanta despite the fact the Bay Area market is larger than the latter.
KTVU signed on the air as an
independent stationon March 3, 1958. It was the third station in the Bay Area - after KQED and KNTV- after the FCC lifted the VHF permit freeze. Until the completion of the Mount Sutro television tower, KTVU transmitted from a tower on San Bruno Mountain.
Over the years, KTVU aired a schedule of cartoons, off-network sitcoms, old movies, drama shows, talk shows, local news, and religious shows. It was the leading independent station in the San Francisco television market for years. It retained this status when more independents (on UHF) signed on the air over the years by reinventing the station's own image with its former longtime slogan: "There's Only One 2." As a VHF station competitor, KTVU aired "The 8 O'Clock Movie" as an independent alternative to network prime time programming by
KRON, KPIX, and KGO-TV.
The station has been well known in the Bay Area for its locally-produced news, public affairs and children's programming, especially "The Ten O'Clock News", which for years had been the only television news broadcast in the Bay Area at that hour. Throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, "The Ten O'Clock News" was often referred to as "the number one
prime timenewscast in the country", which was true based on the number of viewers at that hour. KTVU's 10 p.m. newscast was such a force to be reckoned with that KBWBcancelled its own 10 p.m. news in 2002 after having no luck competing with KTVU. KBCW has since debuted a primetime newscast produced by KPIX in March 2008 though.
When KRON-TV became an independent station, it also scheduled its new prime time newscast at 9 p.m. so as to not compete directly with KTVU. In the early 1990s, KRON, along with
KPIX(throughout the 1990s), did have 10 p.m. newscasts, which have since been moved back up to the 11 p.m. time slot. During the period, KTVU branded its late newscast as "The Original Ten O'Clock News". The retirement of KTVU's long-time news director Fred Zehnderbrought changes to the newsroom but in 2000 it was ranked as the highest quality local newscast in the nation by the Project for Excellence in Journalism under his immediate successor while maintaining number one ratings at ten and throughout the noon and morning newscasts. Varying prime time numbers and improvements at competitors have since lead to a decline in the once dominant news operation's ratings.
"The Ten O'Clock News" is also one of the few syndicated local news shows in the United States. It also airs on co-owned
KRXI-TV, the Fox affiliate in Reno, Nevada, and also airs on KRVU-LP, the MyNetworkTV affiliate for the Chico/Redding market, and KEMY, the My Network TV affiliate for the Eureka/Arcata market. KRVU and KEMY are not owned by KTVU parent company Cox. Some of the stations also carry KTVU's earlier newscasts and "Mornings on 2".
Since 1987, KTVU has used the KTVU News Theme by Michael Randall.
Today, the station has newscasts at noon, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., in addition its morning and 10 p.m. broadcasts. Before its current station status, Channel 2 had only the 10 o'clock newscast; this was common of most independent-turned Fox affiliates back then to have more syndicated programming and children's programming than it did news. That changed when the station decided to go head-to-head with competitors KRON, KPIX,
KGO-TVand KNTVby leaning more towards a news-intensive format which took years to take effect.
The noon newscast, originally called "2 at Noon", was added in 1986, displacing syndicated game shows. The original morning newscast, "Mornings on 2", debuted in January 1991 in the 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. slot. Now Fox has no network newscasts, but it still motivated its affiliates to air more local news, including KTVU. An additional morning newscast was added in 1996, which would later expand to two hours from one hour, then a 6:00 p.m. newscast would be added in 2000, and finally in 2005, an hour-long 5:00 p.m. newscast.
Classic television series
For many years KTVU regularly ran reruns of classic, filmed television series from the 1950s and 1960s. An early favorite on the station was the syndicated "Topper" series.
KTVU frequently showed classic movies, especially week nights from 8 to 10 p.m. and on Sunday afternoons. In the early 1960s KTVU began televising
Warner Brothersfilms, mostly from the 1950s and mostly in color, on Sundays at 7 p.m. They were the first Bay Area television station to present such films as "A Star Is Born" (1954) with Judy Garlandand James Mason, "East of Eden" (1955) with James Deanand Julie Harris, and " Rebel Without A Cause" with James Dean and Natalie Wood. KTVU exercised discretion and limited commercial interruptions during the movies, and often offered interesting comments, 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 Technicolorsequences.
During the 1960s and 1970s the station aired an afternoon children's show called "
Captain Satellite". The show's host was Bob March.
Up until the 1980s, the station produced a series of classic children's public service shorts under the title "Bits and Pieces". "Bits and Pieces" often featured a number of talking
puppets, "Charley and Humphrey", and were aimed at delivering positive messages to children. Pat McCormick, had brought his puppets from KGO. The shorts often aired during children's programming. Shots of KTVU children's programming appear in the movie " Mrs. Doubtfire", portions of which were shot in the KTVU studios and film library. It was also the Bay Area origination of " Romper Room", a children's television show which was franchised, instead of syndicated.
Other programs included:
* "Creature Features", hosted by
Bob Wilkinsfrom 1971 to 1979 and was replaced by John Stanleyfrom 1979 until 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 HarrisRoller Derby Walt Harris also hosted for many years The San Francisco Bay Bombers Roller Derby games till the demise of the IRDL in 1973.
March 3, 2008, KTVU celebrated its 50th anniversary of broadcasting. Fifteen promos of KTVU's 50th anniversary aired which included "Bits & Pieces", "Romper Room", "Captain Satellite" as well as sports like wrestling and Roller Derby, Innovation, Technology and personalities/faces just to name a few. Many promos are available on KTVU's website.
San Francisco Giantsbaseball games were televised by KTVU from 1958, the year the team moved to San Francisco from New York City, to 2007. On November 1, 2007, it was announced that KNTVwill broadcast Giants games beginning with the 2008 MLB season. [cite web
url = http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/11/01/SPHFT4PM5.DTL&type=sports
title = Giants sign deal with KNTV, will leave KTVU, the team's flagship station since 1958
accessdate = 2007-11-01] Beginning in 1996, some Giants Saturday afternoon games have been carried via the Fox Network, which had won broadcast rights to
Major League Baseball. KTVU has also been the home of most San Francisco 49ersgames since 1994, when Fox won the contract to carry the National Football Conferencegames.
As a superstation
For a brief time in the early-1980s, KTVU was a nationwide
superstation, seen mostly on parent Cox's cable systems. However, unable to compete with WTBS, WGN and WOR, KTVU left the national scene and merely became a regional superstation, seen on cable systems in northern California, Nevada and Oregon.
As a Fox affiliate
October 9, 1986, the station became a charter Fox affiliate serving the Bay Area. It launched a morning newscast called "Mornings on 2" in 1991 (and, as such, became the fourth Fox affiliate or station to air weekday morning newscasts). It began to air an afternoon cartoon block known as " Fox Kids" by 1991. It also added more syndicated talk shows, court shows, and reality shows over the years. It still runs some off-network sitcoms. The station continued to run the Fox Kids block on weekdays until Fox ended weekday kids programming in early 2002, but still retained the Saturday lineup, of which is now " 4Kids TV".
KTVU and KICU became sister stations in 2000 upon KICU's sale to Cox, and has moved its operations from its original studios in San Jose to KTVU's studious. As the first Bay Area duopoly, both stations now share several programming and cross promotion as well.
In the early years as a Fox affiliate, KTVU still referenced itself as "Channel 2" and rarely called itself "Fox 2" as other Fox affiliates did and still do, but it has done Fox promos as "Fox Channel 2." In 1996, the Fox logo was added into the longtime Circle Laser 2 logo (used since 1975), and when the network tightened its station standardizations, the station branded itself as "KTVU Fox 2" today -- only to revert to "KTVU Channel 2" during newscasts.
Fox airs fewer hours of network programming than its three main rivals (CBS, NBC and ABC). KTVU has generally aired the entire Fox lineup with no pre-emptions, except for San Francisco Giants baseball during the term of its contract with the team. At first KTVU delayed pre-empted programming to the weekends, but with the growth of Fox and viewer demand the station eventually aired the delayed primetime shows following "The Ten O'Clock News". The Bay Area has always been one of the largest
Nielsenratings markets and Fox naturally wanted to have a network owned-and-operated station in the area. Through the network's parent, News Corporation, it tried several times to buy KTVU, but Cox turned down every offer. When Cox purchased KICU, the pre-empted Fox programming would be moved to that station to air in its normal timeslot in lieu of KTVU. The issue over Giants baseball and pre-emptions became moot when the team announced that NBC owned-and-operated KNTV would be the flagship station for the Giants beginning with the 2008 season.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, which is tentatively scheduled to take place on February 17, 2009 http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf] , KTVU will move its digital broadcasts to channel 44. [http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbsmenu.hts?context=25&appn=101232167&formid=387&fac_num=35703 CDBS Print ] ] However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display KTVU's
virtual channelas 2.
Converting to HDTV
October 10, 2006 KTVU debuted a new state-of-the-art high definition (HD) studio for production of their newscasts in HD. This follows sister stations WSB-TVin Atlanta, Georgiaand WFTVin Orlando, Floridawhich were already airing their newscasts in HD.
Until the late 1990s, KTVU was seen nationally on
PrimeStarand C-Bandsatellite systems. Now, it is available nationwide to qualifying DISH Networksubscribers through All American Direct, which 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.
The Ten O'Clock News" ( March 3, 1958-Present)
The Tuck and Fortner Report" (1970's)
Action News" (1970's-1980)
Tori Campbell- Mornings on Two and Noon
Pam Cook- Morning News
*Dave Clark - Morning News and Mornings on 2
Julie Haener- 6 and 10 p.m. weeknights
Heather Holmes- weekends
Gasia Mikaelian5 p.m. weeknights and Bay Area News at 7 on TV 36
*Ross McGowan - Mornings on Two
Frank Somerville- 5, 6 and 10 p.m. weeknights
Ken Wayne- Weekends
* Bill Martin - weeknights
Steve Paulson- primarily weekday mornings, occasionally noon
Mark Tamayo- primarily weekends, occasionally weekdays noon and "Bay Area News at 7 on KICU
Joe Fonzi- weekend anchor
Mark Ibáñez- sports director
* Fred Inglis - reporter/fill-in anchor
Sal Castaneda- traffic
Rosy Chu- Community Affairs director/"Bay Area People" host
Kraig Debro(also fill-in anchor)
* John Fowler - health/science editor
Robert Handa- San Jose Bureau
Renee Kemp- freelance
Jana Katsuyama- freelance
Lloyd LaCuesta- South Bay Bureau chief
Amber Lee(primarily seen evenings)
* Bob MacKenzie - feature reporter
Maureen Naylor- freelance reporter
Rob Roth- San Francisco Bureau
John Sasaki- also fill-in anchor
Randy Shandobil- political editor
*Bob Shaw - movie critic/entertainment reporter
Tom Vacar- consumer editor
Claudine Wong(primarily seen mornings and noon)
Marilyn Baker- Reporter
Brian Banmiller- Business editor for KTVU, former host of "Banmiller on Business"
Larry Beil- Now at KGO-TV and KBWB on ABC7 News at 11 p.m.
Marcia Brandwynne- Anchor
Brian Copeland- Feature AM reporter, currently on KGO-AM
Elaine Corral- "10 O'Clock News" anchor
Mark Curtis- Anchor/Reporter, now a political analyst
Priya David- Reporter
Ysobel Duran- Reporter
Diane Dwyer- Anchor/reporter, now at KNTV
Faith Fancher- Reporter (deceased)
Ron Fortner- co-anchor on "The Tuck and Fortner Report" (deceased)
Eric Greene- "2 at Noon" host and "Mornings on 2" anchor
Leslie Griffith- "10 O'Clock News" anchor
Judd Hambrick- Anchor
* Walt Harris - Staff announcer and host of live Friday night wrestling from KTVU's studios and Roller Derby announcer at live San Francisco Bay Bomber games that were taped from Kezar Pavilion on Sunday afternoons until 1973.
Kim Hunter- Reporter
Jennifer Jolly- Reporter
Greg Liggins- Reporter
Terry Lowry- Morning and noon anchor
Claude Mann- Former Reporter and Weekend Anchor (deceased)
Bob March- Host of " Captain Satellite" children's show, Host of " Dialing for Dollars," and weather reporter
*Pat McCormick - Host of "
Dialing for Dollars," "Charlie and Humphrey" children's show
Lee McEachern- Reporter
Steve Physioc- Sports director, now with Fox Sports
Gary Park- Sports director
*George Redding - Anchor
Dennis Richmond- KTVU 2 News at 6 & The 10 0'Clock News - Anchor (retired May 21, 2008)
*Ted Rowlands Reporter, now at CNN
Julia Sandstrom- Meteorologist
*Don Sherwood - Talk show host, late 1950s (deceased)
Sara Sidner- Reporter and fill-in anchor, moved to CNN New Delhi bureau [http://www.turnerinfo.com/newsitem.aspx?P=CNN&CID01=02c14620-dd31-4f7e-886e-ee63de9de0a3] [http://www.ibabuzz.com/unscripted/2007/11/21/its-official-sara-sidner-out-at-ktvu-channel-2/]
John Stanley- Final host of " Creature Features"
Dan Springer- Morning reporter/fill-in anchor, now at Fox News
Thuy Vu- Anchor/reporter, left to anchor at KGO-TV, now at KPIX
Michael Tuck- co-anchor on "The Tuck and Fortner Report"; later worked at KCBS-TVin Los Angeles and San Diego's KFMB-TV, KGTV, and KUSI
*George Watson - Reporter and anchor
Bob Wilkins- Original host of " Creature Features," " Captain Cosmic" children's show
Kevin Wing- Reporter and longtime original assignment editor for Mornings on Two, now with ABC News
* [http://www.ktvu.com KTVU Website]
* [http://www.ktvu.com/station/1853320/detail.html Station History "KTVU.com"]
* [http://www.journalism.org/node/362 Project for Excellence in Journalism reference]
* [http://www.tvparty.com/lostSF.html KTVU Mention at "TVParty.com"]
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