call_letters = KSWB-TV
station_branding = Fox 5 San Diego (general)
Fox 5 News (newscasts)
analog = 69 (UHF)
digital = 19 (UHF)
affiliations = Fox
October 1, 1984
San Diego, California
callsign_meaning = San Diego's WB
(previous affiliation), may be renamed SouthWest Broadcasting
former_callsigns = | KSDT (1983-1984)
KTTY (1984-1995)| former_channel_numbers =
licensee = KSWB, Inc.
former_affiliations = Independent (1983-1995)
The WB (1995-2006)
The CW (2006-2008)
effective_radiated_power = 4,470 kW (analog)
322.8 kW (digital)
HAAT = 594 m (analog)
598 m (digital)
facility_id = 58827
coordinates = coord|32|41|47.3|N|116|56|10.3|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
homepage = [http://www.fox5sandiego.com/ fox5sandiego.com]
KSWB-TV, channel 69, is the Fox-affiliated
television stationfor San Diego, California. Its transmitter is located southeast of Spring Valley. Owned by the Tribune Company, the station has studios on Engineer Road in the Kearny Mesasection of the city. Syndicated programming on KSWB includes: " Two and a Half Men", " Family Guy", " My Wife and Kids", and " Sex and the City". It is the market's home of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. All home games are produced by sister station KTLAin high definition. Since the station is aired on channel 5 in many cable outlets in the greater San Diego area, KSWB is known on-air as "Fox 5". Unlike other UHFstations in the market (like KNSDand KUSI) that identify using their cable channels, the station does not also use its over-air channel number in station branding. Besides, it would have been too embarrassing if it was called "Fox 69" anyway; upon the network switch, KSWB surpassed WSYTin Syracuse, New York(channel 68) as the highest allocated Fox affiliate.
The station went on the air as KTTY on
October 1, 1984as a new independent station. It ran a general entertainment format featuring dramas, old movies, cartoons, and religious programming that was passed on by other stations. It also aired a great deal of paid programming. It continued to be a low rated independent station until January 11, 1995when it became an affiliate of the new WB network. Tribune's broadcasting division purchased the station from local interests in Septemberof 1996and shortly thereafter changed its call letters to the present KSWB. The company added many off-network sitcoms to the schedule. Throughout the rest of the 1990s, talk and court shows were mixed into the schedule as well.
January 24, 2006, The WB and UPNannounced they would end broadcasting and merge. The newly combined network would be called The CW. The letters would represent the first initial of its corporate parents: CBS(the parent company of UPN) and the Warner Bros.unit of Time Warner. The merger took effect on-air on September 18and KSWB became the San Diego affiliate. Former UPN station XHUPN-TV, licensed to Tecate, Mexico and owned by Entravisionis now MyNetworkTVaffiliate XHDTV-TV(identified on-air as XDTV). KSWB's call letters reference the former network. Unlike many other former WB affiliates that also had call signs relating to its former network, it has retained them.
In a seminar by
Sam Zellin Marchof 2008, it was revealed that KSWB would be affiliating with Fox. The change happened on August 1, 2008assuming the affiliation from XETV. At first, there was speculation that San Diego's CW programming would most likely come from KTLA in Los Angeles, which is seen only on Cox cable channel 14, while two other scenarios were being entertained. This included the possibility that KUSIwould pick up the CW affiliation or the network landing on KSWB's second digital subchannel (which has been silent since The Tube shut down in 2007). On July 2, XETV announced that they will be the new home of The CW on the same day KSWB becomes a Fox station.
The station launched a news department and began producing a 10 P.M. local newscast in
1999entitled "The WB News at 10". This was to counter against rivals KUSI-TVand another start-up operation at XETV. The station's news slogan was "all the news just 30 minutes" (as it was San Diego's only half-hour primetime newscast). In Marchof 2005, KSWB joined the morning news race launching "The WB Morning Show" which was made up of a simulcast of the morning news program from KTLA. It originated from that station's studios on West Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. There were local cut-ins from KSWB's San Diego studios every half hour by a solo anchor. At the end of 2005, the in-house 10 o'clock news operation ceased and was handed over in Octoberto NBCaffiliate KNSD. After KSWB ceased producing the 10 P.M. news, everyone from the news department was let go except for male anchor Jeff Powers who continued to anchor the newscast until he left the station.
"The WB News at 10" began to be produced by and broadcast from KNSD's studios on Broadway in downtown San Diego. However, weekday morning local updates continued to be done from KSWB's studios. On September 18, 2006, the morning news was remamed "CW Morning Show" and the 10 o'clock broadcast became known as "CW News at 10". KNSD reporter Anne State assumed co-anchoring duties until
Aprilof 2008 when she left for WBBM-TVin Chicago. Vic Salazar then solo anchored the 10 o'clock broadcast. The KNSD news on KSWB was a similar operation to other Tribune-outsourced newscasts that are seen on WPHL-TV, and KRCW-TV. In addition, there was a Sunday night public affairs show called "Take 5" that aired at 10:30. After becoming a Fox affiliate on August 1, 2008, KSWB once again established an in-house news operation. They debuted a brand new morning newscast which airs weekdays from 5 to 9 A.M. anchored by Arthel Nevilleand former XETV morning anchor, Christina Russo. There is also a new hour-long 10 P.M. newscast with former KFMB-TVanchor Kathleen Bade (weeknights) and former KUSI-TVanchor Susan Lennon (weekends). Associate anchors (Raoul Martinez, Walter Makaula, and Kendris Gibson) serve as sidemen for all of the new in-house newscasts, which are presented in high definition.
"Fox 5 Morning News"
"(Weekday Mornings 5 to 9 A.M.)"
*Weather and Traffic:
"Fox 5 News at 10" "(10 to 11 P.M.)"
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