call_letters = KSWB-TV
city =
station_slogan =
station_branding = Fox 5 San Diego (general)
Fox 5 News (newscasts)
analog = 69 (UHF)
digital = 19 (UHF)
other_chs =
affiliations = Fox
network =
founded =
airdate = October 1, 1984
location = 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 =
owner = Tribune Company
licensee = KSWB, Inc.
sister_stations =
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)
class =
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 station for 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 Mesa section 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 KTLA in 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 UHF stations in the market (like KNSD and 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 WSYT in Syracuse, New York (channel 68) as the highest allocated Fox affiliate.


The station went on the air as KTTY on October 1, 1984 as 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, 1995 when it became an affiliate of the new WB network. Tribune's broadcasting division purchased the station from local interests in September of 1996 and 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.

On January 24, 2006, The WB and UPN announced 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 18 and KSWB became the San Diego affiliate. Former UPN station XHUPN-TV, licensed to Tecate, Mexico and owned by Entravision is now MyNetworkTV affiliate 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 Zell in March of 2008, it was revealed that KSWB would be affiliating with Fox. The change happened on August 1, 2008 assuming 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 KUSI would 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.

News operation

The station launched a news department and began producing a 10 P.M. local newscast in 1999 entitled "The WB News at 10". This was to counter against rivals KUSI-TV and 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 March of 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 October to NBC affiliate 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 April of 2008 when she left for WBBM-TV in 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 Neville and former XETV morning anchor, Christina Russo. There is also a new hour-long 10 P.M. newscast with former KFMB-TV anchor Kathleen Bade (weeknights) and former KUSI-TV anchor 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.

News team

"Fox 5 Morning News"
"(Weekday Mornings 5 to 9 A.M.)"
**Arthel Neville
**Raoul Martinez
*Weather and Traffic:
**Christina Russo

"Fox 5 News at 10" "(10 to 11 P.M.)"
**Kathleen Bade
**Kendis Gibson
**Kyle Hunter
**Troy Hirsch

**Susan Lennon
**Walter Makaula
**Brad Wills


External links

* [http://www.fox5sandiego.com/ KSWB-TV/DT "Fox 5"]
* [http://www.fox.com Fox]

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