KSBY is the NBC affiliate television station for the Central Coast of California. The station coversSan Luis Obispo, Santa Maria and Santa Barbara. The station is currently owned by Cordillera Communications, a subsidiary of Evening Post Publishing Company. Its studios are located at 1772 Calle Joaquin off Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo. KSBY also maintains a Santa Maria Studio located at 2370 Skyway Drive, Ste 102 in Santa Maria, CA near the Santa Maria Airport.KSBY also carries programming from The CW on its DT2 channel, originally known to cable viewers as KWCA.

KSBY 6 2010 logo
San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara/Santa Maria, California
City of license San Luis Obispo, CA
Branding KSBY 6 (general)

KSBY News (newscasts)

Slogan Spirit of the Central Coast(general)

Balanced News You Can Trust (news) "Get The Whole Story" (alternative)

Channels Digital: 15 (UHF)
Subchannels 6.1 NBC

6.2 KWCA/The CW

Translators K10PV-D Santa Barbara
Affiliations NBC
Network NBC
Owner Evening Post Publishing Company

(KSBY Communications, Inc.)

First air date May 1953[1]
Call letters' meaning a disambiguation of former sister station KSBW
Former callsigns KVEC-TV (1953-57)
Former channel number(s) Analog:

6 (VHF, 1953-2009)

Former affiliations All secondary:

DuMont (1953-1956) ABC (1953-1960) CBS (1953-1969)

Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 515 m
Facility ID 19654
Transmitter coordinates 35°21′37.3″N120°39′21.4″W


The station went on the air in May 1953, as KVEC-TV. The VEC stood for Valley Electric Company, which also built the original cable television system in San Luis Obispo, Sonic Cable. KVEC-TV was the first broadcasting station in the Central and South Coast, and aired programming from NBC, ABC, CBS, and DuMont. During its first four years on the air, the station was co-owned with radio station KVEC.

Ownership with KSBW

From 1957 to 1996, the station was a sister station to KSBW channel 8 in Salinas, which is why the station currently has a similar call sign. From 1957 to 1979, KSBY was largely a semi-satellite of KSBW, with the exception of local commercials, its local newscasts, and pre-empting the CBS network programming also carried by KCOY in adjacent Santa Maria. During this period, the KSBY sales office was located at co-owned Sonic Cable, and its local programming originated at the transmitter site. KSBY and KSBW were owned by Blair Broadcasting, beginning in 1979, until they were sold to Gillett Communications in 1986.

Ownership Changes

After Gillett restructured into SCI TV in the early 1990s, it sold KSBY and KSBW to EP Communications in 1994. EP, in turn, sold both stations to Smith Broadcasting in 1995. Almost immediately, KSBY was spun off to SJL Broadcasting in 1996 because Smith Broadcasting already owned rival station KEYT, and Federal Communications Commission rules of the time did not permit duopolies. Even today, common ownership of KEYT and KSBY would be a violation of FCC duopoly rules which forbid one entity to directly own two of the four largest stations in a single media market. In addition, the Santa Maria / Santa Barbara / San Luis Obispo market has only five full-power stations, which are too few to legitimately support a duopoly between full-power stations.

In September 2002, SJL sold KSBY to the second incarnation of New Vision Television, a company which was partially related to the present-day incarnation of that company. Evening Post, KSBY's current owners, acquired the station in 2004.

Recent History

In 2006, the station was featured in an episode of The Surreal Life, in which the cast of the reality-based series were hired as anchors and reporters for the station's 6:30 p.m. newscast. Ryan Bennett, a one time KSBY Sports anchor from 1999-2006 died on May 31, 2006 in Utah in an accident. He will be best known for his on-air talents and hosting KSBY's Sunday Night Sports Show.

Syndicated Shows and NBC programming

As of September 4, 2010, syndicated shows on KSBY includes The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Jeopardy!, and Wheel of Fortune. Furthermore, as of September 13, 2010, The Nate Berkus Show and Swift Justice with Nancy Grace will be added into the schedule.

KSBY clears all NBC programming, however, Days of our Lives currently airs at 12 noon, an hour earlier than the 1pm recommended time slot.

Digital channels

KSBY's digital channels are multiplexed, broadcasting on channel 15 using channel 6 through the use of PSIP.

Digital Channel Aspect Ratio Programming
6.1 16:9 main KSBY/NBC programming
6.2 4:3 "KWCA"/The CW Plus

KSBY's broadcasts have been digital-only since February 17, 2009.[2]


KSBY also rebroadcasts its signal on translator station K10PV-D (formerly K59CD) in Santa Barbara. K10PV-D currently holds a permit to operate its digital signal on channel 10 and as of early 2010 has intermittently been on-air with two digital channels in Santa Barbara. A translator was previously operated in Springville, California on K11FU (owned by Springville Community TV) but the station's license was cancelled in December 2007.[3]

Central Coast CW

KSBY-DT2 is the CW affiliate for the Central Coast of California. The station is part of The CW Plus, a series of cable and digital subcarrier outlets for markets below the top hundred in the country, and is carried on cable systems in San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria and Santa Barbara. It is available only on Central Coast cable systems on channel 5 and digitally over-the-air on KSBY channel 6.2. As of May 2010, the 10 p.m. newscasts produced by KSBY is carried on KSBY-DT2.

News operation

KSBY currently carries 22 hours of local news, with four hours on weekdays and only one hour on weekends. On weekdays, besides carrying a 10 p.m. newscasts over on its second digital subchannel, a two-hour block is carried at 5am, follows by a half-hour block at 5pm, one-hour block at 6pm, and a 35-minute wrap at 11pm. On weekends, KSBY carries half-hour news blocks at 6 and 11pm. Despite having new graphics in mid-2010, KSBY does not air newscasts at noon or weekend mornings. While KSBW currently airs its newscasts in high definition as of August 25, 2010, it is currently unknown if and when will KSBY will air local news in HD or widescreen SD.

Anchor Change

Since late 2009, KSBY has made several anchor changes at the station. Shortly before the end of 2009, KSBY did not renew the contract of former anchor Shari Small, who was eventually replaced by Jeanette Trompeter,[4] after Trompeter was laid off from her recent job at another station.[5]

On September 27, 2010, Richard Gearhart announced during the evening newscasts that John Reger, the former anchor for KION/KCBA, will join Trompeter for the evening and late night newscasts while Gearhart will return to the morning team with co-anchor Carina Corral later on October 4.[6] This comes a few months after a major anchor change at KSBY in which Gearhart was forced to temporarily co-anchor on weeknights after Tony Cipolla has departed KSBY on June 3.[7]

Current on-air staff


  • John Reger - weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30, 10, and 11 p.m.
  • Dan Shadwell - weekday mornings "KSBY News Daybreak" (5-7 a.m.)
  • Jeanette Trompeter - weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30, 10, and 11 p.m.
  • Victoria Johnson - weekends at 6, 10, and 11 p.m.
  • Kathy Kuretich - weekday mornings "KSBY News Daybreak" (5-7 a.m.)


  • Dave Hovde - weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30, 10, and 11 p.m. (AMS & NWA Seals of Approval and Certification)
  • Steve Adamson - weekday mornings weather anchor "KSBY News Daybreak"
  • Victoria Johnson - fill-in weather anchor


  • Nikki Ibarra - general assignment reporter
  • Caroline Lowe - Santa Maria Bureau chief/general assignment reporter
  • Keli Moore - general assignment reporter
  • Cameron Polom - general assignment reporter
  • Connie Tran - general assignment reporter
  • Hope Hanselman - general assignment reporter


  • Andrew Masuda - sports director seen weekdays
  • Bill Halter - weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Action 6 News (1970s-early 1980s)
  • KSBY News (1980s)
  • 6 Action News (late 1980s-2007)
  • KSBY 6 Action News (2007-2009)
  • KSBY News (2009-present)

Station slogans

  • KSBY-TV, Let's All Be There (1984-1986; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Hello, Central Coast (1980s-1991)
  • Come Home to the Best, Only on Channel 6 (1988-1990; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Informed. Involved. In Touch. (early 1990s)
  • The Spirit of the Central Coast (1994–present)
  • Get The Whole Story (2010–2014; alternative slogan)
  • Live, Local, News (2012–2014; primary slogan)
  • Live, Local, Everywhere (2014–present; primary slogan)


See also


  1. ^ The Television and Cable Factbook says May 25, some other sources say May 13.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^
  4. ^ Anchor away at KSBY-TV
  5. ^ Jeanette Trompeter becomes the news. Again.
  6. ^ KSBY News Announces New Co-Anchor
  7. ^ TV news anchor Tony Cipolla leaves San Luis Obispo's KSBY after 20 years

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