KABC-TV, channel 7, is an owned-and-operated television station of the Walt Disney Company-owned American Broadcasting Company, licensed to Los Angeles, California. KABC-TV's studios are located in Glendale, California. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 7 from its transmitter on Mount Wilson.
|Los Angeles, California|
|Slogan||First in HD|
The team that defines breaking news
|Channels||Digital: 7 (VHF)Virtual: 7 (PSIP)|
|Owner||Disney/ABC(ABC Holding Company, Inc.)|
|First air date||September 16, 1949|
|Call letters' meaning||K
American Broadcasting Company
|Sister station(s)||KSPN, KDIS|
|Former callsigns||KECA-TV (1949–1954)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:7 (VHF, 1949–2009)
Digital: 53 (UHF)
|Transmitter power||28.7 kW|
|Transmitter coordinates||34°13′37″N 118°3′58″W|
In the few areas of the western United States where viewers cannot receive ABC programs over-the-air, KABC-TV is available on satellite to subscribers of DirecTV.
- 1 History
- 2 Digital television
- 3 News programming
- 4 Ratings
- 5 Other programming
- 6 Dispute with Time Warner Cable
- 7 Current on-air talent
- 8 News/station presentation
- 9 Gallery
- 10 Rebroadcasters
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Channel 7 first signed on the air under the call sign KECA on September 16, 1949. It was the last television station licensed to Los Angeles operating on the VHF band to debut and the last of ABC's five original owned-and-operated stations to make its debut, after San Francisco's KGO-TV, which signed on four months earlier. It was also the last of the Los Angeles "classic seven" TV stations which were originally on the VHF dial, prior to the 2009 digital conversions. (No other stations debuted in Los Angeles until 1962, when the first two UHF Los Angeles stations launched (KIIX [now KWHY-TV] and KMEX-TV, channels 22 and 34, respectively). On February 1, 1954 KECA-TV changed its call letters to the present KABC-TV.
The station's call sign was named after Los Angeles broadcasting pioneer Earle C. Anthony, whose initials were also present on channel 7's then-sister radio station, KECA (790 AM, now KABC). On February 1, 1954, KECA-TV changed its call sign to KABC-TV.
Originally, KABC-TV was located at the ABC Television Center, now called The Prospect Studios, on Prospect Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, east of Hollywood. In 2000, KABC-TV moved to nearby Glendale into a new state-of-the-art facility designed by César Pelli, as part of the Disney Grand Central Creative Campus (GC3), in the Grand Central Business Centre on the site of the former Grand Central Airport. The station is currently located four miles (6 km) east (along the corridor of the Los Angeles Riverand State Route 134) of ABC's West Coast headquarters on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank.
KABC-TV has used the Circle 7 logo since 1962 (the same year ABC created and implemented its current logo) and augmented its bottom left quadrant with the ABC network logo in 1997. The station's news anchors and reporters wear Circle 7 lapel pins when they appear on camera, a practice that had once been standard at each of the original five ABC-owned stations.
On February 4, 2006, KABC-TV became the first television station in the state of California to broadcast its local newscasts in high definition using HD cameras in the studio. Along with the in-house upgrades, the station debuted its updated news set and theme music to Frank Gari's Eyewitness News.
KABC-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, at noon on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 53, which was among the high band UHF channels (52–69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to its analog-era VHF channel 7 for post-transition operations.After the transition occurred, some viewers had difficulty receiving KABC's signal, despite operating at a high effective radiated power of 25,000 watts. On March 31, 2009, KABC-TV filed an application with the FCC to upgrade its signal strength to 28,700 watts. It was granted a construction permit on March 3, 2011.
In July 2010, The Walt Disney Company became engaged in a carriage dispute with Time Warner Cable. This dispute involved KABC-TV and three other ABC owned-and-operated stations, Disney Channel and the ESPNfamily of networks. If a deal had not been made, all of the Disney-owned channels would have been removed from Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks systems across the United States. The companies reached a long-term agreement to keep the stations and their sister cable channels on Time Warner Cable and its co-managed systems on September 2, 2010.
Digital channel 7.3 previously carried programming from The Local AccuWeather Channel; it was replaced with a standard-definition feed of the Live Well Network in 2010. On April 15, 2015, the comedy network Laffreplaced the standard-definition feed of LWN on 7.3. ABC Stations rebranded Live Well Network on .2 as Localish on February 17, 2020 to add an outlet for the Localish lifestyle content.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|7.1||KABC-DT1||Main KABC-TV Programming / ABC (HD)|
|7.2||KABC-DT2||Live Well Network (HD)|
|7.3||KABC-DT3||Live Well Network (SD)|
ABC7 Plus, branded on-air as ABC7+ with the plus sign, primarily airs programming from the Live Well HD Network, which premiered on channel 7.2 on April 27, 2009. It also airs rebroadcasts of its local news, public affairs programming, and syndicated shows. However, ABC7+ can carry shows that are normally on the main channel (7.1) if KABC has preempted them for breaking news. Two such preemptions occurred in 2007 when ABC7+ aired sports events from ESPN on ABC while KABC had continuous live news coverage of local wildfires: theSubway 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on October 21 and the first round of the Skins Game golf tournament on November 24.
On September 12, 2009 ABC7+ aired live coverage of a memorial service at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for two members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department who died while fighting the Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest. KABC's Saturday morning ABC Kidschildren's programming aired as scheduled without preemption.
KABC-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, on June 12, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. , as part of the DTV transition in the United States. The station had been broadcasting its pre-transition digital signal over UHF channel 53, but returned to channel 7 for its post-transition operations. KABC broadcasts in 720p high definition on virtual channel 7.1, since ABC Network programming uses that particular HD format.
After the digital transition commenced, some viewers had difficulty receiving the new signal, despite its current level of 25,000 watts. On March 31, 2009, KABC-TV filed an application to the FCC to upgrade its signal strength to 28,700 watts. It was granted a construction permit on March 3, 2011.
KABC-TV first adopted the Eyewitness News format in February 1969, not long after it became a hit at sister station WABC-TV in New York City. Like the other ABC-owned stations, Channel 7 used the "Tar Sequence" cue from the soundtrack of the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke as its theme music, and continued to do so even after the others adopted the Frank Gari-composed "News Series 2000", an updated version of the theme. Later on, the original Cool Hand Luke theme was used only in the news open. The station's newscasts used a synthesized version of the old theme, composed by Frank Becker, during the mid-1980s. KABC-TV picked up the News Series 2000 package in 1990. In 1995 KABC began using Gari's "Eyewitness News" music package, which remains the station's news theme.
During the 1980s, KABC-TV was one of a few stations in the country to run a three-hour block of local news during weekday afternoons and early evenings from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The station was the first in the region, if not the state, to introduce an hour-long newscast at 4 p.m., first anchored by Jerry Dunphy and Tawny Little in September 1980. Before this the station ran two hours of news from 5–7 p.m.
The station reduced this block by one half hour in 1990, when it moved ABC World News Tonight from 7:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For a time in the late 1980s, its 6:30 p.m. newscast was branded "Eyewitness Update" and served as a final recap of the day's news, similar in nature to an 11 p.m. newscast.
KABC-TV is one of two ABC stations on the West Coast to air World News at 6:30 p.m.; the only other ABC station to do this is KGTV inSan Diego. Most other Western ABC stations run this broadcast at 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. When the network soap opera Port Charles ended its run in 2003, channel 7 expanded its midday newscast to a full hour.
KABC-TV is one of two Los Angeles television stations with a full-time presence in California's state capital, Sacramento. Since late 2003, the station has shared resources with sister stations KGO-TV in San Francisco and KFSN-TV in Fresno to staff a Sacramento bureau following Arnold Schwarzenegger's election to the office of Governor of California, during the 2003 California recall.
Notable on-air staff who have worked for the station's news department include Jerry Dunphy, Christine Lund, Bill Bonds, Lisa McRee, Harold Greene, Tawny Little, Laura Diaz, Paul Moyer, Chuck Henry, Dr. George Fischbeck, Regis Philbin, Judd Rose, and Bill Weir. Former channel 7 sports reporters and anchors include former NFL players Lynn Swann, Gene Washington, Jim Hill and Bob Chandler, and former Major League Baseball player (and current Los Angeles Dodgers radio analyst and play-by-play announcer) Rick Monday.
During the 1970s and 1980s the station's newscasts often included spirited mini-debates and commentaries reflecting various political viewpoints. Several notable politicians and political pundits appeared on these segments including Proposition 13 backer Howard Jarvis, former U.S. Representative and Senator John Tunney, Bruce Herschensohn, Bill Press and Baxter Ward. In addition, like many other stations at the time, KABC-TV aired brief editorials from the station's general manager, most notably John Severino, who served throughout the 1980s. This practice was discontinued in 1990.
The introduction of Eyewitness News, followed by the addition of syndicated staples such as The Oprah Winfrey Show (in 1986), Live with Regis and Kelly, Jeopardy!, and Wheel of Fortune (all in 1992) has generally allowed KABC to maintain a substantial ratings advantage over its competition.
Leveraging the strength of its sizeable Oprah lead-in at 3:00 p.m, KABC has long held first or second in the ratings for its 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. news block. However, ratings leads for the morning and late news have typically been spirited (and expensive) battles with local stationsKTLA and KTTV in the morning, and KNBC (and recently KCBS-TV) at 11:00 p.m.
With its across-the-board ratings success in hand, the station has been known to run quick five-second promos throughout the day that say, "ABC7 – #1 in news, #1 in Southern California." This is a throwback to its openers during the 1980s, when the station proudly proclaimed itself "Number One in Southern California."
KABC-TV produces several local shows including Vista L.A.. (which profiles Latino life in Southern California), and Eye on L.A. (which has been on the air in some form since the early 1980s). On weekends, the station airs Eyewitness Newsmakers, hosted by reporter Adrienne Alpert.
The station produces a sports/variety type show branded ABC 7 Sports Zone, which formerly originated from the ESPN Zone in Anaheim. This show airs occasionally following network telecasts of NCAA football and NBA games. Most ABC 7 Sports Zone shows now originate from local sports venues including the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and Staples Center in Los Angeles, and occasionally at the station's studios in Glendale. It is hosted by Rob Fukuzaki, and is joined during the basketball season by former Los Angeles Laker great Michael Cooper. This program is a spin-off of Monday Night Live, which aired on KABC-TV from 1989 until Monday Night Football left the network after the 2005 NFL season. That show was hosted by Todd Donoho until 1997, and later Bill Weir and Rob Fukuzaki and featured an extensive trivia contest.
Prior to ABC's annual telecasts of the Academy Awards, KABC-TV produces a live pre-awards show, An Evening at the Academy Awards: The Arrivals, featuring red carpet interviews and fashion commentary. This show also airs on the network's other owned stations and is syndicated to several ABC affiliates and other broadcasters outside the country. The station also produces and broadcasts post-ceremony show called An Evening at the Academy Awards: The Winners.
In the past, KABC-TV featured various locally produced shows such as AM Los Angeles; a morning talk show which at various times featured personalities Regis Philbin, Sarah Purcell, Ralph Story, Tawny Little, Cristina Ferrare, Cyndy Garvey, and Steve Edwards as hosts. Edwards also hosted a short lived afternoon show in the mid-1980s branded 330, which aired after the network airing of the soap opera The Edge of Night. (Live with Regis and Kelly, co-hosted by Philbin and produced at corporate sister station WABC-TV in New York, now occupies the former time slot of AM Los Angeles.)
On April 30, 1954, KABC-TV aired a preview, Dig Me Later, Vampira, hosted by Maila Nurmi at 11:00pm. The Vampira Show premiered on the following night, May 1, 1954. For the first four weeks, the show aired at midnight, and it moved to 11:00pm on May 29. Ten months later, the series aired at 10:30 p.m., beginning March 5, 1955. As Vampira, Nurmi introduced films while wandering through a hallway of mist and cobwebs. Her horror-related comedy antics included talking to her pet spider Rollo and encouraging viewers to write for epitaphs instead of autographs. When the series was cancelled in 1955, she retained rights to the character of Vampira.
In 1964, Pinky Lee attempted a return to kids TV by hosting a local children's comedy program on KABC-TV. The series was also seen in national syndication for the 1964 and 1965 TV seasons. But the program fell prey to creative interference from the show's producers and from station management. Lee tried to fight off the creative interference, but his efforts were for naught. The 1960s version of "The Pinky Lee Kids TV Show" went off the air after one season.
Dispute with Time Warner Cable
In July 2010, ABC's parent company, Disney, announced that it was involved in another carriage dispute with Time Warner Cable for the first time in ten years. This dispute involved four ABC owned-and-operated stations (including KABC-TV), Disney Channel and the networks of ESPN. If a deal was not in place, the entire Disney cluster would've been removed from Time Warner and Bright House cable systems across the country. On September 2, 2010, Disney and Time Warner Cable reached a long-term agreement to keep the Disney family of channels on its systems.
Current on-air talent
- Phillip Palmer – weekday mornings 4:30 a.m.-7 a.m. and 11 a.m. (1998-present)
- Leslie Sykes – weekday mornings 4:30 a.m.-7 a.m. and 11 a.m.; (1994-present)
- Ellen Leyva – weekdays 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.; (1995-present)
- David Ono – weekdays 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.; (1996-present)
- Marc Brown - weeknights 5 p.m. and 11 p.m; (1989-present)
- Michelle Tuzee – weeknights 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.; (1997-present)
- John Gregory – weekend mornings; (2000-present)
- Coleen Sullivan - weekdays at 3 p.m.; also general assignment reporter
- Christina Salvo– weekend mornings; (2012-present)
- Jory Rand – weekend evenings 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.; (June 2014-present)
- Jovana Lara – weekend evenings 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.; (2000-present)
- Leslie Lopez - weekdays 4:30-7 a.m. and 11 a.m.; (2015-present)
- Dallas Raines (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) – Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.; (1984-present)
- Kimi Evans - weekend mornings; (2017-present)
- Danny Romero – weekend evenings 4, 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.; (2005-present)
- Scott Reiff – weekday mornings AIR7HD
- Brandi Hitt – weekday mornings (4:30-7 a.m.)
- Danny Romero – weekday afternoons
- Rob Fukuzaki – sports director, weeknights at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.; (1994-present)
- Curt Sandoval – weekends at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., weekday sports reporter; (1999-present)
- Ashley Brewer – fill-in sports anchor/reporter
- Scott Reiff – AM Traffic, Breaking News
- Bill Thomas – Afternoons/Evening, Breaking News reporter
- J.T. Alpaugh – Alternate Breaking News reporter, fill-in
Notable former staff
- The Southern California/Los Angeles Report (1950–1962)
- Channel 7 News (1962–1969)
- Channel 7 Eyewitness News (1969–1997)
- ABC 7 Eyewitness News (1997–February 2006)
- ABC 7 Eyewitness News HD (February 2006–present)
- The Southland's #1 News Team (mid 1970s-early 1980s)
- Let Us Be The One on Channel 7 (1976-1977; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- We're Still The One on Channel 7 (1977-1978; 1979-1980; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- We're The One You Can Turn To, Channel 7 (1978–1979; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- You and Me and Channel 7 (1980-1981; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Now Is The Time, Channel 7 is The Place (1981-1982; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Come on Along with Channel 7 (1982-1983; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- That Special Feeling on Channel 7 (1983-1984; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- We're With You on Channel 7 (1984-1985; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Number One in Southern California (early 1980s–1985)
- You'll Love It on Channel 7 (1985–1986; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Together on Channel 7 (1986-1987; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Something's Happening on Channel 7 (1987-1988; 1988-1989; 1989-1990; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Los Angeles is Watching Channel 7 (1990-1991; 1991-1992; localized version of "America`s Watching ABC" campaign)
- If It's Los Angeles, It Must Be Channel 7 (1992-1993; localized version of "It Must Be ABC" campaign)
- Watched By More Southern Californias, Channel 7, ABC (1993-1996; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- TV Is Good, on ABC-7 (1997-1998; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- We Love TV, on ABC-7 (1998-1999; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Southern California's News Leader (2000–2006; general slogan)
- Number One in News, Number One in Southern California (2006–2007; alternate news slogan)
- Southern California's First High Definition News (2006–2007; news slogan)
- First in HD (2007–present; news slogan)
- The team that defines breaking news (2007–present; news slogan)
Movie umbrella titles
- The Big Show (1960s)
- Movie 7 (1969–1990)
- The 6:00 Movie (1967–1971)
- The 6:30 Movie (1971–1974)
- The 3:30 Movie (1974–1980)
- ABC7 Movie Special (1996, 2005–present)
- ABC7 Prime Movie Special (2003–2004)
- Channel 7 Midnight Movie (1993–1995)
- Channel 7 Late Movie (1995–1998)
- The Vampira Show (1954–1955)
- The Saturday/Sunday Afternoon Movie (1969–1980s)
- Hollywood Theatre (1980s–1998)
- ABC7 Weekend Afternoon Movie (1998–2007)
- The Saturday/Sunday Night Movie (1969–1996)
- The Monday Night Movie (1970–1981)
- The ABC7 Saturday/Sunday Night Movie (1996–2007)
- Insomniac Theatre (1992–2004)
- Classic Theatre (1988–1995)
KABC is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:
- K48IP 48 Daggett –Baker area.
- K19BT 19 Lucerne Valley –Victor Valley area.
- K67AO 12 Palmdale –Antelope Valley area.
- K08IA 8 Newberry Springs –Barstow area.
- K07NH 7 Ridgecrest – Eastern Kern County, California.
- K41GO 41 Ridgecrest –Inyo County, California.
- ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_ZXgqBA5S4
- ^ YouTube – KABC New Year 2000 Footage
- ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf
- ^ a b YouTube video of analog TV shutoffs in Los Angeles
- ^ FCC DTV status report for KABC
- ^ https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbsmenu.hts?context=25&appn=101303825&formid=301&fac_num=282
- ^ http://licensing.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/Auth_Files/1378318.pdf
- ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpkLGI2f9ZQ
- ^ [http://articles.latimes.com/2003/mar/15/local/me-morris15, March 15, 2003