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KFSN-TV, virtual and UHF digital channel 30, is an ABC owned-and-operated television station licensed to Fresno, California, United States. The station is owned by the ABC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. KFSN-TV's studios are located on G Street in downtown Fresno, and its transmitter is located on Bear Mountain, near Meadow Lakes, California.

HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

After the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s four-year-long freeze on awarding television station licenses was lifted in 1952, two radio stations—KARM (1430 AM, now KYNO) and KFRE (940 AM, now KFIG) competed for the construction permit to operate a station on channel 12, the sole VHF allocation given to Fresno. KFRE won the permit, and the station first signed on the air on May 10, 1956 as KFRE-TV. It is the third-oldest television station in the Fresno market and upon signing on, KFRE-TV took the CBS affiliation from KJEO (channel 47, now KGPE).

The KFRE stations were acquired by Triangle Publications in 1959. On February 17, 1961, KFRE-TV reluctantly moved to UHF channel 30 to make Fresno an all-UHF market under orders from the FCC. It was known by the term deintermixture, the move was made for the purpose of leveling the playing field and eliminating the potential of unfair competition between the VHF and UHF bands. A similar situation occurred in nearby Bakersfield where that city's lone VHF station, KERO-TV on channel 10, moved to UHF channel 23 in 1963. The move of KFRE-TV to channel 30 opened up channel 12 for use by KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, which went on the air in 1964.

Since 1971Edit

Triangle began its exit from broadcasting in 1971, and sold the KFRE stations to Capital Cities Communications. The new owners sold off the AM and FM radio stations as a condition of the purchase and kept the television station, changing its call letters to KFSN-TV in April 1971 (the KFRE-TV calls are now used on Fresno's CW affiliate on channel 59; that station is unrelated to the current KFSN-TV).

On March 18, 1985, Capital Cities announced it would purchase ABC. Nearly six months later, on September 9, 1985, KFSN-TV traded network affiliations with KJEO and became an ABC affiliate. The transaction was finalized on January 3, 1986, making channel 30 an ABC owned-and-operated station. In 1996, The Walt Disney Company acquired Capital Cities/ABC.

Gallery Edit

TV stations in California
KABC, Los Angeles

KEYT, Santa Barbara/Santa Maria/San Luis Obispo
KAEF, Eureka
KXTV, Sacramento
KRCR, Redding/Chico
KESQ, Coachella Valley/Palm Springs
KGO, San Francisco
KSBW-DT2, Monterey
KECY-DT2, El Centro/Yuma
KFSN, Fresno
KERO, Bakersfield
KGTV/KZSD-LP, San Diego

TV stations in Central California, including Fresno and Visalia
KVHF-LD 4 (TVSCOUT)
KAIL 7 (MNTV)
KVBC-LP 13 (MeTV)
KHSC-LP 16 (KJOI-LP)
KVPT 18 (PBS)
KFTV 21 (UNI)
KZMM-CD 22 (Ind)
KSEE 24 (NBC)
KMPH 26 (Fox)
KJKZ-LP 27 (CHARGE!)
KFSN 30 (ABC)
KBID-LP 31 (Euronews)
KJEO-LD 32 (Bounce)
KSDI-LD 33 (MEGA)
KGMC 43 (ESTRELLA)
KMSG-LD 43 (AZA)
KGPE 47 (CBS)
KNXT 49 (Ind)
KNSO 51 (TLM)
KFRE 59 (CW)
KTFF 61 (UMas)
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