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KICU Logo.png
San Jose/San Francisco, California
City of license San Jose
Branding TV36
Slogan Fun For You
Channels Digital: 36 (UHF)
Subchannels 36.1 KICU
36.2 Korean Broadcasting System
Translators K29AB Monterey area
K31GK Ukiah
K33CH Lakeport
K64AZ Lakeport
Affiliations Independent
Fox (secondary since 2000)
NBC (secondary since 2008)
Owner Cox Enterprises
(KTVU Partnership)
First air date October 1967
Call letters’ meaning ICU = "I See You"
Sister station(s) KTVU
Former callsigns KGSC-TV (1967-1981)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
36 (UHF, 1967-2009)
Digital: 52 (UHF)
Transmitter Power 550 kW
Height 668 m
Facility ID 34564
Transmitter Coordinates 37°29′17″N 121°51′59″W / 37.48806°N 121.86639°W / 37.48806; -121.86639

KICU-TV, known as TV36, is a digital-only television station in San Jose, California that broadcasts on channel 36. It is owned by Cox Enterprises. It runs an independent schedule of classic sitcoms, talk shows, reality shows, movies, and some kids shows on weekends.



The independent station began as KGSC-TV in early October 1967 and was owned by Ralph Wilson. It is the Bay Area's longest continuously running commercial UHF television station. In the 1970s the station promoted itself as "The Perfect 36" and employed as spokesmodel busty San Francisco stripper/entertainer Carol Doda. In addition to breathing the station ID's, Doda would also do the station's editorials, which like the IDs were laced with double entendres. The first take was always broadcast, mistakes and all[1]. KGSC was also notable for the all night movies, hosted for a long time by the Old Sourdough and Wachikanoka[2]. While there were several sets of hosts for the all night movies, most versions were known as "Movies 'Til Dawn," and sponsored by a local carpet retailer.

KICU produced a half-hour 10 p.m. newscast in the 1980s and '90s. Jan Hutchins, formerly a sportscaster at KPIX, was a longtime anchor. In the late 1980s, KICU ran INN News at 10:30 p.m. INN News, also known as Independent Network News, was produced by WPIX-TV in New York City. Previously, from 1995-2000 KICU broadcast several Golden State Warriors basketball games each season. The station also was a longtime broadcaster of San Jose Sharks games. Over the years, the station ran a number of drama shows and older movies. It added more classic sitcoms and children's shows by the mid-1990s. However, the station gradually phased out children's programming between 1998 and 2002.

In 2000, the station was sold to Cox, meaning that the station moved from its original studios in San Jose to KTVU's Jack London Square facilities in Oakland, becoming the first Bay Area television duopoly. The station aired a rebroadcast of KTVU's Ten O'Clock News at 11pm from January 2000 until September 14, 2001 under the titling The Eleven O'Clock Edition of the Original Ten O'Clock News (the "Original" branding used to stand out from 10pm newscasts airing on KRON and KPIX at the time, which pushed their network primetime schedules back an hour for viewership concerns and to compete with KTVU). KICU also simulcast the 7am-9am block of Mornings on 2 in the early 2000s with a South Bay traffic/weather ticker and news briefs and breaking news specific to that area.

The station resumed airing a newscast from KTVU on January 21, 2008 with the weeknight Bay Area News at 7 on TV 36, which is anchored by Gasia Mikaelian; the station had previously aired a newscast at 7pm called Action 36 Prime News from 1992-1994.

Due to being co-owned with KTVU, KICU airs any primetime programming from Fox in lieu of KTVU if that station is pre-empting the network for local programming, or in the past, San Francisco Giants baseball until 2007. With NBC O&O KNTV becoming the broadcast home of the Giants in 2008, KICU also has taken the role of airing pre-empted NBC programming in lieu of KNTV.

KICU was the broadcast television flagship for Oakland Athletics games until 2009, when the A's signed an exclusive TV deal with CSN California. Since KTVU had the Giants, the Cox duopoly essentially had exclusive control of the local broadcast television rights for a short while until the end of the 2007 season. The station aired High School Sports Focus on Friday nights at 11pm with a 4pm Sunday rebroadcast; the show also also won regional Emmy awards. It was cancelled in 2008.

KICU also offers Korean language programming from Korean Broadcasting System, 24 hours a day on digital subchannel 52-2, virtual channel 36-2.

Cinema Insomnia

In 2009 fans of Cinema Insomnia began rallying to bring horror movie TV host Mr. Lobo to KICU to host a Saturday Night Horror show on KICU and bring back a quality hosted horror show to the Bay Area.

High definition

The station's high definition signal is carried on Comcast systems, but beyond the 7pm newscast in HD, only currently carries 4:3 SDTV content.


"I see you TV 36!" - 1980s slogan displayed before KICU programs. It was usually followed with the line, "And you should see us now!," or the corresponding music. This was a play off of the call letters I-C-U.

"You're watching the Perfect 36 in San Jose." was cooed by busty stripper Carol Doda in the late-1960s through the late-1970s, pictured from the waist up and wearing clothes which amplified her most prominent physical attributes.

"Action 36 Cable 6" - Slogan used from 1992-1995 and then again from July, 2001 until October 28, 2007.

On October 29, 2007, KICU-TV rebranded themselves from Action 36, Cable 6 to TV 36 as part of their new campaign slogan, "Fun For You".


In the Pilot episode of Monk, one of the reporters who had a microphone had the former Blue/Red/Yellow graphics but identified itself as Action 16.

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