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San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara/Santa Maria, California
Branding KSBY 6
Slogan Spirit of the Central Coast
Channel Digital: 15 (UHF)
Subchannels 6.1 NBC
6.2 KWCA/The CW
Translators K11FU Springville
K10PV-D Santa Barbara
Affiliations National Broadcasting Company
Owner Evening Post Publishing Company
(KSBY Communications, Inc.)
First air date May 1953[1]
Callsign meaning a disambiguation of former sister station KSBW
Former callsigns KVEC-TV (1953-57)
Former channels Analog:
6 (VHF, 1953-2009)
Former affiliations All secondary:
DuMont (1953-1956)
ABC (1953-1960)
CBS (1953-1969)
Effective power 1000 kW
Height 515 m
Facility ID 19654
Antenna coordinates 35°21′37.3″N 120°39′21.4″W / 35.360361°N 120.655944°W / 35.360361; -120.655944 (KSBY)

KSBY is the NBC affiliate for the Central Coast of California. The station covers San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria and Santa Barbara. The station is currently owned by Cordillera Communications, a subsidiary of Evening Post Publishing Company. Their studios are currently located at 1772 Calle Joaquin off Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo. KSBY also carries programming from The CW on its DT2 channel, originally known to cable viewers as KWCA.



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 Valley, and aired programming from NBC, ABC, CBS, and DuMont. From 1957 to 1996, the station was a sister station to KSBW channel 8 in Salinas, which is why the station 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 NBC 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. 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.

During its first four years on the air, the station was co-owned with radio station KVEC.

Other 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 6:30PM 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.


KSBY does not air a midday newscast.

The station's digital channel, UHF 15, is multiplexed. "KWCA" / The CW Plus occupies digital subchannel 6.2. 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. It can also be seen in Springville, California on K11FU (owned by Springville Community TV). 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.

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

News Team


Current on-air talent


  • Tony Cipolla (Weekdays 5, 6, 6:30, 11)
  • Jeanette Trompeter (Weekdays 5, 6, 6:30, 11)
  • Monica Quintero (Weekends 6, 11, Weekday Reporter)
  • Richard Gearhart (Weekdays 5am-7am)
  • Carina Corral (Weekdays 5am-7am, Weekday Reporter)


  • Dave Hovde (AMS & NWA Seals of Approval and Certification)
  • Steve Adamson (AMS & NWA Seals of Approval and Certification)


  • Stacy Daniel
  • Melissa Mecija
  • Danielle Lerner (Fill-In Weather Anchor)
  • Ariel Wesler


  • Andrew Masuda (Weekdays)
  • Ryan Foran (Weekend Sports Anchor & Weekday Sports Reporter)

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • 6 Action News (1996-2007)
  • KSBY 6 Action News (2007-2009)
  • KSBY News (2009-present)

Station slogans

  • The Spirit of the Central Coast (1990s-present)
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See also

External links


  1. ^ The Television and Cable Factbook says May 25, some other sources say May 13.
  2. ^


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