|Anaheim/Los Angeles, California|
|City of license||Anaheim, California|
|Slogan||Independent Like You|
|Channels||Digital: 32 (UHF)
Virtual: 56 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||56.1 Main programming
(operated by Titan TV Broadcast Group)
(Ellis Communications KDOC Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||October 1, 1982|
|Call letters' meaning||Dynamic
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
56 (UHF, 1982–2009)
|Former affiliations||DT4: Pegasus TV (2011)
Stellar TV (2012)
Plum TV (2012–2013)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
KDOC-TV, virtual channel 56 (UHF digital channel 32), is an independent television station serving Los Angeles, California, United States that is licensed to Anaheim. The station is owned by Ellis Communications, and is operated by Titan TV Broadcast Group. KDOC's studios and offices are located in Santa Ana, and its transmitter is located atop Mount Wilson.
KDOC-TV first signed on the air on October 1, 1982; the station was initially owned by locally-based Golden Orange Broadcasting, whose investors included entertainer Pat Boone. At the time of its original sign-on, it was the fifth independent station in Los Angeles, alongside KTLA (channel 5, now a CW affiliate), KHJ-TV (channel 9, now KCAL-TV), KTTV (channel 11, now a Fox owned-and-operated station) and KCOP-TV (channel 13, now a MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station). KDOC carried programs from conservative commentator Wally George and televangelist Dr. Gene Scott until their deaths. During this period, the station was also popular for weekend broadcasts of Asian programming, which gained a significant non-Asian audience with the broadcast of the 1984–1985 (subtitled) Japanese Miyamoto Musashi television series.
The station also was popular for its weekend block of professional wrestling and roller derby including World Class Championship Wrestling, Mid-Atlantic Wrestling's syndicated show World Wide Wrestling and Los Angeles Thunderbirds roller games. The station also offered some live sports programming, such as UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's basketball during the height of Jerry Tarkanian era (with play-by-play for many years called by Chick Hearn), plus Loyola Marymount University men's basketball, and a syndicated package of Western Athletic Conference men's basketball games. In 2004, KDOC (along with KPXN-TV) carried selected Anaheim Angels games, as then-new owner Arte Moreno wanted to broadcast more games beyond the slate of telecasts already contractually obligated to air on Fox Sports West and then-primary over-the-air carrier KCAL-TV.
In the fall of 1988, KDOC embarked on the station's first brief foray in television news. KDOC began producing NewsWatch 56, a primetime newscast at 8 p.m. anchored by Michelle Merker (also the station's public affairs director) and Pat Matthews (then a radio newscaster from New Orleans). The program was moved frequently: first to 7 p.m., then to 9 p.m., and finally to 11 p.m. During that time, the station rebranded the program as Orange County NewsWatch, and then KDOC NewsWatch. In 1992, KDOC stopped producing full-fledged newscasts; the station instead produced local news updates.
Much of the station's programming through the years have been situation comedy and dramatic reruns that were seen on other Los Angeles area stations in years past, after those stations either relinquished or shared the rights with KDOC. Among those shows, they include The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Cosby Show, Saved by the Bell, The Doris Day Show and My Three Sons. Reruns of the iconic courtroom drama Perry Mason had been on the station since 1988, where it aired weekdays at noon for about 20 years, and aired early mornings on KDOC's main channel until September 2011 (several of the aforementioned shows currently air on the station's Me-TV subchannel on digital channel 56.3).
On April 4, 2006, Bert Ellis, along with Anaheim Ducks owners Henry Samueli and his wife Susan, bought KDOC for $149.5 million from Golden Orange Broadcasting. The sale closed in May 2006, placing KDOC under the ownership of Ellis Communications, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlanta, Georgia-based Titan Broadcast Management.
In September 2006, KDOC made changes to its programming schedule and debuted a new slogan (Endless Classics, a reference to the Beach Boys album and the 1966 film The Endless Summer) and logo. The lineup included more current syndicated repeats, Anaheim Ducks hockey, some movies, as well as hours of paid programming. In 2008, the station's programming began moving away from the "Endless Classics" format adding more recent comedies, and talk and judicial shows that have ended production.1
In September 2008, KDOC launched a new website. The new website brought a new look, promoting the station's new programming format, and removing the forum section for viewers to post questions and comments on KDOC-TV programming that many stations provide.2 The Endless Classics logo was replaced in late 2009.3 In the fall of 2009, the station added ESPN Plus' syndication package of Southeastern Conference football and men's basketball, and added its coverage of Big 12 Conference men's basketball during the 2010-11 season.
On July 4, 2011, KDOC launched a new, revised website, as well as a new station logo (minus the "-TV" after the KDOC call letters), a new color scheme, programming promotions for KDOC's main channel (56.1) and Me-TV subchannel (56.3), videos, and news headlines for both Los Angeles and Orange Counties. On December 3, 2012, the station unveiled a new branding campaign, this time rebranding itself as "LA 56".
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming4|
|56.1||720p||16:9||KDOC-HD||Main KDOC-TV programming|
KDOC began digital broadcast operations on February 18, 2004 at 12:19 p.m. The station shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 56, on June 12, 2009 at 12:00 p.m., the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate.5 The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 32, using PSIP to display KDOC-TV's virtual channel as 56 on digital television receivers, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
As part of the SAFER Act,6 KDOC kept its analog signal on the air until later in the afternoon on February 18 to inform viewers of the digital television transition through a loop of public service announcements from the National Association of Broadcasters.
On April 4, 2011,78 Ellis Communications parent company Titan Broadcast Management was announced, along with other television station groups (such as Hearst, Capitol Broadcasting, Raycom, Cox and Media General among others) to be among the station owners that signed affiliation agreements with Me-TV, a network focusing on classic television programming that is owned by Weigel Broadcasting.9 The network was launched on KDOC 56.3 on June 13, 2011 as Me-TV Los Angeles. On September 19, 2011, KDOC's main channel adopted a new contemporary programming format, thus positioning Me-TV Los Angeles to be the network for classic television programs that once aired on KDOC.10
Although KDOC continues to carry Me-TV on subchannel 56.3, KVME-TV in Bishop (with a low-power translator station in Banning) became affiliated with Me-TV on April 30, 2012. That station carries Me-TV on their primary digital channel 20 (virtual channel 20.1), which is also available on the DirecTV and Dish Network local packages tier for the Los Angeles market. Both stations market the subchannel as "Me-TV Hollywood", changing from KDOC's previous brand of "Me-TV Los Angeles". Local advertising for Me-TV Hollywood will be completed by a jointly managed ad sales team for both stations.11 However, KVME's Me-TV feed does not carry the full schedule of programming, electing to carry Spanish-language religious and paid programming during the early morning weekday hours of 5:30 to 8am, blocking-out sitcoms such as The Beverly Hillbillies, My Three Sons, Petticoat Junction, and The Donna Reed Show. The KDOC version airs all programming intact.
On February 1, 2012, Verizon FiOS began carrying Me-TV Hollywood in the Los Angeles area on channel 462. In October 2012, Time Warner Cable added Me-TV Hollywood on its Southern California systems on channel 137.12 As of 2013[update], other cable providers within the Los Angeles/Orange County area such as Charter Communications or Cox Communications do not carry Me-TV Hollywood on their lineup.
Due to KTTV holding exclusive local rights to I Love Lucy (as they have since the 1960s; these rights are also shared with sister station KCOP-TV), Me-TV will replace any scheduled airings of that program from the national feed with The Lucy Show instead (coincidentally, Me-TV aired The Lucy Show on its national feed from June to August 2013).
Syndicated programs that are broadcast on KDOC's main channel, 56.1 includes10 According to Jim, That 70's Show, Glee, Baggage, 1000 Ways to Die, Cheaters, The Daily Buzz, Frasier, Jeremiah, Justice for All with Judge Cristina Pérez, Last Shot With Judge Gunn, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Seinfeld, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, 'Til Death, Trisha, Tyler Perry's House of Payne and We the People With Gloria Allred. The station also produces the local programs like, Box Office America.
KDOC also mainains broadcast rights to games from several local sports teams including the Anaheim Ducks, C.D. Chivas USA, the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Los Angeles Sparks, along with SEC college football and basketball and Big 12 college basketball games supplied by ESPN Plus. It also broadcasts the locally produced wrestling program Championship Wrestling from Hollywood.
On December 31, 2012, KDOC aired a live New Year's Eve special called KDOC First Night, that was hosted by comedian and actor Jamie Kennedy – however, the special quickly became infamous for a large number of technical issues, dead air, unedited fleeting profanity, and a fight breaking out on-stage. A montage of clips from the special went viral after it was discovered by fellow comedian Patton Oswalt.13
On November 21, 2013, KDOC-TV announced that it will launch an hour-long 8 p.m. newscast produced by KABC-TV in January 2014; the newscast will air seven nights a week. Concurrently, the station will also add a midnight rebroadcast of KABC's 11 p.m. newscast.14
On September 10, 2007, KDOC-TV in partnership with the Orange County Register, launched a morning newscast named Daybreak OC. The show initially covered Orange County-specific weather, traffic and news headlines; the program was broadcast in high-definition from its launch, after the station's studios moved to the Register's headquarters in Santa Ana, California.15 On September 8, 2008, the program was cut to one hour, moved to late morning and focused less on news.16 On October 14, 2008, the program was cancelled by KDOC following that day's show.17
- "Endless Classics" (2006–2009)
- "Discover Independent Television" (2009–2013)
- "Independent Like You" (2012–present)
- Multiple television listings sources
- Kdoc website Retrieved September 4, 2008
- Kdoc website Retrieved December 8, 2009
- RabbitEars TV Query for KDOC
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- "UPDATED List of Participants in the Analog Nightlight Program" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. June 12, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
- KDOC Program Listings
- "KVME to join with KDOC in creating Me-TV Hollywood brand". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- Where to Watch Me-TV: Me-TV Hollywood
- "TV train wreck: Jamie Kennedy hosts terrible, horrible, no good, very bad New Year's Eve broadcast". Zap2It. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "KDOC To Air KABC-Produced Newscast". TVNewsCheck. November 21, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
- Orange County Register: "KDOC seeks to bring local news coverage to O.C." Retrieved March 3, 2013
- Show will move to 10 a.m. Retrieved May 22, 2011
- KDOC pulls plug on 'Daybreak OC' newscast Retrieved May 22, 2011
- KDOC-TV website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KDOC
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KDOC-TV
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for KDOC-DT