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Santa Maria/San Luis Obispo/
Santa Barbara, California
United States
CitySanta Maria, California
ChannelsDigital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 12 (PSIP)
BrandingDabl (general)
Fox 11 (on DT2)
Affiliations12.1: Dabl
12.2: Fox
12.3: Grit
OwnerVistaWest Media, LLC
(VistaWest California, LLC)
OperatorNews-Press & Gazette Company
First air date
March 16, 1964 (56 years ago) (1964-03-16)
Former channel number(s)
12 (VHF, 1964–2009)
NBC (1964–1969)
CBS (1964–2021, secondary until 1969)
Dabl (2019–2021)
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID63165
ERP130 kW
HAAT579 m (1,900 ft)
Transmitter coordinates34°54′37″N 120°11′13″W / 34.91028°N 120.18694°W / 34.91028; -120.18694
Translator(s)KKFX-CD 24 San Luis Obispo
KSBB-CD 17 Santa Barbara
K44DN 44 Paso Robles
Public license information

KCOY-TV, virtual channel 12 (UHF digital channel 19), is a dual Dabl/Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Santa Maria, California, United States and serving the Central Coast of California. Owned by VistaWest Media, LLC, the station is operated under a shared services agreement (SSA) by the News-Press & Gazette Company (NPG), making it a sister station to Santa Barbara-licensed ABC/CBS affiliate KEYT-TV (channel 3) and Class A Fox affiliate KKFX-CD (channel 24, which is licensed as a translator of KCOY). KCOY and KKFX share studios at West McCoy Lane and Skyway Drive in Santa Maria north of Santa Maria Public Airport; KEYT maintains separate facilities at 730 Miramonte Drive on TV Hill, overlooking downtown Santa Barbara. KCOY's transmitter is located on Tepusquet Peak in the Los Padres National Forest east of Santa Maria. Its signal can also be seen on K44DN (channel 44) in Paso Robles.


The station went on-the-air on March 16, 1964. KCOY would not have existed if it were not for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s decision in 1959 to move KFRE-TV (channel 30, now KFSN-TV) in Fresno from channel 12 to channel 30 under pressure from politicians in the Central Coast. This allowed channel 12 to be used in Santa Maria. The station signed on as Santa Barbara County's NBC affiliate, sharing CBS with KEYT.

It was owned for more than a dozen years by Central Coast Broadcasters, who acquired the station on August 1, 1968, from the near bankruptcy of the original owners.[1] The consortium of local business people including Mili Acquistapace and Burns Rick, was headed by Helen Pedotti, who had previously not even owned a television set, but took personal interest in the operation of the station.[2] The station took its current affiliation with CBS in 1969 with the consolidation of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties into a single market; KSBY in San Luis Obispo became the NBC affiliate for the newly-enlarged market. It was owned by Stauffer Communications from the early-1980s until 1995 when the company merged with Morris Communications. However, the FCC did not allow Morris to keep the former Stauffer television stations due to the agency's rules in effect at the time against newspaper-broadcast station cross-ownership which affected several of the Stauffer markets where Morris already owned newspapers. KCOY was sold along with most of its sisters to Benedek Broadcasting in 1996. Three years later, Benedek traded KCOY to the Ackerley Group for that company's KKTV in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2002, Ackerley was bought out by Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia).[citation needed]

On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel entered into an agreement to sell its entire television stations group to Newport Television, a broadcasting holding company controlled by the private equity firm Providence Equity Partners. The sale was finalized on March 14, 2008.[3] However, due to Providence Equity Partners' partial ownership of media properties which serve portions of the Santa Maria / San Luis Obispo market, KCOY and sister station KKFX-CA were resold to the Cowles Publishing Company with the group deal closing on May 7, 2008.[4][5]

The station moved from 1503 North McClelland Street, which is now a church, to its current location in the late-1980s.[6] KCOY was the hometown station in 2005 when it covered the trial of Michael Jackson since it was held at the Llewelyn Justice Center in Santa Maria.

On September 20, 2013, News-Press & Gazette Company, owner of KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara, announced that it would take over some of KCOY's operations (including its news operation) under a shared services agreement. Sister station KKFX-CA, as well as Monterey sister stations KION-TV and KMUV-LP, were to be sold to NPG directly.[7] The sale was completed on December 13.[8] Almost immediately following consummation, the KCOY web site was folded into the KEYT web site. On December 26, Cowles composed a deal to sell KCOY to VistaWest Media, a company based in St. Joseph, Missouri (where NPG is also based); the station was to remain operated by NPG under a shared services agreement.[9] The sale was completed on January 30, 2015.[10]

The News-Press & Gazette Company announced on October 10, 2018 that it would be converting KSBB-CD to ATSC 3.0 operations, airing News Now in that format, with its own ATSC 1.0 signal and programming being moved to a subchannel of KEYT-TV.[11]

On January 1, 2021, the CBS affiliation was moved to the secondary subchannel of ABC affiliated sister station KEYT-TV, with Dabl moving from KCOY-DT4 to KCOY-DT1.[12]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[13]
12.1 1080i 16:9 KCOY-HD Dabl
12.2 720p FOX-DT Simulcast of KKFX-CD / Fox
12.3 480i Grit TV Grit

Analog-to-digital conversion

KCOY-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 12, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 19.[14] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 12.


KCOY is also the first in the Santa Maria–Santa Barbara–San Luis Obispo market to broadcast a high definition signal. In addition to being offered for free over-the-air, it can be found on digital cable systems including Comcast Xfinity channel 212, Cox channel 1012, and Charter Spectrum channel 782.


Syndicated programming on KCOY-DT2 includes 25 Words or Less, The Simpsons (which also airs first-run episodes via Fox), Two and a Half Men, Last Man Standing and The Big Bang Theory.

News operation

Their studios at the corner of Skyway Drive and McCoy Lane in Santa Maria.
Their studios at the corner of Skyway Drive and McCoy Lane in Santa Maria.

KCOY produces its local newscasts both for the station itself and for sister station KKFX, totaling 30½ hours, with 5½ hours each weekday and 90 minutes on weekends. On weekdays, a two-hour morning newscast is shown at 5 a.m., with an additional hour over on KKFX since CBS This Morning is carried on KCOY. Half-hour blocks are broadcast at 5, 6, and a 35-minute wrap at 11 p.m. On weekends there are half-hour newscasts at 6 and 11 p.m. Like rival KSBY, KCOY does not produce a midday newscast nor a weekend morning newscast.

Central Coast News This Morning airs weekdays from 5 to 7 a.m. on KCOY. Unlike most CBS affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, KCOY does not air midday news during the week. In addition to the main studios, the station operates from a bureau in San Luis Obispo (on Pacific Street) and Santa Barbara (at the KEYT studios).

KCOY and KKFX broadcast their news in high definition starting in July 2011.

On January 6, 2012, the station announced that in an effort to cut costs, a round of layoffs was announced that included the elimination of the sports department, cutting its morning show to only one hour on weekdays, and having the evening newscasts to be based at the KION/KCBA studios.[15] Layoffs included chief meteorologist Jim Byrne and sports anchor Kevin Roose, although weeknight anchor Arturo Santiago[16] and sports anchor Dave Alley[17] shifted to reporting duties. On May 5, 2014, KCOY resumed live newscasts, based out of KEYT in Santa Barbara.

Notable former on-air staff


  1. ^[permanent dead link]
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Clear Channel Agrees to Sell Television Station Group to Providence Equity Partners" (Press release). Clear Channel Communications. 2007-04-20. Archived from the original on 2007-04-25. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
  4. ^ Deals - 10/8/2007 - Broadcasting & Cable
  5. ^ Cowles Company expands into California
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-01-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "KCOY to 'share services' with KEYT parent company under planned station purchases". Santa Maria Times. September 23, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  8. ^ [1] Archived 2013-12-19 at the Wayback Machine NewsChannel 3 Owner Completes Purchase of Fox 11, KEYT, 13 December 2013, Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  9. ^ Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 13 January 2014
  10. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  11. ^
  12. ^ How to find NewsChannel 12 (NewsChannel 3-12) 1 January 2021
  13. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KCOY
  14. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  15. ^ Weatherman Jim Byrne among 13 laid off at KCOY, KKFX Archived 2012-01-08 at the Wayback Machine The Tribune. Posted on January 5, 2012; updated on January 6, 2012.
  16. ^ KCOY lays off 13 people Cal Coast News. Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  17. ^ KCOY, KKFX lays off employees Santa Maria Times. Retrieved on January 16, 2012.
  18. ^ "TV reporter Kerley off to ABC in D.C." Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 10 February 2004. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  19. ^ "David Lee's LinkedIn profile". Retrieved 12 March 2013.

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