KBAK-TV is a television station serving Bakersfield, California. It's a CBS affiliate,and transmits on UHF channel 29. KBAK also operates the local Fox affiliate, KBFX-CA, from a shared facility in Bakersfield, using an identical staff.
During the 1970s and into the 1980s, KBAK was owned by Chicago-based Harriscope Broadcasting, which also owned WSNS in Chicago (now a Telemundo O&O) and a partial stake in KRQE in Albuquerque (now owned by LIN TV). In the late 1980s, KBAK started signing off only on Fridays, and Saturdays, which as a CBS affiliate it continued to do until May 2008, when the sign-offs on KBAK and KBFX were discontinued and were replaced by a simulcast of the Kern Weather Channel, which is also available on digital cable systems in the Bakersfield area.
In 1986, Harriscope sold KBAK to Burnham Broadcasting, which also owned KHON-TV in Honolulu and would later acquire WVUE in New Orleans, WALA-TV in Mobile, Alabama and WLUK in Green Bay. In 1995, Burnham sold most of its stations to SF Broadcasting, a joint venture between Fox and Savoy Pictures, but KBAK was not included in the sale to SF Broadcasting, and was instead sold to Westwind Communications, a locally-based company linked to former Burnham executives.
In 1995, KBAK's contract with ABC expired and was not renewed. McGraw-Hill, the owner of KERO, cut an affiliation deal switching the two stations which hadn't already affiliated with ABC (KERO and then-CBS affiliate KMGH in Denver, Colorado) to that network, and in the process returning KBAK back to its CBS affiliation in March 1996.
On August 6, 2007, Westwind Communications announced the sale of KBAK and KBFX-CA to Fisher Communications of Seattle. The deal closed on January 1, 2008. This marked a re-entry to a California-based market for Fisher, who previously bought and sold KJEO (now KGPE) in Fresno in the late 1990s.
|Fanfare for the Common Man||Aaron Copland, Arrangement by Emerson Lake and Palmer||1979–1980|
|Allegro||Frank Gari Communications||1989–1997|
|Millennium 3||Shelly Palmer||1997–2001|
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|Right Here, Right Now||615 Music||2003–2008|
|The Viper||615 Music||2008–Present|
At KGPE-TV Fresno, Calif.: Chris Zelman, meteorologist, KBAK-TV Bakersfield, Calif., joins in the same capacity.(Journalism)(KGPE-TV names individuals joining their news team)(Brief Article)
Feb 02, 2004; At KGPE-TV Fresno, Calif.: CHRIS ZELMAN, meteorologist, KBAK-TV Bakersfield, Calif., joins in the same capacity; ZARA...