In December 1966 Kaiser teamed up with the Boston Globe to re-launch channel 56 in Cambridge, Massachusetts as WKBG-TV. The station had been dark (television terminology for being off-the-air) for much of the previous thirteen years. Kaiser started up its final two stations, KBHK-TV in San Francisco and WKBF-TV in Cleveland, within three weeks of each other in January 1968.
The new Kaiser Broadcasting group of stations consisted of independent outlets broadcasting on the UHF band. In Detroit, Boston, and Cleveland, Kaiser-owned stations were the first independents in their respective markets. At a time when viewer interest in watching UHF television was still at its infancy, the Kaiser group did its part in attracting audiences by programming aggressively with movies, off-network programs, and children's shows. WKBD in Detroit invested heavily in sports programming, securing rights to carry games of the NBA's Detroit Pistons, the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, and other area college teams early in its history. WKBD also produced The Lou Gordon Program, a topical (and often controversial) talk program that started out locally but was later shown by the entire Kaiser group. (Other non-Kaiser stations, including WCIX in Miami, also carried the program.)
In 1971, Kaiser entered the Los Angeles market with its purchase of Corona, California-based KMTW-TV, and changed the station's call letters to KBSC-TV. In 1972 the company sold a minority ownership (about 22.5 percent) in its broadcasting holdings to Chicago-based Field Communications. Through this exchange, Kaiser also acquired a majority interest in WFLD-TV, Field's Chicago station, and added it to its stable.
In 1975 in Cleveland, Kaiser/Field decided to merge WKBF's operations with United Artists-owned WUAB, with Kaiser/Field closing down WKBF and returning its license to the Federal Communications Commission. Kaiser/Field then purchased a minority share of WUAB, but was responsible for programming the station. In Boston, Kaiser/Field bought out the Boston Globe and ended its partnership in WKBG, which was renamed WLVI-TV under Kaiser/Field ownership. Kaiser exited television after Field purchased the remainder of Kaiser's shares in 1977, with the exception of KBSC and WUAB (which were not included and sold to other firms). Field continued to run the stations until they were liquidated during 1982-83.
|Current DMA||Market||Station||Years Owned||Current Affiliation|
|2.||Corona - Los Angeles, CA|| KBSC-TV 52|
|1971-761||Telemundo owned-and-operated (O&O)|
|3.||Chicago||WFLD-TV 32||1972-77||Fox owned-and-operated (O&O)|
|4.||Burlington, N.J. - Philadelphia||WKBS-TV 48||1965-77||defunct2|
|6.||San Francisco - Oakland - San Jose|| KBHK-TV 44|
|1968-77||CW affiliate owned by CBS Corporation|
|7.||Cambridge - Boston, MA|| WKBG-TV/|
|1966-773||CW affiliate owned by Sunbeam Television|
|11.||Detroit||WKBD-TV 50||1965-77||CW affiliate owned by CBS Corporation|
|WUAB 43||1974-775||My Network TV affiliate owned by Raycom Media|
|73.||Honolulu|| KULA-TV/KHVH 4|
|1958-65||ABC affiliate owned by Hearst-Argyle Television|
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