Gabbert becomes permanent host on KOFY

Former KOFY TV20 owner Jim Gabbert (pictured) has been selected as the permanent host of “Retro Night,” a series that airs old shows selected by viewers. Each week, viewers can choose among retro classics such as “Happy Days,” “Mork and Mindy,” “The Monkees,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Barney Miller,” “Laverne & Shirley” and more. “Retro Nights” (Sunday 8-10 p.m.) has had a number of hosts since it launched last year, but the station announced this week that Gabbert would be the permanent

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Could KRON, KOFY become a duopoly?

With KRON 4 owner Young Broadcasting entering Chapter 11, the spotlight has shifted to the company’s creditors, the people who are really in charge. RBR.comTVBR.com posits an interesting theory. A group called Silver Point Capital apparently owns a substantial piece of Young’s debt. Silver Point Capital also acquired Granite Broadcasting, owner of KOFY 20, through the bankruptcy process. “If we were running Silver Point, which we’re not, we would certainly have some interest in exchanging our big chunk of Young’s

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Four stations will pull analog plug Tuesday

The FCC has allowed four stations here shut off their analog transmitters on Tuesday, but the major network stations all plan to continue transmitting in both analog and digital until June. Bay Area stations switching are: KCNS 38 SF — to Channel 39 KFTY 50 Santa Rosa — to Channel 32 KICU 36 San Jose (transmitter at Sutro) — staying at 36 (it had used 52 as its digital channel in the past month) KOFY 20 SF — to Channel 19

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Two channels may pull analog plug early

The Chronicle reports that Most Bay Area television stations will delay until June the switch to all-digital broadcasts, now that Congress has given them the option. But two stations, KICU 36 and KOFY 20, are apparently going to all digital later this month, according to KGO-TV president and gm Valari Staab, who heads up the Sutro Tower committee this year. Management from those stations couldn’t be reached, but shutting down an analog transmitter will save a station between $15,000 and

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TV20 returns to its past as it rebrands itself

TV20 is calling itself KOFY again and is returning to local, low-budget and often wacky programming that drew attention to the station from 1980 to 1998. That was before Channel 20 went corporate and became a WB affiliate. As this parody of VH1’s “Behind of the Music” shows, former station owner Jim Gabbert is playing a key role in the rebranding. Gabbert sold sold Channel 20 in 1998 for $174 million. This video includes clips of Gabbert’s “Dance Party” show,

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Want to be a local TV host?

KOFY “Your TV 20” has announced a casting call on Dec. 17 at The Saddle Rack in Fremont for the station’s next host. The announcement doesn’t say what kind of show the successful applicant will host. “(But) while you’re there ride the bull, do a litte line dancing and check out special guest Lisa Lisa Lisa! So much fun all in one night!” And if that is too much fun, TV20 is asking would-be hosts to upload audition videos. This

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KGO-TV to launch 9 p.m. news on TV20

Three months after KRON 4 dropped its “Nine O’Clock News,” KGO-TV plans to fill the void with an hour newscast in that time slot that will be shown on KBWB-TV Channel 20 starting Jan. 8. Dan Ashley, who co-anchors KGO’s 11 p.m. news, will solo anchor the new 9 p.m. hour. He will be accompanied by Sandhya Patel with weather and Larry Beil on sports. The newscast will also include contributions from 7 On Your Side, the I-Team and Dr.

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