About

KQCA, virtual channel 58 (UHF digital channel 46), is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station serving Sacramento, California, United States that is licensed to Stockton. The station is owned by the Hearst Television subsidiary of the Hearst Corporation, as part of a duopoly with NBC affiliate KCRA-TV (channel 3). The two stations share studio facilities located on Television Circle in Downtown Sacramento, KQCA’s transmitter is located northeast of Walnut Grove.

The station first signed on the air on April 13, 1986 as KSCH. It originally operated as an independent station and aired classic television series from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Some programs that were aired on the station had not been seen since their original network/syndication runs. KSCH was also the first station in the Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto area to provide stereo sound from its sign-on. In 1994, KSCH entered into a local marketing agreement (LMA) with Kelly Broadcasting, then-owner of KCRA.

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On February 1, 1995, the station changed its call letters to KQCA; it also became an affiliate of the United Paramount Network, and changed its on-air branding to “Q 58”. During the network’s first 2½ weeks on the air, UPN programming was only available to Sacramento viewers through cable, via San Francisco affiliate KBHK-TV (now KBCW). On January 5, 1998, it swapped affiliations with KMAX-TV (channel 31) and became an affiliate of The WB. When Hearst-Argyle Television (which became Hearst Television in 2009) bought KCRA and its LMA with KQCA in 1999, the station dropped its “Q 58” branding in favor of using its call letters and channel number.

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On January 24, 2006, the Warner Bros. unit of Time Warner and CBS Corporation announced that the two companies would shut down The WB and UPN and combine the networks’ respective programming to create a new “fifth” network called The CW. Through CBS’s part-ownership of The CW, KMAX was announced as the network’s Sacramento affiliate as part of an 11-station affiliation deal. On February 22, 2006, News Corporation announced the launch of a new “sixth” network called MyNetworkTV, which would be operated by Fox Television Stations and its syndication division Twentieth Television.

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From September 5, 2006 to September 21, 2009, KQCA did not follow MyNetworkTV’s standard 8 to 10 p.m. primetime scheduling like other affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, opting instead to air its programming one hour early from 7 to 9 p.m. followed by The Oprah Winfrey Show from 9 to 10 p.m. as a lead-in for the KCRA-produced 10 p.m. newscast (similarly, CBS owned-and-operated station KOVR, channel 13, has carried that network’s programming from 7 to 10 pm).

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