A M Kusi Biography & Facts
KUSI-TV, virtual channel 51 (UHF digital channel 18), is an independent television station licensed to San Diego, California, United States. The station is owned by locally based McKinnon Broadcasting. KUSI's studios are located on Viewridge Avenue (near I-15) in the Kearny Mesa section of San Diego, and its transmitter is located southeast of Spring Valley. Its signal is relayed on low-powered K12PO in Murrieta. On cable, KUSI is available on Cox Communications, Charter Spectrum and AT&T U-verse channel 9.
15 years of fighting
The construction permit for a channel 51 television station in San Diego was first issued on June 23, 1965, to Jack O. Gross, who had previously founded KFMB-TV channel 8, as KJOG-TV. In October 1967, with the station still unbuilt, United States International University (USIU) filed to have the station transferred to it, stating that Gross was refusing to abide by an agreement reached that April to sell the station to USIU for $16,000 in expenses. However, a complication arose when Gross informed the FCC that he had reached a deal to sell the station to the Broadmoor Broadcasting Corporation, owned by Michael and Dan McKinnon alongside local radio stations KSON (1240 AM) and KSEA (97.3 FM) and television station KIII-TV of Corpus Christi, Texas, for $15,000. Under that agreement, Broadmoor would honor a deal brokered with the university, which had also applied for the channel, to acquire 50 percent. The situation prompted the Federal Communications Commission to designate an application to extend the life of the construction permit for hearing in late 1968.FCC administrative law judge Basil P. Cooper in 1970 ruled that Gross had trafficked in the permit but granted the time extension. However, the FCC's review board, later joined by the full commission, reversed the initial decision in 1972 and denied the application for more time to build the station. A year later, however, the commission granted authority to extend the permit in order to consider the 1967 application to sell it to USIU, finding that Gross's actions did not merit immediate disqualification and would unfairly harm USIU.Broadmoor continued to challenge any authority by USIU to build KJOG-TV, and in 1975, the FCC designated the university's acquisition of the construction permit for hearing, this time over concerns about whether USIU was financially qualified to construct the station and whether financial issues at the university itself, spurred by a long-delayed and complicated land sale in the early 1970s and the collapse of one of the university's major lenders, weighed on its capacity. A religious group, Christian Communications Network, intervened in the proceeding. On June 7, 1977, administrative law judge David I. Kraushaar ruled against the proposed transfer to USIU and its affiliate University Television, Inc., concerned over the financial issues and by cost estimates that were extremely low during a period of major inflation.
Early years and sale to McKinnon
In late 1980, administrative law judge James F. Tierney finally adjudicated the matter for good and granted the transfer application to University Television, dismissing Christian Communications's complaints as unfounded. What had changed was an offer by the McKinnons to provide financial support, with an option to buy a minority stake, even though the university was still showing signs of financial stress. The renamed KUSI-TV finally signed on September 13, 1982—more than 17 years after the permit was granted. It operated as a general entertainment independent station, airing a mix of children's programs, sitcoms, older theatrical and made-for-TV movies, drama series and sports events. Beginning in 1985, the San Diego Padres moved their games to KUSI from KCST-TV channel 39 due to problems with network preemptions and to sell their own advertising.By the end of the decade, however, the university's financial condition had worsened again; further, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges was threatening to revoke its accreditation. USIU was anxious to sell the station and receive a much-needed cash infusion to pay down debt, but McKinnon's ownership of 26 percent of University Television gave him veto power over any proposed transaction, and he had made several offers to buy out USIU. The dispute between the two parties escalated in December 1989, when Michael McKinnon sued the university for $7 million, alleging that the university was still using his leased equipment despite not renewing the lease. USIU negotiated with ABRY Partners—owners of stations in Boston, Cincinnati and elsewhere—to potentially purchase channel 51, but McKinnon did not want to sell out, stalling any efforts. An effort by McKinnon to purchase the university's shares failed in late January 1990, after the station filed for bankruptcy protection. When the sale collapsed, USIU asked some of its highest-paid employees to delay picking up their paychecks.Just weeks later, however, McKinnon entered into a deal to purchase the remainder of KUSI for $26.2 million; his offer was preferable to a higher-priced bid by ABRY because it would allow USIU access to money faster at a time when it needed cash to make payroll. Immediately, McKinnon announced plans to add a 10 p.m. local newscast and use KUSI as a "test market" for new local and national programs.
UPN affiliation, Fox push and return to independence
In January 1994, the station dropped its weekday morning children's programs, moving them to afternoons upon the launch of a morning newscast; by 1995, KUSI began dropping many of these shows (which were scattered among other local outlets) and added more court, talk and reality shows, mirroring the scheduling format used by Los Angeles independent station KCAL-TV during that time period. The cartoons and recent off-network sitcoms were moved to a weaker station, KTTY (channel 69, now Fox affiliate KSWB-TV), which became a charter affiliate of The WB in January 1995. On January 16 of that year, KUSI gained a network affiliation when it became San Diego's original outlet of the upstart United Paramount Network (UPN). At the same time, KFMB-TV lured the Padres from KUSI under a new radio and television contract.Eleven months later in November 1995, in an attempt to take the Fox affiliation away from Tijuana-licensed XETV (channel 6), KUSI filed an appeal against the Federal Communications Commission's decision to grant Fox a permit to broadcast live sports on the Mexican-licensed signal of XETV (McKinnon had made an earlier unsuccessful attempt to pull the Fox affiliation from XETV in April 1991). Fox had picked up the broadcast rights to NFL games from the National Football Conference the year prior, as cited in the United States Court of Appeals case Channel 51 of San Diego, Inc. vs. FCC and Fox Television Stations, Inc. 79 F.3d 1187. FCC regulations disallowed television stations that were licensed outside the United Sta.... Discover the A M Kusi popular books. Find the top 100 most popular A M Kusi books.