By Gary Brainard
I started working at KCOP in July 1974. The Newsroom consisted
of 4 people. The Anchor, News Director and 2 photographers.
We shot news on film and cut it ourselves. I watched the new
operation grow to over a hundred employees. Over the years
we had shows at 1pm, 2pm, 3:30pm 7:30pm 9pm 10pm 10:30pm and
finally 11pm. And now a bit of history.....
In 1946 KLAC ("Los Angeles California") Radio and
Television was born. Two years later, in September of 1948,
it was on the air with the help of Warner Bros. Studios, who
supplied most of the stage equipment. The first broadcast
was a USC vs Utah State football game live from the L.A. Coliseum.
was the first TV station to use zoom lenses. Also KLAC developed
a technology to put film on the air called "Cinema Scope".
They later sold the rights to the process to 20th Century
Fox. In 1954, Copley Press bought the station and changed
the call sign to KCOP.
In 1956 Bing Crosby bought KCOP and we became the first TV
station to use video tape. In 1960 Chris Craft bought the
station and in 1961 moved to La Brea Ave. in Hollywood. In
2001, Fox Television purchased KCOP as well as all the Chris
Craft stations. We had been to broadcasting the La Brea location
from 1961 until a Friday night earlier this month. That was
April 4, 2003. Immediately after the last show, The moving
vans moved in and took everything they needed to KTTV's building
in West Los Angeles.