KFMB first greeted San Diego listeners on April 19, 1941 with an AM radio station broadcasting from studios on the corner of Pacific Highway and Ash Street. When KFMB-TV first went on air in 1949, the station broadcast popular shows from both the CBS and NBC networks before finally selecting CBS, known as the prestigious Tiffany network, as its sole affiliation. KFMB-FM went on-air in 1959.
In 1963, Midwest Television Inc., headquartered in Champaign, Illinois, purchased KFMB-AM, FM & TV. At that time, KFMB Studios were located on 5th and Ash streets in downtown San Diego. In 1977, the KFMB Stations moved to their present location on Engineer Road in Kearny Mesa.
KFMB-TV, also known as CBS 8, has a rich tradition of firsts: the first station to offer local newscasts, the first news in color and the first to broadcast local news in High Definition. In addition to its leadership in technology and innovation, CBS 8 is consistently recognized as the local news leader in both ratings and news coverage. In June of 2017, KFMB launched The CW San Diego over the air on channel 8.2 and on cable television in San Diego. In addition to carrying network programming, KFMB’s CW station broadcasts 3 hours of news per weekday.
On the radio side, KFMB-AM (AM 760 KFMB) provides entertainment, news and both local and national talk shows. KFMB-FM returned to its heritage call letters on January 4, 2016, becoming 100.7 KFM-BFM, playing “true variety that rocks.” The DSC Show, San Diego’s top rated morning show, is the morning drive programming on 100.7 KFM-BFM.
CBS 8, the CW San Diego, 100.7 KFM-BFM, and AM 760 KFMB broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Responsible for each station’s presence across non broadcast platforms, the KFMB Interactive team supports station content and promotions on website, mobile, apps, and social media platforms. Each station has robust digital platforms to extend the reach for all viewers and listeners with the goal of “KFMB Everywhere”.
KFMB is heavily involved in the San Diego community. This involvement includes special station projects such as Adopt 8 and Innovate 8, as well as promotions, fundraisers, charitable events and public service announcements. The KFMB Stations’ 2017 campaign raised over $2 million to support victims of Hurricane Harvey.
In February 2018, the KFMB Stations were purchased by TEGNA and became part of the large station group covering 23 states and over 50 stations.