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The distinction of being the Bay Area's only O&O station ended in 1995 when several other stations in the San Francisco-Oakland market became network-owned stations over the next twenty years—including KBHK (now KBCW) becoming a charter member of UPN (in which the station's then-owner was a partner) in 1995, KPIX becoming a CBS O&O with the network's 1995 merger with Westinghouse, KNTV becoming an NBC O&O in 2002 after being bought by the network after it disaffiliated from KRON-TV, and KTVU becoming a Fox O&O in 2015 after being acquired by the network alongside sister station KICU-TV a year prior (although KICU remains an independent station due to KRON-TV's affiliation with My Network TV).After ABC sold Detroit's WXYZ-TV to Scripps–Howard Broadcasting in 1986 as part of the Capital Cities/ABC merger, KGO-TV went on to be the longest-serving ABC O&O outside of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.Syndicated game shows Oh My Word and The Anniversary Game were produced at KGO-TV by Circle Seven Productions.In the mid-1950s, KGO-TV telecast live weeknight variety shows hosted by KSFO disc jockey Don Sherwood, until Sherwood was fired for making a political comment in defiance of a warning from station management.In response, a cable-only ABC affiliate was set up for the areas affected, that simulcast KGO-TV's programming (including ABC programming and local newscasts), with the exception of programs that channel 7 was only allowed to show within the San Francisco market under syndication exclusivity rules.On December 20, 2010, Hearst Television, owners of NBC affiliate KSBW, signed an affiliation agreement with ABC to bring the network's programming to KSBW's second digital subchannel.
It was not until September 1950 that the station announced, in the San Francisco Chronicle, that it would broadcast seven days a week.
and Wheel of Fortune (the former two programs are distributed by the station's corporate cousin, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, while the latter two are produced by Sony Pictures Television). and Wheel have aired on KGO-TV since both shows moved to the station from KRON-TV in 1992. From June 26, 2006 to September 10, 2010, KGO-TV broadcast a locally produced weekday variety show called The View from the Bay, hosted by Spencer Christian and Janelle Wang.
The Oprah Winfrey Show aired on KGO-TV throughout the program's tenure from 1986 to 2011. Chicago at WLS-TV evolved into The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Live with Kelly and Ryan evolved from a similar A. The hour-long show focused on local attractions as well as interviews and other interests in the Bay Area.
Channel 7 was the fourth of ABC's five original owned-and-operated stations to sign-on, after outlets in New York City, Chicago and Detroit, and before Los Angeles.
In addition, it is the only ABC station to keep its original call letters, which were inherited from KGO radio (810 AM).