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KCAL is a local TV station (Channel 9 in Los Angeles), located near the south end of the giant Paramount Studios (KCAL owns the building, but it also rents Paramount's Stage 21, which serves as the base of operations for its the KCAL news department.) It is the last remaining independent television station in Los Angeles, unaffiliated with any network.
After beginning life as the old Consolidated Film Corp., the studio was purchased by the National Broadcasting Company and became the NBC west coast network headquarters for their popular radio broadcasts. In 1938, NBC moved to a new studio at Sunset & Vine.
Channel 9 also carries the Lakers basketball games live, as well as the usual mix of reruns, movies and syndicated shows - plus a lot of news coverage. (In 2000, KCAL news won more Emmy Awards than any other local station.)
Despite having a prime-time schedule that is dominated by news broadcasts, KCAL also broadcasts a few shows that require a live studio audience; unfortunately for fans of those shows, none of them are actually taped at the KCAL studio. For instance, "Judge Judy" tapes at KTLA Studios; "Jerry Springer" is taped in Chicago; "The Maury Povich Show" is taped in New York... At this time, there are no live shows taping at KCAL which require a studio audience.
Getting there: KCAL studios are located just east of the northeast corner of Melrose Avenue and Gower Street, at the south end of the giant Paramount Studios, across from Lucy's El Adobe Cafe, (See the directions for Paramount Studios.) / From the Paramount ticket office, just drive south on Gower and turn left (east) on Melrose. The KCAL studio will be on your left (north) side in the next block.
(Historical photos of the studio are compliments of O. Lytle Hoover.)
more information on this subject, you can access KCAL's official website
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