History[ edit ] The station first signed on the air on Monday, September 13, At its sign-on, 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.
The station's license was originally assigned to United States International University now Alliant International University ; the school's former initials served as the basis of the station's callsign ; however, prior to the station's sign-on, USIU sold the license to Texas businessman Michael D.
Dan McKinnon who has a FCC regulations disallowed television stations that were licensed outside the United States from airing live sporting events from a U. KUSI dropped UPN when its affiliation agreement with the network expired on January 16, , citing low ratings for the network's programming locally.
In the fall of , KUSI announced plans to open a new state-of-the-art streetside studio facility in downtown San Diego. However, the site that was intended to house its new studio facilities was eventually sold to Bosa Development;  KUSI continues to operate from its Kearny Mesa studios.