KDOC was initially owned by locally-based Golden Orange Broadcasting, whose investors included entertainer Pat Boone. KDOC has been on the air since 1982, and was the 5th independent television station in Los Angeles. It was the home of conservative commentator Wally George and televangelist Dr. Gene Scott until their deaths. During this period, the station was also popular for weekend broadcasts of Asian programming, which gained a significant non-Asian audience with the broadcast of the 1984–1985Japanese Miyamoto Musashi television series.
In the fall of 1988 KDOC embarked on the station’s first brief foray in television news. KDOC began producing NewsWatch 56. The newscast aired at 8PM anchored by Michelle Merker (also the station’s public affairs director) and Pat Matthews (then a radio newscaster from New Orleans). The program was moved frequently to 7PM, then 9 PM, finally 11PM. During that time the station re-branded the program as Orange County NewsWatch, and then KDOC NewsWatch. In 1992, KDOC stopped producing full newscasts; the station produced news cut-ins instead.
On April 4, 2006, Bert Ellis along with Anaheim Ducks owners Henry Samueli and his wife Susan bought KDOC for $149.5 million from Golden Orange Broadcasting. The sale closed in May 2006 and is currently licesned to Ellis Communications, Inc., a subsidiary of Titan Broadcast Management, Atlanta, GA.
In September 2006, KDOC made changes in its line-up and debuted a new slogan and logo Endless Classics (a reference to the Beach Boys album and the 1966 film The Endless Summer). The lineup included more current syndicated repeats, Anaheim Ducks hockey, some movies, as well as hours of paid programming. In 2008, the station’s programming began moving away from the “Endless Classics” format adding more recent comedies and talk & judicial shows that have ended production.
In September 2008, KDOC launched a new website. The new website brought a new look, promoting their new programming format, and removing the forum section for viewers to post questions and comments on KDOC-TV programming that many stations provide. The Endless Classics logo was replaced in late 2009. In fall 2009, the station added ESPN Plus’ syndication package of Southeastern Conference football and men’s basketball, and added its coverage of Big 12 Conference men’s basketball during the 2010-11 season.