KION-TV is a CBS affiliate located in the Central Coast region of California. It was originally founded as KMST-TV (Monterey-Salinas Television) on January 25, 1969, and was initially affiliated with CBS. Prior to this, the CBS affiliation had been held by NBC affiliate KSBW (channel 8) as a secondary channel. KMST was available in markets that stretched from the Monterey Bay area to San Jose. In 1979, Retlaw Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Retlaw Enterprises (a company owned by Walt Disney's family), acquired KMST from its original local owners. KION-TV has been serving the Central Coast region as a CBS affiliate ever since.