In the coming months, KOCE-TV will move to Costa Mesa, change its name and become the new full-service PBS station for most of Southern California.
And that means finding a new home for the cat.
The station, which has operated at Golden West College since 1972, adopted a feline two years ago when rats began invading its studio. The cat, named Koce (pronounced "COH-see"), took care of the rat problem quickly but still lives there full time, in part because the crew got attached to her.
"Now she's a part of the family," said news director Mike Taylor. "I think if you remove the cat and rats know there's no cat anymore, they'll work their way back in. But I don't think we would ever give her up, no matter what."
Over the next half-year, KOCE has plenty of things to move into the building at 3080 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa. The station announced a month ago that it will replace Los Angeles-based KCET as the region's prime PBS station, and as of Jan. 1, it will be known as PBS SoCal and adopt a slew of national programs. The offices on Beach Boulevard have already started packing up, and the studio plans to follow by June.