Arizona TV Station Update - March 2012
As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.
- KFTU-CD 34.x (18) Tucson (Telefutura Partnership of Tucson) has been granted a license to cover its displacement flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 18; TL 32-24-54 N, 110-42-56 W (Mt. Bigelow); ERP 15 kW directional; HAAT 1090 m.
- KDOS-LD 29.x Globe (KTVW License Partnership G.P.) has applied for a license to cover its displacement flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 29; TL 33-17-21 N, 110-49-45 W (Pinal Peak); ERP 10 kW directional; HAAT 1008 m.
- K57DC Verde Valley (The Camp Verde TV Club) has applied for a license to cover its analog displacement and community of license change to Camp Verde. The station will have the call sign K25MK when licensed. Technical specifications: Ch 25; TL 34-28-12 N, 111-52-22 W (Squaw Peak); ERP 0.293 kW directional; HAAT 669 m.
- KTUD-CD 25.x (20) Las Vegas NV (VegasTV, LLC) has transferred its Class A status from its analog LPTV license to its companion digital LPTV license. Technical specifications: Ch 20; TL 35-56-44 N, 115-2-33 W (Black Mtn. Arden Peak); ERP 8.9 kW directional; HAAT 546 m.
- K43FO-D Las Vegas NV (Three Angels Broadcasting Network, Inc.) has been granted a digital Class A license. Technical specifications: Ch 43; TL 36-0-36 N, 115-0-20 W (Black Mtn.); ERP 14.5 kW directional; HAAT 291 m.
- K28EU Laughlin NV (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation) has applied for a license to cover its flashcut to digital. As a co-owned translator of KVVU 5 Henderson NV, it's virtual channel will likely be 5.x, which may cause some confusion with the translators of KPHO 5 Phoenix in nearby Bullhead City AZ. Technical specifications: Ch 28; TL 35-14-50 N, 114-44-35 W (Spirit Mtn.); ERP 1 kW directional; HAAT 692 m.
- KMOH 6.x (19) Kingman and KEJR-LD 40.x Phoenix (Hero Licenseco LLC) has been identified as the Phoenix-market affiliate for MundoFox, to debut in Fall 2012.
- KTVP-LD 22.x Phoenix (Mako Communications) has added two new subchannels. Channel 22.5 airs the Almavisión programming currently found on channel 22.1 and will become the network's new home in April, while channel 22.6 is color bars. Channel 22.4 has switched from color bars to a slide announcing that Good News TV is coming to channel 22.1 and that Más TV is coming to channel 22.4 soon. Good News TV currently airs on channel 44.3, with programming from English-language Seventh Day Adventist channels Three Angels Broadcast Network (3ABN), Dare to Dream, Loma Linda Broadcasting Network and Hope Channel, while Más TV currently airs on channel 44.2 with programming from 3ABN Latino and Esperanza TV. The Good News TV website confirms the channel change will occur this month, but gives no specific date for the change.
- KPPX 51.x Phoenix (Ion Media Networks) has adjusted its Airbox offerings. New lineup:
- 100 Airbox
- 101 Starz
- 200 Airbox 2
- 209 Gol TV
- 300 TeleFórmula
- 301 CineMex
- 302 TV Pasiones
- 303 ¡Sorpresa!
- TV Pasiones is a telenovela channel, a subsidiary of Miami-based Imagina U.S., and is currently carried on cable systems in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Allentown/Bethlehem PA, Washington DC, Chicago, Miami and Puerto Rico.
- KFPB-LD 50.x Phoenix (Globe LPTV) has replaced the video loop on channel 50.5 with Video Zona programming, duplicating channel 50.2. It has replaced the video loop on channel 50.6 with a Spanish-language Christian video channel, called Video Vision TV.
- KPDF-CA 41.2/41.4 Phoenix (Una Vez Más Phoenix License, LLC) is airing new slides advertising the station for lease, replacing an endless silent infomercial loop for the Contour Ab Belt on 41.2 and a different slide advertising the channel for lease on 41.4. The old slide had a Los Angeles contact; the new contact is from Atlanta.
- KSWT 13.x Yuma (Pappas Arizona License LLC) has been transferred to Lee W. Shubert, successor trustee of the liquidating trust. The appointment of a successor trustee means that Harry Pappas, licensee of the station and initial trustee of the liquidating trust, failed to meet his obligations to his creditor by March 26, pursuant to the terms of the settlement agreement signed in November.
- K51IO Bullhead City (MMTC Broadcasting LLC) has once again been purchased by Digital Networks-Southwest (Luken) for the amount of $390K, contingent upon FCC approval. The station had originally been included in the previous mass purchase of MMTC stations by Luken, and was approved by the FCC, but it was removed from the sale prior to consummation.
- Una Vez Más Tucson License, LLC, has agreed to sell KUDF-LP 14 Tucson to LM Media Group, Inc. for $810K, contingent upon FCC approval. LM Media is a Tucson-based television and media production company, incorporated in late February 2012, and is headed by Rudolfo Martin Velez Gonzalez. On April 1, LM Media was supposed to take over operations pursuant to a Limited Marketing Agreement contained in the purchase agreement, and for 150 days following closing of the sale, will collect past due accounts receivable on behalf of Una Ves Más. The station will continue to be an Azteca America affiliate, according to a banner at the LM Media office.
- Christian Media Associates International, Inc., has agreed to sell KEEN-CD 17.x Las Vegas to Landover Wireless for $425K, contingent upon FCC approval. Landover Wireless is building a network of hundreds of television stations under the licensee Landover 2 LLC.
Construction permits and STAs granted
- KPDF-CA 41.x Phoenix (Una Vez Más Phoenix License, LLC) requested and was granted a six-month extension of its STA to operate in digital pending Mexican concurrence for its digital application. The current STA extension expires on September 9.
- KPSN-LP 22 Payson (Multimedia Holdings Corporation) requested and was granted a construction permit to flash cut to digital, with the antenna to be located 9 m. below the current analog antenna. Technical specifications: Ch 22; TL 34-17-23 N, 111-11-26 W (Diamond Point); ERP 3.3 kW directional; HAAT 289 m.
- K36FZ Meadview (Mohave County Board of Supervisors) requested and was granted a power increase modification to its construction permit, replacing the one dismissed by the FCC in January. The new modification specifies a directional antenna pattern oriented at 290° true in order to protect co-channel KKAX-LP 36 Hilltop (Kingman). Technical specifications: Ch 36; TL 35-51-48 N, 114-5-45 W; ERP 1 kW; HAAT 205 m.
- K52EG Yuma (Three Angels Broadcasting Network) has been granted a displacement construction permit to move to an in-core channel. It already has an STA to operate on that channel, but is not yet on air. When licensed, the station's call sign will be K17LM-D. Technical specifications: Ch 17; TL 32-40-23 N, 114-20-16 W (Telegraph Pass); ERP 6.15 kW directional; HAAT 377 m.
- KMCC1-LD 32.x Laughlin NV (Beam Tilt LLC) has requested and has been granted a 6-month extension of its experimental booster STA for a fill-in translator from Black Mtn., serving parts of the Las Vegas area shielded from its main Dolan Springs transmitter. Beam Tilt has an application in place to convert its current transmission system, including this booster, into a Distributed Transmission System. Technical specifications: Ch 32; TL 35-56-43 N, 115-2-32 (Black Mtn. Arden Peak); ERP 5 kW directional; HAAT 548 m.
Applications filed / STAs requested
- KGUN-TV 9.x Tucson (Journal Broadcast Corporation) has reached an interference agreement with KCFG Flagstaff, to resolve the stations' mutual exclusivity issues and allow KGUN to increase power. KGUN has filed an amendment of its outstanding power increase application, requesting an increase to 36.5 kW. The original power increase application was for 14.5 kW, then reduced to 13.5 kW to reduce interference to KCFG's facilities requested in its 2008 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. If the FCC approves the agreement and new power increase modification, Journal will pay $5000 to KM Television, licensee of KCFG, in exchange for KM's agreement that KCFG will accept interference from KGUN. Although the requested power exceeds that normally allowed for a station at its height above average terrain, it is permissible under the largest station exception, as it will still cover less area than KUAT. Technical specifications: Ch 9; TL 32-24-54 N, 110-42-59 W (Mt. Bigelow); ERP 36.5 kW directional; HAAT 1140 m.
- K25DM Phoenix (Mako Communications LLC) has submitted an application to flash cut to digital on its current analog channel and from its current Shaw Butte location. Mako has also requested an STA to begin broadcasting using the same specifications while waiting for the application to obtain Mexican concurrence. K25DM already has authorization to flash cut on channel 18 from South Mountain. Technical specifications: Ch 25; TL 33-35-18 N, 112-5-10 W (Shaw Butte); ERP 1.5 kW; HAAT 264 m.
- K41FT Kingman (Mohave County Board of Supervisors) has filed another modification to its flash cut construction permit to replace one dismissed by the FCC in January. The new modification specifies slightly less power than previous, and replaces an omnidirectional signal pattern with a directional pattern oriented at 335° true in order to protect proposed co-channel stations in Parker and in Needles CA, and an adjacent channel station approved for Golden Valley. Technical specifications: Ch 41; TL 35-4-53 N, 113-54-14 W (Hayden Peak); ERP 1.03 kW directional; HAAT 1097 m.
- K02HR Bullhead City (Mohave County Board of Supervisors) filed two additional modifications to its flash cut construction permit to replace one dismissed by the FCC in January. The first modification reduced the proposed ERP from 0.115 kW to 0.03 kW, in order to protect adjacent channel station KSNV-TV 3.x (2) Las Vegas, and the second reduces it further, to 0.029 kW, just to be sure it remains within interference tolerances. Technical specifications: Ch 3; TL 35-12-46 N, 114-33-18 W (Katherine Landing); ERP 0.029 kW; HAAT -179 m. (6.1 m AGL).
- K55IY Camp Verde (The Camp Verde TV Club) has requested Special Temporary Authority to remain silent, being an out-of-core station. It had operated on channel 55 until January 8, but has gone dark until new digital facilities can be built out on channel 31.
- K45LU-D Window Rock (Kee Long) has requested a modification to its construction permit to move its antenna to the top of its tower and slightly reduce the ERP, keeping comparable coverage. Technical specifications: Ch 45; TL 35-40-51 N, 109-3-8 W (Diné College); ERP 2.52 kW; HAAT -61 m. (20.7 m. AGL)
- K09KV Prescott (Meredith Corporation) has requested a modification to its construction permit, moving its antenna to a different location on Mt. Francis, reducing ERP, and changing its signal source from KPHO Phoenix to K40AD Cottonwood. Although the ERP has been reduced, it still exceeds limits recently placed on the site by the US Forest Service. Technical specifications: Ch 30; TL 34-29-25 N, 112-32-0 W (Mt. Francis); ERP 2.1 kW directional; HAAT m.
- KDTP-LP 58 Phoenix (Community Television Educators) has requested a new digital companion channel to replace the digital companion application that expired in February. Technical specifications: Ch 11; TL 33-20-1 N, 112-3-45 W (South Mtn.); ERP 3 kW non-directional; HAAT 487 m.
Canceled, Denied, Dismissed, Expired or Expiring
- The FCC has dismissed a displacement application from KWTA-LP 31 Tucson (Venture Technologies Group LLC) to flash cut to digital on channel 27. KWTA-LP does not qualify for displacement relief, likely because the station from which they claimed displacement, KSAZ-TV Phoenix, ceased broadcasting on channel 31 in June 2009.
- The FCC has canceled the analog license of KTUD-CA 25 Las Vegas NV (VegasTV, LLC) at the request of the licensee. Its Class A status has been transferred to its companion digital channel operating on RF channel 20.