Arizona TV Station Update - November 2015
As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.
- K16EO-D 9.x Oro Valley/Tucson (Journal Broadcast Corporation) requested and was granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 16; TL 32° 12' 51" N, 111° 0' 19" W (Tumamoc Hill); ERP 9 kW directional (1.5° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 182 m.
- K18JL-D 25.x Phoenix (Mako Communications LLC) has returned to airing Amazing Facts TV (AFTV) on channel 25.1, replacing 3ABN Proclaim!
- KPHE-LD 44.x (16) Phoenix (Lotus TV of Phoenix LLC) has changed a subchannel and added new one. On channel 44.4, PBJ has been replaced by Live Gospel TV, a Quebec-based ministry. Meanwhile, channel 44.5 has appeared, bearing the PSIP short description of "SALUD". It is a Spanish-language health and lifestyle channel, but it is unknown whether it is a network feed or a compilation of programming from the Spanish-speaking world. To date, the channel has featured a show with a .eu web address, suggesting Spanish origin, and a show from Uruguay. The broadcast has had a few technical difficulties.
- KVMY 21.x (2) Las Vegas NV (Channel 33, Inc.) is going to be changing its affiliations soon, with Heroes & Icons on channel 21.1 and Decades TV on channel 21.2, according to the two diginets' websites, and Comet TV is still rumored for channel 21.3. What would happen to the Antenna TV and Cozi TV programming currently on KVMY is unknown, but with KVMY no longer being owned by Sinclair, it's conceivable that the digitnets would migrate to one of the two stations that Sinclair still owns, KSNV or KVCW.
- KNBX-CD 31.x (14) Las Vegas NV (Mako Communications LLC) has gotten HOT again, on channel 31.4.
- KGNG-LD 47.x (48) Las Vegas NV (King Kong Broadcasting) has replaced AVIVA programming on channel 47.2 with Buzzr, supplemented Movies+ programming on channel 47.5 with The Works, and replaced NewsMax TV on channel 47.8 with The Justice Channel.
- XHAPS 12.x (22) Agua Prieta SO (Gobierno del Estado de Sonora) is broadcasting in digital. The station has only its primary subchannel and broadcasts Telemax programming. Technical specifications: Ch 22; TL 31° 18' 42" N, 109° 32' 5" W; ERP 2.5 kW.
- XHNAC 7.x (33) Naco SO (Gobierno del Estado de Sonora) is broadcasting in digital. The station has only its primary subchannel and broadcasts Telemax programming. Technical specifications: Ch 33; TL 31° 19' 38" N, 109° 56' 55" W; ERP 0.036 kW.
- XHCAN 4.x (25) Cananea SO (Televisión Azteca SA de CV) is broadcasting in digital. The station has only its primary subchannel and broadcasts Azteca 7 programming. Technical specifications: Ch 25; TL 30° 58' 57" N, 110° 18' 18" W; ERP 5.11 kW.
- XHFA 2.x (15) Nogales SO (Televisión Azteca SA de CV) is broadcasting in digital. The station has only its primary subchannel and broadcasts Azteca 13 programming. Technical specifications: Ch 15; TL 31° 18' 7" N, 110° 56' 28" W; ERP 77.34 kW.
- XHNSS 7.x (31) Nogales SO (Jaime Juaristi Santos) has changed its virtual channel from 31.x to 7.x, matching its analog assignment.
- XHNOA 22.x (24) Nogales SO (Televisión Azteca SA de CV) is broadcasting in digital. The station has only its primary subchannel and broadcasts Azteca 7 programming. Technical specifications: Ch 24; TL 31° 18' 7" N, 110° 56' 28" W; ERP 76.82 kW.
- XHNOS 50.x (41) Nogales SO (Televimex SA de CV) is broadcasting in digital. The station has only its primary subchannel and broadcasts Canal de las Estrellas programming. Technical specifications: Ch 41; TL 31° 19' 39" N, 110° 57' 8" W; ERP 35 kW.
- KMSB 11.x (25) Tucson (Sander Operating Company V LLC D/B/A KMSB Television) has been granted its request for assignment back to TEGNA, formerly Gannett. KMSB has also been granted a temporary waiver of the duopoly rule to allow retention of a Joint Sales Agreement (JSA) with KTTU for a nine-month period following consummation of the sale of the station back to TEGNA. In its grant, the FCC notes that the nine-month period was not necessary, as KMSB had authority from the FCC's 2014 Quadrennial Review Order, as amended by Congress, to keep the JSA until December 19, 2016. However, grant of KMSB's request provides sufficient time to transition even if, for whatever reason, the sales would not have been consummated prior to March 19, 2016. Although KMSB and KTTU were formerly part of a duopoly while owned by Belo, there are no longer enough independent owners in the Tucson market to allow any more duopolies; Journal Broadcast Company's duopoly with KGUN and KWBA was granted pursuant to a failing station waiver, and left the Tucson station with only seven independent owners, prior to Belo's sale to Gannett. With the sale of KMSB and KTTU to separate owners, there are again eight independent owners in the market. The only way another duopoly would be allowed is by waiver, unless a station could be proven to meet the conditions for a failing station, that is not likely to happen.
- KPPX-TV 51.x Tolleson (America 51, LP) has been granted its pro forma assignment of license to Ion Media Phoenix License, LLC. The transaction has not yet been consummated.
- KOB-TV, LLC, has been granted an involuntary pro forma assignment from Stanley S. Hubbard to the Shareholders of Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. due to changes in voting interest following the death of a shareholder. Arizona stations under KOB ownership include K43GQ-D 12.x Klagetoh and K49ET-D 12.x Many Farms.
Construction permits and STAs granted
- Live Sports Radio, LLC, was granted its two applications for new digital stations in the Phoenix area. It is presumed that the intent is to provide live play-by-play coverage to fans in the stands at the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, 2016 and the College Football National Championship on Jan. 11, 2016, both to be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
Canceled, Dismissed, Expired or Expiring
- KLHU-CD 45.x Lake Havasu City (Jensen Investments, FLP) has surrendered its license and has gone off the air. Further discussion on Radio Info's Arizona TV Forum (grateful tip of the hat to K.M. Richards for further research).
Mexican DTV Transition
- Agua Prieta, SO, is one of the cities designated for analog shutoff on December 11.
- Analog shutoff is to occur in the rest of Mexico on December 31. Border cities affected include Nogales, Sasabe and Sonoyta, all in Sonora. All other Sonoran border cities are already broadcasting exclusively in digital.