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Arizona TV Station Update - March 2019

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • KASW 61.x (27) Phoenix (Nexstar Broadcasting Inc.) has been granted a license to cover its final post-repack facilities. Technical specifications: Ch 27; TL 33° 20' 1" N, 112° 3' 47" W (South Mtn.); ERP 445 kW directional (0.95° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 551 m.]
  • K39FY Zuni NM (Nexstar Broadcasting Inc.) has requested a license to cover its transition to digital on RF channel 26. Its new call sign will be K26OV-D. Technical specifications: Ch 26; TL 35° 6' 50" N, 108° 44' 8" W (E of Zuni Pueblo NM); ERP 0.83 kW directional; HAAT 94 m.

Programming Changes

  • KINC 15.x (16) Las Vegas NV (Entravision Holdings LLC) has added a new subchannel to its lineup. Channel 15.5 is the new home of Quest, having formerly been on KGNG-LD.
  • KPVT 2.x (27) Las Vegas NV (DNV Spectrum Holdings LLC) has apparently dropped channel 2.8 for good. Other channels are in and out and frozen and unfrozen on such an irregularly regular basis that they don't even merit a specific mention. If one is ever in Sin City, and has access to an OTA receiver, and even wants to spend time watching OTA TV, the DNV-owned stations - KPVT-LD 2.x (27) and KHMP-LD 18.x - are a textbook lesson on how not to run a TV station.
  • KVYE 7.x (22) El Centro CA (Entravision Holdings LLC) has added two new subchannels to its lineup. Channel 7.3 is the home of Comet, while channel 7.4 now features Charge!
  • XHMEE 10.x (15) Mexicali BC (Televimex) has a new name for its network. Once known as Galavision, then Gala TV, it is now called Nueve (Spanish for Nine), stylized as Nu9ve. Most Nueve stations identify as virtual channel 9.x, however, since KECY El Centro CA is already using 9.x, XHMEE identifies as virtual channel 10.x, so nueve is diez in Mexicali.

Transactions

  • KASW 61.x (27) Phoenix (Nexstar Broadcasating Inc.) has been proposed to be sold to Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC. Nexstar is attempting to buy the TV stations owned by Tribune and must spin off several stations in order to make the purchase permissible for the FCC. KASW is the only Nexstar station being spun off; the rest are Tribune stations. The sale would give Scripps a duopoly in Phoenix, along with KNXV-TV 15.x.
  • Blackhawk Broadcasting LLC, licensee of KYMA-DT 11.x Yuma and KSWT 13.x Yuma, has been proposed to be sold from NBI Holdings LLC to Terrier Media Buyer Inc., with a request to continue KSWT's failing station exemption so that both stations can remain commonly owned, even though there are not enough stations in the Yuma/El Centro market for a duopoly. Brian Brady, who owns 100% of NBI Holdings, which in turn, owns 50.1% of Blackhawk Broadcasting, is a minority owner of Terrier Media Group Inc., with an equity share of less than 10%. The Blackhawk stations are also requesting to be allowed to retain their shared services agreement with NPG's KECY-TV, stating that sharing studios and equipment makes each group's operations more efficient and cost-effective.
  • KVOA 4.x (23) Tucson (KVOA Communications LLC) has been approved by the FCC for assignment from Cordillera Communications LLC to Quincy Media Inc., as part of Cordillera's acquisition by Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC. Since Scripps already owns two television stations in the Tucson market (KGUN and KWBA), it needed to sell KVOA to a different owner.
  • KVOA 4.x (23) Tucson (KVOA Communications LLC) has been approved by the FCC for a pro forma assignment from Quincy Media Inc. to KVOA Television License LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of KVOA Television Inc., in turn a wholly owned subsidiary of Quincy Media Inc.
  • NW Communications of Phoenix Inc. has consummated its pro forma transfer from Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. to New Fox Inc., as part of Fox's business restructuring. The following stations are included:
    • KSAZ-TV 10.x Phoenix
    • K07OJ-D 10.x Snowflake
    • K22JD-D 10.x Madera Peak
    • K25OM-D 10.x Prescott
    • K26NG-D 10.x Flagstaff
    • K31NE-D 10.x Williams
    • K36AE-D 10.x Clarkdale
  • Fox Television Stations LLC has consummated its pro forma transfer from Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. to New Fox Inc., as part of Fox's business restructuring. The following stations are included:
    • KUTP 45.x (26) Phoenix
    • K14HC-D 45.x Prescott
    • K14HG-D 45.x Kingman
    • K15CR-D 45.x Lake Havasu City
    • K16BP-D 45.x Cottonwood
    • K18CB-D 45.x Bullhead City
    • K28CW-D 45.x Flagstaff
  • K34EE-D 61.x Prescott/Cottonwood (Nexstar Broadcasting Inc.) has been proposed to be sold to Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC, as part of the proposed sale of parent station KASW Phoenix. K34EE-D is the only translator of KASW owned by Nexstar.
  • K04QP-D Casas Adobes (KVOA Communications LLC) has been approved by the FCC for assignment from Cordillera Communications LLC to Quincy Media Inc., as part of the assignment of parent station KVOA.
  • K04QP-D Casas Adobes (KVOA Communications LLC) has been approved by the FCC for a pro forma assignment from Quincy Media Inc. to KVOA Television License LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of KVOA Television Inc., in turn a wholly owned subsidiary of Quincy Media Inc.
  • K20FO Sierra Vista (KVOA Communications LLC) has been approved by the FCC for assignment from Cordillera Communications LLC to Quincy Media Inc., as part of the assignment of parent station KVOA. The construction permit to transition K20FO to digital on RF channel 28 is also included.
  • K20FO Sierra Vista (KVOA Communications LLC) has been approved by the FCC for a pro forma assignment from Quincy Media Inc. to KVOA Television License LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of KVOA Television Inc., in turn a wholly owned subsidiary of Quincy Media Inc. The construction permit to transition K20FO to digital on RF channel 28 is also included.
  • KKRP-LD 13.x (46->21) St. George UT (KSTU Licensee LLC) has been proposed to be sold to Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC, as part of the proposed sale of parent station KSTU Salt Lake City UT, one of the Tribune stations being spun off to allow Nexstar Broadcasting to purchase the Tribune TV stations.
  • K43CC-D 13.x (43->25) Santa Clara UT (KSTU Licensee LLC) has been proposed to be sold to Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC, as part of the proposed sale of parent station KSTU Salt Lake City UT, one of the Tribune stations being spun off to allow Nexstar Broadcasting to purchase the Tribune TV stations.

Construction Permits and STAs Granted

  • KGRQ-LD 29.x (21) Gila River Indian Community (Gila River Telecommunications Inc.) has been granted a construction permit, as modified, to change frequencies from RF channel 29 to RF channel 21, to move its transmitter from the Stotonic district to Sacaton Peak, and to increase power. Technical specifications: Ch 21; TL 33° 0' 7" N, 111° 40' 28" W (Sacaton Peak); ERP 15 kW directional; HAAT 435 m.
  • K23HB Flagstaff (Prism Broadcasting Network Inc.) requested and has been granted an STA to be silent for six months, claiming that it is preparing to transition to digital operations. I cannot verify that the station has ever broadcast in analog.
  • KVTE-LD 35.x Las Vegas NV (Mountain Ridge Holdings Inc.) requested and has been granted an STA to be silent for six months, claiming that a mask filter was not functioning properly. I cannot verify that the station has ever broadcast in digital.

Construction Permits and STAs Requested

  • K23HB Flagstaff (Prism Broadcasting Network Inc.) has requested a construction permit to flash cut to digital on its current channel. Technical specifications: Ch 23; TL 35° 14' 28" N, 111° 36' 38" W (TV Hill); ERP 1.5 kW directional; HAAT 542 m.

Expired, Expiring, Canceled and Dismissed

  • An application has been dismissed for a digital companion channel for K33CG Sierra Vista (Richard Richards), proposed to operate on RF channel 36. The analog station's license was canceled in October 2014. The digital companion application was filed in October 2006, but on the same channel assigned to KFTU-TV from the same location.

NextGen TV

  • KASW 61.x (27) Phoenix (Nexstar Broadcasting Inc.) has requested Experimental Special Temporary Authorization to operate as an ATSC 3.0 station in the Phoenix Market Trial, testing Single Frequency Network (SFN) performance in conjunction with American Towers. With the mountainous terrain within the Phoenix market, there are plenty of opportunities to test SFN performance in areas normally shielded from the main broadcast signal. KASW's primary ATSC 1.0 programming (CW) would be hosted by KSAZ-TV 10.x Phoenix, while its secondary programming (HSN, Grit, Escape) would cease. There would be no loss in service, however, as all three networks are duplicated on other stations in the Phoenix market. KASW would, in turn, host KSAZ-TV's ATSC 3.0 signal.
  • KPNX-TV 15.x Phoenix (Scripps Broadcast Holdings LLC) has requested a six-month extension of its Experimental Special Temporary Authorization to participate in the ATSC 3.0 Phoenix Market Trial.
  • KFPH 35.x Phoenix (Unimas Partnership of Phoenix) has been granted a six-month extension of its Experimental Special Temporary Authorization to operate as an ATSC 3.0 station in the Phoenix Market Trial.
  • KSNV 3.x (22) Las Vegas NV (KUPN Licensee LLC) requested and has been granted Experimental Special Temporary Authorization to operate an ATSC 3.0 station on RF channel 33. The Experimental STA is valid from March 5 until April 27 and is in addition to its current STA to operate an ATSC 3.0 station on channel 33 that was granted on December 15. The STA is intended to demonstrate for the National Association of Broadcasters Show, a small-cell deployment within a large-cell operation, with the December 15 STA providing the large-cell operation and this new STA providing the small-cell operation, which is intended to be used to ensure in-building signal penetration and quality of service. Technical specifications: Ch 33; TL 36° 7' 58" N, 115° 8' 54" W (Las Vegas Convention Center); ERP 4 kW directional (1° electrical beam tilt); HAAT -16 m (12 m AGL).

Comments

1. On Monday, April 8 2019, 19:45 by dhett

The flash cut application for K23HB has been granted.

2. On Tuesday, April 9 2019, 02:20 by dhett

KPAZ-TV 21.x (20) Phoenix has replaced Salsa TV programming on channel 21.5 with a simulcast of main TBN programming.

3. On Tuesday, April 9 2019, 09:12 by RDvegas

KVTE-LD 35 Las Vegas indeed did broadcast for a week in digital. A single service was offered, that of GET TV on 35.1 My first recording of their digital signal was on 22 Sep 2018, with the final recording on 30 Sep 2018. The station abrupty ceased broadcasting and there were hints that the ownership didn't qualify for an FCC license. Employees were released, and the partnership with KGNG-LD seemed to end.

4. On Friday, April 12 2019, 08:49 by dhett

Another omitted item:

XHILA 66.x Mexicali BCN has transitioned from RF channel 46 to RF channel 20, completing the clearing of the 600 MHz block in the Imperial Valley.

5. On Tuesday, April 16 2019, 16:46 by rdvegas

KGNG-26 Las Vegas has added a new sub-channel today. It's an audio only sub-channel with a PSIP of Nfowars for the Inforwars feed. Most Arizona viewers are outside the coverage area of KGNG.

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