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Arizona TV Station Update - September 2019

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

New Licenses

  • K20FO Sierra Vista (KVOA License LLC) requested and was granted a license to cover its displacement flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 28; TL 31° 28' 54" N, 109° 57' 35" W (Juniper Flats); ERP 15 kW directional (1° electrical beam tilt); 657 m.
  • K45LU-D 5.x Window Rock (The Navajo Nation) requested and was granted a license to cover its displacement construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 33; TL 35° 40' 51" N, 109° 3' 11" W (Tribal Hill Dr. near Roswell Dr.); ERP 2.52 kW directional (1.75° electrical beam tilt); HAAT -42 m. (21 m. AGL).

Programming Changes

  • KVOA 4.x (23) Tucson (KVOA License LLC) has added Dabl on channel 4.4 and Grit on channel 4.5. The changes are also seen on the following translators:
    • K04QP-D Casas Adobes
    • K28OY-D Sierra Vista
  • KPHO-TV 5.x (17) Phoenix (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) has added Dabl on channel 5.3. The changes are also seen on the following translators:
    • K05MR-D Bullhead City
    • K30GG-D Chloride
    • K29ML-D Cottonwood
    • K34PE-D Dolan Springs
    • K17MO-D Flagstaff
    • K27KS-D Globe/Miami
    • K18LZ-D Kingman
    • K26OK-D Lake Havasu City
    • K15LR-D Meadview
    • K30JD-D Prescott
    • K21FU-D Topock
  • KOLD-TV 13.x (32) Tucson (Gray Television Licensee LLC) has dropped Grit from channel 13.3. The change is also seen on its digital replacement translator on RF channel 13.
  • KTAZ 39.x (29) Phoenix (NBC Telemundo License LLC) is expected to add NBC Universal's new LX news network on channel 39.4 when the network launches OTA in April 2020.
  • KHRR 40.x (16) Tucson (NBC Telemundo License LLC) is expected to add NBC Universal's new LX news network on channel 40.3 when the network launches OTA in April 2020.
  • KUTP 45.x (26) Phoenix (Fox Television Stations LLC) has added a new subchannel and is expected to add another soon. Decades, which had previously been announced for channel 10.5 has debuted on channel 45.4. Start TV has now been announced for channel 45.5. The Fox 10 simulcast on channel 45.2 has been improved from 480i to 720p.
  • K14RK-D 38.x Phoenix (Spanish Independent Broadcasting Network LLC) has dropped Rev'n from channel 38.7, replacing it with a locally-produced channel called PAWS. Billing itself as an animal lovers network, its only programming so far has been video footage of squirrels. Owner Adrian Quiñones has outdone himself as television in Phoenix has hit a new low.
  • K35OU-D 21.x Tucson (Ventana Television Inc.) has added five subchannels to its signal, bringing the number of subchannels to six. Channel 21.1 already airs HSN; channel 21.2 will be HSN2, 21.3 will be QVC, 21.4 will be QVC2, 21.5 will be QVC3, and 21.6 will be Dabl. The information appears in the station's PSIP, but the new subchannels have not begun airing yet.
  • KVVU-TV 5.x (9) Henderson NV (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation) has added Dabl on channel 5.4. The changes are also seen on the following translator viewable in Arizona:
    • K28EU-D Laughlin NV
  • KBLR 39.x (20) Las Vegas NV (Telemundo Las Vegas License LLC) is expected to add NBC Universal's new LX news network on channel 39.5 when the network launches OTA in April 2020.
  • Escape has rebranded as Court TV Mystery on the following channels:
    • KVOA 4.3 (23) Tucson
    • KFPH-DT 13.4 Flagstaff
    • KFPH-CD 35.4 (12) Phoenix
    • KASW 61.4 (27) Phoenix
    • K04QP-D 4.3 Casas Adobes
    • K16FB-D 16.3 Globe
    • K21EA-D 61.4 Lake Havasu City
    • K28OY-D 4.3 Sierra Vista
    • K34EE-D 61.4 Cottonwood/Prescott
    • K34EF-D 61.4 Kingman

Call Sign Changes

  • K20FO Sierra Vista (KVOA License LLC) has changed its call sign to K28OY-D following licensing of its digital facilities.
  • K45LU-D Windown Rock (The Navajo Nation) has changed its call sign to K33QC-D following licensing of its digital facilities.

Transactions

  • KTTU 18.x (19) Tucson (Tucker Operating Company DBA KTTU Television) has been granted permission by the FCC to be transferred to Tegna under the licensee KTTU-TV Inc.
  • KASW 61.x (27) Phoenix (Nexstar Broadcasting Inc.) has been granted permission by the FCC to be assigned to Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC. Nexstar is divesting itself of KASW to keep them below the 39% cap following its acquistion of Tribune. The following translator is also being assigned:
    • K34EE-D Cottonwood-Prescott
  • KSTU 13.x (28) Salt Lake City UT (KSTU License LLC) has been granted permission by the FCC to be assigned from Tribute Media Company to Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC. The transaction has two parts: first, a transfer of control from Tribune Media Company to Nexstar Media Group Inc., and then an assignment of license from Nexstar Media Group Inc. to Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC. Nexstar is acquiring the station in the Tribune deal, but immediately divesting it to Scripps to remain under the 39% cap after the merger. The following translators viewable in Arizona are also being assigned:
    • KKRP-LD (21) St. George UT
    • K43CC-D (25) Santa Clara UT

Construction Permits and Special Temporary Authorizations Granted

  • Motor Racing Network Inc., DBA Racing Electronics, requested and has been granted Special Temporary Authority to operate a low power TV station from the premises of ISM Raceway (formerly PIR) during the NASCAR events taking place November 6-11, 2019. Technical specifications: Ch 25; TL 33° 22' 28" N, 112° 18' 39" W (ISM Raceway); ERP 0.075 kW non-directional; HAAT -57 m. (19 m AGL).
  • KPVM-LD 46.x (25) Pahrump NV (KPVM Television Inc.) requested and has been granted an Special Temporary Authority to move from its current Mt. Potosi location to Arden Peak, serving most of Las Vegas and providing more signal to points in Arizona. Technical specifications: Ch 25; TL 35° 56" 46' N, 115° 2' 37" W (Arden Peak); ERP 15 kW directional (1° electronic beam tilt); HAAT 568 m.

Construction Permits and Special Temporary Authorizations Requested

  • K23HB Flagstaff (Prism Broadcasting Network Inc.) has requested a six-month extension of its silent STA while it prepares to flash cut to digital.
  • KFPH-CD 35.x Phoenix (Unimas Partnership of Phoenix) has requested an extension of its STA to broadcast in ATSC 3.0 on an experimental basis, claiming that due to its use as an ATSC 3.0 lighthouse with much borrowed equipment, it is appropriate to remain an experimental operation instead of applying for a commercial license.

Comments

1. On Tuesday, October 1 2019, 19:50 by RDvegas

KVVU 5.3 Henderson, NV, with service leaking into Arizona, also made the change from Escape to Court TV Mystery on Monday 30 Sep 2019.

2. On Tuesday, October 1 2019, 20:54 by dhett

Oops. Missed that one. That and K28EU-D 5.x, KVVU's Laughlin NV translator.

Thanks Rick!

3. On Wednesday, October 2 2019, 04:26 by dhett

Also on Tues. 10/1, StartTV debuted on channel 45.5.

4. On Wednesday, October 2 2019, 08:35 by dhett

Correction: KUTP's Fox 10 simulcast uses VC 10.2, not 45.2. VC 45.2 is the Movies! network.

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