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Arizona TV Station Update - January/February 2021

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

New Licenses

  • KSAZ-TV 10.x Phoenix (NW Communications of Phoenix Inc.) requested and has been granted a license to cover its construction permit to increase power on its auxiliary transmitter. Technical specifications: Ch 10; TL 33° 20' 3" N, 112° 3' 43" W (South Mtn); ERP 38.4 kW H (0.75° elec beam tilt); HAAT 500 m (1640 ft)
  • K47OC-D Searchlight NV (Digital Networks-Southwest LLC) has been granted a license to cover its displacement construction permit. Technical specifications: TL 35° 37' 41" N, 115° 16' 27" W (Beer Bottle Pass); ERP 3 kW H directional; HAAT 327 m (1073 ft).
  • K39JZ-D St. George UT (Brigham Young University) requested and has been granted a license to cover its displacement construction permit. Technical specifications: TL 37° 3' 49" N, 113° 34' 20" W (Webb Hill); ERP 0.25 kW H (1.75° elec beam tilt); HAAT

Programming Changes

  • KMOH 6.x (19) Kingman (TV-49 Inc.) has replaced Azteca America programming on channel 6.1 with MeTV.
  • KAZT-TV 7.x Prescott (KAZT LLC) has added channel 7.5 to the lineup with the PSIP description of "Testing". It simulcasts the primary subchannel.
  • KSAZ-TV 10.x Phoenix (NW Communications of Phoenix Inc.) has begun airing The Grio on channel 10.4.
  • KPPX-TV 51.x (31) Tolleson (Inyo Broadcast Licenses LLC) has dropped Qubo from channel 51.2 in favor of Bounce, Ion Plus from channel 51.3 in favor of CourtTV and Shop TV from channel 51.4 in favor of Laff. Channel 51.1 remains Ion and channel 51.5 remains QVC.
  • KWBA-TV 58.x (21) Sierra Vista has added KGUN channel 9.1 to its lineup on program 5, moving Court TV to program 6 as channel 58.4
  • K14RK-D 38.x Phoenix (Spanish Independent Broadcast Network LLC) has dropped AMG from channel 38.4 in favor of a duplication of channel 38.5, now a general music video channel mixed with infomercials.
  • KPVT-LD 2.x (27) Las Vegas NV (DNV Spectrum Holdings LLC) has replaced YouToo America on channel 2.3 with NTD TV. PSIP also shows Faith TV on channel 2.8, but it is a blank screen.
  • KHMP-LD 18.x Las Vegas NV (DNV Spectrum Holdings LLC) has replaced Faith TV on channel 18.3 with BIZ TV, has added Hermosillo, Sonora-based Telemax to channel 18.5, and YouToo America to channel 18.7. PSIP also shows NVision on channel 18.6, but it is color bars.
  • KGNG-LD 26.x Las Vegas NV (King Kong Broadcasting Inc.) has replaced Light TV on channel 26.5 with The Grio.

Call Sign Changes

  • K28MO-D Gila River Indan Community (Gila River Telecommunications Inc.) has changed its call sign to KGRY-LD, reviving the calls of a former station that had transmitted from the Blackwater district of the reservation, near Coolidge, before KGRQ-LD moved to Sacaton Peak.
  • KFPB-LD 50.x (25) Globe (Globe LPTV LLC) has changed its call sign to KDVD-LD.
  • K47OC-D Searchlight NV (Digital Networks-Southwest LLC), has changed its call sign twice, first to K12XL-D, then to KVGA-LD, having been granted a license to cover its displacement construction permit. It has also changed its city of license to Las Vegas NV.
  • K39JZ-D St. George UT (Brigham Young University) has changed its call sign to K14RO-D, having been granted a license to cover its displacement construction permit.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

  • KPNX 12.x Mesa (Multimedia Holdings Corporation) has been granted its request for rulemaking to change the allotment for Mesa from RF channel 12 to RF channel 18.
  • KMYU 12.x St. George UT (KUTV Licensee LLC) has requested rulemaking to change the allotment for St. George from RF channel 9 to RF channel 21.

Transactions

  • KMSQ-LD 15.x Mesquite NV (Tiny Tortoise Investments LLC) has been granted permission by the FCC to be assigned to First Kings Broadcasting Inc., a Mesquite-based corporation headed by Mark C. Nolte. Nolte is also General Manager of Mountain Ridge Holdings Inc., the licensee of KVTE-LD in Las Vegas NV. The transaction is still awaiting consummation.

Construction permits and Special Temporary Authorizations (STAs) granted

  • KPNX 12.x Mesa (Multimedia Holdings Corporation) requested and has been granted a construction permit to change its broadcast channel. KPNX's move to RF channel 18 displaces K18DD-D Camp Verde, K18JL-D Phoenix and K18NN-D Globe, so look for those stations to file displacement applications or shut down altogether soon. Technical specifications: Ch 18; TL 33° 20' 0" N, 112° 3' 51" W (South Mtn.); ERP 1000 kW H / Unknown V, directional, 0.75° elec beam tilt; HAAT 535 m. (1,755 ft).
  • KGRF-LD 19.x Gila River Indian Community (Gila River Telecommunications Inc.) has been granted a construction permit to move to channel 21. Technical specifications: Ch 21; TL 33° 22' 37" N, 112° 13' 34" W (Near 75th Ave. & Baseline Rd.); ERP 15 kW (1.5° elec beam tilt); HAAT -19 m. (33 m. AGL).
  • KEJR-LD 40.x (32) Phoenix (TV-49 Inc.) has been granted a modification to its license to move the antenna higher on its tower, to change from a directional broadcast pattern to non-directional, and to change from circular polarization to elliptical. Technical specifications: Ch 32; TL 33° 19' 57" N, 112° 3' 59" W (South Mtn.); ERP 15 kW H / 10.5 kW V, non-directionak, 1° elec beam tilt; HAAT 483 m (1584 ft).
  • KBFY-LD 41.x (2) Fortuna (Jeff Chang) requested and has been granted a construction permit to move its broadcast location from the Gila Pass electronics site to a site atop a building in Yuma. The STA was granted nearly two weeks later; one would think that the construction permit would have rendered it moot. Technical specifications: Ch 2; TL 32° 40' 58" N, 114° 37' 33" W (SW Cor 4th Av/24th St); ERP 0.15 kW H directional; HAAT 43 m (141 ft).
  • KPDF-CD 41.x (22) Phoenix (HC2 Station Group Inc.) has been granted a construction permit to move to a different tower in its current antenna farm and to maximize power from its authorized 12.6 kW H. Technical specifications: Ch 22; TL 33° 20' 4" N, 112° 3' 44" W (South Mtn.); ERP 15 kW H / 15 kW V, non-directional, 1.75° elec beam tilt; HAAT 472 m (1548 ft).
  • KVGA-LD 12.x Las Vegas NV (Digital Networks Southwest-LLC) requested and has been granted a construction permit to relocate its broadcast facilities to Arden Peak outside of Las Vegas. Technical specifications: Ch 12; TL 35° 56' 45" N, 115° 2' 37" W (Arden Peak); ERP 2 kW H directional; HAAT 566 m (1856 ft).

Construction permits and STAs requested

  • KGRX-LD 19.x Gila River Indian Community (Gila River Telecommunications Inc.) has requested a modification to its construction permit to specify a different tower approximately 60 m (197 ft) away. Technical specifications: Ch 19; TL 33° 19' 57" N, 112° 3' 57" W (South Mtn); ERP 15 kW H / 15 kW V (1.2° elec beam tilt); HAAT 475 m (1558 ft).
  • KGRX-LD 19.x Gila River Indian Community (Gila River Telecommunications Inc.) has requested an extension to its construction permit due to difficulty obtaining capital and tower crews because of the spectrum auction and difficulties due to COVID-19. Although GTRI believes that the station can be completed timely, it is requesting an extension until January 13, 2022, just in case it cannot finish construction on time.
  • KGRY-LD 28.x Gila River Indian Community (Gila River Telecommunications Inc.) has requested a modification to its construction permit to specify a different tower approximately 60 m (197 ft) away and to operate as a NextGen (ATSC 3.0) station. Technical specifications: Ch 19; TL 33° 19' 57" N, 112° 3' 57" W (South Mtn); ERP 15 kW H / 15 kW V (1.2° elec beam tilt); HAAT 475 m (1558 ft).
  • KGRY-LD 28.x Gila River Indian Community (Gila River Telecommunications Inc.) has requested an extension to its construction permit due to difficulty obtaining capital and tower crews because of the spectrum auction and difficulties due to COVID-19. Although GTRI believes that the station can be completed timely, it is requesting an extension until January 13, 2022, just in case it cannot finish construction on time.
  • K03ID-D Flagstaff (One Ministries Inc.) has requested a six-month extension of its construction permit due to delays in building out the station because of capital and travel restrictions due to COVID-19.
  • K42IQ-D Flagstaff (Edge Spectrum Inc.) has requested an extension of its construction permit. Edge was planning to build a NextGen Distributed Transmission System (DTS) but the FCC has not yet published its official DTS rules for LPTV/translator stations. Edge now seeks temporary authority to build a single NextGen station with a planned completion date of May 26, 2022.
  • Landover 2 LLC has requested a six month extension to the construction permits of the following stations, until January 13, 2022, so that the stations can find suitable in-core channels on which to broadcast.
    • K40MZ-D Golden Valley
    • K40NP-D Wellton
    • K41MO-D Lake Havasu
    • K41NV-D Parker
    • K43NM-D Roll
    • K44MD-D Parker
    • K45MP-D Golden Valley
    • K45MW-D Sentinel
    • K50NK-D Parker
  • Landover 2 LLC has requested a six month extension to the construction permits of the following stations, until January 13, 2022, so that the stations can get built out. For each station, Landover cites delays due to the repack, which has made tower crews unavailable, unsuitable broadcast locations, and financial issues due to the pandemic:
    • K14PE-D Bowie
    • K14SL-D Roll
    • K14TD-D Lake Havasu
    • K15IT-D Golden Valley
    • K16KC-D San Simon
    • K16NM-D Salome
    • K18KP-D Bowie
    • K18LD-D Roll
    • K18NS-D Salome
    • K21PB-D Parker
    • K22KZ-D San Simon
    • K22LA-D Golden Valley
    • K23MW-D Parker
    • K26PM-D Bowie
    • K28MN-D San Simon
    • K28QO-D Sentinel
    • K28QP-D Salome
    • K3OMT-D Bowie
    • K30NQ-D Sentinel
    • K30QT-D Parker
    • K32OP-D Roll
    • K32OQ-D Yuma
    • K34QH-D Wellton
    • K34MT-D Lake Havasu
    • K35LH-D San Simon
    • K35OW-D Parker
    • K17OQ-D Blythe CA
    • K21PA-D Winterhaven CA
    • K23PI-D Winterhaven CA
    • K26PN-D Winterhaven CA
    • K29NQ-D Winterhaven CA
  • K17JQ St. George UT (Edge Spectrum Inc.) has been granted an amendment to its STA, agreeing to accept all predicted incoming interference.

Expired, Expiring, Canceled or Dismissed

  • KDPH-LD 48.x (13) Phoenix (Word of God Fellowship Inc.) failed to resume broadcasting after being off the air for 12 consecutive months, missing the deadline by two days. The station has petitioned the FCC for a waiver of the deadline and a reinstatement of its license.
  • KTNV-TV 13.x Las Vegas NV (Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC) has withdrawn its request for a construction permit to increase power, with the intent of evaluating long term coverage objectives of the station. Could a change to a UHF channel be in the works?

Multicasting

  • Tegna, owner of KPNX 12.x Mesa, has announced a new multicast network, Twist, to launch in Spring 2021 in 41 of its 51 markets. Twist is to be marketed at women and will feature lifestyle programming. As a top-15 market, Phoenix should be among the rollout markets.
  • Scripps, owner of KNXV-TV 15.x Phoenix and KASW 61.x (27) Phoenix, has announced two multicast networks, to debut on July 1. Doozie and Defy are both set to concentrate on airing reality TV, the former to be marketed toward women and the latter toward men.

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