Arizona TV Station Update - May 2021
As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.
- KTVW-DT 33.x Phoenix (KTVW License Partnership GP) requested and was granted a license to cover its power increase. Technical specifications: Ch 33; TL 33° 20' 0" N, 112° 3' 49" W (South Mountain); ERP 560 kW
- KDPH-LD 48.x (13) Phoenix (Community Television Educators Inc.) requested and was granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital on an in-core channel. Technical specifications: Ch 13; TL 33° 20' 4" N, 112° 3' 44" W (South Mtn.); ERP 3 kW H directional; HAAT 461 m (1512 ft).
- K09SU-D 4.x Hildale UT (Nexstar Media Inc.) requested and has been granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 9; TL 36° 53' 37" N, 113° 1' 52" W (Point of Rocks); ERP 0.04 kW H directional; HAAT 47 m (154 ft).
- K24CY-D 14.x St. George UT (KJZZ Licensee LLC) requested and has been granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital. Technical specification: Ch 24; TL 37° 3' 50" N, 113° 34' 22" W (Webb Hill); ERP 0.3 kW H non-directional; HAAT 69 m (226 ft).
- KASW 61.x (27) Phoenix (Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC) has realigned the PSIP of its non-primary subchannels, all of which are hosted by KSAZ-TV. Grit now shows on channel 61.2, Court TV Mystery on 61.3 and HSN on 61.4.
- KGUN-TV 9.x Tucson (Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC) has added new subchannel 9.5 with Ion programming.
- KDPH-LD 48.x (13) Phoenix (Community Television Educators Inc.) has returned to air with three subchannels: Daystar on 48.1, Daystar Español on 48.2 and JTV on 58.1.
- K35OU-D 21.x Tucson (Ventana Television Inc.) has added programming to the rest of its subchannels. HSN appears on 21.1, QVC on 21.2, HSN2 on 21.3, QVC2 on 21.4, QVC3 on 21.5, and Dabl on 21.6.
- KHSV 21.x (2) Las Vegas NV (Channel 33 Inc.) has added Circle to channel 21.3, moving QVC to channel 21.6.
- KVPX-LD 28.x Las Vegas NV (HC2 LPTV Holdings Inc.) has replaced SBN on channel 28.1 with infomercials (Binge TV?) and Binge TV infomercials on 28.2 with Timeless TV. In addition, KVPX has new subchannels 28.3 with Magnificent Movies Network (MMN) and 28.4 with infomercials (CRTV?).
- KEGS-LD 30.x (24) Las Vegas NV (HC2 LPTV Holdings Inc.) has replaced color bars on channel 30.1 with infomercials (CRTV?), Binge TV infomercials on 30.5 with MMN and color bars on 30.6 with infomercials (Binge TV?). Channel 30.7, formerly color bars, has been dropped.
- KNBX-CD 31.x (14) Las Vegas NV (HC2 LPTV Holdings Inc.) has replaced SBN on channel 31.1 with infomercials (Binge TV or CRTV?), CRTV infomercials on 31.3 with Timeless TV, HOT TV on 31.4 with MMN and IBN on 31.5 with infomercials (Binge TV or CRTV?). Channels 31.6 and 31.7, which were color bars, has been dropped.
- KPNX 12.x Mesa has announced that it will be switching to RF channel 18 on July 8.
New Multicast Networks
- Scripps is planning to roll out its new multicast networks Defy TV and TrueReal (f.k.a. Doozy) on July 1. Affiliates in Arizona, Nevada and Utah have not been disclosed. Scripps has duoplies in Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas NV, and a working agreement with Inyo, licensee of KPPX-TV.
- Univision has consummated the assignment of each of its Arizona stations: KTVW-DT Phoenix, KFPH-DT Flagstaff, KUVE-DT Green Valley, KFTU-DT Douglas, KTVW-CD Flagstaff, KFPH-CD Phoenix, KFTU-CD Tucson, KUVE-CD Tucson, KDOS-LD Globe/Miami, KZOL-LP Safford, K18NN-D Globe/Miami, and K21GC Safford.
- KDPH-LD 48.x (13) Phoenix (Community Television Educators Inc.) is being assigned to Word of God Fellowship Inc., Daystar's commercial licensee, without compensation. Community Television Educators Inc. is Daystar's non-commercial licensee, and has operated the station since it was acquired from Telemundo in 2006. The assignment of authorization has been submitted to the FCC for approval.
- K30QT-D Parker (Landover 2 LLC), an unbuilt construction permit, is proposed to be assigned to Roseland Broadcasting Inc. If the sale is approved and finalized, it would be Roseland's first station in Arizona.
- K30PL-D Las Vegas NV (Enlace Christian Television Inc.) is proposed to be assigned to Craig Ruark, a Las Vegas businessman. The sale is pending FCC approval.
Construction Permits and Special Temporary Authorizations (STAs) Granted
- KAZT-CD 7.x (36) Phoenix (KAZT LLC) requested and has been granted an STA mount a directional antenna lower on its licensed tower and to operate at a variance from its license. An adaptor on its licensed antenna was damaged in recent high winds but it cannot be repaired due to the presence of government-protected hawks nesting on the tower, which cannot be disturbed. The new antenna will allow KAZT to resume operations without disturbing the hawks, which are expected to leave the nest within the next 90 days. Technical specifications: Ch 36; TL 33° 20' 2" N, 112° 3' 43" W (South Mountain); ERP 15 kW H directional (1° electronic beam tilt); HAAT 447 m.
- K30MM-D Gila River Indian Community (Globe LPTV LLC) requested and has been granted an extension of its construction permit until January 10, 2022. Construction of this station, given to Globe LPTV by Gila River Telecommunications Inc. (GRTI) in exchange for Globe relinquishing its repack claim to UHF channel 21, has endured a string of unfortunate events. The station was scheduled to be on air by July 13 and was planned to share a broadcast antenna with GRTI channels KGRX-LD and KGRY-LD. Then, in January, David Primm, who was overseeing construction of the station, died unexpectedly at age 55. Then it turned out that sharing an antenna with the GRTI stations wouldn't work due to the technology being used to implement NextGen broadcasts being incompatible with K30MM. Globe LPTV requested to construct the station on the tower used by their own KDVD-LD but couldn't get the proper permits due to staff working from home at Phoenix Parks and Recreation, who manages the land that the South Mountain antenna farm sits on. Then the contact for changes to the antenna site resigned her position and Phoenix Parks and Rec never replaced her. Then, in late May, the company supplying the antenna for K30MM-D informed Globe LPTV that they would not be able to deliver the equipment on time due to short staffing because of COVID. Up to that point in time, Globe LPTV thought that they would be able to build on time, but once they decided that they couldn't, the FCC had already stopped accepting requests for extensions to construction permits. Globe LPTV requested a waiver and received it.
- K10RP-D (2.x) Santa Clara UT (KUTV Licensee LLC) requested and was granted a modification to its construction permit, changing broadcast pattern from non-directional to directional. Technical specifications: Ch 10; TL 37° 9' 19" N, 113° 53' 0" W (West Mountain Peak); ERP 1 kW H directional; HAAT 1114 m (3654 ft.)
Construction Permits and STAs Requested
- K18JL-D 22.x Phoenix (HC2 LPTV Holdings Inc.) has requested a displacement construction permit to move to VHF channel 12, meaning that they and KPNX will have swapped channel assignments. Technical specifications: Ch 12; TL 33° 19' 57" N, 112° 3' 59" W (South Mountain); ERP 3.0 kW H directional (1.3° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 465 m (1525 ft).
- K19CX-D 8.x Yuma (Arizona Board of Regents for ASU) has requested a modification to its construction permit to move to a different tower at the Telegraph Pass electronics site. Technical specifications: Ch 19; TL 32° 40' 25" N, 114° 20' 12" W (Telegraph Pass); ERP 1.8 kW H directional; HAAT 393 m (1289 ft).
- K42IQ-D Flagstaff (Edge Spectrum Inc.) has requested an extension to its silent STA, extending from January 25 to July 2.
- K42KZ-D Calexico CA (Broadcast Group Ltd.) has requested a Silence STA and has requested tolling for its construction permit to move to UHF channel 29. The antenna manufacturer is not able to meet shipment schedules due to COVID.
- K48NJ-D Needles CA (Good News Broadcasting Network, Inc.) has requested a modification to its construction permit to change to a channel below the 600 MHz band. Technical specifications: Ch 26; TL 34° 49' 43" N, 114° 36' 41" W (Needles SDA Church); ERP 15 kW H directional (1.75° elec beam tilt, 3.1° mech beam tilt @ 300°); HAAT -67 m (-220 ft) (23 m 75 ft AGL).
NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0)
- KAET 8.x Phoenix (Arizona Board of Regents for ASU) has been granted a modification to its license to allow it to broadcast in NextGen format. KFPH-CD RF channel 35 is the host station.
- KASW 61.x (27) Phoenix (Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC) has requested to modify its Legal STA to move its ATSC 1.0 Grit and Court TV Mystery broadcast streams from KSAZ-TV to new host stations. Grit is requested to move to KPNX Mesa, while Court TV Mystery is requested to move to KTVK Phoenix.
- Changes to the NextGen landscape in Phoenix are planned for July 8. KPNX 12.x Mesa and KPHO-TV 5.x Phoenix will switch hosts, moving from KFPH-CD to KASW, while KTVK and KTAZ will launch new NextGen signals, replacing KPNX and KPHO on KFPH-CD.
Rulemaking Requests and Notifications
- KTNV-TV 13.x Las Vegas NV (Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC) has requested a rulemaking to substitute UHF channel 26 for VHF channel 13 in the Table of Allotments for Las Vegas NV.
- The FCC has granted the rulemaking request submitted by KMYU 12.x (9) St. George UT (KUTV Licensee LLC) to substitute UHF channel 21 for VHF channel 9 in the Table of Allotments for St. George UT.