|Branding||Univision Colorado (general)|
Noticias Univision Colorado (newscasts)
Radio: KJMN, KMXA, KXPK
First air date
|October 18, 1990|
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
Call sign meaning
|Colorado Entravision Communications|
|HAAT||363 m (1,191 ft)|
Public license information
KCEC (channel 14) is a television station licensed to Boulder, Colorado, United States, broadcasting the Spanish-language Univision network to the Denver area. Owned by TelevisaUnivision, it is operated under a local marketing agreement (LMA) by Entravision Communications as a sister station to UniMás affiliate KTFD-TV (channel 50). Both stations share studios on Mile High Stadium West Circle in Jefferson Park, Denver, while KCEC's transmitter is located atop Mount Morrison in western Jefferson County.
KVSN-DT (channel 48) in Pueblo operates as a semi-satellite of KCEC, expanding the Univision signal into South-Central Colorado. As such, it simulcasts all Univision programming as provided through its parent, and the two stations share a website. However, KVSN airs separate commercial inserts and legal identifications. Local newscasts, produced by KCEC and branded as Noticias Univision Colorado, are simulcast on both stations. KVSN does not maintain any facilities in Pueblo or Colorado Springs; master control and internal operations are based at KCEC's studios.
The station first signed on the air on October 18, 1990 as KSHP. On July 16, 1991, the station changed its call letters to KCEC. KCEC, along with Entravision's other television and radio station properties in the Denver market have a unique reach. According to BizJournals.com, Entravision Communications estimates that the television stations it operates in the market reach about 92% of Denver's Hispanic community, making it an ideal advertising opportunity for companies wanting to reach that segment of the population (which accounts for 33% of Denver's overall population).
In 2008, KCEC launched its website, somosnoticiascolorado.com; it is among the most visited Spanish-language websites in the area. The website features updated news stories and local promotions. KCEC began to live stream its evening newscasts on the website in 2012.
In 2009, the station debuted a locally produced telenovela titled Encrucijada: Sin Salud, no hay Nada (translated as Crossroads: Without Health, There is Nothing), in conjunction with the Colorado Health Foundation, that focused on the ongoing obesity crisis in the United States in order to educate Coloradoans on healthier eating habits; a second season of the series was ordered and broadcast in 2011.
On December 20, 2012, KCEC moved its operations to a 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) studio facility located near Sports Authority Field (now Empower Field at Mile High) in downtown Denver's Mile High district; the building included new equipment, as well as a multi-use broadcast set that provides a view of downtown and the stadium.
On December 4, 2017, as part of a channel swap made by Entravision Communications, KCEC and sister station KTFD swapped channel numbers, with KCEC moving from digital channel 26 and virtual channel 50 to digital channel 15 and virtual channel 14.
On April 29, 2020, KCEC moved to digital channel 32 as part of the FCC Repack.
KCEC presently broadcasts 2½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with one hour each on weekdays); the station does not broadcast local newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays.
Since the launch of KCEC's news department,[when?] the station's local newscasts have gradually grown in viewership to challenge the major English language broadcast networks in the 18-34 and 18-49 demographics; according to Nielsen, during the period from January 18 to 22, 2010, KCEC's 5:00 p.m. newscast placed first or second in either demographic depending on the day (placing behind NBC affiliate KUSA (channel 9) among adults 18-49 and tying with CBS owned-and-operated station KCNC-TV (channel 4) in the 25-54 demographic). In December 2012, the 5:00 p.m. newscast ranked second among adults 18-49, while its 10:00 p.m. newscast ranked second among adults 18-34. On December 20, 2012, concurrent with the move to the new Mile High facility, KCEC began broadcasting its local newscasts in high-definition.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|14.1||1080i||16:9||KCEC||Main KCEC programming / Univision|
KCEC shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 50, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 51. The station was licensed to move its digital signal to channel 26 on May 20, 2015. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 50.