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KDCU-DT
CityDerby, Kansas
Channels
BrandingUnivision Kansas (general)
Noticias Univision Kansas (newscasts)
Programming
Affiliations
Ownership
Owner
History
FoundedFebruary 15, 2008; 15 years ago (2008-02-15)
First air date
August 20, 2009; 14 years ago (2009-08-20)
Former channel number(s)
Virtual: 31 (2009–2023)
Call sign meaning
Kansas Derby City Univision
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID166332
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT345 m (1,132 ft)
Transmitter coordinates37°48′1″N 97°31′29″W / 37.80028°N 97.52472°W / 37.80028; -97.52472
Links
Public license information
Websitenoticiasya.com/kansas

KDCU-DT (channel 46) is a television station licensed to Derby, Kansas, United States, serving the WichitaHutchinson market as an affiliate of the Spanish-language network Univision. Owned by Entravision Communications, the station maintains offices on East Douglas Avenue in downtown Wichita, while newscasts are actually produced at the KCEC studios on Mile High Stadium West Circle in Denver, Colorado.[citation needed] KDCU-DT's transmitter is located in rural northwestern Sedgwick County (north-northeast of Colwich).

History

Original KDCU logo, used from August 20, 2009 to December 31, 2012.

The station first signed on the air on August 20, 2009,[2] becoming the first (and so far only) full-power Spanish-language television station to sign on in the state of Kansas;[3][4] because it signed on after the June 12 digital television transition that year, KDCU was also the first full-power television station in the Wichita–Hutchinson Plus market to sign-on without a companion analog signal.

Prior to the station's sign-on, on February 15, 2008, Entravision entered into a joint sales agreement with Schurz Communications (then-owner of KWCH-DT and KSCW-DT), in which Schurz would provide advertising, production and promotional responsibilities as well as back office and master control services for KDCU. Schurz also leased a transmission tower located near Colwich to house the station's transmitter facilities; KSCW, which previously used the tower, moved its transmitter facilities to a tower east of Hutchinson in Reno County, which is known as the KWCH 12 Tower. Since KDCU is licensed as a full-power station, it is able to mandate carriage on cable and satellite providers in the Wichita–Hutchinson Plus market.

Previous logo from January 1, 2013 until mid-2019. This logo is still in use, just as a Horizontal version of the current logo and the CGI effects are exchanged with more 2D effects.

Schurz announced on September 14, 2015 that it would exit broadcasting and sell its television and radio stations, including KWCH-DT, KSCW-DT, and the JSA/SSA with KDCU-DT, to Gray Television for $442.5 million.[5][6] The FCC approved the sale on February 12, 2016.[7]

As of 2021, Entravision now both owns and operates KDCU-DT, as Gray sold its operation stake in the station.[8]

News operation

Further information: KWCH-DT § News operation

KDCU-DT presently broadcasts 2½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with a half-hour each weekday); the station does not air newscasts on Saturdays or Sundays. In April 2011, KWCH produced a half-hour nightly Spanish-language newscast for KDCU, Noticias Univision Kansas, airing at 10:00 p.m. each weeknight (which competed against KWCH's own local newscast in that timeslot).[9] Since Entravision acquired full shares of KDCU, the newscasts are now self-produced.

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KDCU-DT[10]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
46.1 1080i 16:9 KDCU-DT Main KDCU-DT programming / Univision
46.2 480i Grit Grit
46.3 Escape Ion Mystery
46.4 Laff Laff
46.5 Court Court TV

References

  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KDCU-DT". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "Entravision Launches KDCU-TV in Wichita-Hutchinson, Kansas". news.prnewswire.com. Archived from the original on May 5, 2012.
  3. ^ "Entravision Launches KDCU Wichita, Kan". TVNewsCheck. August 21, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2010.
  4. ^ "Sunflower Broadcast partners to launch Hispanic station" (Press release). Schurz Communications. September 28, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2010.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Schurz Communications to sell WSBT and other TV, radio stations". South Bend Tribune. September 14, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  6. ^ Kuperberg, Jonathan (September 14, 2015). "Gray Acquiring TV, Radio Stations from Schurz for $442.5 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  7. ^ FCC Approves Gray-Schurz TV Station Deal. Broadcasting & Cable, February 12, 2016, Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  8. ^ "Latino Broadcast TV Network".
  9. ^ "KDCU Univision to launch first local Spanish newscast in Kansas". KWCH. April 20, 2011. Archived from the original on August 11, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2011.
  10. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KDCU