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KGLA-DT
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CityHammond, Louisiana
Channels
BrandingTelemundo 42
Telenoticias 42 (newscasts)
Programming
Affiliations42.1: Telemundo
42.2: Laff
42.3: Cozi TV
Ownership
OwnerMayavision, Inc.
WFNO
History
FoundedSeptember 20, 1996
First air date
June 5, 2007 (15 years ago) (2007-06-05)
Former call signs
WHMM-DT (June–August 2007)
KGLA-TV (August–December 2007)
Former channel number(s)
Digital:
42 (UHF, 2007–2020)
Call sign meaning
Derived from sister radio station KGLA, meaning Gretna, Louisiana
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID83945
ERP681 kW
HAAT309 m (1,014 ft)
Transmitter coordinates29°58′42″N 89°56′26″W / 29.97833°N 89.94056°W / 29.97833; -89.94056
Translator(s)WLFT 30.2 (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
Links
Public license information
Websitewww.kgla.tv

KGLA-DT (channel 42) is a television station licensed to Hammond, Louisiana, United States, serving the New Orleans area as an affiliate of the Spanish-language Telemundo network.[1] Owned by Mayavision, Inc., the station maintains studios on South I-10 Service Road West in Metairie, and its transmitter is located on Paris Road/Highway 47 (northeast of Chalmette).

History

The station first signed on the air on June 5, 2007 as WHMM-DT. Channel 42 has operated as a digital-only station from its sign-on, as one of a handful of full-power television stations around the United States to sign on without a companion analog signal. The station debuted with an effective radiated power of 1 megawatt, the maximum wattage currently allowed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for digital television stations; as a result, it is the only full-power Spanish-language television station in the New Orleans market (Azteca América affiliate WTNO-LP (channel 22), which debuted in August 2006 as the first Spanish language station in the market, operates with a low-power license).

On April 23, 2007, Mayavision announced that it had signed an agreement with Telemundo to affiliate with WHMM-DT.[2] Channel 42 was originally slated to debut in mid-May of that year, however its launch was delayed until the following month. At the time the station launched, the Hispanic population in New Orleans had increased between 2005 and 2007, from 6% to between 12% and 14%, which was attributed to the growth of re-construction jobs following Hurricane Katrina.[1]

The station changed its call letters to KGLA-TV on August 27, 2007. On December 21 of that year, the "-TV" suffix in the station's callsign was replaced with a "-DT" suffix. KGLA's city of license, Hammond, and its studios in Metairie and transmitter near Chalmette, are all located east of the Mississippi River, making it one of the few broadcast stations in the country whose callsign begins with a "K" that is licensed to a location east of the Mississippi River. The KGLA callsign was grandfathered to the television station, from Gretna-licensed radio station WFNO (1540 AM, formerly KGLA), which Mayavision holds a 50% stake in conjunction with co-owner Crocodile Broadcasting. The station launched its own website in late 2007.

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[3]
42.1 1080i 16:9 KGLA-DT Main KGLA-DT programming / Telemundo
42.2 480i 4:3 Laff Laff
42.3 16:9 COZI Cozi TV
42.4 WLFT-CD Simulcast of WLFT-CD

References

  1. ^ a b NOLA Says Hola!, Broadcasting & Cable, May 4, 2007.
  2. ^ Telemundo Signs New Affiliates, Broadcasting & Cable, April 23, 2007.
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KGLA