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KKCO
Grand Junction, Colorado
United States
ChannelsDigital: 12 (VHF)
(applied for 30 (UHF)[1])
Virtual: 11
BrandingKKCO 11 (general)
KKCO 11 News (newscasts)
Programming
Affiliations11.1: NBC
11.2: MeTV (2012−present)
11.3: Telemundo (2014−present)
Ownership
OwnerGray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
KJCT-LP, KKTV
History
FoundedApril 12, 1996
First air date
May 5, 1996 (25 years ago) (1996-05-05)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
11 (VHF, 1996–2009)
DT2:
The CW (2006−2008)
Call sign meaning
COlorado
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID24766
ERP5.3 kW
50 kW (application)[1]
HAAT452 m (1,483 ft)
Transmitter coordinates39°3′59.9″N 108°44′47.4″W / 39.066639°N 108.746500°W / 39.066639; -108.746500
Translator(s)9 (VHF) Paonia
(for others, see below)
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Websitewww.nbc11news.com

KKCO, virtual channel 11 (VHF digital channel 12), is a dual NBC/Telemundo-affiliated television station licensed to Grand Junction, Colorado, United States and serving Colorado's Western Slope region. Owned by Gray Television, it is a sister station to low-powered dual ABC/CW+ affiliate KJCT-LP (channel 8). Both stations share studios on Blichmann Avenue in Grand Junction, while KKCO's transmitter is located at the Black Ridge Electronics Site at the Colorado National Monument west of the city.

History

KKCO signed on the air on May 5, 1996. Prior to then, some NBC programs had been available by way of off-hours clearance on KREX-TV (channel 5). The network's full schedule was available only on cable from the network's Denver affiliates (KCNC-TV from the early 1980s until September 1995, then KUSA for most of the 1995–96 season). Its sign-on made Grand Junction one of the last markets in the country with full service from the Big Three networks.

KKCO was owned by Eagle III Broadcasting L.L.C. from 1996 to 2005, when current owner Gray Television bought the station.

Soon after signing on, KKCO's newscast shot to the top of the ratings, past longer-established KREX and KJCT. It has remained atop the ratings for most of the time since then.

On September 18, 2006, its DT2 subcarrier became the area's new affiliate for The CW. Sometime in late 2008, KKCO-DT2 dropped the CW affiliation when KJCT-DT3 picked up The CW. KKCO-DT2 relaunched in December 2012 when it affiliated with MeTV. KKCO has been digital-only since February 17, 2009. On December 15, 2014, KKCO launched a new third subchannel affiliated with Telemundo after KJCT's former intellectual unit moved to KKHD-LP, which formerly carried Telemundo.

News operation

KKCO currently carries 24½ hours of local news a week, with 4½ hours each weekday and two hours each on Saturdays and Sundays. With the exception of the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts, KKCO's newscasts are also seen on sister KJCT-LD.

Notable alumni

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming [2]
11.1 1080i 16:9 KKCO-DT Main KKCO programming / NBC
11.2 480i 4:3 MeTV MeTV
11.3 720p 16:9 TELE-HD Telemundo

Translators

City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Owner
Aspen K08HN-D 8 0.006 kW 4 m (13 ft) 56696 39°13′32.8″N 106°50′10.1″W / 39.225778°N 106.836139°W / 39.225778; -106.836139 (K08HN-D) Pitkin County Translator Department
Basalt K17JA-D 17 0.075 kW 155 m (509 ft) 168534 39°21′9.9″N 107°5′35.1″W / 39.352750°N 107.093083°W / 39.352750; -107.093083 (K17JA-D)
Collbran K13RD-D 13 0.005 kW −346 m (−1,135 ft) 41292 39°14′34.9″N 107°57′55.2″W / 39.243028°N 107.965333°W / 39.243028; -107.965333 (K13RD-D) Mesa County
Gateway K16MR-D 16 0.1 kW 570 m (1,870 ft) 41288 38°43′29.9″N 108°48′33.8″W / 38.724972°N 108.809389°W / 38.724972; -108.809389 (K16MR-D)
Grand Junction K25FZ-D 25 15 kW 417 m (1,368 ft) 70103 39°3′59.7″N 108°44′43.1″W / 39.066583°N 108.745306°W / 39.066583; -108.745306 (K25FZ-D) Gray Television
Mesa K09ZS-D 9 0.02 kW 570 m (1,870 ft) 198102 38°43′29.9″N 108°48′33.8″W / 38.724972°N 108.809389°W / 38.724972; -108.809389 (K09ZS-D) Mesa County
K36NQ-D 36 0.75 kW 933 m (3,061 ft) 41282 39°5′17.9″N 108°13′32.8″W / 39.088306°N 108.225778°W / 39.088306; -108.225778 (K36NQ-D)
Montrose K23NW-D 23 11.7 kW 561 m (1,841 ft) 167155 38°18′55″N 108°12′17.4″W / 38.31528°N 108.204833°W / 38.31528; -108.204833 (K23NW-D) Gray Television
Paonia KKCO (DRT) 9 0.007 kW −44.5 m (−146 ft) 24766 38°52′28.3″N 107°39′42.6″W / 38.874528°N 107.661833°W / 38.874528; -107.661833 (KKCO (DRT))
Redstone, etc. K26IT-D 26 0.02 kW −147 m (−482 ft) 168527 39°14′19.9″N 107°13′4.1″W / 39.238861°N 107.217806°W / 39.238861; -107.217806 (K26IT-D) Pitkin County Translator Department
Snowmass Village K36LV-D 36 0.045 kW −155 m (−509 ft) 188103 39°13′8.4″N 106°54′35.1″W / 39.219000°N 106.909750°W / 39.219000; -106.909750 (K36LV-D)
Thomasville K11LM-D 11 0.016 kW −393 m (−1,289 ft) 56703 39°21′11.9″N 106°41′2.1″W / 39.353306°N 106.683917°W / 39.353306; -106.683917 (K11LM-D)

References

  1. ^ a b "Channel Substitution/Community of License Change". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. October 4, 2021. Retrieved October 4, 2021.
  2. ^ "RabbitEars.Info".