|Grand Junction, Colorado|
|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)|
(applied for 30 (UHF))
|Branding||KKCO 11 (general)|
KKCO 11 News (newscasts)
11.2: MeTV (2012−present)
11.3: Telemundo (2014−present)
|Owner||Gray Television |
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|Founded||April 12, 1996|
First air date
|May 5, 1996|
Former channel number(s)
11 (VHF, 1996–2009)
The CW (2006−2008)
Call sign meaning
50 kW (application)
|HAAT||452 m (1,483 ft)|
|Translator(s)||9 (VHF) Paonia|
(for others, see below)
Public license information
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.
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.
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.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP short name||Programming |
|11.1||1080i||16:9||KKCO-DT||Main KKCO programming / NBC|
|City of license||Callsign||Channel||ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter coordinates||Owner|
|Aspen||K08HN-D||8||0.006 kW||4 m (13 ft)||56696||Pitkin County Translator Department|
|Basalt||K17JA-D||17||0.075 kW||155 m (509 ft)||168534|
|Collbran||K13RD-D||13||0.005 kW||−346 m (−1,135 ft)||41292||Mesa County|
|Gateway||K16MR-D||16||0.1 kW||570 m (1,870 ft)||41288|
|Grand Junction||K25FZ-D||25||15 kW||417 m (1,368 ft)||70103||Gray Television|
|Mesa||K09ZS-D||9||0.02 kW||570 m (1,870 ft)||198102||Mesa County|
|K36NQ-D||36||0.75 kW||933 m (3,061 ft)||41282|
|Montrose||K23NW-D||23||11.7 kW||561 m (1,841 ft)||167155||Gray Television|
|Paonia||KKCO (DRT)||9||0.007 kW||−44.5 m (−146 ft)||24766|
|Redstone, etc.||K26IT-D||26||0.02 kW||−147 m (−482 ft)||168527||Pitkin County Translator Department|
|Snowmass Village||K36LV-D||36||0.045 kW||−155 m (−509 ft)||188103|
|Thomasville||K11LM-D||11||0.016 kW||−393 m (−1,289 ft)||56703|