KKTV
A sans serif 11 with a circle cut out of it to accommodate the CBS eye. The word "NEWS" is written next to 11. Beneath both elements is the slogan "Your Breaking News Leader".
CityColorado Springs, Colorado
Channels
BrandingKKTV 11; 11 News
MyKKTV (on DT2)
Programming
Affiliations
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
December 7, 1952 (71 years ago) (1952-12-07)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
11 (VHF, 1952–2009)
Digital:
10 (VHF, 2003–2011)
49 (UHF, 2011–2019)
All secondary:
NBC (1952–1953)
DuMont (1952–1956)
ABC (1952–1960)
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID35037
ERP350 kW
HAAT719.7 m (2,361 ft)
Transmitter coordinates38°44′42″N 104°51′45″W / 38.74500°N 104.86250°W / 38.74500; -104.86250
Links
Public license information
Websitewww.kktv.com

KKTV (channel 11) is a television station in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States, affiliated with CBS. The station is owned by Gray Television, and maintains studios on East Colorado Avenue in downtown Colorado Springs and a transmitter on Cheyenne Mountain.

History

KKTV signed on the air on December 7, 1952. It is the third-oldest station in Colorado—behind Denver's KWGN-TV and KUSA-TV—and the oldest outside Denver. The station's first studio located on Mill Street was too small from the beginning. It originally carried programming from CBS, NBC, ABC, and DuMont.[2] In 1953, KRDO-TV (channel 13) signed on and took the NBC affiliation. DuMont folded in 1956, leaving KKTV as a primary CBS affiliate and secondary ABC affiliate. That same year, the station moved its operations to a new building located on South Tejon Street in Colorado Springs.

By 1960, the formerly separate Colorado Springs and Pueblo markets became one single market serving the Pikes Peak region and surrounding areas with each of the area's three TV stations becoming "exclusive" network affiliates. KKTV became a sole CBS affiliate with KRDO-TV becoming a full-time ABC affiliate and Pueblo's KCSJ-TV (channel 5, now KOAA-TV), which had been a primary NBC affiliate since its inception in 1953, becoming the area's sole NBC affiliate. In 1963, KKTV's original owners, TV Colorado, sold the station to Willard W. Garvey, who held a minority stake in Stauffer Publications Stations. In December 1968, KKTV relocated to a new studio facility on North Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs, which had previously functioned as a film stage.[3] By the time the move was complete, a deal had been reached to sell KKTV to the Capitol Broadcasting Company of Jackson, Mississippi (no relation to the namesake company in Raleigh, North Carolina), which owned radio and television properties in that city.[4]

In late 1982, Capitol Broadcasting Company sold KKTV to the Seattle-based Ackerley Group (originally called Ackerley Communications), becoming one of that company's earliest acquisitions. Ackerley owned the station until early 1999 when it swapped KKTV to Benedek Broadcasting in exchange for KCOY in Santa Maria, California. Current owner Gray Television acquired KKTV when it bought most of Benedek's stations in April 2002 as part of Benedek's bankruptcy liquidation.

On October 17, 2009; KKTV became the second station in the Colorado Springs-Pueblo market to present its newscasts in high definition (HD) beginning with its 10 p.m. newscast.

On June 23, 2012, at around 2:00 p.m. MDT, KKTV began to provide live 24/7 continuous coverage of the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs. KKTV called in help from KOLN in Lincoln, Nebraska, WOWT in Omaha, Nebraska, KCNC-TV in Denver, and KOLO-TV in Reno, Nevada (KOLN, WOWT, and KOLO are sister stations to KKTV, CBS-owned KCNC shares a helicopter with KKTV), to help out with the coverage of the fire. The nonstop coverage wrapped up at midnight on June 29, 130 hours after it started. KKTV's syndicated and CBS programming were shown on Channel 11.2 during its 24/7 fire coverage. The coverage was praised by various critics, and won the Colorado Springs Independent's Best Local TV Newscast award for 2012,[5] ending a long streak in that category by KOAA. KKTV's news ratings have gone up considerably since their Waldo Canyon fire coverage, and as of January 2013, they are claiming their news ratings are "Southern Colorado's Most Watched", higher than KOAA or KRDO.

KKTV announced plans to move into a new location at 520 East Colorado Avenue in downtown Colorado Springs. The move was completed in mid-2013.[6]

News operation

KKTV currently broadcasts 35 hours of locally produced newscasts (with six hours each weekday, two hours on Saturdays, and three hours on Sundays). KKTV is the last station in the Colorado Springs–Pueblo market to produce morning newscasts on the weekends, which began on the weekend of November 13–14, 2021. However, KKTV was the second TV station in the Colorado Springs–Pueblo market to broadcast an early morning newscast beginning in late 1992 originally running a full hour, while rival KRDO-TV continued to stick with a 15-minute length morning newscast (and would eventually extend the program's length beginning in early 1996).

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KKTV[7]
Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming
11.1 1080i 16:9 KKTV-HD Main KKTV programming / CBS
11.2 480i METV-KK MeTV / MyNetworkTV
11.3 Circle Circle

KKTV began broadcasting a digital signal on Channel 10 in 2003.

On September 5, 2006, KKTV launched a subchannel carrying MyNetworkTV programming, under the branding MyKKTV.[8] KKTV-DT2 is carried on cable channel 41 in Colorado Springs and cable channel 246 in Pueblo. When the channel first launched it carried replays and extra runs of KKTV's syndicated programming (such as Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune) and some exclusive syndicated such as Futurama and 30 Rock. At one point, KKTV produced a 9 p.m. newscast for the subchannel. Around September 8, 2015, KKTV-DT2 began airing select programming from MeTV alongside syndicated programming. By October 2019, MeTV takes up a bulk of the schedule outside of MyNetworkTV programming, with the service moving to the graveyard slot, airing from 2 to 4 a.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays,[9] an increasingly common fate for the service.

From October 2007 to January 2010, KKTV broadcast a 24-hour weather channel called "KKTV No Wait Weather" on digital channel 11.3 and area cable providers. The channel began as a time filler service on KKTV digital channel 11.2. No Wait Weather was also seen on 11.2 overnights but this was discontinued in June 2009. On January 1, 2010, this service was discontinued and KKTV-DT3 was removed from Cable 140.

Analog-to-digital conversion

KKTV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11, on June 12, 2009, the official date on 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 VHF channel 10.[10] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 11.

On January 21, 2011, KKTV began broadcasting on UHF frequency 49 and discontinued its broadcast on VHF channel 10 at noon on January 24.[11] Moving to the UHF dial was deemed necessary because of viewer reception (all other Springs area commercial stations were on UHF by 2009) and interference issues with the VHF broadcast.[12]

On June 6, 2019, KKTV switched frequencies from RF channel 49 to RF channel 26 due to the FCC spectrum repack.

Translators

References

  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KKTV". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ [1] Archived January 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "KKTV Slated to Complete Move to AFCO Stage". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. Colorado Springs, Colorado. December 8, 1968. p. 3-E. Retrieved June 26, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Capitol Broadcasting Buys KKTV Television Station". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. Colorado Springs, Colorado. October 23, 1968. p. 2-F. Retrieved June 26, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Best of 2012: Personalities | Best of 2012 Vol. II | Colorado Springs Independent". Csindy.com. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  6. ^ Andrew Wineke (August 23, 2012). "KKTV plans to move station downtown | kktv, move, downtown - Colorado Springs Gazette, CO". Gazette.com. Archived from the original on October 2, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  7. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KKTV
  8. ^ [2] Archived February 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ TitanTV Query for KKTV
  10. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  11. ^ KKTV Launches New Transmitter
  12. ^ (PDF) http://licensing.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/Auth_Files/1333027.pdf. Retrieved May 29, 2010. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]