KMOH-TV
Kingman, Arizona
United States
ChannelsDigital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 6
BrandingMeTV
SloganMemorable Entertainment Television
Programming
Affiliations6.1: MeTV (O&O)
6.2: Azteca America
6.3: MeTV Plus (soon)
Ownership
OwnerWeigel Broadcasting[1]
(TV-49, Inc.)
History
First air date
February 22, 1988 (33 years ago) (1988-02-22)[2]
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
6 (VHF, 1988–2009)
Independent (1988–1995)
The WB (1995–1999)
NBC (as satellite of KPNX, 1999–2004)
Spanish independent (2004–2006)
Tr3́s (2006–2012)
MundoFox/MundoMax (2012–2016)
América TeVé (2016–2018)
Azteca América (2018-2021)
Call sign meaning
MOHave County
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID24753
ERP25.2 kW
HAAT578.2 m (1,897 ft)
Transmitter coordinates35°1′56.7″N 114°21′58.9″W / 35.032417°N 114.366361°W / 35.032417; -114.366361Coordinates: 35°1′56.7″N 114°21′58.9″W / 35.032417°N 114.366361°W / 35.032417; -114.366361
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KEJR-LD
Phoenix, Arizona
United States
ChannelsDigital: 32 (UHF)
Virtual: 40
BrandingAzteca Phoenix
Programming
Affiliations40.1: Azteca América
40.6: MeTV (O&O; simulcast of KMOH-TV 6.1)
Ownership
OwnerWeigel Broadcasting[1]
(TV-49, Inc.)
History
FoundedJune 5, 1992 (1992-06-05)
First air date
August 22, 1995 (25 years ago) (1995-08-22)
Former call signs
K31DI (1992–2001)
K43GV (2001–March 2005)
KQBN-LP (March–November 2005)
KEJR-LP (November 2005–2010)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
31 (UHF, 1992–2000)
43 (UHF, 2000–2010)
Digital:
40 (UHF, 2010–2019)
Telemundo (via KDRX-CA, 2001–2005)
Almavision (2005)
Spanish independent (2005–2006)
Tr3́s (2006–2012)
MundoFox/MundoMax (2012–2016)
América TeVé (2016–2018)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID168349
ERP15 kW
HAAT468.5 m (1,537 ft)
Transmitter coordinates33°19′57″N 112°3′59″W / 33.33250°N 112.06639°W / 33.33250; -112.06639
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KMOH-TV, virtual channel 6 (UHF digital channel 19), is a MeTV-owned and operated television station licensed to Kingman, Arizona, United States. The station is owned by Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting. KMOH-TV's transmitter is located atop Oatman Mountain, near Oatman, Arizona.[3]

KEJR-LD (virtual channel 40, UHF digital channel 32) in Phoenix operates as a low-power translator of KMOH-TV; this station's transmitter is located atop South Mountain on the city's south side.

History

An original construction permit to build a television station on VHF channel 6 in Kingman granted to Grand Canyon Television Co. on April 8, 1985. Its transmitter facilities were to be located at Hualapai Peak, operating at an effective radiated power (ERP) of 10 kW.[4] The permit was modified in August 1986 to specify Black Mountain as the transmitter location with an ERP of 100 kW, which was the maximum allowed for a low-band VHF station.[5] The station first signed on the air on February 22, 1988, and was licensed on June 1.[6]

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, KMOH was an English-language independent station, and also produced its own local newscast. In September 1995, KMOH became an affiliate of The WB.[7] It was listed as an American Independent Network (AIN) affiliate in July 1996, and has also been listed as a Network One (N1) affiliate at an unknown date.[8] KMOH was still primarily a WB affiliate in May 1997, when the broadcasting arm of the Gannett Company (now Tegna Inc.) bought the station, along with KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff, from Grand Canyon Television Company.[9] In November 1999, Gannett converted KMOH into a satellite station of Phoenix-based NBC affiliate KPNX (channel 12).[10] It was perceived as a redundant move, as KPNX was already available on cable in the Kingman area.

The former KEJR/KMOH logo, used until the change of affiliation to MTV Tr3s.
The former KEJR/KMOH logo, used until the change of affiliation to MTV Tr3s.

In August 2004, Bela Broadcasting, looking to expand the reach of its family-oriented Spanish-language format, acquired KMOH from Gannett, making the station a Spanish-language independent station, airing mostly the same content as its Oxnard, California station KBEH, but on a different schedule. From Kingman, Bela hoped to put signals into the Phoenix and Las Vegas markets, both of which have large Hispanic populations.[11] While it cannot be verified as a reason for buying KMOH, a full-power station in the Phoenix media market, it is clear that Bela Broadcasting desired must-carry cable coverage in Phoenix as well. With KMOH no longer a rebroadcaster of KPNX, Cox Communications petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow it to exclude the station from must-carry provisions in its 16 Phoenix-area communities, since, while it is part of the Phoenix market, it operates 165 miles (266 km) away from the city itself and the station's signal did not reach into Phoenix. KMOH fought the exclusion, but lost, in large part due to the station's lack of local programming directed at Phoenix viewers, and also in part due to not being receivable in Phoenix.[12] In November 2005, Bela Broadcasting acquired KQBN-LP (channel 43, now KEJR-LP) from Una Vez Más Holdings, and made it a translator station of KMOH-TV, giving the station a translator in Phoenix. As Phoenix is the much larger market, both stations were branded as "KEJR 43 Phoenix" instead of as "KMOH 6".

On November 27, 2006, Bela dropped the Spanish independent format from all of its stations and made them affiliates of MTV Tr3́s. Bela Broadcasting sold KMOH and KEJR to Hero Broadcasting in January 2008.[13] KMOH and KEJR became charter affiliates of the MundoFox Spanish-language network when it launched on August 1, 2012, replacing Tr3́s. MundoFox changed its name to MundoMax in 2015, and shut down on December 1, 2016; KMOH-TV and KEJR-LD then switched affiliations to América TeVé. HC2 Holdings agreed to acquire KMOH-TV and KEJR-LD from Hero Broadcasting on December 29, 2017;[14] the sale was completed on June 18, 2018.[15] HC2 replaced América TeVé programming with Azteca América, which is also owned by HC2.

In December 2020, HC2 sold KMOH-TV and KEJR-LD, along with two other stations, to Weigel Broadcasting, owner of (or managing partner in) five diginets. MeTV was placed on KMOH 6.1 and KEJR-LD 40.6 on February 13, 2021. Azteca América remains on KEJR-LD 40.1.

logo as MundoFox, 2012–15
logo as MundoFox, 2012–15
logo as MundoMax, 2015–16
logo as MundoMax, 2015–16

KEJR-LD history pre-2005

Raul Infante, Jr. was granted an original construction permit for a television station on UHF channel 31, which was assigned the callsign K31DI, on June 5, 1992, and licensed on August 22, 1995. The original transmitter site was in Sun City. Early programming is unknown.

In June 1998, Infante sold the station to Hispanic Television of Phoenix, who in turn sold it to Television Apogeo de Phoenix in October. In 1999, the FCC granted Fox owned-and-operated station KSAZ-TV (channel 10) permission to build its digital signal on channel 31; as a result, K31DI was forced to move to another channel. Television Apogeo took the station silent in March 2000, but returned it to the air in October, when the company was granted Special Temporary Authority to operate on channel 43. Television Apogeo licensed the station on channel 43 with new call letters, K43GV, in December 2001. By this time, it was simulcasting Telemundo programming from KDRX-CA (now KDPH-LP).

Una Vez Más Holdings acquired the station in January 2004 and applied to move the transmitter location from Sun City to South Mountain in Phoenix. The permit was granted and the new facilities were licensed in October 2005. Meanwhile, Una Vez Más resurrected a set of call letters the company had used for its station in Tucson, and renamed the station KQBN-LP in March 2005. Telemundo programming was also replaced by the Spanish-language Christian network Almavision.

Even before the station was licensed at its new South Mountain transmitter site, Una Vez Mas sold the station to Bela Broadcasting, with the transaction finalized in November 2005. Upon taking ownership, Bela again changed the call letters, this time to KEJR-LP, and made the station a translator for KMOH-TV.

Digital television

Digital channels

The stations' digital signals are multiplexed:

KMOH-TV digital channels

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[16]
6.1 720p 16:9 MeTV-HD Main KMOH-TV programming / MeTV
6.2 480i Azteca Azteca America
6.3 MeTV Plus (soon)

KEJR-LD digital channels

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[17]
40.1 720p 16:9 Azteca Main KEJR-LD programming / Azteca América
40.6 KMOH-HD Simulcast of KMOH-TV 6.1 / MeTV

Analog-to-digital conversion

KMOH-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 6, on June 12, 2009, the official date in 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 UHF channel 19.[18] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 6.

References

  1. ^ a b "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. October 30, 2020. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  2. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says February 22, while the Television and Cable Factbook says February 26.
  3. ^ "TV Station Profile", FCC Public Inspection Files, retrieved March 26, 2019
  4. ^ "For the Record", Broadcasting, p. 106, July 23, 1984
  5. ^ "Public Notice Comment", FCC CDBS database, July 21, 1986
  6. ^ "Application Search Details", FCC CDBS database, June 1, 1988
  7. ^ Smith, Doug (November 1995). "TV News" (PDF). VHF-UHF Digest. p. 13. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  8. ^ Network One Affiliate List, October 8, 1997, archived from the original on October 8, 1997, retrieved December 7, 2012
  9. ^ "Gannett acquires Arizona Stations", Phoenix Business Journal, May 26, 1997, retrieved December 7, 2012
  10. ^ KidVid Public Access Search the call sign "KMOH" for the filing period of "1999 Q4"
  11. ^ S. Mihailovich (December 30, 2004), "New TV station signals a shift in the market", Las Vegas Business Press, retrieved December 7, 2012
  12. ^ "Memorandum Opinion and Order" (PDF), FCC CDBS Database, August 9, 2005, retrieved December 7, 2012
  13. ^ "Deals", Broadcasting & Cable Magazine, January 13, 2008, retrieved April 8, 2017
  14. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. January 3, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  15. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. June 18, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  16. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KMOH
  17. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KEJR
  18. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.