Translator of KCDO-TV, Sterling, Colorado
BrandingLocal 3
Former call signs
  • K13OI (1982–1996)
  • K18FI (1996–1998)
  • KSBS-LP (1998–2007)
  • KSBS-LD (2007–2013)
Former channel number(s)
Digital: 52 (UHF, 2010–2012), 41 (UHF, 2012–2019)
Call sign meaning
Formerly simulcast KSBS-TV in Steamboat Springs
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID168750
ERP13.8 kW
HAAT231.1 m (758 ft)
Transmitter coordinates39°43′45.9″N 105°14′9.9″W / 39.729417°N 105.236083°W / 39.729417; -105.236083
Public license information

KSBS-CD (channel 10) is a low-power, Class A television station in Denver, Colorado, United States. It is a translator of Sterling-licensed independent station KCDO-TV (channel 3) which is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company; it is also sister to Denver-licensed ABC affiliate KMGH-TV (channel 7). KSBS-CD's transmitter is located atop Lookout Mountain, near Golden; its parent station shares studios with KMGH-TV on East Speer Boulevard in Denver's Congress Park neighborhood.


The license history begins with the establishment of K13OI in Estes Park Estates, which was a translator for NBC affiliate KUSA-TV.[2] The station was acquired by GreenTV Corporation, which owned KSBS-TV in Steamboat Springs, in 1995, and moved to channel 18 in Denver as K18FI; it later shifted to channel 67 and later 47, as KSBS-LP, one of two low-power stations bringing Telemundo to Denver.

In 2006, NBC Universal, which had acquired KSBS-TV and KSBS-LP in 2001, bought KDEN-TV in Longmont and relocated Telemundo there; it then donated KSBS-TV to Rocky Mountain PBS and sold KSBS-LP, which was by then a Class A station, to Denver Digital Television. Under Denver Digital ownership, KSBS-LP received a $23,000 fine for omissions in its public file in 2013.[3] Denver Digital sold KSBS to KCDO-TV in 2014, at which time it became a simulcast to bring KCDO's signal into the Denver metropolitan area.[4]

On September 22, 2020, the E. W. Scripps Company announced it was buying KSBS-CD and KCDO-TV for an undisclosed price, pending approval of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); this would make them sister stations to KMGH-TV.[5] The sale was completed on November 20.[6]


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KSBS-CD[7]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
3.1 720p 16:9 Local3 KCDO-TV (Independent)
3.2 480i Grit SD Grit (KCDO-DT2)
7.1 720p KMGH HD ABC (KMGH-TV)
10.1 480i theGrio TheGrio TV
10.2 This This TV
10.3 QVC QVC
  Simulcast of subchannels of another station

See also


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KSBS-CD". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "Translators" (PDF). Television Factbook. 1990. p. B-119. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  3. ^ "Class A television stations fined by FCC". RBR. March 28, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  4. ^ "KSBS-CD being sold in Denver". RBR. May 3, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. September 22, 2020. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  6. ^ "Consummation Notice", CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, November 23, 2020, Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  7. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KSBS