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Palo Alto/San Francisco/Oakland/
San Jose, California
United States
CityPalo Alto, California
ChannelsDigital: 22 (UHF)
(shared with KAXT-CD[1])
Virtual: 68
BrandingH&I Bay Area (general)
MeTV Bay Area (DT2)
Affiliations68.1: Heroes & Icons
68.2/68.3: MeTV (O&O)
OwnerWeigel Broadcasting
First air date
July 15, 1998 (22 years ago) (1998-07-15)
(in Novato, California; license moved to Palo Alto in 2018[2])
Former call signs
KWOK (1998–1999)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 68 (UHF, 1998–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 47 (UHF, until 2018)
Total Living Network (1998–2019)
Call sign meaning

(former owner)
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID49153
ERP15 kW
HAAT688 m (2,257 ft)
Transmitter coordinates37°29′57″N 121°52′20″W / 37.49917°N 121.87222°W / 37.49917; -121.87222
Public license information
WebsiteKTLN FCC disclosures/schedule page on Heroes & Icons website

KTLN-TV, virtual channel 68 (UHF digital channel 22), is a Heroes & Icons owned-and-operated television station licensed to Palo Alto, California, United States and serving the San Francisco Bay Area. Owned by Weigel Broadcasting, it is sister to Class A Decades owned-and-operated station KAXT-CD (channel 1.2, licensed to both San Francisco and San Jose). The two stations share studios on Pelican Way in San Rafael, and transmitter facilities on Mount Allison.


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Originally, Christian Communications of Chicagoland (then-owners of WCFC-TV, now Ion Television owned-and-operated station WCPX-TV) owned KTLN outright. It was formerly licensed to the Marin County community of Novato. CCC filed to sell the station to OTA Broadcasting, a company controlled by Michael Dell's MSD Capital, in June 2011.[3] The sale was completed in October 6, 2011; as part of the deal, CCC continued to operate KTLN via a local marketing agreement (LMA).[4]

Since October 2017, the two stations share studios on Pelican Way in San Rafael, and transmitter facilities on Mount Allison, because the DTV virtual channels between KAXT-LD's channel 22 (RF 42, formerly 22) and KRCB's channel 22 (RF 23) in Cotati had significant overlap that caused a PSIP conflict, allowing KAXT-CD to relocate to a new virtual channel, Channel 1.[1]

Weigel Broadcasting agreed to acquire KTLN-TV and KAXT-CD, along with KVOS-TV and KFFV in Seattle, from OTA Broadcasting in a $23.2 million deal on October 18, 2017.[5] The station was temporarily off the air as of June 2018.

The station sale to Weigel was completed on April 15, 2019.[6] At midnight on April 17, KTLN returned on the air carrying high definition signals of Heroes & Icons on 68.1, and MeTV on 68.2.[7] MeTV Bay Area is shared with CW owned-and-operated station KBCW (channel 44), which broadcasts the network on its third digital subchannel. Similarly, KAXT-CD, KTLN-TV's sister station, shares Decades with KICU-TV (channel 36).

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[8]
68.1 720p 16:9 KTLN-HD Main KTLN-TV programming / Heroes & Icons
68.2 MeTV MeTV
68.3 480i 4:3 MeTV SD SD simulcast of 68.2


  1. ^ a b Modification of a Licensed Facility for DTV Application
  2. ^ KTLN-TV Form 2100 - Community of License
  3. ^ "San Francisco TV station sold". Television Business Report. June 9, 2011. Archived from the original on June 11, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  4. ^ Jessell, Harry A. (August 5, 2011). "Billionaire Michael Dell OK'd To Buy SF TV". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
  5. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License (KVOS-TV/KFFV)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. October 24, 2017. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "Consummation Notice", CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Where to Watch MeTV in Bay Area", MeTV, Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  8. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KTLN". RabbitEars. Retrieved November 27, 2019.