KTPX-TV
CityOkmulgee, Oklahoma
Channels
BrandingIon
Programming
Affiliations2.11: NBC (KJRH-TV simulcast)
44.1: Ion Television
44.3: Court TV
44.4: Grit
44.5: Ion Mystery
44.6: Newsy
44.7: QVC
Ownership
Owner
KJRH-TV
History
First air date
July 3, 1997 (25 years ago) (1997-07-03)
Former call signs
KGLB-TV (1997–1998)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
44 (UHF, 1997–2009)
Analog/DT1:
inTV (1997–1998)
DT2:
Qubo (until 2021)
DT3:
Ion Plus (until 2021)
DT4:
Ion Shop (until 2021)
Call sign meaning
Tulsa's Pax TV
(reflecting network's former branding)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID7078
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT219 m (719 ft)
Transmitter coordinates35°50′2″N 96°7′28″W / 35.83389°N 96.12444°W / 35.83389; -96.12444
Links
Public license information
Websiteiontelevision.com

KTPX-TV (channel 44) is a television station licensed to Okmulgee, Oklahoma, United States, broadcasting the Ion Television network to the Tulsa area. It is owned and operated by the Ion Media subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company alongside NBC affiliate KJRH-TV (channel 2). KTPX-TV's offices are located on East Skelly Drive in Tulsa, and its transmitter is located near Mounds, Oklahoma.

History

The station first signed on the air on July 3, 1997, as KGLB-TV; it originally carried programming from Paxson Communications' infomercial service, the Infomall Television Network (inTV). The station became a charter owned-and-operated station of Pax TV (now Ion Television) when the network launched on August 31, 1998; on that date, the station changed its call letters to KTPX-TV (the KTPX calls were previously used by NBC affiliate KWES-TV in Midland, Texas from 1981 to 1993).

Sale to Scripps

On September 24, 2020, the Cincinnati-based E. W. Scripps Company announced that it would purchase Ion Media for $2.65 billion, with financing from Berkshire Hathaway. The purchase made KTPX-TV a sister station to NBC affiliate KJRH-TV (channel 2).[1][2][3] The sale was completed on January 7, 2021.

On February 27, 2021, KTPX-DT2 began to simulcast KJRH's main schedule, and was re-mapped to channel 2.11.

Newscasts

Until 2005, KTPX aired rebroadcasts of NBC affiliate KJRH-TV's 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. newscasts at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on tape delay.

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[4]
2.11 720p 16:9 KJRH UHF simulcast of KJRH-TV / NBC
44.1 ION Ion Television
44.3 480i CourtTV Court TV
44.4 Grit Grit
44.5 Mystery Ion Mystery
44.6 Newsy Newsy
44.7 4:3 QVC QVC

Analog-to-digital conversion

KTPX-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 44, 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 28.[5] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 44.

References

  1. ^ "Breaking News – Scripps Creates National Television Networks Business with Acquisition of ION Media". TheFutonCritic.com. Retrieved 2022-05-06.
  2. ^ Cimilluca, Dana. "E.W. Scripps Agrees to Buy ION Media for $2.65 billion in Berkshire-Backed Deal". Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  3. ^ E.W. Scripps scales up with $2.65 billion Berkshire-backed deal for ION Media
  4. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KTPX". RabbitEars. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  5. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.