KUCO-LD
KUCO27.png
Channels
BrandingUnivision 27
Programming
Affiliations27.1: Univision
27.4: Rewind TV
Ownership
Owner
KRCR-TV, KCVU, KXVU-LD, KRVU-LD/KZVU-LD, KKTF-LD
History
Founded1998
First air date
May 21, 2002 (20 years ago) (2002-05-21)
Former call signs
K27HC (2002–2003)
KUCO-LP (2003–2019)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
27 (UHF, 2002–2019)
Call sign meaning
Univision Chico
Technical information
Facility ID127046
ClassLD
ERP15 kW
HAAT373.6 m (1,226 ft)
Transmitter coordinates39°57′45″N 121°42′44″W / 39.96250°N 121.71222°W / 39.96250; -121.71222
Translator(s)K15KO-D 46 (15 UHF) Redding
KEUV-LD 35 (31 UHF) Eureka

KUCO-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 27, is a low-powered Univision-affiliated television station licensed to Chico, California, United States. Owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, it is sister to Redding-licensed ABC affiliate KRCR-TV (channel 7) and four other low-power stations: Chico-licensed Antenna TV affiliate KXVU-LD (analog channel 17); MyNetworkTV affiliates Redding-licensed KRVU-LD (channel 21) and Chico-licensed KZVU-LD (channel 22), and Chico-licensed UniMás affiliate KKTF-LD (channel 30). Sinclair also operates Paradise-licensed Fox affiliate KCVU (channel 20) through a local marketing agreement (LMA) with owner Cunningham Broadcasting. However, Sinclair effectively owns KCVU as the majority of Cunningham's stock is owned by the family of deceased group founder Julian Smith.

The stations share studios on Auditorium Drive east of downtown Redding and maintain a news bureau and sales office at the former Sainte Television Group facilities on Main Street in downtown Chico. For FCC and other legal purposes, the Chico/Paradise-licensed stations still use the Chico address and Redding-licensed stations use the Redding address. KUCO-LD's transmitter is located along Cohasset Road northeast of Chico.

KEUV-LD (channel 35) in Eureka operates as a semi-satellite of KUCO-LD. As such, it simulcasts all Univision programming as provided through KUCO but airs separate local commercials and legal station identifications. Although KEUV-LD maintains its own studios (shared with KAEF-TV and LMA partner KBVU) on Sixth Street in downtown Eureka, master control and some internal operations are based at KUCO's facilities.

History

KUCO's logo prior to January 1, 2013
KUCO's logo prior to January 1, 2013

KUCO-LP was founded by country-western singer Chester Smith's broadcast company Sainte Partners II, L.P. and first hit the air in 1998 to help bring Spanish-language television to the growing Spanish-speaking population in Northern California. It was the first Spanish-language station to air in the Chico/Redding market. It would soon be joined by Telemundo affiliate KXVU-LP and UniMás affiliate KKTF-LD, both also founded by Smith's company.

In 2014, six years after Smith's death, his company sold KUCO-LP and the remaining stations to Bonten Media Group, owners of ABC affiliate KRCR-TV in Redding.

On an unknown date in either 2016 or 2017, KUCO-LP conducted an unauthorized test of the Emergency Alert System. However, the message read that the activation was for an Emergency Action Notification.[1] It is unknown if any panic from residents followed.

On April 21, 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced its intent to purchase the Bonten stations (including KUCO-LP) for $240 million.[2][3] The sale was completed September 1, 2017.[4]

The station changed its call sign to KUCO-LD on April 5, 2019, coincident with receiving its license for digital operations.

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming
27.1 1080i 16:9 KUCO-LD Main KUCO-LD programming / Univision
27.4 480i Rewind TV

References

  1. ^ Spanish EAS? - YouTube (uploaded May 24, 2017)
  2. ^ "Sinclair Buying Bonten Stations For $240M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  3. ^ SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE BONTEN MEDIA GROUP TV STATIONS - Sinclair Broadcast Group
  4. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 6 September 2017.