WTMO-CD
WTMO-CD Logo.png
Channels
BrandingTelemundo 31 (general)
Noticias Telemundo 31 (newscasts)
Programming
Affiliations31.1: Telemundo
31.3: TeleXitos
31.4: Lx (soon)
Ownership
Owner
History
Founded1992 (30 years ago) (1992)
Former call signs
W59BH (1987–1990)
W31AU (1990–1999)
WPXG-LP (1999–2007)
WTMO-CA (2007–2011)
Call sign meaning
Telemundo Orlando
-or-
Telemundo
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID10073
ClassCD
ERP15 kW
HAAT125.4 m (411 ft)
Transmitter coordinates28°36′22.6″N 81°27′23.9″W / 28.606278°N 81.456639°W / 28.606278; -81.456639
Translator(s)WRDQ-DT 27.3 (31.2 UHF) Orlando
WKME-CD 21 (UHF) Kissimmee
WMVJ-CD 29 (UHF) Melbourne
Links
Public license information
Websitewww.telemundo31.com

WTMO-CD (channel 31) is a low-power, Class A television station in Orlando, Florida, United States, broadcasting the Spanish-language Telemundo network. Owned and operated by NBCUniversal's Telemundo Station Group,[1] the station has studios at the intersection of Sand Lake Road and Orange Blossom Trail in unincorporated Orange County (using an Orlando mailing address), and its transmitter is located on Lake Sparling Road in Pine Hills.

WTMO-CD is simulcast on the third digital subchannel of independent station WRDQ (channel 27, owned by Cox Media Group), as well as on translators WKME-CD (channel 21) in Kissimmee, and WMVJ-CD (channel 29) in Melbourne.

History

Until February 9, 2007, WTMO's primary signal (as WTMO-LP) was the WKME transmitter. Until early 2006 at the latest, it was located on channel 40, but moved to channel 15 shortly before WACX signed on its digital signal on channel 40. Based in Kissimmee, this signal is far enough away with a directional pattern towards Kissimmee, so it would not interfere with WCEU (now WDSC-TV), which also broadcasts on channel 15. As a result, channel 15's coverage area only covers Kissimmee, forcing WTMO to reach the rest of the Orlando area via cable. In late 2006, ZGS acquired WDYB, WMVJ, and the channel 31 license (then WPXG-LP) from Tiger Eye Broadcasting to expand WTMO's over-the-air reach.[2] The station began broadcasting in digital on RF channel 31 on 10 August 2011.

On December 4, 2017, NBCUniversal's Telemundo Station Group announced its purchase of ZGS' 13 television stations.[3] The sale was completed on February 1, 2018.[4] WTMO is now owned by the same company that also owns nearby Universal Orlando Resort, although the resort is part of a different subsidiary of NBCUniversal.

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming [5]
31.1 1080i 16:9 WTMO CD Main WTMO-CD programming / Telemundo
31.3 480i Xitos TeleXitos
31.4 LX Lx (soon)

Translator

City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates
Kissimmee WKME-CD 21 12.3 kW 106 m (348 ft) 61702 28°21′39.2″N 81°30′37.6″W / 28.360889°N 81.510444°W / 28.360889; -81.510444 (WKME-CD)
Melbourne WMVJ-CD 29 15 kW 128 m (420 ft) 71238 28°02′50″N 80°40′33″W / 28.04722°N 80.67583°W / 28.04722; -80.67583 (WMVJ-CD)

News operation

WTMO produces its own noon, 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on weekdays and 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on weekends known as Noticias Telemundo 31.

References

  1. ^ "NBCU Buying 13 Telemundo Affils From ZGS". www.tvnewscheck.com. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  2. ^ "ZGS Communications acquires new TV stations". HispanicAd.com. 2006-11-20. Retrieved 2006-12-02.
  3. ^ Miller, Mark K. (December 4, 2017). "NBCU Adding ZGS Stations To Telemundo". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "Telemundo Completes Acquisition of ZGS Communications". www.adweek.com. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  5. ^ Digital TV Market Listing for WTMO-CD RabbitEars.Info. Retrieved March 31, 2017.