|City of license||Killeen, Texas|
|Branding||Univision 62 (general)
Noticias 62 (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 62 (PSIP)
(KAKW License Partnership, LP)
|First air date||May 31, 1996|
|Call letters' meaning||Austin Killeen Waco|
|Former callsigns||KAKW (1996–2003)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
62 (UHF, 1996–2009)
The WB (1996–2002)
|Transmitter power||45 kW|
KAKW-DT, virtual channel 62 (UHF digital channel 13), is a Univision owned-and-operated television station serving Waco and Austin, Texas, United States that is licensed to Killeen. The station is owned by Univision Communications, and is sister to Austin-based UniMás owned-and-operated station KTFO-CD (channel 31). The two stations share studios located on North Loop Boulevard in Austin, and its transmitter is located in unincorporated Williamson County (approximately halfway between Austin and Killeen). Although it is based in the Waco market, most of its news and advertising is targeted at the Austin market.
The station first signed on the air on May 31, 1996 as a primary affiliate of UPN and a secondary affiliate of The WB for the Waco/Killeen/Temple market; the station was originally owned by Communications Corporation of America, along with Waco-based Fox affiliate KWKT (channel 22) and the station's Bryan-based satellite KYLE (channel 48).
In 2002, KAKW was acquired by Univision Communications; as a result, the station dropped its affiliations with both UPN and The WB, expanded its market coverage to Austin and became a Univision owned-and-operated station. Univision also invested in creating a news department for KAKW and began producing daily Spanish language local newscasts. Until 2009, KAKW also operated a repeater in Austin, KAKW-CA (channel 31). That year, the station switched its affiliation to Telefutura, and changed its call letters to KTFO-CD.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|62.2||480i||KTFO-CA||UniMas (repeating KTFO-CD)|
|62.3||4:3||GetTV (effective October 2013)|
KAKW shut down its analog signal on June 12, 2009, as part of the FCC-mandated transition to digital television for full-power stations. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 13, using PSIP to display KAKW's virtual channel as 62 on digital television receivers, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
KAKW-DT presently broadcasts five hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with one hour on weekdays, consisting of half-hour evening newscasts at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.). Following its purchase by Univision Communications in 2002, the station invested in the development of a news department for KAKW and began producing daily Spanish language local newscasts each weeknight.
- Regina Rodríguez - weeknights at 5:00 and 10 p.m.
- Blanca Gaytán - meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Rafael Carderera - sports anchor; weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- David Herrera - videojournalist
- Leslie Montoya - entertainment reporter
- Katherine Orozco - general assignment reporter
- David Ríos - entertainment reporter
- Juan José Rodas - general assignment reporter
- RabbitEars TV Query for KAKW
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- [univisionaustin.univision.com/tucanal/ Tu Canal 62]
- Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KAKW
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for KAKW
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KAKW-DT