|Columbia/Monroe, Louisiana/El Dorado, Arkansas
|Branding||KAQY ABC 11|
|Channels||Digital: 11 (VHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
(operated under a LMA by Gray Television, sale pending to Legacy Broadcasting)
(Parker Broadcasting of Louisiana, LLC)
|First air date||December 10, 1998|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
11 (VHF, 1998-2009)
Digital: 57 (UHF)
|Transmitter power||12.3 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KAQY, channel 11, is the ABC-affiliated television station for the El Dorado, Arkansas/Monroe, Louisiana market, licensed in Columbia, Louisiana. KAQY's transmitter is located in Columbia, and its studios are located in Monroe.
KAQY signed on December 10, 1998, returning ABC to the market after its previous affiliate, KARD, became a Fox affiliate in 1994. In the interim, ABC programming was available on some cable systems via KLAX-TV from Alexandria or KTBS from Shreveport.
On June 23, 2008, original local owner Monroe Broadcasting filed an application with the FCC to sell KAQY to Parker Broadcasting for $10 million. Included in the application are proposed agreements to allow Hoak Media, the owner of KNOE-TV, to operate the station. The sale was completed on October 9, 2008. As a result, all four major network affiliates in the Ark-La-Miss are now operated by two companies.
On November 20, 2013, Gray Television announced it would purchase Hoak Media and Parker Broadcasting in a $335 million deal. KAQY will be acquired by Excalibur Broadcasting, and remain under an LMA with KNOE's new owners. However, upon the closing of the sale on June 13 and the FCC scrutinizing sharing arrangements, Excalibur would later abandon its plans to acquire the station. Gray will continue to provide service to KAQY in the interim, at which it will later move its programming to a subchannel of KNOE. KAQY will then be spun off to minority interests pending approval from the FCC, which under this arrangement would allow the station to continue operating on the conditions that it would continue to operate the station independently (under minority, female and/or non-profit ownership) and not make any partnerships or sharing arrangements with other broadcasters.
On August 27, 2014, Gray announced that it would sell KAQY, along with KHAS-TV, KNDX, and KXND, to Legacy Broadcasting, a new broadcasting company controlled by Sherry Nelson and daughter Sara Jane Ingram.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|11.1||720p||16:9||KAQY-HD||Main KAQY programming / ABC|
KAQY shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 57, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to its analog-era VHF channel 11.
Unlike most ABC stations, KAQY does not currently have a local newscast, instead airing syndicated programs in those timeslots. During the late 1990s/early 2000s, weather updates produced by fellow ABC affiliate WABG-TV from Greenville aired during commercial breaks. Currently, Judge Judy airs at 5 p.m., Inside Edition airs at 6 p.m. and Two and a Half Men airs at 10 p.m. Other syndicated programming currently airing on KAQY includes: The Queen Latifah Show, Maury, Everybody Loves Raymond, Katie, and Live with Kelly and Michael.
- "Gray Buying Hoak, Prime Stations For $342.5M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- Gray closes Hoak deal; completes refinancing., rbr.com, Retrieved 13 June, 2014.
- Gray retains MMTC as broker for former SSA’d stations, rbr.com, Retrieved 13 June, 2014.
- "Gray Sets Buyers For Its Six SSA Stations". TVNewsCheck. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KAQY
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- KAQY11.com - KAQY-TV official website
- KNOE.com - KNOE-TV official website
- FCC Coverage Map
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KAQY
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KAQY-TV