|Lake Dallas–Dallas–Fort Worth, Texas
|Channels||Digital: 39 (UHF)
Virtual: 55 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||55.1 Azteca América HD
55.3 Azteca América SD
55.5 VietFace TV
55.6 Biz Television
|Owner||Una Vez Más Holdings, LLC
(Una Vez Mas Dallas License, LLC)
|First air date||March 18, 1997|
|Call letters' meaning||AZteca America Dallas|
|Former callsigns||KAVB (1997)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
55 (UHF, 1999–2007)
54 (UHF, 2006–2009)
|Former affiliations||Independent (general) (1999–2000)
ShopNBC (2003–2005 and 2009–2010)
Independent (infomercials) (2005–2007)
Gems TV (2007–2008)
OnTV4U/WizeBuys TV (2008–2009)
Liquidation Channel (2010)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
KAZD, virtual channel 55 (UHF digital channel 39), is an Azteca América-affiliated television station that is licensed to Lake Dallas, Texas, United States which also serves Dallas, Fort Worth and the surrounding metropolitan area. It is the flagship television station of owner Una Vez Más Holdings, LLC. KAZD maintains offices located on McKinney Avenue in downtown Dallas, and its transmitter is located in Cedar Hill.
The station is available via cable on Time Warner Cable (channel 21), Charter Communications (channels vary), Verizon FiOS (channel 3) and AT&T U-verse (channel 55). The station broadcast all of its program audio on a second audio channel until February 2009.
The channel 55 allocation was formerly occupied by KLDT (standing for either "Lake Dallas, Texas" or "Lake Dallas Television"), which launched in 1990. The station's original transmitter site was located in Lewisville. That station was noted for a hefty US$15,500 fine imposed by the Federal Communications Commission for failing to adequately staff its main studio, for not making its public inspection file freely available, and for other filing violations. The station lost its license in the mid-1990s.
The current channel 55 was founded on March 18, 1997 as KAVB, with the granting of the original construction permit to Johnson Broadcasting of Dallas LLC. The application was mutually exclusive with the license renewal application of the first KLDT station, but the FCC granted the Johnson Broadcasting application and did not renew the license of the previous station.
Shortly after its sign-on, the station quickly changed its call letters to KLDT. It was originally an affiliate of the home shopping network ACN, the station soon relegated shopping programming to the nighttime hours, and began broadcasting syndicated classic programming and movies, as well as business news from Bloomberg Television, college sports syndicated by ESPN Plus, Lone Star Park horse racing, and Houston Astros MLB games simulcast from sister station KNWS-TV in Houston. During this time, the station adopted the slogan "TV55 Has the Shows You Know".
By 2000, KLDT dropped most of its entertainment programming in favor of infomercials, or shopping from ACN. However, that same year, the station received a much needed shot in the arm. KLDT subsequently became the flagship station of the Hispanic Television Network, which aired programming targeted towards Hispanic viewers from Mexico. Due to several missteps, the network ceased operations in 2003 and the station again broadcast home shopping programs, affiliating with ShopNBC.
By this time, most of the station's sports programming had moved to former Telemundo affiliate KFWD (channel 52), which became a general entertainment independent in January 2002. In 2005, KLDT became the temporary home for the FC Dallas soccer team, but that also eventually moved to KFWD. The station eventually dropped its ShopNBC affiliation and began to fill its empty time slots with infomercials and religious programming. Two weeks prior to shutting down its analog signal, KLDT became an affiliate of Gems TV. In 2008, KLDT reverted to an infomercial format, this time through the OnTV4U and WizeBuys networks; on November 2, 2009, KLDT re-affiliated with ShopNBC.
Johnson Broadcasting filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October 2008. One year later, impatient creditors asked the bankruptcy court to allow the sale of KLDT and KNWS. Una Vez Más Holdings, LLC emerged as the leading bidder. The sale to Una Vez Más was approved by the bankruptcy court on December 29, 2009, and finally received FCC approval on September 27, 2010 after the FCC rejected a petition to deny the sale made by the Spanish Broadcasting System. On September 30, 2010, Una Vez Mas requested a call sign change to KAZD in order reflect its intended affiliation with Azteca America. There were plans for KLDT to carry the Retro Television Network to its second digital subchannel (54.2), but due to the bankruptcy filing, those plans were immediately scrapped.
In April 2010, KLDT became an affiliate of the Liquidation Channel. With the exception of two religious programs and one children's program, the majority of KLDT's programming consisted of infomercials and the Liquidation Channel feed. However in mid-November 2010. KLDT switched to infomercials (although it continued to carry religious programming). Throughout the years, KLDT had suffered several technical setbacks, almost to the point where they had to go off the air for several hours. The station formally changed its call letters to KAZD on December 30, 2010, and became an affiliate of Azteca America at 9 p.m. CT on that date.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|55.1||720p||16:9||KAZD-1||Main KAZD programming / Azteca América|
|55.2||480i||4:3||CRTV||Infomercials & E/I|
|55.4||RF-TV||Black Contemporary TV|
On May 22, 2006, KAZD, as KLDT, signed on its digital signal on UHF channel 54. This would be key, as Qualcomm, who was launching MediaFLO service on 716-722 MHz (the frequency corresponding to UHF channel 55), would request them to switch to digital. On November 17, 2006, the Federal Communications Commission gave permission for KLDT to shut off their analog facilities and "flash cut" to its final digital channel at the end of the digital transition period.
KLDT shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 55, on January 1, 2007. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 54 in the interim, becoming the first station in the market to broadcast exclusively in digital. On June 12, 2009, KLDT relocated its digital signal to UHF channel 39 after KXTX shut down its analog signal on that channel, using PSIP to display its virtual channel as 54 on digital television receivers from 2007 to 2010; in December 2010, whst was now KAZD had its virtual channel remapped to its former UHF analog channel 55 (both virtual channels were among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from physical broadcasting use as a result of the transition).
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