|Channels||Digital: 23 (UHF)|
|Translators||23 (UHF) Kimball, NE
34 (UHF) Sidney, NE
KLPD-LD 28.3 Denver, CO
K22JL-D Peetz, CO
K39KL-D Akron, CO
(Channel 3 TV Company LLC)
|First air date||December 28, 1963|
|Call letters' meaning||ColoraDO|
|Former callsigns||KTVS (1963-2002)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
3 (VHF, 1963-2009)
|Former affiliations||CBS (1963-1999)
America One (2006-2009)
|Transmitter power||599 kW|
KCDO-TV, channel 3, is a full-service television station licensed to Sterling, Colorado, broadcasting on UHF channel 23 as an independent station. First going to air on December 28, 1963, the station is owned by Newsweb Corporation, operating under the name Channel 3 TV Company LLC.
The original channel 3 was assigned to Pueblo, Colorado with the call sign KDZA-TV, which operated in 1955. The station was a DuMont affiliate, co-owned with KDZA radio (1230 AM, now KKPC), and getting its signal from Denver via microwave, employing a relay tranmitter located in Black Forest. After only a few months, KDZA's Black Forest relay transmitter was destroyed in a wind storm, forcing the station to shut down due to lack of resources to replace the transmitter or to provide local programming. Star-Chieftain Publishing Corporation, owner of rival KCSJ-TV channel 5 (now KOAA-TV), bought the license and moved it to Sterling. A short time later, the station was sold to the McCracken family, owners of CBS affiliate KFBC-TV channel 5 (now KGWN-TV) in Cheyenne, Wyoming, which returned channel 3 to the air in late 1963 as KTVS, a satellite of KFBC.
In September 1999, Newsweb Corporation, operating under the name Channel 20 TV Company (CTTC), acquired KTVS from Benedek Broadcasting, then-owners of KGWN, with the intent of making KTVS a satellite of KTVD (Channel 20 TV Company is named for KTVD's channel number). It became one of very few U.S. satellite television stations which was older than its primary station, which signed on in 1988. On January 8, 2002, CTTC changed the station's call sign to KUPN, to reflect the UPN affiliation held by the primary station at the time. CTTC sold KTVD to Gannett in June 2006, but retained ownership of KUPN, making it an America One affiliate.
On July 21, 2008, CTTC once again changed the station's call sign to KCDO. To increase its viewer audience, the station applied to build a new transmitter southwest of Fort Morgan, Colorado. The new location and increased transmitter power added most of the Denver metro area as well as Fort Collins, Greeley, Longmont and Loveland to the station's service area. Construction on the new tower was completed in January 2010.
KCDO switched to the Retro Television Network in 2009. The network was previously seen in Denver on KQDK-CA, before RTV severed its ties with Equity Media Holdings. For a time, the station also simulcast Northern Colorado 5 News from the second digital subchannel of KGWN-TV; this newscast is co-produced by KGWN and Independent News Network.
KCDO ended its affiliation with RTV in favor of more locally-produced programming on November 1, 2010. KCDO currently is the "home" channel of Consumer News TV. CNTV highlights local businesses throughout Denver Colorado with host Gary Atencio.
- "Tiny Station Gets Major Carriage". Broadcasting & Cable. May 3, 2010.
- "Once upon a time... there was KDZA". News Blab. 2003-05-03. Retrieved 2008-08-27.[dead link]
- "Call Sign History". FCC CDBS database. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
- "Public Interest Statement". FCC CDBS database. 2008-06-02. pp. (Attachment 1). Retrieved 2008-10-09.
- La Porte, John (January 21, 2010). "TV station puts up new tower". Fort Morgan Times. Retrieved February 6, 2010.
- "KCDO Denver Adding Retro TV Network". TVnewsday. May 7, 2009. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
- Ostrow, Joanne (October 19, 2010). "Channel 3 expands its local lineup with "Top Teens TV"". denverpost.com.
- Official website
- Mcsittel.com: screengrabs from 1983-1992 (including the old KTVS), taken from Kingsport, TN
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KCDO
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KLPD-LD
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K22JL-D
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K39KL-D
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KCDO-TV