KCSG

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KCSG
KCSG logo
Cedar City/St. George, Utah
Flagstaff, Arizona
United States
City of license Cedar City, Utah
Branding KCSG Television
Slogan Your Window to Southern Utah
Channels Digital: 14 (UHF)
Virtual: 14 (PSIP)
Subchannels 14.1 Heroes & Icons
14.2 Heroes & Icons Movies
14.3 The Family Channel
14.4 Southern Utah Live Television Network
Affiliations Heroes & Icons
The Family Channel
FamilyNet
Southern Utah Live Television Network
Owner Southwest Media, LLC
Founded June 11, 1984
First air date April 23, 1990
Call letters' meaning Cedar City St. George
Former callsigns KCCZ (1990–1993)
KSGI-TV (1993–1998)
KXIV (1998)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
4 (VHF, 1990–2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1990–1992)
silent (1992–1994)
Independent (1994–1998)
Pax TV (1998–2005)
America One (2005–2008)
MyNetworkTV (2008–2010)
RTV (2009–2011)
Me-TV (2011-2014)
Transmitter power 25 kW
Height 385 m
Facility ID 59494
Transmitter coordinates 37°38′22″N 113°2′0″W / 37.63944°N 113.03333°W / 37.63944; -113.03333
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.kcsg.com

KCSG, virtual channel and UHF digital channel 14, is a Heroes & Icons-affiliated television station located in Cedar City, Utah, United States. The station is owned by Southwest Media LLC. The station maintains studio facilities located on West 1600 South Street in St. George, and its transmitter located on Cedar Mountain, southeast of Cedar City. The station has a network of about 15 broadcast translators that extend its over-the-air coverage throughout southwestern Utah. KCSG is also available on DirecTV, Dish Network, Galaxy 19, and cable systems in the Salt Lake City market.[1]

History[edit]

KCSG began as KCCZ, with a construction permit issued on June 11, 1984 to Michael Glenn Golden. After several extensions and replacements of expired permits, and transfer of the permit to Liberty Broadcasting Company, the station first signed on the air in April 23, 1990, operating as an independent station; it was licensed by the Federal Communications Commission on June 21, 1990. However, financial difficulties doomed KCCZ and it shut down in November 1992. Liberty Broadcasting filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on December 17, 1992, but the filing had to be converted to Chapter 7 bankruptcy on June 22, 1993. On October 20, Seagull Communications Company, whose principals owned KSGI radio (1450 AM, now KZNU, and 99.9 FM, now KONY) in St. George, filed an application to acquire the station out of bankruptcy and on November 12, changed its call letters to KSGI-TV to match the radio stations. The acquisition was approved by the FCC and consummated on February 1, 1994. Seagull Communications returned the station to air the same day, again as an independent station.[2]

Almost immediately, the new owners applied to the FCC to build booster stations serving St. George, Utah and Beaver Dam, Arizona/Mesquite, Nevada, communities cut off from the signal due to the mountainous terrain of those areas. The FCC granted the construction permit for the St. George booster, KSGI1 (later KCSG1), on February 28, 1995, but did not grant a permit for the Beaver Dam booster, KSGI2 (later KCSG2), until January 1998. That station was never built, but the construction permit remained in the FCC database until 2009.

In 1997, Seagull Communications sold KSGI-TV to Bonneville Holding Company, a broadcasting company wholly owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The sale was approved by the FCC on December 10, 1997 and was consummated on April 27, 1998. On February 16, 1998, the station changed its call letters to KXIV, in anticipation of its DTV channel assignment on UHF channel 14, but the FCC adopted the virtual channel standard, whereby digital stations would continue to identify by their analog channel assignment, and on May 15, 1998, the station again changed call letters, this time to KCSG. On August 31, 1998, the station became a charter affiliate of the family-oriented network Pax TV (now Ion Television). In August 2002, KCSG was sold to Broadcast West, a St. George-based partnership of Daniel Matheson and local auto dealer Stephen Wade. The new owners elected to continue the Pax affiliation and to maintain an association with Bonneville-owned KSL-TV (channel 5).[1]

KCSG's logo as a MyNetworkTV affiliate.

Broadcast West began to make changes to KCSG that would establish its identity as a Southern Utah station. In 2003, the company founded the region's first television news department for the station. Before, the only local news program available to residents of Cedar City and St. George came from Salt Lake City area stations. In June 2005, with Pax TV preparing to adopt a more general entertainment format, KCSG switched its affiliation to America One, continuing to offer family-focused programming. The station made news in September 2005, when it began offering its news programs in Spanish, as well as in English, attempting to serve the region's growing Hispanic population.[3] The Broadcast West partnership was dissolved on October 18, 2005, and a new company, Southwest Media, owned by Stephen Wade, became the licensee.[4]

On August 18, 2008, KCSG replaced Salt Lake City's KJZZ-TV (also on channel 14) as Utah's MyNetworkTV affiliate.[5] The station added programming from the Retro Television Network, which was previously carried in the market by KUSG and KCBU, in 2009.[6] For a time, starting on September 20, 2010, KCSG was one of two MyNetworkTV affiliates serving the geographically large Utah media market, along with KUSG; the affiliation was subsequently ceded completely to the renamed KMYU (channel 12).

On September 5, 2011, KCSG switched its primary affiliation to classic television network Me-TV.[7][8][9] On July 26, 2012, KCSG added FamilyNet to Baja Broadband channel 87.[10] FamilyNet is limited to cable and satellite viewing because of programming restrictions placed on it by the network. Otherwise, FamilyNet would have been added to digital subchannel 14.4.

On September 29, 2014, KCSG switched its affiliation from Me-TV to Heroes & Icons, a new network owned by Me-TV's parent company, Weigel Broadcasting, as its first non-owned affiliate. The network mainly carries a format of crime shows and westerns targeted to men from the Me-TV acquisition library. Me-TV is still available throughout the state via KTVX-DT2.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[11]
14.1 480i 4:3 KCSG-DT Main KCSG programming / Heroes & Icons
14.2 KCSG-DT Heroes & Icons Movies
14.3 KCSG-DT The Family Channel
14.4 KCSG-DT Partnership between the Community Education Channel (CEC), Dixie State University (DSU), Baja Broadband, and VODDOV Inc. (Southern Utah LIVE).
Displays a message with SMPTE color bars that says Streambox Transport ACT-L3 NTSC.
Every Friday night one high school football game is broadcast in real-time.
Date Description
January 24, 2011 KCSG began carrying My Family TV programming on digital subchannel 14.2 and local information and music service on digital channel 14.3.[12]
July 7, 2013 KCSG added FamilyNet to digital subchannel 14.2, moving My Family TV to digital subchannel 14.4.
November 18, 2013 KCSG removed FamilyNet on digital subchannel 14.2, moving My Family TV back to digital subchannel 14.2.
March 22, 2014 KCSG added FamilyNet to digital subchannel 14.2, moving My Family TV to digital subchannel 14.4.
August 21, 2014 KCSG removed FamilyNet on digital subchannel 14.2, moving My Family TV back to digital subchannel 14.2. Also, on August 21, 2014, KCSG added the Southern Utah Live Television Network to digital subchannel 14.4.
September 29, 2014 KCSG removed Me-TV programming on 14.1 and replaced it with Heroes & Icons,[13] moving The Family Channel to digital subchannel 14.3.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KCSG shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 14,[14] using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its physical UHF digital channel 14, rather than its former VHF analog channel 4.

News operation[edit]

KCSG was the first television station in southern Utah to produce local newscasts for the region. Until KCSG started its news department, St. George residents received local newscasts from stations in Salt Lake City; indeed, KCSG itself simulcast KSL-TV's morning newscast for a time under Bonneville ownership.[15] The station's news operation began in 2003 with a five-minute newscast; this subsequently expanded to half-hour newscasts at 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. KCSG discontinued its newscasts on February 19, 2010; the station still broadcasts news updates and still places news stories on its website.[16][17]

After a six-month hiatus, full-scale newscasts were reinstated on August 23, 2010, with the early evening newscast now airing at 6:30 p.m., in addition to the 9 p.m. newscast. KCSG previously announced a partnership with Dixie State College of Utah.[18] In late August 2011, KCSG began rebroadcasting the first half-hour of Even though Bonneville no longer owns the station, KSL-TV's 6 p.m. newscast continues to be rebroadcast at 7 p.m., and its 6:30 p.m. newscast re-airs at 9 p.m. Both newscasts are titled KSL Live 5 News on KCSG.

Sports programming[edit]

On August 4, 2011, Utah State University announced that it had partnered with KCSG to show select football and men's and women's basketball games on the station.[19][20]

The St. George Marathon, the City of St. George First Night and the Huntsman World Senior Games are broadcast on KCSG.

Translators[edit]

KCSG extends its over-the-air coverage throughout southwestern Utah through a network of one booster station and more than 15 analog and digital translator stations:

Translators of KCSG
Call sign City of license Additional Information
K19GS-D Beaver County, Utah FCC
K23KO-D Beaver County, Utah FCC
K33FW Beaver County, Utah FCC
K43ME-D Beaver County, Utah FCC
K46IB-D Beaver County, Utah FCC
K50JW-D Delta, Utah FCC
K32JW-D Fillmore, Utah FCC
K51JT-D Garrison, Utah FCC
K34LP-D Leamington, Utah FCC
K35IP-D Scipio, Utah FCC
K16DS-D St. George, Utah FCC

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About Us". KCSG.com. Retrieved June 18, 2009. 
  2. ^ "FCC Memorandum Opinion and Order". FCC CDBS database. December 5, 1997. Retrieved September 19, 2007. 
  3. ^ Perkins, Nancy (September 21, 2005). "St. George station's news popular in English, Spanish". Deseret Morning News. Retrieved September 19, 2007. 
  4. ^ "License Renewal: Public Inspection File attachment". FCC CDBS database. May 31, 2006. Retrieved September 19, 2007. 
  5. ^ Malone, Michael (July 21, 2008). "KCSG Salt Lake City Grabs MNT Affiliation". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved July 22, 2008. 
  6. ^ Miller, Mark K. (July 23, 2009). "New Deals Put RTV Near 89% Coverage". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ Where to Watch Me-TV: KCSG
  8. ^ (ME-TV) Comes to KCSG Television September 5th Retrieved August 11, 2011
  9. ^ KCSG Launches Classic Television Station
  10. ^ Family Net Television Joins KCSG Retrieved July 26, 2012
  11. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KCSG
  12. ^ Morgan Skinne (January 24, 2011). "KCSG Television Adds Two Digital "Over-the-air" Channels in Southern Utah". KCSG. Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  13. ^ "KCSG-TV Launches Its New, Exclusive Network with Family Friendly Programming – Heroes and Icons". 2014-10-04. Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  14. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  15. ^ "Programming". KCSG Television. Archived from the original on January 27, 2000. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  16. ^ "KCSG Television Announces News Format Change". KCSG. February 20, 2010. Retrieved February 20, 2010. 
  17. ^ "KCSG nightly news goes dark". Casie Forbes, Editor for the Dixie Sun. February 22, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Dixie State College and KCSG Television Announce Partnership". 2010. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Utah State Football and Basketball Games Will Be Broadcast on KCSG Television Beginning This Fall". 2011-08-04. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  20. ^ "KCSG Television to Broadcast USU Aggie Football and Basketball". 2011-08-04. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 

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