|City of license||Longmont, Colorado|
|Branding||Telemundo Denver (general)
Noticiero Telemundo Denver (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 29 (UHF)
Virtual: 25 (PSIP)
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
|First air date||March 31, 1997|
|Call letters' meaning||DENver (also ICAO code for Denver International Airport)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
25 (UHF, 1997–2009)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1997–2006)|
|Transmitter power||540 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KDEN-TV, virtual channel 25 (UHF digital channel 29), is a Telemundo owned-and-operated television station serving Denver, Colorado, United States that is licensed to Longmont. The station is owned by the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal. KDEN maintains studio facilities located on South Parker Road in Aurora, and its transmitter is located in rural southwestern Morgan County, east of Frederick.
The station first signed on the air on March 31, 1997. Founded by locally-owned Longmont Broadcasting, KDEN originally operated as an independent station. On January 19, 2006, Longmont Broadcasting sold KDEN to NBC Universal, making the second television station in the Denver market to have been an owned-and-operated station under NBC ownership – after KCNC-TV (channel 4, now a CBS owned-and-operated station), which was owned by the network from 1984 to 1995, the company's 17th Spanish-language television station and the third network O&O in the market overall (alongside KCNC and KDVR (channel 31), which Fox would eventually sell in 2008).
Channel 25 became the market's Telemundo owned-and-operated on March 6, Before moving to KDEN, Telemundo programming was seen in Denver on low-power stations KMAS-LP (channel 33) and KSBS-LP (channel 10), which both served as repeaters of KMAS-TV in Steamboat Springs; after NBC Universal purchased KDEN, it donated the KMAS-TV license and transmitter facility to Rocky Mountain PBS, which changed its call letters to KRMZ, while KSBS-LP was sold to Denver Digital Television (KMAS-LP remains owned by NBC).
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|25.1||1080i||16:9||KDEN-DT||Main KDEN-TV programming / Telemundo|
KDEN-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 25, 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 29. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 25.
KDEN-TV presently broadcasts 2½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with one hour each on weekdays); the station does not broadcast local newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays. Upon affiliating with Telemundo, KDEN aired locally produced news cut-ins during the national evening newscasts Noticiero Telemundo and Noticiero Telemundo Internacional; the inserts were discontinued late that year as a result of budget cutbacks imposed by NBC Universal.
On July 29, 2011, KDEN announced a news share agreement with NBC affiliate KUSA-TV (channel 9) to produce Spanish-language newscasts for the station. The half-hour newscasts, airing at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m. weeknights and branded as Noticiero Telemundo Denver, debuted on October 3, 2011 and utilize a separate on-air staff that is exclusive to the KDEN broadcasts; the programs are produced out of a secondary set at KUSA's studio facility on East Speer Boulevard, and have been broadcast in high-definition from their launch.
- Noticiero Telemundo Denver 9News en Español (2011–present)
Current on-air staff
- Guillermo Martínez Villarreal - weeknights at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m.
- Javier Castro - meteorologist and traffic reporter; weeknights at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m.
- Paola Varela Rossi - sports anchor; weeknights at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m.
- Carlos Rausseo - general assignment reporter
- José Guzmán - photojournalist
- "NBC buys Longmont TV station". Denver Business Journal. January 18, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
- "NBC's buying KDEN Denver for Telemundo". TVNewsCheck. January 19, 2006. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
- "KDEN begins Telemundo service in Denver". Broadcast Engineering. March 16, 2006. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KDEN
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- "Habrán menos noticieros de Telemundo". El Diario de Hoy (in Spanish). October 30, 2006. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
- "KUSA, Telemundo's KDEN partner for Spanish-language newscasts". Denver Business Journal. July 29, 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
- Ostrow, Joanne (July 29, 2011). "9News partners with Telemundo for twice daily newscasts in Spanish". The Denver Post. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
- "Telemundo Boosts Local News, Public Affairs". TVNewsCheck. August 8, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
- "KUSA, KDEN partner for Spanish-language newscasts". Denver Business Journal. July 29, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
- Tu Telemundo
- www.telemundodenver.com - KDEN official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KDEN
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KDEN-TV