KJCT

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KJCT
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Grand Junction, Colorado
Branding KJCT 8 (general)
KJCT News 8 (newscasts)
Slogan Where The News Comes First
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
Subchannels 8.1 ABC
8.2 Telemundo
8.3 The CW
Translators K28AD-D 28 (UHF), Montrose
Network ABC
Independent (future)
Owner Excalibur Broadcasting, LLC
(operated through a SSA by
Gray Television; Sale to Chang Media Group pending)

(Excalibur Grand Junction, LLC)
First air date October 22, 1979
Call letters' meaning Grand JunCTion
Sister station(s) KKCO, KKTV
Former channel number(s) Analog:
8 (VHF, 1979-2009)
Transmitter power 9.7 kW
Height 892 m
Facility ID 52593
Transmitter coordinates 39°2′54.8″N 108°15′7.6″W / 39.048556°N 108.252111°W / 39.048556; -108.252111
Website www.kjct8.com

KJCT is the ABC-affiliated television station for Colorado's Western Slope region that is licensed to Grand Junction. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on VHF channel 7 (or virtual channel 8.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter at the Mesa Point Electronics Site on the Grand Mesa (southeast of Interstate 70). The station can also be seen on Charter Communications channel 10, with a high definition feed on channel 510.

Owned by Excalibur Broadcasting, the station is operated by Gray Television through a shared services agreement, making it a sister station to NBC affiliate, KKCO.[1] KJCT operates studios on Foresight Circle in northern Grand Junction. Syndicated programming on this station includes Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, The Doctors, The Dr. Oz Show and Judge Judy among others. Its signal is relayed on low-powered K28AD-D in Montrose, which has operated from Storm King Mountain since it launched in September 1982, along with 13 analog and eight digital translators across central and northwestern Colorado.

Digital channels[edit]

Channel PSIP short name Aspect Video Programming
8.1 KJCT-DT 720p 16:9 Main KJCT programming / ABC
8.2 KJCT-TM 480i 4:3 Telemundo
8.3 KJCT-CW CW 13

History[edit]

KJCT signed on the air on October 22, 1979 as the first television station in Western Colorado since KREX-TV in 1954. It was owned by the Pikes Peak Broadcasting Company as a semi-satellite of KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs; as a result, it immediately took ABC away from KREX. The station had full production facilities in Grand Junction; however, much of the programming was fed via hundreds of miles of microwave links from KRDO. In the late 1990s, KJCT chief engineer Roger Hightower modernized KJCT into one of the first true digital facilities in Colorado, and severed the electronic umbilical cord with KRDO.

KJCT was the first Western Colorado television station with modern electronic news gathering technology. "8 Live," the stations' first live microwave newsvan, came into service in 1984.

In 2006, News-Press & Gazette Company announced the purchase of KJCT along with KRDO-TV and KRDO-AM from Pikes Peak Broadcasting.[2]

In late 2008, KJCT's third digital subcarrier became western Colorado's affiliate for The CW. However, despite The CW being available locally, Denver's KWGN-TV, which has been on cable for decades in Grand Junction, is still available through two low-powered repeaters in the area.

On August 2, 2013, News Press & Gazette announced the sale of KJCT's license assets to Excalibur Broadcasting and its non-license assets to Gray Television; Excalibur is owned by former Gray executive, Don Ray. Gray will operate the station through joint sales and shared services agreements, making KJCT a sister station to KKCO.[3][4] The sale was completed on October 31.[5] This was NPG's first broadcast divestiture since selling its five stations to New Vision Television in 1993.

In the wake of the FCC's increased scrutiny towards virtual duopolies, Gray announced that it would move KJCT's programming to a subchannel of KKCO, and sell KJCT to a minority owned broadcaster, which will operate the station autonomously from KJCT or any other broadcaster.[6] On August 27, 2014, Gray announced that it would sell KJCT to Jeff Chang and Gabriela Gomez-Chang, owner of KQSL.[7]

News operation[edit]

On May 22, 2009, KJCT became the first station in Grand Junction to launch local news in high definition.[8] The station debuted a new set in May 2011, to coincide with a new graphics package. In July 2011, KJCT overtook its competitors to become the top rated station in the coveted 25-54 demographic in all weekday newscasts. As of Fall 2013, KJCT no longer shows weekend newscasts, becoming the first station in the market to reduce its weekly news operation from 7 days a week to just 5 days.

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

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