|Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Slogan||It's Your TV!|
|Channels||Digital: 46 (UHF)
Virtual: 14 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||Independent (1989-1995, 2001-2006, 2008-present)|
|Owner||Larry H. Miller Communications Corporation
(operated by Bonneville International)
|First air date||February 1989|
|Call letters' meaning||Utah JaZZ|
|Former callsigns||KXIV (1989-1993)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
14 (UHF, 1989-2009)
|Former affiliations||UPN (1995-2001)
|Transmitter power||200 kW|
KJZZ-TV, virtual channel 14, is a full-service Independent television station serving Salt Lake City, Utah, USA and surrounding areas, broadcasting in digital on UHF channel 46. The KJZZ transmitter is located on Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains. More than 80 translator stations relay KJZZ-TV signals to viewers throughout Utah, southwestern Wyoming, southeastern Idaho, southern and eastern Nevada, southwestern Colorado and northern Arizona.
An original construction permit was granted on December 6, 1984 for a full-service television station on UHF channel 14 to serve Salt Lake City and surrounding area. The station was originally intended as an over-the-air subscription television service per its original permits, filed in 1979, but by the time the construction permit was granted, over-the-air subscription TV had largely become obsolete, and the subscription TV application had already been dismissed. For nearly two years, the station did not even have call letters, but used its application ID, 790822KE, as its callsign. In November 1986, the station took the call letters KGBS, then changed to KXIV (for the Roman numeral form of 14) in February 1988.
After four replacement construction permits, KXIV was finally licensed on March 24, 1989 and began operations on April 14. Initially the station offered a general entertainment format with cartoons, classic sitcoms, drama shows, old movies, and religious shows. The station was owned by American Stores.
In February 1993, Larry H. Miller, owner of the NBA's Utah Jazz, purchased the station, later changing the call letters to KJZZ-TV to reflect both his ownership of the Utah Jazz and the station's status as the broadcast television outlet for Jazz games. The format remained the same initially but by the mid to late '90s talk and reality shows were mixed into the schedule.
In 1995, KJZZ became a charter affiliate of the United Paramount Network. However in October 2000, KJZZ made national headlines when it warned it would assert its contractual right to back out of its UPN contract if UPN increased its "urban/ethnic programming" to more than two hours per week. From KJZZ's perspective its designated market area has about the lowest percentage of African American demographic for any DMA in the United States. UPN officials were outraged at this demand and considering UPN's national programming strategy, the two parties parted ways when UPN transferred the Salt Lake City affiliation to KAZG (channel 24, now KPNZ), a smaller station based in Ogden in January 2001, leaving KJZZ as an independent once again.
In the fall of 2005, KJZZ began a local marketing agreement with KUTV. As a result second runs of shows like Dr. Phil, Wheel Of Fortune, and Jeopardy! were added to the schedule as well as newscasts from KUTV. (The latter two shows had aired on KTVX for about two decades prior to moving to KJZZ.)
On September 5, 2006 the station became affiliated with the new television network MyNetworkTV. However, instead of showing the programs at 7PM Mountain (as with most other stations), KJZZ showed the network's programming weeknights at 11pm Mountain to start, but later moved it up to start at midnight. Possible reasons included the Jazz telecasts and the LMA with KUTV.
KJZZ dropped the network and became an independent station again, effective on August 18, 2008. MNTV programming then moved to St. George's KCSG, which covers the Salt Lake City area via cable coverage. The MNTV affiliation has since moved to KMYU (the former KUSG), which serves the Wasatch Front via KUTV's digital subcarrier. In January 2009, DirecTV dropped KJZZ from its lineup of stations available to local viewers when the sides could not come to an agreement on retransmission terms. KJZZ was returned to the DirecTV lineup on February 11, 2009.
Larry H. Miller died on February 20, 2009. His son, Greg, took over as CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies several months earlier. FCC records show a transfer of 48% ownership of the station to a trust to which Larry Miller's widow, Gail, is trustee, in April 2009. Gail Miller directly owns 48% of the station, with Larry Miller's sons holding the remainder.
On June 12, 2009, KJZZ-TV ended analog broadcasts and began to transmit exclusively digitally.
May 31, 2010 was the last day for KJZZ's KUTV-produced 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts after nearly five years. No official explanation was given although it is likely that the LMA between KUTV and KJZZ was about to run out after five years. KSL-TV is now managing KJZZ.
KJZZ broadcasts a variety of programming, including reruns of the legal drama Matlock and reruns of popular sitcoms such as Friends, Scrubs, The Office, and Frasier. KJZZ also airs court shows including Judge Mathis and The People's Court, game shows Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and tabloid show The Insider. It is one of the few television stations in the U.S. that broadcasts films of the LDS cinema genre, as Miller was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and financed a number of LDS-themed films.
KJZZ aired a tribute to Larry H. Miller on February 21, 2009. This tribute won an Emmy in the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
KJZZ-TV extends its coverage throughout the entire state of Utah, plus parts of Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming, using a network of more than 80 community-owned translator television stations listed below.
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says February 10, while the Television and Cable Factbook says February 14.
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- KJZZ-TV website
- TV Fool Map for KJZZ
- TV Network UPN Drops Utah Station That Objected To Black Shows
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KJZZ
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KJZZ-TV