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|Grand Junction, Colorado|
|Branding||KKCO NBC 11 (general)
KKCO NBC 11 News (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||July 19, 1996|
|Call letters' meaning||COlorado|
|Sister station(s)||KKHD-LP, KKTV|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
11 (VHF, 1996-2009)
|Transmitter power||5.3 kW|
|11.1||16:9||1080i||main KKCO programming / NBC|
KKCO signed on the air on July 19, 1996; prior to then, NBC had been available by way of off-hours clearance on KREX-TV, as well as on cable from Denver stations (KCNC-TV prior to 1995 and KUSA-TV from 1995 to 1996). KKCO was owned by Eagle III Broadcasting L.L.C. from 1996 to 2005.
Soon after signing on, KKCO's newscast shot to the top of the ratings, past longer-established KREX and KJCT.
In September 2006, its DT2 subcarrier became the area's new affiliate for The CW Television Network. Sometime in late 2008 KKCO-DT dropped the CW affiliation when KJCT-TV picked up the CW. On February 17, 2009 they shut off their analog signal.
KKCO is usually the leader in the market, but in recent years have faced competition from KREX and KJCT. At some point in 2013, KKCO added two weekday half-hour live newscasts at 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. on its DT2 MeTV subchannel. The 9:00 p.m. news have since been discontinued.
Notable current on-air staff
- Butch McCain - chief weather anchor; weeknights at 5:30, 6 (KKCO-DT2 MeTV) and 10 p.m.
- Station Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KKCO
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KKCO-TV