KKCO

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KKCO
KKCO logo
Grand Junction, Colorado
Branding KKCO NBC 11 (general)
KKCO NBC 11 News (newscasts)
Slogan Know More.
Channels Digital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
Affiliations NBC
Owner Gray Television
(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
Height 452 m
Facility ID 24766
Transmitter coordinates 39°3′59.3″N 108°44′47.3″W / 39.066472°N 108.746472°W / 39.066472; -108.746472
Website www.nbc11news.com

KKCO, virtual channel 11 (digital channel 12), is the NBC-affiliated television station in the Grand Junction/Montrose, Colorado market. The station is owned by Gray Television.

Digital television[edit]

Channel Aspect Format Programming
11.1 16:9 1080i main KKCO programming / NBC
11.2 4:3 480i Me-TV
11.3 16:9 720p Telemundo

History[edit]

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.

News operation[edit]

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[edit]

  • Butch McCain - chief weather anchor; weeknights at 5:30, 6 (KKCO-DT2 MeTV) and 10 p.m.

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