KMOH-TV

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KMOH-TV
KMOH6.png
Kingman/Phoenix, Arizona
United States
City of license Kingman, Arizona
Branding MundoFox 6 & 40
Channels Digital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
Subchannels 6.1 MundoFox
40.2 Infomercials
Translators KEJR-LD 40 Phoenix
Affiliations MundoFox
Owner HERO Broadcasting, LLC
(HERO License Company, LLC)
First air date February 22, 1988[1]
Call letters' meaning MOHave County
Former channel number(s) Analog:
6 (VHF, 1988–2009)
Former affiliations independent (1988–1996)
The WB (1996–1999)
NBC (as satellite of KPNX, 1999–2004)
Spanish independent (2004–2006)
Tr3́s (2006–2012)
Transmitter power 25.2 kW
Height 578.2 m
Facility ID 24753
168349 (KEJR-LD)
Transmitter coordinates 35°1′56.7″N 114°21′58.9″W / 35.032417°N 114.366361°W / 35.032417; -114.366361
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.mundofoxphx.com

KMOH-TV, virtual channel 6 (UHF digital channel 19), is a MundoFox-affiliated television station serving Phoenix, Arizona, United States that is licensed to Kingman. The station is owned by HERO Broadcasting. KMOH maintains studio facilities located on McCullough Boulevard in Lake Havasu City, and its transmitter is located atop Black Mountain, near Oatman.

The station's programming is simulcast on low-power translator station KEJR-LD (UHF digital channel 40) in Phoenix.

History[edit]

An original construction permit to build a television station on VHF channel 6 in Kingman granted to Grand Canyon Television Co. on April 8, 1985. Its transmitter facilities were to be located at Hualapai Peak, operating at an effective radiated power of 10 kW.[2] The permit was modified in August 1986 to specify Black Mountain as the transmitter location with an ERP of 100 kW, which was maximum allowed for a low-band VHF station.[3] The station first signed on the air on February 22, 1988, and was licensed on June 1.[4]

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, KMOH was an English-language independent station, and also produced its own local newscast. It was listed as an American Independent Network (AIN) affiliate in July 1996, and has also been listed as a Network One (N1) affiliate at an unknown date.[5] In late 1996, it became an affiliate of The WB; in May 1997, the Gannett Company bought the station from Grand Canyon Television Company.[6] In November 1999, Gannett converted KMOH into a satellite station of Phoenix-based NBC affiliate KPNX (channel 12).[7] It was perceived as a redundant move, as KPNX was already available on cable in the Kingman area.

The former KEJR/KMOH logo, used until the change of affiliation to MTV Tr3s.

In August 2004, Bela Broadcasting, looking to expand the reach of its family-oriented Spanish-language format, acquired KMOH from Gannett, making the station a Spanish-language independent station, airing mostly the same content as its Oxnard, California station KBEH, but on a different schedule. From Kingman, Bela hoped to put signals into the Phoenix and Las Vegas markets, both of which have large Hispanic populations.[8] While it cannot be verified as a reason for buying KMOH, a full-power station in the Phoenix media market, it is clear that Bela Broadcasting desired must-carry cable coverage in Phoenix as well. With KMOH no longer a rebroadcaster of KPNX, Cox Communications petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to allow it to exclude the station from must-carry provisions in its 16 Phoenix-area communities, since, while it is part of the Phoenix market, it operates 165 miles (266 km) away from the city itself and the station's signal did not reach into Phoenix. KMOH fought the exclusion, but lost, in large part due to the station's lack of local programming directed at Phoenix viewers, and also in part due to not being receivable in Phoenix.[9] In November 2005, Bela Broadcasting acquired KQBN-LP (channel 43, now KEJR-LP) from Una Vez Más Holdings, and made it a translator station of KMOH-TV, giving the station a translator in Phoenix. As Phoenix is the much larger market, both stations were branded as "KEJR 43 Phoenix" instead of as "KMOH 6".

On November 27, 2006, Bela dropped the Spanish independent format from all of its stations and made them affiliates of MTV Tr3́s. KMOH and KEJR became charter affiliates of the MundoFox Spanish-language network when it launched on August 1, 2012, replacing Tr3́s.

KEJR-LD history pre-2005[edit]

Raul Infante, Jr. was granted an original construction permit for a television station on UHF channel 31, which was assigned the callsign K31DI, on June 5, 1992, and licensed on August 22, 1995. The original transmitter site was in Sun City. Early programming is unknown.

In June 1998, Infante sold the station to Hispanic Television of Phoenix, who in turn sold it to Television Apogeo de Phoenix in October. In 1999, the FCC granted Fox station KSAZ-TV (channel 10) permission to build its digital signal on channel 31; as a result, K31DI was forced to move to another channel. Television Apogeo took the station silent in March 2000, but returned it to the air in October, when the company was granted Special Temporary Authority to operate on channel 43. Television Apogeo licensed the station on channel 43 with new call letters, K43GV, in December 2001. By this time, it was simulcasting Telemundo programming from KDRX-CA (now KDPH-LP).

Una Vez Más Holdings acquired the station in January 2004 and applied to move the transmitter location from Sun City to South Mountain in Phoenix. The permit was granted and the new facilities were licensed in October 2005. Meanwhile, Una Vez Más resurrected a set of call letters the company had used for its station in Tucson, and renamed the station KQBN-LP in March 2005. Telemundo programming was also replaced by the Spanish-language Christian network Almavision.

Even before the station was licensed at its new South Mountain transmitter site, Una Vez Mas sold the station to Bela Broadcasting, with the transaction finalized in November 2005. Upon taking ownership, Bela again changed the call letters, this time to KEJR-LP, and made the station a translator for KMOH-TV. Bela Broadcasting sold KMOH and KEJR to HERO Broadcasting in January 2008.[10]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[11][12]
6.1/40.1 KMOH-TV: 480i
KEJR-LD: 720p
KMOH-TV: 4:3
KEJR-LD: 16:9
KMOHDTV Main KMOH-TV programming / MundoFox
40.2 KEJR-LD: 480i EEE NETWORK

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KMOH-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 6, 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 19.[13] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 6.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says February 22, while the Television and Cable Factbook says February 26.
  2. ^ "For the Record", Broadcasting, July 23, 1984: 106 
  3. ^ "Public Notice Comment", FCC CDBS database, July 21, 1986 
  4. ^ "Application Search Details", FCC CDBS database, June 1, 1988 
  5. ^ Network One Affiliate List, October 8, 1997, retrieved December 7, 2012 
  6. ^ "Gannett acquires Arizona Stations", Phoenix Business Journal, May 26, 1997, retrieved December 7, 2012 
  7. ^ KidVid Public Access Search the call sign "KMOH" for the filing period of "1999 Q4"
  8. ^ S. Mihailovich (December 30, 2004), "New TV station signals a shift in the market", Las Vegas Business Press, retrieved December 7, 2012 
  9. ^ "Memorandum Opinion and Order", FCC CDBS Database, August 9, 2005, retrieved December 7, 2012 
  10. ^ "Deals", Broadcasting & Cable Magazine, January 13, 2008, retrieved December 7, 2012 
  11. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KMOH
  12. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KEJR
  13. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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