KMYU

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KMYU
KMYU logo
St. George/Salt Lake City, Utah
United States
City of license St. George, Utah
Branding My Utah TV
Channels Digital: 9 (VHF)
Virtual: 12 (PSIP)
Translators KUTV 2.2 Salt Lake City
K49IF-D 49 Beryl/Modena
Affiliations MyNetworkTV
This TV (secondary)
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
(KUTV Licensee, LLC)
First air date August 21, 1999
Call letters' meaning K MY Utah
Sister station(s) KUTV
Former callsigns KUSG (1999–2010)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
12 (VHF, 1999–2009)
Former affiliations CBS (via KUTV, 1999–2008)
RTV (2008–2009)
NBC (secondary, 2011)
Transmitter power 3.2 kW
Height 43 m
Facility ID 35822
Transmitter coordinates 37°3′48″N 113°34′23″W / 37.06333°N 113.57306°W / 37.06333; -113.57306 (atop Webb Hill)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.kmyu.tv

KMYU, virtual channel 12 (UHF digital channel 9), is a primary MyNetworkTV and secondary This TV-affiliated television station located in St. George, Utah, United States. The station is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, as part of a duopoly with Salt Lake City-based CBS affiliate KUTV (channel 2). The two stations share studio facilities located on South Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City, and its transmitter is located at Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains, southwest of Salt Lake City.

As the broadcasting radius of KMYU's digital signal does not reach Salt Lake City due to its transmitter being located in the southern portion of the state, the station is simulcast over KUTV's second digital subchannel in order to reach that portion of the market. This signal can be seen on UHF channel 34.2 (or virtual channel 2.2 via PSIP) from a transmitter located at Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains, southwest of Salt Lake City;[1] similarly, because of the location of KUTV's transmitter, KMYU relays that station's signal on its second digital subchannel.

History[edit]

The original construction permit for channel 12 was granted on May 23, 1988,[2] and the station was assigned the call letters KUSG on September 11, 1989,[3] however a license was not granted by the Federal Communications Commission until January 24, 2000.[4] When KUSG first signed on the air on August 21, 1999, it was operated as a satellite station of KUTV, at that time a CBS owned-and-operated station. CBS sold KUTV and KUSG (along with five other smaller-market stations) to Four Points Media Group, a broadcast holding company operated by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, on January 10, 2008[5] (in a deal first announced on February 7, 2007[6]).

KUSG logo as an RTN affiliate from 2008 to 2009

On March 17, 2008, KUSG became a separately programmed station from KUTV, operating as a Retro Television Network affiliate; the station estimated this switch left a small number of viewers without KUTV programming.[7]

Initially, KUSG's RTN programming was relayed on KUBX-LP (channel 58) and KCBU (channel 3), both owned by original RTN owner Equity Media Holdings, which brought the station's programming into Salt Lake City. However, on January 4, 2009, a contract conflict between Equity and Luken Communications (which had acquired RTN in June 2008) interrupted the programming on many RTN affiliates.[8] As a result, Luken moved RTN operations to its headquarters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and dropped all Equity-owned affiliates, including KUBX and KCBU, immediately.[9] KUBX and KCBU were later sold to the Daystar Television Network; KUBX is currently silent while KCBU never completed its digital transition and went off the air for good. KUSG itself was not affected (aside from the aforementioned interruption in network programming), as it is not an Equity station, but its satellite and Salt Lake City-area Comcast coverage was lost, as they received the station's programming via KUBX/KCBU.[10]

KUSG logo from 2009 until 2010. KUSG still airs programming from This TV.

By June 2009, KUSG had dropped RTN (which rebranded to RTV that month) for This TV;[1] RTV has since moved to KCSG (channel 14). The station again changed affiliations on September 20, 2010, adding programming from MyNetworkTV.[11] KUSG retained This TV programming as a secondary affiliation. This switch briefly made it one of two MyNetworkTV affiliates serving the geographically large Utah media market, along with KCSG. The call letters were changed to KMYU on November 16, 2010.[3]

In September and early October 2011, the station aired NBC's new period drama The Playboy Club in lieu of KSL-TV (channel 5), which refused to air it due to management concerns about content and the program's promotion of Playboy magazine. The program aired at NBC's original Monday night 9 p.m. (MT) timeslot for the series on KMYU.[12] Like Coupling in 2003 however, which KSL also declined to air and aired on the then-KUWB (channel 30, now KUCW), it only aired three episodes before the network made it the first canceled new series of the new television season.[13]

On September 8, 2011, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced its intent to purchase Four Points from Cerberus Capital Management for $200 million; Sinclair began managing the stations, including KMYU, under local marketing agreements following antitrust approval.[14] The deal was completed on January 3, 2012.[15]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[16]
2.1 1080i 16:9 KMYU-2 Simulcast of KUTV
12.1 720p KMYU-12 Main KMYU programming / MyNetworkTV & This TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KMYU shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 12, 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 9,[17] using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 12.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programming on KMYU currently is a mix of comedies (Are We There Yet?,'Til Death, The Cleveland Show, The First Family (TV Series), Mr. Box Office), conflict talk (The Test, Trisha) and court shows (Divorce Court), along with dramas (CSI:Miami, Burn Notice, Republic of Doyle) and movies on the weekends.[18] Programming in the past has included The King of Queens, The Big Bang Theory, Everybody Loves Raymond, That '70s Show and Maury. The station also broadcast Real Salt Lake games[1] and Southern Utah University sports.[11]

Newscasts[edit]

After KUSG adopted its own separate schedule in 2008, KUTV began producing a 7 p.m. newscast for the station, titled My News at 7; the newscast delays MyNetworkTV programming on the station by one hour. In addition, KMYU also simulcasts KUTV's 10 p.m. newscast. Periodic southern Utah-oriented news updates are also aired on the station.[19]

On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air promotional staff[20][edit]

Station Host
  • Kari Hawker Diaz[21]

Current on-air news staff[22][edit]

Anchors
  • Cristina Flores - weeknights at 7:00 p.m.
  • Shauna Lake - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • Mark Koelbel - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • Brian Mullahy - weekends at 10:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter and fill-in anchor
  • Amy Nay - weekends at 10:00 p.m.
Weather team
  • Sterling Poulson (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • Jill Margetts (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weeknights at 7:00 p.m.
  • Lindsay Storrs (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekends at 10:00 p.m.
Sports team
  • Dave Fox - sports director; weeknights at 7:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • David James - sports anchor; weekends at 10:00 p.m.
  • Adam Mikulich - sports reporter and fill-in sports anchor
Reporters
  • Rod Decker - general assignment reporter
  • Ladd Egan - Southern Utah bureau chief
  • Matt Gephardt - consumer reporter
  • Chris Jones - general assignment reporter
  • Christine McCarthy - general assignment reporter
  • Dan Rascon - general assignment reporter
  • Casey Scott - weekday morning feature reporter
  • Brittany Tait - general assignment reporter
Sinclair Broadcast Group Washington, D.C. Bureau
  • Kristine Frazao - national correspondent
  • Sheila Gray - corporate special correspondent

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Business Services - Advertising & Marketing - KUSG in St. George, UT - StGeorge.biz". StGeorge.biz. Retrieved July 1, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Application Search Details". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved April 2, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved April 2, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Application Search Details". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved April 2, 2008. 
  5. ^ "CBS CORPORATION COMPLETES SALE OF LOCAL TV STATIONS TO CERBERUS" (Press release). CBS Corporation. January 10, 2008. Retrieved April 2, 2008. 
  6. ^ "CBS CORPORATION TO SELL LOCAL TV STATIONS IN FOUR MARKETS TO CERBERUS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, L.P." (Press release). CBS Corporation. February 7, 2007. Retrieved April 2, 2008. 
  7. ^ Hudson, Bob (March 12, 2008). "So. Utah gets another TV station". The Spectrum (St. George, Utah). Retrieved April 2, 2008. [dead link]
  8. ^ What’s Wrong with MyTV?
  9. ^ TV Newsday: "Financial Dispute Disrupts RTN Diginet", 1/5/2009.
  10. ^ "Interruption in Utah’s RTN Program Schedule". Utah's RTN. Retrieved January 10, 2009. [dead link]
  11. ^ a b "SUU Thunderbirds Open Home Football Slate Against #12 Sacramento State" (Press release). Box Score News. September 6, 2011. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ Schneider, Michael (28 June 2011). "The Playboy Club Lands New Home in Salt Lake City". TV Guide.com. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  13. ^ Pierce, Scott (4 October 2011). "NBC axes "The Playboy Club," much to KSL's relief". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  14. ^ Sinclair Buys Four Points Media For $200M, TVNewsCheck, September 8, 2011.
  15. ^ "Sinclair Closes Four Points Media Acquisition". TVNewsCheck. January 3, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  16. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KMYU
  17. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  18. ^ http://titantv.com/
  19. ^ Hudson, Bob (March 27, 2008). "Koelbel speaks of partnership". The Spectrum (St. George, Utah). Retrieved April 2, 2008. [dead link]
  20. ^ Our 2News Team
  21. ^ [1]
  22. ^ Our 2News Team

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