|Cheyenne, Wyoming/Denver, Colorado|
|Channels||Digital: 11 (VHF)
Virtual: 33 (PSIP)
|Owner||Casa Media Partners, LLC
(Casa en Denver, Inc.)
|First air date||August 28, 1987|
|Call letters' meaning||K EQuity Cheyenne K
(referring to former owner)
|Former callsigns||KKTU (1987–2005)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
33 (UHF, 1987–2008)
|Former affiliations||NBC (1987–2003)
|Transmitter power||16 kW|
KQCK, channel 33, is a television station licensed to Cheyenne, Wyoming. It is currently owned by Denver TV Licenses, LLC and is a MundoFox affiliate, serving the Denver market. The station's transmitter is located approximately 50 miles (80 km) south of Cheyenne, just outside Fort Collins, Colorado.
The station first signed on August 28, 1987 as KKTU, broadcasting as a satellite of KTWO-TV in Casper, at that time an NBC affiliate. This made Cheyenne one of the last markets in the nation to get full over-the-air network service. Prior to 1987, NBC had been relegated to off-hours clearances on KGWN-TV, though Denver's KCNC-TV had been available in the area for decades on cable.
On September 1, 2003, NBC moved its Casper affiliation from KTWO to KCWY. Although KTWO temporarily became an independent station at that time in order to wait for the expiration of KFNB's ABC affiliation, KKTU was able to immediately switch from NBC to ABC, and began branding itself as ABC 8, after its position on the Cheyenne cable system. This made Cheyenne one of the last markets in the country with an ABC affiliate. Before 2003, ABC had been piped into Cheyenne via cable—first via KUSA-TV, then KMGH-TV after the massive network switch of 1995. KMGH had actually operated a translator in Cheyenne since the late 1990s.
On May 31, 2005, KKTU changed its call sign to KDEV, with plans on expanding to the nearby Denver market. Indeed, it built its digital tower in Fort Collins, in the Denver market.
On May 31, 2006, Equity Broadcasting sold KTWO to Silverton Media. Equity retained ownership of KDEV, but signed a marketing agreement with Silverton to operate it as a satellite of KTWO. Equity later moved the ABC affiliation in Cheyenne to a low-powered repeater, KKTU-LP channel 40, and replaced ABC on KDEV with programming from its in-house classic television network, the Retro Television Network.
By June 8, 2008, KDEV's analog signal had reverted to its previous ABC affiliation and ABC 8 branding, and simulcast it on its second digital subchannel and on KKTU-LP.
On June 17, 2008, the station changed its call sign to KQCK.
Equipment failure forced the station to shut down its analog operations on June 27, 2008, but the digital signal and cable carriage remained. Due to the cost of repairing the analog facilities, and the proximity of the end of the DTV transition, KQCK requested to end analog transmission altogether. ABC programming remained on KQCK-DT2 and what had become KDEV-LP until 2009, when KTWO was picked up by Fox affiliate KLWY on its digital subcarrier.
On January 4, 2009, a contract conflict between Equity and Luken Communications, L.L.C. (who had acquired RTN in June 2008) interrupted the programming on many RTN affiliates. As a result, Luken moved RTN operations to its headquarters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and dropped all Equity-owned affiliates, including KQCK, immediately. RTN would eventually sign with KCDO-TV that May. KQCK then switched first to AMGTV, and later to @SportsTV.
At auction on April 16, 2009, KQCK was bought by Valley Bank along with two other outlets for $7 million. Valley Bank, in turn, filed to sell KQCK and KQDK-CA in Aurora, Colorado to an ownership group connected to Fusion Communications on September 9.
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- Query the FCC's TV station database for KQCK
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KQCK-TV