KRCA

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For the air force base near Rapid City, South Dakota assigned the ICAO code KRCA, see Ellsworth Air Force Base.
Not to be confused with KCRA-TV.
KRCA
Estrella TV Logo.png
Riverside/Los Angeles, California
United States
City of license Riverside, California
Branding Estrella TV KRCA 62 (general)
Noticias 62 (newscasts)
Slogan Tu Ciudad. Tu Equipo.
(Your City. Your Team.)
Channels Digital: 35 (UHF)
Virtual: 62 (PSIP)
Subchannels 62.1 KRCA (Spanish)
62.2 HTTV USA (Mandarin)
62.3 Vida TV (Spanish)
62.6 STV USA (Mandarin)
Affiliations Estrella TV[1]
Owner Liberman Broadcasting
(KRCA License, LLC)
First air date December 17, 1988
Call letters' meaning Riverside, CAlifornia
(no relation to the Radio Corporation of America)
Former callsigns KSLD (1988–1990)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
62 (UHF, 1988–2009)
Digital: 68 (UHF, –2009)
Former affiliations Asian independent (1988–1990)
HSN (1990–1998)
Spanish Independent (1998–2009)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 906 m
Facility ID 22161
Transmitter coordinates 34°12′48″N 118°3′41″W / 34.21333°N 118.06139°W / 34.21333; -118.06139
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website estrellatv.com

KRCA, virtual channel 62 (UHF digital channel 35), is an Estrella TV owned-and-operated television station serving Los Angeles, California, United States that is licensed to Riverside. It is the flagship television station of owner Liberman Broadcasting. The station's studios are located on North Victory Drive (near Interstate 5) in Burbank, and its transmitter is located atop Mount Harvard.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air on December 17, 1988 as KSLD-TV, displacing a low-power translator of San Bernardino-based PBS member station KVCR-TV (channel 24). The station ran a mix of Asian language programs (in Mandarin Chinese and Korean). Channel 62 was originally founded and owned by Frank L. Fouce's company, Fouce Amusement Enterprises, who broadcast Asian language programming.

In 1990, the station changed its call letters to KRCA (the station is not related to NBC owned-and-operated station KNBC channel 4, or RCA, the former parent of that station's associated network, although NBC used the KRCA call letters on its Los Angeles station in the 1950s), and became an affiliate of the Home Shopping Network. In 1998, KRCA was sold to Liberman Broadcasting, and converted into a Spanish language independent station.

In May 2005, KRCA was the subject of controversy due to billboards advertising its local newscasts, in which the place name "Los Angeles, CA" had the "CA" postal abbreviation crossed out, replaced with the word "MEXICO" in bold red and a picture of the El Ángel victory column on the Paseo de la Reforma superimposed onto a picture of the Los Angeles skyline. The billboard was deemed provocative by some, and protests erupted outside Liberman Broadcasting studios. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke on the popular John and Ken radio talk show requesting that the Libermans remove the signs. After negotiations between the station and Clear Channel Outdoor, the owner of the billboards, the messages were replaced with a more generic advertisement.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
62.1 720p 16:9 KRCA DT Main KRCA programming (Spanish)
62.2 480i 4:3 HTTV US HTTV USA (Mandarin)
62.3 VNN-TV VNN (Vietnamese)
62.4 IMIGRAN Inmigrante TV
62.6 STVUSA Super TV USA (Mandarin)

KRCA-TV formerly rebroadcast its San Diego sister station KSDX-LP on digital subchannel 62.2. In September 2009, 62.2 began to transmit Mandarin-language programming for the first time since KRCA last presented Chinese-language television in 1998. It is presented by City of Industry-based Hantian TV (HTTV). In June 2010, KRCA added a third subchannel on 62.3 (since moved to 62.4), carrying programming from Inmigrante TV, a Spanish-language special interest channel featuring political news and commentary aimed at immigrant viewers.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

Both the analog and pre-transition allocations for KRCA were outside the core spectrum (channels 2-51) permitted for broadcasting use after the transition; as a result, the station was required to find an in-core channel from which to operate its digital signal post-transition. It originally elected to operate on UHF channel 45 after 2009, but, anticipating difficulty getting coordination from Mexico to use that channel, it instead requested and was granted the use of UHF channel 35.[3][4]

KRCA shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 62, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[5] The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 68 to UHF channel 35 (formerly the pre-transition digital signal of KMEX-DT), using PSIP to display KRCA's virtual channel as 62 on digital television receivers.

News operation[edit]

KRCA presently broadcasts 7½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 1½ hours each weekday; the station does not broadcast any newscasts on weekends).

On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[6][edit]

Anchors
  • Mirthala Salinas - weekdays at noon, and weeknights at 5 and 11 p.m.
  • Adriana Rugiero - weekdays at noon, and weeknights at 5 and 11 p.m.
  • Hilda Gutierrez - weekdays at noon, and weeknights at 5 and 11 p.m.
  • Rosy Martel - weather anchor; weeknights at 5 and 11 p.m.
Sports team
  • Renan Cardona - sports anchor; weeknights at 5 and 11 p.m.
Weather
  • Janice Villagran - weathercaster; weeknights at 5 and 11 p.m.
Reporters
  • Karla Amezola - general assignment reporter
  • Ruby Campos - general assignment reporter
  • Hilda Gutierrez - general assignment reporter
  • Juan José Méndez - general assignment reporter
  • José Luis Muñoz - general assignment reporter
  • Rosa Maria Orbach - general assignment reporter

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coming, a new force in Hispanic TV". Media Life Magazine. March 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KRCA
  3. ^ "DTV Transition Status Report". FCC CDBS database. 2008-02-15. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  4. ^ "Report and Order (Doc. DA 08-1185)". FCC CDBS database. 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  5. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations
  6. ^ Tu Equipo

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