KRET-CD

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KRET-CD
KRET Subchannel MeTV.png
Cathedral City, California
Channels Digital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 45
Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations Me-TV
This TV
Estrella TV
Antenna TV
Owner Charles R. Meeker
Founded January 24, 1996
Call letters' meaning K RETro Television Network
Former callsigns K45ET (1996-1998)
KPSP-LP (1998-1999)
KDPX-LP (1999-2008)
KRET-CA (2008-2014)
Former affiliations Pax
Independent
Transmitter power 15 kW
Height 406 m
Class Class A
Facility ID 10536

KRET-CD is a low-power Class A television station in Cathedral City, California, broadcasting locally in digital on UHF channel 31 as an affiliate of Me-TV, This TV, Estrella TV and Antenna TV. Founded January 24, 1996, the station is owned by Charles R. Meeker.

History[edit]

The FCC granted an original construction permit to Charles R. Meeker on January 24, 1996, to build a low-power television station on UHF channel 45 to serve Cathedral City and Palm Springs, California. It was given the callsign K45ET and began broadcasting in late 1997 as an independent station. Its nickname was "Sun-TV" to represent the desert locale of the Coachella Valley. The station was licensed January 8, 1998, and took the call letters KPSP-LP one month later. In February 1999, Meeker-owned Palm Springs stations KPSP-LP and KDPX-LP switched call letters and programming (see next section), and channel 45 became Pax affiliate KDPX-LP. The station upgraded its license to Class A on September 10, 2001. In June 2005, the Pax network rebranded as i, the new name meaning "independent television" (later changed to "Ion"). In 2008, the call letters for the station were changed to KRET-CA. In May 2008, KRET added Retro Television Network.[1][2] In 2011, KRET added Me-TV to its digital channel 31.1.

From late July to late September 2013 due to a retransmission consent dispute between Time Warner Cable and Journal Broadcast Group's NBC affiliate KMIR-TV, that station subcontracted with KRET-CA to carry their evening newscasts during the dispute due to KRET's channel 14 position on TWC systems.[3]

The station was issued its license for digital operation on October 8, 2014, and simultaneously changed its call sign to KRET-CD.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels

Channel Name Programming
31.1 Me-TV[4] Classic television programs
31.2 This TV[5] Movies and some classic television programming
31.3 Estrella TV[6] Spanish programming
31.4 Antenna TV[7] Classic television and movies

Station swap[edit]

When the station signed on as K45ET in late 1997, and later as KPSP-LP, it was an independent. However, in February 1999, Charles Meeker, who owned co-located UHF low-power stations on channels 45 and 58 in the Palm Springs area, switched callsigns and programming among his two stations; the Pax affiliate KDPX-LP on channel 58 became the Pax affiliate KDPX-LP on channel 45, while the independent station KPSP-LP on channel 45 became independent station KPSP-LP on channel 58. However, the licenses did not change.

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