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KTAZ Logo.png
Phoenix, Arizona
United States
Branding Telemundo Phoenix
Noticiero Telemundo Arizona
Channels Digital: 39 (UHF)
Virtual: 39 (PSIP)
Subchannels 39.1 Telemundo
39.2 Exitos
39.3 Cozi TV
Affiliations Telemundo
Owner NBCUniversal
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
First air date January 12, 2001
Call letters' meaning Telemundo AriZona
Former callsigns KPHZ (2001–2006)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
11 (VHF, 2001–2006)
39 (UHF, 2006–2009)
Former affiliations ACN (2001–2002)
Transmitter power 550 kW
Height 537.5 m
Facility ID 81458
Transmitter coordinates 33°20′2.7″N 112°3′40.7″W / 33.334083°N 112.061306°W / 33.334083; -112.061306
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.telemundoarizona.com

KTAZ, virtual and UHF digital channel 39, is a Telemundo owned-and-operated television station located in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. The station is owned by the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal. KTAZ maintains studio facilities located on South 33rd Place in Phoenix, and its transmitter is located atop South Mountain.


The first Telemundo Phoenix Affiliate started broadcasting to the Phoenix DMA in 1990 as a low power with the call letters KDR-TV (later KDRR) owned by Jay Zucker. He also owned the Telemundo Tucson affiliate. Later The station was granted an original construction permit on January 23, 1998 as KBCZ, allocated to VHF channel 11 and licensed to Holbrook, owned by Channel 11 Television LLC. In 2000, before the permit expired, Channel 11 Television LLC sold the station to Venture Technologies Group, LLC, who immediately changed the call letters to KPHZ. The station first signed on the air on January 12, 2001 and was licensed on December 5, it originally operated as an affiliate of the home shopping channel ACN; the following year, KPHZ, along with Phoenix stations KPHZ-LP (channel 48, now KDTP-LP) and KPSW-LP (channel 41, now KPDF-CA), was sold to NBC, which turned channel 11 into an owned-and-operated station of Telemundo, which NBC acquired in 1999. It was the Telemundo network's second full-power station in Arizona (the first being KHRR in Tucson).

License swap[edit]

By 2004, NBCUniversal concluded that in a small town like Holbrook (which had a population of 4,917, according to the 2000 U.S. Census), KPHZ was losing money and would likely have to be shut down. At the same time, the company had determined that its Phoenix-based Class A LPTV station, KDRX-CA (channel 48, now KDPH-LP), could not adequately compete with Univision's full-power station KTVW-TV.

NBCUniversal reached an agreement with the Daystar Television Network, and the two broadcasters together filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to move the KPHZ license from Holbrook to Phoenix, where it would broadcast on channel 39. Daystar's KDTP license would move from Phoenix to Holbrook, broadcasting on channel 11. It was an unusual and complicated request that involved not only a swap of cities of license and frequencies, but would also require removing the non-commercial reservation from channel 39 in Phoenix and creating a non-commercial reservation on channel 11 in Holbrook. Holbrook already had a non-commercial allocation on channel 18 which had never been built, and most likely never would be. In addition, NBCUniversal would transfer KDRX-CA and KPHZ-LP to Daystar, preserving a Daystar outlet in Phoenix.

The Federal Communications Commission is extremely reluctant to remove a non-commercial reservation from a market, and naturally, Univision objected to the proposal, but in October 2005, the FCC agreed to allow the switch, saying that the benefit of having competing full-power Spanish-language television stations in the Phoenix market outweighed the loss of the non-commercial reservation.[2][1] In April 2006, the FCC granted construction permits to move the licenses.

On May 27, 2006, the KTAZ call letters were moved to the channel 39 license. There were a few complications with the move, requiring newly named KTAZ to move to a different broadcast tower. KTAZ temporarily kept the Daystar programming and the Telemundo programming remained on channel 11, which became KDTP-CA (now KDPH-LP), while KTAZ's permanent transmitter facilities were being constructed; the move was completed on July 23, 2006,[2] and on August 9, KTAZ resumed carrying Telemundo programming, and Daystar programming began airing on KDTP-CA. The FCC licensed the changes to KTAZ on November 7, 2006.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
39.1 16:9 1080i KTAZ DT Main KTAZ programming / Telemundo
39.2 4:3 480i Exitos Exitos TV
39.3 16:9 COZI Cozi TV

Analog-to-digital transition[edit]

Because it was granted an original construction permit after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997,[4] the station did not receive a companion channel for its digital signal. Instead, at the end of the digital conversion period for full-power television stations, KTAZ was required to turn off its analog signal and turn on its digital signal (called a "flash-cut"). The station's digital signal went into operation on its former analog-era UHF channel 39 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 first news on Telemundo Phoenix debuted in October 1997, produced by local ABC affiliate KNXV. Several years later, after then-KDRX had moved into KNXV's former studio facilities, the station began to produce its own news. Under cost-cutting measures in 2007, KTAZ's news began to be produced from a news hub in Dallas; the production of the shows was restored to Phoenix several years later, and until 2014, KTAZ additionally produced the local newscasts seen on KBLR in Las Vegas. That later ended in July 2014 when KBLR debuted its own local newscast. On July 26, 2014, KTAZ began producing weekend newscasts to air at 4:30pm and 10pm.[5]

KTAZ's newscasts are also aired on KHRR in Tucson. Tucson news and weather is incorporated into the broadcasts.


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