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|Channels||Digital: 39 (UHF)
Virtual: 39 (PSIP)
39.3 Sistema de Opinion Interactivo (SOI)
(NBC Telemundo License Company)
|First air date||January 12, 2001|
|Call letters' meaning||KTAZ|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
11 (VHF, 2001-2006)
39 (UHF, 2006-2009)
|Former affiliations||ACN (2001-2002)|
|Transmitter power||550 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KTAZ is the Telemundo-owned and -operated television station in Phoenix, Arizona. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 39 from a transmitter atop South Mountain. Owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal, KTAZ maintains studios at 4625 South 33rd Place, Phoenix AZ 85040 in South Phoenix.
The station was granted an original construction permit on January 23, 1998 as KBCZ channel 11 in Holbrook, Arizona, 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. They licensed the station on December 5, 2001 as an affiliate for the ACN shopping channel, but the next year, they sold KPHZ, along with Phoenix stations KPHZ-LP (now KDTP-LP) and KPSW-LP (now KPDF-CA), to NBC Telemundo, who switched the programming to Telemundo. It was the Telemundo network's second full-service station in Arizona (the first being KHRR 40 Tucson). On May 27, 2006, NBC Telemundo changed the call letters to KTAZ and moved the license from Holbrook channel 11 to Phoenix channel 39 in a complex deal with the Daystar Television Network (see below). KTAZ temporarily kept the Daystar programming and the Telemundo programming remained on KDTP-CA (now KDPH-LP) channel 48 while KTAZ's permanent facilities were being constructed, but on August 9, 2006, KTAZ resumed Telemundo programming, and Daystar programming began airing on KDTP-CA. The FCC licensed the changes to KTAZ on November 7, 2006.
By 2004, NBCUniversal concluded that in a small town like Holbrook (2000 population: 4917), KPHZ was losing money and would likely have to be shut down. At the same time, they determined that their Phoenix-based Class A LPTV station, KDRX-CA (now KDPH-LP), could not adequately compete with Univision's full-power station KTVW-TV.
NBCUniversal reached an agreement with Daystar, and 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 Phoenix channel 39 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 Television Network outlet in Phoenix.
The FCC 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-service Spanish-language TV stations in the Phoenix market outweighed the loss of the non-commercial reservation. In April 2006, the FCC granted construction permits to move the licenses. There were a few complications with the move, requiring newly named KTAZ to move to a different broadcast tower, but the move was completed on July 23, 2006.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|39.1||16:9||1080i||KTAZ DT||Main KTAZ programming / Telemundo|
|39.3||S.O.I.||Sistema de Opinion Interactivo|
As KTAZ was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the digital television allotment plan on April 21, 1997, the station did not receive a companion channel for its digital signal, meaning it had to flash-cut its signal from analog to digital, which was completed on February 17, 2009.
- Stronger signal to expand reach of Telemundo, AZBilingualed (via The Arizona Republic), October 29, 2005.
- Final Digital TV (DTV) Channel Plan from FCC97-115
- Official website for KTAZ "Telemundo 39"
- Telemundo website
- Daystar Television Network
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTAZ
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTAZ-TV