KTDO

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KTDO
KTDO48.png
Las Cruces, New Mexico/El Paso, Texas
United States
City of license Las Cruces, New Mexico
Branding Telemundo 48 (general)
Telenoticias El Paso (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 47 (UHF)
Virtual: 47 (PSIP)
Subchannels 47.1 Telemundo
48.3 Inmigrante TV
Translators K48IK 48 El Paso, Texas
Affiliations Telemundo
Owner ZGS Communications
(ZGS El Paso Television, LP)
First air date November 1984[1]
Call letters' meaning TelemunDO
Former callsigns KASK-TV (1984–1989)
KZIA (1989–1997)
KMAZ (1997–2001)
KTYO (2001–2004)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
48 (UHF, 1984–2009)
Former affiliations independent (1984–1995)
UPN (1995–1999)
Transmitter power 200 kW
Height 555 m
Facility ID 36916
Transmitter coordinates 31°48′19″N 106°28′59″W / 31.80528°N 106.48306°W / 31.80528; -106.48306
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website elpaso.holaciudad.com

KTDO, virtual channel 48 (UHF digital channel 47), is a Telemundo-affiliated television station located in El Paso, Texas, United States that is licensed to Las Cruces, New Mexico. The station is owned by ZGS Communications. KTDO maintains studio facilities located on North Mesa Street/Highway 20 in northwest El Paso, and its transmitter is located atop the Franklin Mountains on the El Paso city limits. On cable, the station is available on Time Warner Cable channel 11 and in high definition on digital channel 209.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air in November 1984 as KASK-TV; it originally operated as an English language independent station Five years later in 1989, the station changed its call letters to KZIA. Channel 48 became a charter affiliate of the United Paramount Network (UPN) upon the network's launch on January 16, 1995. In 1997, the station's calls were changed to KMAZ.

In 2001, the station's call letters were changed to KTYO. In 2004, the station was purchased by the Arlington, Virginia-based ZGS Group for $11.8 million;[2] ZGS subsequently converted the station into a Spanish language outlet as the market's Telemundo affiliate and changed its call letters to KTDO. As a result of the switch, UPN (which ceased operations in September 2006 and merged its programming with competing network The WB as part of a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Time Warner to form The CW) did not have a full-time affiliate in the El Paso market for the remainder of the network's run, with its programming being relegated to a secondary affiliation on KKWB (channel 65, now KTFN) until it switched to TeleFutura in January 2002.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
47.1 1080i 16:9 KTDO HD Main KTDO programming / Telemundo
47.3 480i 4:3 KTDO-TV Inmigrante TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KTDO shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 47, 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 station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 48.[4] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 47.

News operation[edit]

KTDO presently broadcasts 12 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with two hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays).

On November 16, 2010, KTDO launched a news department, with half-hour Spanish language newscasts airing at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m., under the title Telenoticias El Paso; with the launch, it became the first Spanish language television station in the El Paso market to broadcast its local newscasts in high definition.

On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[5][edit]

Anchors
  • Ricardo Vela - weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Georgina Terrazas - lead meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Antonio Favela - sports anchor; weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
Reporters
  • Ivette Sanchez - general assignment reporter
  • Alonso Velasquez - general assignment reporter
  • Karina Yapor - general assignment reporter

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says November 11, while the Television and Cable Factbook says November 18.
  2. ^ KTYO sold to ZGS Communications in 2004
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KTDO
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  5. ^ Equipo

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