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|City of license||Stockton, California|
|Channels||Digital: 26 (UHF)
Virtual: 64 (PSIP)
|Translators||KEXT-CA 27 Modesto|
(UniMas Sacramento, LLC)
|First air date||November 12, 1987|
|Call letters' meaning||TeleFutura K|
|Sister station(s)||KUVS-DT, KEZT-CD|
|Former callsigns||KFTL (1987–2004)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
64 (UHF, 1987–2009)
Digital: 62 (UHF, –2009)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1987–2004)
|Transmitter power||850 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KTFK-DT, virtual channel 64 (UHF digital channel 26), is a UniMás owned-and-operated television station serving Sacramento, California, United States that is licensed to Stockton. The station is owned by Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Univision owned-and-operated station KUVS-DT (channel 19). The two stations share studios and office facilities located at 1710 Arden Way in Sacramento, KTFK's transmitter is located near Walnut Grove.
The station first signed on the air on November 12, 1987 as KFTL, operating as an independent station; it was founded and owned by Family Radio, a non-profit organization headed by Harold Camping that runs traditional non-commercial Christian radio stations and over the years taught Ultra Conservative Calvinistic reformed Christian theology.
Because of the lack of available programming from the syndication market that complies with Family Radio's programming philosophy, KFTL instead ran religious programming about six hours a day, with programming from the Home Shopping Network filling the remainder of the schedule.
In the late 1990s, it began running a couple hours of public domain movies and sitcoms each day. Family Radio never grew into television as planned; as a result, the organization sold KFTL in 2003 to Univision Communications, which turned it into a Spanish-language station as an owned-and-operated station of Telefutura (which was relaunched as UniMás in January 2013). The station also modified its call letters to KTFK.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|19.2||480i||4:3||KUVS.2||Univision (simulcast of KUVS-DT)|
|64.1||1080i||16:9||KTFK-DT||Main KTFK-DT programming / UniMás|
KTFK-TV shut down all programming on analog television, over UHF channel 64, on May 8, 2009 due to an equipment analog to digital transition failure with that signal as there was little time before the June 12 conversion day of analog to digital regulation shut down over equipment failed from failing operation and not enough time for shut off, to necessitate repairs. The station flash-cut its digital signal into operation on UHF channel 26, using PSIP to display KTFK-TV's virtual channel as 64 on digital television receivers, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from analog broadcasting use as a result of the transition for regulations of analog to digital DTV conversion day on June 12 or February 17, 2009.
Sister station KUVS-DT produces an hour-long extension of its morning newscast on weekday mornings from 7 to 8 a.m.
Current on-air staff
- Maribel López - weekday mornings on Noticias 19: A Primera Hora (7-8 a.m.)
- Gustavo Ortiz - weekday mornings on Noticias 19: A Primera Hora (7-8 a.m.)
- Karina Banda - weather anchor; weekdays mornings on Noticias 19: Primera Hora (7-8 a.m.)
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTFK
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTFK-DT