|Branding||Channel 20 - 9 News|
|Channels||Digital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 20 (PSIP)
(Multimedia Holdings Corporation)
|First air date||April 11, 1988|
|Call letters' meaning||TeleVision Denver|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
20 (UHF, 1988–2009)
Universal Sports (2011-2012)
|Transmitter power||1,000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KTVD, virtual channel 20 (UHF digital channel 19), is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station located in Denver, Colorado, United States. The station is owned by the Gannett Company, as part of a duopoly with NBC affiliate KUSA (channel 9). The two stations share studio facilities located on East Speer Boulevard in Denver's Speer neighborhood (to the immediate southeast of the studios shared by KWGN-TV (channel 2) and KDVR (channel 31)); KTVD maintains transmitter facilities atop Lookout Mountain (near Golden). On cable, the station is available on Comcast Xfinity channel 5 and in high definition on digital channel 657.
- 1 History
- 2 Digital television
- 3 Programming
- 4 Newscasts
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Prior history of UHF channel 20 in Denver
Prior to KTVD's sign on, the UHF channel 20 allocation in Denver was occupied by KHBC, which signed on in the mid-1950s. The station was hampered by low viewership as only a small percentage of television sets in the area were even capable of receiving UHF stations since set manufacturers were not required to equip televisions with UHF tuners until the Federal Communications Commission passed the All-Channel Receiver Act in 1961, although UHF tuners were not included on all newer sets until 1964. This played a major factor in KHBC ultimately shutting down. A later construction permit for a planned station using the callsign KIRV that would have operated on the same channel expired without any station signing on.
KTVD station history
KTVD first signed on the air on April 11, 1988. Originally operating as an independent station, it maintained a general entertainment format featuring classic cartoons and sitcoms, old movies and religious programming. The station lost money throughout its first two years on the air, and its original owners filed the station for bankruptcy in August 1990. At one point, KTVD had only carried a few low-budget shows, religious programs and infomercials. The station began to turn a profit with the paid programming that aired, and gradually added a number of barter syndicated shows, such as cartoons, some older sitcoms and first-run talk shows, to its schedule. In March 1994, KTVD was purchased by Newsweb Corporation, operating under the licensee of Channel 20 TV Company, and emerged from bankruptcy.
On January 16, 1995, KTVD became a charter affiliate of the upstart United Paramount Network (UPN). Channel 20 TV Company acquired KTVS (channel 3, now KCDO-TV) in Sterling in 1999, and converted it into a satellite station of KTVD; that station changed its callsign to KUPN in 2002 to reflect its UPN affiliation.
On December 15, 2005, Newsweb Corporation announced the sale of KTVD to the Gannett Company, owners of NBC affiliate KUSA-TV (channel 9). This was despite rumors that Fox Television Stations (which owned Fox station KDVR (channel 31) at the time locally, and is the current owner of KTVD's former Chicago sister station WPWR-TV) would purchase the station to create a duopoly with KDVR; the transaction was finalized on June 26, 2006. Newsweb retained possession of KUPN, and converted it into an independent station in June 2006.
On January 24, 2006, CBS Corporation and Time Warner announced that the two companies would shut down UPN (which CBS had acquired one month earlier in December 2005 following its split from Viacom) and The WB and combine the respective programming from the two networks to create a new jointly-owned "fifth" network called The CW. As part of the announcement, the network signed a ten-year agreement with Tribune Broadcasting to affiliate with 13 of the 16 WB-affiliated stations that the company had owned at the time – including WB affiliate KWGN-TV (channel 2), which was named as the network's Denver charter affiliate.
Nearly one month later on February 22, 2006, News Corporation announced the launch of a new competing network, MyNetworkTV, which would be operated by its Fox Television Stations and Twentieth Television units. On July 12 of that year, the Gannett Company signed an affiliation agreement to make KTVD the Denver affiliate of MyNetworkTV; the station officially affiliated with the network upon MyNetworkTV's September 5, 2006 launch. As of March 2012, the KTVD website is now a beta site based on the Gannett website design used by KUSA, displaying only MyNetworkTV's video player and the station's logo.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|20.1||1080i||16:9||KTVD-DT||Main KTVD programming / MyNetworkTV|
On January 10, 2011, KTVD began carrying Universal Sports on its second digital subchannel; the network moved to digital channel 20.2 from KUSA's 9.3 subchannel in order to balance out the bandwidth of both stations. Universal Sports transitioned from a digital multicast network into a cable and satellite service on January 1, 2012, resulting in KTVD replacing the network with the classic television service Me-TV.
KTVD shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 20, 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 19. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 20.
KTVD also holds broadcast rights to NFL exhibition games featuring the Denver Broncos (sister station KUSA also carries Broncos games produced as part of NBC Sunday Night Football, though most regular season games air on KCNC). In 2003, the station became the local television broadcaster for the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball franchise; the station lost the rights to the games in 2009.
KUSA presently produces 20½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 3½ hours on weekdays, and 1½ hours each on Saturdays and Sundays) for KTVD. To correspond with the affiliation switch to MyNetworkTV, KUSA began producing a daily half-hour primetime newscast at 9:00 p.m. for KTVD on September 5, 2006, to compete with newscasts seen in that timeslot on CW affiliate KWGN-TV and Fox owned-and-operated station (now affiliate) KDVR (KWGN later moved its primetime newscast to 7:00 p.m. in 2009). Exactly three months later on December 5, 2006, KUSA began producing a two-hour extension of its weekday morning newscast on the station. In 2010, KTVD began airing hour-long extensions of its weekend morning newscasts. In September 2010, the station debuted the 9News Daily Connection, a midday newscast at 11:00 a.m. on weekdays that was produced jointly by NBC News and KUSA (KTVD was the only television station that was not owned-and-operated by NBC to air the Daily Connection program). In July 2011, the program was replaced with a traditional newscast in the 11:00 a.m. slot.
KTVD will sometimes take on the responsibility of airing KUSA's newscasts whenever that station cannot do so because of NBC Sports telecasts that are scheduled to overrun into one of channel 9's regularly scheduled newscast timeslots; in particular, KUSA's 5:00 p.m. newscast on Sunday evenings may air on KTVD during the NFL season when KUSA airs NBC's Sunday Night Football pregame show Football Night in America.
On February 8, 2012 during KTVD's broadcast of its KUSA-produced morning news program, anchor Kyle Dyer interviewed local firefighters who had saved an Argentine Mastiff that fell through the ice the day before while chasing a coyote. Near the end of the segment, Dyer was bitten in the lip by the dog as she bent down to give the dog a kiss; Dyer underwent reconstructive surgery to repair the cuts she sustained from the bite and returned to work at KUSA/KTVD on April 2, 2012.
- "You're Watching Denver's 20" (1988–1995)
- "Denver's UPN 20, A Part of United Paramount Network" (1995–1997)
- "The Hottest Team Plays Here on UPN 20" (2002–2003; used during the Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup coverage)
- "Turn It Up Denver" (2002–2004)
- "Denver's Entertainment Station" (2004–2011)
- "Channel 20 Everywhere" (2011–present)
- Kim Christiansen - weeknights at 9:00 p.m.
- Kyle Clark - weeknights at 9:00 p.m.; also general assignment and investigative reporter
- Kyle Dyer - weekday mornings (7:00-9:00 a.m.); also feature reporter
- Ryan Haarer - weekends at 9:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Christine Noel - weekend mornings (6:00-7:00 a.m.); also general assignment and investigative reporter
- Jessica Oh - weekend mornings (6:00-7:00 a.m.); also reporter
- Cheryl Preheim - weekends at 9:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Corey Rose - weekday mornings (7:00-9:00 a.m.); also reporter
- Gary Shapiro - weekday mornings (7:00-9:00 a.m.) and weekdays at 11:00 a.m.
- Weather team
- Kathy Sabine (AMS and NWA Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 9:00 p.m.
- Marty Coniglio (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; weekends at 9:00 p.m.
- Becky Ditchfield (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings (7:00-9:00) and weekdays at 11:00 a.m.
- Belen DeLeon - meteorologist; weekend mornings (6:00-7:00 a.m.)
- Danielle Grant - meteorologist; weekday mornings (7:00-9:00 a.m.)
- Sports team
- Drew Soicher - sports director; weeknights at 9:00 p.m.
- Rod Mackey - sports anchor; weekends at 9:00 p.m.; also weeknight sports reporter
- Susie Wargin - sports anchor; weekday mornings (7:00-9:00 a.m.)
- Aaron Matas - prep sports anchor/reporter; weekend mornings (6:00-7:00 a.m.)
- Josh Moser - sports reporter
- Julia Lopez – inbred sports reporter
- Anastasiya Bolton - general assignment and criminal justice reporter
- Noel Brennan - general assignment reporter ("Backpack Journalist")
- Colleen Ferreira - general assignment reporter
- Meagan Fitzgerald - general assignment reporter
- Nelson Garcia - general assignment and education reporter
- Taunia Hottman - general assignment reporter
- Mark Koebrich - consumer reporter
- Gregg Moss - weekday morning business reporter
- Matt Renoux - Mountain Newsroom reporter
- Brandon Rittiman - political reporter
- Maya Rodriguez - general assignment reporter
- Steve Staeger - general assignment reporter
- TaRhonda Thomas - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Dr. John Torres - medical specialist
- Kevin Torres - general assignment reporter ("Backpack Journalist")
- Vida Urbonas - general assignment reporter
- Whitney Wild - general assignment reporter
- 9 Wants to Know
- Melissa Blasius - investigative reporter
- Jeremy Jojola - investigative reporter
- Jace Larson - investigative reporter
- Chris Vanderveen - investigative reporter
- "Public Notice Comment". FCC CDBS database. 1990-08-20. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
- "Public Notice Comment". FCC CDBS database. 1994-01-13. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
- "Gannett completes the acquisition of KTVD-TV Channel 20 in Denver". Gannett Press Release. 2006-06-26. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
- "KUPN Public Interest Statement". FCC CDBS database. 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
- 'Gilmore Girls' meet 'Smackdown'; CW Network to combine WB, UPN in CBS-Warner venture beginning in September, CNNMoney.com, January 24, 2006.
- UPN and WB to Combine, Forming New TV Network, The New York Times, January 24, 2006.
- Tribune TV Stations to Lead Affiliate Group of New Network, Tribune Company corporate website, January 24, 2006.
- "News Corp. to launch new mini-network for UPN stations". USA Today. February 22, 2006. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
- News Corp. Unveils MyNetworkTV, Broadcasting & Cable, February 22, 2006.
- Romano, Allison (2006-07-12). "MNT Signs Up Seven More". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KTVD
- Where to Watch Me-TV: KTVD
- Ostrow, Joanne. "Ostrow: KTVD's subchannel will tune into vintage TV hits". Denver Post.
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Saunders, Dusty (2006-05-25). "9News entering 9 p.m. fray". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-08-27.[dead link]
- Morning T.V. anchor vs. dog: "real" reality television, The Denver Post, February 8, 2012.
- After dog bite, TV news anchor undergoes reconstructive lip surgery, The Denver Post, February 8, 2012.
- TV anchor Kyle Dyer back on air after recovering from dog bite, The Denver Post, April 2, 2012.
- 9NEWS Team & Social Media Directory
- 9NEWS Team
- www.my20denver.com - KTVD official website 
- www.metvdenver.com - KTVD-DT2 ("Me-TV Denver") official website
- www.gannett.com - GANNETT Broadcasting website.
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTVD
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTVD-TV