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KTVD Logo.png

Me-TV KTVD Denver.png
Denver, Colorado
Branding Channel 20 - 9 News
Slogan Everywhere
Channels Digital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 20 (PSIP)
Subchannels 20.1 MNTV
20.2 Me-TV
Translators K14JZ-D Peetz
K49EX-D Anton
K31IQ-D Sterling
Affiliations MyNetworkTV
Me-TV (DT2)
Owner Gannett Company
(Multimedia Holdings Corporation)
Founded April 11, 1988; 26 years ago (1988-04-11)
Call letters' meaning TeleVision Denver
Sister station(s) KUSA-TV
Former channel number(s) Analog:
20 (UHF, 1988–2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
independent (1988–1995)
UPN (1995–2006)
Universal Sports (2011-2012)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 374 m
Facility ID 68581
Transmitter coordinates 39°43′51″N 105°13′54″W / 39.73083°N 105.23167°W / 39.73083; -105.23167
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.ktvd.com

KTVD is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station in Denver, Colorado. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 19 (virtual channel 20.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter atop Lookout Mountain (near Golden). Owned by the Gannett Company, KTVD is sister to NBC affiliate KUSA and both stations share studios on East Speer Boulevard in Denver's Speer neighborhood (to the immediate southeast of the studios shared by KWGN-TV and KDVR). The station can also be seen on Comcast Xfinity channel 5, with a high definition feed offered on digital channel 657. Syndicated programming seen on KTVD includes The King of Queens, The People's Court, The Wendy Williams Show, Judge Mathis, According to Jim and 30 Rock.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
20.1 1080i 16:9 KTVD-DT Main KTVD programming / MyNetworkTV
20.2 480i 4:3 MeTV Me-TV

KTVD carried Universal Sports on its second digital subchannel, moving to the station from KUSA's 9.3 subchannel in January 10, 2011 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 classic television programming from Me-TV.[2][3]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

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.[4] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 20.


Prior to KTVD's sign on, the channel 20 allocation in Denver was occupied by the early UHF station KHBC. The station went dark due to low viewership the result of the Federal Communications Commission not yet requiring television sets to have built-in UHF tuners. 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.[5]

KTVD first went on the air on April 11, 1988 as a general entertainment independent station featuring classic cartoons and sitcoms, old movies and religious programming. The station lost money over its first two years on the air, and its original owners filed the station for bankruptcy in August 1990.[6] At one point, the station only had 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. KTVD was purchased by Newsweb Corporation in March 1994, operating under the licensee of Channel 20 TV Company, and emerged from bankruptcy.[7]

On January 16, 1995, KTVD became a charter affiliate of the upstart United Paramount Network. Channel 20 TV Company acquired KTVS (channel 3) out of Sterling in 1999, and converted it into a satellite station of KTVD, changing its callsign to KUPN in 2002 to reflect its UPN affiliation. In 2003, the station became the local broadcast home for the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball franchise, the station lost the rights to the games in 2009.

On December 15, 2005, Newsweb Corporation announced the sale of KTVD to the Gannett Company, despite rumors that Fox Television Stations (which owned KDVR at the time locally, and is current owner of former Chicago sister station WPWR-TV) would purchase the station to create a duopoly with KDVR; the transaction was finalized on June 26, 2006.[8] Newsweb retained possession of KUPN, and converted it into an independent station in June 2006.[9]

On January 24, 2006, Time Warner and CBS Corporation would consolidated the operations of The WB and UPN (which CBS acquired one month earlier in December 2005 following its split from Viacom), to jointly-own a new "fifth" network called The CW Television Network.[10][11] As part of the announcement, the network signed a ten-year affiliation agreement with Tribune Broadcasting for 13 of the 16 WB affiliates that the company owned at the time, with WB affiliate KWGN-TV named as the network's Denver charter affiliate.[12] Nearly one month later on February 22, News Corporation announced a new competing network, MyNetworkTV, which would be run by its Fox Television Stations and Twentieth Television units.[13] Gannett Company signed an affiliation agreement to make KTVD MyNetworkTV's Denver area affiliate on July 12, 2006,[14] officially affiliating with the network upon its September 5, 2006 launch.

KTVD is one of the few MyNetworkTV affiliates that broadcasts its programming in the 1080i high definition format, rather than the network's native 720p resolution. As of March 2012, the KTVD website is now a beta site based on the Gannett website design used by KUSA with MyNetworkTV's video player and the station's logo.


To correspond with the affiliation switch to MyNetworkTV, KUSA began producing a daily half-hour primetime newscast at 9 p.m. for KTVD on September 5, 2006, to compete with newscasts seen in that timeslot on CW affiliate KWGN-TV and Fox affiliate KDVR (KWGN later moved its primetime newscast to 7 p.m. in 2009).[15] Exactly three months later on December 5, 2006, KUSA started to produce a two-hour extension of its weekday morning newscast on the station. In addition, KTVD now airs morning newscasts on weekends. In September 2010, the station began to air the 9News Daily Connection, a midday newscast at 11 a.m. on weekdays that was produced jointly by NBC News and KUSA (KTVD was the only television station not owned-and-operated by NBC to air the Daily Connection program). In July 2011, this broadcast was replaced with a traditional newscast format.

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 regular timeslots for its news programming; in particular, KUSA's 5 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 that 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.[16][17][18]

Station presentation[edit]

Station slogans[edit]

  • "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)[19]
  • "Turn It Up Denver" (2002–2004)[20]
  • "Denver's Entertainment Station" (2004–2011)[21]
  • "Channel 20 Everywhere" (2011–present)

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[22][edit]

  • Kim Christiansen - weeknights at 9:00 p.m.
  • Kyle Clark - weeknights at 9:00 p.m.
  • Kyle Dyer - weekday mornings (7:00-9:00 a.m.)
  • Will Ripley - weekend mornings (6:00-7:00 a.m.); also general assignment and investigative reporter
  • Cheryl Preheim - weekends at 9:00 p.m.
  • Corey Rose - weekend mornings (6:00-7:00 a.m.); also general assignment reporter
  • Gary Shapiro - weekday mornings (7:00-9:00) 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.
  • Belen de Leon - meteorologist; weekend mornings (6:00-7:00 a.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.
Sports team
  • Drew Soicher - sports director; weeknights at 9:00 p.m.
  • Rod Mackey - sports anchor; weekends at 9:00 p.m.
  • Susie Wargen - sports anchor; weekday mornings (7:00-9:00 a.m.)
  • Aaron Matas - prep sports anchor/reporter; weekend mornings (6:00-7:00 a.m.)
  • Anastasiya Bolton - general assignment reporter
  • Dave Delozier - general assignment reporter
  • Amelia Earhart - weekday morning traffic reporter (7:00-9:00 a.m.)
  • Matt Flener - general assignment reporter
  • Nelson Garcia - education and technology reporter
  • Nick McGurk - Northern Newsroom reporter
  • Gregg Moss - weekday morning business reporter (7:00-9:00 a.m.)
  • Matt Renoux - Mountain Newsroom reporter
  • Jennifer Ryan - weekday morning reporter (7:00-9:00 a.m.)
  • Brooke Thacker - weekday morning reporter (7:00-9:00 a.m.)
  • TaRhonda Thomas - general assignment reporter
  • Dr. John Torres - medical reporter
  • Kevin Torres - general assignment reporter ("Backpack Journalist")
  • Chris Vanderveen - general assignment reporter
  • Jessica Zartler - general assignment reporter
9 Wants to Know
  • Jeremy Jojola - investigative reporter
  • Jace Larson - investigative reporter
  • Will Ripley - investigative reporter


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  2. ^ Where to Watch Me-TV: KTVD
  3. ^ Ostrow, Joanne. "Ostrow: KTVD's subchannel will tune into vintage TV hits". Denver Post. 
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  5. ^ http://dumonthistory.tv/a10.html
  6. ^ "Public Notice Comment". FCC CDBS database. 1990-08-20. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  7. ^ "Public Notice Comment". FCC CDBS database. 1994-01-13. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  8. ^ "Gannett completes the acquisition of KTVD-TV Channel 20 in Denver". Gannett Press Release. 2006-06-26. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  9. ^ "KUPN Public Interest Statement". FCC CDBS database. 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  10. ^ 'Gilmore Girls' meet 'Smackdown'; CW Network to combine WB, UPN in CBS-Warner venture beginning in September, CNNMoney.com, January 24, 2006.
  11. ^ UPN and WB to Combine, Forming New TV Network, The New York Times, January 24, 2006.
  12. ^ Tribune TV Stations to Lead Affiliate Group of New Network, Tribune Company corporate website, January 24, 2006.
  13. ^ News Corp. Unveils My Network TV, Broadcasting & Cable, February 22, 2006.
  14. ^ Romano, Allison (2006-07-12). "MNT Signs Up Seven More". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  15. ^ Saunders, Dusty (2006-05-25). "9News entering 9 p.m. fray". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-08-27. [dead link]
  16. ^ Morning T.V. anchor vs. dog: "real" reality television, The Denver Post, February 8, 2012.
  17. ^ After dog bite, TV news anchor undergoes reconstructive lip surgery, The Denver Post, February 8, 2012.
  18. ^ TV anchor Kyle Dyer back on air after recovering from dog bite, The Denver Post, April 2, 2012.
  19. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20021126205958/http://www.upn20.tv/
  20. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20021126205958/http://www.upn20.tv/
  21. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20041128131123/http://upn20.tv/
  22. ^ 9NEWS Team & Social Media Directory

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