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(Always With You)
|Channels||Digital: 33 (UHF)
Virtual: 33 (PSIP)
|Owner||Univision Communications, Inc.
(KTVW License Partnership, GP)
|First air date||September 2, 1979|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
33 (UHF, 1979–2009)
Digital: 34 (UHF, until 2009)
|Former affiliations||SIN (1979–1987)|
|Transmitter power||470 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KTVW-DT is the Univision owned-and-operated television station in Phoenix, Arizona. Owned by Univision Communications, the station is sister to Flagstaff-licensed TeleFutura affiliate KFPH-DT and KTVW maintains studios on 30th Street in southern Phoenix. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 33 from a transmitter atop South Mountain in Phoenix. Its signal is relayed on four low-power translator stations in northern and eastern Arizona.
In addition, KUVE-DT (UHF channel 46) in Green Valley and KUVE-CA (channel 38) in Tucson operate as satellite stations of KTVW-DT, rebroadcasting KTVW's entire schedule with the exception of a three-hour overnight segment on Monday mornings, in which the Tucson stations broadcast locally produced programming in accordance with KUVE-CA's Class A license.
KTVW-TV was granted an original construction permit on September 15, 1977 and applied for its license on September 4, 1979 after it went on the air as Arizona's first full-time Spanish-language television station. From the day it signed on, KTVW-TV has been owned and operated by the same company: the Spanish International Network (or SIN), which became Univision in 1987. Prior to being used by channel 33 in Phoenix, the KTVW call letters once belonged to channel 13 in Tacoma, Washington, (now Tribune Company-owned Fox affiliate KCPQ). Channel 33 was the only full-powered Spanish-language station in the Phoenix metropolitan area from sign-on until July 2006, when Telemundo station KTAZ began operations in Phoenix after a license transfer with KDTP. This head start has solidified its dominance in Spanish-language television in Phoenix.
KTVW-DT also operates the TeleFutura station for the Phoenix market on low-powered KFPH-CD (channel 35), which broadcasts on full-powered KFPH-DT (channel 13) in Flagstaff (also a part of the Phoenix market), giving it "must-carry" broadcast station status on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|33.1||1080i||16:9||KTVW-DT||Main KTVW-HD programming|
|33.2||480i||4:3||Simulcast of KFPH-DT|
KTVW ceased and discontinues its regular analog broadcasts at 10:59 p.m. on Friday June 12, 2009, the federally mandated date for American television stations to cease analog transmissions across the country. KTVW moved its digital broadcasts from UHF channel 34 to channel 33 after the switchover was complete.
KTVW presently broadcasts a total of ten hours of local newscasts each week (with one hour each day, consisting of two half-hour newscasts at 5 and 10 p.m. seven nights a week). The station does not have a weather department of its own, instead weather segments during KTVW's newscasts are produced by sister station KMEX-TV/Los Angeles. The station's local newscasts (currently known as Noticias Univision 33) rank among the top-rated local news programs in the market, either English or Spanish. The station had the highest-rated newscast in Phoenix among the demographics of adults between the ages of 18-34 and 18-49 in 2004.
- Felipe Corral - weekends at 5 and 10 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Mary Rabago - weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m.
- Guillermo Quiroz - lead meteorologist; nightly at 5 and 10 p.m.
- Felipe Corral Nava - lead sports anchor; nightly at 5 and 10 p.m.
- Alejandra Espinoza - general assignment reporter
- Erick Iglesias - general assignment reporter
- Rubén Pereida - general assignment reporter
- Víctor Hugo Rodríguez - general assignment reporter
KTVW-DT's signal is relayed on the following translator stations:
(owned by Southern Greenlee County TV Association)
|Globe||KDOS-LD 29||Safford||KZOL-LP 15|
- TitanTV Quickguide; ZIP codes 85220 (KTVW-TV/KUVE-TV), 85701 (KUVE-TV/KUVE-CA); Analog Broadcast; last accessed February 26, 2007
- Significantly Viewed TV Stations; Federal Communications Commission; November 2, 2005; p. 442; last accessed February 26, 2007
- Hernandez, R.; Univision's top spot scrutinized by mainstream stations; The Business Journal of Phoenix; August 13, 2004; last accessed February 26, 2007
- Conductores y Reporteros
- Official website for KTVW "Univision 33"
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTVW-DT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTVW-DT