|City of license||Baytown, Texas|
|Channels||Digital: 41 (UHF)
Virtual: 57 (PSIP)
57.2 La Mera TV
57.5 Cozi TV
|Owner||NRJ TV, LLC
(Operated by Titan TV Broadcast Group)
(NRJ TV Houston License Co., LLC)
|First air date||1988[when?]|
|Call letters' meaning||From the KUBE branding|
|Former callsigns||KLTJ (1988–1989)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
57 (UHF, 1988–2009)
|Former affiliations||Ind. religious (1988–1994)
Azteca América (2002–2007)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
KUBE-TV is an independent television station serving Houston, Texas that is licensed to the suburb of Baytown. The station broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on UHF channel 41 (virtual channel 57.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter at the Richland Transmission Tower in Missouri City. Owned by NRJ TV, LLC and managed by Titan Broadcast Management, KUBE maintains studios on Fountain View Drive and Burgoyne Road on the southwest side of Houston.
The station was founded on May 18, 1988 under the callsign KLTJ by Eldred Thomas, who had earlier built radio station KVTT-FM (now KKXT) and television station KLTJ (now KSTR-TV) in Dallas. The station went on the air on UHF channel 57 with studios in Pasadena and a tower in Anahuac, and initially aired religious programs from a variety of sources, including PTL, Christian Television Network and 3ABN. The low power signal and distance from Houston led to reception issues in the northern and western portions of the city; as a result, on May 18, 1989, Thomas moved the KLTJ programming and call letters to channel 22 on a tower based in Alvin. With the move of the KLTJ calls to channel 22, channel 57 changed its callsign to KRTW. It later changed call signs to KVVV (a callsign formerly used on now-defunct channel 16 from 1968 to 1969) in 1994, and KAZH in 2000.
During its time as KAZH, the station was rebroadcast in Houston on translators KHMV-CA channel 28 and KVVV-LP channel 53; both of these translators were taken off the air in November 2007, due to Pappas Telecasting's ongoing financial problems (KHMV-CA was sold to Uniglobe Central America Network LLC on March 10, 2010, and currently broadcasts under the call sign KUGB-CD; KVVV-LP was spun off to a liquidation trust and returned to the air in digital format in January 2012).
As a Spanish-language station
From 2002 to June 30, 2007, KAZH was affiliated with the Azteca América network. Early in 2007, then-owner Pappas Telecasting terminated KAZH's affiliation agreement with Azteca América, effective July 1. Azteca América programming moved to a low-powered station, KUVM-CA; and later, to another full-powered station, KYAZ on that date. KAZH then joined Pappas' independent Spanish-language network, TuVisión.
On May 10, 2008, thirteen of Pappas' stations, including KAZH, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Pappas cited "the extremely difficult business climate for television stations across the country" in papers filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. Pappas was later ordered on September 10, 2008 that the affected stations must be sold off by February 15, 2009. In January 2009, the Pappas stations involved in the bankruptcy auction, including KAZH, were sold to New World TV Group, after the sale received United States bankruptcy court approval. On October 22, 2009, KAZH became the first affiliate of VasalloVision, a new network founded by Carlos Vasallo and Miguel Banojian; this followed the closure of TuVisión.
As an English-language independent station
Citing a larger advertising market, the station changed to an English-language general entertainment independent format starting on September 27, 2010. The station's call sign changed to KUBE-TV on the same date.
On January 18, 2013, NRJ TV announced that it would acquire KUBE-TV from New World TV Group for $19 million, as part of a two-station deal that also includes San Francisco sister station KTNC-TV; Titan Broadcast Management will continue to operate the station upon the sale's consummation.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|57.1||720p||16:9||KUBE-TV||Main KUBE-TV programming|
|57.2||480i||4:3||LaMera||La Mera TV (Spanish infomercials)|
On June 12, 2009, the federally mandated date for American television stations to cease analog transmissions across the country, KUBE ceased broadcasting programming on analog UHF channel 57. Its digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 41. PSIP is used to display KUBE's virtual channel as "57.1" to correspond to its former analog channel.
Syndicated programs broadcasting on KUBE include Rachael Ray, Dr. Phil Will move back to KPRC-TV THIS FALL 2013, The Trisha Goddard Show The Doctors and old episodes of South Park. The station also added NCAA sports programming from Southeastern and Southland Conferences.
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- CDBS Print
- kube57.com - Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KUBE
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