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|Channels||Digital: 26 (UHF)
Virtual: 45 (PSIP)
45.3 Bounce TV
|Owner||Fox Television Stations
(Fox Television Stations, Inc.)
|First air date||January 1, 1986|
|Call letters' meaning||United Television (former owner) Phoenix|
Fox Sports Arizona
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
45 (UHF, 1986–2009)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1986–1993)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KUTP is the MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated television station in Phoenix, Arizona. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 26 (virtual channel 45.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter atop South Mountain on the city's south side. Its signal is relayed across northern Arizona through a small network of six translators. Owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of News Corporation, KUTP is sister to Fox owned-and-operated KSAZ-TV and both stations share studios on the west end of Downtown Phoenix's Copper Square district. This station can also be seen on channel 9 on most Phoenix area cable systems. Syndicated programming on KUTP includes Family Guy, 30 Rock, Divorce Court, The Wendy Williams Show, and The Big Bang Theory.
KUTP was granted an original construction permit on December 20, 1984, and began broadcasting as an independent station on January 1, 1986. The station was originally owned by Chris-Craft Industries subsidiary United Television. It ran a general entertainment format consisting of cartoons, drama shows and old movies. It eventually added off-network sitcoms, as well as first-run talk and reality shows. The station was granted its initial license on November 17, 1986, over ten months after beginning operations. KUTP was the only station built and signed on by Chris-Craft.
From 1988 until the 2010–11 season, KUTP had been the longtime over-the-air television home of the NBA's Phoenix Suns, televising all road games that were not exclusive for national broadcast, as well as selected home games, averaging at least 45 game telecasts each season. KUTP produced its own broadcast graphics, in conjunction with the Suns until the 2010-11 NBA season; this role was taken over thereafter by corporate sibling Fox Sports Arizona. However, the "burning sun" graphic is still used in lieu of the Fox Sports graphics before and after instant replay reviews. Fox Sports Arizona will take over as the sole regional television broadcaster of Suns games, starting with 2011-12 season.
Under United Television ownership, the station carried programming from the Prime Time Entertainment Network programming service from January 1993 to January 1995. In the fall of 1994, United Television and Paramount Pictures announced the formation of the United Paramount Network, lining up independent stations that were owned by both companies at the time as charter affiliates. KUTP affiliated with UPN on the network's January 16, 1995 debut, becoming the first station in the market to be owned by an English-language network (Univision's KTVW is the first network-owned station in the market).
In the wake of a four-way affiliation switch spurred by New World Communications' affiliation agreement with Fox in 1994 that saw KSAZ-TV switch from CBS to Fox, KNXV-TV from Fox to ABC, KTVK lose its ABC affiliation and become independent and independent KPHO-TV gain an affiliation with CBS, KUTP picked up several sitcoms that KNXV had no room for on its schedule due to its new ABC affiliation. As a UPN station, KUTP also began to incorporate more syndicated first-run talk and reality shows. The station was featured in the 1995 feature film Waiting to Exhale as the workplace of Whitney Houston's character Savannah Jackson.
On August 12, 2000, Chris-Craft Industries sold its television station unit to News Corporation for $5.5 billion. This resulted in the creation of a duopoly with Fox-owned station KSAZ (both KSAZ and KUTP are currently the only English-language network-owned stations in the Phoenix market).
From UPN to MyNetworkTV
On January 24, 2006, CBS Corporation and Time Warner announced that their respectively owned broadcast networks, UPN and The WB, would cease operations and consolidate much of the programming from both networks into a single jointly owned broadcast network called The CW. KASW (which had been a WB affiliate since it signed on in September 1995) was announced as The CW's Phoenix affiliate on March 8, through an affiliation agreement with the station's owner Belo.
Shortly after the announcement of The CW network's pending launch, Fox Television Stations immediately dropped all network branding from its UPN affiliates (all of whom also stopped promoting the network's programming), in response to being left off the initial list of The CW's charter affiliates in favor of Tribune Broadcasting and CBS Television Stations. In particular, KUTP changed its on-air branding from "UPN 45" to "PHX 45". News Corporation then announced the creation of their own secondary network, MyNetworkTV, one month later on February 22, 2006 with KUTP and the other Fox-owned UPN affiliates signed on as a charter affiliates. With the impending switch to MyNetworkTV, KUTP's on-air branding was changed to "My45" in June 2006.
Despite MyNetworkTV's announced launch date of September 5, 2006, UPN continued to broadcast its programming on stations across the United States until September 15, 2006. While some UPN affiliates that switched to MyNetworkTV aired the final two weeks of UPN programming outside their regular primetime slots, the Fox-owned stations, including KUTP, dropped UPN entirely on August 31, 2006. From April 29, 1999 to September 15, 2006 and from October 3, 2008 to September 24, 2010, KUTP aired WWE's Friday Night SmackDown while under both the UPN and MyNetworkTV affiliations. KUTP will occasionally carry Fox network programming in the event that KSAZ preempts it in due to locally produced special programming or extended breaking news coverage.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|10.2||480i||4:3||KSAZ DT||Simulcast of KSAZ-TV|
|45.1||720p||16:9||KUTP DT||Main KUTP programming / MyNetworkTV|
On August 27, 2012, Fox Television Stations announced that KUTP will launch a subchannel (set to launch in October) carrying programming from Bounce TV as part of an expansion of an existing affiliation agreement between the network and Fox's MyNetworkTV-affiliated stations.
Following its sister station, KSAZ, KUTP ceased its analog broadcasts at 8:30 a.m. on June 12, 2009, the federally mandated date for American television stations to cease analog transmissions across the country. After the transition was complete, KUTP's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 26. However through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers still display KUTP's virtual channel as 45.
KUTP's signal is relayed on the following translators:
|Lake Havasu City||K15CR||Prescott||K14HC|
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- My45.com - Official KUTP-TV Website
- MyFoxPhoenix.com - Official KSAZ-TV Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KUTP
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KUTP-TV