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|Dallas–Fort Worth, Texas
|City of license||Dallas, Texas|
(read as "Telemundo Treinta y Nueve")
|Channels||Digital: 40 (UHF)
Virtual: 39.1 (PSIP)
(NBC Telemundo License Company)
|First air date||February 5, 1968|
|Call letters' meaning||X = Christ, or Cross
(reflecting past CBN ownership)
TX = Texas
|Former callsigns||KDTV (1968–1973)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
39 (UHF, 1968–2009)
(1968–1995 and 1995–2001)
The WB (January–July 1995)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
KXTX-TV, virtual channel 39 (UHF digital channel 40), is the Telemundo owned-and-operated television station located in Dallas, Texas, United States which also serves Fort Worth and the surrounding metropolitan area. The station is owned by the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal, as part of a duopoly with NBC owned-and-operated station KXAS-TV (channel 5). The two stations share studios located on Broadcast Hill in the eastern portion of Fort Worth, and its transmitter is located in Cedar Hill.
The station signed on the air on March 2, 1968 as KDTV; it originally operated as a general entertainment independent station, but also carried some business news programming during the daytime hours on weekdays as well as Japanese cartoons dubbed into English including Speed Racer and Johnny Cypher in Dimension Zero. Its original owner, Doubleday Broadcasting, decided to exit the market in late 1973, and donated its programming and broadcast license to the Christian Broadcasting Network, which already owned KXTX on channel 33. CBN returned the channel 33 license to the Federal Communications Commission and combined its existing assets with channel 39, moving the KXTX call letters in the process (the KDTV call letters now reside on an unrelated television station in San Francisco).
Under CBN ownership
As an independent station, KXTX ranked behind rival independent KTVT (channel 11) in the ratings. By this point, the station ran cartoons (such as Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes animated shorts, Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons, Jonny Quest and The Flintstones), off-network classic sitcoms (such as The Brady Bunch, McHale's Navy and The Andy Griffith Show), drama series (such as Star Trek), classic movies and westerns about 12 hours a day. It also ran religious programs about five hours a day, and throughout the day on Sundays. The 700 Club, which is produced by CBN, was also broadcast on the station three times a day during the week. The station also ran a variety of older movies from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. By the end of the 1970s, KXTX was on the air about 20 hours a day and running secular programming about 15 hours a day, except on Sundays. In 1980, KXTX reduced religious programs on Sundays from the entire day to 6-10 a.m. and 7 p.m.-midnight, and began broadcasting secular shows on Sunday afternoons.
By 1983, competitors began overextending themselves to get strong programming. KTXA (channel 21) was converted into a full-time general entertainment station, while channel 33 (now KDAF) began to run a strong lineup by 1986 and KDFI (channel 27) also adopted a full-time general entertainment format in 1984. As a result, KXTX shifted its focus away from cartoons and classic sitcoms and more toward westerns, family drama series and movies. In 1986, the station was put up for sale along with CBN's other stations, but there were no buyers for KXTX. The station began broadcasting infomercials by 1990. By the early 1990s, KXTX was airing mostly paid programming, a few drama series, westerns, and low-budget movies along with some religious programming. In 1993, LIN Broadcasting, which owned KXAS-TV (channel 5) at the time, began managing the station under a local marketing agreement and added some first-run syndicated programs, as well as rebroadcasts of channel 5's newscasts.
On January 11, 1995, KXTX became a charter affiliate of The WB under a temporary arrangement until the network could move to KDAF once Fox programming moved to KDFW (channel 4); since The WB initially aired only one night of programming each week (on Wednesdays, KXTX was still essentially a de facto independent station. KDAF joined The WB on July 3, 1995, officially rendering channel 39 as a true independent once again. On October 12, 1996, an accident caused by a tower crew collapsed the station's 1535-foot-tall tower in Cedar Hill; KXTX and three local FM radio stations were briefly knocked off the air before improvising temporary transmitter facilities for many months; KXTX's interim transmitter was located at the nearby tower belonging to KXAS, while the radio stations built on one tower or another.
For years KXTX was known for its "Western weekends", broadcasting a lineup of classic westerns (including The Lone Ranger, The Rifleman, Bonanza, Rawhide, Little House on the Prairie, Gunsmoke and The Big Valley among others) during the afternoon and early evening hours on Saturday and Sundays. Movies based on these shows often aired on weekend evenings (writer and director, and former Dallas resident, Mike Judge added several references to the "Channel 39" weekend Kung Fu programming in his 1999 movie Office Space). During the mid- to late 1990s, KXTX aired the first few hours of the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon from 8 to 11 p.m. (when sister station KXAS took over) on the Sunday night before Labor Day. The LMA between KXTX and KXAS ended in 1997 after NBC bought KXAS.
Purchase by NBC and switch to a Telemundo O&O
NBC later bought KXTX outright from CBN in 2001, which ironically made the two sister stations again. NBC, which acquired Telemundo that year, made KXTX the market's new owned-and-operated station of the Spanish language network on January 1, 2002, displacing the network's longtime Dallas affiliate KFWD (channel 52; which became an English-language independent station, before affiliating with the Spanish language MundoFox in 2012); KXTX also integrated its operations into KXAS's studio facilities located on Broadcast Hill in the eastern portion of Fort Worth. For the last weeks as an English station, KXTX broadcast a handful of episodes of even older westerns (such as Jim Bowie) repeatedly, as well as movie marathons of B-movies from Off Beat Cinema.
After KXTX switched to Telemundo, westerns found a home in the Dallas-Fort Worth market for a time on local Pax TV (now Ion Television) station KPXD (channel 68). The rest of the meager programming inventory from KXTX moved over to KFWD, along with some programming from another station, KSTR-TV (channel 49), which also converted to a Spanish format (as an owned-and-operated station of the upstart TeleFutura network) at the same time as KXTX.
On November 19, 2009, a fire in the electrical room at the Fort Worth studios of KXTX and sister station KXAS knocked both stations off the air. Fire alarms went off in the facility at 9:30 p.m., which led to personnel being evacuated from the studio; they were again evacuated when the fire disrupted the 10:00 p.m. newscast on KXTX.
In June 2012, NBCUniversal announced plans to construct a new 75,000-square-foot facility in Fort Worth (located at the CentrePort Business Park on the former site of Greater Southwest International Airport) to house KXTX, KXAS and NBCUniversal's other Dallas-based operations. Construction of the facility (which includes three high-definition control rooms, four production studios and a 4,000-square-foot data center) began that month, and was completed in September 2013. Some operations began migrating to the facility in stages starting in early October; all other operations – including KXTX and KXAS's news departments – will move to the Carter Boulevard studio by the end of that month.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|39.1||1080i||16:9||KXTX-DT||Main KXTX programming / Telemundo|
KXTX-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 39, at 10:35 p.m. 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 40 (KLDT, channel 55, moved its digital signal to channel 39 at the same time), using PSIP to display KXTX-TV's virtual channel as 39 on digital television receivers.
KXTX-TV presently broadcasts seven hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with one hour each on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays). After NBC acquired KXTX, the company invested in the creation of a news department for KXTX; within months of the switch, the station debuted Spanish language newscasts at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. on weeknights.
- Norma García - weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Ramón Díaz - weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Nancy Leal - weekends at 4:30 and 10:00 p.m.
- Néstor Flecha - meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Erik Mora - sports anchor; weekends at 4:30 and 10:00 p.m., also videojournalist
- Juany Bazán - general assignment reporter
- Erick Iglesias - general assignment reporter
- Fernando Mejia - videojournalist
- Yezmin Thomas - multimedia journalist
- Local program hosts
- Adriana López - host of Acceso Total; also producer
KXTX's 1995 to 2001 logo briefly appeared in a scene from the 2001 film Miss Congeniality on a news station microphone.
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