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San Francisco Bay Area, California
United States
City San FranciscoSan Jose, California[1]
Branding KAXT Channel 1
Slogan Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley
Channels Digital: 42 (UHF)
(shared with KTLN-TV; to move to 22 (UHF)[2])
Virtual: 1 (PSIP)
Owner OTA Broadcasting
(sale to Weigel Broadcasting pending)
(OTA Broadcasting (SFO), LLC)
First air date May 31, 1989 (29 years ago) (1989-05-31)
Sister station(s) KTLN-TV
Former callsigns K22DD (May 31, 1989–September 17, 2001)
KAXT-CA (September 17, 2001–August 10, 2011)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
22 (UHF)
Former affiliations TBN (1989–2003)
Almavision (2003–2006)
Tele Vida Abundante (unknown)
Transmitter power 15 kW
Height 622.6 m (2,043 ft)
664.2 m (2,179 ft) (CP)
Class CD
Facility ID 37689
Transmitter coordinates 37°29′57″N 121°52′16″W / 37.49917°N 121.87111°W / 37.49917; -121.87111
37°29′57″N 121°52′20″W / 37.49917°N 121.87222°W / 37.49917; -121.87222 (CP)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

KAXT-CD, virtual channel 1 (UHF digital channel 42), is a low-powered, Class A television station licensed to both San Francisco and San Jose, California, United States, broadcasting ethnic and other programming to the San Francisco Bay Area. Owned by OTA Broadcasting, LLC, it is a sister station to Palo Alto-licensed religious station KTLN-TV (channel 68). The two stations share transmitter facilities on Mount Allison.


Founded May 31, 1989, the station previously broadcast in analog on UHF channel 22 as KAXT-CA, an affiliate of Spanish-language religious network Tiempos Finales TV, formerly being an affiliate of TBN from 1990 to 2003, and of Almavision from 2003 to 2006.

On July 31, 2009, KAXT began ATSC digital TV transmissions on UHF channel 42, which had been vacated by KTNC-TV. (The previous month, KTVU/KICU-TV owner Cox Enterprises unsuccessfully applied for a license to use the same frequency for a KTVU digital translator.[3]) KAXT's digital transmissions used the call sign KAXT-LD, later KAXT-CD. The station was the first digital television station to broadcast 12 video streams on a standard 6 MHz 19.39 Mbit/s ATSC stream. Using statistical multiplexing technology in the encoders and multiplexer, the system provides variable bit rate compression needed to provide full quality standard definition video across all of the channels with enough bandwidth for radio (audio only) services.

Broadcast Engineering nominated KAXT as Station of the Year for 2009,[4] the first low power television station to receive such a distinction.

The DTV virtual channels between KAXT-LD's channel 22 (RF 42, formerly 22) and KRCB's channel 22 (RF 23) in Cotati had significant overlap that caused a PSIP conflict, allowing KAXT-CD to move to a new virtual channel, Channel 1. KAXT operates with a PSIP of Channel 1, at one point with 12 different video program streams and one audio-only channel for a total of 13 virtual channels.

Weigel Broadcasting agreed to acquire KAXT-CD and KTLN-TV, along with KVOS-TV and KFFV in Seattle, from OTA Broadcasting in a $23.2 million deal on October 18, 2017.[5] By 2018, most of KAXT's Vietnamese-language subchannels had moved to KSCZ-LD.


KAXT broadcasts an electronic program guide, shopping channels, and several channels of ethnic news, entertainment, and religious programming. Several subchannels are produced locally, while the remainder are simulcasts. KAXT is one of two television stations in the United States that broadcast on virtual channel 1.[6]

Digital subchannels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7][8]
1.1 480i 4:3 TLN Simulcast of KTLN-TV
1.2 GEB GEB America
1.3 VSKY VietSky TV (Vietnamese)
1.4 VietBay VietBay (Vietnamese public broadcasting[9])

Former affiliations[edit]

Since its transition to digital broadcasting, KAXT has broadcast a wide variety of programming, both local and syndicated:

  • Bahía TV – family-oriented Spanish-language programming (channel 1.4)[10]
  • Cool Music Radio – audio simulcast (channel 1.14)[10]
  • Coastal Television Network – tourism-focused channel based in Monterey, California (channel 1.5)
  • Colours TV – multicultural programming (channel 1.6)[10]
  • Corner Store – informercials (channel 1.9)[10]
  • Creation TV – Cantonese Christian
  • Diya TV – South Asian programming (variously channels 1.2 and 1.5, now on KTSF 26.2)
  • FAN – Filipino programming (channel 1.8)
  • Hải Lê TV – Vietnamese-language programming (channel 1.11, now on KSCZ 16.1)
  • i2TV – public-access television (channel 1.8)[10]
  • KCTV/TVHS – Taiwanese programming (channel 1.9)
  • La Voz – audio simulcast of Christian programming (channel 1.15)[10]
  • My Family TV – family-oriented programming (variously channels 1.2, 1.6, and 1.7)
  • NetV – Vietnamese- and English-language programming (channel 1.12, now on KSCZ 16.16)
  • Nét Việt – Vietnamese-language programming (channel 1.6, now on KSCZ 16.6)
  • Tiempos Finales – Spanish Christian (channel 1.10)
  • PeanutTV – real estate listings (channel 1.12)[10]
  • Quê Hương TV – Vietnamese-language programming (channel 1.5, now on KSCZ 16.5)
  • Quê Hương Radio – audio simulcast of KZSJ 1120 (channel 1.13)
  • Retro TV – classic sitcoms (channel 1.2)
  • SKDTV – South Korean programming (channel 1.7)
  • TheCoolTV – music videos (variously channels 1.1 and 1.12, now on KTLN 68.2)
  • U Channel – Chinese/Taiwanese programming (channel 1.9, now on KSCZ 16.9)
  • Việt Phố Tivi – Vietnamese-language programming (channel 1.3, now on KSCZ 16.8)
  • Vietface TV – Vietnamese-language programming (channel 1.8, now on KSCZ 16.4)
  • Vietoday – Vietnamese-language programming (channel 1.6, now on KTSF 26.5)
  • VieTop – Vietnamese-language programming (channel 1.7, now on KSCZ 16.7)
  • What’s On – electronic program guide (channel 1.1)

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Hashemzadeh, Hossein (March 31, 2015). "Federal Communications Commission Digital Class A Broadcast Station License" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ Modification of a Licensed Facility for DTV Application
  3. ^ "KTVU Digital Translator Plan Draws Fire". Radio World. June 11, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "KAXT-CA". Broadcast Engineering. Penton Media. December 11, 2009. 
  5. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE (KVOS-TV/KFFV)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. October 24, 2017. Retrieved October 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ Roettgers, Janko (August 4, 2011). "In spectrum battles, Mom & Pop TV loses". Gigaom. Retrieved September 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". rabbitears.info. 
  8. ^ "Digital Television: DTV - HDTV Channel List". 
  9. ^ "About Us". VietBay Television. Retrieved May 7, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g Trumbly, Warren L. (December 21, 2009). "Comments of KAXT LLC in the Matter of Spectrum for Broadband: A National Plan for Our Future" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. pp. 4–5. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 

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