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Phoenix, Arizona
ChannelsAnalog: 28 (UHF)
OwnerAracelis Ortiz Corporation
FoundedJune 26, 1995
Former call signs
K28FV, K68FB (CP only)
Call sign meaning
Carlos Ortiz S
Technical information
Facility ID8988
ERP63 kW
HAAT295 meters (968 ft)
Transmitter coordinates33°29′39.1″N 111°38′30.4″W / 33.494194°N 111.641778°W / 33.494194; -111.641778

KCOS-LP was a low-power broadcast television station located in Phoenix, Arizona. It broadcast in analog on UHF channel 28 from the Usery Mountains in Mesa. KCOS-LP was owned by Aracelis Ortiz Corporation of Harlingen, Texas. Despite the similar call letters, KCOS-LP was not related to full-service PBS member station KCOS in El Paso, Texas.


The original construction permit for KCOS-LP was granted on June 26, 1995, to Carlos Ortiz, Sr., pastor of Faith Pleases God Church in Harlingen, Texas. The station was to broadcast on channel 68, but was moved to channel 28 in anticipation of the FCC's requirement to vacate the 700 MHz band. It was licensed as K28FV on January 8, 1998, programming unknown. In January 2000, Hispanic Television Network, Inc. assumed operation of the station and changed the programming to Spanish-language network HTVN, although Carlos Ortiz remained the owner. Later that year, the station took the call letters KCOS-LP. Shortly afterward, Carlos Ortiz died and his widow, Aracelis Ortiz, as executrix of the estate, became the new owner. The station became part of Aracelis Ortiz Corporation in 2001. That same year, KCOS-LP was granted Class A status. By May 2002, the Ortiz family had resumed operation of the station, as Mrs. Ortiz stated in a Petition for Reconsideration of an FCC Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) that the station was broadcasting programming from La Familia Network (LFN) at the time of the cited violation, which occurred in May 2002.[1][2] Like Fe-TV, LFN is a television service from Faith Pleases God Church. The station was silent for a time, but resumed operations in 2004 with programming from Fe-TV, then returned to LFN in 2005. The April 2006 magazine from Fe-TV lists the station as an affiliate.[3]

Screen capture of KCOS-LP station ID slate. The ID slate was displayed on the screen while Fe-TV was off the air August 2006 - September 2007. Music played in the background on a three-song rotation.

In July and August 2006, the station had various technical difficulties, prompting them to air a slate in English advising viewers of trouble with the video signal on the station's end. In August 2006, the station once again began airing Fe-TV, but shortly afterward changed to the station ID slate (pictured). The August 2006 update of the website for Fe-TV stated that the network was to be off the air for six months for rebuilding and expansion. The station went silent again in mid-2007, but returned in September 2007, first broadcasting programming from Fe-TV, then switching to LFN.

In August 2011, the station voluntarily reverted from Class A to low power status after being challenged by the FCC for failure to file for the fourth quarter in 2008 and all four quarters in 2009 and 2010 the children's television programming reports required of all Class A licensees.[4][5]

On October 7, 2014, the station's license was cancelled by the Federal Communications Commission for failure to file a renewal application.

On October 30, 2014, Aracelis Ortiz Corporation re-applied for the license to Federal Communications Commission.[6]

On March 15, 2016, The FCC grant the license renewal.[7]

Digital television[edit]

In May 2006, the FCC opened a brief application period in which low-power television licensees and permittees could apply for a digital companion channel by short-form application. KCOS-LP applied for VHF channel 13, to broadcast from the same location as the analog station. In September, the FCC identified the station as a singleton applicant, meaning that there were no competing applications on the same or adjacent channels, and giving the station until October 31 to file a long-form application. On October 2, 2006, KCOS-LP formally applied for a digital companion channel on VHF channel 13, but no construction permit was granted.

On November 7, 2011, KCOS-LP filed an application to flash-cut the station from analog to digital.[8]


  1. ^ "Memorandum Opinion and Order". FCC CDBS database. January 13, 2005. Retrieved March 1, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) (¶ 4)
  2. ^ "Forfeiture Order". FCC CDBS database. February 23, 2004. Retrieved March 1, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) (¶ 3)
  3. ^ "FETV" (PDF). FETV Magazine. April 2006. p. 2. Retrieved March 1, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Federal Communications Commission: Re: KCOS-LP, Phoenix, Arizona Facility ID No. 8988". FCC CDBS database. August 3, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Aracelis Ortiz Corp: In Reply to: KCOS-LP, Phoenix, Arizona Facility ID# 8988". FCC CDBS database. August 28, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "license application".
  7. ^ "FCC application search details".
  8. ^ "KCOS-LP flash-cut application". FCC CDBS database. November 7, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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