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Wichita, Kansas
United States
Branding 43 KCTU
Slogan Live Wichita
Channels Digital: 43 (UHF)
Virtual: 43 (PSIP)
Subchannels .1-.8 480i 4:3
Affiliations 43.1 This TV
43.2 Ebru TV
43.3 Tuff TV
43.4 Charge!
43.5 AMGTV
43.6 Youtoo America
43.7 TheCoolTV
43.8 Launch TV/Biz TV[1]
Owner River City Broadcasters, Inc.
First air date 1996 (1996)
Former callsigns K55FS (1992–1996)
KCTU-LP (1996–2009)
Former channel number(s) 55 (UHF, 1992–1996)
5 (VHF, 1996–2009)
Former affiliations Primary: Pax TV / i / Ion (2001–2008)
Secondary: UATV (to 5/2006)
Me-TV (2010)
AMGTV (2010)
.4: Estrella TV (2010)
Transmitter power 2.7 kW
Class DC
Facility ID 56517
Transmitter coordinates 37°40′49.0″N 97°19′53.0″W / 37.680278°N 97.331389°W / 37.680278; -97.331389Coordinates: 37°40′49.0″N 97°19′53.0″W / 37.680278°N 97.331389°W / 37.680278; -97.331389
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.kctu.com

KCTU-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 43, is a digital low-power television station located in Wichita, Kansas, United States. The station is locally owned by River City Broadcasters, Inc. KCTU maintains studio facilities located on Douglas Avenue (near I-35/K-15) in southeastern Wichita, and its transmitter is located between St. Francis and South Commerce Streets in downtown Wichita. On cable, the station is available on AT&T U-verse channel 43.


KCTU logo as an ION affiliate; it also includes the logo its Internet stream, KCTUiptv, used at the time.
KCTU logo under "Local 5" branding from 2005 to 2009.

The station first signed on the air in 1992.[2] On February 1, 1998, KCTU became the first commercial television station in the world to stream its programming online 24 hours a day to reach more viewers.[3] In 2001, KCTU affiliated with Pax TV (now Ion Television). Because of the local programming and other network affiliations carried by the station (including a secondary affiliation with Urban America Television that lasted until that network's shutdown in May 2006), the station did not air as many infomercials as most Pax/i/Ion affiliates. The station dropped the network in 2008.

On May 10, 2007, the principal owners of KCTU through N&H Publishing Corp. announced the acquisition of the Wichita City Paper. Planned topics will be similar to those featured on the local programs seen on the station including local and consumer news, religious topics and veterans' issues. The local television program guide that was formerly featured as an insert in The Prospector, also began appearing in the City Paper.[4]

In August 2010, the station was affiliated with Estrella TV, a Hispanic network.[5] By June 2011, KCTU primary subchannel was pick up by AT&T Uverse.[2]

Ron and Sheryl Nutt, owners, placed the station up for sale in July 2012 with a July 22 deadline for offers.[6]

In late July 2013, TV Scout was add to the station's 4th subchannel with some initial formatting glitches.[7]

Cable carriage[edit]

As it is a low-powered station, KCTU is not carried on Cox Communications as it is not obligated to carry KCTU under "must-carry" regulations as those rules do not currently apply to low-power stations. According to KCTU, the station presented the provider with a petition from 6,000 Cox subscribers and community leaders to carry the station. Cox refused to give KCTU channel space for free. According to KCTU, Cox increased their lease fee to $70,264 per month.[1] This has led KCTU to encourage Cox subscribers to keep demanding that it carry the station, and to watch KCTU's programming over-the-air and on the internet. On June 28, 2011, AT&T U-verse began to carry KCTU on channel 43; the provider had previously carried all the Wichita-Hutchinson market's other low-power stations.

Local programming[edit]

In addition to its various network programming, the station also produces some local public affairs programming, including the weekdaily newsmagazine Your Hour. KCTU was nominated for a Heartland Emmy Award for Best Dayside Newscast in 2005, reportedly the first such nomination for an English-language low-power station in a Nielsen Top 160 market. The station received a second nomination in 2010 for news graphics.


  1. ^ "Digital TV Market Listing for KCTU". RabbitEars.info. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Neil, Denise (June 30, 2011). "AT&T's U-verse adds local KCTU station". The Wichita Eagle. McClatchy Company. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ Wichita Business Journal, February 16, 1998.
  4. ^ Rusco, Lainie (May 10, 2007). "Wichita City Paper under new ownership". Wichita Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ SIEBENMARK, JERRY (August 13, 2010). "KCTU adds EstrellaTV network". The Wichita Eagle. McClatchy Company. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ Voorhis, Dan (July 10, 2012). "Local low-power TV station for sale". The Wichita Eagle. McClatchy Company. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ Lefler, Dion (August 2, 2013). "Over-the-air TV viewers will get on-screen program guide, too". The Wichita Eagle/Kansas.com. McClatchy Company. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 

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