KDCU-DT

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KDCU-DT
KDCU31-012013.png
Derby/Wichita/Hutchinson, Kansas
United States
City Derby, Kansas
Branding Univision Kansas (general)
Noticias Univision Kansas (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 31 (PSIP)
Subchannels 31.1 Univision
Affiliations Univision
Owner Entravision Communications
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
Operator Gray Television
First air date August 20, 2009 (8 years ago) (2009-08-20)
Call letters' meaning Kansas
Derby City
Univision
Sister station(s) KWCH-DT, KSCW-DT, KBSD-DT, KBSH-DT, KBSL-DT
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 345 m (1,132 ft)
Facility ID 166332
Transmitter coordinates 37°48′1″N 97°31′29″W / 37.80028°N 97.52472°W / 37.80028; -97.52472
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website univisionkansas.com

KDCU-DT, virtual and UHF digital channel 31, is a Univision-affiliated television station serving Wichita, Kansas, United States that is licensed to Derby. Owned by Entravision Communications, the station is operated under separate joint sales and shared services agreements by Gray Television; this makes it a sister station to Gray's duopoly of Hutchinson-licensed CBS affiliate KWCH-DT (channel 12) and Wichita-licensed CW affiliate KSCW-DT (channel 33). The three stations share studios on 37th Street in northeast Wichita; KDCU's transmitter is located in rural northwestern Sedgwick County (northeast of Colwich). On cable, the station is available in standard definition on Cox Communications channel 15 and AT&T U-verse channel 31, and in high definition on Cox digital channel 2015 and U-verse channel 1031.

History[edit]

Original KDCU logo, used from August 20, 2009 to December 31, 2012.

The station first signed on the air on August 20, 2009,[1] becoming the first (and so far only) full-power Spanish-language television station to sign on in the state of Kansas; [2][3] because it signed on after the June 12 digital television transition that year, KDCU was also the first full-power television station in the Wichita/Hutchinson Plus market to sign-on without a companion analog signal.

Prior to the station's sign-on, Entravision entered into a joint sales agreement with KWCH and KSCW owner Schurz Communications, in which Schurz would provide advertising, production and promotional responsibilities as well as back office and master control services for KDCU. Schurz also leased a transmission tower located near Colwich to house the station's transmitter facilities; KSCW, which previously used the tower, moved its transmitter facilities to a tower near Hutchinson in Reno County. Since KDCU is licensed as a full-power station, it is able to mandate carriage on cable and satellite providers in the Wichita/Hutchinson Plus market.

Schurz announced on September 14, 2015 that it would exit broadcasting and sell its television and radio stations, including KWCH-DT, KSCW-DT, and the JSA with KDCU-DT, to Gray Television for $442.5 million.[4][5] The FCC approved the sale on February 12, 2016.[6]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
31.1 1080i 16:9 Univisi Main KDCU programming / Univision

Newscasts[edit]

KDCU-DT presently broadcasts 2½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with a half-hour on weekdays); the station does not air newscasts on Saturdays or Sundays. In April 2011, KWCH began producing a half-hour nightly Spanish-language newscast for KDCU, Noticias Univision Kansas, airing at 10:00 p.m. each weeknight (which competes against KWCH's own local newscast in that timeslot).[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-21-2009/0005081296&EDATE= Archived 2012-05-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Entravision Launches KDCU Wichita, Kan". TVNewsCheck. August 21, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sunflower Broadcast partners to launch Hispanic station" (Press release). Schurz Communications. September 28, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Schurz Communications to sell WSBT and other TV, radio stations". South Bend Tribune. September 14, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ Kuperberg, Jonathan (September 14, 2015). "Gray Acquiring TV, Radio Stations from Schurz for $442.5 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ FCC Approves Gray-Schurz TV Station Deal. Broadcasting & Cable, 12 February 2016, Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  7. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KDCU
  8. ^ "KDCU Univision to launch first local Spanish newscast in Kansas". KWCH. April 20, 2011. Archived from the original on August 11, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 

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