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|Channels||Digital: 31 (UHF)|
|Branding||Univision Kansas (general)|
Noticias Univision Kansas (newscasts)
|Owner||Entravision Communications |
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
|Founded||February 15, 2008|
First air date
|August 20, 2009|
Call sign meaning
|HAAT||345 m (1,132 ft)|
Public license information
KDCU-DT, virtual and UHF digital channel 31, is a Univision-affiliated television station serving Wichita and Hutchinson, Kansas, United States that is licensed to Derby. The station is owned by Entravision Communications. KDCU-DT's offices are located on East Douglas Avenue in downtown Wichita while newscasts are actually produced at the KCEC studios on Mile High Stadium West Circle, in Jefferson Park, Denver, Colorado, and its transmitter is located in rural northwestern Sedgwick County (north-northeast of Colwich).
The station first signed on the air on August 20, 2009, becoming the first (and so far only) full-power Spanish-language television station to sign on in the state of Kansas; 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, on February 15, 2008, Entravision entered into a joint sales agreement with Schurz Communications (then-owner of KWCH-DT and KSCW-DT), 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 east of Hutchinson in Reno County, which is known as the KWCH 12 Tower. 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/SSA with KDCU-DT, to Gray Television for $442.5 million. The FCC approved the sale on February 12, 2016.
As of 2021, Entravision now both owns and operates KDCU-DT, as Gray sold its operation stake in the station.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|31.1||1080i||16:9||KDCU-DT||Main KDCU programming / Univision|
|31.3||Escape||Court TV Mystery|
KDCU-DT presently broadcasts 2½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with a half-hour each weekday); the station does not air newscasts on Saturdays or Sundays. In April 2011, KWCH produced a half-hour nightly Spanish-language newscast for KDCU, Noticias Univision Kansas, airing at 10:00 p.m. each weeknight (which competed against KWCH's own local newscast in that timeslot). Since Entravision acquired full shares of KDCU, the newscasts are now self-produced.
- http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-21-2009/0005081296&EDATE= Archived May 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
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- "Schurz Communications to sell WSBT and other TV, radio stations". South Bend Tribune. September 14, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
- Kuperberg, Jonathan (September 14, 2015). "Gray Acquiring TV, Radio Stations from Schurz for $442.5 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
- FCC Approves Gray-Schurz TV Station Deal. Broadcasting & Cable, February 12, 2016, Retrieved February 13, 2016.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KDCU
- "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.