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Derby/Wichita/Hutchinson, Kansas
United States
CityDerby, Kansas
BrandingUnivision Kansas (general)
Noticias Univision Kansas (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 31 (PSIP)
OwnerEntravision Communications
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
OperatorGray Television
(via JSA/SSA)
First air dateAugust 20, 2009 (10 years ago) (2009-08-20)
Call letters' meaningKansas
Derby City
Transmitter power1,000 kW
Height345 m (1,132 ft)
Facility ID166332
Transmitter coordinates37°48′1″N 97°31′29″W / 37.80028°N 97.52472°W / 37.80028; -97.52472
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

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 joint sales and shared services agreements by Gray Television, making 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 on Cox Communications channel 15 and AT&T U-verse channel 31.


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/SSA 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 channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
31.1 1080i 16:9 Univisi Main KDCU programming / Univision
31.2 480i 4:3 Grit
31.3 Court TV Mystery
31.4 Laff
31.5 Court TV


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]


  1. ^ http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-21-2009/0005081296&EDATE= Archived May 5, 2012, 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, February 12, 2016, Retrieved February 13, 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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