KDEN-TV

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KDEN-TV
KDEN-TV Logo.png
Longmont/Denver, Colorado
United States
City Longmont, Colorado
Branding Telemundo Denver (general)
Noticiero Telemundo Denver (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 29 (UHF)
Virtual: 25 (PSIP)
Translators KMAS-LD 33 (UHF) Denver
Affiliations
Owner NBCUniversal
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
First air date March 31, 1997 (20 years ago) (1997-03-31)
Call letters' meaning DENver (also ICAO code for Denver International Airport)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 25 (UHF, 1997–2009)
Former affiliations
  • Independent (1997–2006)
  • KMAS-LP Channel 24 SIN (1962–1984)
  • NetSpan (1984–1987)
  • Telemundo (1987–2006) as KMAS-LP
Transmitter power 800 kW
Height 379.1 m (1,244 ft)
Facility ID 38375
Transmitter coordinates 40°5′59″N 104°54′4″W / 40.09972°N 104.90111°W / 40.09972; -104.90111Coordinates: 40°5′59″N 104°54′4″W / 40.09972°N 104.90111°W / 40.09972; -104.90111
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.telemundodenver.com

KDEN-TV, virtual channel 25 (UHF digital channel 29), is a Telemundo owned-and-operated television station serving Denver, Colorado, United States that is licensed to Longmont. The station is owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal (itself a subsidiary of Comcast). KDEN maintains studio facilities located on East Dry Creek Road in Centennial, and its transmitter is located in rural southwestern Morgan County, east of Frederick.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air on March 31, 1997. Founded by locally owned Longmont Broadcasting, KDEN originally operated as an independent station. On January 19, 2006, Longmont Broadcasting sold KDEN to NBC Universal, making the second television station in the Denver market to have been an owned-and-operated station under NBC ownership—after KCNC-TV (channel 4, now a CBS owned-and-operated station), which was owned by the network from 1986 to 1995, the company's 17th Spanish-language television station and the third network O&O in the market overall (alongside KCNC and KDVR (channel 31), which Fox would eventually sell in 2008).[1][2]

Channel 25 became the market's Telemundo owned-and-operated on March 6,[3] Before moving to KDEN, Telemundo programming was seen in Denver on low-power stations KMAS-LP (channel 63) and KSBS-LP (channel 47),[1] which both served as repeaters of KMAS-TV (channel 24) in Steamboat Springs; after NBC Universal purchased KDEN, it donated the KMAS-TV license and transmitter facility to Rocky Mountain PBS, which changed its call letters to KRMZ, while KSBS-LP was sold to Denver Digital Television (NBC retained KMAS-LP, which moved to channel 33 in 2008, was converted to digital station KMAS-LD in 2012, and remains a repeater of KDEN-TV).

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
25.1 1080i 16:9 KDEN-DT Main KDEN-TV programming / Telemundo
25.2 480i 4:3 KDEN-D2 TeleXitos
25.3 S O I Cozi TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KDEN-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 25, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 29.[5] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 25.

Newscasts[edit]

KDEN-TV presently broadcasts 2½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with one and a half hours each on weekdays); the station does not broadcast local newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays. Upon affiliating with Telemundo, KDEN aired locally produced news cut-ins during the national evening newscasts Noticiero Telemundo and Noticiero Telemundo Internacional; the inserts were discontinued late that year as a result of budget cutbacks imposed by NBC Universal.[6]

On July 29, 2011, KDEN announced a news share agreement with NBC affiliate KUSA-TV (channel 9) to produce Spanish-language newscasts for the station.[7][8][9] The half-hour newscasts, airing at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m. weeknights and branded as Noticiero Telemundo Denver/9NEWS En Espanol, debuted on October 3, 2011 and utilize a separate on-air staff that is exclusive to the KDEN broadcasts; the programs are produced out of a secondary set at KUSA's studio facility on East Speer Boulevard, and have been broadcast in high-definition from their launch.[10] It also in October 20, 2014 it moved it 5:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. station took over production of news and debuted a new set.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NBC buys Longmont TV station". Denver Business Journal. January 18, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ "NBC's buying KDEN Denver for Telemundo". TVNewsCheck. January 19, 2006. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "KDEN begins Telemundo service in Denver". Broadcast Engineering. March 16, 2006. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KDEN
  5. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  6. ^ "Habrán menos noticieros de Telemundo". El Diario de Hoy (in Spanish). October 30, 2006. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ "KUSA, Telemundo's KDEN partner for Spanish-language newscasts". Denver Business Journal. July 29, 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ Ostrow, Joanne (July 29, 2011). "9News partners with Telemundo for twice daily newscasts in Spanish". The Denver Post. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Telemundo Boosts Local News, Public Affairs". TVNewsCheck. August 8, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "KUSA, KDEN partner for Spanish-language newscasts". Denver Business Journal. July 29, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 

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