(logo for KETK-LP, when the station was known as KLSB-LP)
|Channels||Analog: 53 (UHF)|
|Owner||Communications Corporation of America
(Comcorp of Tyler License Corp.)
|First air date||1991 (as full-power station KLSB-TV)
2004 (as a low-power station)
|Last air date||2011|
|Call letters' meaning||K East Texas K
(derived from parent station KETK-TV)
|Former callsigns||K53IQ (2004)
|Public license information:||Profile
KETK-LP, UHF channel 53, was an NBC-affiliated television station located in Nacogdoches, Texas, United States. The station is owned by Communications Corporation of America. KETK-LP served as a repeater station of Jacksonville-licensed NBC affiliate KETK-TV (channel 56); it originally simulcast KETK's entire schedule, however KETK began to produce local news inserts focused on the Nacogdoches-Lufkin area by the late 2000s.
While KETK-TV covers Nacogdoches, Angelina, San Augustine, Cherokee and Shelby Counties, KETK-LP's low-powered signal only covered the immediate Lufkin area, therefore requiring cable to view the station outside of the city. The station was carried by Consolidated and Suddenlink in Lufkin and Communicomm in Huntington; however, KETK-TV was carried instead on Dish Network and DirecTV.
KLSB-TV station history
Prior to KETK-TV's sign-on on March 9, 1987, the Jacksonville-based station intended on providing a signal to both the Tyler-Longview and Lufkin-Nacogdoches areas (Nielsen Media Research designates the two areas as a singular market, although television station signals from Tyler and Longview cannot reach Lufkin and vice versa due to the distance between theose areas). KETK later moved its main studio facilities from Jacksonville to a new complex in Tyler; in 1991, the station arranged to simulcast its programming in east-central Texas, serving southern portions of the market that could not receive KETK's channel 56 signal, on a newly licensed UHF station in Nacogdoches, KLSB-TV (channel 19), which would be operated by KETK-TV under a local marketing agreement. KLSB-TV signed on the air on September 1, 1991; it ran the majority of the KETK program schedule, with the only differences being local commercial, and in some timeslots, local news inserts.
Max Media, a company partially related to former KETK owner Max Media Properties, purchased KLSB-TV in 2003. Upon acquiring the station, Max Media terminated the LMA with the Communications Corporation of America (which bought KETK in 1998) and signed an affiliation agreement with CBS to become the market's first affiliate of that network since KLMG-TV (channel 51, now KFXK-TV) switched to Fox in April 1991. It also leased a building in southeast Tyler that formerly operated as a four-screen movie theater to serve as the station's new studio facilities. That winter, Max filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to change the station's callsign to KYTX. Channel 19 dropped the KETK simulcast on April 11, 2004, and officially joined CBS the following day on April 12. On April 13, the FCC officially granted the call sign change to KYTX. On June 13, 2004, the station relocated its transmitter facilities farther north of the original transmitter facility to expand its signal to the Tyler and Longview areas, to a new tower located south of New Summerfield.
KETK-LP station history
After the conversion of channel 19 to CBS, the Nacogdoches-Lufkin portion of the Tyler-Longview television market was left without over-the-air access to NBC programming. KETK then entered into an LMA to lease programming time on a new low-power UHF station on channel 53 in Lufkin, assuming the former full-power station's calls as KLSB-LP. As with KLSB-TV, the station began simulcasting KETK-TV's full schedule, except for local commercials, with advertising aimed at the Lufkin and Nacogdoches area. The station's call sign was changed to KETK-LP on April 13, 2007.
On September 1, 2009, KETK-LP's transmitter was shut down. However, its programming remained available in the area via cable on Suddenlink Communications, which also carried NBC programming and KETK news simulcasts from the station in high definition. The station had a construction permit to build digital transmitter facilities, with plans to operate a digital signal on UHF channel 27 under the callsign KETK-LD. The Federal Communications Commission canceled both KETK-LP's license and digital construction permit – its digital transmitter facility was never built – at some point in 2011 or 2012.