KGEC-LD

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KGEC-LD
Redding, California
CityRedding, California
ChannelsDigital: 26 (UHF)
Virtual: 26 (PSIP)
94 (cable)
Slogan"A Breath of Fresh Airtime"
Programming
Subchannels26.1: Retro TV/theDove TV
26.2: The Action Channel
26.3: The Family Channel
26.4: Dark
AffiliationsGet After It Media
theDove TV
Ownership
OwnerGeorge E. Cooper (1997-2005, his death)
Millie Cooper-Brogan (1997–2011, 2014–present)
(Cooper Communications, LLC (sale to theDove Media, LLC pending))
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History
Founded1993
First air date
October 1997; 23 years ago (1997-10)
Former call signs
K26CO (1993–1998)
KGEC-LP (1998–2013)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
26 (UHF, 1997–2011)
America One (1998–2000)
FamilyNet (2000–2010)
Jewelry Television (overnights)
NASA TV (1997-2020)
Call sign meaning
K George E. Cooper (founder-deceased)
Technical information
Facility ID34581
ClassLD
Links
Websitewww.kgectv.com
www.thedove.us

KGEC-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 26, is a low-powered television station licensed to Redding, California, United States. The station is owned by Cooper Communications, LLC. The station's call letters are named after the station's primary founder, longtime owner and chief executive officer George E. Cooper. Millie Cooper-Brogan serves as the station's president and general manager. On cable, the station can be seen on Spectrum cable channel 94 in the Redding and Red Bluff areas only. They are current affiliates of Get After It Media (based in Chattanooga, Tennessee) and theDove TV network and ministry (based in Medford, Oregon).

History[edit]

Former logo (2000–2010)

KGEC-TV was founded by Fresno businessman George E. Cooper and his wife Millie in 1993. It signed on for the first time in late October 1997 and became an America One network affiliate on January 14, 1998, and would remain so until that network went to KMCA-LP in 2000. George Cooper was quoted as saying, "We love the market and the people, and will do everything we can to serve it well!"

On July 1, 2000, KGEC became an affiliate of the fledgling FamilyNet, a faith-based, family-oriented network. This brought more family-friendly programming that had been lacking among its major competition. Because of FamilyNet's ownership, management and programming changes, KGEC severed ties with FamilyNet on January 4, 2010, and became a full-time affiliate of Retro Television, which airs classic television series to keep with the station's tradition of providing good quality television.[1]

On February 17, 2005, KGEC co-founder and chief executive officer George Cooper died after a long battle with cancer. His widow and station president, Millie, would assume the role of primary owner and C.E.O. as well.

In March 2011, KGEC was granted its digital license on channel 26 for four virtual channels and provides family-friendly programs from Retro Television (26.1), Tuff TV (26.2), The Family Channel (26.3) and NASA Television (26.4). It also aired Jewelry Television in the overnight hours on 26.1, 26.3 and 26.4 until 2020. Subchannel 26.2 is now The Action Channel and 26.4 has since gone dark.

Later in 2011, KGEC was sold to another group, but they basically ran the station as a repeater for Retro TV causing the station to lose money. However, Millie Cooper-Brogan, widow of founder George Cooper, bought the station back in 2014 in hopes of finding new ownership. KGEC once again flies under the Cooper Communications banner. Mrs. Brogan reassumed the position of owner, president and general manager while Jim McKeown served as the station's chief engineer[2] until his death in January 2021.

Pending sale to theDove Media[edit]

In late 2020, KGEC became an affiliate of theDove TV based out of Medford, Oregon, and joined two other Redding stations KRDT-CD Channel 23 (repeater for One Ministries, Inc.-owned KKPM-CD in Yuba City) and KI6I-WD Channel 16.1 (owned by theDove Media) as a repeater station broadcasting theDove TV. [3] The network is currently providing its full content to KGEC and is in discussions of a pending sale to theDove Media, LLC.

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
26.1 480i 4:3 KGEC-LD Retro TV/theDove TV
26.2 The Action Channel
26.3 The Family Channel
26.4 Dark

Network programming[edit]

Local programming[edit]

  • To be determined

Past local programs[edit]

  • Pray Northstate (hosted by Pastor Jim Wilson, later aired on KCVU-TV)
  • Northstate Sports Replay (2002–2003, produced in association with Action Video Entertainment)

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