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For the Tempe, Arizona-based FM radio station KJZZ, see KJZZ-FM.
Salt Lake City, Utah
United States
Branding KJZZ 14
Slogan Escape, Unwind.
Channels Digital: 46 (UHF)
Virtual: 14 (PSIP)
Affiliations Independent (since 2008; also 1989–1995, 2001–2006)
Owner Larry H. Miller Communications Corporation
(operated by Bonneville International)
First air date April 14, 1989; 26 years ago (1989-04-14)
Call letters' meaning Utah JaZZ
Sister station(s) KSL-TV
Former callsigns KXIV (1989–1993)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
14 (UHF, 1989–2009)
Former affiliations UPN (1995–2001)
MyNetworkTV (2006–2008)
Transmitter power 200 kW
Height 1266 m
Facility ID 36607
Transmitter coordinates 40°39′33″N 112°12′7″W / 40.65917°N 112.20194°W / 40.65917; -112.20194
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.kjzz.com

KJZZ-TV virtual channel 14 (UHF digital channel 46) is an independent television station located in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. The station's owned by the Larry H. Miller Communications Corporation; Bonneville International, owner of NBC affiliate KSL-TV (channel 5) operates KJZZ under a time brokerage agreement. KJZZ maintains studio facilities located on West Amelia Earhart Drive in the northwestern section of Salt Lake City and its transmitter is located on Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains, southwest of Salt Lake City. The station has an extensive network of more than 80 broadcast translators that extend its over-the-air coverage throughout Utah, southwestern Wyoming, southeastern Idaho, southern and eastern Nevada, southwestern Colorado and northern Arizona.


Early history[edit]

An original construction permit was granted on December 6, 1984 for a full-power television station on UHF channel 14 to serve Salt Lake City and the surrounding area. The station was originally intended as an over-the-air subscription television service per its original permits, filed in 1979, but by the time the construction permit was granted, over-the-air subscription television had largely become obsolete and the subscription television application had already been dismissed. For nearly two years, the station did not even have call letters, but used its application ID, 790822KE as its callsign. In November 1986, the station took the call letters KGBS, then changed to KXIV (for the Roman numeral form of 14) in February 1988.

After four replacement construction permits, KXIV was finally licensed on March 24, 1989 and began operations on April 14. Initially, the station offered a general entertainment format with cartoons, classic sitcoms, drama series, classic movies and religious shows. The station was originally owned by American Stores.

In February 1993, Larry H. Miller, owner of the Utah Jazz NBA franchise, purchased the station; the station later changed its call letters to KJZZ-TV to reflect both his ownership of the Utah Jazz and the station's status as the broadcast television outlet for Jazz games. The format remained the same initially but by the mid to late 1990s, talk and reality shows were mixed into the schedule.

UPN affiliation, then independence, and MyNetworkTV affiliation[edit]

On January 16, 1995, KJZZ became a charter affiliate of the United Paramount Network. However in October 2000, KJZZ made national headlines when it warned it would assert its contractual right to back out of its affiliation contract with UPN if the network increased its "urban/ethnic programming" to more than two hours per week. From KJZZ's perspective, its designated market area has about the lowest percentage of African Americans for any media market in the United States. UPN officials were outraged at this demand and considering the network's national programming strategy, the two parties parted ways when UPN transferred the Salt Lake City affiliation to KAZG (channel 24, now KPNZ), a smaller station based in Ogden in January 2001, leaving KJZZ as an independent once again.

In the fall of 2005, KJZZ entered into a local marketing agreement with CBS owned-and-operated station KUTV (channel 2). As a result, second runs of shows like Dr. Phil, Wheel Of Fortune and Jeopardy! were added to the schedule (the latter two shows had aired on KTVX, channel 4 for about two decades prior to moving to KJZZ) as well as newscasts from KUTV.

On February 22, 2006, News Corporation announced the launch of a new network called MyNetworkTV, which would be operated by Fox Television Stations and its syndication division Twentieth Television. MyNetworkTV was created to compete against another upstart network that would launch at the same time that September, The CW (an amalgamated network that originally consisted primarily of UPN and The WB's higher-rated programs) as well as to give UPN and WB stations that were not mentioned as becoming CW affiliates another option besides converting to independent stations.[1][2] The station affiliated with MyNetworkTV when it launched on September 5, 2006. However, KJZZ ran the network's programming on tape delay at 11 p.m. initially (instead of the recommended 7 p.m. timeslot for the Mountain Time Zone), before later moving it to midnight.[3] Possible reasons included the Jazz telecasts and the LMA with KUTV.

Returning to independence again[edit]

KJZZ dropped MyNetworkTV and became an independent station again on August 18, 2008. The MyNetworkTV affiliation then moved to St. George-based KCSG (also on channel 14), which covers the Salt Lake City area via coverage on local cable television providers[4] (the programming service has since moved to KMYU, channel 12, which serves the Wasatch Front via KUTV's digital subchannel). In January 2009, DirecTV dropped KJZZ from its lineup of stations available to local viewers when the station's owner and the satellite provider could not come to an agreement on retransmission terms.[5] KJZZ was returned to the DirecTV lineup on February 11, 2009.

Larry H. Miller died on February 20, 2009. His son, Greg Miller, took over as CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies several months earlier.[6][6] FCC records show a transfer of 48% ownership of the station to a trust to which Larry Miller's widow, Gail, is trustee, in April 2009. Gail Miller directly owns 48% of the station, with Larry Miller's sons holding the remainder.[7] After the LMA between KJZZ and KUTV concluded in 2010, KSL-TV owner Bonneville International began managing KJZZ under a new LMA.[8]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[9]
14.1 720p 16:9 KJZZ-DT Main KJZZ-TV programming

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KJZZ-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 14, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[10] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 46,[11] using PSIP to display KJZZ-TV's virtual channel as 14 on digital television receivers.


Syndicated programming seen on KJZZ-TV includes Matlock, Friends, The Office, Judge Mathis, The People's Court, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and The Insider. It is one of the few television stations in the United States that broadcasts films of the LDS cinema genre, as Miller was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and financed a number of LDS-themed films.

Sports programming[edit]

From 1993 to 2009, KJZZ was the over-the-air broadcaster of Utah Jazz regular season NBA games. The Utah Jazz signed a new exclusive 12-year agreement with regional sports network FSN Utah (now Root Sports Utah) on October 20, 2009, ending the team's broadcasts on KJZZ-TV, and making the team's telecasts cable-exclusive.[12]

For the 2011 season, KJZZ aired select Utah Utes football games not televised by ESPN, Versus (now known as the NBC Sports Network), or Fox Sports.


KJZZ aired a tribute to Larry H. Miller on February 21, 2009. This tribute won an Emmy in the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.[13]


In September 2005, KUTV began producing weekday morning 9 a.m. and nightly 9 p.m. newscasts for KJZZ-TV. The newscasts were canceled after nearly five years on May 31, 2010.[14] No official explanation was given for the discontinuance, although it is likely that it was due to the end of the LMA between KUTV and KJZZ.


KJZZ-TV extends its coverage throughout the entire state of Utah, plus parts of Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming, using a network of more than 80 community-owned translator television stations listed below.

City Callsign City Callsign City Callsign
Alton, Utah K34FO-D Parowan, Utah, etc. K44DR-D
Battle Mountain, Nevada K42DZ-D Preston, Idaho K19EW-D
Beaver, Utah K42EX-D
Beowawe, Nevada K30HF Huntsville, Utah K45JC Price, Utah K21EZ-D
Bicknell & Teasdale, Utah K34GN-D Price, Utah K27HU
Blanding & Monticello, Utah K45GM-D Juab, Utah K22EC-D Randolph & Woodruff, Utah K24EC-D
Bluff, Utah & Area K13XS Kanab, Utah K28IT Richfield, Utah, etc. K44DU-D
Cedar City, Utah K39FQ Koosharem, Utah K45FV-D Richfield, Utah, etc. K58IR-D
Cedar City, Utah, etc. K33EB-D Laketown & Garden City, Utah K50GA-D
Rock Springs, Wyoming K26DK
Cortez, Colorado, etc. K07UY-D Roosevelt, Utah K38GO
Juab, Utah K18GX-D Rural Duchesne County, Utah K17DM-D
Delta & Oak City, Utah, etc. K51GG Logan, Utah K18DL-D Summit County, Utah K19DU-D
Malad City, Idaho, etc. K25IP-D Rural Wayne County, Utah K43IJ
Elko, Nevada K05JU-D Manila, Utah, etc. K04HN Ryndon, Nevada K05LP
Elko, Nevada K31LB Manti & Ephraim, Utah K25GS-D Salina & Redmond, Utah K23FK-D
Samak, Utah K38HV
Milford, Utah, etc. K26EA-D Santa Clara, Utah, etc. K42EZ
Modena & Beryl, Utah, etc. K23DV-D
Montpelier, Idaho K25CK-D Scofield, Utah K27HV
Freedom & Etna, Wyoming K33DS Mount Pleasant, Utah K50HL-D Shoshoni, Wyoming, etc. K38EK
Fremont, Utah K17FQ-D Soda Springs, Idaho, etc. K41GK-D
Fruitland, Utah K50EC Saint George, Utah K24CY
Garfield County, Utah K30GA-D New Harmony, Utah, etc. K49GA Tropic & Cannonville, Utah K33HX-D
Garfield County, Utah K41EB-D Vernal, Utah K15DI
Orangeville, Utah K16EW Wells, Nevada K22GW-D
Hanksville, Utah K50FZ-D Orderville, Utah K18ET-D Woodland, Utah K35EJ-D
Heber City, Utah K21DY-D Ouray, Utah K44EL

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