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|Grand Junction, Colorado|
|Branding||KKCO 11 (general)|
KKCO 11 News (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)|
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
|Translators||9 (VHF) Paonia|
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|Founded||April 12, 1996|
|First air date||May 5, 1996|
|Call letters' meaning||COlorado|
|Sister station(s)||KJCT-LP, KKTV|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
11 (VHF, 1996–2009)
|Transmitter power||5.3 kW|
|Height||452 m (1,483 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KKCO, virtual channel 11 (VHF digital channel 12), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Grand Junction, Colorado, United States and serving Colorado's Western Slope region. Owned by Gray Television, it is a sister station to low-powered dual ABC/CW+ affiliate KJCT-LP (channel 8). The two stations share studios on Blichmann Avenue in Grand Junction; KKCO's transmitter is located at the Black Ridge Electronics Site at the Colorado National Monument west of the city.
KKCO signed on the air on May 5, 1996; prior to then, some NBC programs had been available by way of off-hours clearance on KREX-TV (channel 5), with the network's full schedule available only on cable from the network's Denver affiliates (KCNC-TV served as the network's affiliate of record for Grand Junction from the early 1980s until September 1995, when that station switched to CBS due to a complex ownership trade that made WCAU an NBC owned-and-operated station; as an interim measure, cable systems temporarily imported KUSA for most of the 1995–96 season). KKCO was owned by Eagle III Broadcasting L.L.C. from 1996 to 2005.
Soon after signing on, KKCO's newscast shot to the top of the ratings, past longer-established KREX and KJCT.
In September 2006, its DT2 subcarrier became the area's new affiliate for The CW Television Network. Sometime in late 2008, KKCO-DT dropped the CW affiliation when KJCT picked up The CW. KKCO has been digital-only since February 17, 2009.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP short name||Programming |
|11.1||1080i||16:9||KKCO-DT||Main KKCO programming / NBC|
KKCO currently carries 24 hours of local news a week, with 4½ hours each weekday and two hours on weekends.
Notable current on-air staff
- Butch McCain - chief weather anchor; weeknights at 5:30, 6 (KKCO-DT2 MeTV) and 10 p.m.