KMCC

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KMCC
Laughlin/Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
CityLaughlin, Nevada
BrandingAzteca 34 Las Vegas
ChannelsDigital: 32 (UHF)
Virtual: 34 (PSIP)
Affiliations34.1: Azteca América (2018–present)
34.2: Action Channel
OwnerEntravision Communications
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
First air dateAugust 21, 2003 (15 years ago) (2003-08-21)
Call letters' meaningMeridian
Communications
Company
(original licensee)
Sister station(s)KINC, KELV-LD
Former channel number(s)Analog:
34 (UHF, 2003–2009)
Former affiliationsAnalog/DT1:
NBC (as satellite of KVBC, 2003–2005)
TeleFórmula (2005–2006)
Multimedios Television (2006–2009)
Mega TV (2009–2010)
VasalloVision (2010–2012)
MundoFox/MundoMax (2012–2016)
Action Channel (2016–2018, now on DT2)
DT2:
Heartland (2016–2018)
Transmitter power1000 kW (Dolan Springs)
4.4 kW (Mount Arden)
Height607 m (1,991 ft)
(Dolan Springs)
557 m (1,827 ft)
(Mount Arden)
Facility ID41237
Transmitter coordinates35°39′7″N 114°18′43.8″W / 35.65194°N 114.312167°W / 35.65194; -114.312167
(Dolan Springs)
35°56′46″N 115°2′37″W / 35.94611°N 115.04361°W / 35.94611; -115.04361
(Mount Arden)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS

KMCC, virtual channel 34 (UHF digital channel 32), is an Azteca América-affiliated television station serving Las Vegas, Nevada, United States that is licensed to Laughlin. Owned by Entravision Communications, it is a sister station to Las Vegas-licensed Univision affiliate KINC (channel 15) and low-powered UniMás affiliate KELV-LD (channel 27). KMCC's offices are located at The Boulevard Mall on Maryland Parkway in the unincorporated community of Paradise (with a Las Vegas mailing address). Its main transmitter is located near Dolan Springs, Arizona, with a secondary transmitter on Mount Arden near Henderson, Nevada.

History[edit]

On May 14, 1996, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a construction permit to Meridian Communications Company (later Mojave Broadcasting Company) for a full power television station on UHF channel 34 to serve Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Its original call letters were to be KAUE, adopted in February 1997, but changed to KMCC a month later.

In July 1996, while preparing to build the station, Mojave Broadcasting determined that the proposed transmitter location was inadequate for a full-power television operation and that the alternate site near Oatman, Arizona could not provide city-grade service to Lake Havasu City due to terrain. In early 1999, they requested to move the station and both the analog and digital allotments to Laughlin, Nevada, with the transmitter at the Oatman site. They later modified their proposal to specify a transmitter in Laughlin, allowing it to secure an affiliation with NBC, since the new location would not interfere with Las Vegas NBC station KVBC (channel 3, now KSNV); the children of James Rogers, chairman of KVBC owner Sunbelt Communications Company, owned Mojave Broadcasting, and Sunbelt had signed a time brokerage agreement with KMCC.

The FCC formally granted the request in June 2000[1] and Mojave Broadcasting began building the station in Laughlin. The FCC granted a construction permit for a digital companion channel, UHF 32, on January 15, 2002, and granted special temporary authority (STA) on April 6, 2004 to broadcast in digital at reduced power from the analog transmitter location.

The analog station signed on August 21, 2003 as a satellite of KVBC, and was granted a license on May 28, 2004. The arrangement was temporary, as before the station was licensed, Cranston II LLC had agreed to buy KMCC from Mojave Broadcasting. The sale was approved by the FCC in October 2004 and consummated in July 2005. Upon taking ownership, Cranston changed the station to Spanish-language programming from TeleFórmula, the cable news arm of Grupo Fórmula. In March 2006, equipment failure forced the station to reduce power significantly; in November, it switched to Multimedios Television.

KMCC had a construction permit to broadcast on UHF channel 32 from a transmitter location approximately 40 kilometers (25 mi) NNE of the analog transmitter location. The site, located near Dolan Springs, Arizona is over 1,200 meters (3,937 ft) higher in elevation than the analog site, so while the analog station served the Mohave Valley from Bullhead City, Arizona and Laughlin down to Needles, California, the digital station, when fully built and operational, would not only serve Laughlin and the Colorado River Valley, but most of central Mohave County, Arizona and would reach beyond Las Vegas.[2] As of October 2017, however, the station was broadcasting on STA from the analog site at 15 kW with coverage approximately that of the analog signal. Cranston filed a request to extend the STA until January 1, 2007.

KMCC's "Mega 32" logo, used from January 26, 2009 until January 1, 2010.
KMCC station ID while affiliated with VasalloVision.
Logo as MundoFox, 2012–2015
Logo as MundoMax, 2015–2016

On January 26, 2009, KMCC switched to Mega TV, an independent television network based in Florida. The station again changed affiliations on January 1, 2010, affiliating with VasalloVision.[3] KMCC then became an affiliate of MundoFox (now MundoMax) when it launched on August 13, 2012.[4] In 2015, KMCC aired a music video format 24/7 called TheCoolTV on digital channels 32.2, 32.3 with some local programming. On December 1, 2016, with the demise of MundoMax, KMCC switched to Luken Communications' The Action Channel and Heartland networks.[citation needed]

Entravision Communications agreed to purchase KMCC for $2.75 million on March 1, 2017; the sale created a duopoly with Univision affiliate KINC.[5] The sale was completed on January 17, 2018.[6] In April 2018, KMCC became an Azteca América affiliate.[7]

Translators[edit]

The following stations rebroadcast the signal of KMCC:

Of note, KNBX-CD (meaning Nevada BoX) was owned by Equity Media Holdings and previously broadcast programming from TeleFórmula. Before that, it had aired programming from MTV2. Like most over-the-air MTV2 affiliates, it was an affiliate of The Box until that network's acquisition by Viacom in 2001.

KNBX-CD was sold at auction to Mako Communications on April 16, 2009.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Orders/2000/da001448.doc
  2. ^ http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/FMTV-service-area?x=DT995554.html
  3. ^ "'VasalloVision Network' in Las Vegas, Nevada" (Press release). VasalloVision Television Network. January 14, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2010.
  4. ^ Sieroty, Chris (August 14, 2012). "MundoFox joins battle for Spanish viewers". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  5. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  6. ^ Miller, Mark K. (January 17, 2018). "Entravision Closes on Purchase of KMCC". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  7. ^ Villafañe, Veronica (April 27, 2018). "Entravision's KMCC becomes Azteca América affiliate in Las Vegas". Media Moves. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "Takers found for 60 Equity stations". Television Business Report. April 18, 2009. Archived from the original on April 24, 2009. Retrieved April 20, 2009.

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