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Hobbs, New Mexico
United States
BrandingHeroes & Icons Albuquerque
ChannelsDigital: 29 (UHF)
Virtual: 29 (PSIP)
Subchannels29.1 H&I
14.1/29.2 KMYL Lubbock
29.3 Movies!
25.1 KTEL MeTV New Mexico
33.1 KRTN Movies! Albuquerque
14.2 KMYL Laff
TranslatorsKMYL-LP 14 Lubbock TX
AffiliationsH&I (2015–present)
OwnerRamar Communications Inc.
First air dateJanuary 21, 1987; 33 years ago (1987-01-21)
Call sign meaningUnited Paramount Network Television
(former affiliation)
Sister station(s)KTEL-TV, KRTN-LD, KTEL-CD, KUPT-LD
Former call signsKHFT (1987–2005)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
29 (UHF, 1987–2009)
16 (UHF, until 2009)
Former affiliationsIndependent (1987–1995)
UPN (1995–2006)
MyNetworkTV (2006–2014)
Movies! (2014–2015)
Transmitter power50 kW
Height157 m
Facility ID27431
Transmitter coordinates32°43′28.5″N 103°5′46.4″W / 32.724583°N 103.096222°W / 32.724583; -103.096222 (KUPT)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

KUPT is a satellite television station rebroadcasting KUPT-LD from Albuquerque, New Mexico in Hobbs, New Mexico, broadcasting locally on digital channel 29, as an affiliate of Heroes & Icons.


In 1995, KUPT began broadcasting with the advent of the United Paramount Network (UPN). KUPT's first broadcast featured a continuous marathon telecast of the original Star Trek television series. Following the marathon, the station broadcast a locally produced Texas Tech University football game from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The station also broadcast UPN network programming and syndicated programming, which included Star Trek: Voyager.

On September 5, 2006, the station began broadcasting as an affiliate of the new MyNetworkTV network. On January 1, 2006, KUPT switched to channel 14 in Lubbock, Texas and had previously broadcast on channel 22 as a UPN affiliate in Lubbock until that channel became the WB affiliate on that same date under the KWBZ callsign.

On October 1, 2014 KUPT became an affiliate of Weigel's Movies! TV network. This marked the entry of KUPT into the Albuquerque TV market. KUPT's programming was previously seen on KMYL analog channel 14/digital channel 43-2 in Lubbock.

On February 1, 2015, KUPT became an affiliate of Weigel's Heroes & Icons TV network, with Movies! moved to 29.3 on KUPT.

The station broadcasts about 50 basketball games each year from American Sports Network. Starting with the 2011 football season, the station is also part of the Southland Conference Television Network.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
29.1 720p 16:9 H&I Main KUPT programning / Heroes & Icons
29.2 KMYL MyNetworkTV
29.3 480i Movies! Movies!

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KUPT discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 29, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 16 to channel 29.[2]


KUPT's transmitter is based in Hobbs, New Mexico, and is within the Albuquerque market. Also, the county that Hobbs is located in, Lea County, is divided between the Odessa–Midland and Albuquerque markets.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KUPT
  2. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.

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