CW Laredo (on DT2)
|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)|
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|Founded||October 16, 1997|
|First air date||1999|
|Former callsigns||K55HW (1999–2002)
KYLX-LP (July–September 2015)
|Former channel number(s)||55 (UHF analog, 1999–2011)
14 (UHF digital, 2012–2015)
|Former affiliations||Mas Musica
|Transmitter power||3 kW|
KYLX-LD channel 13 is a low-powered television station in the Laredo, Texas market. It is owned and operated by Gray Television as a sister station to NBC/ABC affiliate KGNS-TV and is Laredo's CBS affiliate, the successor to KVTV.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP short name||Programming |
|13.1||1080i||16:9||KYLX-HD||Main KYLX-LD programming / CBS|
|13.2||480i||4:3||KYLX-SD||The CW Laredo|
KYLX-LD first went on the air in 1999 as K55HW on channel 55, and was owned by Border Media Partners. It changed its call letters to KNEX-LP in 2002, matching co-owned radio station KNEX (106.1 FM). Under Border Media Partners, the station was affiliated with Mas Musica and later MTV Tr3s before it switched programming to Azteca America.[when?] The station later disaffiliated from Azteca America and the station started broadcasting audio from KQUR-FM on a rotating-color screen with its call sign and channel number.[when?] In 2009, Border Media Partners LLC transferred the station to Border Media Business Trust pursuant to a forbearance agreement between Border Media Partners and its lenders.
The station was off-the-air for almost a year, as all broadcasting on channels above 51 was ended by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on December 31, 2011; KNEX applied to operate in digital on channel 42 but later applied to operate on 14; in December 2012, the FCC approved this request. Since late December 2012 KNEX had been testing its signal on channel 14.3.
In March 2012, Eagle Creek Broadcasting, owner of KVTV (channel 13), agreed to purchase KNEX-LP from Border Media Business Trust. Under Eagle Creek, KNEX's digital test broadcasts would include simulcasts of KVTV's programming. On May 18, 2015, Eagle Creek Broadcasting reached a deal to sell KNEX-LP to Gray Television, owner of KGNS-TV (channel 8), for $25,000; upon taking control on July 1, 2015, Gray changed the station's call letters to KYLX-LP. On the same day, Gray also acquired the non-license assets of KVTV from Eagle Creek and moved its programming, including the CBS affiliation, to KYLX, at which point KVTV ceased operations.
As part of the application, the KVTV technical facilities were retained. The construction permit for channel 14 was abandoned; instead, KNEX filed for a digital companion channel on channel 13 at 3 kW ERP — the same technical parameters as KVTV, but on a low-power license, which Gray could legally own. Eagle Creek also filed for special temporary authority to use those facilities immediately. The STA was granted on June 16, 2015. The KYLX-LD facility was fully licensed on September 29, 2015.
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