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CityCheyenne, Wyoming
BrandingRocky Mountain CTN
  • 33.1: CTN
  • 33.2: CTN Lifestyle
  • 33.3: CTNi
First air date
August 28, 1987 (36 years ago) (1987-08-28)
Former call signs
  • KKTU (1987–2005)
  • KDEV (2005–2008)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 33 (UHF, 1987–2008)
  • NBC (1987–2003)
  • The WB (secondary, 1995–1998)
  • ABC (2003–2006)
  • RTN (2006–2009)
  • AMGTV (2009–?)
  • @SportsTV (?–2010)
  • VasalloVision (2010–2012)
  • MundoFox (2012–2014)
  • DT2: ABC (2008–2009)
Call sign meaning
Equity Cheyenne
(referring to former owner)
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID18287
ERP16 kW
HAAT650 m (2,133 ft)
Transmitter coordinates40°32′46.5″N 105°11′51.9″W / 40.546250°N 105.197750°W / 40.546250; -105.197750
Translator(s)KQDK-CD 33 (16 UHF) Denver
Public license information

KQCK (channel 33) is a religious television station licensed to Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States, serving the markets of Cheyenne and Denver, Colorado, as an owned-and-operated station of the Christian Television Network (CTN). The station's studios are located on Yates Street in the Denver suburb of Westminster, and its transmitter is located on Horsetooth Mountain, just outside Fort Collins, Colorado.

KQDK-CD (channel 16) in Denver operates as a low-power, Class A digital translator of KQCK.


The station was originally assigned the call letters KDBJ when the station was first licensed by the Federal Communications Commission on August 14, 1985. The station first signed on the air on August 28, 1987 as KKTU. It originally operated as a satellite station of NBC affiliate KTWO-TV (channel 2) in Casper. As a result of KKTU's sign-on, Cheyenne became one of the last markets in the United States to receive full-time affiliations from the three major broadcast networks. Prior to 1987, NBC programming had been relegated to off-hours clearances on KGWN-TV (channel 5), although the network's Denver affiliate KCNC-TV (channel 4, now a CBS owned-and-operated station) had been available in the area on cable television for decades. For a time starting in 1995, KKTU (along with KTWO) had a secondary affiliation with The WB.[2]

On September 1, 2003, the NBC affiliation in Casper moved from KTWO-TV to KCWY (channel 13). Although KTWO temporarily became an independent station at that time until it could acquire the ABC affiliation from KFNB (channel 20), KKTU was able to immediately switch to ABC; it began branding itself as "ABC 8", in reference to its channel placement on Cheyenne area cable systems. This made Cheyenne one of the last markets in the country to have an ABC affiliate. Before the switch, cable systems piped in Denver's ABC affiliate—first via KUSA-TV (channel 9), then from KMGH-TV (channel 7) following a three-way network affiliation switch that occurred on September 10, 1995. KMGH had actually operated a translator in Cheyenne since the late 1990s. On May 31, 2005, the station changed its call letters to KDEV, with plans on expanding its signal into the nearby Denver market. Indeed, it built its digital transmitter in Fort Collins, in the Denver market.

On May 31, 2006, the Equity Broadcasting Corporation sold KTWO-TV to Silverton Media. Equity retained ownership of KDEV, but entered into a local marketing agreement with Silverton to operate it as a satellite of KTWO. Equity later moved the ABC affiliation in Cheyenne to a low-powered repeater, KKTU-LP (channel 40), and switched KDEV's affiliation to its in-house classic television network, the Retro Television Network. On June 8, 2008, KDEV began simulcasting KKTU-LP's ABC programming over its analog signal (restoring the "ABC 8" branding), and on its second digital subchannel. Nine days later on June 17, 2008, the station changed its call sign to KQCK.

On January 4, 2009, a contract conflict between Equity and Luken Communications (which had acquired RTN in June 2008) resulted in many RTN affiliates losing the network's programming.[3] As a result, Luken moved RTN's operations to its headquarters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and dropped its programming from all Equity-owned affiliates, including KQCK, effective immediately.[4] RTN would eventually sign a deal to affiliate with Sterling-based KCDO-TV (channel 3) that May.[5] KQCK subsequently switched to AMGTV, and then later to @SportsTV.

On April 16, 2009, KQCK, along with two other television stations, were purchased at auction by Valley Bank for $7 million.[6] Valley Bank, in turn, filed to sell KQCK and repeater KQDK-CA in Aurora, Colorado, to an ownership group connected to Fusion Communications on September 9.[7] ABC programming remained on KQCK-DT2 and channel 40, by then renamed KDEV-LP, until 2009, when KTWO-TV began simulcasting its programming over the second digital subchannel of KLWY (channel 27). KQCK and KDEV-LP eventually parted ways; the latter station eventually switched to MyNetworkTV and then Me-TV before shutting down in 2012.

In January 2010, KQCK joined the Spanish language network VasalloVision.[8] KQCK was acquired by Casa Media Partners in April 2012.[9] The station subsequently switched its affiliation to MundoFox on August 13, 2012;[10] in late 2014, KQCK dropped MundoFox for the Christian Television Network.[11][12] Casa Media Partners filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 14, 2015.[13] On January 9, 2017, CTN's parent company, the Christian Television Corporation, agreed to purchase KQCK outright;[14] the sale was completed on June 30, 2017.[15]

Technical information[edit]


The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KQCK
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
33.1 1080i 16:9 CTN Main KQCK programming / CTN
33.2 480i LFST LifeStyle Family TV (Christian-based family entertainment)
33.3 4:3 CTNi CTNi (Christian programming in Spanish)

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KQCK shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 33, on June 27, 2008, as a result of an equipment failure that forced the station to shut down the analog signal; however, it continued to transmit its programming over its digital signal and on cable via a direct-to-studio transmission link. Due to the cost of repairing the analog facilities, and the proximity of the end of the digital television transition, KQCK requested to permanently shut down its analog transmissions.[16] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 11. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 33.

In May 2017, KQCK changed its virtual channel from 33 to 39, to match translator station KQDK-CD.



  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KQCK". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ Smith, Doug (November 1995). "TV News" (PDF). VHF-UHF Digest. pp. 11, 13. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  3. ^ What’s Wrong with MyTV? Archived 2009-01-13 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ TV Newsday: "Financial Dispute Disrupts RTN Diginet", 1/5/2009.
  5. ^ "KCDO Denver Adding Retro TV Network". TVnewsday. May 7, 2009. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  6. ^ "Equity Stations Get 21 Million in Auction". Broadcasting & Cable. April 17, 2009. Retrieved September 29, 2009.
  7. ^ "Equity Media props spin again". Television Business Report. September 9, 2009. Archived from the original on September 26, 2009. Retrieved September 11, 2009.
  8. ^ "'VasalloVision Network' in Las Vegas, Nevada" (Press release). VasalloVision Television Network. January 14, 2010. Retrieved February 6, 2010.
  9. ^ "Denver TV, Cheyenne LP Go For $9 Million". TVNewsCheck. April 11, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  10. ^ Ostrow, Joanne (August 6, 2012). "Mundo FOX coming to Denver on Channel 33". Denver Post. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  11. ^ "FCC 398 Children's Television Programming Report". KidVid Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. October 6, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  12. ^ "FCC 398 Children's Television Programming Report". KidVid Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. January 9, 2015. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  13. ^ Bandell, Brian (April 17, 2015). "Miami-based owner of radio and TV stations files Chapter 11 with $13M in debt". South Florida Business Journal. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  14. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. January 19, 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  15. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. June 30, 2017. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  16. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". FCC CDBS database. June 27, 2008. Retrieved August 16, 2008.

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