KQUP

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KQUP
Channels
Programming
AffiliationsSilent
Ownership
Owner
  • Daystar
  • (Word of God Fellowship, Inc.)
History
FoundedMarch 8, 1994
First air date
February 1, 2003 (19 years ago) (2003-02-01)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
24 (UHF, 2003–2009)
UPN (2003–2006)
RTN (2006–2009)
Dark (2009−2010)
Daystar (2010−?)
Call sign meaning
UPN (former affiliation)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID78921
ClassDT
ERP57 kW
HAAT419 m (1,375 ft)
Transmitter coordinates47°15′29.6″N 117°5′27.6″W / 47.258222°N 117.091000°W / 47.258222; -117.091000
Translator(s)KQUP-LD 47 (14 UHF) Spokane
Links
Public license information

KQUP (channel 24) is a television station in Pullman, Washington, United States that is owned by the Word of God Fellowship and serving the Spokane area. Its transmitter is located atop Tekoa Mountain.

As KQUP's full-powered signal doesn't reach the Spokane metro, it uses a low-powered translator, KQUP-LD (channel 47), licensed to Spokane, to fill in the areas.

History[edit]

The station signed on the air on February 1, 2003 to fill the UPN void left open by KSKN, who dropped the network in 2002 for The WB. KQUP dropped UPN for Retro TV on January 1, 2006.

On January 4, 2009, a contract conflict between KQUP's original owner, Equity Media Holdings Corporation, and RTN interrupted the programming on many RTN affiliates.[1] As a result, Luken Communications (who had purchased RTN in June 2008), restored a national RTN feed from its headquarters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with individual customized feeds to non-Equity-owned affiliates to follow on a piecemeal basis. As a result, KQUP lost its RTN affiliation immediately; the network never found a new home in the market.[2]

At auction on April 16, 2009, Daystar bought KQUP.[3] KQUP-LP began airing Daystar programming that August but the full-power KQUP digital signal did not sign on until January 2010.

As of August 2022, the station no longer broadcasts any programming.[4]

Digital television[edit]

Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997,[5] the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. Instead, at the end of the digital TV conversion period for full-service stations, KQUP would have been required to turn off its analog signal and turn on its digital signal (called a "flash-cut").

As of December 2008, this station was scheduled to go dark on February 17, 2009. According to the station's DTV status report, "On December 8, 2008, the licensee's parent corporation filed a petition for bankruptcy relief under chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code... This station must obtain post-petition financing and court approval before digital facilities may be constructed. The station will cease analogue broadcasting on February 17, 2009, regardless of whether digital facilities are operational by that date. The station will file authority to remain silent if so required by the FCC."[6] However, when the DTV Delay Act extended the deadline to June 12, KQUP turned off its analog signal on that date.

Translators[edit]

City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates
Spokane KQUP-LD 14 15 kW 271 m (889 ft) 1535 47°36′2.6″N 117°19′54.7″W / 47.600722°N 117.331861°W / 47.600722; -117.331861 (KQUP-LD)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What's Wrong with MyTV?". WSAV. January 4, 2009. Archived from the original on May 31, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2009.
  2. ^ "Financial Dispute Disrupts RTN Diginet". TVNewsDay. January 5, 2009. Archived from the original on February 8, 2009. Retrieved August 23, 2022.
  3. ^ "Equity Auctions Off 60 Stations for $21.3M". TVNewsCheck. Archived from the original on May 31, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "Digital TV Market Listing for KQUP". RabbitEars.info. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Final DTV Channel Plan from FCC97-115".
  6. ^ FCC DTV status report

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