|Cathedral City, California|
Digital: 31 (UHF)|
Virtual: 45 (PSIP)
45.1 Heroes & Icons|
45.2 This TV
45.3 Estrella TV
45.4 Antenna TV
|Owner||Charles R. Meeker|
|Founded||January 24, 1996|
|Call letters' meaning||K RETro Television Network|
MeTV (to 2017)
|Transmitter power||15 kW|
KRET-CD is a low-power Class A television station in Cathedral City, California, broadcasting locally in digital on UHF channel 31 as an affiliate of Heroes & Icons, This TV, Estrella TV and Antenna TV. Founded January 24, 1996, the station is owned by Charles R. Meeker.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP short name||Programming |
|45.1||480i||4:3||H&I||Heroes & Icons|
|45.2||This TV||This TV |
|45.3||Estrella||Estrella TV |
|45.4||Antenna||Antenna TV |
The FCC granted an original construction permit to Charles R. Meeker on January 24, 1996, to build a low-power television station on UHF channel 45 to serve Cathedral City and Palm Springs, California. It was given the callsign K45ET and began broadcasting in late 1997 as an independent station. Its nickname was "Sun-TV" to represent the desert locale of the Coachella Valley. The station was licensed January 8, 1998, and took the call letters KPSP-LP one month later. In February 1999, Meeker-owned Palm Springs stations KPSP-LP and KDPX-LP switched call letters and programming (see next section), and channel 45 became Pax affiliate KDPX-LP. The station upgraded its license to Class A on September 10, 2001. In June 2005, the Pax network rebranded as i, the new name meaning "independent television" (later changed to "Ion"). In 2008, the call letters for the station were changed to KRET-CA. In May 2008, KRET added Retro Television Network. In 2011, KRET added MeTV to its digital channel 45.1. On May 15, 2018, MeTV was replaced with Heroes & Icons.
From late July to late September 2013 due to a retransmission consent dispute between Time Warner Cable and Journal Broadcast Group's NBC affiliate KMIR-TV, that station subcontracted with KRET-CA to carry their evening newscasts during the dispute due to KRET's channel 14 position on TWC systems.
The station was issued its license for digital operation on October 8, 2014, and simultaneously changed its call sign to KRET-CD.
When the station signed on as K45ET in late 1997, and later as KPSP-LP, it was an independent. However, in February 1999, Charles Meeker, who owned co-located UHF low-power stations on channels 45 and 58 in the Palm Springs area, switched callsigns and programming among his two stations; the Pax affiliate KDPX-LP on channel 58 became the Pax affiliate KDPX-LP on channel 45, while the independent station KPSP-LP on channel 45 became independent station KPSP-LP on channel 58. However, the licenses did not change.
- This TV: Palm Springs
- EstrellaTV website Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine.
- Antenna TV Affiliates
- Retro Television Network Now Local And On TW Cable Retrieved July 17, 2008[dead link]
- "RTN Adds Affiliate in Palm Springs". Archived from the original on 2011-10-02.
- McCain, Marie (26 July 2013). "KMIR newscasts airing on Time Warner Cable during dispute; KRET, Channel 14, to show newscasts while KMIR, Channel 6, is off local cable lineup". The Desert Sun. Retrieved 3 August 2013.