KRTN-LD

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KRTN-LD
MeTV KTEL.png
Albuquerque, New Mexico
United States
Branding Me-TV Albuquerque
Channels Digital: 39 (UHF)
Virtual: 33 (PSIP)
Subchannels 33.1 Me-TV
33.2 Buzzr
33.3 Jewelry TV
47.1 Telemundo
Affiliations Me-TV (2011-present)
Owner Ramar Communications
First air date 1994; 21 years ago (1994)
Call letters' meaning Retro Television Network (former affiliation)
Sister station(s) KTEL-CD, KUPT-LD
Former callsigns K56FB (1994-2007)
KFAC-LP (2007-2009)
Former channel number(s) 56 (1994-2007)
Former affiliations The Box (1994-2000)
MTV2 (2001-2002)
Telemundo, via KTEL-LP (2002-2004)
Jewelry Television (2004-2009)
Transmitter power 15 kW
Facility ID 55059
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS

KRTN-LD is a low-powered digital television station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, owned by Ramar Communications broadcasting on UHF digital channel 39.

KRTN-LD airs classic TV programming from the Me-TV (Memorable Entertainment Television) network displayed as channel 33.1. Digital channel 33.2 airs Buzzr which feature reruns of game shows and 33.3 airs shopping programming from Jewelry TV.

KRTN-LD also broadcasts digital programming for KTEL-CD that previously aired on analog channel 47 as the local Telemundo affiliate. It continues to be featured on KRTN displayed as channel 47.1, however KTEL-CD now broadcasts a digital signal on channel 15.

KRTN-TV[edit]

KRTN-TV is the full powered satellite station based in Durango, Colorado that broadcasts on channel 33. This station is also seen statewide on Dish Network and DirecTV channel 33.

Station City of license Channels First air date ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
KRTN-TV Durango, Colorado 33 (UHF) March 29, 2001 50 kW 122 m 82613 37°15′47″N 107°53′47.7″W / 37.26306°N 107.896583°W / 37.26306; -107.896583 (KTLL-TV)

Many local commercials on this station are from businesses in Durango and Albuquerque. KRTN also features "Durango TV" a local half-hour community show.

Additionally KRTN is also shown on digital subchannels of these stations:

  • KTEL-TV in Carlsbad/Artesia, New Mexico
  • KUPT in Hobbs, New Mexico
  • K34MY in Farmington, New Mexico
  • K47MQ in Santa Fe/Espanola, New Mexico

History[edit]

The low-powered station in Albuquerque signed on in the Summer of 1994 as K56FB on UHF channel 56. It aired programming from The Box a music video network programmed by viewer request. The Box was purchased by Viacom the parent company of MTV in 2000 and on January 1, 2001 Viacom merged The Box into a "relaunched" version of MTV2. MTV2 aired on channel 56 for about a year and a half but ended in 2002 as MTV2 dropped broadcast affiliates after contracts expired. After re-broadcasting sister station KTEL-LP for about two years the station carried shopping programming from Jewelry Television in 2004. Jewelry TV aired until the end of analog operations in 2009. However Jewelry TV re-affiliated with the station in the Fall of 2013 on a digital subchannel.

The analog station moved to channel 39 from channel 56 in Fall 2007 with power upgrades which gives the channel a much better signal than it had on channel 56.

KRTN-TV was previously KTLL-TV which had been the Telemundo satellite for Durango beginning in 2001.

Classic TV programming[edit]

In November 2008, the station signed with the Retro Television Network (then known as RTN) which would air reruns of classic TV shows. RTN was also to be carried on sister station KRTN-TV (formerly KTLL) channel 33.1 in the four corners area.[1] In September 2009 the stations changed their call-letters to KRTN-TV and KRTN-LD matching the planned affiliations. However RTN had never signed on this station. The network (now called Retro TV) has been available locally since July 2014 on KYNM-CD channel 30.3.

In August 2011 the station added Me-TV a similarly formatted network from Weigel Broadcasting in Chicago which airs popular shows such as M*A*S*H, Hogan's Heroes, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Cheers.[2]

In early July 2015 KRTN-LD added the game show network Buzzr from FremantleMedia on channel 33.2 while moving Jewelry TV to 33.3.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
33.1 480i 4:3 KRTN-SD Main KRTN-LD programming / Me TV
33.2 BUZZR Buzzr
33.3 16:9 JEWL TV Jewelry TV
47.1 KTEL SD Telemundo

KRTN-LD began running in digital in late May 2009, rebroadcasting KTEL-LP analog on KRTN-LD on digital 39 (displayed as 47.1). KTEL-LP channel 47 continued broadcasting in analog until September 2014. Beginning in late 2011 KTEL programming was shown in HD.

In October 2014, KRTN-LD upgraded its over-the-air signal from 8.4 kW to the maximum power level for low power TV stations at 15 kW with a new antenna pattern that allows for the station to be viewed in areas surrounding Albuquerque.


References[edit]

KRTN-LD 33 can now be seen on Directv channel 33 and Dishnetwork Channel 33.

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