|Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Channels||Digital: 15 (UHF)|
Virtual: 14 (PSIP)
|Branding||Trinity Broadcasting Network|
|Affiliations||14.1: TBN (O&O)|
14.2: Hillsong Channel
|Owner||Trinity Broadcasting Network |
(Trinity Broadcasting of Oklahoma City, Inc.)
First air date
|March 6, 1981|
Former channel number(s)
14 (UHF, 1981–2009)
Call sign meaning
|HAAT||358 m (1,175 ft)|
Public license information
KTBO-TV, virtual channel 14 (UHF digital channel 15), is a TBN owned-and-operated television station licensed to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. The station is owned by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. KTBO's studios are located on Northeast 108th Street and East Hefner Road, and its transmitter is located near the John Kilpatrick Turnpike/Interstate 44, both on Oklahoma City's northeast side.
KTBO-TV first signed on the air on March 6, 1981, and was one of several partner stations that were built and signed on by TBN, instead of being acquired from another company. It was also the fourth TBN partner station to sign on (after flagship station KTBN-TV in Santa Ana, California, KPAZ-TV in Phoenix, Arizona and WHFT-TV in Miami, Florida). The current channel 14 (as KTBO) operates under a different license and has never claimed KLPR-TV as part of its history.
In September 1989, KTBO engaged in a campaign encouraging viewers to call local cable providers Cox Communications (which served Oklahoma City proper) and Multimedia Cablevision (which served most of the city's suburbs before its Oklahoma systems were acquired by Cox in 1999) and tell them to protest premium cable channel Cinemax's broadcast of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ, which had garnered controversy among the religious community a year before for its depiction of Jesus Christ in an alternate reality after being tempted by what he later discovers to be Satan in the form of a beautiful child (particularly for depicting Christ imagining himself engaged in sexual activities). Although Multimedia responded by blacking out all of Cinemax's broadcasts of the film, Cox refused to preempt the broadcasts and briefly dropped KTBO from its lineup.
On October 27, 2020, KTBO's 1,175-foot (358 m) transmission tower as well as a radio transmitter operated by locally based Tyler Media Group collapsed due to significant freezing rain accretion created by a severe early-season ice storm that crippled much of Central Oklahoma; ice accumulations on the tower contributing to the collapse were observed to be around 3 inches (76 mm). Trinity Broadcasting filed a special temporary authority request on November 5, asking to be allowed to remain dark for 180 days while it seeks a temporary transmitter facility from which it can resume broadcasts until the Hefner Road tower is rebuilt.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|14.1||720p||16:9||TBN HD||Main TBN programming|
TBN-owned full-power stations permanently ceased analog transmissions on April 16, 2009.
KTBO-TV began transmitting a digital television signal on UHF channel 15 on December 1, 2002. TBN-owned full-power stations permanently ceased analog transmissions on April 16, 2009. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 15, using PSIP to display KTBO-TV's virtual channel as 14 on digital television receivers.
- Michael McNutt (September 28, 1989). "Controversial Film to Air On Cable TV". The Daily Oklahoman. Oklahoma Publishing Company. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
- "Thread: Network shows notable for Controversy". RadioDiscussions.com. September 27, 2008.
- "Ice and Wind KO Towers in Oklahoma and Texas". New Jersey Wireless Association. October 28, 2020. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
- "Status of Operation (STA Request To Remain Dark) -- KTBO-TV, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma". Federal Communications Commission. November 5, 2020. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
- "Winter Storm Spreading Snow and Damaging Ice Through the Southern Plains". The Weather Channel. Entertainment Studios. October 28, 2020.
- Official website
- KTBO in the FCC's TV station database
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTBO-TV
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