|Channels||Analog: 20 (UHF)
Digital: KWES-DT 9.3, (VHF)
Virtual: 9.3 (PSIP)
(KWES License Subsidiary, LLC)
|First air date||August 23, 1989|
|Call letters' meaning||K TeLEmundo|
|Sister station(s)||KWES-TV, KWAB-TV, KTXC|
|Former callsigns||K60EE (1989–2002)|
|Transmitter power||5.5 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KTLE-LP is a low-power television stations licensed to Odessa, Texas affiliated with the Spanish-language network Telemundo, broadcasting in analog on UHF channel 20. The station is owned by Raycom Media of Montgomery, Alabama, under licensee KWES License Subsidiary, LLC, alongside NBC affiliate KWES-TV. The station also broadcasts in digital on KWES digital subchannel 9.3 (actually broadcasting on VHF channel 13). Until 2014, KTLE's programming was also simulcast on KTLD-LP channel 49.
KTLE-LP began as a construction permit granted to Telemundo on August 23, 1989 and was licensed as K60EE, UHF channel 60, on April 19, 1991. KTLD-LP began as a construction permit granted to Brooks Broadcasting Inc. on April 29, 1988. Brooks Broadcasting sold the permit to Ronald J. Gordon in March 1989, who in turn, sold the permit to Telemundo in October 1991. The station was licensed as K49CD, UHF channel 49, on August 14, 1992.
The stations' early days were marked by uncertainty, being transferred several times as Telemundo, their owner, endured financial hardship in the mid-1990s, and at one point went into bankruptcy. In May 2001, Telemundo sold the stations, along with Amarillo station K36DV (later KTMO-LP), to Lawton, Oklahoma-based Drewry Communications Group, who owned the NBC affiliate in the Midland-Odessa market. Both stations received new call letters in January 2002; K60EE became KTLE-LP, and K49CD became KTLD-LP. In April 2004, KTLE moved from channel 60 to channel 20, having been required to abandon their position in the high-700 MHz band (channels 60 - 69). KTLD's license was canceled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 12, 2014.
KTLE broadcasts programming from Telemundo, but unlike most low-power television stations, it also features Spanish-language local newscasts, produced by KWES, which air Monday through Friday at 5:00 PM, and Monday through Thursday at 10:00 PM.
Rather than build separate low-power digital facilities for their Telemundo stations, Drewry Communications opted instead to use a digital subchannel of KWES-TV to broadcast Telemundo programming. KTLE airs in digital on channel 9.3 and can be seen throughout the Midland-Odessa market.
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