MyTV 16 (on LD6)
|Channels||Digital: 20 (UHF)|
Virtual: 7.5 (PSIP)
|Translators||KOSA-DT 7.3 (VHF) Odessa|
KCWO-DT 4.2 (33.2 UHF) Big Spring
(Raycom Media Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||August 23, 1989|
|Call letters' meaning||K TeLEmundo|
|Sister station(s)||KOSA-TV, KCWO,|
|Former callsigns||K60EE (1989–2002)|
|Former channel number(s)|
|Transmitter power||15 kW|
|Height||99.1 m (325 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile|
KTLE-LP, virtual channel 7.5 (UHF digital channel 20), is a low-power Telemundo-affiliated television station licensed to Odessa, Texas, United States. Owned by Gray Television, it is a sister station to Gray's duopoly of Odessa-licensed CBS affiliate KOSA-TV (channel 7) and Big Spring-licensed CW+ affiliate KCWO (channel 4). The three stations share studios inside the Music City Mall on East 42nd Street in Odessa, with a secondary studio and news bureau in downtown Midland; KTLE's transmitter is located on US 385 just north of downtown Odessa.
KTLE's low-power broadcasting radius only covers immediate parts of the cities of Midland and Odessa. The station is therefore simulcast in standard definition on KOSA's third digital subchannel and in high definition on KCWO's second digital subchannel to reach the entire Permian Basin market. Until 2014, KTLE's programming was also simulcast on KTLD-LP (channel 49) in Midland.
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, 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.
Sale to Gray Television
On June 25, 2018, Atlanta-based Gray Television, owner of CBS affiliate KOSA-TV (channel 7), announced it had reached an agreement with Raycom to merge their respective broadcasting assets (consisting of Raycom's 63 existing owned-and/or-operated television stations, including KWES-TV and KWAB, and Gray's 93 television stations) under Gray's corporate umbrella. The cash-and-stock merger transaction valued at $3.6 billion—in which Gray shareholders would acquire preferred stock currently held by Raycom—required divestment of either KOSA or KWES due to FCC ownership regulations prohibiting common ownership of two of the four highest-rated stations in a single market (as well as more than two stations in any market). As part of the deal, KWES was divested, but KTLE-LP was retained, with its digital simulcast moving to a subchannel of Gray's KOSA-TV. The sale was approved on December 20, and was completed on January 2, 2019.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|7.5||1080i||16:9||TEL-HD||Main KTLE-LP programming / Telemundo|
|7.7||480i||HNI-SD||Heroes & Icons|
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 p.m., and Monday through Thursday at 10 p.m.
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