|Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Channels||Digital: 20 (UHF)|
Virtual: 20 (PSIP)
|Translators||KULX-CD 10 (14 UHF) Ogden|
KEJT-CD 21 Salt Lake City
KULU-LD 16 Park City
|Affiliations||20.1: Telemundo (2015–present; O&O since 2019)|
20.5: Light TV
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
|Founded||December 8, 1997|
|First air date||March 31, 2001|
|Call letters' meaning||Telemundo Mountain West (as a backronym; T originally "The")|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
20 (UHF, 2001–2009)
The Family Channel
Grit (until 2019)
Laff (until 2019)
LATV (until 2019)
|Transmitter power||55.3 kW|
|Height||1,171 m (3,842 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KTMW, virtual and UHF digital channel 20, is a Telemundo owned-and-operated television station licensed to Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. The station is owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal (itself a subsidiary of Comcast). KTMW's studios are located on South Redwood Road in the northwestern section of Salt Lake City, and its transmitter is located on Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains, southwest of Salt Lake City.
KTMW's programming is relayed on three low-power digital translators: Class A stations KULX-CD (UHF channel 14) in Ogden and KEJT-CD (UHF channel 21) in Salt Lake City, and KULU-LD (UHF channel 16) in Park City.
The channel 20 allocation in Salt Lake City was originally occupied by KSTU (an independent station the time, now a Fox affiliate) from 1978 to 1987. As part of a deal that was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the KSTU intellectual unit moved to channel 13 in 1987 and currently operates under a separate license. The old channel 20 license was deleted; KTMW's license dates back to its filing on December 8, 1997. Alpha & Omega Broadcasting, former owners of KOOG (channel 30), was granted the license in 1998. KTMW signed on March 31, 2001, with a religious format. The station would run shows like The 700 Club, Joyce Meyer, James Robison, and others; the original meaning of the calls stood for "The Master's Way". It eventually affiliated with FamilyNet and ran its classic TV shows for about a third of the day.
On April 1, 2015, Alpha & Omega Communications filed an application to sell KTMW to Serestar Communications. It was approved by the FCC on August 13, 2015. The sale was completed on August 31, 2015.
On July 30, 2015, Airwaves, Inc. filed an application to sell KULX-CD and KULU-CD to Serestar, who immediately took over the station's operations through a time brokerage agreement (TBA). The sale was completed on October 7, 2015. Later that month, KTMW switched to Telemundo, simulcasting low-power sister station KULX-CD.
Serestar agreed to sell KTMW, KULX-CD, and KULU-CD to NBCUniversal on November 28, 2018, as part of a $21 million deal; that transaction closed on March 5, 2019. NBCUniversal already owned the KEJT-CD license, with Serestar operating it under a TBA that was terminated concurrent with the sale.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|20.1||720p||16:9||KTMW||Main KTMW programming / Telemundo|
Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997, the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. KTMW shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 20, on June 12, 2009, and "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation UHF channel 20. KTMW used NVerzion Automation to complete the flash cut.
When it was owned by Alpha & Omega Communications, KTMW's original programming had included:
- Heart for the Lost with Andy Bird – a program that discusses Evangelism, Apologetics and Christ.
- Heart of the Matter with Shawn McCraney – author of I Was a Born-Again Mormon and pastor of C.A.M.P.U.S (Christian Anarchists Meeting Prayerfully Understand Scripture), McCraney offers his personal insight about the differences between Mormonism and Evangelical Christianity. In January 2013, Heart of the Matter was abruptly canceled under pressure from local Evangelical pastors who feared McCraney would discuss and possibly criticize them and their methods.
- Polygamy: What Love Is This? with Doris Hanson – a live television, phone-in talk show program broadcast weekly on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. Produced by A Shield and Refuge Ministry, who offers assistance to those trying to leave a polygamous lifestyle, and is hosted by Hanson, a former member of a Utah polygamous community known as the Davis Co-Operative Society.
- The Ancient Paths with Jason Wallace – a television ministry of Christ Presbyterian Church (an Orthodox Presbyterian Church), in Magna, Utah. The host discusses his perspective on various topics and takes questions and comments from callers.
- This Week in the Word with Greg Johnson – as founder of the evangelical Standing Together ministry, Rev. Johnson is joined by two other local Pastors for weekly theological discussions. A common topic is dialogue between faith groups found in Utah.
- Word of the Kingdom with Ernest Khokhar – a television ministry of Miracle Rock International Ministries, where Pastor Khokhar hosts bible study, interviews, and call-in prayer lines.
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- McCraney, Shawn (2007) . I Was a Born-Again Mormon: Moving Toward Christian Authenticity. New York: Alathea Press. ISBN 0976627604.
- McCraney, Shawn. "C.A.M.P.U.S. – Christian Anarchists Meeting to Prayerfully Understand Scripture". Retrieved 10 August 2012.
- "This Wasn't Right". Retrieved 16 March 2013.
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- "TV Show, Ministry Aids Polygamists to Break Free (Davis County Clipper, March 9, 2011)
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