|Channels||Digital: 27 (UHF)|
Virtual: 27 (PSIP)
|Translators||K46HI-D 27 (15 UHF) Redding|
KEUV-LP 31 (UHF) Eureka
|Owner||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
(Sinclair-California Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||May 21, 2002 (17 years ago)|
|Call letters' meaning||Univision ChicO|
|Sister station(s)||KRCR-TV, KCVU, KXVU-LP, KRVU-LD/KZVU-LD, KKTF-LD|
|Former callsigns||K27HC (2002–2003)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog|
27 (UHF, 2002–2019)
|Transmitter power||15 kW|
|Height||373.6 m (1,226 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KUCO-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 27, is a low-powered Univision-affiliated television station licensed to Chico, California, United States. Owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, it is sister to Redding-licensed ABC affiliate KRCR-TV (channel 7) and four other low-power stations: Chico-licensed Antenna TV affiliate KXVU-LP (analog channel 17); MyNetworkTV affiliates Redding-licensed KRVU-LD (channel 21) and Chico-licensed KZVU-LD (channel 22), and Chico-licensed UniMás affiliate KKTF-LD (channel 30). Sinclair also operates Paradise-licensed Fox affiliate KCVU (channel 20) through a local marketing agreement (LMA) with owner Cunningham Broadcasting. However, Sinclair effectively owns KCVU as the majority of Cunningham's stock is owned by the family of deceased group founder Julian Smith. The stations share studios on Auditorium Drive in Redding and maintain a news bureau and sales office at the former Sainte Television Group facilities on Main Street in downtown Chico. KUCO-LD's transmitter is located along Cohasset Road northeast of Chico.
KEUV-LP (analog channel 31) in Eureka operates as a semi-satellite of KUCO-LD. As such, it simulcasts all Univision programming as provided through KUCO but airs separate local commercials and legal station identifications. Although KEUV maintains its own studios (shared with KAEF-TV and LMA partner KBVU) on Sixth Street in downtown Eureka, master control and some internal operations are based at KUCO's facilities.
KUCO-LP was founded by country-western singer Chester Smith's broadcast company Sainte Partners II, L.P. and first hit the air in 1998 to help bring Spanish-language television to the growing Spanish-speaking population in Northern California. It was the first Spanish-language station to air in the Chico/Redding market. It would soon be joined by Telemundo affiliate KXVU-LP and UniMás affiliate KKTF-LD, both also founded by Smith's company.
On an unknown date in either 2016 or 2017, KUCO-LP conducted an unauthorized test of the EAS. However, the message read that the activation was for an Emergency Action Notification. It is unknown if any panic from residents followed.
The station changed its call sign to KUCO-LD on April 5, 2019, coincident with receiving its license for digital operations.
- Spanish EAS? - YouTube (uploaded May 24, 2017)
- "Sinclair Buying Bonten Stations For $240M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
- SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE BONTEN MEDIA GROUP TV STATIONS - Sinclair Broadcast Group
- Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 6 September 2017.
- Univision 27 Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KUCO
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K46HI-D
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