KUCO-LP

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KUCO-LP
KUCO27.png
Chico, California
United States
Branding Univision 27
Slogan Al Norte de California
Channels Digital: 27.1 (UHF)
Translators K46HI-D Redding
Affiliations Univision
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
(Sinclair-California Licensee, LLC)
Founded 1998
Call letters' meaning K
Univision
Chico
Oroville
Transmitter power 60 kW
Website www.univision27.com

KUCO-LP channel 27 (identified on-air as KUCO-TV) is a local Univision Spanish-language affiliate based in Chico, California in the United States. It was the first Spanish-language station to go on air north of Sacramento. The station is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, also the owner of local ABC affiliate KRCR-TV. Programming is repeated on K46HI-D in Redding.

KEUV-LP is its semi-satellite in Eureka, airing similar programs, but with different commercials and identification for the Eureka area.

History[edit]

KUCO's logo prior to January 1, 2013

KUCO 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-LP, both also founded by Smith's company.

In 2014, six years after Smith's death, his company sold KUCO and the remaining stations to Bonten Media Group, owners of Redding, California, ABC affiliate KRCR-TV.

On an unknown date in either 2016 or 2017, KUCO conducted an unauthorized test of the EAS. However, the message read that the activation was for an Emergency Action Notification.[1] It is unknown if any panic from residents followed.

On April 21, 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced its intent to purchase the Bonten stations (including KUCO-LP) for $240 million.[2][3] The sale was completed September 1.[4]

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