|Channels||Digital: 14 (UHF)|
Virtual: 14 (PSIP)
|Branding||Azteca America Tucson|
|Owner||LM Media Group, Inc.|
First air date
|April 1, 1989|
Former call signs
Call sign meaning
|K TUcson XHDF (TV Azteca flagship)|
|HAAT||1,080 m (3,543 ft)|
Public license information
KUDF-LP, virtual and UHF digital channel 14, is a low-powered Azteca America-affiliated television station licensed to Tucson, Arizona, United States. The station is owned by LM Media Group, Inc. It is carried on the major cable television systems in Tucson.
An original construction permit for a low-power television station on channel 14 was granted to K. Sandoval Burke, one of the two co-owners of Hispanic Broadcasters of Tucson, on February 28, 1989. The station, K14HR "KHR-TV", signed on April 1 as Tucson's first Telemundo affiliate and first locally programmed Spanish-language station. The station was profitable within eight months, ahead of projections. Hispanic Broadcasters, owned by Burke and Jay S. Zucker, also owned the low-power Telemundo station in Phoenix, K64DR.
In 1991, Jay Zucker purchased the license of silent KPOL (channel 40) out of bankruptcy for $45,000. On July 1, 1992, channel 40 returned to the air as KHRR, K14HR's full-power replacement. On January 1, 1993, with Telemundo now on channel 40, channel 14 relaunched as an English-language station carrying FamilyNet programming and branded as "KFAM". KFAM aired such shows as The 700 Club, kids shows, other religious shows, sports specials, and pet shows. The station had no cable carriage, and shows soon moved to stations that were on cable: "Shepherd's Chapel", for instance, moved to KTTU (channel 18, now a MyNetworkTV affiliate).
In April 1996, Zucker relaunched "KFAM" as KQBN-LP "Qué Bien", aiming to target upper-income Hispanic households. The station was described as "like CNN in the daytime and HBO in primetime", showing news from Telenoticias (now Telemundo Internacional) in the day, uncut Spanish-language movies in the evening, and novelas at other times. Among launch programs included the soap opera Las aguas mansas between the newscasts from 8 to 9pm.
In 1999, Hispanic Broadcasters sold itself to the Apogee Companies; by this time, KQBN-LP was entirely rebroadcasting programming from Telemax, the state network of the neighboring Mexican state of Sonora. In January 2004, Una Vez Más Holdings bought the station from Apogee and changed the call letters to KUDF-LP, intending to switch to Azteca America. However, the station went silent and was not seen on air until November 2005, when it began broadcasting Azteca America programming.
KQBN call letters on other stations
Although Una Vez Más replaced the call letters when they took control of operations in January 2004, KQBN-LP has since been assigned to two other Una Vez Más stations — channel 43 in Phoenix took the call letters in March 2005, then when they sold the station the following November, Una Vez Mas transferred the KQBN-LP call letters to channel 28 in Prescott.
The station's signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|14.1||720p||16:9||KUDF-HD||Main KUDF-HD programming / Azteca América|
|14.3||GNTVLat||16:9||"Good News TV Latino" (3ABN Latino)|
|14.4||GoodNws||"Good News TV" (3ABN)|
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- RabbitEars TV Query for KUDF