|Hobbs, New Mexico|
|Channels||Digital: 29 (UHF)|
Virtual: 29 (PSIP)
|Branding||Heroes & Icons Albuquerque|
|Owner||Ramar Communications Inc.|
|KTEL-TV, KRTN-LD, KTEL-CD, KUPT-LD|
First air date
|January 21, 1987|
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
29 (UHF, 1987–2009)
16 (UHF, until 2009)
Call sign meaning
|United Paramount Network Television|
|Translator(s)||KMYL-LP 14 Lubbock TX|
Public license information
In 1995, KUPT-LP began broadcasting with the advent of the United Paramount Network (UPN). KUPT's first broadcast featured a continuous marathon telecast of the original Star Trek television series. Following the marathon, the station broadcast a locally produced Texas Tech University football game from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The station also broadcast UPN network programming and syndicated programming, which included Star Trek: Voyager.
On February 9, 2001, KUPT-LP switched to channel 14 in Lubbock, Texas so that the full power KUPT could air on channel 22, and remained so until that channel became the WB affiliate on January 1, 2006 under the KWBZ callsign.
On September 5, 2006, the station began broadcasting as an affiliate of the new MyNetworkTV network.
On October 1, 2014, KUPT became an affiliate of Weigel's Movies! TV network. This marked the entry of KUPT into the Albuquerque TV market. KUPT's programming was previously seen on KMYL analog channel 14/digital channel 43-2 in Lubbock.
On February 1, 2015, KUPT became an affiliate of Weigel's Heroes & Icons TV network, with Movies! moving to 29.3 on KUPT.
The station broadcasts about 50 basketball games each year from American Sports Network. Starting with the 2011 football season, the station is also part of the Southland Conference Television Network.
This section needs to be updated.(January 2020)
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|29.1||720p||16:9||H&I||Main KUPT programning / Heroes & Icons|
KUPT discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 29, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 16 to channel 29.
KUPT's transmitter is based in Hobbs, New Mexico, and is within the Albuquerque market. Also, the county that Hobbs is located in, Lea County, is divided between the Odessa–Midland and Albuquerque markets.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KUPT
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
- KUPT in the FCC TV station database
- KMYL in the FCC TV station database
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KUPT-TV