|Branding||Univision 25 (general)
Univision Tulsa (alternate general)
Acción Oklahoma (KTUZ-TV produced newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 25 (PSIP)
|Owner||Tyler Media Group
(Oklahoma Land Company, LLC)
|Founded||December 30, 1994|
|First air date||1996[when?]|
|Call letters' meaning||Univision TUlsa|
|Former callsigns||K25FF (1994–1996)
|Former affiliations||(Possibly) Independent|
|Transmitter power||5.06 kW (digital)
25 kW (digital CP)
|Public license information:||Profile
KUTU-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 25, is a low-powered Univision-affiliated television station located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States. The station is owned by the Tyler Media Group. KUTU maintains sales and programming offices located at Eastland Plaza (on East 21st Street and South 145th East Avenue) in southeast Tulsa; master control operations are housed alongside sister stations KUOK and KTUZ-TV near Southeast 51st Street and Shields Boulevard in southern Oklahoma City; KUTU's transmitter is located atop the Bank of America Center (at the corner of West 6th Street and South Boulder Avenue West) in downtown Tulsa. On cable, the station is available on Cox Communications channel 14 in standard definition and on digital channel 791 in high definition.
KUTU was founded on December 30, 1994 as very low-power K25FF; the call letters were never used on-air. The station was finally granted a license sometime in 1996 under the call letters KLOT-LP. The station was then sold to Little Rock, Arkansas-based Equity Broadcasting Corporation (later Equity Media Holdings), under the licensee "Woodward Broadcasting, Inc.", in 2004. On March 1, 2005, the station changed its call letters to KUTU-CA, and became an affiliate of Spanish language network Univision.
On June 25, 2008, Equity announced that it was selling KUTU to Luken Communications, LLC. The sale preceded Equity Media Holdings' Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing in December 2008; offers by Luken Communications to acquire Equity-owned stations in six markets were later withdrawn. KUTU was sold at auction to the Oklahoma City-based Tyler Media Group on April 16, 2009. The following year, the station filed a construction permit to move to UHF channel 45 and at the same time, upgrade its transmitter's effective radiated power from 5.06 kilowatts to about 25 kilowatts. In December 2011, KUTU discontinued its analog signal and flash-cut its digital signal into operation on UHF channel 25; its call letters were also modified to KUTU-CD.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|25.1||1080i||16:9||KUTU||Main KUTU-CD programming / Univision|
In August 2011, KUTU began simulcasting Spanish language newscasts (airing weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m.) produced by Telemundo-affiliated sister station KTUZ-TV in Oklahoma City, upon the rebranding of its newscasts as Accion Oklahoma (a variant of the Action News branding). Weather forecast segments during the newscasts include current conditions and seven-day forecasts for both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metropolitan areas. As Univision airs its national late-night news program Noticiero Univision: Edicion Nocturna at 10:30 p.m., KUTU signs off from the 10 p.m. edition of Accion Oklahoma five minutes before the conclusion of the broadcast on KTUZ (which an additional segment that runs until rejoining Telemundo programming at 10:35 p.m.).
Current on-air staff
- * Marco Antonio Zavala - general assignment reporter; anchor; weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m.
- Jessica Cano; weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m.
- Michael Brooks-Jimenez - legal consultant
- Juan Sainz - general assisgnment reporter
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- RabbitEars TV Query for KUTU