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Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colorado
United States
Branding SOCO CW
Channels Digital: 20 (UHF)
& KXRM-TV 22.2
Virtual: 21.2 (PSIP)
Subchannels 20.1 The CW
20.2 MundoMax[1]
Affiliations The CW (2006–present)
Owner Media General
(sale to Nexstar Broadcasting Group pending)
(LIN Television Corporation)
First air date November 5, 1999; 17 years ago (1999-11-05)[1]
Call letters' meaning KX = KXRM (sister station)
TU (2) may refer to this sister station status
Sister station(s) KXRM-TV
Former callsigns KXTU-LP (1999–2010)[1]
Former channel number(s) Analog:
57 (UHF, 1999–2010)
Former affiliations UPN (1999–2006)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website fox21news.com/category/sococw

KXTU-LD, on digital channel 20, is a low-powered television station affiliated with The CW serving Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and other communities in southern Colorado. It is licensed to Colorado Springs and operates on channel 20. KXTU is a sister station to Fox affiliate KXRM-TV; both are owned by Media General.


KXTU went on the air as KXTU-LP on November 5, 1999[1] as an UPN affiliate under the brand of UPN57.

With the market realignment due to ending of UPN in the summer of 2006, KXTU affiliated with The CW.

Since 2008, the station has been available on KXRM's digital subchannel 21.2; its over-the-air signal is effectively limited to Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

Unlike most other low-powered stations, KXTU is available to viewers on DirecTV and Dish Network, as well as on cable systems throughout southern Colorado. This is because under the retransmission consent portion of the must-carry rules, KXRM has the right to require cable and satellite providers to carry KXTU as part of the compensation for carrying KXRM.

On August 30, 2010, KXTU-LP flashed-cut from analog to digital on the same frequency/channel 57.[2] KXTU-LP switch on October 27, 2010 to the KXTU-LD call sign.[1]

In early 2012 the channel moved frequencies from 57 to 20 and rebranded from CW 57 to SOCO CW.

On February 28, 2013, Barrington Broadcasting announced the sale of its entire group, including KXTU-LD, to Sinclair Broadcast Group.[3] The sale was completed on November 25.[4]

On August 20, 2014, Sinclair announced that it would sell KXRM-TV and KXTU-LD, along with WTTA in Tampa Bay, to Media General in a swap for WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island, WLUK-TV and WCWF in Green Bay, and WTGS in Savannah, Georgia. The swap is part of Media General's merger with LIN Media.[5][6] The sale was completed on December 19.[7] A condition of the sale maintained the station's affiliation with Sinclair's American Sports Network package of college sports.[8]


The station signed on in 1999 as an affiliate of UPN, but when that network left the air on September 17, 2006, it switched to The CW, which was created by the merger of The WB (which had been available in the market by way of Denver's KWGN-TV) and UPN. Unlike its sister station, KXTU does not air news but during a breaking news event or weather bump it simulcasts KXRM's newscasts.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Digital TV Market Listing for KXTU". Rabbit Ears.info. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  2. ^ CW57 to go all digital Monday, ColoradoConnection.com, Jaryd Wilson, August 24, 2010
  3. ^ Malone, Michael (February 28, 2013). "Sinclair's Chesapeake TV Acquires Barrington Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.sbgi.net/site_mgr/temp/Barrington%20Closes.pdf
  5. ^ "Media General, LIN Sell Stations In 5 Markets". TVNewsCheck. August 20, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ Malone, Michael (August 20, 2014). "Media General, LIN Divest Stations in Five Markets". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ Sinclair Broadcast Group Closes on Certain Station Acquisitions and Divestitures with Media General, Press Release, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Retrieved 19 December, 2014
  8. ^ Minium, Harry (August 27, 2014). "ODU's opener with Hampton to be televised in 66 markets". HamptonRoads.com. The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 

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