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Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colorado
United States
City Colorado Springs, Colorado
Branding SOCO CW
Slogan Dare to Defy
Channels Digital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 57 (PSIP)
Subchannels 57.1 The CW
57.2 Bounce TV
57.3 Laff
Translators KXRM-DT 21.2 (22.4 UHF) Colorado Springs
Affiliations The CW (2006–present)
Owner Nexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
Founded May 3, 1999
First air date November 5, 1999 (18 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 K57HR (1999, CP only)
KXTU-LP (1999–2010)[1]
Former channel number(s) Analog:
57 (UHF, 1999–2010)
Former affiliations Analog/LD1:
UPN (1999–2006)
MundoFox/MundoMax (2013–2016)
Transmitter power 1.5 kW
Height 649 m (2,129 ft)
Facility ID 22681
Transmitter coordinates 38°44′42.9″N 104°51′41.9″W / 38.745250°N 104.861639°W / 38.745250; -104.861639 (KXRM-TV)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.fox21news.com/soco-cw/

KXTU-LD, virtual channel 57 (UHF digital channel 20), is a low-powered CW-affiliated television station licensed to Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States and also serving Pueblo. The station is owned by Nexstar Media Group, and is sister to Fox affiliate KXRM-TV (channel 21). The two stations share studios on Wooten Road in Colorado Springs; KXTU-LD's transmitter is located on Cheyenne Mountain.

Since 2008, the station has been simulcast in standard definition on KXRM's second digital subchannel. This signal increases KXTU's broadcasting radius; KXTU did not convert to digital until 2010, and even in digital, its coverage area is effectively limited to El Paso and Pueblo counties.


The station signed on as KXTU-LP on November 5, 1999[1] as a UPN affiliate under the brand of UPN57.

When UPN left the air on September 17, 2006, KXTU 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 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 flash-cut from analog to digital on channel 57.[2] On October 27, 2010, it changed its call sign to KXTU-LD.[1]

In early 2012, the station moved from channel 57 to channel 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, Wisconsin, 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]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[9]
57.1 720p 16:9 KXTU CW Main KXTU-LD programming / The CW
57.2 480i 4:3 Bounce TV
57.3 Laff

The station carried programming from MundoFox/MundoMax on its second subchannnel throughout its three-year existence from August 2013 until December 2016.

News operation[edit]

Unlike its sister station, KXTU does not air newscasts, but during a breaking news event or weather bump, it simulcasts KXRM's newscasts.


  1. ^ a b c d "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. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  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 Archived 2014-12-19 at the Wayback Machine., 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.
  9. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KXRM

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