KZCO-LD

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KZCO-LD
KZCO-LD Logo.png
Denver, Colorado
United States
BrandingAzteca Colorado
ChannelsDigital: 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
SubchannelsSee below
TranslatorsKZCS-LP 23 Colorado Springs
KZFC-LP 36 Windsor
AffiliationsAzteca América
OwnerE. W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC)
Founded2002[specify]
First air date2003 (15 years ago) (2003)[specify]
Last air date2011 (as KZCO-LP)
Call letters' meaningAZteca America COlorado
Sister station(s)KMGH-TV
Former affiliationsIndependent (2002–2003)
Transmitter power15 kW
Height326 m (1,070 ft)
ClassLD
Facility ID168782
Transmitter coordinates39°43′50.6″N 105°13′55.6″W / 39.730722°N 105.232111°W / 39.730722; -105.232111 (KZCO-LD)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile
CDBS
Websitewww.thedenverchannel.com/azteca
(URL AztecaColorado.com redirects to the aforementioned subpage)

KZCO-LD, virtual channel 7 (UHF digital channel 17), is a low-powered Azteca América-affiliated television station licensed to Denver, Colorado, United States. Owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, it is a sister station to ABC affiliate KMGH-TV (channel 7). The two stations share studios on East Speer Boulevard in Denver's Congress Park neighborhood; KZCO's transmitter is located atop Lookout Mountain, near Golden.

Even though KZCO-LD has a digital signal of its own, the low-powered broadcasting radius does not reach most of the Denver market outside the city proper. Therefore, the station is simulcast over KMGH-TV's second digital subchannel in order to reach the entire market. This signal can be seen on virtual and VHF channel 7.2 from the same Lookout Mountain transmitter site.

KZCO's signal is relayed on analog translator stations KZCS-LP (channel 23) in Colorado Springs and KZFC-LP (channel 36) in Windsor.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air in 2003 as KCIN-LP, and was founded by McGraw-Hill. In 2005, the station changed its call letters to KZCO-LP. On October 3, 2011, McGraw-Hill announced that it would exit from broadcasting and sell KMGH-TV, KZCO and its other television stations to the E. W. Scripps Company.[1] The sale was completed on December 30, 2011.[2]

In 2013, KZCO signed on a digital signal on UHF channel 17 to serve as a fill-in translator of KMGH-TV, which has experienced issues with signal reception in portions of the Denver market since the June 12, 2009 digital television transition due to that station operating its digital signal on VHF channel 7, which is prone to signal interference.

On August 11, 2014, the FCC canceled the KZCO-LP license, being replaced by KZCO-LD.[3][4]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
7.1 720p 16:9 KMGH-TV Simulcast of KMGH-TV / ABC
7.2 480i 4:3 Azteca Main KZCO-LP programming / Azteca América
7.4 24/7 24/7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McGraw-Hill Sells TV Group To Scripps". TVNewsCheck. October 3, 2011. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  2. ^ "Scripps completes McGraw-Hill Stations Buy". TVNewsCheck. December 30, 2011. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  3. ^ FCC status for KZCO-LP
  4. ^ http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/getimportletter_exh.cgi?import_letter_id=51781
  5. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KZCO

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