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Denver, Colorado
United States
Branding Azteca Colorado
Channels Digital: 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
Translators KZCS-LP 23 Colorado Springs
KZFC-LP 36 Windsor
Affiliations Azteca
Owner E. W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Broadcasting Holdings, LLC)
Founded 2002 (2002)[specify]
First air date 2003 (2003)[specify]
Last air date 2011 (KZCO-LP)
Call letters' meaning Azteca America Colorado
Sister station(s) KMGH-TV
Former affiliations Independent (2002-2003)
Transmitter power 15 kW
Class LPTV
Facility ID 168782
Transmitter coordinates 39°40′24.0″N 105°13′3.0″W / 39.673333°N 105.217500°W / 39.673333; -105.217500 (KZCO-LD)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
(URL redirects to the aforementioned subpage)

KZCO-LD, UHF digital channel 17, is an Azteca-affiliated television station located in Denver, Colorado, United States. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, and is a sister station to ABC affiliate KMGH-TV (channel 7). The two stations share studio facilities located on East Speer Boulevard in Denver's Speer neighborhood (to the immediate north of the studios shared by KWGN-TV (channel 2) and KDVR (channel 31)); KZCO maintains transmitter facilities atop Lookout Mountain, near Golden.

The station's signal is relayed on low-power translator station KZCS-LP (channel 23) in Colorado Springs and KZFC-LP (channel 36) in Windsor. Even though KZCO-LP has a digital signal of its own, the low-powered broadcasting radius does not reach most of the Denver market outside of 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 VHF channel 7.2 from a transmitter atop Lookout Mountain, near Golden.


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
7.4 24/7 24/7


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