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KTVW-DT, virtual and UHF digital channel 33, is a Univision owned-and-operated television station licensed to Phoenix, Arizona, United States. The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Flagstaff-licensed UniMás owned-and-operated station KFPH-DT, channel 13 (which KTVW simulcasts on its second digital subchannel). The two stations share studios on 30th Street in southern Phoenix; KTVW's transmitter is located atop South Mountain on the city's south side.

The station's signal is relayed on two low-power translators: Class A station KTVW-CD (UHF digital channel 27, virtual channel 6) in Flagstaff, and KDOS-LD (UHF digital channel 19, virtual channel 50) in Globe. KTVW is also rebroadcast on the second digital subchannel of KFPH, whose transmitter is located atop Mormon Mountain, about 20 miles (32 km) south of Flagstaff in the Coconino National Forest.

In addition, KUVE-DT (channel 46) in Green Valley and KUVE-CD (channel 42) in Tucson operate as semi-satellites of KTVW-DT, expanding the Univision signal into Southern Arizona. As such, they simulcast all Univision programming as provided through their parent, and share a website with KTVW. However, the Tucson stations air separate commercial inserts and legal identifications. There is also a three-hour overnight segment on Monday mornings, in which the Tucson stations broadcast locally produced programming in accordance with KUVE-CD's Class A license. Local newscasts, produced by KTVW and branded as Noticias 33, are simulcast on KUVE and KUVE-CD. Although KUVE maintains its own studios on Forbes Boulevard in Tucson, master control and most internal operations are based at KTVW's facilities.

History[]

KTVW-TV was granted an original construction permit on September 15, 1977 and applied for its license on September 4, 1979, two days before it first signed on the air as Arizona's first full-time Spanish-language television station on September 2. From the day it signed on, KTVW-TV has been owned and operated by the same company: the Spanish International Network (SIN), which became Univision in 1987. Prior to being used by channel 33 in Phoenix, the KTVW call letters were once allocated to channel 13 in Tacoma, Washington, (now Fox O&O KCPQ). Channel 33 was the only full-powered Spanish-language station in the Phoenix metropolitan area from its sign-on until July 2006, when Telemundo station KTAZ began operations in Phoenix after a license transfer with KDTP. This head start has solidified its dominance in Spanish-language television in Phoenix.

KTVW-DT also operates the UniMás station for the Phoenix market on low-powered KFPH-CD (channel 35), which broadcasts on full-powered KFPH-DT (channel 13) in Flagstaff (also a part of the Phoenix market), giving it "must-carry" broadcast station status on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network[citation needed].

Early years[]

On March 12, 1976, the Legend of Cibola Television Company (reorganized before launch as the Seven Hills Television Company), owned by a series of principals of the Spanish International Network, filed for a construction permit for a new television station on channel 33 in Phoenix, which was granted on August 17, 1977. The original applicant had just one local stockholder, Julia Zozaya (who later built and owned KNNN-FM 99.9). Facilities were jointly constructed with another construction permit, KNXV-TV; the two stations won approval to construct a new tower on South Mountain in 1978.

KTVW-TV signed on as Arizona's first full-time Spanish-language television station on September 2. Previously, KPAZ-TV channel 21 had aired some Spanish-language programming from 1967 to 1977, but this was curtailed by financial woes and its sale to the Trinity Broadcasting Network. From the beginning, the plan was to build a translator for KTVW in Tucson: this launched November 1, 1980. While owned by SIN-aligned interests, it was not owned by the network proper until then-owner Hallmark Cards acquired it from Seven Hills in 1989.

For 27 years, KTVW was the only full-power Spanish-language television station in Phoenix, which gave it considerable market dominance. In 2006, this came to an end when NBCUniversal and the Daystar Television Network agreed to a trade that converted Phoenix's noncommercial channel 39 into commercial Telemundo outlet KTAZ.

KTVW-DT also operates the UniMás station for the Phoenix market on low-powered KFPH-CD (channel 35), which broadcasts on full-powered KFPH-DT (channel 13) in Flagstaff (also a part of the Phoenix market), giving it "must-carry" broadcast station status on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network.

News operation[]

KTVW presently broadcasts ten hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with one hour each day, consisting of two half-hour newscasts at 5 and 10 p.m. seven nights a week). The station does not have any on-air weather staffers of its own, instead weather segments during KTVW's newscasts are produced by Los Angeles sister station KMEX-DT. The station's local newscasts (currently known as Noticias Univision 33) rank among the top-rated local news programs in the market, either English or Spanish. The station had the highest-rated newscast in Phoenix among the demographics of adults between the ages of 18-34 and 18-49 in 2004.

News team[]

Current on-air staff[]

Anchors[]

  • Felipe Corral - weekends at 5 and 10 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
  • Mary Rabago - weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m.

Weather[]

  • Guillermo Quiroz - lead meteorologist; nightly at 5 and 10 p.m.

Sports[]

  • Felipe Corral Nava - lead sports anchor; nightly at 5 and 10 p.m.

Reporters[]

  • Alejandra Espinoza - general assignment reporter
  • Erick Iglesias - general assignment reporter
  • Rubén Pereida - general assignment reporter
  • Víctor Hugo Rodríguez - general assignment reporter

Technical information[]

Subchannels[]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:, with KTVW-CD/KDOS-LD additionally carrying one subchannel of KFPH-DT and KFPH-CD:

Subchannels of KTVW-DT
Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
33.1 720p 16:9 KTVW-DT Main KTVW-DT/KTVW-CD/KDOS-LD programming / Univision
33.2 KFPH-D2 Simulcast of KFPH-DT/KFPH-CD / UniMás
33.3 480i GRIT Grit
33.4 Bounce Bounce TV
33.5 4:3 DIGI-TV Digi TV
35.1 720p 16:9 KFPH-CD ATSC 1.0 simulcast of KFPH-CD / UniMás
Subchannels of KTVW-CD
Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
6.1 720p 16:9 KTVW-CD Main KTVW-DT/KTVW-CD/KDOS-LD programming / Univision
6.2 KFPH-D2 Simulcast of KFPH-DT/KFPH-CD / UniMás
Subchannels of KDOS-LD
Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
50.1 720p 16:9 KDOS-HD Main KTVW-DT/KTVW-CD/KDOS-LD programming / Univision
50.2 KFPH-D2 Simulcast of KFPH-DT/KFPH-CD / UniMás
50.3 480i GRIT Grit
50.4 Bounce Bounce TV
50.5 4:3 DIGI-TV Digi TV
51.1 720p 16:9 KFPH-CD ATSC 1.0 simulcast of KFPH-CD / UniMás

Former Subchannels[]

Former Subchannels of KTVW-DT
Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
33.1 720p 16:9 KTVW-DT Main KTVW-DT/KTVW-CD/KDOS-LD programming / Univision
33.2 KFPH-D2 Simulcast of KFPH-DT/KFPH-CD / UniMás
33.3 480i GRIT Grit
33.4 Bounce Bounce TV
35.1 720p KFPH-CD ATSC 1.0 simulcast of KFPH-CD / UniMás
Former Subchannels of KTVW-CD
Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
6.1 1080i 16:9 KTVW-CD Main KTVW-DT/KTVW-CD/KDOS-LD programming / Univision
6.2 720p KFPH-D2 Simulcast of KFPH-DT/KFPH-CD / UniMás
Former Subchannels of KDOS-LD
Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
50.1 720p 16:9 KDOS-HD Main KTVW-DT/KTVW-CD/KDOS-LD programming / Univision
50.2 KFPH-D2 Simulcast of KFPH-DT/KFPH-CD / UniMás
50.3 480i GRIT Grit
50.4 Bounce Bounce TV
51.1 720p KFPH-CD ATSC 1.0 simulcast of KFPH-CD / UniMás

Analog-to-digital conversion[]

KTVW shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 33, at 10:59 p.m. on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 34 to channel 33 for post-transition operations. Prior to the shutdown of its analog signal, the station's personnel gave information on how to connect and operate their digital converters, and then counting down the last 15 seconds.

Translators[]

KTVW-DT's signal is relayed on the following translator stations:

City of license Callsign Translating Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Owner
Globe K18NN-D KTVW-DT 33.1 16 (16.2) 0.5 kW  m ( ft) 127930   (K18NN-D) Univision Communications Inc.
Globe KDOS-LD KTVW-DT 50 4 kW 0.5 m ( ft) 129078 Univision Communications Inc.
Safford KZOL-LP KTVW-DT 16 128896   (KZOL-LP) Univision Communications Inc.
Safford K21GC KTVW-DT 34 55.4 kW  m ( ft) 128900    (K21GC) Univision Communications Inc.
Flagstaff and Doney Park KTVW-CD KTVW-DT 6 15 kW 0.5 m ( ft) 29464    (KTVW-CD ) Univision Communications Inc.

Formerly, KTVW was on channels 17 and 52 in Tucson before the launch of its locally operated Univision affiliate KUVE-DT 38/46.

Semi-satellite[]

KTVW-DT's signal is relayed on the following semillite stations:

City of license Callsign Translating Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Owner
Green Valley KUVE-DT KUVE-DT 46 8.69 kW 13.28 m (185 ft) 63927 32°24′54″N 110°42′57.9″W  (KUVE-Dt) Univision Communications Inc.
Tucson KUVE-CD KUVE-DT 46.1 42 4.5 kW 0.54 m (14.44 ft) 78036 32° 14' 55.80"

111° 06' 59.90"

Univision Communications Inc.

See also[]

TV stations in Arizona
Telemundo affiliates UniMás affiliates Univision affiliates Azteca affiliates Other stations
KTAZ, Phoenix KFTU, Douglas KTVW, Phoenix KMOH/KEJR-LD, Kingman/Phoenix KYUM-LD, Yuma
KHRR, Tucson KFPH, Flagstaff KUVE, Tucson KUDF-LP, Tucson KSWT-DT3, Yuma
KPDF-CD, Phoenix
K38IZ-D, Phoenix
KVPA-LD, Phoenix
KTTU-DT2, Phoenix
KPHE-LD, Phoenix
KFPB-LD, Globe
TV stations in Phoenix metropolitan area
KNAZ 2 (NBC)
KTVK 3 (Ind)
KPHO 5 (CBS)
KMOH 6 (AZA)
KAZT 7 (Ind)
KAET 8 (PBS)
KSAZ 10 (Fox)
KDTP 11 (Daystar)
KPNX 12 (NBC)
KFPH 13 (UMas)
KNXV 15 (ABC)
K18DD-D 18 (Evine)
K19FD 19 (Hope)
KPAZ 21 (TBN)
KTVP-LD 22 (3ABN/Hope/LLBN)
K18JL-D 25 (AFTV)
KTVW 33 (UNI)
KKAX-LP 36 (Youtoo)
K38IZ-D 38 (Ind)
KTAZ 39 (TLM)
KEJR-LD 40 (AZA)
KPDF-CD 41 (Rel)
KVPA-LD 42 (ESTRELLA)
KPHE-LD 44 (LATV)
KUTP 45 (MNTV)
KDPH-LP 48 (Daystar)
KFPB-LD 50 (Nuestra)
KPPX 51 (Ion)
KASW 61 (CW)
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