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WKTB-CD, virtual channel 47.2 (UHF digital channel 23), is a low-powered, Class A Telemundo-affiliated television station serving Atlanta, Georgia, United States that is licensed to Norcross. The station is owned by Korean American TV Broadcasting. WKTB-CD's transmitter is located on Goshen Springs Road (near the I-85/SR 140 interchange) just outside Norcross.

The 47.2 signal is rebroadcast on Rome, Georgia-licensed Ion Television station WPXA-TV to provide a full-power Telemundo signal to the entire market, which maps to virtual channel 47.1.

History

The station was originally on Sweat Mountain, licensed to Roswell, Georgia on channel 67, and assigned W67CI from 1990 until changing in 2000. The change came as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) forced all LPTV stations to move out of channels 52 to 69, as all broadcasters are being forced to digital TV, and the upper channels over 51 sold off for other purposes. Programming prior to the change was mostly in Korean. It then became W38CU on channel 38 and switched to Telemundo, and had Atlanta as its new city of license.

As recently as 2008, it shared channel 38 with a modified construction permit for another Class A LPTV station, WYGA-CA. That station was licensed to channel 55 (which became MediaFLO mobile TV, and now AT&T LTE cellular), and applied to change its CP from channel 38 to 45, along with an application for a major upgrade in power (once analog WGCL-TV 46 was shut down in late June 2009). W38CU was listed with only 4.62 kW of ERP, apparently due to the proximity of WYGA-CA. W38CU used a somewhat directional antenna with a cardioid (heart-shaped) pattern, positioned just south of Norcross, Georgia, and with the slight null to the northeast. It does not appear to have reached as far southwest as Atlanta, its analog city of license. A CP issued for the station would have reduced analog coverage to the north and east even further. The current area coverage is widely in Gwinnett County and metro Atlanta including Doraville, Georgia is home to large populations of Hispanics and especially Asians, which are the demographics to which the channels cater.

Early years

On April 2, 1990, John R. Broomall received the construction permit for a new low-power television station licensed to Roswell, Georgia, on channel 67. Broomall sold the permit to the Korean American TV Broadcasting Co. in April 1991.

By 1996, Korean American had added Telemundo programming, which aired for most of the day, alongside Chinese- and Korean-language fare. Korean programming aired from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and again from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., emphasizing local news, alongside local church service broadcasts and South Korean news and entertainment programs.

The Korean programming, known as KTN, went full-time on a cable channel on AT&T Broadband systems in 2001, which increased its output from six hours a day. Programming continued to include imported and local productions. Meanwhile, channel 67 became channel 38, a result of the clearing of channels 60 to 69 for telecommunications use, in 2000, becoming W38CU. The station's coverage area did not reach much of Atlanta, but it did reach areas of Gwinnett County and DeKalb County with significant ethnic populations.

Digital era

This station obtained a permit to construct W47DN-D as its digital companion channel on 47. This went on the air in early July 2008, giving the station an omnidirectional antenna pattern that reaches much of the metro area. Its city of license is suburban Norcross, and its transmitter location remains just south of there on the northwest side of Interstate 85, along with the analog station. It became WKTB-LD by request in April 2009, and received a permit to increase power to 15 kW. W38CU became WKTB-CA at that time, though it went off the air as well. In January 2011, the digital station was granted its broadcast license and its class-A status, making it WKTB-CD. In August 2013, a subchannel on full-power WPXA-TV began repeating WKTB-CD's Telemundo in 480i SD on 47.1 (using PSIP).

In 2009, the station affiliated with Telemundo.

Newscasts

In 2012, Telemundo Atlanta began offering a full local news service with newscasts at 6 and 11 p.m.; the station had previously produced three daily 90-second news briefs prior to the expansion. A 5:30 p.m. newscast was added in 2015. Telemundo Atlanta's news was helmed by local anchor Jorge Buzo. But he's since parted the station to go to WUVC-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina as a news coordinator.

Luis Estrada is the anchor of Noticiero Telemundo Atlanta.

Notable current on-air staff

  • Luis Estrada – lead reporter and investigative reporter

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short name Programming
47.1 WKTB [Blank]
47.2 1080i 16:9 WKTB-CD Main WKTB-CD programming / Telemundo
47.3 480i 4:3 TELEXIT TeleXitos
47.4 KTN MBC America
47.5 KTN2 Korean News & Entertainment
47.6 KTN MC [Blank]
47.7 VieTop

The 47.1 virtual channel is left empty and used by the WKTB-CD feed on the WPXA-TV multiplex.

Former Subchannels

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short name Programming
47.1 WKTB [Blank]
47.2 1080i 16:9 WKTB-CD Main WKTB-CD programming / Telemundo
47.3 480i 4:3 TELEXIT TeleXitos
47.4 KTN KBS KBS World
47.5 KTN MBC Korean News & Entertainment
47.6 KTN MC Midwest Christian Television (MC-TV), openly captioned in English
47.7 16:9 VieTop Viet Song Media (VieTop)
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