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Kazt-tv

KAZT-TV
Phoenix, Arizona
Branding AZ-TV 7 Cable 13
Me-TV Arizona (on DT2)
HSN 7.3 (on DT3)
Slogan It's Time to Watch
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
Subchannels See below
Translators KAZT-CD 36 Phoenix
(for others, see list in article)
Affiliations Independent
Me-TV (DT2)
Home Shopping Network (DT3)
Owner Londen Media Group
(KAZT, LLC)
First air date September 5, 1982
Call letters' meaning AZ-TV
AriZona Television
Former callsigns KUSK (1982-2002)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
7 (VHF, 1982-2009)
Former affiliations DT3:'
RTV (2008-2012)
Transmitter power 3.2 kW
Height 792 m
Facility ID 35811
Transmitter coordinates

34°41′14.6″N 112°7′3.8″W / 34.687389°N 112.117722°W / 34.687389; -112.117722

Website www.aztv.com

KAZT-TV is an independent television station in Prescott, Arizona. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 7 from a transmitter atop Mingus Mountain (northeast of Prescott). Its signal is relayed through a network of seven low-power translators across central and northern Arizona, including KAZT-CD (UHF digital channel 36) in Phoenix.[1] Locally-owned by Londen Media Group (making it the only locally-owned English language television station in the market), KAZT maintains business offices and studios in Prescott and Phoenix. This station can also be seen on cable systems throughout the state (except in the Tucson and Yuma markets), as well as on DirecTV and Dish Network.

History

The station was known as KNAZ from January 1980, when the original construction permit was granted, until September, at which time they took call letters KUSK, while the original KNAZ call letters ended up at a Flagstaff NBC station. KUSK signed on in 1982 and by the 1990s, was running low-budget programming that mainly targeted Prescott (the main station's city of license) and northern Arizona in general, through its main station transmitting from Mingus Mountain and a network of translators from Yuma to Payson, and from Casa Grande to Bullhead City. The station broadcast old movies in the public domain and 1950s TV shows (some of it provided by America One and American Independent Network), syndicated programming larger Phoenix stations didn't want, local talk shows, and America's Store home shopping. Before the Arizona Diamondbacks began operation in 1998, KUSK thrived on Major League Baseball, and aired San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, and San Francisco Giants games.

On December 5, 1997, KUSK, Inc. filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy while the company reorganized.[2] KUSK emerged from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in May 2000.

On November 30, 2001, KUSK reached an agreement to sell the station to the Londen Family Trust. The Phoenix-based Londen family are owners of a life insurance company and active in local politics, and officially took control of KUSK and its translator network on April 1, 2002.


The day after the Londen Group closed on its purchase, it relaunched the station with new call letters, KAZT-TV. It also adopted a new moniker, "AZ-TV", and a new slogan, "Arizona's Own." They also gave the station a significant technical facelift, including a studio in Phoenix, and a programming overhaul. The station transformed from a low-budget operation focused on Northern Arizona into a high-quality independent station more focused on Phoenix and a serious competitor to the Valley's long-successful independent station, KTVK. To help ensure that KAZT would be a high-quality station that would "do some good for Arizona", the Londen family put together an advisory board of notable Arizonans, including Governor Jane Dee Hull, U.S. Representative Bob Stump, prominent local auto dealer Lou Grubb, Jerry Colangelo of the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks, and Michael Bidwill of the Arizona Cardinals. Company patriarch Jack Londen later said that he'd bought the station as a 50th anniversary gift for his wife, Dodie.[3]


On February 22, 2001, the station was granted a construction permit to build its digital companion channel on UHF channel 25, and in October 2002, after receiving a grant of Special Temporary Authority (STA) to operate at roughly the same service level as its analog station, KAZT-DT came on the air. The station made its temporary operations permanent in August 2006, and on October 17, 2006, it was licensed. On May 15, 2009, the station surrendered its channel 25 license to the FCC, and the digital station started operating on channel 7.[4]

KAZT-CD

KAZT's Phoenix repeater was founded January 22, 1985, as a construction permit for station K27AN, granted to the Meredith Corporation, owners of KPHO-TV. In August 1985, before the station was ever built, Meredith sold the permit to Arizona Metro Television Ltd., who constructed the station, then sold it to KUSK, Inc. in April 1986. The same month, the station came on the air under Program Test Authority, but was not licensed until June 30, 1987. By 1993, it was an affiliate of Home Shopping Network (HSN). William H. Sauro, KUSK's president, became the licensee of the station in May 1994, and in December 1994, it changed its callsign to KHSK-LP.

As part of KUSK's network of stations, KHSK-LP was included in the proposed sale to Harry Pappas for his Azteca Phoenix enterprise, and then was included in the sale to the Londen Group after the Pappas purchase failed to materialize. KHSK-LP initially kept its HSN affiliation, but on July 5, 2002, the Londen Group changed the station's callsign to KAZT-CA and relaunched the station as a part of AZ-TV.

After KUTP began full-power digital operations on adjacent channel 26, their permanent allocation, KAZT-CA began to experience interference to its signal. The station requested Special Temporary Authority (STA) to shut off analog transmission and begin digital transmission on the same channel (called a "flash cut"). The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted the STA on August 16, 2007, and KAZT-CA began broadcasting in digital on January 15, 2008.[1][5] On August 4, 2008, KAZT-CA applied to move its signal to channel 36, citing displacement due to continuing interference from KUTP.[6] The FCC granted the displacement application on September 10, 2009, and on December 7, KAZT-CA ended broadcasts on channel 27, commencing operations on channel 36 five days later.[7]

Programming

Local and syndicated programming

On weekdays, KAZT-TV airs the locally-produced and live talk show The Morning Scramble, featuring Pat McMahon in their Phoenix studio and Tonya Mock in their Prescott studio. KAZT-TV airs an eight-hour block of syndicated series of the tabloid talk show genre: Jerry Springer, The Steve Wilkos Show, Maury, The Jeremy Kyle Show and Trisha Goddard. Other syndicated programs featured on KAZT include Rachael Ray, game shows Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, Family Feud, Cash Cab and Baggage, sitcoms Frasier, Seinfeld, M*A*S*H and According to Jim, the reality dating show Excused and Access Hollywood. Saturday programming features repeats of select weekday programs. Sunday programming is devoted to locally-produced shows, paid programming and religious programming including a live broadcast of the Catholic Mass from Cathedral of Saints Simon and Jude in Phoenix.

Sports programming

When they first signed on as AZ-TV, they were sports-intensive, and were the home to Arizona State University men's and women's basketball, baseball, and softball; Phoenix Mercury WNBA basketball, and Mountain West Conference football telecasts. In 2003 and 2004, they televised the Arizona Cardinals' pre-season NFL football. From 2006-2008, AZ-TV was the broadcast television home of the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes.[8] On Feb 17, 2010 it was announced that the station will broadcast 8 games for the Arizona Rattlers of the revived Arena Football League. Currently the station does not broadcast live sports.

Digital television

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
7.1 720p 16:9 KAZT7.1 Main KAZT-TV programming
7.2 480i 4:3 KAZT7.2 Me-TV [9][10]
7.3 KAZT7.3 HSN

On October 13, 2008, KAZT-DT and KAZT-CA launched a subchannel featuring programming from Retro Television Network (RTV).[11] On June 20, 2011, KAZT added Me-TV to subchannel 7.3. On August 1, 2011, Me-TV was moved to subchannel 7.2 with RTV moving to 7.3.[10] Me-TV also airs locally in Phoenix on Cox Digital Cable Channel 93. On September 17, 2012, RTV was replaced with HSN.

Station presentation

Station slogans

  • "KUSK, Your Road to Classic Television" (1990s)
  • "AZ-TV: Arizona's Own" (2002–2008)
  • "AZ-TV: Come On Over" (2008-2010)
  • "AZ-TV: It's Time to Watch" (2010–present)

Repeaters

KAZT has a network of low-power repeaters throughout Arizona, all of which are in the Phoenix market.

K19CX Yuma formerly served the Yuma market, but was required to drop KAZT programming on December 4, 2006, due to syndication exclusivity issues. It became a repeater of KAET and was sold directly to Arizona State University in 2013.[12]

References

External links

  • Official website for KAZT-TV "AZ-TV"
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KAZT-TV
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KAZT-TV
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