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UniMás Arizona (on DT2)
|Slogan||La que nos une|
(The One That Unites Us)
|Channels||Digital: 33 (UHF)|
Virtual: 33 (PSIP)
|Translators||KFPH-DT 13.2 (VHF) Flagstaff|
KTVW-CD 27 (UHF) Flagstaff
KDOS-LD 29 (UHF) Globe
|Licensee||KTVW License Partnership, G.P.|
|First air date||September 2, 1979|
|Call sign meaning||TeleVision Western|
|Sister station(s)||KFPH-DT, KHOT-FM, KOMR|
|Former channel number(s)|
|Former affiliations||SIN (1979–1987)|
|Transmitter power||470 kW|
|Height||510 m (1,673 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
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 29, 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.
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 Nexstar Media Group-owned Fox affiliate 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.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|33.1||720p||16:9||KTVW-DT||Main KTVW-DT programming / Univision|
|33.2||UniMas||Simulcast of KFPH-DT / UniMás|
|35.1||720p||KFPH-CD||ATSC 1.0 simulcast of KFPH-CD|
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.
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.
- Felipe Corral - weekends at 5 and 10 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Mary Rabago - weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m.
- Guillermo Quiroz - lead meteorologist; nightly at 5 and 10 p.m.
- Felipe Corral Nava - lead sports anchor; nightly at 5 and 10 p.m.
- Alejandra Espinoza - general assignment reporter
- Erick Iglesias - general assignment reporter
- Rubén Pereida - general assignment reporter
- Víctor Hugo Rodríguez - general assignment reporter
KTVW-DT's signal is relayed on the following translator stations:
|Flagstaff||KTVW-CD 27||Globe||KDOS-LD 29|
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