|Shawnee/Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|City of license||Shawnee, Oklahoma|
|Branding||T30 Telemundo (general)
Accion Oklahoma (news)
|Slogan||Informativo y Tras la Noticia|
|Channels||Digital: 29 (UHF)
Virtual: 30 (PSIP)
|Owner||Tyler Media Group
(Oklahoma Land Company, LLC)
|First air date||November 10, 2000|
|Call letters' meaning||Sequentially assigned to FM radio sister|
|Sister station(s)||KUOK, KOCY-LP,
KJKE, KEBC, KTLR,
|Former callsigns||KQOK (2000–2004)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
30 (UHF, 2000–2009)
|Former affiliations||ACN/independent (2001–2004)|
|Transmitter power||770 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KTUZ-TV, virtual channel 30 (UHF digital channel 29), is a Telemundo-affiliated television station serving Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States that is licensed to Shawnee. It is the flagship station of locally-based Tyler Media Group, as part of a duopoly with Univision affiliate KUOK (channel 36) and is also a sister station to Estrella TV affiliate KOCY-LP (channel 48).
All three stations share studio facilities located near Southeast 51st Street and Shields Boulevard in south Oklahoma City, KTUZ's transmitter is located near 86th Street and Ridgeway Road (south of Britton Road) in northeast Oklahoma City. The station is also available on Cox Communications channel 5 and AT&T U-verse channel 30; there is a high definition feed available on Cox digital cable channel 792.
A construction permit application to build a television station on UHF channel 30 was submitted to the Federal Communications Commission by a group called OKC-30 Television, LLC on July 30, 1996, with the callsign KAQS assigned to the license on September 27. The station's callsign was later changed to KQOK on August 17, 2000. The station signed on the air three months later on November 10, branded as "OK30", under the ownership of Little Rock-based Equity Broadcasting Corporation. Under Equity ownership, the station held a primary affiliation with home shopping channel America's Collectibles Network, and also carried some religious programs and children's television series compliant with the FCC's educational programming guidelines. For a brief period, KQOK also aired reruns of the classic western series Bonanza and national newscasts produced by the Independent News Network.
In 2004 Equity Broadcasting acquired KUOK (channel 35) in Woodward, KCHM-LP (channel 36, now KUOK-LP) and K69EK (channel 69, now KOCY-LP on channel 48) in Oklahoma City, and KOKT-LP (channel 20) in Sulphur, and switched their affiliations to Univision with the latter two stations serving as repeaters of KUOK (Tyler would later acquire the four stations on April 16, 2009). That August, KQOK was sold to Oklahoma City-based Tyler Media Group, becoming the company's first television station property. Under Tyler Media, channel 30 became a Telemundo affiliate in early February 2005, delayed from an original target date of December 1, 2004. The station's callsign was also changed to KTUZ-TV (after its sister radio station KTUZ-FM).
Prior to the analog television shutdown, KTUZ-TV's analog and digital signal patterns offered different coverage across Central Oklahoma; the station's analog transmitter was located near SE 179th and East Westminter Drive in northeastern Cleveland County, near Moore. It provided city-grade coverage to Norman and Moore, but only provided "rimshot" coverage to Oklahoma City proper. Its analog signal was marginal at best in central portions of the city (especially in suburbs such as Forest Park, Nichols Hills and Spencer), and could not be seen at all in many of the northern suburbs (such as Edmond). Despite this, the station did not offer a low-power repeater to give it a city-grade signal throughout the immediate Oklahoma City area. The digital signal, however provides city-grade coverage to the entire Oklahoma City metropolitan area as that transmitter is located in the northeast side of the city, where most of the market's television stations maintain their transmitters.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|30.1||1080i||16:9||KTUZ-DT||Main KTUZ-TV programming / Telemundo|
|36.1||KUOK||Univision (Simulcast of KUOK-CD)|
KTUZ-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 30, 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 29; using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 30.
In addition to airing Telemundo network programming and newscasts, KTUZ also airs some locally produced programs: the station produces a weekly discussion program Nuestra Oklahoma (Our Oklahoma), airing Sundays at 10 a.m. with an encore presentation at 10 p.m. It also airs a local sports show on Saturday nights (similar in format to Telemundo's Ritmo Deportivo) called Fiesta Deportiva, airing immediately following Telemundo's national sports program Titulares Telemundo at 10:30 p.m.
From the 2005 affiliation switch until September 2007, the station also aired Studio Z (produced in conjunction with KTUZ-FM), a weekly music video program hosted by KTUZ-FM personality Blanca Estela Ramirez, showcasing videos from Latin music artists. In September 2007, KTUZ-TV and KTUZ-FM became the first Spanish-language stations to simulcast college football games in Spanish, when both aired a University of Oklahoma football game.
KTUZ has tended to preempt more Telemundo programming than other affiliates; the network's weekend schedule is more susceptible to this. Until November 2011, KTUZ preempted Nitido on Saturday mornings and Fotogenicas on Sunday mornings (though the latter show aired on the station for two weeks in October 2009; the actual preemption was problematic since on Sundays when Telemundo scheduled a soccer match, the first five minutes of Ritmo Deportivo were cut off as Telemundo moved the start times of programs that aired before the games back five minutes) as well as the Sunday edition of Titulares Telemundo and the network's early late-night movie; however with the exception of the Sunday Titulares Telemundo telecast (for an encore presentation of Nuestra Oklahoma and the preemption of the Sunday evening telecast of the home video show Camara Loca, since replaced by Operacíon Repo, for Fiesta Deportiva); for the most part, KTUZ preempted these programs mainly for infomercials. The station's preemptions today are not as prevalent, and are now only done mainly to broadcast locally produced shows and religious programs, although KTUZ-TV does replace Telemundo's overnight informercial block with Spanish-dubbed infomercials that the station itself leases time to air.
KTUZ-TV presently broadcasts five hours of locally-produced newscasts each week (all airing only on weekdays). KTUZ, along with independent station KAUT-TV (channel 43; whose newscasts are produced by NBC affiliate KFOR-TV, channel 4) are the only stations in the Oklahoma City market with weekday-only newscasts. After switching to Telemundo, KTUZ had no full-fledged newscasts other than two-minute daily news and weather updates that were produced out of a small studio which aired during the network's daytime and primetime programs. However, the station expressed interest in airing regular newscasts from the affiliation switch. One of the anchors seen in these updates was Flory Mata (later the host of the local entertainment/lifestyle program Estilo Latino on KUOK).
KTUZ's news operation, originally branded as T30 Noticias, began in October 2006. In its news department's beginnings, the station only ran a weeknight 10 p.m. newscast (anchored by Carlos Toledo, who also served as the station's first news director), with programming supplied by Telemundo continuing to air in the early evenings. A 5 p.m. newscast was added in early 2007. The newscasts initially used a logo that was radically different from the station's network-standardized logo, but a new graphics package was instituted in September 2007 with a logo more closely aligned with the station's regular branding.
In August 2011, the station's newscasts were rebranded as Accion Oklahoma (a variant of the Action News branding); with the change, the station introduced a new set and graphics for its newscasts. On May 12, 2014, KTUZ-TV became the fifth and last television station in the Oklahoma City market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition.