KOCY-LP

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KOCY-LP
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
CityOklahoma City, Oklahoma
ChannelsDigital: 48 (UHF)
Virtual: 48 (PSIP)
AffiliationsEstrella TV
OwnerTyler Media Group
(Tyler Media Group LLC)
First air date1989[when?]
Call letters' meaningOklahoma CitY
Sister station(s)TV: KUOK, KTUZ-TV
Radio: KTUZ-FM, KJKE, KEBC, KRXO-AM, KRXO-FM, KMGL, KOMA, KOKC
Former callsignsK69EK (1987–2005)
KWDW-LP (2005–2011)
KUOK-LP (2011–2012)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
69 (UHF; 1989–2005)
Former affiliationsIndependent (1989–1995)
The WB (1995–1996)
WHT (1996–2000)
The Shepherd's Chapel Network (2000–2002)
MTV2 (2002–2004)
Univision (as a translator of KUOK, 2004–2012)
Transmitter power18.1 kW
Height0 m
ClassLPTV
Facility ID36850
Transmitter coordinates35°32′51.0″N 97°29′30.0″W / 35.547500°N 97.491667°W / 35.547500; -97.491667Coordinates: 35°32′51.0″N 97°29′30.0″W / 35.547500°N 97.491667°W / 35.547500; -97.491667
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile
CDBS
Websitehttp://unidosok.com/okc/estrella/

KOCY-LP, UHF digital channel 48, is an Estrella TV-affiliated television station licensed to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. Owned by the locally based Tyler Media Group, it is a sister station to Univision affiliate KUOK (channel 36) and Telemundo affiliate KTUZ-TV (channel 30). The three stations share studios near Southeast 51st Street and Shields Boulevard in southern Oklahoma City; KOCY-LP's transmitter near Kelley Avenue (between 70th and 78th Streets) in northeast Oklahoma City. At the present time, it is not carried on Cox Communications, AT&T U-verse or other cable or satellite providers within the Oklahoma City market.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air in 1989[when?] as K69EK, broadcasting on UHF channel 69 as an Independent station. In 1995, the station joined The WB upon the network's launch until 1996. From the mid-1990s until 2000, the station carried programming from LeSea Broadcasting-owned general entertainment/religious network World Harvest Television; for the next two years afterward, it ran religious programming from The Shepherd's Chapel Network. It then switched to a music video format as an affiliate of MTV2 from 2002 to 2004.

After being acquired by Equity Broadcasting Corporation, the station became a Univision affiliate on May 8, 2004, as one of three Oklahoma-licensed translator stations of the then six-station two-state network "Univision Arkansas-Oklahoma", with Woodward-based KUOK (channel 35) as its Oklahoma flagship. KUOK, K69EK and three low-power stations that Equity also acquired to become KUOK's translators (KCHM-LP channel 36, now KUOK-CD; Sulphur-based KOKT-LP channel 20; and KUTU-CA channel 25 in Tulsa), originally relayed Univision programming across portions of Oklahoma via a simulcast from then-sister station KLRA-LP (channel 58) in Little Rock, Arkansas. Prior to this, Univision was only receivable via local cable providers such as Cox Communications, which carried its programming from the Spanish language network's national feed; that feed was eventually replaced by a direct-from-studio fiber optic feed of KUOK (whose schedule now mirrors the national feed outside of local advertising, news inserts and occasional paid programming substitutions, and provided improved reception of the station throughout the market than that receivable over-the-air prior to the digital transition).

In the first months of operation, the Univision Oklahoma stations ran a direct simulcast from KLRA-LP including local commercials from the Little Rock area that were inserted by that station during national commercial breaks and its station identification slides (the Oklahoma City repeaters identified through text-only IDs placed at the bottom of the screen during the top and bottom of each hour). In March 2005, K69EK, though still programmed via satellite from Equity's headquarters in Little Rock, ceased the KLRA-LP simulcast and became a direct simulcast of KUOK (which began operating its own separate feed), carrying advertising for businesses within the Oklahoma City market and separate station promotions. That same month on March 13, the station changed its callsign to KWDW-LP.

On June 25, 2008, Equity announced that it would sell KUOK, its low-power repeaters and KUTU to Luken Communications (owned by former Equity executive Henry Luken).[1] That December, Equity Media Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection;[2] offers by Luken Communications to acquire Equity-owned stations in six markets were later withdrawn.[3] KUOK and its translators were sold at auction to the Tyler Media Group on April 16, 2009;[4] this effectively created a duopoly between KUOK and Telemundo affiliate KTUZ-TV (channel 30).[5]

On November 22, 2011, the station changed its callsign to KUOK-LP (KUOK's translator on channel 36, changed its callsign to KUOK-LD around the same time), then on February 9, 2012, the call letters were changed again to KOCY-LP (the KOCY callsign had previously been used on Tyler-owned radio station KEBC (1560 AM) from 2003 to 2011, and on KGHM (1340 AM) from the 1940s until the early 1990s); it also replaced the KUOK simulcast with programming from Estrella TV;[6] as such, it became Tyler Media's third (separate) Spanish-language station in the Oklahoma City market.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
48.1 1080i 16:9 KUOK-CD Main KOCY-LP programming / Estrella TV

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marich, Robert (2008-06-26). "Equity Media Sells RTN to Ease Crunch". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
  2. ^ Larson, Erik (December 8, 2008). "Equity Media, U.S. TV Station Owner, Seeks Bankruptcy". Bloomberg News. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2008.
  3. ^ Equity's Management Cause of Downfall, Former CEO Asserts, Mark Hengel, Arkansas Business, February 2, 2009
  4. ^ "Takers found for 60 Equity stations". Television Business Report. April 18, 2009. Archived from the original on April 24, 2009. Retrieved April 20, 2009.
  5. ^ "OKC cluster expands". Television Business Report. May 19, 2009. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
  6. ^ Estrella TV launches in Oklahoma City, OK
  7. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KOCY

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