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KCOS-LP
(a Class A station)
Phoenix, Arizona
Channels Analog: 28 (UHF)
Digital: App: 13 (UHF)
Affiliations Silent
Owner Aracelis Ortiz Corporation
Founded June 26, 1995
Call letters’ meaning Carlos Ortiz S
Former callsigns K28FV, K68FB (CP only)
Former affiliations LFN, HTVN
Transmitter Power 63 kW
Height 284 m
Class Class A
Facility ID 8988

KCOS-LP is an LPTV Class A broadcast television station located in Phoenix, Arizona. It broadcasts in analog on UHF channel 28 from the Usery Mountains in Mesa, and was an affiliate of La Familia Network (LFN), a Spanish-language religious and family-oriented network owned by Faith Pleases God Church of Harlingen, Texas. KCOS-LP is owned by Aracelis Ortiz Corporation, also of Harlingen, Texas. Ortiz is also pastor of Faith Pleases God Church. Despite the similar call letters, KCOS-LP is not related to full-service PBS member station KCOS in El Paso, Texas. Although it is a Class A station, its call letters retain the "-LP" suffix.

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History

The original construction permit for KCOS-LP was granted on June 26, 1995, to Carlos Ortiz, Sr., pastor of Faith Pleases God Church in Harlingen, Texas. The station was to broadcast on channel 68, but was moved to channel 28 in anticipation of the FCC's requirement to vacate the 700 MHz band. It was licensed as K28FV on January 8, 1998, programming unknown. In January 2000, Hispanic Television Network, Inc. assumed operation of the station and changed the programming to Spanish-language network HTVN, although Carlos Ortiz remained the owner. Later that year, the station took the call letters KCOS-LP. Shortly afterward, Carlos Ortiz died and his widow, Aracelis Ortiz, as executrix of the estate, became the new owner. The station became part of Aracelis Ortiz Corporation in 2001. That same year, KCOS-LP was granted Class A status. By May 2002, the Ortiz family had resumed operation of the station, as Mrs. Ortiz stated in a Petition for Reconsideration of an FCC Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) that the station was broadcasting programming from La Familia Network (LFN) at the time of the cited violation [1] ( 4), which occurred in May 2002 [2] ( 3). Like Fe-TV, LFN is a television service from Faith Pleases God Church. The station was silent for a time, but in 2004, resumed operations with programming from Fe-TV, then returned to LFN in 2005. The April 2006 magazine from Fe-TV lists the station as an affiliate [3].

Screen capture of KCOS-LP station ID slate. The ID slate was displayed on the screen while Fe-TV was off the air August 2006 - September 2007. Music played in the background on a three-song rotation.

In July and August 2006, the station had various technical difficulties, prompting them to air a slate in English advising viewers of trouble with the video signal on the station's end. In August 2006, the station once again began airing Fe-TV, but shortly afterward changed to the station ID slate (pictured). The August 2006 update of the website for Fe-TV stated that the network was to be off the air for six months for rebuilding and expansion [4]. The station went silent again in mid-2007, but returned in September 2007, first broadcasting programming from Fe-TV, then switching to LFN.

Programming

As of December 2007, KCOS-LP is airing programming from LFN, continuing a pattern of switching back and forth between the two networks owned by Faith Pleases God Church.

Digital television

In May 2006, the FCC opened up a brief application period in which low-power television licensees and permittees could apply for a digital companion channel by short form application. KCOS-LP applied for VHF channel 13, to broadcast from the same location as the analog station. In September, the FCC identified the station as a singleton applicant, meaning that there were no competing applications on the same or adjacent channels, and giving the station until October 31 to file a long form application. On October 2, 2006, KCOS-LP formally applied for a digital companion channel on VHF channel 13, but as of December 2007, a construction permit has not yet been granted.

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