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KTFQ-DT
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Channels Digital: 22 (UHF)
Affiliations TeleFutura
Owner Univision Communications, Inc.
(managed by Entravision Communications Corporation)
(TeleFutura Albuquerque, LLC)
First air date 1999
Call letters’ meaning TeleFutura AlbuQuerque
Sister station(s) KLUZ-TV
Former callsigns KAPX (1999-2003)
KTFQ (2003)
KTFQ-TV (2004-2009)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
14 (UHF, 1999-2009)
Former affiliations Pax TV (1999-2003)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW
Height 350 m
Facility ID 57220
Transmitter Coordinates 35°24′44.1″N 106°43′34.1″W / 35.41225°N 106.726139°W / 35.41225; -106.726139
Website TeleFutura

KTFQ-DT channel 14 (digital 22) is a television station in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The station is owned by Univisión and runs a Spanish Entertainment format consisting of programming from Univisión's secondary network, TeleFutura. The KTFQ-DT studio is co-located with Entravision, which operates a Joint Sales Agreement for KTFQ-DT and also owns two other stations in Albuquerque, Univisión affiliate KLUZ channel 41 and Home Shopping Network affiliate KTFA-LP channel 48.

History

Channel 14 signed on as KGSW-TV on May 8, 1981. The callsign then was derived from the station's original owners, Galaxy Communications and Southwest Television. Initially the station on channel 14 carried drama shows, movies from the 40's through the 70's, sitcoms, and religious shows. In the Fall of 1983 KGSW added more sitcoms and began running cartoons in the 7-9 a.m. and the 3-5 p.m. weekday slots.

In 1984, the Providence Journal Company bought KGSW from the original owners. The station affiliated with the Fox network when the network launched on October 9, 1986. The station continued a general entertainment format with a lot of cartoons, sitcoms, and movies.

In the early fall of 1992 when Channel 2 KKTO went dark Providence Journal immediately folded Channel 2's programming into Channel 14's lineup. Shortly after they purchased the license of Channel 2 as well and on April 5, 1993 KGSW FOX14 moved to Channel 2 and changed call letters to KASA-TV. The Channel 14 license was then turned into the FCC.

In 1997 Paxson Communications was awarded the Channel 14 license and in April 1999 signed on as KAPX with infomercials during the day and Worship music on overnights and also ran a new network, the family-oriented Pax TV. Originally Pax aired from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. but eventually pulled back to 4 to 11 p.m. and later 5 to 11 p.m.. This was due to financial problems at Paxson.

Another result of financial problems was that Paxson opted to sell some of its stations, including Channel 14. Channel 14 was sold to Univision and became KTFQ in June 2003 and took the Telefutura Spanish Network that had been running on KTFA channel 48 a low-powered station. KTFA-LP then switched to home shopping programming from HSN. Programming from The Worship Network that originated on KAPX continues to air overnights on KTFQ.

Digital television

Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997 [1], the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. Instead, on June 12, 2009, which is the end of the digital TV conversion period for full-service stations, KTFQ-TV was required to turn off its analog signal and turn on its digital signal (called a "flash-cut"). KTFQ has been assigned channel 22 for its digital broadcast.

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