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KUTP Phoenix.jpg
Phoenix, Arizona
Branding My45
Channels Digital: 26 (UHF)
Virtual: 45 (PSIP)
Affiliations MyNetworkTV
Owner Fox Television Stations
(Fox Television Stations, Inc.)
First air date January 1, 1986
Call letters’ meaning United Television (former owner) Phoenix
Sister station(s) KSAZ-TV
Former channel number(s) Analog:
45 (UHF, 1986-2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1986-1995)
UPN (1995-2006)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW
Height 517 m
Facility ID 68886
Transmitter Coordinates 33°20′2.3″N 112°3′42″W / 33.333972°N 112.06167°W / 33.333972; -112.06167

KUTP, channel 45, is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated station in Phoenix, Arizona. It is owned by Fox Television Stations, a division of the News Corporation, and is a sister station to Fox outlet KSAZ-TV (channel 10). The two stations share studio facilities in Phoenix, and KUTP's transmitter is located on South Mountain. KUTP is carried on channel 9 on most Phoenix cable systems, and can also be seen throughout Arizona via cable and on several over-the-air translator stations.



Logo as "PHX 45" from January to June 2006

KUTP was granted an original construction permit on December 20, 1984, and began broadcasting on January 1, 1986, as an independent station. The station was owned by United Television, a subsidiary of Chris-Craft Industries. It ran a general entertainment format consisting of cartoons, drama shows, and old movies. Eventually it added off-network sitcoms as well as first-run talk and reality shows. The station was granted its initial license on November 17, 1986, over ten months after beginning operations. KUTP was the only station built from the ground up by Chris-Craft.

The station affiliated with UPN in January 1995 as an owned and operated station through United Television's 50% stake in the new network. It picked up several sitcoms from KNXV in the wake of the affiliation switch in the market. As a UPN affiliate, KUTP began to add more syndicated first-run talk and reality shows.

In 2001, the station was bought by Fox, making it a sister station of KSAZ (who had taken the Fox affiliation from the aforementioned KNXV in 1995). This makes the duopoly the only network O&Os in the Phoenix market.

KUTP has been the long-time television home of the NBA's Phoenix Suns.

The station was also featured in the movie Waiting to Exhale as the workplace of Whitney Houston's character Savannah Jackson.


From UPN to My Network TV

On January 24, 2006, UPN and The WB announced that they would merge into a new network called The CW. KASW, which had been a WB affiliate since 1995, was announced as The CW's Phoenix affiliate.

Shortly after the announcement of the CW network, KUTP changed its branding from UPN 45 to PHX 45. The station also stopped promoting UPN programming. Similar changes were also made to Fox's other UPN affiliates, as The CW did not name any of the Fox-owned UPN stations as affiliates. The formation of MyNetworkTV, of which KUTP and the other Fox-owned UPN stations have become affiliates, was announced on February 22, 2006, less than a month later. With the impending switch to MyNetworkTV, KUTP's on-air branding was changed to My 45 in June 2006.

Despite the announced launch date of MyNetworkTV on September 5, 2006, UPN continued to broadcast on stations across the country until September 15, 2006. While some UPN affiliates who switched to MyNetworkTV aired the final two weeks of UPN programming outside its regular primetime period, the Fox-owned stations, including KUTP, dropped UPN entirely on August 31, 2006.

Occasionally KUTP carries Fox programming when KSAZ preempts it in the event of a local special or an emergency such as a breaking news story.

Digital television

Format Programming
26.1 45.1 720p KUTP-HD
26.2 10.2 480i Simulcast of KSAZ-TV

Following its sister station, KSAZ, KUTP ceased its analog broadcasts at 8:30AM on June 12, 2009, the day mandated by the Federal government for TV stations to cease analog transmissions across the country. After the transition was complete, KUTP remained on its pre-transition channel number, 26. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers still display KUTP's virtual channel as 45.


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