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WKTB-LD
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Atlanta metro area (central/northeast)
City of license Norcross, Georgia
Channels Digital: 47 (UHF)
Subchannels 47.1 - Telemundo (480i)
47.2 - KTN, KBS (480i)
47.3 - Arirang (480i)
47.4 - infomercials (480i)
Affiliations Telemundo (analog)
Owner Korean American TV Broadcasting
Founded 1990
Call letters’ meaning Korean TV broadcasting
Former callsigns W67CI (1990-2000)
W38CU (2000-2008)
W47DN-D (2008-2009)
Former channel number(s) 67, 38 (analog)
Transmitter Power 10kW
Height 138 m (453 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 168605
Transmitter Coordinates 33°55′0″N 84°12′7″W / 33.916667°N 84.20194°W / 33.916667; -84.20194Coordinates: 33°55′0″N 84°12′7″W / 33.916667°N 84.20194°W / 33.916667; -84.20194
Website TelemundoAtlanta.com

WKTB-LD is a digital low-power class A TV station on channel 47 in metro Atlanta. Owned by Korean American TV Broadcasting, it broadcasts Spanish-language network, Telemundo on digital subchannel 47.1. It also produces its own TV programming including news in Korean, airing it as Korean Television Network (KTN) along with South Korean network KBS World on 47.2. As of November 2009, it carries Korean network Arirang on 47.3 and recently infomercials (previously also Arirang) on 47.4; SKDTV/MBN was originally on 47.3. All are in SDTV (480i).

History

The station was originally on Sweat Mountain, licensed to Roswell, Georgia on channel 67, and assigned W67CI from 1990 until changing in 2000. The change came as the FCC has forced all LPTV stations to move out of channels 52 to 69, as all broadcasters are being forced to digital TV, and the upper channels over 51 sold off for other purposes. Programming prior to the change was mostly in Korean. It then became W38CU on channel 38 and switched to Telemundo, and had Atlanta as its new city of license.

As recently as 2008, it shared channel 38 with a modified construction permit for another class A LPTV station, WYGA-CA. That station was licensed to channel 55 (now MediaFLO), and applied to change its CP from channel 38 to 45, along with an application for a major upgrade in power (once analog WGCL-TV 46 was shut-down in late June 2009). W38CU was listed with only 4.62 kW of ERP, apparently due to the proximity of WYGA-CA. W38CU used a somewhat directional antenna with a cardioid (heart-shaped) pattern, positioned just south of Norcross, Georgia, and with the slight null to the northeast. It does not appear to have reached as far southwest as Atlanta, its analog city of license. A CP issued for the station would have reduced analog coverage to the north and east even further. The current area covered around Doraville is home to large populations of Hispanics and especially Asians, which are the demographics to which it channels cater.

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Digital TV

This station obtained a permit to construct W47DN-D as its digital companion channel on 47. This went on the air in early July 2008, giving the station an omnidirectional antenna pattern that reaches much of the metro area. Its city of license is suburban Norcross, and its transmitter location remains just south of there on the northwest side of Interstate 85, along with the analog station. It became WKTB-LD by request in April 2009, and has received a permit to increase power to 15kW. W38CU became WKTB-CA, but does not appear to be on-air since its change to digital.

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