KMCT-TV

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KMCT-TV
West Monroe/Monroe, Louisiana
United States
CityWest Monroe, Louisiana
SloganMonroe's Christian Television
ChannelsDigital: 22 (UHF)
Virtual: 39 (PSIP)
Translators23 KLMB-CD El Dorado, AR
Affiliations39.1: Religious Independent (2005–2013, 2016–present)
39.2: Ion Television
39.3: Court TV
39.4: SonLife
39.5: Quest
39.6: QVC Over Air
39.7: HSN
39.8: Justice Network
OwnerFirst Assembly of God of West Monroe
OperatorCarolina Christian Broadcasting
(via TBA;[1] outright sale pending[2])
First air dateApril 7, 1986 (33 years ago) (1986-04-07)
Call letters' meaningMonroe
Christian
Television
Former channel number(s)Analog:
39 (UHF, 1986–2009)
Digital:
38 (UHF, 2009–2018)
Virtual:
38 (PSIP, 2017–2018)
Former affiliationsPax TV (1998–2005)
MyNetworkTV (2013–2016)
Transmitter power25 kW
Height92 m (302 ft)
Facility ID38584
Transmitter coordinates32°30′21.2″N 92°8′55.6″W / 32.505889°N 92.148778°W / 32.505889; -92.148778
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitekmct.tv

KMCT-TV is a religious independent television station licensed to West Monroe, Louisiana, United States. Owned by First Assembly of God of West Monroe and operated under a time brokerage agreement by Carolina Christian Broadcasting (through subsidiary KMCT Holdings, LLC, which is in the process of acquiring the station outright), it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 22 (or virtual channel 39 via PSIP) from a transmitter co-located with its studios at 701 Parkwood Drive in West Monroe.

History[edit]

Founded June 13, 1983 by Charles Reed, the station was then owned by Louisiana Christian Broadcasting, Inc. The station moved to its current location on Parkwood Drive in 1991. It was an affiliate of Pax TV (now Ion Television) from the network's inception in 1998 until 2005. The station was bought by First Assembly of God of West Monroe in November 2009 when it became The Voice Network. In 2013, KMCT-TV became a MyNetworkTV affiliate, with religious programming moved to DT2.[3]

In October 2014, the station's antenna collapsed during severe weather, knocking KMCT programming off the air and from cable. By March 2015, the station was back on Comcast cable, and in September 2015, the station relaunched with a low power signal. KMCT is currently looking at relaunching at full power on channel 39 once the FCC approves its antenna installation.[4] In the interim, religious programming from KMCT aired on a subchannel of its former sister station KWMS-LP. In late August 2016, KMCT began operating at full power, but eventually decided to drop all secular programming and become a religious independent station, with Sonlife remaining on the second subchannel.[5] MyNetworkTV went unseen in the market for several months until Gray Television picked it up in late 2017 for their KNOE-DT3 subchannel (which is an affiliate of The CW Plus), airing the service's programming from 1:30 to 3:30 a.m., overlaying default network-fed overnight paid programming from The CW Plus.[6] In 2018, KMCT added five subchannels: Ion Television to channel 39.2 (displacing Sonlife to 39.5), QVC Over the Air to channel 39.3, HSN to channel 39.4, Quest to channel 39.6, and Justice Network to channel 39.7.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
39.1 1080i 16:9 KMCT-HD Main KMCT-TV programming
39.2 480i ION Ion
39.3 COURT Court TV
39.4 SBN SonLife Broadcasting Network
39.5 QUEST Quest
39.6 QVC QVC Over Air
39.7 HSN HSN
39.8 JUSTICE Justice Network

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KMCT-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 39, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 38.[8] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 39.

Newscasts[edit]

From 2001 until 2005, KMCT aired rebroadcasts of NBC affiliate KTVE's newscasts at 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. as part of an agreement with NBC and Pax.[citation needed]

Prior broadcast facility uses[edit]

The building and tower on Parkwood Drive in West Monroe used by KMCT-TV is the former facility of KLAA channel 14 (now Fox affiliate KARD-TV). KLAA signed on August 6, 1974,[9] and moved to new facilities in 1983. Prior to KLAA, the facility was used by KYAY channel 39 from KYAY's sign-on August 9, 1967 until going off the air August 16, 1971.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KMCT TBA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. April 30, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  2. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. May 1, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  3. ^ KMCT My39
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "The Voice Network Programming". thevoicenetwork.tv. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  6. ^ TitanTV Query for KNOE
  7. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KMCT
  8. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  9. ^ "Broadcasting Yearbook", 1979 edition, Page B-104 Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Broadcasting Yearbook", 1974 edition, Page A-26

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