call_letters = KHRR
station_branding = Telemundo 40
analog = 40 (UHF)
digital = 42 (UHF)
other_chs = K28EY Douglas
July 1, 1992
owner = NBC Universal, Inc.
licensee = NBC Telemundo License Company
effective_radiated_power = 1550 kW (analog)
12.7 kW (digital)
HAAT = 619 m (analog)
597.6 m (digital)
facility_id = 30601
coordinates = coord|32|14|55.7|N|111|7|0.3|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 (analog)
KHRR is a full-service
television station, owned and operatedby NBC Universal, and serving Tucson, Arizonaas the Telemundostation. The station broadcasts in analog on UHF channel 40 and in digital on UHF channel 42, with 1550 kW ERP on its analog and 12.7 kW on its digital signal. KHRR is also rebroadcast in Douglas, Arizonaon UHF channel 28.
Channel 40 was originally home to an English-language independent station, known as KPOL, which signed on the air
January 5 1985.citation |title=New Tucson TV Stations |newspaper=Casa Grande Dispatch |page=p. 13 |date= 1984-12-31] At the same time, KDTU (now KTTU) signed on with a similar format. Tucson was too small to support both stations, so KPOL filed for bankruptcy in 1988 and went dark in 1989. The license remained active.
In 1991, local Tucson businessman Jay Zucker purchased the dormant KPOL license out of bankruptcy, and on
July 1, 1992, channel 40 signed on as KHRR with Telemundoprogramming. Zucker owned the station until 1998, when he sold it to The Apogee Companies, who maintained the Telemundo affiliation.
KHRR became a Telemundo
O&Oin 2002, along with KDRX-CA (now KDPH-LP). The two stations maintained a sister relationship, sharing their newscasts and programming stations, yet with each station based out of its own city of license. The arrangement continued until a 2006 station swap relocated Telemundo O&O KPHZ to Phoenix, Arizona, where it became KTAZ, and DaystarO&O KDTPto Holbrook, Arizona. The deal also transferred KDRX-CA to Daystar, where it became KDTP-CA.
In 2007, a restructuring plan by parent company
NBC Universal, called "NBCU 2.0", moved the KHRR & KTAZ newscasts to the Telemundo News Hub in Dallas, along with news operations of other Telemundo stations in the West.
In their Sixth Report and Order, dated
April 3 1997, proposing a digital television table of allotments, the FCC allocated UHF channel 41 for the KHRR-DT operations. [cite web |url=http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Engineering_Technology/Orders/1997/fc97115a.pdf#page=12 |title=Proposed DTV Table of Allotments |publisher=Federal Communications Commission |work=FCC Sixth Report and Order, Appendix B |date= 1997-04-03|accessdate=2007-03-24 |format=PDF |pages=p. 12] However, by February 1998, the DTV Table of Allotments had been changed to specify channel 42 for KHRR-DT. [cite web |url=http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Engineering_Technology/Orders/1998/fc98024a.pdf#page=19 |title=1998 Initial DTV Table of Allotments |publisher=Federal Communications Commission |work=Memorandum Opinion and Order on Reconsideration of the Sixth Report and Order, Appendix B |date= 1998-02-17|accessmonthday=March 24 |accessyear=2007 |format=PDF |pages=p.19] KHRR applied for DTV facilities to broadcast at 303 kW in October 1999, and eventually amended the ERP to 411.5 kW in February 2002. [cite web |url=http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbsmenu.hts?context=25&appn=100423615&formid=301&fac_num=30601 |title=Original DTV application |publisher=Federal Communications Commission |date= 1999-10-28|accessmonthday=March 24 |accessyear=2007] [cite web |url=http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbsmenu.hts?context=25&appn=100594318&formid=301&fac_num=30601 |title=Amended DTV application |publisher=Federal Communications Commission |date= 2002-02-21|accessmonthday=March 24 |accessyear=2007] In May 2003, in order to meet an FCC deadline for having a digital television station operational, KHRR requested a Special Temporary Authorization (STA) to operate at 12.7 kW, which the FCC granted the following month. [cite web |url=http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-238477A1.pdf#page=6 |title=Amended STA request |publisher=Federal Communications Commission |date= 2003-08-29|accessmonthday=March 24 |accessyear=2007 |pages=p. 6 |format=PDF] After delays due to coordination with the Mexican government, interference issues, and the sale of the station from the Apogee Companies to NBC Telemundo, by June 2006, the station was still operating under their STA facilities, the STA having been extended several times. Having to meet another FCC deadline to have fully operational facilities by June 30 2006, KHRR requested to make their STA facilities permanent. [cite web |url=http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbsmenu.hts?context=25&appn=101136856&formid=301&fac_num=30601 |title=Application to make STA facilities permanent |publisher=Federal Communications Corporation |date= 2006-06-26|accessmonthday=March 24 |accessyear=2007] The FCC granted the request on July 10 2006, and the next day, KHRR applied for a license to cover their facilities, from which they were already broadcasting. The FCC granted the license on January 31 2007. [cite web |url=http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_det.pl?Application_id=1139487 |title=DTV license application |publisher=Federal Communications Commission |date= 2006-07-11|accessmonthday=March 24 |accessyear=2007]
At the end of the digital television transition, scheduled for
February 17 2009, KHRR has elected to move its digital operations to UHF channel 40, where their analog operations have resided. [cite web |url=http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbsmenu.hts?context=25&appn=101042808&formid=382&fac_num=30601 |title=DTV channel election |publisher=Federal Communications Commission |date= 2005-02-09|accessmonthday=March 24 |accessyear=2007]
* [http://www.telemundo.com/ Telemundo Website]
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