call_letters = WKAQ-TV
station_slogan = Tu Canal / Eres Tú
( Your Channel / It's You )
station_branding = Telemundo
analog = 2 (VHF)
digital = 28 (UHF)
other_chs = W09AT 9 Fajardo
W32AJ 32 Utuado
W68BU 68 Adjuntas
March 28, 1954
San Juan, Puerto Rico
callsign_meaning = Named after former sister station
licensee = Telemundo of Puerto Rico
former_affiliations = Independent (1954–1986)
effective_radiated_power = 55 kW (analog)
924 kW (digital)
HAAT = 861 m (analog)
825.9 m (digital)
facility_id = 64983
coordinates = coord|18|6|47.5|N|66|3|9.1|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
homepage = [http://www.telemundopr.com www.telemundopr.com]
WKAQ-TV is a full-power television station located in
San Juan, Puerto Ricotransmitting over analog channel 2, digital 28. The station is owned and operated by NBC Universaland is branded simply as Telemundo.
WKAQ-TV has one full-power repeater station:
WOLE-TV, channel 12 in Aguadilla. WOLE-TV repeats over 95% of WKAQ-TV's programing under an affiliation agreement. In the past they had used WORA-TV, channel 5 in Mayagüez. The station also has three low-power translator facilities: W09AT in Fajardo, W68BU in Adjuntas and W32AJ in Utuado.
WKAQ-TV became the first Puerto Rican TV station on
March 28, 1954. The station was founded by Angel Ramos, founder of Puerto Rico's main newspaper at the time, "El Mundo" (The World) and Puerto Rico's first radio station (and third licensed radio station in the world), WKAQ. Ramos wanted to maintain a consistent branding between its properties using the "mundo" theme, and thus named WKAQ-TV Telemundo (Tele World). He had tried to obtain a TV license as early as the mid 1940s, but due to an FCC licensing freeze for all new American TV stations, Ramos had to wait until 1954 to obtain the license. WKAQ began broadcasting in color on NTSCin 1968.
During the station's history, WKAQ-TV battled fiercely with
WAPA-TVto obtain the top position of Puerto Rican viewership, thanks, in great part, to none other than Ramón Riverobetter known as Diplo, the most famous and influential actor/comedian in the history of Puerto Rico, who, was under an exclusive contract with Angel Ramos, and who, in 1954 produced the first comedy/variety show for WKAQ Telemundo, [http://www.diplo.org/tv/us/tv2_us.htm La Taberna India] , followed by [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYeLKyBeQ8w La Farándula Corona] .
During the 1970s and 1980s, WKAQ-TV (then branded as "Telemundo Canal 2"), was a major producer of Puerto Rican Spanish soap operas. The channel was also known by its "fingers" logo (a bold number 2 with the silhouette of two upright fingers inside the number), calling itself "El canal de los dedos" (The channel of the fingers).
WKAQ-TV has produced and broadcast recognized local shows such as "El Show de las 12", "La Gente Joven de Menudo", "En Casa de Juanma y Wiwi", "Los Kakucomicos",
Teatrimundo, "Musicomedia", "El Show de Chucho", " Noche de Gala", "Estudio Alegre", "La Pension de Doña Tere", "El Show de Nydia Caro", " No te Duermas", "Marcano el Show", "Super Sabados", "Fantastico", "El Tio Nobel", "Telecómicas", "Al Grano con Zervigón", Ahora Podemos Hablarand "Dame un Break", among others. It also produced famous telenovelas such as "El Hijo de Angela Maria", "Tomiko", " Cristina Bazan", "El Idolo", "Viernes Social", "La Verdadera Eva", "Rojo Verano", "Modelos S.A.", " Coralito", "Tanairi" and others.
With the creation of the Telemundo Network in 1987, the station started branding itself as "Telemundo Puerto Rico". (Before, WKAQ-TV had branded itself as either Telemundo or just "Canal 2".) Since then, WKAQ-TV has since then become one of Telemundo's flagship stations, as well as the recognized original "Telemundo". It has been highly critiziced that because of the station's affiliation to the Telemundo Network, locally produced programming has been traded for "enlatados", or foreign Spanish programming such as Mexican and Venezuelan telenovelas. To avoid this criticism, in 2006, WKAQ-TV aired the first Puerto Rican written and produced telenovela in 15 years:
Dueña y Señora. To the general population, WKAQ-TV is still known simply as "Telemundo", and it is branded as such to this day.
WKAQ-TV's main slogans have been: "Y como el dos no hay dos!" ("There's no two like channel two" and "Telemundo: tu canal, siempre" ("Telemundo: your channel, always"). At the end of 2006, Telemundo's new slogan is: "Eres Tú" ("It's You").
In 2005, WKAQ-TV became a
superstationwhen NBC Universal created the Telemundo Puerto Rico cable channel. The channel aired programs created by WKAQ-TV such as "No te Duermas" and "TVO", as well as the station's news program, "Telenoticias". Telemundo Puerto Rico was aimed at Puerto Ricans and other Caribbeancommunities living in the mainland United States. The superstation feed, however, was discontinued in early 2008.
October 9, 2007, WKAQ's owners, NBC Universal, announced that they put WKAQ-TV up for sale. This followed NBC Universal's acquisition of Oxygen Media. ( [http://www.nbcumv.com/release_detail.nbc/corporate-20071009000000-nbcuniversaltoacq.html] )However, on December 21, 2007, NBC Universal announced that they had withdrawn WKAQ-TV from the selling block.
August 25, 2008, WKAQ-TVin co-production with Telemundo Networkcreate the new morning show "Levantate" on Telemundotelevision studios in San Juan, PR.
Telenoticias is the name of WKAQ-TV's
newscast. The show was started in 1954 and it was the first local televisionprogram. It was first anchored by Evelio Otero. In the 1960s, a renewed edition of Telenoticias started with different anchors.
Over the years, many people have worked on "Telenoticas" including: Bobby Anglero, Charito Fraticelli, Silvia Gómez,
Aníbal González Irizarry, Ramón Enrique Torres, Jorge Rivera Nieves, Grenda Rivera, Ivonne Solla, Ramón Enrique Torres, Bruni Velez, Hector Vazquez Muniz, Luis Guardiola, Johanna Rosaly, Ivette Sosa, Zoraida Nelly Torres, Siverio Pérez, Raúl Camilo Torres, Junior Abrams, Jose Esteves, Raul Quiñones, Roberto Cortes and Madelyn Vega.For more than twenty years, "Telenoticias" only had 2 editions: the 5 o'clock edition and the 11 o'clock edition. However, in 2002, a weekend edition was introduced that started at 5 & 11 o'clock. In 2003, "Telemundo por la Mañana" started with Charito Fraticelli, Silverio Perez, Lourdes Collazo, and panel experts.
In the 1990s, "Telenoticias" used "Telemundo 1992 News Theme" as the main theme music for its newscasts. This was replaced later by "Telemundo News Theme" by
Frank Gari. In 2005, the station uses "Production Music: Raw Power" by Network Music. Currently use the original music theme from "Manolo Mongil" Production.
In 2006, WKAQ-TV's parent company, NBC Universal, announced a restructuring plan called NBCU 2.0, the plan includes major cuts in staff at all NBC Universal properties. In its announcement, WKAQ-TV would eliminate 60 to 80 staffers, some of those cuts include some Telenoticias anchors and reporters, and the ending of the morning, midday, and weekend editions of Telenoticias.
On Monday, January 8, 2007, Telenoticias debuted a new set, new graphics and new music.
June 25, 2008, WKAQ and WSJU-TVannounced that they would cooperate in the local transmission of the 2008 Summer Olympics. [cite web| url=http://www.primerahora.com/noticia/otros_accion/accion_deportiva/telemundo_anuncia_cobertura_olimpica/204452| title=Telemundo anuncia cobertura olímpica| publisher=Primera Hora| language=Spanish| date= 2008-06-26| accessdate=2008-07-01] In 2008, Telemundo's website underwent a restructuration, lauching a new portal. [cite web| url=http://www.primerahora.com/noticia/otros_asi/espectaculos_asi/renovado_y_refrescante_en_la_red/218277| title=Renovado y refrescante en la red| publisher="Primera Hora"| language=Spanish| date= 2008-08-11| accessdate=2008-08-11]
2009, WKAQ will remain on its current pre-transition channel number, 28.http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf] [http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbsmenu.hts?context=25&appn=101233476&formid=387&fac_num=10758 CDBS Print ] ] However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display WKAQ's virtual channelas 2.
Movies shows are in red;Reality/Game Shows are in green; Primetime Talk Shows are in blue; Dramas are in beige;
Telenovelasare in purple; Comedies are in pink; News/News Investigation shows are in orange"'.
WKAQ-TV can be seen across Puerto Rico on the following stations:
* [http://www.telemundopr.com/ WKAQ-TV official site]
* [http://www.telemundo.com/ Telemundo]
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