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Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colorado
United States
CityColorado Springs, Colorado
BrandingSOCO CW
SloganDare to Defy
ChannelsDigital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 57 (PSIP)
TranslatorsKXRM-DT 21.2 (22.4 UHF) Colorado Springs
Affiliations57.1: The CW (2006-present)
57.2: Bounce TV
57.3: Laff
OwnerNexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
FoundedMay 3, 1999
First air dateNovember 5, 1999 (19 years ago) (1999-11-05)[1]
Call letters' meaningKX = KXRM (sister station)
TU (2) may refer to this sister station status
Sister station(s)KXRM-TV
Former callsignsK57HR (1999, CP only)
KXTU-LP (1999-2010)[1]
Former channel number(s)Analog:
57 (UHF, 1999-2010)
Former affiliationsAnalog/LD1:
UPN (1999-2006)
MundoFox/MundoMax (2013-2016)
Transmitter power1.5 kW
Height649 m (2,129 ft)
Facility ID22681
Transmitter coordinates
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

KXTU-LD, virtual channel 57 (UHF digital channel 20), is a low-powered CW-affiliated television station licensed to Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States and also serving Pueblo. Owned by Nexstar Media Group, it is a sister station to Fox affiliate KXRM-TV (channel 21). The two stations share studios on Wooten Road in Colorado Springs; KXTU-LD's transmitter is located on Cheyenne Mountain.

Since 2008, the station has been simulcast in standard definition on KXRM's second digital subchannel. This signal increases KXTU's broadcasting radius; KXTU did not convert to digital until 2010, and even in digital, its coverage area is effectively limited to El Paso and Pueblo counties.


The station signed on as KXTU-LP on November 5, 1999[1] as a UPN affiliate under the brand of UPN57.

When UPN left the air on September 17, 2006, KXTU switched to The CW, which was created by the merger of The WB (which had been available in the market by way of Denver's KWGN-TV) and UPN.

Unlike most other low-powered stations, KXTU is available to viewers on DirecTV and Dish Network, as well as on cable systems throughout southern Colorado. This is because under the retransmission consent portion of the must-carry rules, KXRM has the right to require cable and satellite providers to carry KXTU as part of the compensation for carrying KXRM.

On August 30, 2010, KXTU-LP flash-cut from analog to digital on channel 57.[2] On October 27, 2010, it changed its call sign to KXTU-LD.[1]

In early 2012, the station moved from channel 57 to channel 20 and rebranded from CW 57 to SOCO CW.

On February 28, 2013, Barrington Broadcasting announced the sale of its entire group, including KXTU-LD, to Sinclair Broadcast Group.[3] The sale was completed on November 25.[4]

On August 20, 2014, Sinclair announced that it would sell KXRM-TV and KXTU-LD, along with WTTA in Tampa Bay, to Media General in a swap for WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island, WLUK-TV and WCWF in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and WTGS in Savannah, Georgia. The swap is part of Media General's merger with LIN Media.[5][6] The sale was completed on December 19.[7] A condition of the sale maintained the station's affiliation with Sinclair's American Sports Network package of college sports.[8]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[9]
57.1 1080i 16:9 KXTU CW Main KXTU-LD programming / The CW
57.2 480i Bounce TV
57.3 Laff

The station carried programming from MundoFox/MundoMax on its second subchannnel throughout its three-year existence from August 2013 until December 2016.

News operation

Unlike its sister station, KXTU does not air newscasts, but during a breaking news event or weather bump, it simulcasts KXRM's newscasts.


  1. ^ a b c d "Digital TV Market Listing for KXTU". Rabbit Ears.info. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ CW57 to go all digital Monday, ColoradoConnection.com, Jaryd Wilson, August 24, 2010
  3. ^ Malone, Michael (February 28, 2013). "Sinclair's Chesapeake TV Acquires Barrington Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-03. Retrieved . Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Media General, LIN Sell Stations In 5 Markets". TVNewsCheck. August 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ Malone, Michael (August 20, 2014). "Media General, LIN Divest Stations in Five Markets". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ Sinclair Broadcast Group Closes on Certain Station Acquisitions and Divestitures with Media General Archived 2014-12-19 at the Wayback Machine, Press Release, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Retrieved 19 December 2014
  8. ^ Minium, Harry (August 27, 2014). "ODU's opener with Hampton to be televised in 66 markets". HamptonRoads.com. The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KXTU-LD

External links

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