KAZQ is a full-service television station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, affiliated with religious broadcasting networks LeSEA and GOD TV. Owned by Alpha Omega Broadcasting, the station broadcasts locally in digital on UHF channel 17 on a non-commercial educational license. Its call letters are based on its owner's name: alpha and omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, respectively, similar to the letters A and Z in English, hence the call letters KAZ (Alpha Omega) AlbuQuerque.

History

KAZQ was issued an original construction permit on June 30, 1986, began operation on October 12, 1987, and was licensed by the FCC on March 29, 1988. Initially, it aired only Christian programming, but later added family-friendly secular programs to its schedule. KAZQ has been under the same ownership since the station was founded and is one of three full-service Christian television stations in the market — the others are KNAT-TV channel 23 and KCHF channel 11.

Programming

The station broadcasts on an educational license and cannot air any advertising or infomercials, although it airs several hours a day of family entertainment. Some of the programs on KAZQ include Life Today with James Robison, This Is Your Day with Benny Hinn, The 700 Club and The New Jim Bakker Show. Secular programs include The Brady Bunch, The Andy Griffith Show, Little House on the Prairie and Matlock. Unlike most television stations, which operate 24 hours a day, KAZQ signed off from midnight until 6:00 AM each night until Fall 2007. Programming from GOD TV now runs in overnights on KAZQ and KTVS.

Alpha Omega Broadcasting also owns low power station KTVS-LP, UHF channel 36, which has a similar format, but with more secular programming. About half of the KTVS schedule is Christian programming as well, and some of the programs on KAZQ also air on KTVS.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming[2]
32.1480i4:3KAZQ-D1Main KAZQ programming
32.2KAZQ-D2GOD TV
32.3KAZQ-D3SonLife Broadcasting Network
32.4KAZQ-D4AFA
32.5KAZQ-D5Daystar

Analog-to-digital conversion

In 1997, the FCC allotted UHF channel 17 for KAZQ's digital television station.[3] KAZQ applied for a construction permit in May 2000; it was granted February 12, 2001, allowing the station to begin building its digital facilities. Special Temporary Authorization granted in March 2003 allowed KAZQ-DT to go on the air at reduced power while continuing to build full-power facilities. The station obtained its DTV license on January 6, 2006. KAZQ has elected to remain on channel 17 after the end of the DTV transition on June 12, 2009. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 32.