This article is about the full-service Daystar station on channel 11 in Holbrook, Arizona. See KDPH-LP for the Daystar station on channel 48 in Phoenix and KDTP-LP for the JTV station on channel 58 in Phoenix.
KDTP is a television station in Holbrook, Arizona, owned and operated by Community Television Educators, Inc., a board set up by Daystar to manage their non-commercial license in accordance with FCC regulations. It broadcasts in analog on VHF channel 11 with its transmitter within the City of Holbrook, and is repeated on KDPH-LP in Phoenix. Although as a full-service station, KDTP could operate at the maximum 316 kW allowed for a high-band VHF station, it instead operates at 3.2 kW ERP, sufficient to cover its city of license, Holbrook. KDTP has been a Daystar station since sign-on.
An original construction permit for KDTP was issued on January 10, 2000 to Community Television Educators for a station to broadcast on channel 39, a non-commercial allocation in Phoenix. It replaced low-power K39BI (now KFPH-CD), which had been the local Daystar station, but had been moved to channel 35 and sold. The station was licensed on November 14, 2001, airing Daystar programming. In June 2006, the station was part of a facilities swap with KPHZ (now KTAZ), which moved the station from Phoenix channel 39 to Holbrook channel 11.
In 2004, NBCTelemundo, owner of a Class ALPTV station in Phoenix, KDRX-CA (now KDPH-LP), reached an agreement with KDTP that would allow the Telemundo network to secure a full-service station in order to compete on even terms with the leading Spanish-language station in town, Univision-owned KTVW-TV. NBC Telemundo would move its full-service station KPHZ channel 11 from Holbrook to Phoenix, taking the channel 39 allocation held by KDTP. In return, Daystar would move its full-service station KDTP channel 39 from Phoenix to Holbrook, taking the channel 11 allocation held by KPHZ. As compensation, NBC Telemundo would transfer KDRX-CA to Daystar, plus additional consideration, which turned out to be LPTV station KPHZ-LP (now KDTP-LP).
Complicating the issue was that KDTP was on a non-commercial reserved channel in Phoenix, and for the plan to go forward, the FCC would need to remove the non-commercial reservation from channel 39, something that it is extremely reluctant to do. Nevertheless, and in spite of Univision's objection, the FCC concluded that the addition of a competitive Spanish-language service outweighs the loss of a second non-commercial allocation, and approved of the plan (text) (PDF). By July 2006, the transfer was completed.
KDTP is an owned-and-operated station of the Daystar Television Network. Programming is generally Christian-themed, and is primarily taken from the network feed. On the weekends, KDTP broadcasts Spanish-language services from Phoenix-area churches.