KCSG, virtual channel and UHF digital channel 14, is a Heroes & Icons-affiliated television station located in Cedar City, Utah, United States. The station is owned by West American Finance Corporation. The station maintains studio facilities located on West 1600 South Street in St. George, and its transmitter located on Cedar Mountain, southeast of Cedar City. The station has a that extend its over-the-air coverage throughout southwestern Utah. KCSG is also available on DirecTV, Dish Network, Galaxy 19, and cable systems in the Salt Lake City market.[2]

History

KCSG began as KCCZ, with a construction permit issued on June 11, 1984 to Michael Glenn Golden. After several extensions and replacements of expired permits, and transfer of the permit to Liberty Broadcasting Company, the station first signed on the air in April 23, 1990, operating as an independent station; it was licensed by the Federal Communications Commission on June 21, 1990. However, financial difficulties doomed KCCZ and it shut down in November 1992. Liberty Broadcasting filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on December 17, 1992, but the filing had to be converted to Chapter 7 bankruptcy on June 22, 1993. On October 20, Seagull Communications Company, whose principals owned KSGI radio (1450 AM, now KZNU, and 99.9 FM, now KONY) in St. George, filed an application to acquire the station out of bankruptcy and on November 12, changed its call letters to KSGI-TV to match the radio stations. The acquisition was approved by the FCC and consummated on February 1, 1994. Seagull Communications returned the station to air the same day, again as an independent station.[3]

Almost immediately, the new owners applied to the FCC to build booster stations serving St. George, Utah and Beaver Dam, Arizona/Mesquite, Nevada, communities cut off from the signal due to the mountainous terrain of those areas. The FCC granted the construction permit for the St. George booster, KSGI1 (later KCSG1), on February 28, 1995, but did not grant a permit for the Beaver Dam booster, KSGI2 (later KCSG2), until January 1998. That station was never built, but the construction permit remained in the FCC database until 2009.

In 1997, Seagull Communications sold KSGI-TV to Bonneville Holding Company, a broadcasting company wholly owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The sale was approved by the FCC on December 10, 1997 and was consummated on April 27, 1998. On February 16, 1998, the station changed its call letters to KXIV, in anticipation of its DTV channel assignment on UHF channel 14, but the FCC adopted the virtual channel standard, whereby digital stations would continue to identify by their analog channel assignment, and on May 15, 1998, the station again changed call letters, this time to KCSG. On August 31, 1998, the station became a charter affiliate of the family-oriented network Pax TV (now Ion Television). In August 2002, KCSG was sold to Broadcast West, a St. George-based partnership of Daniel Matheson and local auto dealer Stephen Wade. The new owners elected to continue the Pax affiliation and to maintain an association with Bonneville-owned KSL-TV (channel 5).[2]

Broadcast West began to make changes to KCSG that would establish its identity as a Southern Utah station. In 2003, the company founded the region's first television news department for the station. Before, the only local news program available to residents of Cedar City and St. George came from Salt Lake City area stations. In June 2005, with Pax TV preparing to adopt a more general entertainment format, KCSG switched its affiliation to America One, continuing to offer family-focused programming. The station made news in September 2005, when it began offering its news programs in Spanish, as well as in English, attempting to serve the region's growing Hispanic population.[4] The Broadcast West partnership was dissolved on October 18, 2005, and a new company, Southwest Media, owned by Stephen Wade, became the licensee.[5]

On August 18, 2008, KCSG replaced Salt Lake City's KJZZ-TV (also on channel 14) as Utah's MyNetworkTV affiliate.[6] The station added programming from the Retro Television Network, which was previously carried in the market by KUSG and KCBU, in 2009.[7] For a time, starting on September 20, 2010, KCSG was one of two MyNetworkTV affiliates serving the geographically large Utah media market, along with KUSG; the affiliation was subsequently ceded completely to the renamed KMYU (channel 12).

On September 5, 2011, KCSG switched its primary affiliation to classic television network MeTV[8][9] On July 26, 2012, KCSG added FamilyNet to Baja Broadband channel 87.[10] FamilyNet is limited to cable and satellite viewing because of programming restrictions placed on it by the network. Otherwise, FamilyNet would have been added to digital subchannel 14.4.

On September 29, 2014, KCSG switched its affiliation from MeTV to Heroes & Icons, a new network owned by MeTV's parent company, Weigel Broadcasting, as its first non-owned affiliate. The network mainly carries a format of crime shows and westerns targeted to men from the MeTV acquisition library. MeTV is still available throughout the state via KTVX-DT2.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming[11]
14.1480i4:3KCSG-DTMain KCSG programming / Heroes & Icons
14.2AMGTV
14.3(silent, blue screen)
14.4(silent, blue screen)
DateDescription
January 24, 2011KCSG began carrying My Family TV programming on digital subchannel 14.2 and local information and music service on digital channel 14.3.[12]
July 7, 2013KCSG added FamilyNet to digital subchannel 14.2, moving My Family TV to digital subchannel 14.4.
November 18, 2013KCSG removed FamilyNet on digital subchannel 14.2, moving My Family TV back to digital subchannel 14.2.
March 22, 2014KCSG added FamilyNet to digital subchannel 14.2, moving The Family Channel to digital subchannel 14.4.
August 21, 2014KCSG removed FamilyNet on digital subchannel 14.2, moving The Family Channel back to digital subchannel 14.2. Also, on August 21, 2014, KCSG added the Southern Utah Live Television Network to digital subchannel 14.4.
September 29, 2014KCSG removed MeTV programming on 14.1 and replaced it with Heroes & Icons,[13] moving The Family Channel to digital subchannel 14.3.
February 24, 2015KCSG removed Heroes & Icons Movies on digital subchannel 14.2, moving The Family Channel back to digital subchannel 14.2. Also, on February 24, 2015, KCSG removed the Southern Utah Live Television Network on digital subchannel 14.4.
September 21, 2015KCSG removed The Family Channel on digital subchannel 14.2.
September 30, 2015KCSG added The Family Channel on digital subchannel 14.2.
May 30, 2016KCSG removed The Family Channel on digital subchannel 14.2.
June 6, 2016KCSG added TUFF TV on digital subchannel 14.2.
July 12, 2016KCSG removed TUFF TV on digital subchannel 14.2 and replaced it with The Action Channel.
July 21, 2016KCSG removed The Action Channel on digital subchannel 14.2 and replaced it with TUFF TV.
August 19, 2016KCSG added AMGTV on digital subchannel 14.3.
August 24, 2015KCSG removed TUFF TV on digital subchannel 14.2, moving AMGTV to digital subchannel 14.2.

Analog-to-digital conversion

KCSG shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[14] The station's digital signal broadcasts on its pre-transition UHF channel 14.

News operation

KCSG was the first television station in southern Utah to produce local newscasts for the region. Until KCSG started its news department, St. George residents received local newscasts from stations in Salt Lake City; indeed, KCSG itself simulcast KSL-TV's morning newscast for a time under Bonneville ownership.[16] The station's news operation began in 2003 with a five-minute newscast; this subsequently expanded to half-hour newscasts at 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. KCSG discontinued its newscasts on February 19, 2010; the station still broadcasts news updates and still places news stories on its website.[17][18]

After a six-month hiatus, full-scale newscasts were reinstated on August 23, 2010, with the early evening newscast now airing at 6:30 p.m., in addition to the 9 p.m. newscast. KCSG previously announced a partnership with Dixie State College of Utah.[19] In late August 2011, KCSG began rebroadcasting the first half-hour of Even though Bonneville no longer owns the station, KSL-TV's 6 p.m. newscast continues to be rebroadcast at 7 p.m., and its 6:30 p.m. newscast re-airs at 9 p.m. Both newscasts are titled KSL Live 5 News on KCSG.

Sports programming

On August 4, 2011, Utah State University announced that it had partnered with KCSG to show select football and men's and women's basketball games on the station.[20][21]

The St. George Marathon, the City of St. George First Night and the Huntsman World Senior Games are broadcast on KCSG.

Translators

KCSG extends its over-the-air coverage throughout southwestern Utah through a network of one booster station and more than 15 analog and digital translator stations:

Translators of KCSG
Call signCommunity of licenseAdditional Information
K19GS-DBeaver County, Utah
K23KO-DBeaver County, Utah
K33FWBeaver County, Utah
K43ME-DBeaver County, Utah
K46IB-DBeaver County, Utah
K50JW-DDelta, Utah
K32JW-DFillmore, Utah
K51JT-DGarrison, Utah
K34LP-DLeamington, Utah
K35IP-DScipio, Utah
K16DS-DSt. George, Utah