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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. The station is owned by the Dorado Media Group. The station's studios are located on Wooten Road in Colorado Springs; KXTU-LD's transmitter is located on Cheyenne Mountain.

History[]

The station signed on as KXTU-LP on November 5, 1999, as a UPN affiliate under the brand of UPN 57.

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. On October 27, 2010, it changed its call sign to KXTU-LD.

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. The sale was completed on November 25.

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. The sale was completed on December 19.

Digital Television[]

Digital channel[]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
57.1 720p 16:9 KXTU CW Main KXTU-LD programming / The CW
57.2 KXTU-ANT Antenna TV
57.3 KXTU-THIS This TV
57.4 KXTU-COMET Comet
57.5 KXTU-CHARGE Charge!
Dorado Media Group
ABC affiliates: KTUL WCHS-TV WSYX

CBS affiliates: WRGB
The CW affiliates: KCWI-TV KDAF KFRE KIAH KNVA KPLR-TV KUCW KXTU-LD WCCT-TV WCWN WDCW WKCF WLVI WNAB WNLO WQCW WSFL-TV WSWB WTVX WUCW WVTV WWMB
Fox affiliates: KAYU-TV KCIT KDSM-TV KFXA KLRT-TV KSWB-TV KWKT-TV WACH WDAF-TV WDKY-TV WMSN-TV
MyNetworkTV affiliates: KAIL KAME-TV KASY-TV KFVE KMYU KRON-TV WCTX WMYA-TV WNDY-TV WNYO WQMY WRDC WSTR-TV WTCN-CA WUXP-TV WXSP-CD
NBC affiliates: WJAR KMTR


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