call_letters = KBTZ
analog = 24 (UHF)
other_chs = KBTZ-LP 32 Bozeman
affiliations = Fox (primary)
May 2, 2003
owner = Equity Media Holdings Corporation
licensee = nowrap|Montana License Subsidiary, Inc.
effective_radiated_power = 330 kW
HAAT = 570 m
facility_id = 81438
coordinates = coord|46|0|24|N|112|26|33|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
KBTZ is a full-service television station serving
Butte, Montanaas a Fox affiliate, broadcasting in analog on UHF channel 24, with no digital allocation. The station is owned by Equity Broadcastingof Little Rock, Arkansas. KBTZ simulcasts on translator station KBTZ-LP UHF channel 32 in Bozeman, Montana.
According to Equity's website, KBTZ has a secondary affiliation with Fox's new sister network,
This station was observed being rebroadcast on Digital Channel 11.2 in Fort Collins, CO starting on May 13th, 2008. The main digital Channel 11.1 is KDEV
Cheyenne, Wyomingutilizing their digital transmitter located 50 miles to the south near Fort Collins, CO.
Since both stations are owned by
Equity Broadcasting, it's assumed that this is perhaps a test of the digital equipment for KBTZ which does not have a companion digital channel in their local area. See below.
Because it was granted an original
construction permitafter the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997[http://www.transmitter.com/FCC97115/chanplan.html] , the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. Instead, on or before February 17, 2009, which is the end of the digital TV conversion period for full-service stations, KBTZ will be required to turn off its analog signaland turn on its digital signal(called a " flash-cut").
* [http://www.ebcorp.net/ Equity Broadcasting]
* [http://www.fox.com/ Fox]
* [http://www.mynetworktv.com/ MyNetworkTV]
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