KAKW Austin

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KAKW-DT is a Univision Communications channel launched on May 31, 1996 serving the area of Austin in Texas. The channel is a sister of KTFO-CD, a Class A UniMás affiliate active in Austin. KAKW simculcasts the latter on its second digital sub-station. The two channels have studios facilities on North Loop Boulevard in Austin with transmitter located in unincorporated Williamson County. Originally licensed to a community in Waco market, most of the full-power digital content and adverts target the Austin market.

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Slogan: La que nos Une

Sisters: KXLK-CD and KTFO-CD

Website: www.univision.com/austin/kakw

 

History

KAKW-DT would hit the waves on May 31, 1996 as a primary UPN station and shared a secondary linkage with The WB. It was originally owned by White Knight Broadcasting with Communications Corporation of America which also owned KWKT affiliated with Fox It signed UPN affiliation in June 1995 before its formal launch in the spring of 1996. The channel closed its digital transmitter K13Vc on March 29, 2003. Already a secondary WB affiliate, the channel became a primary WB station in Jan 2001 making UPN as a second choice. In Oct 2001, White agreed to release KAWK to Univision Communications for a USD 30m.

The WB showed resistance and filed a lawsuit to block the transfer however, the deal was approved and Univision took control of the channel on Jan 7, 2002 as it phased out both its secondary and primary networks i.e. The WB and UPN to become a Univision O&O service. With the new operations the, the coverage of the channel improved and extended to greater Austin. Univision established a news department and started producing Spanish language newscasts. As a result, KXXV replaced KAKW as The WB affiliate in the market while UPN inked a deal with Time Warner Cable. KAKW-CA was a repeater operated by the station active until 2009 before it turned to Telefutura and changed its callsign to KTFO-CD.

It presently carries 5 hours of locally produced news-bulletins each week with two half-hour evening newscasts. You can watch KAKW online for latest Spanish news, weather and sports updates. Connect with the station using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Here is the website: https://www.univision.com/local/austin-kakw