KPAZ-TV Phoenix

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TBN Phoenix, AZ

KPAZ-TV Phoenix launched on Sep 16, 1967 is a television station owned by Trinity Broadcasting Network that serves Phoenix, AZ. The studios of the station are maintained on East McDowell Road in southeast Phoenix while transmitter is installed atop South Mountain.

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Watch KPAZ-TV live stream from Phoenix, Arizona. Channel 21 offers religious programming to its audiences in Arizona.

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Sub-Channels: 21.1 TBN

21.2 Hillsong Channel

21.3 JUCE TV/Smile

21.4 Enlace

21.5 TBN Salsa

 

Early History

SLTA: Spanish Language Television of Arizona, Inc. on Feb 10, 1965 applied to FCC for a construction permit for Ch 14 in Phoenix market. SLTA then requested for amends in the application by demanding the dial to Ch 21 and studio to 16th Street and Buckeye Road. The request for the approval of a repeater which would help the expansion of Ch 21 to Tucson was also made. The originally planned launch date in June was extended to Sep 16, 1976 on Mexican Independence day. The Arizona’s maiden full power UHF station was bilingual independent service that offered a mix of Spanish language entertainment programs mixed with new-bulletins and sports programming in English. Hoy en Phoenix was one of the many notable Spanish language programs. The sports programming included bullfighting telecasts and highlights of the games of Arizona State Sun Devils football team.

Despite serious efforts ambitious motives the channel was not able to made its mark against the likes of KPHO-TV and other independent services that prevailed in the market. The pressure form advertisers in early 1969 resulted in the bullfighting being pulled out of the lineups. In Aug 1969, KPAZ filed for bankruptcy.

Sale to Glad Tidings

Despite some serious tussle between RCA and Music and Entertainment Co. which contested over the purchase of the station for the roles of trustee or owner, the federal bankruptcy Hugh Caldwell gave Glad Tidings Church the green signal to take control of Ch 21 after paying USD 400,000.

Financial Problems                

The debts reached a threshold of $2m by early Dec 1975. Arizona based TBN was among the suitors that appeared for the bidding to take debt-ridden service. Due to non-payment of debts the channel went silent on Jan 19, 1977. Trinity Broadcasting Network after some fight with Glad Tidings and RCA and settling a lawsuit by Ballentines acquired the channel in 1979. The Christina ministry station was converted into a fulltime religious programming service.

Translator: Flagstaff-based K35FH is the translator operated by KPAZ

The Phoenix-based KPAZ-TV is available online with news and religious and educational programming for audiences. Prayer request and other charity services can also be made and reached on the online portal. You can follow the station on Facebook and Twitter. Here is the website: www.tbn.org

 

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