KYAZ launched on Nov 3, 1993 and owned by HC2 Holdings is an Azteca América affiliate licensed to Katy and operating in Houston, TX. It is headquartered at One Arena Place on Bissonnet Street on Houston’s southwest side with transmitter fix near Missouri City in unincorporated area of northeaster Fort Bend County. Comcast Xfinity carries KYAZ through AT&T U-verse in SD while HD version is available on Xfinity digital Ch 616.
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Sisters: KUGB-CD, KUVM-LD and KUVM-CD
History as an Independent
On Nov 3, 1993, KYAZ debuted as an independent station: KNWS-TV, a 24-hour news service under the ownership of Johnson Broadcasting. It showcased mostly news programming with pre-recorded newscast, special news segments, talk shows that were repeated and updated throughout the day.
In Nov 1996, the channel started to truncate its news programming and following the termination of a sale to Global Broadcasting Systems in 1997, it dropped all-news format in entirety on Jan 1, 1998 to turn into a traditional independent service. KYAZ would then broadcast syndicated classical programs and movies while maintaining local news updates via its old newsroom. TV 51 Has The Shows You Know used to be the catchphrase of the channel at that time. More programming was dropped in the coming years to give space to infomercials and the trend continued. It would also carry some of the programs not taken by KPRC.
Passions, a soap opera and Leeza were among the NBC programs declined by KPRC and accepted by KNWS. It provided special coverage during Hurricane Rita in 2005. The owners planned to add RTN on a digital subchannel before announcing the sale of KNWS to Una Vez Más, however, keeping in view the pending sale Azteca America as added to its digital subchannel on April 25, 2010. Retro Television Network would subsequently get KUVM-CD, a channel owned by Mako Communications. KUVM was previously affiliated with Azteca in Houston.
Johnson in Oct 2008 filed for bankruptcy protection, prompting the sale of its assets: KLDT and KNWS. The sale of the channels was approved on Dec 29, 2009 by bankruptcy court and Una Vez Más emerged as the buyer of the channels after the approval of Federal Communication Commission on Sep 27, 2010. Under the new owners, the calls were changed to KAZH and later became KYAZ.
Azteca América occupied 51.1 and 51.2 sub-channels on Dec 29, 2010. The channel was sold to Northstar Media, LLC. In 2014 and later acquired by HC2 Holdings which also purchased Azteca America network on Nov 29, 2017.