February 1, 2011 by staff
KOB TV, KOB, Virtual Channel 4 (digital channel 26) is a television station NBC-affiliate based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, owned by Hubbard Broadcasting. Its transmitter is located on Sandia Crest, east of Albuquerque. Syndicated programming on KOB includes: Inside Edition, The Insider, Judge Judy, and wants to be a millionaire.
KOB-TV began operations Nov. 29, 1948, after Albuquerque Journal owner and publisher Tom Pepperday won a television license on his second try. Pepperday, who also owned KOB radio (AM 770 and FM 93.3), had already applied for in 1943. It is the oldest television station in New Mexico, and the television station’s second oldest between the Mississippi and the West Coast (KDYL-TV in Salt Lake City, KTVX now, also on channel 4, had signed a months earlier). Initially KOB-TV ran programming of four networks-NBC, ABC, CBS and DuMont Television Network. However, it has always been a primary NBC affiliate due to belonging to her sister along to the radio with the NBC radio.
Later, in May 1952, KOB stations were purchased by Time Life (now Time Inc.) and former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Wayne Coy. He has been active life of the first television. In 1953, two new TV stations signed on within a week KGGM-TV (Channel 13, now KRQE) signed on CBS and has been followed by KOAT that took ABC DuMont shut down in 1956.
Stanley E. Hubbard, the founder of Hubbard Broadcasting, bought KOB-AM-FM-TV from Time Life in 1957. KOB radio cousins were sold in 1986 and are now known as KKOB-AM-FM, owned by Citadel Broadcasting; many people still confuse television and radio stations today.
In 2005, KOB-TV has partnered with new KKOB-AM.
Despite the KOB radio stations have changed their call letters, KOB-TV did not drop the “TV” suffix until June 13, 2009, when the FCC allowed a limited opportunity for stations to change suffixes (adding “-TV” or “-DT”) or drop them in the wake of the transition to digital.
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