LAT TV was a Spanish-language television network emphasizing family-oriented and educational programming. It was owned by Latin America Broadcasting of Houston, Texas and launched in May 2006, initially on five low-power television stations in Texas and Arizona, four of which were in top-ten Hispanic markets. The network folded in May 2008.
|Type||Broadcast television network|
|Owner||Latin America Broadcasting|
|Wallace (Rocky) Springstead, President and CEO|
|May 19, 2006|
|Dissolved||May 20, 2008|
LAT TV launched on May 19, 2006 with television stations in Houston, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio, Texas, and in Phoenix, Arizona. On April 10, 2007, LAT TV announced a partnership with Equity Media Holdings that would affiliate 26 stations owned or controlled by Equity with LAT TV, effective May 30, 2007. The new affiliation expanded LAT TV coverage to 31 stations and to 27 markets in 15 states.
Citing a lack of investments caused by a lack of cable carriage, the network shut down May 20, 2008. The company plans to retain its broadcast licenses.
LAT TV was headed by Patricia Torres-Burd and her team, consisting of Roxana Sibrian, Frida Villalobos and Ana Bzdusek.
LAT TV offered a wide variety of programming from Mexico, Latin America, Europe and the United States to serve a diverse Hispanic market. The schedule included telenovelas, sports, comedy, and children's programming. A half-hour network news program from Independent News Network, Noticias LAT TV, aired each night. Weekday mornings included a block of public-service programs. Friday nights featured boxing matches, Late Night Variety Show "La Boca Loca De Paul" hosted by Paul Bouche, and the afternoon children's programming block includes Topo Gigio, a show that has been popular in the Latino community since the 1960s.
LAT TV was entirely based on internet protocol. Its IT Manager Aaron Ward and network operations manager Jay Ross built and oversaw the process.
Affiliates added May 30, 2007
Announced for affiliation, but did not carry the network
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K18JL-D is a low-power broadcast television station located in Phoenix, Arizona. It transmits on channel 25 from Shaw Butte in North Phoenix. The station is owned by HC2 Holdings.K20HZ
K20HZ was a low-power television station in Palm Springs, California, broadcasting locally on channel 20 as an affiliate of HSN. Founded March 16, 2007, the station was owned by Howard Mintz.
K20HZ was an affiliate of LAT TV until the network's shutdown in 2008. In July 2009, K20HZ became "KMXX" (the call sign "MXX" as in "Mexico" and the Roman numeral for 20) to include Spanish-language programs like it had before. It remained a part-time schedule TV station and was not available on cable.
In June 2013, K20HZ was slated to be sold to Landover 5 LLC as part of a larger deal involving 51 other low-power television stations; the sale fell through in June 2016.K20HZ went dark December 27, 2013, stating that it was in the process of converting to digital television. The station's license was cancelled on November 17, 2015.KADY-LP
KADY-LP was a low-power television station licensed to Sherman, Texas. It transmitted over UHF channel 34 and was owned by Una Vez Mas Holdings, LLC under the licensee Una Vez Mas Sherman License LLC.
Although Una Vez Mas usually affiliates its stations with Azteca America, LAT TV announced on April 10, 2007 that the station would become a LAT TV affiliate as of May 30. LAT TV had since ceased operations, and KADY-LP had never appeared in online TV listings. The station went off the air in October 2010.A construction permit for K34HQ was first issued on 5 May 2004. The station changed its callsign to KADY-LP 16 May 2007, before it was licensed.
The station's license was cancelled by the Federal Communications Commission on June 9, 2014, for failure to file a license renewal application.
An unrelated full-power station that initially signed on the air on August 17, 1985, on channel 63 in Oxnard, California, as KTIE, held the KADY call letters from 1988 until 2004; in which year the station took on its current KBEH callsign. The station moved its city of license to Garden Grove, California, in 2017.KARZ-TV
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KCVH-LD is a low-power television station broadcasting on channel 30 in Houston, Texas.
It was formerly the flagship station for LAT TV, a Spanish-language network owned by Latin America Broadcasting. KCVH-LP was a charter station for the network, which launched in May 2006. In May 2008, LAT TV ceased broadcasting, and KCVH suspended operations on June 23, 2008.In July 2009, the station was sold to Daij Media LLC. The station briefly returned to the air in February 2010 in analog as "Aleluya TV". An application to switch to digital broadcasting was granted by the FCC on February 25, 2010, the digital signal went on the air December 15, 2010, and religious programming began airing January 31, 2011.KIMG-LD
KIMG-LD virtual channel 31 (UHF digital channel 23) is a digital low-power television station in Ventura, California. The station is owned by Ronald Ulloa, who also owns KVMD and KXLA, and is the brother of KJLA owner Walter Ulloa. KIMG-LD is the Ventura County repeater of KVMD.
On May 30, 2007, KIMG-LP channel 23 switched affiliations to LAT TV, as part of a new deal between LAT TV and Equity Media Holdings, who owned KIMG at the time . LAT TV was a Houston-based Spanish-language television network that launched in May 2006 and ceased operation two years later.
KIMG-LP switched affiliations from LAT TV to Retro Jams; it is unknown when the switch took place.
KIMG-LP signed off March 9, 2009 in the wake of Equity's bankruptcy. After failing to find a buyer at a bankruptcy auction, the station was sold to Ronald Ulloa on October 30, 2009. The station had previously been included in Silver Point Finance's June 2 acquisition of other Equity stations, but that application was dismissed August 11, 2009.On January 24, 2011, the station's license were cancelled by the FCC. However, as of November 2011, the station's license is still active, as KIMG-LD.KISA-LD
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KJJM-LD is a low-power digital television station in the Dallas, Texas area of the United States, broadcasting locally on channel 34.
The station was first established as K46EV on channel 46 as a FamilyNet affiliate, then on February 18, 2000 the call letters changed to KJJM. In 2005, the station moved its broadcasts to channel 34 to make way for KTAQ's channel 46 digital signal, and switched affiliates to LAT TV in 2006.
For several weeks after LAT TV folded on May 20, 2008, KJJM was running a test pattern without FCC-required station IDs, putting the owners in danger of fines and other penalties. In September 2008 the station began broadcasting infomercials until the Universal Access Network was established in November 2008.
From November 2008 until June 2011, KJJM broadcast Universal Access Network programming, including the daily Access Live hosted by Pastor Lee Sherrell and produced at the KJJM studios. Weekend programming includes local Dallas ministry programs produced live at KJJM. The schedule also included syndicated programs, a handful of old movies, cartoons, classic TV shows including Bonanza, and programs from other sources.
In June 2011, Universal Access Network moved to full-power station KTAQ on subchannel 47.2.
In June 2013, KJJM-LD was slated to be sold to Landover 5 LLC as part of a larger deal involving 51 other low-power television stations; the sale fell through in June 2016. Mako Communications sold its stations, including KJJM-LD, to HC2 Holdings in 2017.KJJM is not currently available on cable systems in the immediate Dallas/Mesquite area.
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KVAT-LD, digital channel 17, is a low-power television station licensed to Garfield, Texas (Austin market). The station is owned by HC2 Holdings.
The station was originally an affiliate of LAT TV, a Houston-based Spanish-language television network that launched in May 2006; however, the network folded 2 years later.
In December 2010, the station's call letters changed from KVAT-LP to KVAT-LD.
In June 2013, KVAT-LD was slated to be sold to Landover 5 LLC as part of a larger deal involving 51 other low-power television stations; the sale fell through in June 2016. Mako Communications sold its stations, including KVAT-LD, to HC2 Holdings in 2017.KVPA-LD
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W16DQ-D is a low-power television station in St. Petersburg, Florida, broadcasting locally on channel 16. The station is owned by HC2 Holdings and leased to Sonlife Broadcasting Network (SBN), a Christian television network owned by Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.From June 2007 to May 2008, this station affiliated with LAT TV, a Spanish-language network. Since that network folded and until its affiliation with SBN, it is unknown what programming that station offered.
The station converted to digital in October 2011, flash cutting on channel 43. In 2017, the station moved to channel 16, using the frequency vacated by WUSF-TV in 2009; the station's call letters changed from W43CE-D to W16DQ-D. Through the use of PSIP, the station's virtual channel remains 43.
In June 2013, W43CE-D was slated to be sold to Landover 5 LLC as part of a larger deal involving 51 other low-power television stations; the sale fell through in June 2016. Mako Communications sold its stations, including W43CE-D, to HC2 Holdings in 2017.WJMF-LP
WJMF-LP is a low-power television station in Jackson, Mississippi. The station, which currently operates on Channel 6, is owned by Rainey Radio. The station currently acts as a radio station broadcasting a Oldies & Classic Hits format as EZ 87.7, taking advantage of that station's audio signal on 87.75 MHz FM.WJMF-LP was previously an affiliate of the Spanish language Univision network, rebroadcasting a satellite feed of KUOK Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a former sister station under Equity Media Holdings; consequently, WJMF-LP was Univision's sole affiliate in Mississippi, as well as the state's only Spanish-language TV station in general. WJMF even broadcast KUOK station identifications and Oklahoma ads.
It was originally announced that WJMF would become a LAT TV affiliate. However, Equity placed LAT TV on co-owned WJXF-LP instead. (That station would later switch to Equity's Retro Jams network, before closing down in 2010.)
WJMF was sold at auction to Rainey Radio on April 16, 2009; this separated it from KUOK, which was sold to Tyler Media. The sale closed on July 10, 2009. In early 2011, WJMF-LP was relocated to channel 6, when it was relaunched as a radio station, "EZ 87.7".In June 2015, a Saturday evening request show was added to the station. The name of its host is Gearshift Gary.WJXF-LP
WJXF-LP was a low-power TV station in Jackson, Mississippi. The station, which operated on channel 49, was owned by Equity Broadcasting.
WJXF began carrying LAT TV programming beginning May 30, 2007, as part of a new deal between LAT TV and Equity.  It was originally announced that LAT TV would replace Univision on sister station WJMF-LP. However, WJMF kept the Univision affiliation while WJXF began broadcasting LAT TV programming. Until that date, WJXF was a repeater of non-Equity WBXK-CA.
In December, 2007, WJXF switched from LAT TV to Retro Jams, an Equity service that presents music videos, plus infomercials overnight.
WJXF was sold at auction to Rainey Radio on April 16, 2009. The sale closed on July 10, 2009.In October 2010, Rainey Radio filed a Request for Silent STA with the Federal Communications Commission, citing technical and financial problems. The station's license would be cancelled in October 2011.WUHQ-LD
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Former LAT TV stations