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KAZT-TV
Prescott, Arizona
Branding AZ-TV - Channel 27, Cable 13
(referring to the station's over-the-air and cable positions in Phoenix)
Slogan Arizona's Own
Channels 7 (VHF) analog,
25 (UHF) digital
Affiliations Independent
Owner The Londen Companies
Founded 1982
Call letters meaning AZ-TV
AriZona Television
Former callsigns KUSK
Former affiliations none
Website www.kaz.tv

KAZT-TV is an independent television station operating on Channel 7 in Prescott, Arizona. Its transmitter is located atop Mingus Mountain northeast of Prescott, and is simulcasted on low-powered KAZT-CA Channel 27 from South Mountain in Phoenix as well as several other channels across Central and Northern Arizona through a translator system. It can also be seen on cable systems throughout the state on different channel positions, as well as DirecTV and Dish Network satellite TV's local channels packages. The station has business offices and studios in Prescott and Phoenix.

Until 2002, KAZT was KUSK, a low-budget independent station targeting Prescott and Northern Arizona, broadcasting old movies in the public domain and 1950's TV shows (some of it provided by America One and American Independent Network), syndicated programming larger Phoenix stations didn't want, local talk shows, and America's Store home shopping. Before the Arizona Diamondbacks began operation in 1998, KUSK thrived on Major League Baseball, and aired San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, and San Francisco Giants games. The Phoenix-based Londen family, owners of a life insurance company and active in Republican politics, purchased the station in 2002. After a massive equipment upgrade which included building a studio in Phoenix, KUSK was relaunched with stronger programming as "AZ-TV, Arizona's Own."

KAZT is sports-intensive, and is currently home to Arizona State University men's and women's basketball, baseball, and softball; Phoenix Mercury WNBA basketball, and Mountain West Conference football telecasts. In 2003 and 2004, they televised Arizona Cardinals pre-season NFL football. They have also acquired the rights to Phoenix Coyotes NHL games beginning in the fall of 2006 from KASW. KASW may have been looking to move it because of the contract it has to show the CW beginning in September. All Coyotes games are played at night, and the CW programs primetime. KASW most likely could not move CW programming from primetime, so it had to give up the Coyotes contract.

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Repeaters

KAZT has a network of low-powered repeaters throughout Arizona:

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Station name and slogan over the years

  • KUSK, Your Road to Classic Television (1990s)
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