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New TV station will hit the air in May

Television viewers in the Twin Ports will soon be able to click into another station with the addition of KDUL-TV Channel 12. The low-power commercial station, broadcasting from the Fitger's Brewery complex in Duluth, is expected to begin program...

Television viewers in the Twin Ports will soon be able to click into another station with the addition of KDUL-TV Channel 12.
The low-power commercial station, broadcasting from the Fitger's Brewery complex in Duluth, is expected to begin programming by May 15, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to operations/program manager Charlotte Klesman.
The station will offer network and syndicated programming, as well as locally-produced shows. Primarily the programming will be with United Paramount Network (UPN), with America One Television Network as the general 24-hour provider.
The prime time UPN lineup includes "Star Trek Voyager" and "WWF Smackdown!" ranked third among all primetime series in the teens and male teens category. Others include "7 Days," "Moesha," "The Parkers" and "Malcolm & Eddie."
The America One Television Broadcast Network, a general family entertainment network, is expected to bring quality children's shows, sports, nostalgic Hollywood movies, classic series and Westerns, hunting, fishing and car racing.
"We're a 'mom and pop' small business broadcast ... we're going to completely saturate the Duluth/Superior area," Klesman said.
Besides broadcasting an off-air signal on Channel 12, KDUL will reach Charter Communications cable subscribers on Channel 16.
Because the transmitter isn't fully operational yet, the full extent of the coverage is not known, but it is expected to extend at least as far as the South Range area and just over the hill from Duluth to Hermantown; carriage over the water could bring the station nearly as far as Two Harbors on the north shore of Lake Superior, said Klesman.
The Low Power Television Service (LPTV) was established by the FCC in 1982 and is a less expensive and more flexible means of delivering programming tailored to local interest.
KDUL will be offering the locally-produced weekly sports talk show "The Average Guys," hosted by Jon Donahue and developed through Duluth Public Access Cable Television. "Average Guys," with a following that has rated it the most popular local show after council meetings, is expected to be the "flagship show," but the station is hoping to expand local programming to include cooking shows and possibly a computer show, Klesman said.
The station is owned by Duluth TV Partners, a team of local investors, and managed by Entertainment Sports Information Corp., (ESI), with offices in Palm Beach, Fla., and Kalispell, Mont.
Advertising is expected to be local. "We're breaking new ground here. We're going to be doing auctions," Klesman said. The station will be accepting goods and merchandise for advertising spots and will sell them at a publicly broadcast, live auction three times a year. "This gives advertisers additional exposure," Klesman said.

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