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to midnight seven days a week, the station has been a primary CBS television affiliate since it signed on.
Channel 6 initially also maintained secondary affiliations with NBC, the Du Mont Television Network and the Paramount Television Network at its launch; KOTV would add a fifth affiliation on November 15, when it began carrying a limited selection of ABC network programs.
After several days of this sampling, the public began to buy their own television sets and KOTV began to cement a small, but growing, viewing audience in the Four State Area.
Originally broadcasting for 11½ hours per day from p.m.
The next day on December 1, KOTV broadcast a two-hour sampling of the top programs from all five networks of the time from which the station carried programming during its first few years.
Over 3,000 television sets were placed throughout the city for public viewing, some of them set on sidewalks outside of appliance stores.
KOTV-DT, virtual channel 6 (UHF digital channel 45), is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States.
The station is owned by Griffin Communications, as part of a duopoly with CW affiliate KQCW-DT (channel 19).
After two years of research, Alvarez suggested to the Griffins that they file a television license application as quickly as possible.
Alvarez also visited 42 of the 89 existing television stations already in operation throughout the United States to study the intricacies of running a television station.
KOTV first began test transmissions on October 15, 1949; the pattern signal was seen by a handful of viewers among the 3,500 northeastern Oklahoma residents that owned television receivers, carrying as far away as Enid and Eufaula, Oklahoma, Monett, Missouri and Fayetteville, Arkansas. It was the first television station to sign on in the Tulsa market, the second to sign on in the state of Oklahoma (after WKY-TV [now KFOR-TV] in Oklahoma City, which debuted five months earlier on June 6) and the 90th to sign on in the United States.
with a "Special Dedication Program" that featured guests such as Oklahoma governor Roy J.
Turner; Tulsa mayor Roy Lundy; singer Patti Page; Leon Mc Auliffe and his western swing band; and Miss Oklahoma Louise O'Brien.
Detractors of the station – who took to calling the accident, "Cameron's Folly" – jumped on the story, proclaiming it as a sign that KOTV was "jinxed" from the start.