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List of McCaw Cablevision channels (Tucson, February 1985)

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McCaw Cablevision customers in Tucson, Arizona had access to 38 channels in February of 1985. Today, depending on exact location, services within some parts of the city are still provided by Comcast (now as Xfinity) while Cox Communications services other parts of the city. (Source: TVTV.us)


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Source: YouTube
CH# Names Notes/Today
3 Access Channel/
Program Guide
A defunct cable channel
(Little is known about the Access Channel at this time, meanwhile the Program Guide eventually became Prevue Guide and
later Prevue Channel and then TV Guide Channel, the scrolling guides for which that network was legendary for were phased
out over the years, as it was converted into a general entertainment channel as Pop, now owned by Paramount Global)
4  4  KVOA-TV (NBC)
Still an NBC affiliate, now as KVOA, owned by Entertainment Studios
(The "-TV" suffix was removed from the call letters in 1996, now as KVOA)
5 CNN Headline News Once a companion network to CNN with news headlines, programming has shifted mostly to crime
and law oriented shows and documentaries in recent years as HLN, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
7 Lifetime Programming geared towards women and women in lead roles of movies and shows
(Owned by A&E Networks as a 50-50 joint venture between Hearst Communications and The Walt Disney Company)
8 SPN Short for Satellite Program Network, sold to NBC and relaunched as CNBC in 1989, now
owned by NBCUniversal
9  9  KGUN-TV (ABC)
Still an ABC affiliate, now owned by E. W. Scripps Company
(Also sister to CW affiliate KWBA-TV out of Sierra Vista, the "-TV" suffix was removed from the call letters in 1987
(as KGUN) only to be reinstated in 2009 as KGUN-TV once again)
11  11  KZAZ (Ind.)
Now a Fox affiliate as KMSB, owned by Tegna
(Call letters changed to the current KMSB in September of that same year, joined Fox upon its launch in October of 1986, sister
station to MyNetworkTV affiliate KTTU, sale of Tegna along with KMSB and KTTU to Standard General still awaiting
regulatory approval as of August 2022, both stations are operated by Gray Television, owners of CBS affiliate KOLD-TV
under a Shared Services Agreement)
12 Reserved Status unknown, likely a channel reserved for brokered programming
13  13  KOLD-TV (CBS)
Still a CBS affiliate, now owned by Gray Television
(Also operates Fox affiliate KMSB and MyNetworkTV affiliate KTTU under a Shared Services Agreement, both stations are
owned by Tegna, sale of Tegna along with KMSB and KTTU to Standard General still awaiting regulatory approval as
of August 2022)
15 ESPN A 24-hour channel devoted to local, regional, national and international sports
(Owned as a joint venture between Hearst Communications at 80% and The Walt Disney Company at 20%)
16 USA Network Then and now, a general entertainment and sports channel, now owned by NBCUniversal
17 The Nashville Network
A channel once focused on country music and lifestyle, it now operates as a general entertainment
channel as Paramount Network, owned by Paramount Global
19 Nickelodeon Also known as Nick, owned today by Paramount Global
(Schedule then and now, still consists of programming towards children and teenagers up to 18 years of age, its nighttime
counterpart, Nick at Nite would officially launch in July of that same year, with dramas and sitcoms, initially from the 1950s
and 1960s with shows from later decades added in recent years)
20 McCaw Information
Defunct, a local cable access or barker channel
(Replaced by two other cable access channels, the first being Access Tucson, which in turn is also defunct and replaced by
a second channel, Creative Tucson)
21 The Movie Channel A premium pay subscription channel with classic, mainstream and independent movies
(Sister and companion network to Showtime, owned by Paramount Global)
22  5  KTLA (Ind.)
Los Angeles, California
Now a CW affiliate, owned by Nexstar Media Group
(KTLA is the oldest active television station west of the Mississippi River, to become an official network owned-and-operated
station pending approval and completion of Nexstar's acquisition of a 75% stake in the network, Warner Bros. Discovery and
Paramount Global will still retain the remaining 25%, split at 12.5% for each company)
24 Black Entertainment
Then and now, still carries programming heavily targeting African-American audiences, though it
nowadays goes only by the acronym BET, owned by Paramount Global
25 Cable Classified Ads A barker channel with classifieds and advertisements, likely defunct
26  11  KTTV (Ind.)
Los Angeles, California
Now the Fox West Coast flagship station, owned by Fox Television Stations
(The network would launch in October of 1986, also sister station to MyNetworkTV West Coast flagship station KCOP-TV,
also an independent in 1985)
27 Home Box Office A premium subscription network, still operates today by its acronym HBO
(Now owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, Home Box Office is still used as the network's legal corporate name)
28 Music Television Now known exclusively as MTV, owned by Paramount Global
(The network has shifted from strictly music and music videos in its early years to a mix of music, reality shows and dramas
and other acquired programming in recent years)
29 Showtime A premium subscription channel with movies, shows, documentaries and sporting events,
owned by Paramount Global
30 CBN CBN Cable Network was spun off by the Christian Broadcasting Network and operates today as
Freeform, owned by The Walt Disney Company
32  9  WOR-TV (Ind.)
Secaucus, New Jersey
Now the MyNetworkTV East Coast flagship station as WWOR-TV, owned by Fox Television Stations
(Call letters changed to the current WWOR-TV upon MCA/Universal taking over the station in April of 1987, also sister station
to Fox East Coast flagship station WNYW)
34  9  WGN-TV (Ind.)
Chicago, Illinois
The direct OTA feed at the time, then and now, an independent, now owned by Nexstar Media Group
(Its later cable counterpart, WGN America, has since been rebranded and relaunched as NewsNation)
36 The Weather Channel Weather forecasting and science and in recent years, weather related shows and documentaries as well
(Also with local weather alerts and local forecasts every ten minutes on the 8s of every hour, owned by Entertainment Studios)
38  17  WTBS (Ind.)
Atlanta, Georgia
The direct feed of the OTA station at the time, now as WPCH-TV, owned by Gray Television
(Both the station and the TBS network were separated from each other in 2007, TBS today, is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery)
39 Cinemax A premium pay subscription channel with mainstream, independent and original shows, movies and
documentaries, sister and companion network to HBO, both are owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
41 Cable News Network CNN in Atlanta, an American multinational news channel, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
42 AP Latin News News stories and headlines in Spanish from the Associated Press
43 Dow Jones Likely defunct, a teletext with stocks and business news and headlines from Dow Jones
(With audio simulcasts of then-news/talk radio station KTUC 1400 AM, now with an Adult Standards format)
44 24 Hour National News Little is known of this channel at this time, but it broadcasted national news stories and headlines
45 Trinity Broadcasting
Now operating by the acronym TBN, one of the leading major Christian television networks in America
46 Comparison Shopper Likely defunct, a generic home shopping and/or advertisement barker channel
(With audio simulcasts of then-talk radio station KNST 940 AM, now with a Christian talk format as KGMS)
48 The Playboy Channel Today known as Playboy TV, though still a premium pay subscription channel focused entirely on adult
erotica and pornography
52 Spanish International
Now operates as Univision, owned by TelevisaUnivision
(Also known on-air at that time as SIN, the national feed was carried as the market was (at the time) and would remain without an
over-the-air affiliate was available until modern-day O&O KUVE-DT out of Green Valley (a semi-satellite of Phoenix's KTVW-DT)
signed onto the air on January 5, 2001, Mexican media conglomerate Televisa owns a 45% stake in the company)
53 Pima Community
College Programming
Status unknown, a cable channel with instructional and educational programming, operated by
Pima Community College in Tucson
55 CNN Headline News Operating today as HLN, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery
(Once a companion network to CNN with news headlines, programming has shifted mostly to crime and law-oriented shows
and documentaries in recent years)