WKAQ-TV is a full-power television station located in San Juan, Puerto Rico transmitting over analog channel 2, digital 28. The station is owned and operated by NBC Universal and is branded simply as Telemundo.
WKAQ-TV has one full-power repeater station: WOLE-TV, channel 12 in Aguadilla. WOLE-TV repeats over 95% of WKAQ-TV's programing under an affiliation agreement. In the past they had used WORA-TV, channel 5 in Mayagüez. The station also has three low-power translator facilities: W09AT in Fajardo, W68BU in Adjuntas and W32AJ in Utuado.
WKAQ-TV became the first Puerto Rican TV station on March 28, 1954. The station was founded by Angel Ramos, founder of Puerto Rico's main newspaper at the time, "El Mundo" (The World) and Puerto Rico's first radio station (and third licensed radio station in the world), WKAQ. Ramos wanted to maintain a consistent branding between its properties using the "mundo" theme, and thus named WKAQ-TV Telemundo (Tele World). He had tried to obtain a TV license as early as the mid 1940s, but due to an FCC licensing freeze for all new American TV stations, Ramos had to wait until 1954 to obtain the license. WKAQ began broadcasting in color on NTSC in 1968.
During the station's history, WKAQ-TV battled fiercely with WAPA-TV to obtain the top position of Puerto Rican viewership, thanks, in great part, to none other than Ramón Rivero better known as Diplo, the most famous and influential actor/comedian in the history of Puerto Rico, who, was under an exclusive contract with Angel Ramos, and who, in 1954 produced the first comedy/variety show for WKAQ Telemundo, , followed by .
During the 1970s and 1980s, WKAQ-TV (then branded as Telemundo Canal 2), was a major producer of Puerto Rican Spanish soap operas. The channel was also known by its "fingers" logo (a bold number 2 with the silhouette of two upright fingers inside the number), calling itself "El canal de los dedos" (The channel of the fingers).
WKAQ-TV has produced and broadcast recognized local shows such as "El Show de las 12", "La Gente Joven de Menudo", "En Casa de Juanma y Wiwi", "Los Kakucomicos", Teatrimundo, "Musicomedia", "El Show de Chucho", "Noche de Gala", "Estudio Alegre", "La Pension de Doña Tere", "El Show de Nydia Caro", "No te Duermas", "Marcano el Show", "Super Sabados", "Fantastico", "El Tio Nobel", "Telecómicas", "Al Grano con Zervigón", Ahora Podemos Hablar and "Dame un Break", among others. It also produced famous telenovelas such as "El Hijo de Angela Maria", "Tomiko", "Cristina Bazan", "El Idolo", "Viernes Social", "La Verdadera Eva", "Rojo Verano", "Modelos S.A.", "Coralito", "Tanairi" and others.
With the creation of the Telemundo Network in 1987, the station started branding itself as "Telemundo Puerto Rico". (Before, WKAQ-TV had branded itself as either Telemundo or just "Canal 2".) Since then, WKAQ-TV has since then become one of Telemundo's flagship stations, as well as the recognized original "Telemundo". It has been highly critiziced that because of the station's affiliation to the Telemundo Network, locally produced programming has been traded for "enlatados", or foreign Spanish programming such as Mexican and Venezuelan telenovelas. To avoid this criticism, in 2006, WKAQ-TV aired the first Puerto Rican written and produced telenovela in 15 years: Dueña y Señora. To the general population, WKAQ-TV is still known simply as "Telemundo", and it is branded as such to this day.
WKAQ-TV's main slogans have been: Y como el dos no hay dos! (There's no two like channel two and Telemundo: tu canal, siempre (Telemundo: your channel, always). At the end of 2006, Telemundo's new slogan is: Eres Tú (It's You).
In 2005, WKAQ-TV became a superstation when NBC Universal created the Telemundo Puerto Rico cable channel. The channel aired programs created by WKAQ-TV such as "No te Duermas" and "TVO", as well as the station's news program, Telenoticias. Telemundo Puerto Rico was aimed at Puerto Ricans and other Caribbean communities living in the mainland United States. The superstation feed, however, was discontinued in early 2008.
On October 9, 2007, WKAQ's owners, NBC Universal, announced that they put WKAQ-TV up for sale. This followed NBC Universal's acquisition of Oxygen Media. () However, on December 21, 2007, NBC Universal announced that they had withdrawn WKAQ-TV from the selling block.
Over the years, many people have worked on Telenoticas including: Bobby Anglero, Charito Fraticelli, Silvia Gómez, Aníbal González Irizarry, Ramón Enrique Torres, Jorge Rivera Nieves, Grenda Rivera, Ivonne Solla, Ramón Enrique Torres, Bruni Velez, Hector Vazquez Muniz, Luis Guardiola, Johanna Rosaly, Ivette Sosa, Zoraida Nelly Torres, Siverio Pérez, Raúl Camilo Torres, Junior Abrams, Jose Esteves, Raul Quiñones, Roberto Cortes and Madelyn Vega.
For more than twenty years, Telenoticias only had 2 editions: the 5 o'clock edition and the 11 o'clock edition. However, in 2002, a weekend edition was introduced that started at 5 & 11 o'clock. In 2003, Telemundo por la Mañana started with Charito Fraticelli, Silverio Perez, Lourdes Collazo, and panel experts.
In the 1990s, Telenoticias used Telemundo 1992 News Theme as the main theme music for its newscasts. This was replaced later by Telemundo News Theme by Frank Gari. In 2005, the station uses Production Music: Raw Power by Network Music. Currently use the original music theme from Manolo Mongil Production.
In 2006, WKAQ-TV's parent company, NBC Universal, announced a restructuring plan called NBCU 2.0, the plan includes major cuts in staff at all NBC Universal properties. In its announcement, WKAQ-TV would eliminate 60 to 80 staffers, some of those cuts include some Telenoticias anchors and reporters, and the ending of the morning, midday, and weekend editions of Telenoticias.
On Monday, January 8, 2007, Telenoticias debuted a new set, new graphics and new music.
|7:00 PM||7:30 PM||8:00 PM||8:30 PM||9:00 PM||9:30 PM||10:00 PM||10:30 PM||11:00 PM||11:30 PM|
|Sunday||Marina(Telemundo TV series)||Pura Diversión||Cane (TV series)||Ahora Podemos Hablar||Decisiones||Seguro y Urgente||Family Guy|
|Monday||Victoria||El Juramento||Mientras Haya Vida||No te Duermas||Telenoticias 11pm||Se Busca un Hombre|
|Friday||Esto Está K-ñón|
|Saturday||Cine Mundo (dubbed Hollywood movies)||Cine Mundo (dubbed Hollywood movies)||Family Guy||Puerto Rico es Salsa|