KUVS-DT (channel 19) is a television station licensed to Modesto, California, United States, broadcasting the Spanish-language Univision network to the Sacramento area. It is owned and operated by TelevisaUnivision USA alongside Stockton-licensed UniMás outlet KTFK-DT (channel 64). Both stations share studios on Arden Way near Cal Expo in Sacramento, while KUVS-DT's transmitter is located near Valley Springs, California.
|Channels||Digital: 18 (UHF)|
|Branding||Univision 19 (general)|
Noticias 19 (newscasts)
|Owner||TelevisaUnivision USA |
(KUVS License Partnership, GP)
First air date
|August 15, 1966|
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
19 (UHF, 1966–2009)
Call sign meaning
|HAAT||555 m (1,821 ft)|
|Translator(s)||KEZT-CD 23 (UHF) Sacramento|
KTFK-DT 19.2 (26.2 UHF) Stockton
Public license information
The station first signed on the air on August 15, 1966 as KLOC-TV, operating as an independent station. It was founded by country and western performer Chester Smith, who also owned KLOC radio (920 AM, now KVIN) in Ceres. His company, Sainte Partners II, L.P. previously owned KCSO-LP (channel 33) locally, and also owned stations in the Chico–Redding, Eureka, Salinas–Monterey–Santa Cruz and Medford, Oregon markets.
Initially, KLOC maintained a general entertainment format, and was one of the handful of stations that carried programming from the United Network during its one month of operation in May 1967. About a year after its sign on, the syndicators providing KLOC's programming raised their prices to the levels closer to a Sacramento-licensed station (the station's owners had been acquired programming at lower rates closer to that of an unrated television market); Smith resorted to simulcasting KLOC radio's programming during the daytime hours, including a camera in the radio station's studios showing the disc jockeys live, and ran Spanish-language telenovelas in the evening, when the radio station signed off.
By the 1970s, the radio simulcast was discontinued and KLOC-TV's broadcast day was split into two parts: mornings were devoted to English-language religious programming, it then ran Spanish-language programming for the rest of the day (from approximately 2:00 p.m. to sign-off) as one of the original affiliates of the Spanish International Network (which would later be reorganized as Univision in 1986), carrying afternoon and evening programs from KMEX-TV in Los Angeles via a live microwave feed, as did KDTV in San Francisco. In the 1980s, the station's call letters were changed to KCSO (standing for "Chester Smith Organization").
In the late 1990s, the station was sold to Univision Communications and became a Univision owned-and-operated station, the first television station in the Sacramento television market to be owned by the network (Smith had accepted stock in SIN as part of the original affiliation agreement); the station was then rebranded as "Univision 19". After the ownership change, the station moved its operations from Modesto to Sacramento, and its call letters were changed to KUVS-TV.
KUVS-DT presently broadcasts 11½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with two hours each weekday, a half-hour on Saturdays and one hour on Sundays). In addition, the station also produces a five-minute entertainment segment, titled Despierta Sacramento, which airs weekday mornings during Univision's morning news program ¡Despierta América! at 7:24, 8:24 and 9:24 a.m.
KUVS also produces Voz y Voto, a political roundtable program that specializes in interviewing local, state and national leaders on issues of political, economic and national policy that airs on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. The show helps fulfill station obligations to provide a public service to the community from a Sacramento capital perspective. Past guests on the program have included Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, his 2006 challenger Phil Angelides and Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Voz y Voto is syndicated to other California stations such as Los Angeles sister station KMEX-DT. When it debuted in 2000, the program was taped out of Los Angeles, and was originally hosted by Rosa Maria Villalpando and Armando Botello. When KUVS decided to move the show to Sacramento, Xochitl Arellano replaced Villalpando and added Arnoldo Torres.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|19.1||720p||16:9||KUVS-DT||Main KUVS-DT programming / Univision|
|64.2||720p||KTFK-HD||UniMás (simulcast of KTFK-DT)|
|City of license||Callsign||Channel||ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter coordinates|
|Sacramento||KEZT-CD||34||15 kW||85 m (279 ft)||52891|
KUVS-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 19, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 18, using PSIP to display KUVS-TV's virtual channel as 19 on digital television receivers.
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