|Palm Springs, California|
|Branding||KPSE My TV (general)
KMIR News (newscasts)
|Slogan||King of Palm Springs Entertainment (general)
You Ask. We Investigate. (news)
|Channels||Analog: 50 (UHF)|
|Owner||OTA Broadcasting, LLC
(OTA Broadcasting (PSP), LLC)
|First air date||January 3, 2000|
|Call letters' meaning||King of Palm Springs Entertainment|
|Former affiliations||UPN (2000-2006)
|Transmitter power||9.9 kW|
KPSE-LP is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for Southern California's Coachella Valley. Licensed to Palm Springs, it broadcasts a low-powered analog signal on UHF channel 50 from a transmitter on Edom Hill in Cathedral City. Owned by OTA Broadcasting, LLC (a company controlled by Michael Dell's MSD Capital), KPSE is sister to NBC affiliate KMIR-TV and the two outlets share studios on Park View Drive in Palm Desert. Syndicated programming on this station includes The Big Bang Theory, Friends, 30 Rock, and The Office among others. The station can also be seen on Time Warner Cable channel 20.
The station signed-on January 3, 2000 as the market's first locally-based UPN affiliate. Owned by Mirage Media, it immediately replaced Los Angeles's KCOP-TV on Coachella Valley's Time Warner Cable system; until KPSE's launch, KCOP had served as UPN's de facto affiliate for Palm Springs. As is the case of most other television stations in the area, KPSE only airs a low-powered analog signal with no digital simulcast in order to protect transmissions from full-powered stations in Los Angeles.
On January 24, 2006, CBS Corporation and Time Warner announced they would shut down both UPN and The WB that fall. In place of these two networks, a new "fifth" network, jointly owned by both companies, would launch, with a lineup of the most popular programming of both networks. The network was given the name "The CW Television Network" ("CW" representing the first initials of CBS and Warner).  On February 22, News Corporation announced it would start up another new network called MyNetworkTV. This new service, which would be sister to Fox, would be operated by Fox Television Stations and its syndication division Twentieth Television. MyNetworkTV was created in order to give UPN and WB stations, not mentioned as becoming CW affiliates, another option besides becoming Independent. It was also created to compete against The CW.
At some point in time, cable-only WB station "KCWB" was picked to be the Palm Springs outlet for The CW. Since it was controlled and managed by ABC affiliate KESQ-TV, that station signed-on a new low-powered analog signal (KCWQ-LP) and digital subchannel (of KESQ) to offer non-cable subscribers access to the new network. Eventually, it was made public KPSE would join MyNetworkTV which happened on September 5 while "KCWB" became part of The CW through The CW Plus on September 18, 2006.
On September 26, 2007, Journal Communications (owner of KMIR) announced its purchase of KPSE from Mirage Media for $4.7 million with the transaction receiving approval January 28, 2008. In October 2013, Journal reached a deal to sell KMIR and KPSE to OTA Broadcasting (a company controlled by Michael Dell's MSD Capital). The sale was completed January 1, 2014 The station has an application to perform a "flash-cut" to digital on UHF channel 50 with the call sign KPSE-LD.
Along with other major Coachella Valley stations, KPSE formerly identified itself on-air using its cable designation (at that time, channel 13) rather than its over-the-air analog channel position. This unusual practice (also common in the Fort Myers/Naples, Florida market) stems in part from Palm Springs's exceptionally high cable penetration rate of 80.5% which is one of the highest in the United States. The station now brands simply as "KPSE My TV."
Until recently,[when?] the station offered programming from TheCoolTV in a secondary arrangement. That network could be seen weekday mornings from 6 until 9, Saturday mornings from 5 to noon, and Sunday afternoons from noon until 2:30.
2013 Time Warner Cable compensation dispute
Due to its low-power status, the station was pulled from Time Warner Cable systems at midnight on July 11, 2013 in a retransmission consent dispute with Time Warner; KMIR continued to air on the system due to rules disallowing full-power stations from being pulled during a sweeps period. KMIR, along with all Journal stations, was pulled at midnight on July 25, 2013 off Time Warner systems at the end of the sweeps period. On September 20, 2013, a deal was reached to return Journal's stations, including KMIR and KPSE, to Time Warner Cable; as part of the deal, KPSE moved to channel 20, ceding its former channel 13 slot to KMIR (which lost its longtime channel 6 position to Game Show Network).
Sister station KMIR produces three local news broadcasts for KPSE. This includes a two-hour extension of the NBC affiliate's weekday morning show. Known as KMIR News Today on KPSE My TV, the program can be seen from 7:00-9:00 a.m. offering a local alternative to Today. There is a nightly prime time newscast called KMIR News at 10:00 on KPSE My TV that runs for thirty minutes. All KPSE broadcasts compete with local news seen on Class A Fox affiliate KDFX-CA that is produced by rival KESQ and KPSP. Since KMIR does not operate a weather department of its own, sister station ABC affiliate KTNV-TV in Las Vegas, Nevada provides all forecasts taped in advance. The segments originate from that outlet's facilities on South Valley View Boulevard in Spring Valley, Nevada. There is currently no sports department either.
- Christina Pascucci - weekday mornings (7:00-9:00 a.m.)
- Gino LaMont - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
- Elizabeth Beaubien - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
- Anthony Alvarez - weekends at 10:00 p.m. and multimedia journalist
Lifestyle Weather Team (all based out of KTNV-TV in Las Vegas)
- Bryan Scofield (NWA Seal of Approval) - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
- Mike Tsolinas (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekday mornings (7:00-9:00 a.m.)
- Greg Bennett - weekends at 10:00 p.m.
- Manny dela Rosa - Promotions, Marketing, and Creative Services Director (also "Manny the Movie Guy" film critic and heard on KPSI-FM 100.5)
- Angela Monroe - videojournalist and fill-in news anchor
- Adrianna Weingold - Video Journalist and Fill-in Anchor
- Thalia Hayden - weekend anchor at 10:00 p.m. and Video Journalist
- Jessica Flores - videojournalist
- Solinksy, Matt (September 20, 2013). "KMIR to rejoin Time Warner Cable lineup at different channel number later Friday". The Desert Sun. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
- CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment Form New 5th Broadcast Network, CBS / Time Warner joint press release, January 24, 2006
- "OTA Broadcasting Grabs Palm Springs Station Pair". Broadcasting & Cable. October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
- .Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 8 January, 2014.
- Atagi, Colin (11 July 2013). "KPSE TV pulled from Time Warner lineup". The Desert Sun. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
- McCain, Marie (25 June 2013). "KMIR removed from Time Warner lineup; Coachella Valley NBC-affiliate still available on other distributors, TWC negotiations continuing". The Desert Sun. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
- KMIR-TV website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KPSE-LP
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KPSE-LP