|Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz, California
|Branding||Univision 67 (general)
Noticias 67 Coasta Central (newscasts)
|Slogan||A su lado (By Your Side)|
|Channels||Digital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 67 (PSIP)
|Owner||Entravision Communications Corporation
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
|First air date||September 1, 1986|
|Call letters' meaning||Salinas
|Sister station(s)||KCBA, KDJT-CA|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
67 (UHF, 1986-2009)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KSMS-TV is a Spanish-language television station in Monterey, California, broadcasting locally on digital channel 31 as an affiliate of Univision. KSMS shares its facilities with sister-station KDJT, its Telefutura affiliate. KSMS has their studios on Garden Court in Monterey. Founded September 1, 1986, the station is owned by Entravision. In June 2010, KSMS began broadcasting in 16:9 HDTV ratio in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, however, its newscasts remains in 4:3 ratio.
KSMS-TV was founded by Bill Schuyler in 1986. In the same year, KCBA, the only television station broadcasting in Spanish in the area, was sold to the Ackerley Group. Ackerley decided to make KCBA an English-language station affiliated with the then-emerging Fox network, which would have left the Salinas/Monterey/Santa Cruz television market without a Spanish-language television station. Knowing that Schuyler had a permit to build a station in the Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz ADI market, a former manager of KCBA encouraged Schuyler to seize the opportunity to create a new station to serve the Spanish language community as the new Univision affiliate for the market.
Schuyler assembled a team of four television professionals and challenge them to develop the new station before KCBA's relaunch. The multiple tasks of creating a new station from the ground up were divided among the four individuals. The group found an old building on Garden Road, which coincidentally was the former home of KWAV radio, which Schuyler formerly owned. After negotiating the lease, the remodeling of the old building started immediately. A studio was built in the first floor, along with a small production area, a sound booth and the master control area. After much searching for a suitable transmitter, one was found and installed along with an antenna, atop of Fremont Peak, overlooking the Salinas Valley. Production and broadcasting equipment was purchased and installed, support personnel hired, a small news team was assembled and the station went on the air on time.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|67.1||1080i||16:9||KSMS-HD||Main KSMS-TV programming / Univision|
|67.2||480i||4:3||KDJT-CA||Simulcast of KDJT|
KSMS-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 67, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 31. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 67, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
KSMS operates its 6 and 11 pm newscasts, each running about 30 minutes each, totaling 10 hours per week. KSMS does not broadcast any local news on the weekends. KSMS currently competes with the recent addition of rival KMUV, after KMUV's newscasts were added in September 2009 under its current ownership by The Cowles Publishing Company. KSMS also covers national news and news from Latin America. KSMS started its newscasts in November 1987, a few days after Fidel M. Soto joined the station. Soto is currently the longest tenured personality since KSMS's inception.
- Erandi Garcia - News Anchor, Producer
- Adriana Frederick - reporter
- Fidel M. Soto - sports anchor, also news anchor
- RabbitEars TV Query for KSMS
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Talentos - Fidel M. Soto (in Spanish)
- Official website (Spanish)
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KSMS-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KSMS-TV