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Rio Grande City, Texas
Branding Telemundo 40 McAllen
Slogan Vamos a Ver
(Let's Watch)
Channels Digital: 40 (UHF)
Virtual: 40 (PSIP)
Subchannels 40.1 Telemundo
40.2 Milenio Television
40.3 Spanish Infomercials
40.4 Multimedios TV
40.5 La Mejor audio / Ads
40.6 Notigape audio / Ads
Translators 22 (UHF) Harlingen, Texas
Affiliations Telemundo
Owner NBCUniversal
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
Founded September 1, 1994
First air date 1999
Call letters' meaning TeLeMundo
Former callsigns KAIO (1994-1999)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
40 (UHF, 1999-2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1994-1999)
Transmitter power 355 kW
Height 577 m
Facility ID 62354
Transmitter coordinates 26°7′24″N 98°4′21″W / 26.12333°N 98.07250°W / 26.12333; -98.07250 (digital)
Website www.telemundo40.com

KTLM is a Telemundo owned-and-operated television station in Rio Grande City, Texas, broadcasting locally on channel 40. The station serves the Rio Grande Valley and is marketed as "Telemundo 40 McAllen".[1] Founded September 1, 1994, the station is owned by the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal.


The station was originally licensed under the call KAIO with the intention of being a non-commercial station promoting tourism in the Rio Grande Valley. That idea, however, was later abandoned. KAIO changed its calls to KTLM and picked up the Telemundo affiliation from XHRIO, which had struggled with signal strength in the western parts of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The station went on the air in the summer of 1999.

The station was previously owned by Sunbelt Multimedia, a division of the Starr Camargo Bridge Company, unrelated to Sunbelt Communications Company until 2012. On September 10, 2012, station owner Sunbelt Media put up KTLM for sale, with Patrick Communications managing partner Larry Patrick named to run the station in receivership. Documents have been forwarded to the FCC to officially put the station under Patrick’s control. His media company will try to earn enough money to repay creditors of Sunbelt Multimedia.[2] A year later, a deal was reached to sell KTLM to Telemundo Rio Grande Valley LLC, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal; this will make the station a Telemundo owned-and-operated station.[3][4] The sale was finalized on December 31.[5]

KTLM's studios are located in the Texas State Bank building in McAllen, Texas, with its transmitter is located north of Rio Grande City.

The station airs on Time Warner Cable channel 2 in the Rio Grande Valley area.

Digital Television[edit]

DT Channel ID Video Aspect Network
40.1 KTLM-HD 720p 16:9 Telemundo-HD
40.3 MM-TV 480i 4:3 Spanish Infomercials
40.5 40-5 LM 480i 4:3 La Mejor audio / Local Advertisements
40.6 40-6 NG 480i 4:3 Notigape audio / Local Advertisements

News Operation[edit]

KTLM launched a news department in 2003. With a 5pm and 10pm newscast Mon-fri anchored by Yolanda De la Cruz with reporter a state of the art set and experienced reporters. In 2010 it went with a new anchors team Dalia Garza joined the anchor from health reporter. In 2013 when the purchase with NBC occured it expanded it news to the weekend anchored by one of there reporters. It also launched a 9am morning show Buenos Dias Fontera came after Un Nuevo Día. It had been known most-watched news coverage in Spanish of the Crisis in fontera. It also hired 2 new in-house weather anchors. Also included more Community affairs were launched show for most Telemundo Owned and Nbcuniversal station Called Enfoque Mcallen.



  1. ^ Telemundo 40 McAllen
  2. ^ Seyler, Dave (10 September 2012). "Texas station on the block". RBR.com. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "KTLM Harlingen, TX, Sold For $8.5 Million". TVNewsCheck. September 16, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. September 13, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ NBC Closes on its $8.5M KTLM Purchase TVNewsCheck, Retrieved 2 January, 2014.

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