|Garland–Dallas–Fort Worth, Texas
|City of license||Garland, Texas|
|Channels||Digital: 23 (UHF)
Virtual: 23 (PSIP)
|Translators||KUVN-CA 47, Fort Worth |
(KUVN License Partnership, LP)
|First air date||September 25, 1986|
|Call letters' meaning||UniVisioN|
|Sister station(s)||KFZO, KESS-FM, KFLC, KDXX, KLNO, KSTR-TV|
|Former callsigns||KIAB-TV (1986–1988)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
23 (UHF, 1986–2009)
|Former affiliations||SIN (1986–1987)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
KUVN-DT, UHF digital channel 23, is a Univision owned-and-operated television station located in Garland, Texas, United States which also serves Dallas and the surrounding metropolitan area. The station is owned by Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with UniMás owned-and-operated station KSTR-DT (channel 49). The two stations share studios located on Bryan Street in downtown Dallas, KUVN's transmitter is located in Cedar Hill. The station's signal is relayed on Class A low-power station KUVN-CA (channel 47) in Fort Worth.
The channel 23 allocation in the Dallas-Fort Worth market had previously been the home of educational television station KRET-TV in nearby Richardson, which signed on in 1960 and ceased operations in 1970. That station was transitioned to a closed-circuit television system and the broadcast license was returned to the Federal Communications Commission.
The current channel 23 signed on the air on September 25, 1986 as KIAB; it was originally owned by Dr. Elizabeth Vaughn. The station initially carried a mix of English-language religious programs in the morning hours, Spanish language programming from the Spanish International Network (which became Univision the following year) in the afternoon and evening hours, and home shopping programming during the overnight hours.
Vaughan sold KIAB to Univision in 1988, becoming the second commercial network owned-and-operated station in the Dallas market (after KDAF, channel 33, which was a charter Fox O&O at the time); following the purchase, the station changed its call letters to KUVN. At that point, channel 23 began running Univision programming 24 hours a day.
KUVN-CA's construction permit was originally owned by the American Christian Television System and was transferred to Bill Trammell in 1990. In 1994, the station license was transferred to Rodriguez-Heftel-Texas and the deal was consummated on April 10, 1995. The license was transferred to KESS-TV License Corporation on May 16, 1996. The last transfer to date was (BALTTL-19960510IC) in 1996, in which it was sold to Univision. The station relocated its signal from UHF channel 31 to channel 47 in 2001. KUVN-LP was designated as a Class A low-power station and changed its call letters to KUVN-CA on March 1, 2002. KUVN-CA is not a repeater or a translator, as a Class A station can not be a mere repeater or translator. A construction permit was issued by the Federal Communications Commission on August 4, 2008 to allow KUVN-CA to operate a digital signal on channel 47, with an effective radiated power of 190 watts.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|23.1||1080i||16:9||KUVN-DT||Main KUVN programming / Univision|
KUVN shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 23, 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 24 to its former UHF analog channel 23 for post-transition operations. Prior to the shutdown of its analog signal, KUVN presented live coverage from Times Square showing the countdown to the nationwide digital transition. Its Fort Worth repeater KUVN-CA has applied to broadcast a digital signal at 190 watts.
KUVN-DT presently broadcasts 12 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with two hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). Following its acquisition by Univision, the network invested in a news department for the station and began producing nightly Spanish language local newscasts. In the summer of 2010, KUVN introduced a new high definition-ready graphics package for its newscasts, and began using an updated version of its news theme ("Turning Point") which is shared among many Univision affiliates in the United States and Puerto Rico.
On April 11, 2011, KUVN began broadcasting Primera Edicion and Vive La Mañana on Telefutura affiliate KSTR (channel 49). Like its newscasts at different times, it is broadcast in 480i standard definition, within their old studio set. Sister station KXLN-DT in Houston also uses the same titles for their newscasts; Vive La Mañana features a different graphics and music package shared by both KUVN and KXLN. In 2011, a new set for KUVN's newscasts was introduced. In 2012, KUVN began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition.
- Ángel Pedrero Alonso - weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m. (Edicion Nocturna)
- Crystal Ayala - weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m. (Edicion Nocturna)
- Sandra Bermúdez - weekday mornings on Primera Edicion (4-6 a.m.)
- Wendy Cruz - weekday mornings on Primera Edicion (4-6 a.m.)
- Andrea Rega - weekends at 5 and 10 p.m. (Fin de Semana)
- Ana Maria Vargas - weekends at 5 and 10 p.m. (Edicion Nocturna)
- Weather team
- Albert Martinez - lead meteorlogist; weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m.
- Miguel Bedoy Murguía - meteorologist; weekday mornings on Primera Edicion (4-6 a.m.); also weekday morning traffic reporter
- TBD - meteorologist; weekends at 5 and 10 p.m. (Fin de Semana)
- Sports team
- Pedro Silva - lead sports anchor; weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m.
- Mario Montez - sports anchor; weekends at 5 and 10 p.m. (Fin de Semana)
- Edén Soto Alva - general assignment reporter
- Karen Falla - general assignment reporter
- Danny Luna - weekday afternoon traffic reporter
- Rodolfo Sánchez - general assignment reporter
- Sandra Silvestrucci - general assignment reporter
- RabbitEars TV Query for KUVN
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KUVN-DT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KUVN-TV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KUVN-CA