|Twentynine Palms, California|
|Channels||Digital: 23 (UHF)
Virtual: 31 (UHF)
|Translators||KSMV-LD 33 Los Angeles, California
KIMG-LD 17, Ventura,California
KSGA-LD 38, San Bernardino
|Owner||KVMD TV, LLC. (Ronald Ulloa)|
|First air date||December 1, 1997|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
31 (UHF, 1997-2003)
|Transmitter power||150 kW ERP|
KVMD is an independent television station licensed to Twentynine Palms, California, USA. The broadcast signal covers most of the Inland Empire on digital UHF channel 23. KVMD-DT is also available on DirecTV and Dish Network on channel 31, its former analog channel. The station is also seen throughout the Los Angeles media market on various cable TV systems.
The station broadcasts digitally on nine subchannels. KVMD is dedicated to providing free over-the-air programming to minority groups in southern California. Currently programming is offered in Spanish. Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, and Armenian and KVMD's owner, Ronald Ulloa, is also president and majority owner of KXLA. KVMD's programming is also carried on KXLA's digital signal on 44.10. KVMD is simulcast on KSMV-LD digital channel 23, mapped to virtual channel 31.
On December 1, 1997 on analog channel 31, KVMD signed on. While its analog signal was rather weak and could not generally be received beyond Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley, it sought and obtained carriage on many cable television systems throughout Southern California, as well as satellite TV, due to its fortuitous location in the outskirts of the Los Angeles DMA and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must-carry rules.
On July 29, 2002, its digital signal went on the air on channel 23. This signal is much stronger, potentially reaching 80 times as many viewers over the air as its analog signal, and reaching most of the Inland Empire. It also reaches a good portion of Los Angeles, Orange and part of San Diego counties, but XETV-TV Tijuana/San Diego, which also broadcast digitally on channel 23, blocked KVMD's signal.
On June 1, 2003, KVMD became the first station in the country to shut off its analog channel and go digital-only, in support of the government-mandated digital transition.
KVMD ceased programming on DirecTV's local standard-definition coverage on December 19, 2007 but returned on October 31, 2008.
KVMD uses the following translators:
- KSMV-LD 23, Los Angeles, California
- KIMG-LD 17, Ventura, California
- KSGA-LD 38, San Bernardino, California
|23.1/31.1||Main KVMD programming / Armenian-Russian Television Network  (Armenian)|
|31.2||University of Guadalajara (Spanish Cultural/Educational) XHUDG-TV|
|31.3||Fil-Am TV (Filipino)|
|31.4||GDTV World American Edition (Cantonese/Mandarin)|
|31.5||Skylink TV (Mandarin)|
|31.9||CCTV News (English)|
|31.10||Taishan TV/TSTV (Mandarin)|
|31.107||KLYY-FM Jose 97.5 (Audio only) (Spanish)|
- Official site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KVMD
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KVMD-TV
- "L.A. DTV Spat Could be a Test Case", Multichannel News, December 16, 2002
- 2006 FCC petition requesting mandatory carriage under "must-carry" rules