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Reno, Nevada
United States
Branding Nevada Sports Net
Channels Digital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 21 (PSIP)
Translators 23 K23DT-D Tahoe City, CA
32 K32GW-D Carson City
Affiliations 21.1: Independent (1981–1986, 2018–present)
MyNetworkTV (secondary)
21.2: Stadium
21.3: Comet TV
Owner Deerfield Media
(Deerfield Media (Reno) Licensee, LLC)
Operator Sinclair Broadcast Group
(via JSA/SSA)
First air date October 11, 1981 (36 years ago) (1981-10-11)
Sister station(s) KRNV-DT, KRXI-TV
Former channel number(s) Analog:
21 (UHF, 1981–2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
Fox (1986–1996)
UPN (1995–2006; secondary until 1996)
MyNetworkTV (2006–2018)
Transmitter power 53 kW
Height 176 m (577 ft)
Facility ID 19191
Transmitter coordinates 39°35′3″N 119°47′55″W / 39.58417°N 119.79861°W / 39.58417; -119.79861
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.nevadasportsnet.com

KAME-TV is a primary sports-formatted independent and secondary MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Reno, Nevada, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 20 (or virtual channel 21 via PSIP) from a transmitter facility shared with PBS member station KNPB (channel 5) on Red Hill between US 395 and SR 445 in Sun Valley. The station can also be seen on Charter Spectrum channel 7 and in high definition on digital channel 787.

Owned by Deerfield Media, KAME is operated by the Sinclair Broadcast Group under joint sales and shared services agreements. This makes it a sister station to Fox affiliate KRXI-TV (channel 11), which is owned by Sinclair outright, and NBC affiliate KRNV-DT (channel 4), which is owned by Cunningham Broadcasting and operated by Sinclair under a separate JSA. However, Sinclair effectively owns KRNV as the majority of Cunningham's stock is owned by the family of deceased group founder Julian Smith. KAME and KRXI share studios on Brookside Court in Reno on the eastern side of the Reno–Tahoe International Airport, while KRNV maintains separate facilities on Vassar Street in Reno.


Previous logo of KAME-TV as a primary MyNetworkTV affiliate.

KAME launched on October 11, 1981, as an independent station airing movies (TV-21's The Big Movie), cartoons, westerns, and sitcoms. On October 9, 1986, it became a charter Fox affiliate. On January 16, 1995, KAME picked up UPN on a secondary basis; it became a full-time UPN affiliate on January 1, 1996, after KRXI signed-on and took Fox. Between September 1996 and May 1997, the station was briefly owned by Raycom Media. With the 2006 shutdown and merge of The WB and UPN to form The CW, the station joined News Corporation–owned and Fox sister network MyNetworkTV on September 5, 2006.

On June 20, 2012, Cox Media Group announced that it put KRXI and the LMA for KAME, along with stations in Steubenville, Ohio, Johnstown, Pennsylvania and El Paso, Texas, on the market following its purchase of four television stations in Jacksonville, Florida and Tulsa, Oklahoma from Newport Television.[1] On February 25, 2013, Cox announced that it would sell the four television stations, and the LMA for KAME, to Sinclair Broadcast Group;[2] as part of the deal, Ellis Communications would sell KAME to Deerfield Media.[3] The FCC granted its approval on April 30, 2013, one day after it approved the sale of sister station, KRXI.[4] The sale was finalized on May 2, 2013.[5] Sinclair would subsequently purchase the non-license assets of a third Reno station, KRNV-DT, on November 22, 2013.[6] Sinclair could not buy KRNV-DT outright because Reno has only six full-power stations—three too few to legally permit a duopoly. With the sale of KRNV's license to Cunningham, Sinclair now controls half of those stations. The sale also created a situation in which a Fox affiliate is the nominal senior partner in a duopoly involving an NBC affiliate and a "Big Three" station.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
21.1 720p 16:9 KAME-HD Main KAME-TV programming
21.2 480i 4:3 KAME-SD Stadium
21.3 Comet TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KAME-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 21, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 20.[8] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 21.


Before the station shifted to a mainly sports-themed format, syndicated programming featured on KAME-TV included The Real, Judge Faith, The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Anger Management, among others.


  1. ^ Cox Puts Four TV Stations on Block After Acquiring Four From Newport, from Broadcasting & Cable, June 20, 2012
  2. ^ Malone, Michael (February 25, 2013). "Sinclair to Acquire Five Cox Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sinclair Buys Four Cox Stations". TVNewsCheck. February 25, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ "distasst" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  5. ^ "Sinclair Broadcast Group". Sbgi.net. 2013-05-02. Archived from the original on 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  6. ^ "KRNV-TV Sold to Sinclair Broadcast Group". KTVN Channel 2 News. November 22, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KAME". Rabbitears.info. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  8. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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