KVME-TV

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KVME-TV
Bishop, California
United States
ChannelsDigital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 20 (PSIP)
Affiliations20.1: Jewelry Television
20.2: Heroes & Icons
OwnerVenture Technologies Group
LicenseeBellagio Broadcasting, LLC
First air dateAugust 21, 2007 (12 years ago) (2007-08-21)
Call sign meaningVenture Memorable Entertainment
(slogan of MeTV, station's previous affiliation)
Sister station(s)KHTV-CD
Former call signsKBBC-TV (2007–2012)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
20 (UHF, 2007–2008)
Former affiliationsSpanish Ind. (2007–2012)
MeTV (2012–2018)
Transmitter power1.9 kW
Height924 m (3,031 ft)
Facility ID83825
Transmitter coordinates37°24′42.7″N 118°11′9.3″W / 37.411861°N 118.185917°W / 37.411861; -118.185917
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS

KVME-TV, virtual and UHF digital channel 20, is a Jewelry Television-affiliated television station licensed to Bishop, California, United States. The station is owned by Venture Technologies Group. KVME-TV's transmitter is located in the White Mountains, about 20 miles (32 km) east of Bishop.

History[edit]

The station signed on the air on August 21, 2007, as KBBC-TV on analog channel 20, operating as a bilingual independent. KBBC's programming was mostly Spanish, featuring such shows as La Corte del Pueblo (a Spanish-language version of The People's Court), La Corte de Familia, the daily soccer program Fútbol al Día from Monterrey-based Multimedios Televisión, and a newscast with extensive coverage from Central America. The nighttime programming had premiered on KNLA-LP, which was a translator station.

The station later added afternoon and overnight programming from the Home Shopping Network. KBBC also offered English-language religious programming from Hosanna, a Christian program service. On Saturday mornings, English-language children's programs aired along with a public affairs program, Eastern Sierra News.

In March 2012, Venture Technologies Group filed and received approval to sell KNLA-CD and sister station KNET-CD to Local Media TV Holdings.[1] On March 9, KBBC-TV's callsign was changed to KVME-TV.

Affiliation changes[edit]

MeTV[edit]

KVME-TV became affiliated with MeTV on April 30, 2012, sharing the affiliation with the third digital subchannel of Anaheim-based KDOC-TV (channel 56). KVME-TV carried MeTV on their primary digital channel 20 (virtual channel 20.1), which is also available on the DirecTV and Dish Network local packages tier for the Los Angeles market. KVME-TV and KDOC-TV marketed the subchannel as "MeTV Hollywood," changing from KDOC's previous brand of "MeTV Los Angeles." Local advertising for MeTV Hollywood was sold by a jointly managed ad sales team for both stations.[2] However, KVME-TV's MeTV feed did not carry the full schedule of programming, electing to carry Spanish-language religious and paid programming during the early morning weekday hours of 5:30 to 8 a.m., preempting regularly-scheduled programming within those hours. The MeTV affiliation ended on January 15, 2018.

Heroes & Icons[edit]

On January 15, 2018, KVME-TV became an affiliate of MeTV's sister network, Heroes & Icons.[3].

Jewelry TV[edit]

In 2020, KVME-TV changed its affiliation from Heroes & Icons to Jewelry Television; the H&I affiliation was moved to the station's second digital subchannel.

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
20.1 480i 4:3 KBBC Jewelry Television
20.2 Heroes & Icons

Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997 [1], the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. Instead, on or before June 12, 2009, which was the end of the digital TV conversion period for full-service stations, KBBC-TV was required to turn off its analog signal and turn on its digital signal (called a "flash-cut"). On November 30, 2008, KBBC completed the transition to digital by turning off its analog signal and immediately turning on its digital signal on channel 20.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seyler, Dave (March 19, 2012). "Local Media TV stockpiles more big market Class A's". Television Business Report. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "KVME to join with KDOC in creating Me-TV Hollywood brand". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  3. ^ https://www.mediamoves.com/2018/01/azteca-america-latv-switch-channels-la.html

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