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KCSO Telemundo 33 Logo.png
Sacramento, California
United States
BrandingTelemundo 33 (general)
Noticias Telemundo Sacramento (newscast)
ChannelsDigital: 3 (VHF)
Virtual: 33 (PSIP)
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
First air date1999; 20 years ago (1999)
Call letters' meaningK Chester Smith Owner
Sister station(s)KMUM-CD / KMMW-LD
Former channel number(s)Analog:
33 (UHF, 1999–2012)
Former affiliations
  • LD3:
  • MeTV (2010–2012)
  • Dark (2012–2017)
Transmitter power5 kW
Height516.9 m (1,696 ft)
Facility ID18998
Transmitter coordinates38°16′18″N 121°30′22″W / 38.27167°N 121.50611°W / 38.27167; -121.50611Coordinates: 38°16′18″N 121°30′22″W / 38.27167°N 121.50611°W / 38.27167; -121.50611
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

KCSO-LD, virtual channel 33 (VHF digital channel 3), is a low-powered Telemundo owned-and-operated television station licensed to Sacramento, California, United States. The station is owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal (itself a subsidiary of Comcast). KCSO-LD's studios are located on Media Place in Sacramento, and its transmitter is located near Walnut Grove. Due to its low-power status, KCSO's programming is simulcast in widescreen standard definition on KSPX-TV digital channel 29.7 (displayed as channel 33.2) to reach the entire market. KCSO also operates translator stations KMUM-CD and KMMW-LD in Sacramento and Stockton.

On cable, KCSO-LD is available locally on Comcast Xfinity channels 25 and 714 in HD, AT&T U-verse channels 25 and 1025 in HD, Consolidated Communications channel 25, Spectrum channels 22 and 790 in HD and Wave Broadband channels 610 and 704 in HD in Placer County and channels 15 and 715 in HD in Yolo County. The station is also available on satellite television providers Dish Network and DirecTV channel 33 throughout the Sacramento market.


The station was founded by country-western performer Chester Smith and his company Sainte Partners II, L.P. and first signed on the air in 1999. It was the last station to be owned by his company. On August 8, 2008, Chester Smith died of heart failure at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California. He is survived by his previous wife Naomi Smith and three daughters Laura, Lorna and Roxanne and 11 grandchildren.[1] The station continued operating under the Sainte banner until it was sold to Serestar Communications Group in 2013. Sainte folded shortly thereafter.

Serestar agreed to sell KCSO-LD, KMUM-CD, and KMMW-LD to NBCUniversal on November 28, 2018, as part of a $21 million deal.[2] The sale was completed on March 5, 2019.[3]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
33.1 1080i 16:9 KCSO-HD Main KCSO-LD programming / Telemundo
33.3 480i 4:3 TelX TeleXitos
33.4 16:9 LIGHTtv Light TV

On September 3, 2012, MeTV was moved to KCRA 3.2 (replacing the MoreTV format); 33.3 became silent afterward. 33.3 was re-launched on January 21, 2017, broadcasting TeleXitos.

In 2018, KCSO affiliated with Light TV on newly launched subchannel 33.4.

News operation[edit]

KCSO launched a local news department (with newscasts branded as Noticiero 33) following its sign-on. The half-hour local evening news program was broadcast every Monday through Friday at 6:00 p.m. However, it had low ratings and was canceled after five years.

Later, news briefs were aired online (branded as Telemundo 33 Al Día). In late 2014, it started airing morning news briefs called Noticias 33 Por la mañana, which aired at :25s and :55s from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. during Telemundo's Un Nuevo Dia morning news program.

On November 6, 2016, KCSO re-launched a weekday half-hour long newscast at 6:00 p.m. (initially branding as Noticiero Telemundo 33, now as Noticias Telemundo Sacramento), 11 years after its initial newscast was cancelled. It directly competes with Univision owned-and-operated KUVS's long-established (and for several years, the Sacramento area's only) Spanish-language newscast.

In 2017, a weeknight 11:00 p.m. newscast (branded as Noticias Telemundo California) was launched, further competing with KUVS. Noticias Telemundo California is simulcast on Fresno sister station KNSO.


  1. ^ TV station owner Chester Smith dies (Chico Enterprise Record: August 11, 2008)
  2. ^ "Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License". December 4, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  3. ^ Miller, Mark K. (March 6, 2019). "NBCU Closes On Serestar Stations". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheckMedia LLC. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KCSO

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