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Rio Grande Valley, Texas
United States
City McAllen, Texas
Branding Univision Valle del Rio Grande (general)
Noticias Valle del Río Grande (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 49 (UHF)
(to move to 17 (UHF))
Virtual: 48 (PSIP)
Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations Univision
Owner Entravision Communications
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
First air date October 12, 1992 (25 years ago) (1992-10-12)
Call letters' meaning K (Que) NueVO
(Spanish for "how new")
Former callsigns KNVO (1989–1991)
KMZS (1991–1992)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
48 (UHF, 1992–2009)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
517 kW (CP)
Height 285.6 m (937 ft)
Facility ID 69692
Transmitter coordinates 26°5′19″N 98°3′45″W / 26.08861°N 98.06250°W / 26.08861; -98.06250 (KNVO)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

KNVO, virtual channel 48 (UHF digital channel 49), is a Univision-affiliated television station licensed McAllen, Texas, United States and serving the Rio Grande Valley metropolitan area. Owned by Entravision Communications (minority owned by Univision's parent, Univision Communications), it is a sister station to Fox/MyNetworkTV affiliates KFXV-LD and KXFX-CD, The CW Plus affiliate KCWT-CD and UniMás affiliate KTFV-CD; Entravision also operates Mexican station (and also a CW Plus affiliate) XHRIO-TDT. The five stations share studio facilities located in the Entravision Building, on North Jackson Road, in McAllen;[1] KNVO's transmitter is located on Farm to Market Road 493, near Donna.


The Federal Communications Commission granted an original construction permit on October 9, 1983, to build a television station licensed in McAllen.[2] Originally, the station was approved for 4071 kW to broadcast on UHF channel 48,[3] but was later changed to 3162 kW on April 16, 1992.[4][5] The station made its debut on October 12, 1992.[6] During station's first years on the air, KNVO quickly becomes the highest-rated station in the market.[7]

In 1996, LS Broadcasting, Ltd., Mundo Vision Broadcasting Company and Larry Safir (the owners of the station) station sold the licensee of KNVO to Entravision Communications for $24,8 million.[7][8][9] Sale was completed on January 24, 1997.[9]

On October 11, 2001, the Federal Communications Commission granted a permit to construct the station's digital facilities (requested in 1999).[10] The station completed construction of its full-power digital facilities in June 2006, and was granted a license on June 26, 2007.[11]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[12]
48.1 1080i 16:9 KNVO-DT Main KNVO programming / Univision
48.2 480i 4:3 KNVO-2 Simulcast of KTFV-CD / UniMás
48.3 KNVO-3 LATV
48.4 KNVO-4 Simulcast of KCWT-CD / The CW Plus

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KNVO shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 48, on June 12, 2009,[13] 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 49.[14] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 48.

News operation[edit]

The station's former news logo.

KNVO's newscast debuted in 1999.[6] The station presently broadcasts 7 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 1 hour on weekdays, and 1 hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). In September 2010, KNVO started broadcasting local news in high definition.[15]

As of 2012, KNVO was the second highest-rated newscast in the market, behind ABC affiliate KRGV-TV (channel 5).[16]

In early December 2015, Entravision cancelled the morning newscasts in all of its stations in the United States (included local program Alegre Despertar).[17]


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