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Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz, California
United States
CityMonterey, California
BrandingUnivision 67 (general)
Noticias 67 Costa Central (newscasts)
SloganA su lado
(On Your Side)
ChannelsDigital: 33 (UHF)
(shared with KDJT-CD; to move to 26 (UHF))
Virtual: 67 (PSIP)
Subchannels67.1 Univision
67.3 LATV
OwnerEntravision Communications
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
First air dateSeptember 1, 1986 (32 years ago) (1986-09-01)
Call letters' meaningSalinas
Santa Cruz
Sister station(s)KCBA, KDJT-CD
Former channel number(s)Analog:
67 (UHF, 1986–2009)
Transmitter power8.97 kW
Height727 m (2,385 ft)
Facility ID35611
Transmitter coordinates36°45′22.8″N 121°30′8.7″W / 36.756333°N 121.502417°W / 36.756333; -121.502417
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

KSMS-TV, virtual channel 67 (UHF digital channel 33), is a Univision-affiliated television station licensed to Monterey, California, United States and serving the Monterey Bay area. Owned by Entravision Communications, it is a sister station to Class A UniMás affiliate KDJT-CD (channel 31); Entravision also operates Salinas-licensed Fox affiliate KCBA (channel 35) under a local marketing agreement (LMA) with owner Seal Rock Broadcasters. The three stations share studios on Garden Court in Monterey; KSMS' transmitter is located atop Fremont Peak.


KSMS's logo prior to January 1, 2013

KSMS-TV was founded by Bill Schuyler on September 1, 1986. In the same year, KCBA, the only television station broadcasting in Spanish in the area, was sold to the Ackerley Group. Ackerley decided to make KCBA an English-language station affiliated with the then-emerging Fox network, which would have left the Salinas/Monterey/Santa Cruz television market without a Spanish-language television station. Knowing that Schuyler had a permit to build a station in the Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz ADI market, a former manager of KCBA encouraged Schuyler to seize the opportunity to create a new station to serve the Spanish language community as the new Univision affiliate for the market.

Schuyler assembled a team of four television professionals and challenge them to develop the new station before KCBA's relaunch. The multiple tasks of creating a new station from the ground up were divided among the four individuals. The group found an old building on Garden Road, which coincidentally was the former home of KWAV radio, which Schuyler formerly owned. After negotiating the lease, the remodeling of the old building started immediately. A studio was built in the first floor, along with a small production area, a sound booth and the master control area. After much searching for a suitable transmitter, one was found and installed along with an antenna, atop of Fremont Peak, overlooking the Salinas Valley. Production and broadcasting equipment was purchased and installed, support personnel hired, a small news team was assembled and the station went on the air on time.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
67.1 1080i 16:9 KSMS-HD Main KSMS-TV programming / Univision
67.3 480i 4:3 LATV LATV

In June 2010, KSMS began broadcasting in 16:9 HDTV ratio in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, however, its newscasts remains in 4:3 ratio.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KSMS-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 67, on June 12, 2009, 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 31.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 67, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

News operation[edit]

KSMS operates its 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, each running about 30 minutes each, totaling 10 hours per week. KSMS does not broadcast any local news on weekends. KSMS currently competes with the recent addition of rival KMUV-LP, after KMUV-LP's newscasts were added in September 2009 under its current ownership by the Cowles Publishing Company. KSMS also covers national news and news from Latin America. KSMS started its newscasts in November 1987, a few days after Fidel M. Soto joined the station.[3] Soto is currently the longest tenured personality since KSMS's inception.


  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KSMS
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ Talentos - Fidel M. Soto (in Spanish)

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