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CityTwentynine Palms, California
    • KVMD TV, LLC
    • (Ronald Ulloa)
  • (KVMD Licensee Co., LLC)
First air date
December 1, 1997 (26 years ago) (1997-12-01)
Former channel number(s)
Analog: 31 (UHF, 1997–2003)
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID16729
ERP150 kW
HAAT784 m (2,572 ft)
Transmitter coordinates34°2′16.8″N 116°48′49.9″W / 34.038000°N 116.813861°W / 34.038000; -116.813861
Translator(s)see § Translators
Public license information

KVMD (channel 31) is a television station in Twentynine Palms, California, United States, airing programming from Merit Street Media. Station owner Ronald Ulloa is also president and majority owner of Rancho Palos Verdes–licensed independent station KXLA (channel 44). KVMD's studios are located on Corinth Avenue (near Interstate 405) in West Los Angeles, and its transmitter is located atop Snow Peak in the San Bernardino Mountains, north of Banning, California; its broadcast signal covers most of the area within the Inland Empire.

KVMD's signal is relayed by two low-power translators: KSMV-LD in Los Angeles and KIMG-LD in Ventura, both of which also broadcast on digital channel 23 and virtual channel 31. The station is carried throughout the Los Angeles media market on various cable television systems. KVMD-DT is also available on DirecTV and Dish Network on channel 31, its former analog channel.

The station broadcasts digitally on 19 subchannels. KVMD is dedicated to providing free over-the-air programming to minority groups in southern California. Currently, programming is offered in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese and Armenian.


On December 1, 1997, KVMD launched on analog channel 31 with America One programming. Its original analog signal was weak and could not generally be received beyond Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley. However, it sought and obtained carriage on many cable systems throughout Southern California, as well as satellite TV, due to its location on the outskirts of the Los Angeles DMA and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must-carry rules.

On July 29, 2002, its digital signal went on the air on channel 23. This signal is much stronger, potentially reaching 80 times as many viewers over the air as its analog signal, and covering most of the Inland Empire. It also reaches much of Los Angeles, Orange and northern San Diego counties.

On June 1, 2003, KVMD became the first station in the country to shut off its analog channel and go digital-only, in support of the government-mandated digital transition.

On June 1, 2008, KVMD started to air ARTN Armenian programming every night. On August 31, 2017, KVMD discontinued ARTN programming and moved to cable-only; KVMD also switched to Almavision programming.

In December 2017, it was announced that the station will become the Los Angeles market's LATV affiliate on January 1, 2018, replacing KJLA, which became the market's new Azteca América affiliate.

On July 1, 2021, KVMD replaced its affiliation with LATV on its main channel with New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD). The former LATV affiliation moved to its fifth subchannel.

On October 20, 2023, NTD pulled its affiliation from KVMD’s main channel. The programming has been replaced with infomercials.

KVMD began to carry the Phil McGraw-backed Merit Street Media on its debut day, April 2, 2024, under a programming agreement with the Trinity Broadcasting Network to assure main-channel must-carry coverage of the network on pay-TV providers throughout the Los Angeles market. TBN flagship KTBN-TV (channel 40) carries Merit Street on its second subchannel, but as it also asks for must-carry coverage which disallows subchannel carriage, would have had to make separate agreements with providers to carry the network otherwise.


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KVMD[2]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
31.1 720p 16:9 KVMD-DT Merit Street Media
31.2 480i 4:3 CRTV Infomercials
31.3 iCitiTV iCitiTV (in Chinese)
31.4 CRTV Infomercials
31.5 RCTV Rare Collectibles TV
31.6 ShopLC Shop LC
31.7 CRTV Infomercials
31.8 WCETV WCETV / CCTV-4 (in Chinese)
35.1 KTAV Spanish Religious (KTAV-LD)
57.8 VIETOCC VIETOCC (in Vietnamese)
57.10 16:9 VIETPHO VietPho TV (in Vietnamese)
57.13 4:3 VCAL VCAL TV (in Vietnamese)
57.14 VMTV VietMedia TV (in Vietnamese)
57.15 BBTV BBTV (in Vietnamese)
57.16 IVTV IVTV (in Vietnamese)
57.17 VNBC VNBC TV (in Vietnamese)
57.18 VISION VVTV (in Vietnamese)
57.19 IBC IBC-TV (in Vietnamese)
57.20 P&H TV An Binh Hanh Phúc TV (in Vietnamese)
  Simulcast of subchannels of another station



  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KVMD". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KVMD". RabbitEars.info.

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