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El Centro, California/Yuma, Arizona
United States
City El Centro, California
Branding Univision El Centro–Yuma (general)
Noticias El Centro (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 22 (UHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
Subchannels 7.1 Univision
7.2 Azteca América
Affiliations Univision
Owner Entravision Communications
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
First air date June 1996; 21 years ago (1996-06)
Call letters' meaning UniVision Yuma–El Centro
Sister station(s) KAJB, KMXX, KSEH, KWST
Former callsigns KXLO (CP, 1991–1994)
DKXLO (CP, March 23–28, 1994)
KXLO (CP, 1994–1996)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
7 (VHF, 1996–2009)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 477.4 metres (1,566 feet)
Facility ID 36170
Transmitter coordinates 33°3′5.3″N 114°49′43.2″W / 33.051472°N 114.828667°W / 33.051472; -114.828667
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.noticiaselcentro.com

KVYE, virtual channel 7 (UHF digital channel 22), is a Univision-affiliated television station located in El Centro, California, that also serves Yuma, Arizona. Owned by Entravision Communications (minority owned by Univision's parent, Univision Communications), the station is operated as part of a virtual duopoly with UniMás affiliate KAJB (channel 54), which is owned by Calipatria Broadcasting Company but operated by Entravision via a joint sales agreement. KYVE maintains transmitter facilities located atop Black Mountain, while KYVE and KAJB share studio facilities located on North Imperial Avenue in El Centro.[1]


The Federal Communications Commission granted an original construction permit on August 3, 1989, to build a television station licensed in El Centro.[2] Before its license grant, the permit was extended 4 times[3][4][5][6] and modified 2 times.[7][8] On March 23, 1994, the Federal Communications Commission cancelled the permit, but restored it five days later.[9]

The station made its debut in June 1996, however the station maintained its construction permit status.[10][11]

On March 15, 1998, Entravision Communications (which operated KVYE under a local marketing agreement) bought station's licensee La Paz Wireless Corporation for $700.000.[12] Entravision obtained the initial license for the station on November 26, 1999.[13]

On November 8, 2002, the Federal Communications Commission granted a permit to construct the station's digital facilities (requested in 1999).[14] The station completed construction of its full-power digital facilities in June 2007, and was granted a license on January 29, 2010.[15]

In February 2017, KVYE began to carry Azteca América on 7.2; prior to this affiliation, Azteca America was seen in the market solely through carriage of the network's national feed on Time Warner Cable.[16]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[17]
7.1 1080i 16:9 KVYE Main KVYE programming / Univision
7.2 480i 4:3 Azteca América

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KVYE shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, on June 12, 2009,[18] 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 22.[19] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 7.

News operation[edit]

KVYE presently broadcasts 5 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 1 hour on weekdays); KVYE does not carry newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays.

The newscast debuted on January 26, 2015.[20]


  1. ^ All Stations - Entravision Communications
  2. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission. 
  3. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission. 
  4. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission. 
  5. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission. 
  6. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission. 
  7. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission. 
  8. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission. 
  9. ^ "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission. 
  10. ^ "S-1 SEC Filing". June 19, 1996. 
  11. ^ Fybush, Scott (September 24, 2010). "El Centro and California's Imperial Valley". Northeast Radio Watch. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  12. ^ Entravision Communications Corporation - Form S-1 - NASDAQ
  13. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission. 
  14. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission. 
  15. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission. 
  16. ^ Lafayette, Jon (March 6, 2017). "Azteca America Adds New Affiliate in San Diego Market". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  17. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KVYE
  18. ^ Analog Service Termination Notification - Federal Communications Commission
  19. ^ "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. 
  20. ^ Noticias Univisión El Centro celebra su primer aniversario - Noticias Ya (in Spanish)

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