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Yuma, Arizona/El Centro, California
United States
City Yuma, Arizona
Branding News 11
Slogan Where News Comes First
Channels Digital: 11 (VHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
Subchannels 11.1 NBC
11.2 Ion Television
Affiliations NBC (1991–present)
Owner Northwest Broadcasting
(Blackhawk Broadcasting, LLC)
Operator News-Press & Gazette Company
First air date January 22, 1988 (30 years ago) (1988-01-22)
Call letters' meaning YuMA
Sister station(s) KSWT, KECY-TV, KESE-LP
Former channel number(s) Analog:
11 (VHF, 1988–2009)
41 (UHF, 2007–2009)
Former affiliations DT1:
ABC (1988–1991)
LATV (2007–2009)
This TV (2009-2017)
Transmitter power 2.1 kW
Height 493 m
Facility ID 74449
Transmitter coordinates 33°3′10.3″N 114°49′43.5″W / 33.052861°N 114.828750°W / 33.052861; -114.828750
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

KYMA-DT, virtual and VHF digital channel 11, is an NBC-affiliated television station located in Yuma, Arizona, United States, that also serves El Centro, California. Owned by Northwest Broadcasting as part of a duopoly with Yuma-licensed CBS affiliate KSWT (channel 13), the station is operated by News-Press & Gazette Company through a shared services agreement (SSA). This makes it sister to El Centro-licensed Fox and ABC affiliate KECY-TV (channel 9); and Yuma-licensed low-power Telemundo affiliate KESE-LP (analog channel 35) (both of which are owned directly by NPG) and all four stations share studios on South 4th Avenue in downtown Yuma. KYMA maintains transmitter facilities located northwest of Yuma.


The station began broadcasting in January 1988 as an ABC affiliate, replacing a translator of KGTV in San Diego. KYMA was granted its initial license on April 29, 1988. It originally operated from studio facilities located on South Pacific Avenue in Yuma. Yuma Broadcasting sold the station to Sunbelt Communications Company in June 1989. On February 1, 1991, it became an NBC affiliate[1] in a swap with then-KYEL, which would become KSWT that September.

In May 2013, Intermountain West Communications Company (formerly Sunbelt Communications) reached a deal to sell the station to Blackhawk Broadcasting, a company that shares ownership with the Northwest Broadcasting group.[2] In July, Blackhawk announced that they also in the process of acquiring competing station, KSWT from Pappas Telecasting, which would require a failing station waiver.[3] The FCC approved the KYMA transaction on August 12,[4] while the KSWT transaction was approved on December 23.[5][6] The sale of both stations was completed on February 18, 2014.[7][8]

On July 2, 2014, News-Press & Gazette Company, owners of KECY-TV and KESE-LP, announced that it had agreed to form a resource sharing agreement with Blackhawk Broadcasting, giving NPG control of the big four television network affiliates in the Yuma/El Centro market. All employees of KYMA and KSWT, except for sales personnel, became employees of NPG.[9][10] Blackhawk continues to operate the sales departments of its stations.[11] As a result of the agreement, KYMA and KSWT relocated to KECY's building on 4th Avenue.[12]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[13]
11.1 1080i 16:9 KYMA-DT Main KYMA-DT programming / NBC
11.2 720p Ion Television

The station's digital signal is multiplexed. In May 2007, KYMA added LATV on digital subchannel 11.2. The affiliation lasted until late 2009, when KYMA replaced it with This TV. In 2017, 11.2 subchannel was replaced with Ion.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

On April 3, 1997, the FCC assigned UHF channel 41 as the digital companion channel for KYMA, and on May 25, 2000, granted a construction permit. KYMA applied for Special Temporary Authorization (STA) for reduced-power operations in order to get a digital signal on the air quickly. The STA was granted on June 7, 2002 and the station built temporary digital facilities, to eventually be replaced by full-power operations. In 2005, KYMA elected and was approved for channel 11 as its permanent digital channel, meaning its license for channel 41 would be returned to the FCC after the analog shut-off, at the time scheduled for February 17, 2009.

Since operations on channel 41 would be temporary, KYMA requested to specify its low-power operation as its final pre-transition DTV facilities. The request was approved and the station was granted a license for its digital channel on September 20, 2006. KYMA was granted a construction permit for its post-transition operations on channel 11 on August 19, 2008. The station shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11, 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 relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 41 to VHF channel 11 for post-transition operations.[14]


Being an NBC affiliate, KYMA's schedule is dominated by network and syndicated programming, including NBC's The More You Know educational programming block on Saturday mornings. Syndicated programming featured on KYMA includes: Dr. Phil, The Insider, Jeopardy!, Inside Edition, Wheel of Fortune and Live with Kelly and Ryan.

News operation[edit]

The station produces four daily newscasts on weekdays at 6 a.m., 5, 6 and 10 p.m., and two daily newscasts on the weekends at 5 and 10 p.m. Mountain Time. Unlike most NBC affiliates in the Mountain time zone, it does not carry a full two-hour weekday morning newscast or a midday newscast. Until December 2008, it operated a news bureau in El Centro to provide additional coverage of the Imperial Valley. Following the planned relocation of KYMA-DT to the studios of KECY-TV, the station will retain its current newscast times and separate news branding from KECY and KSWT.[12]

Notable former on-air staff[edit]


  1. ^ "Sunbelt Communications Company Introduction to Internship". College of Southern Nevada. 2008. Archived from the original (DOC) on May 28, 2010. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  2. ^ Jessell, Harry A. (June 2, 2013). "Brian Brady Buying NBC Affil in Yuma, AZ". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  3. ^ "Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. July 22, 2013. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
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  7. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 19 February 2014
  8. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 19 February 2014
  9. ^ NPG Takes Over Yuma/El Centro Stations, 2 July 2014, Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  10. ^ One Station Group Makes Big Move in a Small Market,, 3 July 2014, Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  11. ^ Lobeck, Joyce (July 9, 2014). "4 major TV network affiliates here will share management". Yuma Sun. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  12. ^ a b Lobeck, Joyce (July 9, 2014). "Yuma TV stations await completion of agreement". Yuma Sun. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  13. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KYMA
  14. ^ "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.

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