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CityMinneapolis, Minnesota
BrandingUnivision Minnesota
Affiliations21.1: Univision
21.2: Twist (TV network) (soon)
  • Media Vista Group, LLC
  • (Media Vista Minneapolis, LLC)
FoundedSeptember 26, 1985
First air date
2005; 18 years ago (2005)
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
13 (VHF, 2005–2013)
17 (UHF, 2013–2020)
17 (PSIP, 2013–2020)
The Box, MTV2
Call sign meaning
MiNneapolis or
MiNnesota (postal abbreviation)
Technical information
Licensing authority
ERP15 kW
HAAT175.4 m (575 ft)
Transmitter coordinates44°58′24.9″N 93°16′13.8″W / 44.973583°N 93.270500°W / 44.973583; -93.270500Coordinates: 44°58′24.9″N 93°16′13.8″W / 44.973583°N 93.270500°W / 44.973583; -93.270500
Public license information

WUMN-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 21, is a low-powered Univision-affiliated television station licensed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States and serving the Twin Cities television market. The station is owned by Media Vista Group, LLC. WUMN-LD's transmitter is located atop the Campbell Mithun Tower on South 9th Street in downtown Minneapolis.


WUMN's logo prior to January 1, 2013

The station began operating in 2005. In January of that year, after Equity Media Holdings's purchase of channel 13, the station was re-called WUMN-LP, to reflect its new Univision affiliation.[1] Under Equity ownership, all of the station's operations were controlled from Equity's hub in Little Rock, Arkansas with only engineering staff in the area and no local programming outside of some reporters contributing local stories to a newscast anchored from the Little Rock hub by Independent Network News.

WUMN was sold to SP Television on June 2, 2009 in Equity's bankruptcy auction. The sale closed on August 17, 2009.[2] SP Television reached a deal to sell WUMN to Media Vista Group on December 21, 2012.[3]

On October 29, 2013, WUMN was granted a construction permit by the FCC to transition its broadcast signal to digital on UHF channel 17, formerly occupied by the analog signal of KTCI.[1] At the time, WUMN was the last television station broadcasting an analog signal in the Twin Cities market. Despite Twin Cities Public Television nominally being able to hold on to virtual channel 17, they instead chose to utilize KTCI as an extension of KTCA, and also number its stations as subchannels of channel 2. This allowed WUMN-LD the use of channel 17 as their new virtual channel number. In early November 2020, WUMN moved from RF channel 17 to their new allotment on RF channel 21, displaying as 21.1.[4]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming
21.1 1080i 16:9 WUMN Main WUMN-LD programming / Univision


Equity also produced Spanish-language local newscasts at 5 and 10 p.m., originating out of the company's program production center in Davenport, Iowa. On June 6, 2008, Equity discontinued local newscasts at its six Univision affiliates, including WUMN.[5] In 2009, WUMN debuted its new local show Impacto Local, visually documenting and informing the Twin Cities community on education, politics, immigration, news, sports, culture and music events and airing on a weekly basis at 10:00 p.m. Central Time.[6]


  1. ^ a b FCC Licensing, FCC Licensing Website.
  2. ^ FCC, FCC Website.
  3. ^ Seyler, Dave (January 16, 2013). "Fleet of Univision-affiliated LPTVs sold". Television Business Report. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
  4. ^ [1] AVS Forum Minneapolis, MN OTA Post #4406
  5. ^ TV Newsday, 6/10/2008
  6. ^ Univision Minnesota Website, Univision Minnesota Information.
  • Deborah Caulfield Rybak (March 26, 2005). New at 5 and 10, news in Spanish. Star Tribune.

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