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KTAS, virtual channel 33 (UHF digital channel 34), is a Telemundo-affiliated television station licensed to San Luis Obispo, California, United States and serving the Central Coast of California. The station is locally owned by Raul and Consuelo Palazuelos. KTAS' studios are located on Carmen Lane in Santa Maria, and its transmitter is located atop Cuesta Peak.

KTAS was previously seen on now-defunct repeater stations K07TA in Santa Maria and K09UF in Morro Bay.

History

Channel 33 first signed on in January 1990 as KADE, owned by the owners of KADY in Oxnard, California (now KBEH), rebroadcasting its sister station in Oxnard with the exception of nightly Fox network programming. KADE signed off in 1993.

Channel 33 returned to the air in 1997 as KTAS, a Univision affiliate. KTAS switched to Telemundo in 2001 when KPMR signed on the air.

K07TA began as a translator of then-independent station KCSO 19 (now KUVS-DT in the Sacramento, California area) based in Modesto in the 1970s and 1980s.

Analog-to-digital conversion

KTAS shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 33, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 34. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 33.

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