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KUVS-DT, virtual channel 19 (UHF digital channel 18), is a Univision owned-and-operated television station serving Sacramento, California, United States that is licensed to Modesto. The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Stockton-licensed UniMás owned-and-operated station KTFK-DT (channel 64). The two stations share studios on Arden Way near Cal Expo in Sacramento; KUVS' transmitter is located near Valley Springs, California.

KEZT-CD (channel 23) in Sacramento operates as a low-powered, Class A translator of KUVS.



The station first signed on the air on August 15, 1966 as KLOC-TV, operating as an independent station. It was founded by country and western performer Chester Smith, who also owned KLOC radio (920 AM, now KVIN) in Ceres. His company, Sainte Partners II, L.P. previously owned KCSO-LP (channel 33) locally, and also owned stations in the Chico–Redding, Eureka, Salinas–Monterey–Santa Cruz and Medford, Oregon markets.

Initially, KLOC maintained a general entertainment format, and was one of the handful of stations that carried programming from the United Network during its one month of operation in May 1967. About a year after its sign on, the syndicators providing KLOC's programming raised their prices to the levels closer to a Sacramento-licensed station (the station's owners had been acquired programming at lower rates closer to that of an unrated television market); Smith resorted to simulcasting KLOC radio's programming during the daytime hours, including a camera in the radio station's studios showing the disc jockeys live, and ran Spanish-language telenovelas in the evening, when the radio station signed off.


By the 1970s, the radio simulcast was discontinued and KLOC-TV's broadcast day was split into two parts: mornings were devoted to English-language religious programming, it then ran Spanish-language programming for the rest of the day (from approximately 2:00 p.m. to sign-off) as one of the original affiliates of the Spanish International Network (which would later be reorganized as Univision in 1986), carrying afternoon and evening programs from KMEX-TV in Los Angeles via a live microwave feed, as did KDTV in San Francisco. In the 1980s, the station's call letters were changed to KCSO (standing for "Chester Smith Organization").

Sale to Univision[]

In the late 1990s, the station was sold to Univision Communications and became a Univision owned-and-operated station, the first television station in the Sacramento television market to be owned by the network (Smith had accepted stock in SIN as part of the original affiliation agreement); the station was then rebranded as "Univision 19". After the ownership change, the station moved its operations from Modesto to Sacramento, and its call letters were changed to KUVS-TV.

Newscasts and other local programming[]

KUVS-DT presently broadcasts 11½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with two hours each weekday, a half-hour on Saturdays and one hour on Sundays). In addition, the station also produces a five-minute entertainment segment, titled Despierta Sacramento, which airs weekday mornings during Univision's morning news program Despierta América at 7:24, 8:24 and 9:24 a.m.

KUVS also produces Voz y Voto, a political roundtable program that specializes in interviewing local, state and national leaders on issues of political, economic and national policy that airs on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. The show helps fulfill station obligations to provide a public service to the community from a Sacramento capital perspective. Past guests on the program have included Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, his 2006 challenger Phil Angelides and Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Voz y Voto is syndicated to other California stations such as Los Angeles sister station KMEX-DT. When it debuted in 2000, the program was taped out of Los Angeles, and was originally hosted by Rosa Maria Villalpando and Armando Botello. When KUVS decided to move the show to Sacramento, Xochitl Arellano replaced Villalpando and added Arnoldo Torres.


Bounce TV[]

Bounce TV was launched in August 2014, becoming the first free over-the-air English-language movie network to air on the station.

Court TV Mystery[]

Court TV Mystery was added on 19.4 in August 2014 as Escape, adding both movies and original TV series to the station's lineup. Escape was the first sub-channel targeted specifically at women, and the first general entertainment network since music videos were added in 1985. The network was renamed Court TV Mystery on September 29, 2019.

Technical information[]


The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
19.1 720p 16:9 KUVS-DT Main KUVS-DT programming / Univision
19.2 KUVS-D2 [Blank]
19.3 480i 16:9 BOUNCE Bounce TV
19.4 Mystery Court TV Mystery
64.2 720p KTFK-D2 Simulcast of KTFK-DT / UniMás

Former Subchannels[]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
19.1 1080i 16:9 KUVS-DT Main KUVS-DT programming / Univision
19.2 KUVS.2 [Blank]
19.3 480i 16:9 KUVS.3 Bounce TV
19.4 KUVS.4 Court TV Mystery
64.2 720p KTFK.2 Simulcast of KTFK-DT / UniMás


City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates
Sacramento KEZT-CD 34 15 kW 85 m (279 ft) 52891 38°33′58.9″N 121°28′50.4″W

Analog-to-digital conversion[]

KUVS-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 19, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 18, using PSIP to display KUVS-TV's virtual channel as 19 on digital television receivers.



Noticias 19 Univision a las Seis - 6–6:30 p.m.
Noticias 19 Univision: Solo a las Once - 11–11:35 p.m.


Noticias 19 Univision: Fin de Semana - 6-6:30 p.m. and 11–11:30 p.m.

TV stations in California
Azteca América UniMás Telemundo Univision Other stations
KMSG-LD2, Fresno KBTF-CD/KTFB-CA, Bakersfield KKEY-LP, Bakersfield KVER-CD, Indio KVMM-CD, Santa Barbara KVMD, Twentynine Palms KCBT-LD, Bakersfield KZMM-CD, Fresno
KVYE-DT2, El Centro KEVC-CD, Indio KUNA-LP, Indio KVYE, El Centro KSDX-LD, San Diego KWHY, Los Angeles
XHAS-TDT, Tijuana/San Diego KKTF-LD, Chico KION, Monterey KDTV-DT/KDTV-CD, San Francisco/Santa Rosa KGMC, Merced
KRHT-LD, Redding KDJT-CD, Monterey KNVN-DT2, Chico KBNT-CD, San Diego KQCA-DT3, Stockton
KSBO-CD, San Luis Obispo KTSB-CD, Santa Maria KCSO-LD/KMUM-CD/KMMW-LD, Sacramento/Stockton KUVS, Sacramento KRCA, Riverside
KBBV-CD, Bakersfield KFTR, Ontario KTAS, San Luis Obispo KFTV, Hanford
KMCE-LD, Monterey KDTF-LD, San Diego KSTS, San Jose KUCO-LD, Chico
KSAO-LD, Sacramento KAJB, Calipatria KUAN-LD, Poway KEUV-LP, Eureka
KEMO, San Francisco KTFF-DT/KTFF-LD, Porterville/Fresno KNSO, Clovis KMEX, Los Angeles
KJLA, Ventura KTFK, Stockton KVEA, Corona KPMR, Santa Barbara
KFSF, Vallejo KABE-CD, Bakersfield
KSMS, Monterey
TV stations in Northern California, including Sacramento, Stockton, and Modesto

KBTV-CD 8 (Ind)
K20JX-D 20 (3ABN)
KBSV 23 (Ind)
K20JX-D 27 (3ABN)
KSPX 29 (Ion)
KMAX 31 (CW)
KACA-LD 34 (Daystar)
K04QR-D 38 (Info)
KTXL 40 (Fox)
KAHC-LD 43 (Stadium)
KRJR-LP 44 (Daystar)
KFMS-LD 47 (Info)
KTFK-DT 64 (UMas)