Translator of KION-TV, Monterey, California

Brandingsee KION-TV
FoundedMay 31, 1989 (34 years ago) (1989-05-31)
Former call signs
  • K67EU (1989–1998)
  • K23EW (1998–2002)
  • KMUV-LP (2002–2019)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 23 (UHF, 2001–2019)
  • Digital: 21 (UHF, 2019–2021)
  • As stand-alone station:
  • Univision (1989–2005)
  • Telemundo (2005–2019)
  • LD2: Fox (2019–2022)
Call sign meaning
Monterey Univision (former affiliation)
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID59362
ERP15 kW
HAAT688.3 m (2,258 ft)
Transmitter coordinates36°45′22.8″N 121°30′8.7″W / 36.756333°N 121.502417°W / 36.756333; -121.502417
Public license information

KMUV-LD (channel 23) is a low-power television station licensed to Monterey, California, United States. It is a translator of CBS/Fox/Telemundo affiliate KION-TV (channel 46, also licensed to Monterey) which is owned by the News-Press & Gazette Company. KMUV-LD's transmitter is located on Fremont Peak; its parent station maintains studios on Moffett Street in Salinas immediately south of Salinas Municipal Airport.


As KMUV-LP, the station was previously a Univision affiliate; it switched to Telemundo by 2005, when Clear Channel Communications acquired the station.[2] The KMUV call sign had previously been assigned to channel 31 in Sacramento from 1974 until 1981; that station is now KMAX-TV.

Sale to Cowles Publishing Company

On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) entered into an agreement to spin off its entire television stations group to Newport Television, a broadcasting holding company founded by the private equity firm Providence Equity Partners. The sale was finalized on March 14, 2008.[3] However, Newport Television could not keep KION-TV or KMUV-LP due to Providence Equity Partners' partial ownership of several media properties which serve parts of the market. KION and KMUV were sold to the Cowles Publishing Company, the owner of KHQ-TV and The KHQ Television Group in Spokane, Washington.[4] The sale was finalized on May 7, 2008. On that day, Cowles took over the LMA for KCBA from Newport Television.

Sale to News-Press & Gazette Company

On September 20, 2013, News-Press & Gazette Company announced that it would purchase KION-TV and KMUV-LP, as well as San Luis Obispo sister station KKFX-CA. NPG will also take over some of the operations of Santa Maria sister station KCOY-TV, which Cowles will retain, under a shared services agreement (as NPG's holdings in the area already include KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara).[5] The sale was completed on December 13.[6]


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KMUV-LD[7]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
21.1 480i 16:9 SMUV Dabl
23.1 1080i KMUV-LD Full HD simulcast of KION-DT3 / Telemundo
46.1 720p KION-TV Simulcast of KION-TV / CBS
46.2 FOX35 Simulcast of KION-DT2 / Fox


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KMUV-LD". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "Clear Channel acquires local Telemundo affiliate". The Californian. October 4, 2005. p. 6B. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  3. ^ "Clear Channel Agrees to Sell Television Station Group to Providence Equity Partners" (Press release). Clear Channel Communications. April 20, 2007. Archived from the original on April 25, 2007. Retrieved April 20, 2007.
  4. ^ Deals - 10/8/2007 - Broadcasting & Cable
  5. ^ "KCOY to 'share services' with KEYT parent company under planned station purchases". Santa Maria Times. September 23, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  6. ^ "NewsChannel 3 Owner Completes Purchase of Fox 11". KEYT-TV. December 13, 2013. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  7. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KMUV-LD