KNVO logo.png
CityMcAllen, Texas
BrandingUnivision 48 Valle del Rio Grande (general)
Noticias 48 (newscasts)
Affiliations48.1: Univision
48.2: UniMás
48.3: LATV
48.4: Ion Television
48.5: Court TV
First air date
October 12, 1992 (29 years ago) (1992-10-12)
Former call signs
KNVO (1989–1991)
KMZS (1991–1992)
Former channel number(s)
48 (UHF, 1992–2009)
49 (UHF, until 2020)
Call sign meaning
"K" (Que) Nuevo
(Spanish for "how new")
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID69692
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT285.6 m (937 ft)
Transmitter coordinates26°5′19″N 98°3′45″W / 26.08861°N 98.06250°W / 26.08861; -98.06250 (KNVO)
Public license information

KNVO (channel 48) is a television station licensed to McAllen, Texas, United States, serving the Lower Rio Grande Valley as an affiliate of the Spanish-language Univision network. It is owned by Entravision Communications alongside Harlingen-licensed Fox affiliate KFXV, channel 60 (and translators KMBH-LD and KXFX-CD), primary CW+ affiliate and secondary PBS member KCWT-CD (channel 21), and Class A UniMás affiliate KTFV-CD (channel 32). The stations share studios on North Jackson Road in McAllen,[1] while KNVO's transmitter is located on Farm to Market Road 493 near Donna, Texas.


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted an original construction permit on October 9, 1983, to build a television station licensed in McAllen.[2] Originally, the station was approved to broadcast on UHF channel 48 with 4,071 kW effective radiated power,[3] but was later changed to 3,162 kW on April 16, 1992.[4][5] The station made its debut on October 12, 1992.[6] During the station's first years on the air, KNVO quickly became the highest-rated station in the market.[7]

In 1996, LS Broadcasting, Ltd., Mundo Vision Broadcasting Company and Larry Safir (the owners of the station) station sold the licensee of KNVO to Entravision Communications for $24,8 million.[7][8][9] Sale was completed on January 24, 1997.[9]

On October 11, 2001, the Federal Communications Commission granted a permit to construct the station's digital facilities (requested in 1999).[10] The station completed construction of its full-power digital facilities in June 2006, and was granted a license on June 26, 2007.[11]

News operation

The station's former news logo.
The station's former news logo.

KNVO's newscast debuted in 1999.[6] The station presently broadcasts seven hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with one hour each on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays). In September 2010, KNVO started broadcasting local news in high definition.[12]

As of 2012, KNVO was the second highest-rated newscast in the market, behind ABC affiliate KRGV-TV (channel 5).[13]

In early December 2015, Entravision canceled the morning newscasts at all of its stations in the United States, including KNVO's Alegre Despertar.[14]

Technical information


The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[15]
48.1 1080i 16:9 Univisn Main KNVO programming / Univision
48.2 480i UniMas Simulcast of KTFV-CD / UniMás
48.4 4:3 ION Ion Television
48.5 16:9 CourtTV Court TV

Analog-to-digital conversion

KNVO shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 48, on June 12, 2009,[16] 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 remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 49.[17] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 48.


  1. ^ All Stations - Entravision Communications
  2. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission.
  3. ^ "Public Notice Comment". Federal Communications Commission.
  4. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission.
  5. ^ "Public Notice Comment". Federal Communications Commission.
  6. ^ a b KNVO 20th Anniversary - Youtube
  7. ^ a b Larry Safir - Texas Association of Broadcasters
  8. ^ Broadcasting & Cable, August 12, 1996 (page 54)
  9. ^ a b "Public Notice Comment". Federal Communications Commission.
  10. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission.
  11. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission.
  12. ^ Entravision Launching HD News in Texas - TVNewsCheck
  13. ^ Market Eye: Boomtown on the Border - Broadcasting & Cable
  14. ^ Entravision cancels morning newscasts nationwide - Media Moves
  15. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KNVO
  16. ^ Analog Termination Information Update - Federal Communications Commission
  17. ^ "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.