KTVS logo
Albuquerque, New Mexico
ChannelsDigital: 23 (UHF)
Virtual: 36
Affiliations36.1/3: TheGrio TV
36.2: Almavision
OwnerAlpha Omega Broadcasting
(Alpha Omega Broadcasting of Albuquerque Inc.)
FoundedOctober 31, 1986
Former call signs
K59DB (1986-2003)
KTVS-LP (2003-2009)
Former channel number(s)
59 (UHF, 1989-2003)
36 (UHF, 2003-2009)
36 (UHF, 2009-2019)
Telemundo (1988-1997)
Spanish Independent (1997-2000)
Dark (2000-2002)
Faith TV (2003-20??)
Trine TV (2014-2016)
Light TV (2016-2021)
Call sign meaning
TV for the Southwest
Technical information
Facility ID13791
ERP15 kW
HAAT1,568 m (5,144 ft)

KTVS-LD, virtual channel 36 (UHF digital channel 23), is a low-powered TheGrio TV-affiliated television station licensed to Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. Founded on October 31, 1986, the station is owned by Alpha Omega Broadcasting.


This station began broadcasting in 1988 as K59DB (often identified as KDB) on channel 59. It was the first Telemundo affiliate in the area. By 1997, KTEL-LP had picked up the Telemundo affiliation. KDB had continued as a Spanish-language independent airing mostly music videos and sports programming. By 1999, Continental Broadcasting had sold KDB along with one FM and two AM radio stations to Clear Channel Communications. The format continued until late 2000 when Clear Channel had shut down KDB. The station was later picked up by Alpha-Omega Broadcasting. In 2002, K59DB went back on the air simulcasting programming from KAZQ (channel 32) and in 2003 it would move to channel 36 as KTVS-LP. By October it would begin airing programming separate from KAZQ. Originally the format featured classic TV shows, movies and religious programs from Faith TV. Regional sports programming had also once aired on KTVS.

The FCC spectrum auction which concluded on April 13, 2017 removes part of the UHF spectrum from channels 38-51 for television broadcast. MyNetworkTV affiliate KASY-TV (channel 50) will be assigned the channel 36 position moving over from channel 45 as part of a spectrum repacking.[1] This will displace KTVS-LD which will have to move to a different channel number to continue broadcasting.

In early October 2017, KTVS-LD affiliated with Light TV replacing a relay of programming from KAZQ.[2]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[3]
36.1 480i 4:3 1 Light TV
36.2 2 Almavision
36.3 3 Simulcast of DT1
36.4 4 Blank

KTVS was viewed on KAZQ-DT3 for a while.

Analog-to-digital conversion

KTVS had "flash cut" to digital on channel 36 in August 2009.


  1. ^ "RabbitEars.Info".
  2. ^ "KAZQ/KTVS - Alpha Omega Broadcasting on Facebook". Facebook. Archived from the original on 2022-04-30.[user-generated source]
  3. ^ "KTVS-LD ALBUQUERQUE, NM". www.rabbitears.info.