CityEl Centro, California
  • Univision Yuma–El Centro (general)
  • Noticias Univision El Centro (newscasts)
First air date
June 1996 (27 years ago) (1996-06)
Former call signs
KXLO (CP, 1991–1996)
Former channel number(s)
Analog: 7 (VHF, 1996–2009)
Call sign meaning
Univision Yuma–El Centro
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID36170
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT477.4 m (1,566 ft)
Transmitter coordinates33°3′2.1″N 114°49′40.9″W / 33.050583°N 114.828028°W / 33.050583; -114.828028
Public license information

KVYE (channel 7) is a television station licensed to El Centro, California, United States, serving the Yuma, Arizona–El Centro, California market as an affiliate of the Spanish-language network Univision. It is owned by Entravision Communications, which provides certain services to Calipatria, California–licensed UniMás affiliate KAJB (channel 54) under a joint sales agreement (JSA) with Calipatria Broadcasting Company. The two stations share studios on North Imperial Avenue in El Centro; KVYE's transmitter is located atop Black Mountain.[2]


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted an original construction permit on August 3, 1989, to build a television station licensed in El Centro.[3] Before its license grant, the permit was extended four times[4][5][6][7] and modified twice.[8][9] On March 23, 1994, the FCC canceled the permit, but restored it five days later.[10]

The station made its debut in June 1996; however, the station maintained its construction permit status.[11][12]

On March 15, 1998, Entravision Communications (which operated KVYE under a local marketing agreement) bought station licensee La Paz Wireless Corporation for $700.000.[13] Entravision obtained the initial license for the station on November 26, 1999.[14]

On November 8, 2002, the FCC granted a permit to construct the station's digital facilities (requested in 1999).[15] The station completed construction of its full-power digital facilities in June 2007, and was granted a license on January 29, 2010.[16]

In February 2017, KVYE began to carry Azteca América on 7.2; prior to this affiliation, Azteca América was seen in the market solely through carriage of the network's national feed on Time Warner Cable.[17]

On March 12, 2018, the digital multicast networks Comet and Charge! began broadcasting on digital subchannels 7.3 and 7.4, respectively.

In 2019, KVYE added a fifth digital subchannel, affiliated with Court TV.

On December 31, 2022, Azteca América ceased operations. TV Azteca content in the U.S. thusly moved to Estrella TV, seen in the market on a subchannel of KYMA.

News operation

KVYE presently broadcasts five hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with one hour each weekday); the station does not carry newscasts on Saturdays or Sundays.

The newscast debuted on January 26, 2015.[18]

Technical information


The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KVYE[19]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
7.1 1080i 16:9 Univisn Main KVYE programming / Univision
7.2 480i Circle Circle
7.3 CometTV Comet
7.4 Charge! Charge!
7.5 CourtTV Court TV
7.6 Majstad Majestad TV (Spanish Christian)

Analog-to-digital conversion

KVYE shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, on June 12, 2009,[20] the official date on 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 22.[21] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 7.


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KVYE". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ All Stations - Entravision Communications
  3. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission.
  4. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission.
  5. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission.
  6. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission.
  7. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission.
  8. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission.
  9. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission.
  10. ^ "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission.
  11. ^ "S-1 SEC Filing". June 19, 1996.
  12. ^ Fybush, Scott (September 24, 2010). "El Centro and California's Imperial Valley". Northeast Radio Watch. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  13. ^ Entravision Communications Corporation - Form S-1 - NASDAQ
  14. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission.
  15. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission.
  16. ^ "Application Search Details". Federal Communications Commission.
  17. ^ Lafayette, Jon (March 6, 2017). "Azteca America Adds New Affiliate in San Diego Market". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  18. ^ Noticias Univisión El Centro celebra su primer aniversario - Noticias Ya (in Spanish)
  19. ^ "RabbitEars listing for KVYE". RabbitEars. Retrieved October 30, 2022.
  20. ^ Analog Service Termination Notification - Federal Communications Commission
  21. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.