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Garland/Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
United States
City of license Garland, Texas
Branding Univision 23 (general)
Noticias 23 (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 23 (UHF)
Virtual: 23 (PSIP)
Subchannels 23.1 Univision
23.2 Bounce TV (2015)
23.3 Escape
Translators KUVN-CA 47, Fort Worth[1]
Affiliations Univision (O&O)
Owner Univision Communications
(KUVN License Partnership, LP)
First air date September 25, 1986
Call letters' meaning UniVisioN
Sister station(s) TV: KSTR-TV
Former callsigns KIAB-TV (1986–1988)
KUVN (1988–2003)
KUVN-TV (2003–2009)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
23 (UHF, 1986–2009)
Former affiliations SIN (1986–1987)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 517 m
Facility ID 35841
Transmitter coordinates
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website Univision 23

KUVN-DT, virtual and UHF digital channel 23, is a Univision owned-and-operated television station serving the DallasFort Worth Metroplex that is licensed to Garland, Texas, United States. The station is owned by Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with UniMás owned-and-operated station KSTR-DT (channel 49). The two stations share studio facilities located on Bryan Street in downtown Dallas; KUVN maintains transmitter facilities located south of Belt Line Road in Cedar Hill. The station's signal is relayed on Class A low-power station KUVN-CA (channel 47) in Fort Worth.


  • History 1
    • Prior history of UHF channel 23 in Dallas-Fort Worth 1.1
    • KUVN-DT station history 1.2
    • KUVN-CA 1.3
  • Digital television 2
    • Digital channels 2.1
    • Analog-to-digital conversion 2.2
  • News operation 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Prior history of UHF channel 23 in Dallas-Fort Worth

The UHF channel 23 allocation in the Dallas-Fort Worth market had originally been allocated for KDTX. Lakewood Broadcasting (owned by a coalition of local oilmen), who later signed on KGKO (1480 AM, now KBXD) in January 1953, was issued a construction permit to sign on the station in 1952; the station was never built, and the permit was deleted by the Federal Communications Commission in 1955.

The Richardson Independent School District then signed on an educational television station on channel 23 on February 29, 1960, KRET-TV. It was the first television station in the United States to be owned by a school district (beating KERA-TV (channel 13), which was founded by the Dallas Independent School District by eight months). Licensed to nearby Richardson, KRET only broadcast on weekdays during the school year for only two hours a day initially, before expanding to the entire school day; five-minute breaks were inserted between programs, which was filled by various pieces of music. Costing only $70,000 to build, it operated out of Richardson Junior High School, before moving to Richardson High School in 1963. Although operating on a full-power license, the station only provided a signal up to 20 miles from its transmitter. KRET-TV ceased operations in May 1970, and on August 31, was transitioned to the "TAGER" closed-circuit television system used for high school and college telecourses; the broadcast license was returned to the FCC.

KUVN-DT station history

Former logo, used until 2011.

The current television station licensed to channel 23 first signed on the air on September 25, 1986 as KIAB; it was founded by International American Broadcasting (owned by local ophthalmologist Dr. Elizabeth Vaughn). The station initially carried a mix of English-language religious programs sourced from the Christian Television Network during the morning hours, Spanish language programming from the Spanish International Network (which became Univision the following year) during the afternoon and evening hours, and programming from the Home Shopping Network during the overnight hours. The station originally operated from studios located on Marquis Street in Garland.

Vaughan sold KIAB to Univision in 1988, becoming the second commercial network owned-and-operated station in the Dallas market – after KDAF (channel 33; at the time, a charter O&O of Fox); following the purchase, the station changed its call letters to KUVN. At that point, channel 23 began running Univision programming 24 hours a day.


KUVN-CA's construction permit was originally owned by the American Christian Television System and was transferred to Bill Trammell in 1990. In 1994, the station's license was transferred to Rodriguez-Heftel-Texas; the deal was consummated on April 10, 1995. The license was transferred to KESS-TV License Corporation on May 16, 1996. The last transfer to date was (BALTTL-19960510IC) in 1996, in which it was sold to Univision. The station relocated its signal from UHF channel 31 to channel 47 in 2001. KUVN-LP was designated as a Class A low-power station and changed its call letters to KUVN-CA on March 1, 2002. KUVN-CA is not a repeater or a translator, as a Class A station can not act as merely a repeater or translator. A construction permit was issued by the Federal Communications Commission on August 4, 2008 to allow KUVN-CA to operate a digital signal on channel 47, with an effective radiated power of 190 watts.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
23.1 1080i 16:9 KUVN-DT Main KUVN programming / Univision
23.2 480i 4:3 Bounce TV (2015)
23.3 ESCAPE Escape

Analog-to-digital conversion

KUVN shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 23, on June 12, 2009, 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 was relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 24 to its former analog-era UHF channel 23.[3] Prior to the shutdown of its analog signal, KUVN presented live coverage from Times Square showing the countdown to the nationwide digital transition. Its Fort Worth repeater KUVN-CA has applied to broadcast a digital signal at 190 watts.

News operation

KUVN-DT presently broadcasts 12 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with two hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). Following its acquisition by Univision, the network invested in a news department for the station and began producing nightly Spanish language local newscasts at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. In the summer of 2010, KUVN introduced a new high definition-ready graphics package for its newscasts, and began using a new news theme ("Univision 2006," which was based on the Mark Haffner-composed theme used from 1997 to 2001, "Turning Point") which is shared among many Univision affiliates in the United States and Puerto Rico.

On April 11, 2011, KUVN began broadcasting Primera Edicion and Vive La Mañana on Telefutura affiliate KSTR (channel 49). Like its newscasts at different times, it is broadcast in 480i standard definition, within their old studio set. Sister station KXLN-DT in Houston also uses the same titles for their newscasts; Vive La Mañana features a different graphics and music package shared by both KUVN and KXLN. In 2011, a new set for KUVN's newscasts was introduced. In 2012, KUVN began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition.


  1. ^ FCC TV Query for KUVN-CA
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KUVN
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

External links

  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KUVN-DT
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KUVN-TV
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KUVN-CA
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