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KNSO logo
Fresno, California
City of license Merced, California
Branding Telemundo Fresno
Channels Digital: 11 (VHF)
Affiliations Telemundo
Owner NBC Universal, Inc.
(operated by ZGS Communications, Inc.)
(NBC Telemundo License Company)
First air date March 22, 1996
Call letters’ meaning K-FreSNO
Former channel number(s) Analog:
51 (UHF, 1996-2009)
Digital: 5 (VHF)
Former affiliations independent (1996-1998)
The WB (1998-2000)
Transmitter Power 50 kW
Height 572 m
Facility ID 58608
Transmitter Coordinates 37°4′19″N 119°25′49″W / 37.07194°N 119.43028°W / 37.07194; -119.43028

KNSO ("Telemundo Fresno") is an television station in the Fresno, California area, and a station of the Telemundo network. The station is owned by NBC Universal and operated by ZGS Communications. The station operates on digital VHF channel 11.1 (virtual channel 51.1)


KNSO signed on the air in 1996 under the ownership of Sainte Partners II, L.P.. It aired religious programs in the mornings and Asian programming in the afternoons, as well as California Music Channel. These programs were largely simulcast from KTSF-TV in San Francisco.

In July 1998, KNSO signed a local marketing agreement with Pappas Telecasting-owned KMPH-TV, who affiliated the station with The WB. This lasted until January 1, 2001, when KNSO switched to Telemundo; KMPH them moved its LMA arrangement and the WB affiliation to KFRE-TV. NBC bought the station in May 2003.

KNSO logo when NBC operated the station, used until 2009

In March 2004, KNSO moved its studios from McKinley Rd to the North Fresno area, at 30 River Park Place. The station also implemented an advanced operational environment, making KNSO one of the most advanced television stations in the country. This experimental operation system allowed for a "limited intervention" master control center, which involves a highly automated system of operation. The station automation systems are almost completely self-reliant and provide for little to no assistance by the station personnel in running the on-air switching, monitoring, and logging. This system utilizes the Florical Airboss, a centralized sales and traffic systems,and various Grass Valley Group broadcast systems, including the Profile XP and Concerto. This experimental operation system has proved successful, and has now been implemented in other station operation control centers.

ZGS Communications took over the operations of KNSO (as well as San Antonio sister station KVDA) on May 1, 2009, though NBC retains the stations' licenses.[1]


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