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La Grande, Oregon
Branding Univision Portland
Channels Digital: 16 (UHF)
Translators KUNP-LP 47 Portland
KABH-CA 15 Bend
Affiliations Univision
Owner Fisher Communications, Inc.
(Fisher Radio Regional Group)
Founded August 6, 1999
First air date December 2001
Call letters’ meaning UNivision Portland
Sister station(s) KATU
Former callsigns KBPD (2001-2002)
KPOU (2002-2006)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
16 (UHF, 2001-2009)
Transmitter Power 50 kW
Height 773 m
Facility ID 81447
Transmitter Coordinates 45°18′35″N 117°43′57″W / 45.30972°N 117.7325°W / 45.30972; -117.7325

KUNP "Univision Portland" is a full-power broadcast television in the Pacific Northwestern United States. As an affiliate of the Univision Spanish television network, the station serves the greater Portland and Bend, Oregon metropolitan areas. The station also serves Salem and Vancouver, Washington.


Technical Information

The station is licensed to the northeastern Oregon town of La Grande, Oregon and broadcasts in digital on UHF channel 16. It operates with an Effective Radiated Power of 50 kilowatts. Because of its physical geographical location of its facilities and transmitters, KUNP relies on its two translators, KUNP-LP, licensed to Portland and broadcasts on UHF channel 47, operating with an ERP of 93.6 kilowatts and KABH-CA, licensed to Bend and broadcasts on UHF channel 15, operating with an ERP of 84 kilowatts. That station serves the greater Bend area. Both KUNP and KUNP-LP are owned and operated by Fisher Communications. As for KABH, the station is jointly owned by WatchTV, Inc. and its crosstown Portland HSN affiliate station KORK-CA, but is operated by Fisher under a Local Marketing Agreement. It also relies on cable and satellite coverage across Western and Central Oregon.


The station was founded on August 6, 1999. It is unknown at this time whether or not the station actually took to the air at the time. But when it did began broadcasting, it began with the KBPD call letters, it would later begin use of the KPOU callsign on May 14, 2002. The call letters changed again—this time to the current KUNP on December 15, 2006. KABH was founded on June 1, 1992 as K15DO but didn't take to the air until November 3, 1993.

It was formerly owned by Equity Broadcasting until the station was acquired by Fisher Communications on November 3, 2006 along with KUNS-TV in Seattle, Washington. Fisher would associate the two stations with its already owned ABC affiliates KATU and KOMO-TV.

At one point, KUNP also had KKEI-CA as another translator prior to the Fisher acquisition. That station now serves Portland as a Telemundo affiliate. Ironically enough, that station is also owned by WatchTV, Inc.

Availability on Cable and Satellite

"Must-carry" regulations imposed by the FCC require most cable television systems across Oregon to carry KUNP on their lineups. But even with the station's affiliation with Univision, the station is not available on all cable systems, opting for the network's national feed somewhere on their lineups—or even no Univision service at all.


Digital Switchover

Since KUNP was not on-air by the April 21, 1997 deadline for the FCC's DTV allotment plan, the station was not granted a companion digital signal. Therefore, on or before June 12, 2009, the station was required to turn off its analog signal and turn on a new digital signal—which will be on channel 16. This is called a "flash-cut". KUNP-LP and KABH will not be required to switch their signals since they are low-power stations. KABH will relocate on channel 17.[1]

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