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KUNS-TV 51 Univision Seattle Logo
Seattle, Washington
City of license Bellevue, Washington
Branding Univision Seattle
Channels Digital: 50 (UHF)
Translators (see article)
Affiliations Univision
Owner Fisher Communications, Inc.
(Fisher Broadcasting - Bellevue TV, LLC)
First air date August 8, 1999
Call letters’ meaning UNivision Seattle
Sister station(s) KOMO-TV
Former callsigns KBEH (1999-2000)
KWOG (2000-2006)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
51 (UHF, 1999-2009)
Former affiliations ValueVision & ShopNBC
(Ended January 2007)
Transmitter Power 240 kW
Height 719 m
Facility ID 4624
Transmitter Coordinates 47°30′16.7″N 121°58′8.2″W / 47.504639°N 121.968944°W / 47.504639; -121.968944

KUNS-TV "Univision Seattle" is a full-power commercial television station licensed to Bellevue, Washington. As an affiliate of the Univision Spanish-language network, this station serves the entire Seattle-Tacoma, Washington metropolitan area. The station is owned and operated by Fisher Communications and is sister station to the area's ABC affiliate KOMO-TV. Fisher also owns ABC affiliate KATU and Univision affiliate KUNP in neighboring Portland, Oregon. KUNS is also one of only two television stations with the Univision network affiliation alongside network owned and operated WQHS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio in or near Canadian bordering markets.


Technical Information

The station's digital broadcasts on channel 50, also on the UHF dial operates with an ERP of 240 kilowatts. Its transmitter is situated atop West Tiger Mountain -- which is also known as West Tiger #3 and in turn is located near Interstate 90 and State Route 18 on the outer fringe of the Seattle metropolis. Its transmitter measures about 2,358.92 feet (or 719 m) above the average terrain level, and because of this the station can be received through many areas of Western Washington. Previously locally owned and operated and at one point being minority owned, the station was sold to Fisher Communications on September 29, 2006. [1]

KUNS-TV broadcasts in digital-only, effective June 12, 2009.[1]


On February 10, 1988, the Federal Communications Commission issued a construction permit for television station KBEH, however the station never made it to the air, those call letters now belong to a station in Los Angeles. Channel 51 would begin its broadcasting operation on August 8, 1999 -- transmitting programs from the ValueVision Network, which later became ShopNBC in 2000 after NBC (now part of NBC Universal) acquired a 37% ownership stake in that network -- in December of that same year, the station would change its call letters to KWOG. On October 31, 2006, the station would change its call letters one more time, from KWOG to the current KUNS-TV. On January 1, 2007, it rang in the year by going from broadcasting home retail programs to broadcasting Hispanic programming as a Univision affiliate almost instantly, providing viewers with programs such as Sabado Gigante, Despierta América and El Gordo y La Flaca, in addition to an assortment of telenovelas, along with many other programs. The station has its own local newscast, Noticias Noroeste with Jaime Méndez and Roxy de la Torre. The newscast originates from a separate studio at Fisher Plaza in Seattle.

Availability on Cable and Satellite

"Must-carry" regulations imposed by the FCC require most cable television systems across Western Washington to carry KUNS 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.

KUNS is available on satellite television through DirecTV on channel 45 in Tacoma, and is also available on Dish Network channels 51 and 8624 -- the network's national East and West Coast feeds are also still available to satellite customers.

Also, neither the station nor the network are available on cable or satellite systems in Canada. This is because the CRTC has not approved the network or any of its affiliates to be made available for Canadian audiences -- although some of its shows are seen on Telelatino, which is a part Spanish, part Italian cable channel, launched an all-Spanish network on October 23, 2007, called tlñ en español with programs from the United States, Mexico, Spain as well as Central and South American countries.

Cable & Satellite Locations

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Cable / Satellite Provider Service Areas Package Fare Channel Position(s)
Comcast Aberdeen Analog 28
Arlington Analog 29
Bremerton Analog Classic 29
Cable Ready Rebuild
Centralia Analog 28
Seattle Analog 29
Snohomish Analog 29
Tacoma Analog 29
Click! Network Tacoma Analog 27
Dish Network Marketwide Locals 51 / 8624
Millennium Digital Media Duvall and Eastern King County Analog 66
Port Townsend Analog 62
Seattle Analog 31
Wave Broadband Camano Island Analog 16
Port Orchard Analog 20
DirecTV Marketwide Locals 45

Call Sign History

This is the station's call sign history according to the FCC. [2]

Call Sign First Used Last Used
KBEH February 10, 1988 December 13, 2000
KWOG December 13, 2000 October 31, 2006



KUNS also has three translator stations, serving the Yakima-Walla Walla-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick market of Eastern Washington. All of these stations are owned and operated by Fisher Communications as of 2007.

Station City of License Analog Channel Began Operation Service Area Effective Radiated Power
KUNW-CA Yakima 2 (VHF) March 4, 1996 Yakima 0.8 kW Analog
KVVK-CA Kennewick 15 (UHF) March 15, 1996 Pasco -
Walla Walla -
81.9 kW Analog
KORX-CA Walla Walla 16 (UHF) 2001 Pasco -
Walla Walla -
84.8 kW Analog

At one point, KUNS had a fourth translator, KWWA-CA channel 49, which served Ellensburg. However, its license was canceled on June 4, 2008.


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