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Sacramento, California
City of license Modesto, California
Branding Univision 19 (general)
Noticias 19 (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 18 (UHF)
Affiliations Univision
Owner Univision Communications, Inc.
(KUVS License Partnership, GP)
First air date August 15, 1966
Call letters’ meaning UniVision Sacramento
Sister station(s) KTFK-DT
Former callsigns KLOC-TV (1966-1981)
KCSO (1981-1997)
KUVS (1997-2003)
KUVS-TV (2004-2009)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
19 (UHF, 1966-2009)
Former affiliations English independent (1966-1970s)
SIN (1970s-1987)
Transmitter Power 500 kW
Height 555 m
Facility ID 58609
Transmitter Coordinates 38°7′7″N 120°43′27″W / 38.11861°N 120.72417°W / 38.11861; -120.72417
Website Univision 19

KUVS-DT, channel 19 (digital 18), is the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, California owned and operated station of the Spanish-language Univision television network. The station is licensed to Modesto, California on UHF digital channel 18, as per the station's founding. Its call letters stand for "UniVision Sacramento".



Univision 19 signed on the air on August 15, 1966 as KLOC-TV. The station was founded by country and western performer Chester Smith, who also owned what then was KLOC-AM 920 in Ceres, California. His company, Sainte Partners II, L.P. presently owns KCSO-LP in Sacramento as well as stations in Chico/Redding, Eureka, Salinas/Monterey/Santa Cruz and Medford, Oregon.

Initially, KLOC was a general entertainment station, and was one of the handful of stations that carried the one month of programming from the United Network in May, 1967. About a year after its sign on, the syndicators providing KLOC's programming raised their prices to that of a Sacramento-licensed station (they had been paying the lower prices of an unrated market), and Smith resorted to simulcasting the co-owned radio station in the daytime, including a camera in the radio studio to show the disc jockey when he was talking, and Spanish-language telenovelas in the evening, when the radio station signed off. By the 1970s, the radio simulcast was ended and KLOC-TV's broadcast day was split into two parts, the morning portion devoted to English-language religious programming, the rest of the day (from approximately 2:00pm to sign-off) to Spanish-language programming as one of the original affiliates of SIN (the Spanish International Network), carrying the afternoon and evening schedule of KMEX from Los Angeles via a live microwave feed, as did KDTV in the Bay Area. SIN would later be renamed Univision. In the 1980s, the station call letters were changed to KCSO (for "Chester Smith Organization").

In the late 1990s, the station was sold to Univision and became a O&O of that network (Smith had accepted stock in SIN as part of the agreement to be an original affiliate), and currently airs all of its programming in Spanish as Univision 19. After the ownership change, the studios were moved from Modesto to Sacramento, and the call letters changed to KUVS.


KUVS 19 airs local newscasts in the following time slots:


  • Noticias 19: A Primera Hora (6:00-7:00 a.m.)
    • anchored by Maribel López, Gustavo Ortiz, and Viviana Páez (additional hours airs 7-8am on KTFK Telefutura 64)
  • Noticias 19 (6:00-6:30 p.m.)
    • anchored by Jairo Diaz-Pedraza and Johanna Suarez with Guillermo Quiroz on weather
  • Noticias 19 (11:00-11:30 p.m.)
    • anchored by Jairo Diaz-Pedraza and Johanna Suarez with Guillermo Quiroz on weather


  • Noticias 19 (6:00-6:30 p.m.)
    • anchored by Carlos Sanchez


  • Noticias 19 (6:00-6:30 p.m.)
    • anchored by Carlos Sanchez
  • Noticias 19 En Resumen (11:00-11:30 p.m.)
    • anchored by Carlos Sanchez

Other Station Personnel

  • Steve Stuck, General Manager
  • Ricardo Sigala, Promotions and Production Director
  • Carolina Rojas-Gore, Community Affairs Director
  • Bob Fitzhugh, Chief Engineer

Local Programs

KUVS 19 produces two local programs that air Saturday mornings between 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Voz Y Voto

  • moderated by Santiago Lucero & Johanna Suarez

Voz Y Voto is a political roundtable program that specializes in interviewing local, state and national leaders on issues of political, economic and national policy. These shows help fulfill the obligations of this station to provide a public service to the community from a Sacramento capital perspective. Past guests have included Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, his 2006 challenger Phil Angelides and Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Voz Y Voto is syndicated to other local California stations like KMEX 34. Rosa Maria Villalpando and Armando Botello first hosted this program in 2000 when it was taped out of Los Angeles. When the station decided to move the show to Sacramento, Xochitl Arellano replaced Villalpando and added Arnoldo Torres.

Sabor Latino

  • hosted by Amanda Mariscal with special reporter Daisy Espinoza and Carolina Rojas-Gore with Public Affairs

Sabor Latino, while mostly an entertainment program focusing on music, also provides current events and general interest topics to the Northern California region. A public affairs segment details local programs, dates and points of contact for various community services.

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