United States
Branding Univision 34
Slogan Aquí Contigo
(Here with you)
Channels Digital: 34 (UHF)
Virtual: 34 (PSIP)
Subchannels 34.1 Univision
Translators K39DW 39 Daggett
Affiliations Univision
Owner Univision Communications
(KMEX License Partnership, GP)
First air date September 30, 1962
Call letters' meaning MEXico
Sister station(s) KFTR-DT, KLVE, KRCD, KSCA, KTNQ
Former callsigns KMEX-TV (1962–2009)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
34 (UHF, 1962–2009)
Digital: 35 (UHF, –2009)
Former affiliations Spanish International Network (1962–1986)
Transmitter power 392 kW
Height 956 m
Facility ID 35123
Transmitter coordinates

34°13′36″N 118°3′59″W / 34.22667°N 118.06639°W / 34.22667; -118.06639

Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Template:FCC-TV-Station-profile

KMEX-DT, UHF digital channel 34, is the Univision owned-and-operated television station located in Los Angeles, California, United States, which serves as the West Coast flagship station of the network. The station is owned by Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Univision owned-and-operated station KFTR-DT (channel 46). The two stations share studios located on Center Drive (near Interstate 405) in west Los Angeles, KMEX's transmitter is located atop Mount Wilson. Since its debut in 1962, the station has been a pioneering Spanish-language station, paving the way for other such stations and networks in the United States.


The station first signed on the air on September 30, 1962; at its launch, the station served as one of the founding owned-and-operated stations of the Spanish International Network (the forerunner to Univision, which the network was renamed to in 1986). In the late 1960s, KMEX broadcast Escuela, a educational program that aired four times a week, which taught basic English to viewers of all nationalities. The program was hosted by Ginger Cory, a teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Students mailed written exercises to Cory for grading. Many in Southern California's non-English speaking community came to consider Ms. Cory a friend and counselor.[1]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
34.1 1080i 16:9 KMEX-DT Main KMEX-DT programming / Univision

In January 2010, KMEX upgraded its digital signal to transmit network programming in HD, as part of a company-wide upgrade of Univision's stations to allow high definition broadcasts. On December 5, 2010, KMEX-DT began Mobile DTV broadcasts of its own signal, and that of sister station KFTR-DT. KMEX-DT operates two Mobile DTV feeds, one of subchannel 34.1, labelled "KMEX-MH1", and of sister station KFTR-DT 46.1, labelled "KFTR-MH2", broadcasting at 3.67 Mbit/s. It is the highest bitrate of any Los Angeles television station's mobile feed.[3][4]

Analog-to-digital conversion

KMEX-TV discontinues regular analog programming, over UHF channel 34, at 11:59 p.m. 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 moved from its pre-transition UHF channel 35 (which became the post-transition digital channel for KRCA, channel 62, as that station's pre-transition digital channel 68 was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition) back to its former UHF analog channel 34.[5] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 34. The shutdown of its analog signal was preceeded by footage of some past KMEX broadcasts from 1962 onward and a brief countdown to "La Era Digital" ("the digital era").[6]

News operation

KMEX-DT presently broadcasts 17 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with three hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays); in addition, the station produces a sports highlight program titled Accion Deportiva 34, which airs Saturdays and Sundays at 11:15 p.m., immediately following abbreviated 15-minute editions of its 11 p.m. newscast (which airs for a half-hour on weeknights).

KMEX's newscasts, branded as Noticias 34, is the top-rated newscast among Spanish-speaking viewers in Southern California and often draws more viewers than any of the English language newscasts (although that has changed recently as Telemundo O&O KVEA, channel 52, has improved the quality of their newscasts). By 2005, Noticias 34 led the ratings in the 18-34 and 18-49 demographic at 6 p.m. for the last twelve years, a remarkable feat for any television station.[7] Part of the reason for this is that the Latino population in Southern California is younger than the non-Latino population.

KMEX has long been known for its news coverage. News director Rubén Salazar was killed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Deputy in 1970 when covering the Chicano Moratorium. Its news feature, El 15% de los Estados Unidos, which reports about the impact of Latinos on the United States, won a Peabody Award in 2006, and the station has won its share of Emmys and Golden Mics in the Los Angeles market.

While many stations in the region have begun producing local newscasts and other locally produced programming in high definition, KMEX did not begin carrying its newscasts in the format until January 1, 2010 as part of the network's controlled national conversion to HD operations. KMEX operated a fully equipped Bell Jetranger ENG helicopter for its aerial coverage of breaking news,[8] but the contract to lease the helicopter expired in mid-2008.

In 2008, The Washington Post compared Southern California's English language newscasts with KMEX's Spanish newscasts and concluded, "The sharpest coverage of state and local issues -- government, politics, immigration, labor, economics, health care -- is now found on Spanish-language TV."[9] The article also quoted Josh Kun, a communications professor at the University of Southern California who closely follows Spanish language television as saying, "There's no comparison in the coverage. For people here, there are two places to look for better news: BBC News and Spanish-language news."[9] The article adds, "But the most serious complaint about Spanish news is that the reporting and commentary often feel more like advocacy than traditional journalism. It's a fair point, and one that those who work in Spanish news don't dispute. The two stations' immigration coverage is deeply sympathetic to undocumented immigrants, with on-air reporters encouraging viewers to join national immigration rallies. Macin, the KMEX general manager, notes that her station's philosophy is "a su lado" (on your side)."[9]

News team

Current on-air staff[10]

  • Felicidad Aveleyra - weeknights at 11 p.m.
  • Leon Krauze - weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Alejandro Mendoza - weekday mornings on Primera Edicion (5-7 a.m.)
  • Teresa Quevedo - weeknights at 6 p.m.
  • Gabriela Teissier - weekday mornings on Primera Edicion (5-7 a.m.)
  • Francisco Ugalde - weekends at 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Guillermo Quiroz - lead meteorologist; weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Alejandro Luna - lead sports anchor; weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Pepe Barreto - general assignment reporter
  • Cecilia Bogran - general assignment reporter
  • Oswaldo Borraez - general assignment reporter
  • Claudia Botero - general assignment reporter
  • Karina Dalmas - general assignment reporter
  • Norma Roque - general assignment reporter
  • Francisco Ugalde - general assignment reporter
  • Antonio Valverde - general assignment reporter
  • Luis Zaragoza - general assignment reporter

Voz y Voto (local public affairs program)

  • Xochilt Arellano - host

Tu Tecnología (technology segment)

  • Ariel Coro - feature reporter

Notable former on-air staff


External links

  • Univision 34
  • Karina Dalmas
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KMEX
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for K39DW
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KMEX-DT
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