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Phoenix, Arizona
United States
Branding Univision Arizona
Slogan Siempre Contigo
(Always With You)
Channels Digital: 33 (UHF)
Virtual: 33 (PSIP)
Subchannels 33.1 Univision
33.3 Grit
Affiliations Univision (O&O)
Owner Univision Communications
(KTVW License Partnership, GP)
First air date September 2, 1979
Sister station(s) KFPH-DT, KHOT-FM, KOMR
Former channel number(s) Analog:
33 (UHF, 1979–2009)
Digital: 34 (UHF, until 2009)
Former affiliations SIN (1979–1987)
Transmitter power 470 kW
Height 510 m
Facility ID 35705
Transmitter coordinates
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

KTVW-DT, virtual and UHF digital channel 33, is a Univision owned-and-operated television station located in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. The station is owned by Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Flagstaff-licensed UniMás owned-and-operated station KFPH-DT (channel 13). The two stations share studio facilities located on 30th Street in southern Phoenix, and its transmitter is located atop South Mountain on the city's south side. Its signal is relayed on four low-power translator stations in northern and eastern Arizona.

In addition, KUVE-DT (UHF channel 46) in Green Valley and KUVE-CA (channel 38) in Tucson operate as satellite stations of KTVW-DT, rebroadcasting KTVW's entire schedule with the exception of a three-hour overnight segment on Monday mornings, in which the Tucson stations broadcast locally produced programming in accordance with KUVE-CA's Class A license.[1]


Former logo, used until December 31, 2012.

KTVW-TV was granted an original construction permit on September 15, 1977 and applied for its license on September 4, 1979, two days before it first signed on the air as Arizona's first full-time Spanish-language television station on September 2. From the day it signed on, KTVW-TV has been owned and operated by the same company: the Spanish International Network (or SIN), which became Univision in 1987. Prior to being used by channel 33 in Phoenix, the KTVW call letters were once allocated to channel 13 in Tacoma, Washington,[2] (now Tribune Broadcasting-owned Fox affiliate KCPQ). Channel 33 was the only full-powered Spanish-language station in the Phoenix metropolitan area from its sign-on until July 2006, when Telemundo station KTAZ began operations in Phoenix after a license transfer with KDTP. This head start has solidified its dominance in Spanish-language television in Phoenix.

KTVW-DT also operates the UniMás station for the Phoenix market on low-powered KFPH-CD (channel 35), which broadcasts on full-powered KFPH-DT (channel 13) in Flagstaff (also a part of the Phoenix market), giving it "must-carry" broadcast station status on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
33.1 1080i 16:9 KTVW-DT Main KTVW-HD programming
33.3 480i 4:3 Grit [4]

Analog-to-digital conversion

KTVW shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 33, at 10:59 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 remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 34 to former UHF analog channel 33.[5]

News operation

KTVW presently broadcasts ten hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with one hour each day, consisting of two half-hour newscasts at 5 and 10 p.m. seven nights a week). The station does not have any on-air weather staffers of its own, instead weather segments during KTVW's newscasts are produced by Los Angeles sister station KMEX-TV. The station's local newscasts (currently known as Noticias Univision 33) rank among the top-rated local news programs in the market, either English or Spanish. The station had the highest-rated newscast in Phoenix among the demographics of adults between the ages of 18-34 and 18-49 in 2004.[6]

News team

Current on-air staff[7]

  • Felipe Corral - weekends at 5 and 10 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
  • Mary Rabago - weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m.
  • Guillermo Quiroz - lead meteorologist; nightly at 5 and 10 p.m.
  • Felipe Corral Nava - lead sports anchor; nightly at 5 and 10 p.m.
  • Alejandra Espinoza - general assignment reporter
  • Erick Iglesias - general assignment reporter
  • Rubén Pereida - general assignment reporter
  • Víctor Hugo Rodríguez - general assignment reporter


KTVW-DT's signal is relayed on the following translator stations:
City Callsign City Callsign
Flagstaff KTVW-CD 27 Globe KDOS-LD 29
Safford KZOL-LP 15

See also


  1. ^ TitanTV Quickguide; ZIP codes 85220 (KTVW-TV/KUVE-TV), 85701 (KUVE-TV/KUVE-CA); Analog Broadcast; last accessed February 26, 2007
  2. ^ Significantly Viewed TV Stations; Federal Communications Commission; November 2, 2005; p. 442; last accessed February 26, 2007
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KTVW
  4. ^ Grit: Find Us
  5. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  6. ^ Hernandez, R.; Univision's top spot scrutinized by mainstream stations; The Business Journal of Phoenix; August 13, 2004; last accessed February 26, 2007
  7. ^ Conductores y Reporteros

External links

  • Official website for KTVW "Univision 33"
  • Univision
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KTVW-DT
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTVW-DT
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