KSTS, virtual channel 48 (UHF digital channel 49), is a Telemundo owned-and-operated television station licensed to San Jose, California, United States and serving the San Francisco Bay Area. The station is owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal (itself a subsidiary of Comcast), as part of a duopoly with NBC owned-and-operated station KNTV (channel 11), also licensed to San Jose; it is also sister to regional sports networks NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California. KSTS and KNTV share studios on North 1st Street in San Jose; KSTS' transmitter is located on Mount Allison.

San Jose/San Francisco/Oakland, California
United States
CitySan Jose, California
BrandingTelemundo 48
Telemundo Bay Area
Telemundo Área de la Bahía
Noticiero Telemundo 48 (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 49 (UHF)
(to move to 19 (UHF))
Virtual: 48 (PSIP)
TranslatorsKNTV-DT 48.3 (12.3 VHF) San Jose
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
First air dateMay 31, 1981
Call letters' meaningICAO code for Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport
Sister station(s)KNTV
NBC Sports Bay Area
NBC Sports California
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 48 (UHF, 1981–2009)
Former affiliationsIndependent (1981–1989)
Transmitter power257 kW
120 kW (CP)
Height688 m (2,257 ft)
Facility ID64987
Transmitter coordinates37°29′57″N 121°52′20″W / 37.49917°N 121.87222°WCoordinates: 37°29′57″N 121°52′20″W / 37.49917°N 121.87222°W
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
WebsiteTelemundo 48


KSTS 1984
Former KSTS logo from 1984.

The station first signed on the air on May 31, 1981 as an independent station. It was owned by National Group Television, which was headed by N. J. Douglas. The station initially offered programming weekdays from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. from the Financial News Network. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from noon to 4 p.m. weekends, the station ran off network shows from the 1950s and early 1960s such as Fury, Gentle Ben, Flipper, Batman starring Adam West, The Danny Thomas Show, The Jackie Gleason Show and old low-budget movies. Weekdays after 7 p.m. and weekends throughout much of the day, the station offered various types of brokered programming including foreign language shows, religious programs, and some programming pertaining to technology. The station branded under the slogan "Your Computer Connection". KSTS was also the only station to broadcast the introduction of Apple's Macintosh personal computer at the company's 1984 Annual Shareholders Meeting.[1][2] Beginning in the fall of 1981, KSTS carried the subscription television service Star TV, featuring recent movies, after 7 p.m. daily. By 1983, they were carrying subscription TV after 12 noon on weekends. By 1983, the off network shows were dropped for more brokered programming. That year, the station ran various brokered programming weekends from 5 a.m. to noon and from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays. Financial news remained weekdays until 3 p.m.

NightMusic, premiering in August 1984, was a three-hour weekly live show that featured music videos and comedy. Hosted by John Ward with co-host Brian Leonard, NightMusic aired from 9 p.m. to midnight every Saturday for a year and a half and became a cult favorite. Chris Isaak was a frequent guest and Translator once served as the house band. Jay Peterson was a staff announcer.

In 1984, Star TV began winding down operations due to the fact cable penetration eliminated the need for Subscription TV over the air. In January 1985, the station partnered with two other Spanish-language independent stations, WNJU New York City and WSCV Miami to carry about eight hours a day of Spanish programming (which replaced Star TV programming locally) on weekday evenings, forming a network known as NetSpan; later in the year, other stations such as KVEA Los Angeles and WCIU Chicago (which lost affiliation with Spanish International Network gradually joined these the network.) Spanish programming gradually increased, on weekends especially and brokered shows gradually were dropped. By 1986, KSTS was running Spanish programming for about half of its broadcast day on weekdays but the entire day weekends. Later that year the Financial News Network programming ended and the station became the entire broadcast day. NetSpan was relaunched as Telemundo in mid-1987. By then, the station was running the network's programming about 16 hours a day. Telemundo bought the station outright in August 1987. On November 1, 1987, KSTS began carrying Telemundo programming full-time. Initially, KSTS was targeted at the San Jose/Silicon Valley region, but after converting to the Spanish language format, it changed its focus towards the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

In April 2002, as a result of its corporate takeover of Telemundo, NBC became the owner of KSTS; it then became a sister station to KNTV (channel 11), which also originally targeted San Jose, after NBC bought that station from Granite Broadcasting Corporation weeks later. The station moved into an all-digital broadcast center housed alongside KNTV in 2004.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
48.1 1080i 16:9 KSTS-HD Main KSTS programming / Telemundo
48.2 480i T-Xitos TeleXitos
11.3 1080i KNTV-HD Simulcast of KNTV / NBC
11.4 480i Cozi Simulcast of KNTV-DT2 / Cozi TV

KSTS also has a Mobile DTV feed of subchannel 48.1, broadcasting at 1.83 Mbit/s.[4][5]

Analog-to-digital conversion

KSTS shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 48, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[6] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 49, using PSIP to display KSTS' virtual channel as 48 on digital television receivers.

News operation

KSTS presently broadcasts 12 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with two hours each weekday and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). In 1988, KSTS launched its news department with the debut of a half-hour 6 p.m. newscast, which was originally co-anchored by Celina Rodriguez and Dante Betteo. The program proved successful, which resulted in the station later adding a half-hour 11 p.m. newscast.

In 2001, KSTS launched a morning newscast, Noticiero 48 Esta Mañana, and a mid-morning newscast, Noticiero 48 Al Mediodía anchored by Blanca Garza and Santiago Aburto. These were canceled in 2004. At this time, Cesar Bayona and Mariate Ramos anchored the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. 2006 saw the dismantling of the local news operation and the creation of a regional news operation to serve the western United States as part of the NBCUni 2.0 cost-cutting initiative. This was later reversed and local news production was restored at KSTS. On February 27, 2012, KSTS became the first Spanish language television station in the Bay Area to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition.[7]

2014 saw a series of news expansions at Telemundo, KSTS included. A second attempt at a two-hour morning newscast, titled Noticiero Telemundo 48 Primera Edición, began in June, and in November, KSTS launched a 5:30 p.m. newscast as part of a national news expansion; a 10am newscast also was added to the schedule at this time. Additionally, KSTS received a new set, began producing its own weather segments locally, launched a local Telemundo Responde consumer investigative franchise, added 20 additional staffers to its news department and began a deeper sharing of resources including the public affairs program Comunidad del Valle) with KNTV.[8] In 2015, the morning newscast was cut back to one hour, airing from 6-7am.

Effective June 27, 2016, the morning and 10 a.m. newscasts will be axed in order to begin the production of weekend editions of the 5:30 and 11 p.m. newscasts beginning July 2.[9]


  1. ^ 1984 Apple's Annual Shareholders Meeting - Macintosh Introduction Complete - YouTube
  2. ^ Witless to history: How the “lost” Mac intro video was found (and got my name stuck to it) - Scott Knaster
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KSTS
  4. ^ http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=atscmph
  5. ^ http://www.mdtvsignalmap.com/
  6. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations Archived 2013-08-29 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Noticiero Telemundo 48 ahora en HD
  8. ^ KSTS San Francisco Expands Local News, TVNewsCheck, May 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "KSTS cancels morning newscasts to launch weekend shows". Media Moves. 2016-03-29.

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CNBC Awaaz

CNBC Awaaz is an Indian pay television channel, owned by CNBC and TV18 based in New Delhi.

Channel 48 virtual TV stations in the United States

The following television stations operate on virtual channel 48 in the United States:

K16IG-D in Cottage Grove, Oregon

K19KP-D in Hermiston, Oregon

K22NI-D in Leesville, Louisiana

K26NB-D in Klamath Falls, Oregon

K28NT-D in Bentonville/Rogers, Arkansas

K28NU-D in Buffalo, Oklahoma

K48AH-D in WIllmar, Minnesota

K48DI-D in Litchfield, California

K48DV-D in Alexandria, Minnesota

K48GC-D in Florence, Oregon

K48GQ-D in Redwood Falls, Minnesota

K48KJ-D in Geneva, Minnesota

K48LV-D in Three Forks, Montana

K48NU-D in Beaumont, Texas

KAVC-LP in Loveland, Colorado

KDMK-LD in Lafayette, Louisiana

KDPH-LD in Phoenix, Arizona

KFBI-LD in Medford, Oregon

KHVM-LD in Minneapolis, Minnesota

KLNK-LD in Lufkin, Texas

KMJF-LD in Columbus, Nebraska

KNVO in McAllen, Texas

KOHA-LD in Omaha, Nebraska

KPXR-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

KSTS in San Jose, California

KTDO in Las Cruces, New Mexico

KTPN-LD in Tyler, Texas

KUAN-LD in Poway, California

KUOC-LD in Enid, Oklahoma

KVCV-LD in Victoria, Texas

KVSN-DT in Pueblo, Colorado

KVTJ-DT in Jonesboro, Arkansas

KVUT-LD in Twin Falls, Idaho

KXUN-LD in Sallisaw, Oklahoma

W16BE-D in Hornell/Alfred, New York

W20BL-D in Bath, New York

W48DP-D in Atlantic City, New Jersey

W48DU-D in Albany, Georgia

W48DW-D in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

WAFF in Huntsville, Alabama

WAZT-CD in Woodstock, Virginia

WCET in Cincinnati, Ohio

WCYA-LD in Midland, Michigan

WECY-LD in Corning, New York

WEUX in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

WFBD in Destin, Florida

WFNY-CD in Gloversville, New York

WFUN-LD in Miami, Florida

WGTW-TV in Burlington, New Jersey

WIYC in Troy, Alabama

WLEH-LD in Mount Vernon, Illinois

WMEU-CD in Chicago, Illinois

WMNT-CD in Toledo, Ohio

WMYV in Greensboro, North Carolina

WNTZ-TV in Natchez, Mississippi

WQSJ-CD in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico

WRID-LD in Richmond, Virginia

WRNN-TV in Kingston, New York

WVLR in Tazewell, Tennessee

WVOZ-TV on Ponce, Puerto Rico

WVTN-LP in Corbin, Kentucky

WYDC in Corning, New York

WYDN in Worcester, Massachusetts

Channel 49 digital TV stations in the United States

The following television stations broadcast on digital channel 49 in the United States:

K49AG-D in Garfield, etc., Utah

K49AH-D in Silt, Colorado

K49AJ-D in Olivia, Minnesota

K49AM-D in Lund & Preston, Nevada

K49AQ-D in Clarendon, Texas

K49AS-D in Santa Clara, Utah

K49BB-D in Follett, Texas

K49BK-D in Winnemucca, Nevada

K49EA-D in Crowley Lake, California

K49EB-D in Garden Valley, Idaho

K49ET-D in Many Farms, Arizona

K49EU-D in Chloride, Arizona

K49FA-D in Fergus Falls, Minnesota

K49FS-D in Logan, Utah

K49FX-D in Alamogordo, New Mexico

K49FY-D in Summit County, Utah

K49GA-D in Kanarraville/New Ha, Utah

K49GE-D in Kingman, Arizona

K49HC-D in Parowan/Enoch/Parawan, Utah

K49IF-D in Beryl/Modena, etc., Utah

K49IL-D in Tecolote, New Mexico

K49IN-D in Julesburg, Colorado

K49IO-D in Gateway, Colorado

K49IT-D in Hagerman, Idaho

K49IX-D in Puyallup, Washington

K49JJ-D in Orangeville, Utah

K49JM-D in Caineville, Utah

K49JN-D in Marysvale, Utah

K49JP-D in Koosharem, Utah

K49JQ-D in Garrison, etc., Utah

K49JS-D in Beaver, etc., Utah

K49KB-D in Malad City, Idaho

K49KF-D in Los Alamos/Espanola, New Mexico

K49KT-D in Bend, Oregon

K49KV-D in Stemilt, etc., Washington

K49KW-D in Long Valley Junction, Utah

K49KY-D in Scofield, Utah

K49KZ-D in Rural Sevier County, Utah

K49LB-D in Holbrook, Idaho

K49LC-D in College Station, Texas

K49LG-D in Eureka, Nevada

K49LJ-D in Casper, Wyoming

K49LK-D in North Platte, Nebraska

K49LQ-D in Spring Glen, Utah

K49LR-D in Delta, Utah

K49MB-D in Snowmass Village, Colorado

K49MD-D in Lake Tahoe, Nevada

K49ME-D in Helper, Utah

K49MF-D in Sterling, Colorado

K49MH-D in Forsyth, Montana

K49ML-D in Fillmore, etc., Utah

K49ND-D in Fish Creek, etc., Idaho

KCBO-LD in Corpus Christi, Texas

KEHO-LD in Houston, Texas

KJLA in Ventura, California

KJPO-LD in Parker, Arizona

KKTV in Colorado Springs, Colorado

KLJB in Davenport, Iowa

KMQV-LD in Rochester, Minnesota

KMYA-DT in Camden, Arkansas

KNVA in Austin, Texas

KNVO in McAllen, Texas

KPDS-LP in Wolcott, Indiana

KPJO-LP in Pittsburg, Kansas

KRLB-LD in Richland, etc., Washington

KSAO-LD in Sacramento, California

KSTS in San Jose, California

KTKA-TV in Topeka, Kansas

KWVT-LD in Salem, Oregon

KZHD-LD in Santa Rosa, California

W49BE-D in Hackettstown, New Jersey

W49CZ-D in Aguada, Puerto Rico

W49DB-D in Andrews, etc., North Carolina

WAWD in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

WBLZ-LD in Syracuse, New York

WCYA-LD in Midland, Michigan

WDKA in Paducah, Kentucky

WDLI-TV in Canton, Ohio

WDNN-CD in Dalton, Georgia

WDRB in Louisville, Kentucky

WEAZ-LD in McComb, Mississippi

WEDW in Bridgeport, Connecticut

WEEJ-LD in Jacksonville, Illinois

WEKW-TV in Keene, New Hampshire

WEUX in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

WFGC in Palm Beach, Florida

WGAL in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

WJJN-LD in Dothan, Alabama

WLFG in Grundy, Virginia

WLNE-TV in New Bedford, Massachusetts

WMKG-CD in Muskegon, Michigan

WMSN-TV in Madison, Wisconsin

WNDT-CD in Manhattan, New York

WNTZ-TV in Natchez, Mississippi

WNWO-TV in Toledo, Ohio

WNYO-TV in Buffalo, New York

WOTF-TV in Daytona Beach, Florida

WPTG-CD in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

WQDH-LD in Wilmington, North Carolina

WQEO-LD in Jackson, Tennessee

WQPX-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania

WRAZ in Raleigh, North Carolina

WRMD-CD in Tampa, Florida

WTAP-TV in Parkersburg, West Virginia

WUEO-LD in Macon, Georgia

WVSN in Humacao, Puerto Rico

WWDD-LD in Havre De Grace, Maryland

WWSI in Atlantic City, New JerseyThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly broadcast on digital channel 49:

WOCH-CD in Chicago, Illinois

WTBL-CD in Lenoir, North Carolina

Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport

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