|El Centro, California/Yuma, Arizona|
|Channels||Digital: 22 (UHF)|
|Owner||Entravision Communications Corporation
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
|First air date||June 1996|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
7 (VHF, 1996–2009)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
KVYE ("Univision 7") is a full-service television station in El Centro, California, broadcasting locally in digital on UHF channel 22. It is owned by Entravision and serves as the Univision affiliate for the Imperial Valley and the lower Colorado River valley, including Yuma, Arizona. KVYE is also an affiliate of LATV, which it airs on its second subchannel.
The station began as a construction permit, granted on August 3, 1989 to La Paz Wireless, and was given the call sign KLXO in 1991. La Paz had difficulty getting the station to air, allowing the construction permit to expire several times. In March 1994, the FCC dismissed the permit, but restored it five days later.12 La Paz changed the station's call sign to KVYE on February 19, 1996 and in June, brought the station on air under a local marketing agreement with Entravision to operate the station as a Univision affiliate.3 On March 15, 1998, Entravision bought La Paz Wireless outright and obtained the initial license for the station on November 26, 1999, more than ten years after the station began construction.4 In 2010, KVYE added LATV on channel 7.2, after KYMA dropped the network in late 2009.
While the vast majority of Univision stations braned themselves with double digit numbers, KVYE is currently the only single-digit branded Univision station in the US, using virtual channel 7.
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