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Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
ChannelsDigital: 2 (VHF)
(applied for 21 (UHF)[1])
Virtual: 21
Affiliations21.1: H&I
21.2: Decades
21.3: Circle
21.4: Antenna TV
21.5: Start TV
21.6: QVC
OwnerHoward Stirk Holdings
(Channel 33, Inc.)
FoundedMarch 8, 1982 (1982-03-08)
First air date
July 31, 1984 (37 years ago) (1984-07-31)
Former call signs
  • KRLR (1984–1995)
  • KUPN (1995–1998)
  • KVWB (1998–2006)
  • KVMY (2006–2016)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 21 (UHF, 1984–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 22 (UHF, until 2014)
Call sign meaning
Howard Stirk Holdings (station owner)
Las Vegas
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID69677
ERP27.7 kW
1,000 kW (application)[1]
HAAT386 m (1,266 ft)
Transmitter coordinates36°0′31″N 115°0′20″W / 36.00861°N 115.00556°W / 36.00861; -115.00556
Translator(s)K26NP-D 26 Overton
Public license information

KHSV, virtual channel 21 (VHF digital channel 2), is a television station licensed to Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, which carries various multicast specialty television networks on digital subchannels. The station is owned by Howard Stirk Holdings. KHSV's transmitter is located on Black Mountain, near Henderson (southwest of I-515/US 93/US 95).

Under ownership of the Sinclair Broadcast Group as KVMY, the station previously served as the MyNetworkTV affiliate for Las Vegas. After Sinclair purchased NBC affiliate KSNV-DT (channel 3) from Intermountain West Communications Company, the company stated that it would divest the license of either KSNV, CW affiliate KVCW (channel 33), or KVMY to a third-party. On November 4, 2014, the existing KSNV-DT license was renamed KVMY, and KVMY was renamed KSNV; both stations simulcast KSNV's NBC programming on their main signals until January 1, 2015 when KVMY dropped the simulcast, and MyNetworkTV was moved to KVCW's second subchannel. Later that month, it was disclosed that the KVMY license would be divested to Howard Stirk Holdings.


The station was founded on March 8, 1982, with grant of a construction permit issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to build a new full-power television station on UHF channel 21 to serve Las Vegas.[2] The original owner Frank Scott, an early independent casino pioneer in Las Vegas, named his company Dres Media Inc., and chose KRLR, which contained the first letter of each of his three children's names, for the station's call letters in December 1982.[3] In August 1984, after a couple of extensions to the original construction permit, the station applied for its license to cover construction and went on the air under a Program Test Authority. KRLR was an independent station branding itself as Vusic 21, and at first, aired only music videos. In addition to its over-the-air broadcast on channel 21, the station was carried by Prime Cable on channel 2. The first music video aired on the station, was "Video Killed the Radio Star".[4][better source needed]

In mid-1985, KRLR began to introduce a few classic television programs, and also began airing World Class Championship Wrestling, a popular one-hour professional wrestling program originating from Dallas, Texas. KRLR was given an FCC license on April 11, 1986. By 1987, the station had replaced the music videos with more conventional fare, such as sitcoms, dramas, movies, and sports. KRLR was best known for being the broadcast home of UNLV Runnin' Rebels and Los Angeles Lakers basketball, as well as San Diego Padres and Oakland A's Major League Baseball.[5] KRLR received competition from movie-intensive KBLR (channel 39, now a Telemundo O&O) and family-oriented independent KFBT (channel 33, now KVCW) in 1989, but held their own to be the number two independent station in Las Vegas (counting Fox-affiliated KVVU-TV, which was still programmed like an independent during its early Fox years).

In May 1994, Dres Media sold the station to Channel 21, LP, a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Lambert Broadcasting for $2.85 million. On January 16, 1995, the station became an affiliate of the new United Paramount Network (UPN), and changed its call letters to KUPN to reflect the new affiliation.[3] One of the most successful turnaround stories in broadcasting, Lambert sold the station just two years later to the Sinclair Broadcast Group in April 1997 for $87 million. On March 1, 1998, Sinclair changed the station's affiliation to The WB and on May 27, 1998, changed the station's call letters to KVWB, again in honor of its new affiliation.[3] The station moved to channel 12 on the local cable provider in 1999, when Cox Communications acquired Prime Cable.

On January 24, 2006, CBS Corporation (the parent company of UPN) and the Warner Bros. unit of Time Warner announced that The WB and UPN would be shut down that September and have their higher-rated programs merged onto a new jointly owned network called The CW.[6][7] On February 22, News Corporation announced that it would start up another new network called MyNetworkTV.[8] This new service, which would be a sister network to Fox, would be operated by Fox Television Stations and its syndication division, Twentieth Television. MyNetworkTV was created in order to give stations affiliated with UPN and The WB that were not mentioned as becoming CW affiliates another option besides becoming independent stations, as well as to compete against The CW. Sinclair chose to put The CW on the company's other Las Vegas area station, the then-independent KFBT, and chose to acquire the MyNetworkTV affiliation for KVWB. In June 2006, anticipating the start of MyNetworkTV, Sinclair changed the station's call letters yet again to KVMY.[3]

On May 15, 2012, Sinclair and Fox agreed to a five-year affiliation agreement extension for the station group's 19 Fox-affiliated stations until 2017. This included an option, that was exercisable between July 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013, for Fox parent News Corporation to buy a combination of six Sinclair-owned stations (two CW/MyNetworkTV duopolies and two standalone MyNetworkTV affiliates) in three out of four markets; KVMY and KVCW were included in the Fox purchase option, along with stations in Cincinnati (WSTR-TV), Raleigh (WLFL/WRDC) and Norfolk (WTVZ).[9] In January 2013, Fox announced that it will not exercise its option to buy any of the Sinclair stations in the four markets included in the option.[10]

On September 3, 2014, Sinclair announced the purchase of NBC affiliate KSNV-DT (channel 3) from Intermountain West Communications Company for $120 million. As Sinclair already owned KVMY and KVCW, the company was required to sell the license assets (though not the programming) of one of the three stations to comply with FCC ownership restrictions, with the divested station's programming being relocated to the other stations.[11] On November 1, 2014, KVMY's digital subchannel affiliations were swapped with KSNV—moving Cozi TV and Antenna TV to KSNV in exchange for Estrella TV and GetTV. MyNetworkTV programming was moved to KVCW's second digital subchannel, and was replaced by a simulcast of KSNV's NBC programming. On November 4, the two stations also switched callsigns, with KVMY being renamed to KSNV, and KSNV-DT taking on the former KVMY callsign.[12] In January 2015, KVMY stopped simulcasting NBC programming from KSNV, solely carrying Antenna TV and Cozi TV. On January 28, 2015, Intermountain West Communications filed to sell KVMY to Howard Stirk Holdings (a company controlled by Armstrong Williams). HSH had agreed on January 14 to purchase for $150,000 the stock of the Sinclair subsidiary that was a party to IWCC's sale of KSNV-DT and currently holds the license of KVCW; KVCW and KSNV themselves remain under Sinclair ownership.[13] The transaction was finalized on October 30.[14] This transaction was necessary because Las Vegas has only seven full-power stations—not enough to legally permit a duopoly under then-policy.

Cozi TV was dropped by the station on January 1, 2016; it was later replaced by Decades.

On March 7, 2016, the callsign was changed to KHSV.[15] A month before, it switched to Heroes and Icons.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[16]
21.1 480i 16:9 H&I Heroes & Icons
21.2 DECADES Decades
21.3 1080i CIRCLE Circle
21.4 480i 4:3 ANTENNA Antenna TV
21.5 16:9 START Start TV
21.6 QVC QVC

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

When the FCC released its initial digital channel allocations on April 21, 1997, it had assigned KUPN's digital companion channel to UHF channel 20.[17] The allocations met with considerable resistance from low-power broadcasters who would be displaced by the digital channel allocations, and on February 17, 1998, the FCC issued a revised final DTV allocation table.[18] KUPN's original allocation would have displaced low-power station KKJK-LP (now KHDF-CD) and a co-channel TBN station in Bullhead City, Arizona, so the FCC substituted UHF channel 22. The station, renamed KVWB-DT, was granted a permit to construct its digital facilities on November 24, 2000. Technical difficulties delayed construction of the full-power facilities, requiring extensions of the construction permit,[19] and on November 8, 2002, KVWB was granted Special Temporary Authority (STA) to construct a low-power facility in order to comply with the FCC deadline for commencing digital broadcasting while the full-power facilities were still being built. The station, now known as KVMY-DT, completed construction of its full-power digital facilities in January 2007, but as of April 2007, has not yet been granted a license.

In 2006, the FCC required each station with a digital companion channel to select which station it would continue to use after the end of the transition period. KVMY-DT selected channel 22 as its final digital channel and returned the channel 21 license to the FCC. KVMY continues to use channel 21 as its virtual channel per the ATSC standards for PSIP. Regular programming was dropped on February 18, 2009 and the station participated in the "Analog Nightlight" program for two weeks, explaining how to switch to digital reception.


In 2003, KHSV (as KVWB) established a news department and began airing a primetime newscast at 10 p.m. It was part of Sinclair's centralized News Central operation that was based at the company's headquarters on Beaver Dam Road in Hunt Valley, Maryland. National and international news segments, weather forecasts and some sports segments originated from the company's Hunt Valley facility, while local news and sports segments were based at KFBT/KVWB's Las Vegas studios. The news department was shared with then-independent station KFBT (channel 33; now KVCW), which aired its own local newscast at 7 p.m. It also aired The Point, a one-minute conservative political commentary, that was required to be broadcast on all Sinclair-owned stations with newscasts. The news department was shut down at the beginning of March 2006, as were the majority of Sinclair's news operations under the News Central format.

KVWB later entered into a news share agreement with NBC affiliate KVBC (channel 3, now KSNV) to produce a nightly 10 p.m. newscast for channel 21. The newscast debuted on April 6, 2006, under the title News 3 at 10 on The WB Las Vegas and was later renamed to News 3 at 10 on MyLVTV following the September switch to MyNetworkTV. The 10 p.m. newscast originated from KVBC's studios on Foremaster Lane in Las Vegas near the border with North Las Vegas. The program was discontinued on December 15, 2006, and moved to KVCW the following Monday. That newscast was also discontinued on September 28, 2009, but was revived in 2015.


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  2. ^ "Original CP application summary". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2007-03-27.[permanent dead link]
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  4. ^ per Rick Scott, General Manager
  5. ^ Seltel, Inc. advertisement, Broadcasting Magazine, April 6, 1987.
  6. ^ 'Gilmore Girls' meet 'Smackdown'; CW Network to combine WB, UPN in CBS-Warner venture beginning in September,, January 24, 2006.
  7. ^ UPN and WB to Combine, Forming New TV Network, The New York Times, January 24, 2006.
  8. ^ News Corp. Unveils MyNetworkTV, Broadcasting & Cable, February 22, 2006.
  9. ^ Sinclair Reups With Fox, Gets WUTB Option, TVNewsCheck, May 15, 2012.
  10. ^ Sinclair In An Acquisition State Of Mind, TVNewsCheck, February 6, 2013.
  11. ^ "Sinclair Buying KSNV Las Vegas For $120M". TVNewsCheck. September 3, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  12. ^ "Call Sign History (facility ID 10179)". CDBS Public Access. FCC. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  13. ^ "Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. January 28, 2015. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  14. ^ Consummation Notice CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  15. ^ Call Sign History - KHSV
  16. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KHSV
  17. ^ "DTV Allocation Table, Sixth Report and Order" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. 1997-04-21. p. 34. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
  18. ^ "Final DTV Allocation Table, MO&O for Recon. of Sixth R&O" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. 1998-02-17. p. 27. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
  19. ^ "Construction permit extension request". Federal Communications Commission. 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-04-28.[permanent dead link]

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