MeTV Fresno (on DT6)
|Channels||Digital: 27 (UHF)|
Virtual: 43 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||43.1: Estrella TV|
43.5: Antenna TV
43.7: QVC Over Air
43.8: Cozi TV
|Owner||Cocola Broadcasting Companies LLC|
|Founded||October 2, 1989|
|First air date||September 11, 1992|
|Call letters' meaning||Gary Morris Cocola (name of owner)|
|Sister station(s)||KVHF-LD, KFAZ-CA, KHSC-LP, KJKZ-LP, KJEO-LD, KSDI-LD, KMSG-LD, KVVG-LD|
|Former callsigns||KSDI (1992)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
43 (UHF, 1992-2009)
44 (UHF, until 2009)
43 (UHF, 2009-2018)
|Former affiliations||The Box (1992-1995)|
The WB (1995-1997)
America's Store (1998-2007)
Jewelry Television (2007-2012)
|Transmitter power||385 kW|
|Height||578 m (1,896 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KGMC, virtual channel 43 (UHF digital channel 27), is an Estrella TV-affiliated television station serving Fresno, California, United States that is licensed to Clovis. It serves as the flagship television property of owner Cocola Broadcasting, and is sister to eight low-power stations. KGMC's studios are located on West Herndon Avenue in Pinedale, and its transmitter is located on Bald Mountain, south of Meadow Lakes in Fresno County.
A live simulcast of some of KGMC's non-network programming can be seen on the Cocola Broadcasting homepage.
The UHF channel 43 allocation in the Fresno market was originally licensed to KICU-TV. Operating as an independent station, the station signed on the air on December 23, 1961, five days after Fresno's first independent station, KAIL (channel 53, now a MyNetworkTV affiliate on channel 7) took to the air. KICU carried a mix of movies and other independent fare. Toward the end of its run, KICU also picked up some NBC programs that were not cleared to air by that network's Fresno affiliate, KMJ-TV (channel 24, now KSEE-TV). The station ceased operations in 1968; the KICU-TV call letters are now used by an independent station in San Jose.
KGMC first signed on the air on September 11, 1992, as KSDI; the station was originally an affiliate of the viewer-request music video network The Box. That December, the station changed its call letters to KGMC (the calls were previously used by KOCB in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from 1979 to 1989).
In January 1995, the station entered into a local marketing agreement with Pappas Telecasting Companies, owner of Fox affiliate KMPH-TV (channel 26). Pappas programmed the station from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and again from 3:00 to 11:00 p.m. daily, airing a blend of cartoons, classic sitcoms and older movies. On January 11 of that year, the station became a charter affiliate of The WB. KGMC continued to run religious programs, paid programming, and home shopping programs during time periods that were not programmed by Pappas.
In 1997, KGMC terminated the LMA with Pappas, switching full-time to a format of infomercials and religious programs. Pappas then moved the WB affiliation first to KMPH on a secondary basis, and later to KNSO (channel 51) in 1998 and finally to KFRE-TV (channel 59) in 2001, where the network remained until The WB ceased operations in September 2006 and was replaced by The CW. In the meantime, KGMC would join home shopping network America's Store in 1998; after America's Store was shut down by HSN in 2007, KGMC switched its programming to Jewelry Television. KGMC had been the only full-power independent television station in the Fresno market, until August 1, 2012, when it became an affiliate of the Spanish-language network MundoFox. On December 1, 2016, with the demise of MundoMax, KGMC switched to Liberman Broadcasting's Estrella TV network.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|43.1||720p||16:9||Estrella||Main KGMC programming / Estrella TV|
|43.4||480i||4:3||HSN||Home Shopping Network|
|43.7||QVC Over Air|
KGMC shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 43, 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 was relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 44 to channel 43.
KGMC was one of nearly 1,000 television stations that were required to change their digital channel allocation in the upcoming spectrum auction repack in early 2018. KGMC reallocated its digital signal to UHF channel 27 in phase one of the auction.