KVMD is an independent television station licensed to Orange County, California, USA. The broadcast signal covers most of the Inland Empire on digital UHF channel 23. KVMD-DT is also available on DirecTV and Dish Network on channel 31, its former analog channel. The station is also seen throughout the Los Angeles media market on various cable TV systems.

The station broadcasts digitally on nine subchannels. KVMD is dedicated to providing free over-the-air programming to minority groups in southern California. Currently programming is offered in Spanish. Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, English, and Armenian. KVMD's owner, Ronald Ulloa, is also president and majority owner of KXLA. KVMD's programming is also carried on KXLA's digital signal on 44.10. KVMD is simulcast on KSMV-LD digital channel 23, mapped to virtual channel 31.[2]

KVMD's transmitter is located atop Snow Peak in the San Bernardino Mountains north of Banning, California.

KVMD alike KPXN, KZSW, KVVB-LP and KILM are one of five independent TV stations based in the Inland Empire region of Southern California including the High Desert.

KVMD and KRET-CD based in Palm Springs have subchannels in other languages serving the region's Asian American community.

History

On December 1, 1997 on analog channel 31, KVMD signed on. While its analog signal was rather weak and could not generally be received beyond Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley, it sought and obtained carriage on many cable television systems throughout Southern California, as well as satellite TV, due to its fortuitous location in the outskirts of the Los Angeles DMA and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must-carry rules. KVMD started out broadcasting ethnic programming in Japanese (English subtitled), Korean, Mandarin Cantonese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Persian, Armenian, Arabic, Hindi, Russian, French, Italian, German, Greek, Portuguese and Spanish before it moved to KXLA in 2001, KVMD aired America's Collectibles Network every night from 1AM to 6AM before it moved to KVMD's sister station KXLA, also this station aired Spanish Religious programming during the daytime. On August 8, 2001 KVMD eliminated their ethnic programming and it moved to KXLA and this station only aired some Japanese (English subtitled), Korean, Mandarin Cantonese, Vietnamese, Hindi, German, Spanish and English programming, KVMD aired ShopNBC programming every night from Midnight to 6 am and this station continued airing Spanish Religious programming in the daytime.

On July 29, 2002, its digital signal went on the air on channel 23. This signal is much stronger, potentially reaching 80 times as many viewers over the air as its analog signal, and reaching most of the Inland Empire. It also reaches a good portion of Los Angeles, Orange and part of San Diego counties, but XETV-TDT Tijuana/San Diego, which also broadcast digitally on channel 23, blocked KVMD's signal.

On June 1, 2003, KVMD became the first station in the country to shut off its analog channel and go digital-only, in support of the government-mandated digital transition.

On June 1, 2008, KVMD started to air ARTN Armenian programming every night.

On May 5, 2014, KVMD began to air Guadalupe Radio TV a Spanish Catholic programming during the daytime from 6 AM to 7PM

DirecTV Carriage

KVMD ceased programming on DirecTV's local standard-definition coverage on December 19, 2007 but returned on October 31, 2008.

Digital channels

ChannelProgramming
23.1/31.1Main KVMD programming / Armenian-Russian Television Network (Armenian)
31.2University of Guadalajara (Spanish Cultural/Educational) XHUDG-TDT
31.3MBS MDN TV (Korean)
31.4GDTV World American Edition (Cantonese/Mandarin)
31.5Creation TV USA (Cantonese/Mandarin)
31.6 (Mandarin)
31.7OnTV4U (English)
31.8WCETV / CCTV-4 (Mandarin)
31.9CCTV News (English)
31.10Spanish infomercials
31.107KLYY Jose 97.5 (Audio only) (Spanish)