WUMN-LP

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WUMN-LD
WUMN13.png
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
United States
City Minneapolis, Minnesota
Branding Univision Minnesota
Channels Digital: 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
Subchannels 17.1 Univision
Affiliations Univision
Owner Media Vista Group, LLC
(Media Vista Minneapolis, LLC)
Founded September 26, 1985
First air date 1990; 28 years ago (1990)
Call letters' meaning W
Univision
MiNneapolis or
MiNnesota (postal abbreviation)
Former callsigns K13UT, K33FB, WBWX-CA
Former affiliations The Box, MTV2
Transmitter power 15 kW
Height 184 m (604 ft)
Class Low-power
Website www.univisionminnesota.com

WUMN-LD is a Spanish-language television station in the Twin Cities market, and is the only Univision affiliate in the state of Minnesota. WUMN-LD is the Univision-affiliated television station for the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area and is licensed to Minnesota. It broadcasts over UHF channel 17 from a transmitter on top of the Campbell Mithun Tower in downtown Minneapolis. Owned by Media Vista Group, LLC, WUMN-LD maintains studios located on 527 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis. This station can also be seen on Comcast channel 99, Mediacom channel 23, and Spectrum 42, 63 or 71.[1]

History[edit]

WUMN's logo prior to January 1, 2013

WUMN began its broadcasting operation in 2005 as a low-powered station. In January 2005, after Equity Media Holdings's purchase of channel 13, the station was re-called WUMN-LP, to reflect its new Univision affiliation.[2] Under Equity ownership, all of the station's operations were controlled from Equity's hub in Little Rock, Arkansas with only engineering staff in the area and no local programming outside of some reporters contributing local stories to a newscast anchored outside of the market.

WUMN was sold to SP Television on June 2, 2009 in Equity's bankruptcy auction. The sale closed on August 17, 2009.[3] SP Television reached a deal to sell WUMN to Media Vista Group on December 21, 2012.[4]

On October 29, 2013 WUMN was granted a construction permit license by the FCC to transition its broadcast signal to digital on UHF channel 17, formerly occupied by the analog signal of KTCI.[2] At the time WUMN was the last television station broadcasting an analog signal in the Twin Cities market.

News[edit]

Equity also produced Spanish-language local newscasts at 5 and 10 pm, originating out of the company's program production center in Davenport, Iowa. On June 6, 2008, Equity discontinued local newscasts at its six Univision affiliates, including WUMN.[5] In 2009, WUMN debuted its new local show Impacto Local, visually documenting and informing the Twin Cities community on Education, Politics, Immigration, News, Sports, Culture and Music events and airing on a weekly basis at 10:00 PM Central Time.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Univision Minnesota Website, Univision Minnesota Information.
  2. ^ a b FCC Licensing, FCC Licensing Website.
  3. ^ FCC, FCC Website.
  4. ^ Seyler, Dave (January 16, 2013). "Fleet of Univision-affiliated LPTVs sold". Television Business Report. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ TV Newsday, 6/10/2008
  6. ^ Univision Minnesota Website, Univision Minnesota Information.
  • Deborah Caulfield Rybak (March 26, 2005). New at 5 and 10, news in Spanish. Star Tribune.

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