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KABE-CD, virtual channel 39 (UHF digital channel 35), is a low-powered, Class A Univision owned-and-operated television station licensed to Bakersfield, California, United States. Owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications, it is sister to Class A UniMás owned-and-operated station KBTF-CD (channel 31) and Justice Network affiliate KUVI-DT (channel 45). The three stations share studios on Truxtun Avenue in the western section of Bakersfield; KABE-CD's transmitter is located atop Mount Adelaide.

Bakersfield, California
United States
BrandingUnivision 39
Noticias 39 (newscasts)
SloganLa que nos une
(The one that unites us)
ChannelsDigital: 35 (UHF)
Virtual: 39 (PSIP)
TranslatorsKUVI-DT 45.2 (UHF) Bakersfield
Affiliations39.1: Univision
39.2: Court TV
OwnerUnivision Communications
(Univision Bakersfield LLC)
First air date1989 (30 years ago) (1989)
Call letters' meaningAquí en Bakersfield Estamos
Sister station(s)KUVI-DT
Former callsignsK52DJ (1989–1998)
KSUV-LP (1998–2002)
KBTF-LP (2002–2004)
KABE-LP (2004–2010)
KABE-LD (2010–2013)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
52 (UHF, 1989–1998)
39 (UHF, 1998–2010)
39 (UHF, 2010–2019)
Former affiliationsAnalog/CD1:
TeleFutura (2002–2004)
Bounce TV (until 2019)
Transmitter power13 kW
Height385 m (1,263 ft)
Facility ID18747
Transmitter coordinates35°26′16.75″N 118°44′27.39″W / 35.4379861°N 118.7409417°W / 35.4379861; -118.7409417
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

In addition to its own digital signal, KABE-CD is simulcast in high definition on the second digital subchannel of KUVI (virtual and UHF channel 45.2) from a separate transmitter atop Mount Adelaide.


K52DJ launched in 1989 as a translator of Fresno's Univision station KFTV. It was renamed KSUV-LP and moved to channel 39 in 1998 after Univision purchased UPN affiliate KUZZ-TV (now KUVI-DT) from Buck Owens. It was renamed to KBTF-LP in 2002 during the launch of TeleFutura (now UniMás). It was renamed to KABE-LP in 2004 after a callsign swap with the original KABE-CA (channel 31, now KBTF-CD). In 2013, the station obtained Class A status. In 2019, KABE started airing Court TV on its second digital subchannel as part of an agreement between Scripps and Univision for areas where KERO-TV's signal is not easily received.[1]

Digital televisionEdit

Digital channelEdit

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
39.1 720p 16:9 KABE-CD Main KABE-CD programming / Univision
39.2 480i 4:3 COURT TV Court TV

The Justice affiliation was moved to KUVI-DT on September 25, 2017, at which point, the 39.2 subchannel went dark until 2019, when it returned to the air with Court TV programming.


  1. ^ "Court TV official website".
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KABE-CD

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