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Harlingen/McAllen/Brownsville, Texas
United States
CityHarlingen, Texas
BrandingCBS 4 (general)
CBS 4 News (newscasts)
SloganComplete Valley Coverage
ChannelsDigital: 31 (UHF)
(to move to 18 (UHF))
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
Subchannels4.1 CBS
4.2 Azteca
4.3 Comet TV
OwnerSinclair Broadcast Group
(KGBT Licensee, LLC)
First air dateOctober 4, 1953 (65 years ago) (1953-10-04)
Call letters' meaningGenevieve Beryl Tichenor
(wife of founding owner McHenry Tichenor)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
4 (VHF, 1953–2009)
Former affiliationsABC (1953–1976)
NBC (1976–1981)
both secondary
Transmitter power1000 kW
345 kW (CP)
Height368 m (1,207 ft)
460 m (1,509 ft) (CP)
Facility ID34457
Transmitter coordinates26°8′56.8″N 97°49′19.2″W / 26.149111°N 97.822000°W / 26.149111; -97.822000
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

KGBT-TV, virtual channel 4 (UHF digital channel 31), is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Harlingen, Texas, United States and serving the Rio Grande Valley metropolitan area. The station is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group. KGBT's studios are located on West Expressway (I-2/US 83) in Harlingen, and its transmitter is located in La Feria in Cameron County. On cable, the station can be seen on Charter Spectrum channel 4. KGBT is also available on channel 4 on DirecTV and Dish Network.


KGBT-TV was founded as KGBT Radio, in 1941. KGBT Radio was an independent radio station with a staff of eleven people. The station was owned by the Harbenito Broadcasting Company. KGBT became an affiliate of the CBS Radio Network in January 1944, becoming the first CBS radio affiliate in lower South Texas.[citation needed]

KGBT-TV opened in 1953, as a CBS affiliate. KGBT-TV was founded by Tichenor Media System, Inc., a regional conglomerate of Spanish-language radio stations. Tichenor owned the KGBT radio station until 2003 when the company merged with Univision Communications.[citation needed]

Before 1976, KGBT shared ABC programming with NBC affiliate KRGV-TV. When KRGV-TV became an ABC affiliate, KGBT-TV took on a secondary NBC affiliation until 1981 when KVEO-TV signed on. KGBT-TV is the only major English-language station in the Rio Grande Valley to have never changed its primary network affiliation.[citation needed] In 1986, Tichenor decided to exit the English-language broadcasting market by selling KGBT-TV to the Draper Holdings Business Trust, the owner of WBOC-TV in Salisbury, Maryland. In 1998, Draper sold KGBT-TV to Cosmos Broadcasting, the broadcasting division of the Liberty Corporation. Cosmos came directly under the Liberty banner in 2001 when Liberty sold off its insurance business. Liberty merged with Raycom Media in 2006. In August of that year, KGBT-TV was sold again to Barrington Broadcasting.

In 2013, Barrington sold KGBT-TV to Sinclair Broadcast Group as part of a larger deal which involved 18 television stations. The sale was completed on November 25.[1][2]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming [3]
4.1 1080i 16:9 KGBT-HD Main KGBT-TV programming / CBS
4.2 480i 4:3 KGBT Azteca America
4.3 Comet TV

KGBT's broadcasts became digital-only, effective June 12, 2009.[4]


Syndicated programming[edit]

Syndicated programming on KGBT includes Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, and Judge Judy, all of which are distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

Specialty programming[edit]

KGBT produces annual telethons to benefit children's hospitals. The station has also produced local segments for the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon.

News operation[edit]

24/7 Weather Lab[edit]

KGBT-TV was the first, and still remains the only, news station in the metropolitan area with its own live weather radar, which is called "Live Super Doppler." KGBT-TV broadcasts a 24-hour weather station, which provides updated local forecasts.

On April 29, 2008, KGBT-TV's 43-year veteran weatherman, Larry James, retired. James was a veteran of the station's "glory days" during the late 1960s and 1970s when the station produced the top-rated newscast in the Rio Grande Valley.

Sports Extra[edit]

Sports Extra is an extended sports segment that airs on Friday and Sunday. The main focus of the Friday segment is local high school football games. The Sunday edition provides the highlights of high school, college and professional football. The Sunday edition generally features a panel of local sports writers and sports talk radio personalities, who break down high school football games and provide analysis.

Prior to the start of the high school football season, KGBT produces Action 4 Sports: Countdown to Kickoff. The hour-long special briefly previews each team in the Rio Grande Valley. As of September 2008, Sunday Sports Extra is in association with 956 Sports. provides commentators who share their input and provide analysis. Sunday Sports Extra is one of the most watched local sports productions in the Rio Grande Valley.[citation needed]

Former on-air staff[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Malone, Michael (February 28, 2013). "Sinclair's Chesapeake TV Acquires Barrington Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "RabbitEars.Info".
  4. ^