KGBT-TV broadcasting in Harlingen, McAllen and Brownsville areas is a CBS affiliate launched on Oct 4, 1953. It serves the Metropolitan area of Rio Grande Valley under the ownership of Sinclair Broadcast Group. The studios of the channel are located on West Expressway in Harlingen with transmitter installed in La Feria in Cameron County. The cable and satellite carriers of the channel include Charter Spectrum, Dish Network and DirecTV.
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KGBT traces its roots back to the foundation of KGBT radio in 1941, an independent radio service run by a staff of 11 people in the beginning. Harbenito Broadcasting Company was the owner of the channel. It became a CBS Radio Network affiliate in 1943. The television was launched in 1953 as a CBS station under the ownership of Tichenor Media System, Inc. Tichenor would the radio until its merger with Univision Communications in 2003. It shared ABC content with NBC station KRGV-TV and maintained the relationship until KRGV signed with ABC. The station became a secondary NBC affiliate after the opening of KVEO.
It serves as the only notable English language channel in Rio Grande Valley area to never change its primary network. Tichenor left the broadcasting business by selling their asset to Draper Holdings Boniness Trust in 1986. Draper in turn released the channel to Cosmos Broadcasting in 1998. Cosmos was a subsidiary of Liberty which merged with Raycom Media in 2006. It was then transferred to Barrington Broadcasting in Aug 2006. Sinclair Broadcast Group bought the station in 2013; the deal consummated on Nov 25, 2013.
The syndicated programs produced by the channel include Wheel of Fortune, Judge Judy, and Jeopardy. Specialty programs broadcasted by the KGBT include Jerry Lewis, Labor Day Telethon and MDA. 274/7 Weather Lab, Sports Extra are the sports and weather segments sponsored by the news television. You can watch news, weather and sports programming online and follow the station on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Here is the website: https://valleycentral.com/