KFQX

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KFQX
KFQXFox4.png
Grand Junction, Colorado
United States
Branding Fox 4
Channels Digital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
Subchannels 4.1 Fox
4.2 CBS
4.3 Escape
4.4 Grit
Owner Mission Broadcasting, Inc.
Operator Nexstar Media Group
(via SSA)
Founded February 10, 1993
First air date June 17, 2000 (18 years ago) (2000-06-17)
Call letters' meaning Visually-similar Q replacing O in FOX (affiliated network)
Sister station(s) KREX-TV, KGJT-CD
Former callsigns KJWA (1993–1996)
Former channel number(s) 4 (VHF analog, 2000–2009)
Transmitter power 71.5 kW
Height 407 m (1,335 ft)
Facility ID 31597
Transmitter coordinates 39°3′57.5″N 108°44′47.1″W / 39.065972°N 108.746417°W / 39.065972; -108.746417Coordinates: 39°3′57.5″N 108°44′47.1″W / 39.065972°N 108.746417°W / 39.065972; -108.746417
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.westernslopenow.com

KFQX, virtual channel 4 (UHF digital channel 15), is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Grand Junction, Colorado, United States and serving Colorado's Western Slope region. The station is owned by Mission Broadcasting; Nexstar Media Group, which owns CBS affiliate KREX-TV (channel 5) and low-powered, Class A MyNetworkTV affiliate KGJT-CD (channel 27, which KREX simulcasts on its third digital subchannel), operates KFQX through a shared services agreement. The three stations share studios on Hillcrest Avenue in downtown Grand Junction; KFQX's transmitter is located at the Black Ridge electronics site at the Colorado National Monument west of the city.

History

For its first few years, KFQX offered delayed rebroadcasts of KREX's newscasts. In 2005, the station began simulcasting news programming from former Fox owned-and-operated KDVR in Denver. Today, the simulcasts include a three-hour weekday morning newscast (Good Day Colorado from 6–9 a.m.), a weeknight newscast at 5:30 and a nightly primetime newscast from 9–10 p.m. It also offers simulcasts some of KREX's weekday newscasts at noon, 5 and 10 p.m.[1]

On November 20, 2013, Gray Television announced it would purchase Hoak Media and Parker Broadcasting in a $335 million deal. KFQX will be sold to Excalibur Broadcasting; however, Gray will sell KREX and Excalibur will sell KFQX due to ownership limits; Gray already owns KKCO and operates Excalibur-owned KJCT.[2][3] On December 19, Gray announced that KREX and its satellites will be sold to Nexstar Broadcasting Group, while KFQX will be sold to Mission Broadcasting, for $37.5 million.[4] The sale of KREX was completed on June 13. Nexstar will provide services to KFQX, while it awaits FCC approval.[5] The sale was approved on February 27, 2017.[6] The sale was finalized on March 31.[7]

Digital channels

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming[8]
4.1 720p 16:9 KFQX-HD Main KFQX programming / Fox
4.2 480i KREY-SD Simulcast of KREX-TV / CBS
4.3 4:3 Escape
4.4 Grit

KREX-TV studio fire

A fire knocked KREX, KFQX and KGJT-LP off the air on January 20, 2008 at approximately 8:45 a.m. local time. The station's building and 50 years worth of archives are a total loss.

References

  1. ^ [1] KREX at TitanTV
  2. ^ "Gray Buying Hoak, Prime Stations For $342.5M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  3. ^ Malone, Michael (November 20, 2013). "Gray TV/Excalibur To Acquire Hoak Media, Parker Broadcasting Stations For $335 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  4. ^ Gray Sell Grand Junction Duop To Nexstar, TVNewsCheck, 19 December 2013
  5. ^ Nexstar Completes Purchase Of Gray Stations, TVNewsCheck, Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  6. ^ Notice. CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, 27 February 2017, Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  7. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  8. ^ http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=station_search&callsign=KFQX#station

External links

  • Official site
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KFQX
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KXHD-LP
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KFQX-TV


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