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KKFX-CD, virtual and UHF digital channel 24, is a low-powered, Class A Fox-affiliated television station licensed to San Luis Obispo, California, United States and serving the Central Coast of California. Owned by the News-Press & Gazette Company (NPG), it is a sister station to Santa Barbara-licensed ABC affiliate KEYT-TV (channel 3); NPG also operates Santa Maria-licensed CBS affiliate KCOY-TV (channel 12) under a shared services agreement (SSA) with owner VistaWest Media, LLC. KKFX and KCOY share studios on West McCoy Lane in Santa Maria; KEYT maintains separate facilities at 730 Miramonte Drive on TV Hill, overlooking downtown Santa Barbara. KKFX's transmitter is located near Serrano and US 101 in the Los Padres National Forest. The station can be seen on channel 11 on most cable systems in the market, hence the Fox 11 branding.

KKFX-CD
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San Luis Obispo/Santa Maria/
Santa Barbara, California
United States
CitySan Luis Obispo, California
BrandingFox 11 (general)
Fox 11 News (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 24 (UHF)
Virtual: 24 (PSIP)
TranslatorsKCOY-DT 12.2 (19.2 UHF) Santa Maria
KSBB-LP 17 (UHF) Santa Barbara
Affiliations24.1: Fox
24.2: CBS
24.3: Grit
24.4: DABL (soon)
OwnerNews-Press & Gazette Company
(NPG of California, LLC)
Foundedc. 1995
First air dateNovember 6, 1998 (20 years ago) (1998-11-06)
Sister station(s)KEYT-TV, KCOY-TV, KION-TV, KESQ-TV, KECY-TV
Former callsignsK24EJ (1995–2000)
KKFX-LP (2000–2001)
KKFX-CA (2001–2015)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
24 (UHF, 1998–2015)
Transmitter power0.325 kW
Height445 m (1,460 ft)
Facility ID33870
Transmitter coordinates35°21′37.9″N 120°39′24.6″W / 35.360528°N 120.656833°W / 35.360528; -120.656833
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.myfox11.com

Although KKFX identifies as a station in its own right, it is officially licensed as a translator of KCOY. In addition to its own digital signal, KKFX is simulcast in high definition on KCOY's second digital subchannel from a transmitter on Tepusquet Peak in the Los Padres National Forest east of Santa Maria. KCOY, in turn, is simulcast on KKFX's second digital subchannel.

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HistoryEdit

KKFX-CD signed on for the first time on November 6, 1998 as the area's Fox affiliate. Network-owned West Coast flagship station KTTV in Los Angeles (which had been carried on cable throughout the Central Coast dating back to its days as a superstation) served as the affiliate of record for the Central Coast before the station began operations. Before July 1, 2006, this station could also be seen in Santa Barbara on KSBB-LP channel 17, but it switched to a repeater of KEYT-TV. On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel Communications entered into an agreement to sell its television station group to Providence Equity Partners. The sale was finalized on March 14, 2008.[1] However, Providence Equity Partners did not keep KKFX and sister station KCOY due to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) restrictions. As a result, they were resold to the Cowles Publishing Company.[2] On May 7, 2008, the deal between Cowles and Newport Television closed.[3]

On September 20, 2013, News-Press & Gazette Company, owner of KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara, announced that it would purchase KKFX-CA as well as Monterey sister stations KION-TV and KMUV-LP. NPG also took over some operations of KCOY that Cowles retained under a shared services agreement.[4] The sale was completed on December 13, 2013.[5]

On January 20, 2015, KKFX began broadcasting over the air in high definition[6] and providing an HD feed directly to cable and DirecTV. On that same date, KKFX-CA returned to the airwaves in Santa Barbara on low-power KSBB-LP channel 17.[6]

Digital channelsEdit

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
24.1 720p 16:9 FOX-DT Main KKFX-CD programming / Fox
24.2 1080i KCOY-HD Simulcast of KCOY-TV / CBS
24.3 480i Grit TV Simulcast of KCOY-DT3 / Grit
24.4 Simulcast of KCOY-DT4 / DABL (soon)

ProgrammingEdit

Syndicated programming on KKFX includes Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, The Simpsons (which also airs first-run episodes), Two and a Half Men, Last Man Standing and The Big Bang Theory.

NewscastsEdit

Fox 11 News in the Morning airs weekdays on KKFX from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. A nightly hour-long newscast is included.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Clear Channel Agrees to Sell Television Station Group to Providence Equity Partners" (Press release). Clear Channel Communications. 2007-04-20. Archived from the original on 2007-04-25. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
  2. ^ "-deadurl=yes Deals - 10/8/2007 - Broadcasting & Cable".
  3. ^ "MSN - Outlook, Office, Skype, Bing, Breaking News, and Latest Videos". www.msnbc.msn.com.
  4. ^ "KCOY to 'share services' with KEYT parent company under planned station purchases". Santa Maria Times. September 23, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  5. ^ [1] NewsChannel 3 Owner Completes Purchase of Fox 11, KEYT, 13 December 2013, Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  6. ^ a b Scholl, Claire (2015-01-20). "CBS, Fox Now Over-The-Air in Most of SB, SLO Counties". KEYT. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  7. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KKFX

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