KXJB-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 30, is a CBS-affiliated television station serving Fargo, North Dakota, United States. Licensed to nearby Horace and owned by Gray Television, it is a sister station to NBC affiliate KVLY-TV (channel 11), and the two stations share studios on 21st Avenue South in Fargo. KXJB-LD broadcasts a 1080i high definition signal from a transmitter located at the KXJB/KVLY studios.
|Horace/Fargo, North Dakota|
|City||Horace, North Dakota|
Fargo CW (on LD2)
Valley News Live (news)
|Slogan||The People You Know, The News You Trust|
|Channels||Digital: 30 (UHF)|
Virtual: 30 (PSIP)
30.3 Heroes & Icons
|Translators||K28MA-D 28.x Argusville|
K30LR-D 30.x Grand Forks
KVLY-DT 11.2 & 11.4 (CBS & H&I)
34.2 K14PH-D Baudette, MN
34.2 K34MC-D Williams, MN
4.1 K50AM-D Roseau, MN
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||September 12, 2016|
|Call letters' meaning||KX John Boler (KXJB intellectual unit founder)|
KFYR-TV, KMOT, KQCD-TV, KUMV-TV
|Transmitter power||15 kW|
|Height||64 m (210 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile|
Due to KXJB's low-power status, its over-the-air signal does not adequately cover the vast Fargo–Grand Forks market. Therefore, the station's main CBS channel is simulcast on KVLY's second digital subchannel in 720p HD to increase its over-the-air broadcasting radius. This signal duplicates most of the coverage area of the previous KXJB (channel 4, now KRDK-TV), providing strong coverage to much of the eastern half of North Dakota from Fargo through Grand Forks to Valley City, as well as northwestern Minnesota. KVLY's transmitter, which is the tallest above-ground structure in the Western Hemisphere, is located near Blanchard. KVLY's transmitter also transmits KXJB's much lower powered translator K28MA-D (licensed to Argusville), carrying all of KXJB's subchannels on channel 28. A second translator, K30LR-D in Grand Forks, carries all of the KXJB subchannels on channel 30.
KXJB's main CBS channel can be seen on cable channel 9 on Midco and Cable One, DirecTV channel 30, Dish Network channel 4 (an attribute to the predecessor CBS affiliate's licensed channel), and in high definition on Midco digital channel 604 and Cable One digital channel 1009. It is also available on Hulu's Live TV service.
KXJB intellectual unitEdit
Until December 2014, the KXJB call sign and CBS affiliation were used on the broadcast license presently associated with KRDK-TV.
KXJB was co-owned with the KX Television network in western North Dakota from 1959 to 1971. The station never changed its network affiliation until late 2014, when Major Market Broadcasting purchased the station. CBS was also carried with Grand Forks newscasts and commercials on KXJC-LP, channel 35, as a semi-satellite of KXJB, from 2000 until the license for that station was canceled in April 2003, due to KVLY-TV taking over operations of the original KXJB.
When KXJB-TV signed off the air at 12 Midnight CT on December 1, 2014, CBS programming continued to be available on KVLY-DT2, hence making KVLY-DT2 the sole CBS affiliate in the area. KVLY-DT2 also retained the original "KX4" branding of the original CBS affiliate. KXJB was sold to Major Market Broadcasting on December 18 of that year. Channel 4 returned to the air on January 13, 2015 as KRDK-TV, now an affiliate of multiple multi-cast networks, including Cozi TV on its main subchannel, and locally operated BEK Sports, featuring local high school sports coverage in the area, on KRDK-DT2 and in primetime on the main subchannel. Most of KRDK's other eight subchannels provide programming from various classic TV and movie networks.
Gray signed on three low power TV stations on September 2016, with the KXJB call sign and translators replicating coverage in areas with strong coverage of the previous KXJB-TV. KXJB's CBS channel, also broadcast on KVLY 11.2, carries CBS and other programs in KXJB-TV's 1080i HD format, the second subchannel carrying The CW Plus (previously on WDAY-TV 6.2 and WDAZ-TV 8.2), and the third subchannel carrying Heroes & Icons (previously on KRDK-TV).
In October 2016, KRDK-TV requested must-carry, forcing major cable providers to move KXJB to channel 9, so KRDK can be carried on channel 4 to attribute to its over the air virtual channel, which was the former home of KXJB prior to December 2014.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|30.1||1080i||16:9||KXJB-DT||Main KXJB-LD programming / CBS|
|30.3||480i||H&I TV||Heroes & Icons|
The second subchannel, affiliated with The CW, is also available on Cable One channel 38, Midco cable channel 16 in the Fargo-Moorhead area, Midco cable channel 17 in Grand Forks, DirecTV channel 31, and in high definition on Midco digital channel 616 and Cable One digital channel 1038.
KXJB produces its own newscasts on weekdays at noon, 5:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m., with the CBS Evening News being carried at 6:00 p.m. instead of the normal 5:30 p.m. slot on most CBS affiliates in the Central Time Zone. The morning Valley Today, 10:00 p.m., and weekend newscasts are simulcast with KVLY. This combined news operation is known as Valley News Live.
On September 12, 2016, KXJB launched a prime time newscast on its CW-affiliated subchannel known as Valley News Live at 9. The half-hour broadcast offers direct competition to Fox affiliate KVRR's long established hour long newscast airing at the same time and WDAY-TV's half-hour WDAY'Z Xtra News at 9 on its second and third subchannels, which was launched just weeks before Fargo CW's 9:00 p.m. newscast.
- "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 19, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KXJB-LD