KFXF-LD

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KFXF-LD
KFXF-LD MyNetworkTV 7 Fairbanks Logo (As Of 11-03-2017).png
Fairbanks, Alaska
United States
BrandingMyNetworkTV 7 Fairbanks
ChannelsDigital: 22 (UHF)
Virtual: 22 (PSIP)
Subchannels22.1 MyNetworkTV
22.2 CBS
TranslatorsKTVF-DT 11.2 (26.2 UHF) Fairbanks
OwnerGray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air date1996 (23 years ago) (1996)
Call letters' meaningFoX Fairbanks (for former affiliation)
Sister station(s)KTVF, KXDF-CD
Former callsignsK22EY (1995–2010)
K22EY-D (2010–2016)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
22 (UHF, 1996–2010)
Former affiliationsWireless cable (1996–2003)
Fox (2003–2017)
Transmitter power15 kW
Height17.7 m (58 ft)
Facility ID72584
Transmitter coordinates64°48′42.5″N 147°42′4.2″W / 64.811806°N 147.701167°W / 64.811806; -147.701167
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.tvtv.com
www.webcenter11.com

KFXF-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 22, is a low-powered MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Fairbanks, Alaska, United States. Owned by Gray Television, it is a sister station to NBC affiliate KTVF (channel 11) and Class A CBS affiliate KXDF-CD (channel 13). The three stations share studios on Braddock Street in downtown Fairbanks, where KFXF-LD's transmitter is also located.

History[edit]

KFXF intellectual unit[edit]

The KFXF-LD intellectual unit originated on April 20, 1992, when Tanana Valley Television Company signed on K07UU as the area's first commercial station (and fifth in general after KJNP-TV in 1981) since 1955, when KTVF and KATN started. The station upgraded to a full-power license and changed its call letters to KFXF on February 27, 1995.

From its inception, the station was primarily affiliated with Fox. In its early years, K07UU/KFXF ran programming from Canadian music channel MuchMusic during the overnight hours, and for a time in 1993–94 carried the NBA on NBC. Until K13XD (now KXDF-CD) went on the air in August 1996, KFXF also carried some CBS shows. The station also ran UPN programs from 2000 to 2006, when that network merged with The WB to form The CW, which is shown on a digital subchannel of KATN.

After Gray Television's purchase of KTVF, KXDF-CD, and the non-license assets of KFXF on January 13, 2017, all of KFXF's programming was moved to KFXF-LD, which had previously served as a translator of KFXF. The full-powered station's license (which was not included in the sale because the market has only five full-power stations, too few to create a duopoly) changed its call letters to KFYF on February 9, 2017[1] and was subsequently cancelled on March 10.[2]

License[edit]

On March 14, 1995, the Federal Communications Commission granted a construction permit for a new low-powered station in Fairbanks,[3] which received the K22EY call letters.[4] The station signed on 1996.[5]

In 2000, several low-powered stations owned by Goldbelt, Inc. (including K22EY) were sold to ACS Television, L.L.C.[6][7] ACS Television, a subsidiary of Alaska Communications System, operated its stations as a wireless cable system; ACS put the subsidiary up for sale in 2002 due to financial losses and the costs of converting the stations to digital television.[8] On April 23, 2003, Tanana Valley Television Company acquired 10 stations (including K22EY) from ACS Television.[9][10] In 2010, the station flash-cut from analog to digital,[11] modifying its call sign to K22EY-D.[4]

The call letters were changed to KFXF-LD on November 4, 2016.[4] On November 8, 2016, Northern Lights Media, the subsidiary of Gray Television that operates Anchorage stations KTUU-TV and KYES-TV, announced that it would buy KTVF, KFXF-LD and KXDF-CD (then known as KXDD-CD) for $8 million in cash, pending FCC approval.[12] The sale was completed on January 13, 2017.[13][14]

Fox announced on October 30, 2017 that it would move its Fairbanks affiliation from KFXF-LD to a subchannel of KATN on November 4; KFXF then became a MyNetworkTV affiliate.[15][16] In a statement, Gray said that renewing the Fox affiliation "was not financially feasible."[17]

Full-market over-the-air coverage[edit]

In addition to its own digital signal, KFXF-LD receives full-market over-the-air coverage via a high definition simulcast on KTVF's second digital subchannel (UHF channel 26.2 or virtual channel 11.2 via PSIP) from a transmitter on the Ester Dome.[18][19][20] The simulcast is most likely a direct compensation for how on March 2, 2017, Tanana Valley Television surrendered their license for KFYF (the original full-market over-the-air high definition distributor of the programming carried by KFXF-LD) back to the FCC,[21] which cancelled it on March 10.[2]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[22]
22.1 720p 16:9 KFXF-LD Main KFXF-LD programming / MyNetworkTV[15]
22.2 1080i KXDF-CD Simulcast of KXDF-CD / CBS

References[edit]

  1. ^ Call Sign History - Federal Communications Commission
  2. ^ a b Station Search Details - Federal Communications Commission
  3. ^ Application Search Details - Federal Communications Commission
  4. ^ a b c Call Sign History - Federal Communications Commission
  5. ^ Application Search Details - Federal Communications Commission
  6. ^ Application for Transfer of Control of a Corporate Licensee or Permittee, or for Assignment of License or Permit of TV or FM Translator Station or Low Power Television Station - Federal Communications Commission
  7. ^ Application Search Details - Federal Communications Commission
  8. ^ "ACS negotiates to sell TV subsidiary". Peninsula Clarion. Associated Press. August 6, 2002. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  9. ^ Application for Transfer of Control of a Corporate Licensee or Permittee, or for Assignment of License or Permit of TV or FM Translator Station or Low Power Television Station - Federal Communications Commission
  10. ^ Application Search Details - Federal Communications Commission
  11. ^ "Application Search Details". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  12. ^ Northern Lights Media announces acquisition of Fairbanks television stations - KTUU.com
  13. ^ Gray Closes Green Bay, Davenport and Fairbanks Acquisitions Gray Television, 17 January 2017, Retrieved, 22 January 2017.
  14. ^ Consummation Notice, Federal Communications Commission, 18 January 2017.
  15. ^ a b Miller, Mark K. (October 30, 2017). "KATN Picks Up Fox Affiliation In Fairbanks". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  16. ^ An Official Announcement Of The Network Affiliation Switch, Effective: Friday, November 3rd, 2017
  17. ^ Eggerton, John (October 31, 2017). "Gray's KFXF Dropping Fox Affiliation". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  18. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KTVF
  19. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KFXF-LD
  20. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KXDF-CD
  21. ^ Ramsey, Coe W. (March 2, 2017). "Re: KFYF(DT), Fairbanks, Alaska (Facility ID No. 64597) Surrender or Request for Cancellation of License" (PDF). Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  22. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KFXF-LD

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