KXJB-LD

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KXJB-LD
Horace/Fargo, North Dakota
United States
CityHorace, North Dakota
BrandingKX4 (general)
Fargo CW (on LD2)
Valley News Live (news)
SloganThe People You Know, The News You Trust
ChannelsDigital: 30 (UHF)
Virtual: 30 (PSIP)
TranslatorsK28MA-D 28.x Argusville
K30LR-D 30.x Grand Forks
KVLY-DT 11.2 & 11.4 (CBS & H&I)

via KVLY-DT2:
34.2 K14PH-D Baudette, MN
4.1 K30PA-D Roseau, MN
34.2 K34MC-D Williams, MN
Affiliations30.1: CBS
30.2: CW+
30.3: Heroes & Icons
OwnerGray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air dateSeptember 12, 2016 (2 years ago) (2016-09-12)
Call letters' meaningKX John Boler (KXJB intellectual unit founder)
Sister station(s)KVLY-TV
KFYR-TV, KMOT, KQCD-TV, KUMV-TV
Transmitter power15 kW
Height64 m (210 ft)
Facility ID185885
Transmitter coordinates46°50′47″N 96°48′7″W / 46.84639°N 96.80194°W / 46.84639; -96.80194
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.valleynewslive.com

KXJB-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 30, is a low-powered dual CBS/CW+-affiliated television station serving Fargo, North Dakota, United States that is licensed to nearby Horace. Owned by Gray Television, it is a sister station to Fargo-licensed NBC affiliate KVLY-TV (channel 11). The two outlets share studios on 21st Avenue South in Fargo, where KXJB-LD's transmitter is also located.

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 in 720p high-definition on KVLY's second digital subchannel to increase its over-the-air broadcasting radius; this signal can be seen on UHF channel 36 (or virtual channel 11 via PSIP) from a transmitter near Blanchard. The KVLY tower 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 full high definition on Midco digital channel 604 and Cable One digital channel 1009. It is also available on Hulu's Live TV service.

History[edit]

KXJB intellectual unit[edit]

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.

On November 12, 2014, KVLY added a simulcast of KXJB on its second digital subchannel, displacing MeTV to the third subchannel.[1] 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.[2] KXJB was sold to Major Market Broadcasting on December 18 of that year.[3] 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.

Current license[edit]

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.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
30.1 1080i 16:9 KXJB-DT Main KXJB-LD programming / CBS
30.2 720p KXJB-CW Fargo CW
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.

The third subchannel carries Heroes & Icons (previously carried in the market on KRDK-TV), which is also available on Midco cable channel 593.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programming on KXJB-LD includes Jeopardy!, Hot Bench, and Judge Judy among others. Wheel of Fortune, which is usually paired with Jeopardy! in most markets, airs instead on NBC-affiliated sister station KVLY-TV; Fargo is one of the few markets where Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune are carried on separate stations.

News operation[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.prairiebizmag.com/event/article/id/20672/
  2. ^ http://www.valleynewslive.com/home/headlines/284288191.html
  3. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 19, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KXJB-LD

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