KBFX-CD
Channels
BrandingFox 58; Eyewitness News
Programming
Affiliations
Ownership
Owner
KBAK-TV[1]
History
FoundedAugust 23, 1989
First air date
November 1, 1990 (33 years ago) (1990-11-01)
Former call signs
  • K58DJ (1989–1995)
  • KMPH-LP (1995–1998)
  • KBFX-LP (1998–2005)
  • KBFX-CA (2005–2011)[1]
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 58 (UHF, 1989–2010)
Call sign meaning
Bakersfield Fox
Technical information[2]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID51501
ClassCD
ERP15 kW
HAAT1,113.2 m (3,652 ft)
Transmitter coordinates35°27′10.8″N 118°35′28.3″W / 35.453000°N 118.591194°W / 35.453000; -118.591194
Translator(s)KBAK-DT 58.2 (33.2 UHF) Bakersfield
Links
Public license information
Websitebakersfieldnow.com

KBFX-CD (channel 58) is a low-power, Class A television station in Bakersfield, California, United States, affiliated with the Fox network. It is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group alongside CBS affiliate KBAK-TV (channel 29). The two stations share studios on Westwind Drive west of Downtown Bakersfield; KBFX's transmitter is located atop Breckenridge Mountain.

In addition to its own digital signal, KBFX-CD is simulcast in high definition on KBAK's second digital subchannel (58.2) from the same transmitter site.

History

KBFX signed on November 1, 1990,[3] as K58DJ, a low-powered relay translator of KMPH, Fresno's Fox affiliate. It changed its call letters to KMPH-LP in 1995. Later, the Fox network wanted to include a new separate affiliate station for the Bakersfield market; as a result, in 1998, channel 58 was relaunched as KBFX-LP. Among the features on the new station was a KBAK-produced 10 p.m. newscast, "Fox 58 News @ 10". It was so successful that KBAK's then-owner Westwind Communications bought the station in 2005 from KMPH's owners, Pappas Telecasting.

On August 6, 2007, Westwind Communications announced the sale of KBAK and KBFX-CA to Fisher Communications of Seattle,[4] with the sale closing on January 1, 2008.

KBFX-CD's logo from 2010 to 2015, during a period in which the station branded simply with its call letters

On February 28, 2010, Bright House Networks (now Spectrum) announced that KBFX will be carried in Tehachapi on cable channel 6.

In January 2011, KBFX began airing its local news in high definition.

Fisher Communications announced on April 11, 2013, that it would be acquired by Sinclair Broadcast Group, pending Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval.[5][6] The deal was completed on August 8, 2013.[7] On October 3, 2013, Sinclair announced the completion of the sale of four stations owned by Titan TV Broadcast Group, including KMPH, which reunites KBFX as sister-stations for the first time in eight years.[8]

KBFX is the only Bakersfield television station to never change its affiliation, having always been a Fox affiliate.

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KBFX-CD[1]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
29.2[notes 1] 480i 4:3 TBD TBD
58.1 720p 16:9 FOX58 Main KBFX-CD programming / Fox
58.3 480i Comet Comet
58.4 TheNest The Nest

The analog signal went off the air in August 2010. KBFX just recently launched their new digital transmitter on RF channel 29. This signal carried This TV on its subchannel, which maps to virtual channel 29-2.

The station's 29.2 subchannel was an initial affiliate of the American Sports Network with its first broadcast on August 30, 2014.[9]

Notes

  1. ^ Per ATSC standards, a station on channel X must map to channel Y if another station on channel Y maps to channel X; channel 58.2 (an HD simulcast of 58.1) already exists on KBAK.

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Digital TV Market Listing for KBFX". RabbitEars.info. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  2. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KBFX-CD". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  3. ^ Television & Cable Factbook 1993 Edition (PDF). 1993. p. B-12. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "FisherCommunications - News". phx.corporate-ir.net. Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2022.
  5. ^ "Sinclair acquiring Fisher Communications". bakersfieldnow.com. April 11, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  6. ^ Colman, Price (April 10, 2013). "Sinclair poised to buy Fisher stations". TVnewscheck.com. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  7. ^ "Sinclair Broadcast Group Closes On Fisher Communications Acquisition". All Access. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2013.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Minium, Harry (August 27, 2014). "ODU's opener with Hampton to be televised in 66 markets". HamptonRoads.com. The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved September 8, 2014.