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KFJX
CityPittsburg, Kansas
Channels
Branding
  • Fox 14
  • 4-States CW (DT2)
Programming
Affiliations
Ownership
Owner
OperatorMorgan Murphy Media via JSA/SSA
KOAM-TV
History
FoundedSeptember 20, 1996
First air date
October 18, 2003 (20 years ago) (2003-10-18)
Former channel number(s)
Analog: 14 (UHF, 2003–2009)
Call sign meaning
"Kansas" and mix of "Fox" and "Joplin"
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID83992
ERP45.1 kW
HAAT337 m (1,106 ft)
Transmitter coordinates37°13′15″N 94°42′26″W / 37.22083°N 94.70722°W / 37.22083; -94.70722
Translator(s)KOAM-DT 7.2 (VHF) Pittsburg, KS
Links
Public license information
Websitewww.koamnewsnow.com

KFJX (channel 14) is a television station licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas, United States, serving the Joplin, Missouri–Pittsburg, Kansas market as an affiliate of Fox and The CW Plus. It is owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting, which maintains joint sales and shared services agreements (JSA/SSA) with Morgan Murphy Media, owner of CBS affiliate KOAM-TV (channel 7, also licensed to Pittsburg), for the provision of certain services. The two stations share studios and transmitter facilities on US 69 south of Pittsburg, with a secondary studio and news bureau on South Range Line Road in Joplin.

Although KFJX broadcasts a digital signal of its own, it is simulcast in high definition on KOAM-TV's second digital subchannel from the same transmitter site due to the fact that the KFJX signal is weaker (45.1 kW vs. 98.8 kW for KOAM-TV).

History

The station signed on the air on October 18, 2003; the station was launched primarily to bring a Fox affiliate to the area, since the closest Fox affiliates were located in Kansas City (WDAF-TV), Springfield (KDEB, now MyNetworkTV affiliate KOZL-TV) and Tulsa (KOKI-TV), as well as the cable service Foxnet (which was closed in 2006), all of which were carried on most cable providers within the Joplin area. KFJX may have also been launched in response to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group KODE-TV/KSNF duopoly, which began in 2002 when KODE-TV was acquired by Mission Broadcasting through its acquisition of Quorum Broadcasting.

Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997,[2] the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station and would have originally had to make a "flash cut" turning off its analog transmitter and turning on its digital transmitter. Instead, on February 17, 2009, KFJX began broadcasting a digital signal on channel 13, which was the former digital assignment of KOAM, after receiving FCC permission to do so. KFJX continued to broadcast its analog signal on channel 14 before signing it off permanently on May 8, 2009, when a line of severe thunderstorms damaged the broadcast tower, forcing the removal of the antenna.

In June 2010, the DirecTV satellite system added Joplin locals to their channel lineup. Initially, KFJX and sister station KOAM were unable to come to an agreement with DirecTV to have the stations carried. In February 2012, KOAM and KFJX began airing on DirecTV.

KFJX is the only Joplin–Pittsburg commercial television station that never has changed its affiliation, having been a Fox affiliate since signing on.

On August 3, 2018, a 720p HD feed (branded as "The 4-States CW") of The CW's national CW Plus service was added to subchannel 14.2, succeeding cable-only "KSXF" (which was one of the many cable-only CW Plus and original WB 100+ affiliates with faux call letters) as the CW Plus affiliate for the Joplin–Pittsburg television market. However, some cable companies choose to stay with the same programming as "KSXF" (via a non-local nationwide feed of the network) and it is currently not carried on satellite.[3]

In 2024, KFJX parent company Morgan Murphy Media reached an agreement to broadcast eight Oklahoma City Thunder games. Games will air on KFJX or sister stations KOAM-TV and KFJX-DT3.[4]

Newscasts

Further information: KOAM-TV § News operation

The station airs a nightly 9 p.m. newscast, produced by KOAM, that debuted on April 5, 2004, and expanded to include a weekend edition in the fall of 2005. On June 1, 2010, the weekday edition of Fox 14 News at Nine expanded to an hour. In the spring of 2012, KFJX began airing a rebroadcast of the KOAM Morning News starting at 7 a.m. It was briefly discontinued, but was brought back on January 28, 2019, under the new brand KOAM Morning News on Fox 14.[5] On April 1, 2019, the 9 p.m. newscast was rebranded as KOAM News at Nine on Fox 14.

Subchannels

The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KFJX[6]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
14.1 720p 16:9 KFJX-HD Fox
14.2 KFJX-CW The CW Plus[7]
14.3 480i Start Start TV
14.4 Dabl Dabl

See also

References

  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KFJX". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "Final DTV Channel Plan from FCC97-115".
  3. ^ https://www.facebook.com/koamfox14/videos/10156435469961276/ [user-generated source]
  4. ^ "Thunder Friday Nights". Oklahoma City Thunder. January 9, 2024. Retrieved January 9, 2024.
  5. ^ Trailer for new newscast
  6. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KFJX". RabbitEars.info.
  7. ^ Hadsall, Joe (August 3, 2018). "CW Network now available over Joplin airwaves". The Joplin Globe. Retrieved August 6, 2018.