KFQX
KFQXFox4.png
Channels
BrandingFox 4
Programming
Affiliations4.1: Fox
4.2: CBS
4.3: Ion Mystery
4.4: Grit
Ownership
OwnerMission Broadcasting, Inc.
OperatorNexstar Media Group
(via SSA)
KREX-TV, KGJT-CD
History
FoundedFebruary 10, 1993
First air date
June 17, 2000 (22 years ago) (2000-06-17)
Former call signs
KJWA (1993–1996)[citation needed]
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
4 (VHF, 2000–2009)
Call sign meaning
Visually-similar "Q" replacing O in Fox (affiliated network)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID31597
ERP71.5 kW
HAAT407 m (1,335 ft)
Transmitter coordinates39°3′57.5″N 108°44′47.1″W / 39.065972°N 108.746417°W / 39.065972; -108.746417Coordinates: 39°3′57.5″N 108°44′47.1″W / 39.065972°N 108.746417°W / 39.065972; -108.746417
Translator(s)See Below
Links
Public license information
Websitewww.westernslopenow.com

KFQX, virtual channel 4 (UHF digital channel 15), is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Grand Junction, Colorado, United States, and serving Colorado's Western Slope region. The station is owned by Wichita Falls, Texas–based Mission Broadcasting; Nexstar Media Group, which owns CBS affiliate KREX-TV (channel 5) and low-power, Class A MyNetworkTV affiliate KGJT-CD (channel 27, which KREX simulcasts on its third digital subchannel), operates KFQX under a shared services agreement (SSA). The stations share studios on Hillcrest Avenue in downtown Grand Junction, while KFQX's transmitter is located at the Black Ridge Electronics Site at the Colorado National Monument west of the city.

History

KFQX signed on the air on June 17, 2000. Before KFQX's sign-on, Grand Junction had been one of the few markets in the United States without an over-the-air Fox affiliate. Most cable systems in the market received the national Foxnet service or KDVR in Denver.

For its first few years, KFQX offered delayed rebroadcasts of KREX's newscasts. In 2005, the station began simulcasting news programming from former Fox owned-and-operated station now sister station KDVR. Today, the simulcasts include a three-hour weekday morning newscast (Fox 31 Morning News from 6 to 9 a.m.), a weeknight newscast at 5:30, and a nightly prime time newscast from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m Monday through Friday and 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. KFQX broadcasts local newscasts produced out of KREX-TV from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 to 9:30 p.m., for a total of five hours of local news.

On November 20, 2013, Gray Television announced it would purchase Hoak Media and Parker Broadcasting in a $335 million deal. KFQX will be sold to Excalibur Broadcasting; however, Gray will sell KREX and Excalibur will sell KFQX due to ownership limits; Gray already owns KKCO and operates Excalibur-owned KJCT.[1][2] On December 19, Gray announced that KREX and its satellites will be sold to Nexstar Broadcasting Group, while KFQX will be sold to Mission Broadcasting, for $37.5 million.[3] The sale of KREX was completed on June 13. Nexstar will provide services to KFQX, while it awaits FCC approval.[4] The sale was approved on February 27, 2017.[5] The sale was finalized on March 31.[6]

KREX-TV studio fire

Further information: KREX-TV § Studio fire

A fire knocked KREX, KFQX and KGJT-LP off the air on January 20, 2008 at approximately 8:45 a.m. local time. The station's building and 50 years worth of archives are a total loss.

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[7]
4.1 720p 16:9 KFQX-HD Main KFQX programming / Fox
4.2 480i KREY-SD Simulcast of KREX-TV / CBS
4.3 4:3 Mystery Ion Mystery
4.4 Grit Grit

Translators

City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Owner
Collbran K26MS-D 26 0.012 kW −347 m (−1,138 ft) 197986 39°14′30.9″N 107°57′54.2″W / 39.241917°N 107.965056°W / 39.241917; -107.965056 (K26MS-D) Mesa County
Hotchkiss K13ML-D 13 0.268 kW 119 m (390 ft) 70593 38°42′40.9″N 107°36′23″W / 38.711361°N 107.60639°W / 38.711361; -107.60639 (K13ML-D) Nexstar Media Group
Mesa K17NI-D 17 0.8 kW 811 m (2,661 ft) 41287 39°4′56.7″N 108°12′20.3″W / 39.082417°N 108.205639°W / 39.082417; -108.205639 (K17NI-D) Mesa County
Montrose KREY-TV 13 2.6 kW 46 m (151 ft) 70579 38°31′2″N 107°51′14″W / 38.51722°N 107.85389°W / 38.51722; -107.85389 (KREY-TV) Nexstar Media Group
Paonia K06HZ-D 6 0.064 kW −77 m (−253 ft) 70591 38°52′33.9″N 107°39′31.2″W / 38.876083°N 107.658667°W / 38.876083; -107.658667 (K06HZ-D)
Ridgway, etc. K03AY-D 3 0.022 kW 37 m (121 ft) 70581 38°11′10.9″N 107°46′32.2″W / 38.186361°N 107.775611°W / 38.186361; -107.775611 (K03AY-D)
Snowmass Village K33QL-D 33 0.01 kW −155 m (−509 ft) 70581 39°13′8.4″N 106°54′35.1″W / 39.219000°N 106.909750°W / 39.219000; -106.909750 (K33QL-D) Pitkin County Translator Department
Woody Creek K26PG-D 26 0.055 kW 103 m (338 ft) 56699 39°18′37.3″N 106°56′55″W / 39.310361°N 106.94861°W / 39.310361; -106.94861 (K26PG-D)

References

  1. ^ "Gray Buying Hoak, Prime Stations For $342.5M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  2. ^ Malone, Michael (November 20, 2013). "Gray TV/Excalibur To Acquire Hoak Media, Parker Broadcasting Stations For $335 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  3. ^ Gray Sell Grand Junction Duop To Nexstar, TVNewsCheck, 19 December 2013
  4. ^ Nexstar Completes Purchase Of Gray Stations, TVNewsCheck, Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  5. ^ Notice. CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, 27 February 2017, Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  6. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  7. ^ "RabbitEars.Info".