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BrandingFox 11
FoundedAugust 21, 1992
First air date
January 1, 1996 (28 years ago) (1996-01-01)
Former call signs
  • KCHZ (8/21/1992–9/4/1992)
  • KRXI (1992–2002)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 11 (VHF, 1996–2009)
  • Digital: 44 (UHF, until 2018)
Call sign meaning
Reno and XI (Roman numeral 11)
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID48360
ERP400 kW
HAAT854 m (2,802 ft)
Transmitter coordinates39°35′23″N 119°55′41″W / 39.58972°N 119.92806°W / 39.58972; -119.92806
Translator(s)see § Translators
Public license information

KRXI-TV (channel 11) is a television station in Reno, Nevada, United States, affiliated with the Fox network. It is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, which provides certain services to primary sports-formatted independent station and secondary MyNetworkTV affiliate KNSN-TV (channel 21, owned by Deerfield Media) and NBC affiliate KRNV-DT (channel 4, owned by Cunningham Broadcasting) through separate joint sales and shared services agreements (JSA/SSA). However, Sinclair effectively owns KRNV as the majority of Cunningham's stock is owned by the family of deceased group founder Julian Smith. The three stations share studios on Vassar Street in Reno; KRXI-TV's transmitter is located on Peavine Peak.


The station began operations on New Year's Day 1996, taking the Fox affiliation from KAME which was owned by a separate subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. KRXI-DT2 added RTV on January 7, 2008.[2] The station was depicted in the episode "Drive" of The X-Files as part of a police chase that took place during the show.

On July 20, 2012, one day after Cox Media Group purchased WAWS and WTEV in Jacksonville, Florida, and KOKI-TV and KMYT-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from Newport Television, Cox put KRXI-TV (along with the LMA for KAME-TV) and sister stations WTOV-TV in Steubenville, Ohio, WJAC-TV in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and KFOX-TV in El Paso, Texas (all in markets that are smaller than Tulsa), plus several radio stations in medium to small markets, on the selling block.[3] On February 25, 2013, Cox announced that it would sell the four television stations, and the LMA for KAME, to Sinclair Broadcast Group.[4] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted its approval on April 30, 2013, one day after it approved the sale of sister station, KRXI.[5] The sale was finalized on May 2, 2013.[6] Sinclair would subsequently purchase the non-license assets of a third Reno station, KRNV-DT, on November 22, 2013.[7] Sinclair could not buy KRNV-DT outright because Reno has only six full-power stations—three too few to legally permit a duopoly. With the sale of KRNV's license to Cunningham, Sinclair now controls half of those stations. The sale also created a situation in which a Fox affiliate is the nominal senior partner in a duopoly involving an NBC affiliate and a "Big Three" station.

News operation

KRXI simulcast newscasts from former sister station and current Fox owned-and-operated station KTVU in Oakland, California, until the end of July 2023. It included an hour-long prime time newscast (weeknights at 10 p.m.).[8] The newscasts were presented in high definition from KTVU's studios at Jack London Square in Downtown Oakland. During the nightly news at 10 p.m., there were local weather cut-ins provided by AccuWeather meteorologists (weeknights and weekends at 10:40 p.m.). These forecast segments, taped in advance, originate from headquarters on Science Park Road in State College, Pennsylvania.[9] Both of the weather cut-ins ended on June 17, 2014 (weeknights), and on June 20, 2014 (weekends), in favor of the local weather and news cut-ins provided by KRNV-DT.

On October 4, 2010, KRXI partnered with the Independent News Network (INN) to produce a weeknight newscast called Fox 11 News: Eleven at Eleven, with the slogan "Local News. Less Time." Initially it aired in an abbreviated format for fifteen minutes (including commercials). This was unlike traditional broadcasts seen in the time slot on Reno's big three stations. The newscast then changed to a half-hour format, in addition to altering the slogan to "Local News. Your World." The newscast was taped in advance from INN's facilities on Tremont Avenue in Davenport, Iowa. The news anchors, meteorologist, and sports anchor were provided by the centralized news operation and other personnel from INN filled-in as needed. The newscast ended on April 4, 2014, in favor of the 11 p.m. newscast on KRNV-DT.

KRXI maintained two local reporters based in Reno who contributed content to the show. This was the first time the station had ever had a news department of its own even though it was very small with a skeleton crew based out of the station's studios. Fox 11 News Eleven at Eleven was streamed live on KRXI's website and there was also on demand video of the weeknight broadcasts.

Following the sale of KRXI to Sinclair and the company's subsequent acquisition of the non-license assets of KRNV-DT, Sinclair stated its intention to end KRXI's news share agreement with KTVU in favor of locally produced newscasts.[7] However, Cox discontinued its agreement to air the morning and noon newscasts on May 14, 2014.[10] The local morning newscast was added on August 25, 2014. The local noon newscast was moved from KRNV-DT to KRXI-TV on June 1, 2015, to comply with FCC rules stipulating that a company providing more than 15% of a station's programming per week would have an "attributable interest" in the station, thus counting as ownership.

On August 1, 2023, KRXI premiered its own half-hour 10 p.m. newscast called Fox 11 News at 10; it is the only prime time newscast in Northern Nevada that airs seven nights a week.[11]

Notable former on-air staff

Technical information


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KRXI-TV[12]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
11.1 720p 16:9 KRXI-TV Fox
11.2 480i CHARGE Charge!
11.3 ANTENNA Antenna TV
11.4 REWIND Rewind TV
21.1 720p 16:9 KNSN-TV KNSN-TV (Independent/MyNetworkTV)
  Broadcast on behalf of another station

Analog-to-digital conversion

KRXI-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11, on June 12, 2009, the official date on which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 44,[13] using virtual channel 11.



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  2. ^ "RTN Announces New Affiliate in Reno". Archived from the original on November 14, 2007. Retrieved October 9, 2007.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ "Cox Puts Four TV Stations on Block After Acquiring Four From Newport – 2012-07-20 18:05:04 | Broadcasting & Cable". July 20, 2012. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  4. ^ Malone, Michael (February 25, 2013). "Sinclair to Acquire Five Cox Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  5. ^ "distasst" (PDF). Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "Sinclair Broadcast Group". May 2, 2013. Archived from the original on June 10, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "KRNV-TV Sold to Sinclair Broadcast Group". KTVN Channel 2 News. November 22, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
  8. ^ Winslow, George (April 16, 2008). "Q&A: Sterling Davis, Cox Television". Multichannel News. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2008.
  9. ^ [1] Archived April 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ McConico, Matt (May 14, 2014). "KTVU Morning & Noon Newscasts". KRXI Fox 11 News. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  11. ^ "KRXI Fox 11 launching northern Nevada's only local 10 p.m. Newscast on Tuesday". July 31, 2023. Retrieved July 31, 2023.
  12. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KRXI". Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  13. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.