CityProvo, Utah
Affiliations16.1: Ion Television
16.2: Grit
16.3: Laff
16.4: Bounce TV
16.5: Defy TV
16.6: TrueReal
16.7: Newsy
FoundedApril 24, 1985
First air date
April 21, 1998 (24 years ago) (1998-04-21)
Former call signs
KZAR-TV (1985 – February 1998)
KUWB (February–April 1998)
Former channel number(s)
16 (UHF, 1998–2009)
inTV (April–August 1998)
Qubo (until 2021)
Ion Plus (until 2021)
Ion Shop (until 2021)
QVC Over the Air (until 2021)
DT6:HSN (until 2021)
Call sign meaning
Utah's Pax TV
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID57884
ERP530 kW
HAAT1,171 m (3,842 ft)
Transmitter coordinates40°39′12″N 112°12′9″W / 40.65333°N 112.20250°W / 40.65333; -112.20250Coordinates: 40°39′12″N 112°12′9″W / 40.65333°N 112.20250°W / 40.65333; -112.20250
Translator(s)See below
Public license information

KUPX-TV (channel 16) is a television station licensed to Provo, Utah, United States, broadcasting the Ion Television network to Salt Lake City and the state of Utah. It is owned and operated by the Ion Media subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company alongside Fox affiliate KSTU (channel 13). KUPX-TV's offices are located on Lawndale Drive in the southern section of Salt Lake City, and its transmitter is located on Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains, southwest of Salt Lake City.


There are two methods of accounting the station's history: by license and by "intellectual unit", which is the combination of a station's call letters, programming, network affiliation and staff. As the result of two local marketing agreements (LMAs) that began in 1998, which launched a process that culminated in a station swap in 1999, the KUPX license history differs from the intellectual unit history prior to April 21, 1998.

License history

On April 24, 1985, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted an original construction permit to build a full-power television station on UHF channel 16 to serve Provo and the Salt Lake City television market. The new station, originally owned by Morro Rock Resources, Inc., was given the call letters KZAR-TV, it was then sold to Royal Television of Utah, Inc. in October 1985. Royal Television had considerable difficulty in constructing the station, as evidenced by several applications to change transmitter location and several construction permit extensions, and even replacements of expired construction permits. In 1988, the station's callsign was deleted, then restored four months later. In July 1990, Royal Television applied to replace the construction permit that was to expire the following month. The application was not granted until February 1996, more than five years later. In September 1995, Roberts Broadcasting agreed to buy the station from Royal Broadcasting, and the deal was consummated in May 1996. In February 1996, the same day that the FCC approved the sale of the station from Royal Television to Roberts Broadcasting, Paxson Communications sent a proposal to Roberts to acquire a 50% share in the station. The proposal was unsuccessful.

On August 22, 1997, ACME Communications agreed to acquire a 49% stake in KZAR-TV, with an agreement to purchase the other 51% once the television station was on the air. Jamie Kellner, CEO and co-founder of ACME, was also co-founder and at the time, CEO of The WB, so it was naturally assumed that KZAR-TV would affiliate with that network. In February 1998, KZAR-TV changed its call letters KUWB in anticipation of the upcoming WB affiliation.

The former radio tower for KUPX (analog) atop Lake Mountain. Shared with KUTH (digital).
The former radio tower for KUPX (analog) atop Lake Mountain. Shared with KUTH (digital).

On April 20, 1998, Paxson entered into an agreement with Roberts Broadcasting and ACME Communications where each station would acquire the other's assets, but WB programming would remain on channel 30.[1] To expedite the process, the parties immediately entered into local marketing agreements, whereby the stations would swap call signs and would begin to operate each other's stations until the FCC could approve the assignments of license. The following day, the stations executed the LMAs. KUPX (channel 30) in Ogden became KUWB and KUWB (channel 16) in Provo adopted the KUPX call letters. Meanwhile, Roberts and ACME continued to own KUPX, but operated KUWB. Two days following the execution of the LMAs, KUPX applied for a license for channel 16 in Provo and the station became operational. The license was approved by the FCC on May 29, 1998. Paxson and Roberts Broadcasting/ACME filed formal assignment of license applications in May 1998 and the FCC approved the swap in March 1999. ACME Communications followed through on its agreement to acquire the remaining 51% of KUPX in November 1998 and the deal was consummated in February 1999. ACME and Paxson consummated the station swap agreement in September 1999 and took full ownership of the stations that they had already been operating under the LMAs.

Originally, KUPX was an outlet for inTV, a shopping and infomercial network owned by Paxson Communications, but on August 31, 1998, Paxson launched a family-oriented network called Pax TV, which KUPX as its owned-and-operated station for the market. Through Pax, KUPX also aired programming from The Worship Network during the overnight hours as well as infomercials and religious programs. On July 1, 2005, Paxson Communications became Ion Media Networks and Pax TV rebranded as i: Independent Television. The network again renamed itself to Ion Television on January 29, 2007.

KUPX intellectual unit history prior to the swap

The KUPX intellectual unit began September 6, 1996, when Paxson Communications agreed to acquire channel 30, then known as KOOG-TV, from Alpha & Omega Communications LLC. The station had previously been the WB affiliate in the Salt Lake City, and Paxson continued that affiliation, but also replaced Home Shopping Network programming with Paxson's infomercial network, inTV, and religious programming. KOOG-TV changed its call letters to KUPX in February 1998, and the intellectual unit moved over to channel 16 in April 1998, when ACME Communications and Roberts Broadcasting, co-owners of channel 16, and Paxson Communications, owners of channel 30, agreed to allow each other to manage their stations leading up to the station swap, which was completed in September 1999.

Sale to Scripps

On September 24, 2020, the Cincinnati-based E. W. Scripps Company announced that it would purchase Ion Media for $2.65 billion, with financing from Berkshire Hathaway. With this purchase, Scripps will divest 23 Ion-owned stations, but no announcement has been made as to which stations that Scripps will divest as part of the move. The proposed divestitures will allow the merged company to fully comply with the FCC local and national ownership regulations. Scripps has agreed to a transaction with an unnamed buyer, who has agreed to maintain Ion affiliations for the stations. Scripps chose to keep KUPX-TV, making it a sister station to Fox affiliate KSTU (channel 13).[2][3][4] The sale was completed on January 7, 2021.

Technical information


The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[5]
16.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
16.2 480i Grit Grit
16.3 Laff Laff
16.4 Bounce Bounce TV
16.5 Defy TV Defy TV
16.6 TruReal TrueReal
16.7 NEWSY Newsy

Analog-to-digital conversion

On April 3, 1997, the FCC adopted its Sixth Report and Order [1], establishing digital television service allotments [2]. In the initial allotment, the FCC assigned UHF channel 29 for KOOG-DT, the companion channel to UHF channel 30 in Ogden, later to become KUPX-DT. In the station swap, which was initiated in April 1998, the allocation for KUPX-DT was treated as part of the KUPX intellectual unit, and became the companion channel for Provo UHF channel 16, although channel 29 was still officially assigned to Ogden in the Digital Table of Allotments. Paxson Communications filed an application for KUPX-DT in July 1998. As part of a significant reallocation of DTV stations approved by the FCC in May 2000 [3], the city of license for KUPX-DT officially moved from Ogden to Provo in the DTV Table of Allotments. The FCC granted a construction permit to build KUPX-DT in March 1999 and Paxson Communications applied for a license for the DTV station in May 2002, which the FCC granted on November 7, 2002. The station's digital signal transmits from Farnsworth Peak, while the analog signal's transmissions originated from Lake Mountain until the digital transition in June 2009.

KUPX-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 16, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[6] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 29, using PSIP to display KUPX-TV's virtual channel as 16 on digital television receivers.


City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Owner
Castle Dale K28PR-D 28 0.02 kW 484 m (1,588 ft) 182893 39°10′57.9″N 110°36′27.5″W / 39.182750°N 110.607639°W / 39.182750; -110.607639 (K28PR-D) Emery County
Clear Creek K29IW-D 29 0.006 kW −75 m (−246 ft) 182423 39°38′45.1″N 111°9′17.5″W / 39.645861°N 111.154861°W / 39.645861; -111.154861 (K29IW-D) Carbon County
Delta, etc. K33KW-D 33 0.75 kW −4 m (−13 ft) 183539 39°21′11.9″N 112°21′11.7″W / 39.353306°N 112.353250°W / 39.353306; -112.353250 (K33KW-D) Millard County
Duchesne K28PH-D 28 0.012 kW −46 m (−151 ft) 167404 40°9′17.7″N 110°23′31.6″W / 40.154917°N 110.392111°W / 40.154917; -110.392111 (K28PH-D) Duchesne County
East Carbon County K19MF-D 19 0.34 kW 612 m (2,008 ft) 182268 39°45′21.8″N 110°59′28.5″W / 39.756056°N 110.991250°W / 39.756056; -110.991250 (K19MF-D) Carbon County
East Price K26OI-D 26 0.07 kW −84 m (−276 ft) 182181 39°36′37.8″N 110°48′49.5″W / 39.610500°N 110.813750°W / 39.610500; -110.813750 (K26OI-D)
Ferron K28KQ-D 28 0.02 kW −231 m (−758 ft) 182415 39°5′35.4″N 111°8′42.9″W / 39.093167°N 111.145250°W / 39.093167; -111.145250 (K28KQ-D) Emery County
Fillmore, etc. K35NX-D 35 0.15 kW 111 m (364 ft) 188078 39°2′9.8″N 112°19′33.9″W / 39.036056°N 112.326083°W / 39.036056; -112.326083 (K35NX-D) Millard County
Fountain Green K33OU-D 33 0.05 kW −163 m (−535 ft) 185660 39°32′3.1″N 111°35′12″W / 39.534194°N 111.58667°W / 39.534194; -111.58667 (K33OU-D) Sanpete County
Fremont K31LA-D 31 0.01 kW −274 m (−899 ft) 183124 38°25′57.9″N 111°37′59.5″W / 38.432750°N 111.633194°W / 38.432750; -111.633194 (K31LA-D) Wayne County
Garrison, etc. K13AAM-D 13 0.06 kW −61 m (−200 ft) 167943 39°6′15.4″N 113°57′12.3″W / 39.104278°N 113.953417°W / 39.104278; -113.953417 (K13AAM-D) Millard County
Green River K23JV-D 23 0.02 kW −18 m (−59 ft) 182173 38°58′34.9″N 110°10′58.4″W / 38.976361°N 110.182889°W / 38.976361; -110.182889 (K23JV-D) Emery County
K28PN-D 28 484 m (1,588 ft) 182141 38°10′57.9″N 110°36′27.5″W / 38.182750°N 110.607639°W / 38.182750; -110.607639 (K28PN-D)
Helper K25PM-D 25 0.07 kW −165 m (−541 ft) 182285 39°41′4.8″N 110°50′32.5″W / 39.684667°N 110.842361°W / 39.684667; -110.842361 (K25PM-D) Carbon County
Huntington K28KR-D 28 0.02 kW −135 m (−443 ft) 182488 39°20′7.3″N 110°58′49″W / 39.335361°N 110.98028°W / 39.335361; -110.98028 (K28KR-D) Emery County
Juab K18GX-D 18 0.3 kW 582 m (1,909 ft) 125581 39°29′30.4″N 111°49′40.1″W / 39.491778°N 111.827806°W / 39.491778; -111.827806 (K18GX-D) Millard County
Kanarraville, etc. K33KF-D 33 0.07 kW −23 m (−75 ft) 182613 37°29′16.1″N 113°12′19.6″W / 37.487806°N 113.205444°W / 37.487806; -113.205444 (K33KF-D) Iron County
Leamington K12QY-D 12 0.079 kW −96 m (−315 ft) 167935 39°31′55.5″N 112°18′49.4″W / 39.532083°N 112.313722°W / 39.532083; -112.313722 (K12QY-D) Millard County
K30KJ-D 30 0.14 kW 648 m (2,126 ft) 182628 39°19′23.3″N 111°46′28.5″W / 39.323139°N 111.774583°W / 39.323139; -111.774583 (K30KJ-D) Sanpete County
Mount Pleasant K18IV-D 18 0.01 kW −114 m (−374 ft) 182819 39°32′21.5″N 111°23′19.8″W / 39.539306°N 111.388833°W / 39.539306; -111.388833 (K18IV-D)
Nephi K26PK-D 26 0.05 kW 585 m (1,919 ft) 182177 39°29′30.4″N 111°49′40.1″W / 39.491778°N 111.827806°W / 39.491778; -111.827806 (K26PK-D) Juab County
Orangeville K23OH-D 23 0.34 kW 521 m (1,709 ft) 181979 39°12′35.8″N 111°8′32.6″W / 39.209944°N 111.142389°W / 39.209944; -111.142389 (K23OH-D) Emery County
K26OA-D 26 0.25 kW 234 m (768 ft) 130930 37°50′30.1″N 112°58′29.4″W / 37.841694°N 112.974833°W / 37.841694; -112.974833 (K26OA-D) Iron County
Richfield, etc. K23NU-D 23 0.165 kW 470 m (1,542 ft) 183540 38°38′4.9″N 112°3′36.8″W / 38.634694°N 112.060222°W / 38.634694; -112.060222 (K23NU-D) Sevier County
Roosevelt K25PH-D 25 0.084 kW 150 m (492 ft) 17647 40°19′26.8″N 110°9′21.5″W / 40.324111°N 110.155972°W / 40.324111; -110.155972 (K25PH-D) Duchesne County
Rural Beaver County K21KL-D 21 0.025 kW 1,219 m (3,999 ft) 182607 38°31′13.5″N 113°17′14.9″W / 38.520417°N 113.287472°W / 38.520417; -113.287472 (K21KL-D) Iron County
K04RV-D 4 0.06 kW 226 m (741 ft) 182793 38°52′37.2″N 111°52′34.2″W / 38.877000°N 111.876167°W / 38.877000; -111.876167 (K04RV-D) Sevier County
Scipio K23OD-D 23 0.05 kW 171 m (561 ft) 167927 39°12′9.1″N 112°8′37.5″W / 39.202528°N 112.143750°W / 39.202528; -112.143750 (K23OD-D) Millard County
Spring Glen K33KI-D 33 0.006 kW 528 m (1,732 ft) 182251 39°31′48.8″N 111°3′5.6″W / 39.530222°N 111.051556°W / 39.530222; -111.051556 (K33KI-D) Carbon County
Teasdale K22MV-D 22 0.072 kW 124 m (407 ft) 182792 38°16′59.7″N 111°30′38.8″W / 38.283250°N 111.510778°W / 38.283250; -111.510778 (K22MV-D) Wayne County
Utahn K15LW-D 15 0.491 kW 692 m (2,270 ft) 189761 40°21′40.6″N 110°47′33.5″W / 40.361278°N 110.792639°W / 40.361278; -110.792639 (K15LW-D) Duchesne County
Cortez, CO K16CT-D 16 2 kW 466 m (1,529 ft) 61469 37°21′53.9″N 108°8′51.2″W / 37.364972°N 108.147556°W / 37.364972; -108.147556 (K16CT-D) Southwest Colorado TV Translator Association
Malad City, ID K26OY-D 26 1 kW −78 m (−256 ft) 125037 42°4′49.7″N 112°12′31.8″W / 42.080472°N 112.208833°W / 42.080472; -112.208833 (K26OY-D) Oneida County Translator District


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