Current KXJB (KX4) logo.

Current Fargo CW (KXJB-LD2) logo.
CityHorace, North Dakota
BrandingKX4; Valley News Live
Fargo CW (on LD2)
Affiliations30.1: CBS
30.2: CW+
30.3: Heroes & Icons
First air date
September 12, 2016 (5 years ago) (2016-09-12)
Call sign meaning
KX John Boler
(KXJB intellectual unit founder)
Technical information
Facility ID185885
ERP15 kW
HAAT64 m (210 ft)
Transmitter coordinates46°50′47″N 96°48′7″W / 46.84639°N 96.80194°W / 46.84639; -96.80194
Translator(s)K28MA-D 28.x Argusville
K30LR-D 30.x Grand Forks
KVLY-DT 11.2 (CBS)
via KVLY-DT2:
34.2 K14PH-D Baudette, MN
4.1 K30PA-D Roseau, MN
34.2 K34MC-D Williams, MN

KXJB-LD (channel 30) is a low-power television station licensed to Horace, North Dakota, United States, serving the FargoGrand Forks market as an affiliate of CBS and The CW Plus. It is owned Gray Television alongside NBC affiliate KVLY-TV (channel 11). Both stations share studios on 21st Avenue South in Fargo, where KXJB-LD's transmitter is also located.

Due to KXJB's low-power status, its over-the-air signal only covers the immediate Fargo area. Therefore, the station's main CBS channel is simulcast in 720p high-definition on KVLY's second digital subchannel to increase its over-the-air broadcasting radius; this signal can be seen on channel 11.2 from a transmitter near Blanchard. The KVLY tower also transmits KXJB's much lower powered translator K28MA-D (licensed to Argusville), carrying all of KXJB's subchannels on channel 28, serving a rural area from Valley City to Mayville. A second translator, K30LR-D in Grand Forks, carries all of the KXJB subchannels on channel 30.


KXJB intellectual unit

See also: KRDK-TV

From 1955 to 2014, the KXJB call sign and CBS affiliation operated on channel 4, under the broadcast license presently associated with KRDK-TV.

KXJB was co-owned with the KX Television network in western North Dakota from 1959 to 1971. The station never changed its network affiliation until late 2014, when Major Market Broadcasting purchased the station. CBS was also carried with Grand Forks newscasts and commercials on KXJC-LP, channel 35, as a semi-satellite of KXJB, from 2000 until the license for that station was canceled in April 2003, due to KVLY-TV taking over operations of the original KXJB.

On November 20, 2013, KXJB owner Parker Broadcasting announced the sale of its entire group to Excalibur Broadcasting. The deal was concurrent with KVLY-TV owner Hoak Media Corporation selling almost all of its stations to Gray Television; Excalibur's other stations were operated by Gray under local marketing agreements.[1][2] However, in response to heightened scrutiny by the FCC over LMAs and similar agreements, Gray announced that it would acquire the non-license assets of six stations from the Hoak/Parker deal, including KXJB, move their programming to digital subchannels of existing Gray stations in the affected markets and divest their licenses to minority-owned broadcasters who would operate them independently and not enter into any LMAs or similar agreements with Gray.[3][4] In the case of KXJB, its intellectual unit would be moved to KVLY's subcarrier.

On November 12, 2014, KVLY added a simulcast of KXJB on its second digital subchannel, displacing MeTV to the third subchannel.[5] KXJB-TV signed off the air at 12 midnight CT on December 1, 2014, CBS programming continued to be available on KVLY-DT2, hence making KVLY-DT2 the sole CBS affiliate in the area. KVLY-DT2 also retained the original "KX4" branding of the original CBS affiliate.[6] KXJB was sold to Major Market Broadcasting on December 18 of that year.[7] Channel 4 returned to the air on January 13, 2015 as KRDK-TV, now an affiliate of multiple multi-cast networks, including Cozi TV, and later MyNetworkTV, on its main subchannel, and locally operated BEK Sports, featuring local high school sports coverage in the area, on KRDK-DT2 and in primetime on the main subchannel. Most of KRDK's other eight subchannels provide programming from various classic TV and movie networks.

Current license

Gray signed on three low power TV stations in September 2016, with the KXJB call sign and translators replicating coverage in areas with strong coverage of the previous KXJB-TV (now KRDK-TV). KXJB's CBS channel, also broadcast on KVLY 11.2, carries CBS and other programs in KXJB-TV's 1080i HD format, the second subchannel carrying The CW Plus (previously on WDAY-TV 6.2 and WDAZ-TV 8.2), and the third subchannel carrying Heroes & Icons (previously on KRDK-TV).

In October 2016, KRDK-TV requested must-carry on channel 4 (the former home of KXJB prior to December 2014). The area's pay TV providers then moved "KX4" to channel 9, though this put the channel closer to the other major affiliates on those systems, as WDAY-TV is on cable channel 6, with KVRR on channel 10 and KVLY on channel 11.


Syndicated programming on KXJB-LD includes Jeopardy!, Hot Bench, and Judge Judy among others. Wheel of Fortune, which is usually paired with Jeopardy! in most markets, airs instead on NBC-affiliated sister station KVLY-TV; Fargo is one of the few markets where Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune are carried on separate stations.

News operation

Main article: KVLY-TV § Valley News Live

KXJB produces its own newscasts on weekdays at noon, 5:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m., with the CBS Evening News being carried at 6:00 p.m. instead of the normal 5:30 p.m. slot on most CBS affiliates in the Central Time Zone. The morning Valley Today, 10:00 p.m., and weekend newscasts are simulcast with KVLY. This combined news operation is known as Valley News Live.

On September 12, 2016, KXJB launched a prime time newscast on its CW-affiliated subchannel known as Valley News Live at 9. The half-hour broadcast offers direct competition to Fox affiliate KVRR's long established hour long newscast airing at the same time and WDAY-TV/WDAZ-TV's half-hour WDAY'Z Xtra News at 9 on its second and third subchannels, which was launched just weeks before Fargo CW's 9:00 p.m. newscast.

Technical information


The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[8]
30.1 1080i 16:9 KXJB-DT Main KXJB-LD programming / CBS
30.2 720p KXJB-CW Fargo CW
30.3 480i H&I TV Heroes & Icons


City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Owner
Argusville, ND K28MA-D 28.x 15 kW 559.613 m (1,836 ft) 185875 47°20′32″N 97°17′21″W / 47.34222°N 97.28917°W / 47.34222; -97.28917 (K28MA-D) Gray Television
Grand Forks, ND K30LR-D 30.x 121.31 m (398 ft) 185872 47°57′38.5″N 97°2′35.3″W / 47.960694°N 97.043139°W / 47.960694; -97.043139 (K14PH-D)
Baudette, MN K14PH-D 34.2 0.73 kW 97 m (318 ft) 36336 45°28′29.0″N 98°31′38.0″W / 45.474722°N 98.527222°W / 45.474722; -98.527222 (K14PH-D) Lake of the Woods County
Roseau, MN K30PA-D 4.1 1.17 kW 118 m (387 ft) 57686 48°51′10.0″N 95°46′14.0″W / 48.852778°N 95.770556°W / 48.852778; -95.770556 (K21NF-D) Roseau County
Williams, MN K34MC-D 34.2 0.73 kW 95 m (312 ft) 36327 48°51′49.0″N 94°58′23.0″W / 48.863611°N 94.973056°W / 48.863611; -94.973056 (K34MC-D) Lake of the Woods County

See also


  1. ^ Staff writers (August 2, 2013). "News-Press & Gazette Gets $12M For KJCT". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheckMedia. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "Gray Buying Hoak, Prime Stations For $342.5M". TVNewsCheck. November 20, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  3. ^ Marcucci, Carl (June 13, 2014). "Gray closes Hoak deal; completes refinancing". Radio & Television Business Report. Streamline RBR. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  4. ^ Staff writers (November 20, 2013). "Gray Buying Hoak, Prime Stations For $342.5M". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheckMedia. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 6, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "A look back on the last 60 years of KXJB Television". www.valleynewslive.com. Archived from the original on December 3, 2014.
  7. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 19, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  8. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KXJB-LD