KFXP

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KFXP
Pocatello/Idaho Falls, Idaho
ChannelsDigital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 31.1 (PSIP)
AffiliationsDark
OwnerCompass Communications of Idaho, Inc.
(formerly operated by Intermountain West Communications Company; sale to Abraham Telecasting Company pending)
First air dateJuly 15, 1999 Signed off on July 1, 2013
Call letters' meaningFox Pocatello (in reference to former affiliation)
Sister station(s)KPVI-DT
Former channel number(s)Analog:
31 (UHF, 1999–2008)
Former affiliationsFox (1999–2012)
This TV (2012–2013)
Transmitter power68.5 kW
Height447 m
Facility ID78910
Transmitter coordinates42°55′15″N 112°20′44″W / 42.92083°N 112.34556°W / 42.92083; -112.34556
 
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KFXP
Pocatello/Idaho Falls, Idaho
ChannelsDigital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 31.1 (PSIP)
AffiliationsDark
OwnerCompass Communications of Idaho, Inc.
(formerly operated by Intermountain West Communications Company; sale to Abraham Telecasting Company pending)
First air dateJuly 15, 1999 Signed off on July 1, 2013
Call letters' meaningFox Pocatello (in reference to former affiliation)
Sister station(s)KPVI-DT
Former channel number(s)Analog:
31 (UHF, 1999–2008)
Former affiliationsFox (1999–2012)
This TV (2012–2013)
Transmitter power68.5 kW
Height447 m
Facility ID78910
Transmitter coordinates42°55′15″N 112°20′44″W / 42.92083°N 112.34556°W / 42.92083; -112.34556

KFXP is a television station in Southeastern Idaho and Northwestern Wyoming that is licensed to Pocatello. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 31 from a transmitter on Howard Mountain in unincorporated Bannock County east of Downtown Pocatello. The station can also be seen on Cable ONE channel 9.

Owned by Compass Communications of Idaho, Inc, KFXP was formerly sister to NBC outlet KPVI-DT through a time brokerage agreement by Intermountain West Communications Company; the two stations shared studios in Pocatello. On June 24, 2013, a still was shown announcing the station would cease operation as of the end of June 2013.

History[edit]

Former KFXP logo, used from 1999 to June 30, 2012.

KFXP signed on the air as the Fox affiliate for the Pocatello-Idaho Falls market on July 15, 1999.

KFXP discontinued its Fox affiliation on July 1, 2012 following a dispute with the network over retransmission consent; several other stations lost their Fox affiliations a year earlier for similar reasons. The station subsequently affiliated with This TV (previously shown on KPVI-DT3) effective on that date with the network airing during the morning and overnight hours, though it retained general entertainment programming during daytime and primetime hours. Twin Falls sister station KXTF also lost its affiliation and switched to This TV on the same date, with Fox programming moving to MyNetworkTV affiliate KTWT-LD as a primary affiliation.[1][2] MyNetworkTV affiliate KXPI-LD (which is repeated on KIDK-DT2) assumed the Fox affiliation and will retain MyNetworkTV as a secondary affiliation.[2]

KFXP went dark on July 1, 2013[3] following the end of its lease on its transmission tower; a new lease on the tower cannot be negotiated until the completion of an ownership change for the tower.[4] The time brokerage agreement with KPVI-DT was also terminated as of the preceding day; it had been slated to expire on July 16.[5] On January 31, 2014, Compass Communications reached a deal to sell KFXP, along with two commonly-owned low-power stations in Beaumont, Texas, to Abraham Telecasting Company.[6]

Digital television[edit]

ChannelVideoAspectProgramming
31.1720p16:9Main KFXP programming / This TV

Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997,[7] the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. On November 17, 2008, KFXP turned off its analog signal and turned on its digital signal (called a "flash-cut").

Newscasts[edit]

Shortly after sign-on, KFXP partnered with KPVI to provide a 9 p.m. newscast on Monday through Friday nights. The program was cancelled after a few years and entertainment programming returned to the timeslot. KFXP partnered with KPVI once again in 2006 to produce a late evening newscast at 9 p.m. that debuted on October 30, 2006, entitled KPVI on Fox News at 9; this newscast was also broadcast on Twin Falls sister station KXTF. In preparation for the discontinuance of its Fox affiliation and the switch to This TV, the station cancelled the 9 p.m. newscast for a second time,[8] with its last broadcast airing on June 29, 2012; it was replaced with a new weeknight 5:30 p.m. newscast produced by KPVI, that debuted in September 2012.[2] The 5:30 p.m. program was titled KPVI More, an interview and features program that aired simultaneously on KXTF. It contained no weather or sports segments.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eastern Idaho to Lose Fox Network Affiliate". KPVI News 6. May 17, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Fisher's KXPI Grabs Fox Affiliation in Idaho Falls, Broadcasting & Cable, June 15, 2012.
  3. ^ Monroy, Barbara (July 1, 2013). "FCC 398 Children's Television Programming Report". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ Proctor, Gerald R (July 10, 2013). "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Oregon Trail Broadcasting Company Character Issues [Amendment]". KPVI-DT sale application. Federal Communications Commission. November 26, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. January 31, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.transmitter.com/FCC97115/chanplan.html
  8. ^ Malone, Michael (May 22, 2012). "KTXF Staffers Moving on After Fox Split". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 

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