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|Branding||Fox 28 (general)
Fox First at Ten (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 28 (UHF)
Virtual: 28 (PSIP)
28.2 This TV
|Affiliations||Fox (since 1986)|
(Mountain Licenses, LP)
|First air date||October 31, 1982|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
28 (UHF, 1982-2009)
Digital: 30 (UHF)
|Public license information:||Profile
KAYU-TV, channel 28, is the Fox-affiliated television station for Spokane, Washington, owned and operated by Mountain Broadcasting, LLC, a division of Northwest Broadcasting Inc., a subsidiary of Stainless Broadcasting Company. The general manager is Doug Holroyd, formerly of KCVU of Chico, California.
On cable, KAYU's signal is available in standard definition on channel 3 on Comcast in the Spokane area and on Time Warner Cable in the Coeur d'Alene area; it is also available in high definition on Comcast digital channel 103 in Spokane and Time Warner Cable digital channel 703 in Coeur d'Alene. In addition, it is also available on Cable One in Lewiston, Idaho and Northland Cable in the Moses Lake/Ephrata area. On satellite, it is available on DirecTV and Dish Network channel 28, both standard and high-definition. KAYU is also available in Canada on satellite provider Shaw Direct and Shaw Cable in much of Central and Southern Alberta and Southeastern British Columbia.
The station was founded in 1982 by Spokane native Robert Hamacher and his company, Salmon River Communications. It was Spokane's first independent station, as well as the first new commercial station to sign on in the area since KREM-TV hit the airwaves 28 years earlier. It is also the oldest non-Big Three station in the eastern part of the state. It joined Fox as a charter affiliate in 1986.
From 1993 to 1999, KAYU operated a low-powered satellite in Yakima, K68EB. When sister station KFFX-TV in the Tri-Cities signed on in 1999, the Yakima translator switched programming sources to KFFX; that station is now KCYU-LD.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|28.1||720p||16:9||KAYU-HD||Main KAYU-TV programming / Fox|
|28.2||480i||4:3||This TV||This TV|
This TV, broadcast on KAYU-DT channel 28.2, is available locally on Comcast digital channel 117.
KAYU-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 28, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 30 to former UHF channel 28.
KAYU currently broadcasts a 10 p.m. newscast produced by NBC affiliate KHQ-TV (channel 6), which airs for 35 minutes on weeknights and a half-hour on Saturdays and Sunday evenings. The station also airs a half-hour show called Washington's Most Wanted, a state-wide version of the former Fox series America's Most Wanted, featuring profiles of wanted criminals in Washington state, hosted by KCPQ weeknight anchor David Rose and produced by KCPQ.
On April 8, 1991, KAYU began broadcasting a 10 p.m. newscast, produced by CBS affiliate KREM (channel 2) under a news share agreement. Dismal ratings caused KREM to drop out of the news share agreement in 1993, upon which KHQ-TV signed a news share agreement with KAYU. The KHQ-produced newscast ceased production April 14, 1995. In 1999, KAYU produced an in-house 10 p.m. newscast that ran until 2004. ABC affiliate KXLY (channel 4) assisted in content and talent for a short time. In 2004, KAYU partnered with KHQ for the second time to produce the newscast, which was renamed Fox First at Ten.
KAYU currently features FOX programming, as well as local news from KHQ-TV, public affairs and syndicated entertainment programming including TMZ, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Kenneth Copeland, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, Family Feud, RightThisMinute, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Steve Harvey, The Simpsons, Two and a Half Men, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, and The Arsenio Hall Show.
KAYU is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:
- KWVC-LD Channel 8 Malaga 
- K08AP-D Channel 8 Pateros 
- K08CY-D Channel 8 Riverside
- K09ZA-D Channel 9 Leavenworth
- K10DK-D Channel 10 Malott
- K10DL-D Channel 10 Tonasket
- K11UN-D Channel 11 Coolin, Idaho
- K13ER-D Channel 13 Cashmere 
- K18LH-D Channel 18 Lewiston, Idaho
- K19AU-D Channel 19 Omak
- K19BY-D Channel 19 Grangeville, Idaho
- K30II-D Channel 30 Polson, Montana
- K31AH-D Channel 31 Omak
- K35BJ Channel 35 Tonasket
- K38IT Channel 38 Stemilt, etc.
- K41IW-D Channel 41.6 Polson, Montana
- K44CK Channel 44 Chelan
- K44FR-D Channel 44 Blacktail, Montana
- K46HZ-D Channel 46 Bonners Ferry, Idaho
- K48HB-D Channel 48 Juliaetta, Idaho
- K50LB-D Channel 50.6 Polson, Montana
- K51EF-D Channel 51 Coolin, Idaho
- RabbitEars TV Query for KAYU
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- CDBS Print
- "Fox News at 10 is kaput" The Spokesman-Review, April 2, 1995. Retrieved: June 12, 2012.
- KAYU TV Fox 28
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KAYU-TV
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for KAYU
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KAYU-TV