KAYU-TV

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KAYU-TV
Kayu logo.png This Spokane.png
Spokane, Washington
Branding Fox 28 (general)
Fox First at Ten (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 28 (UHF)
Virtual: 28 (PSIP)
Subchannels 28.1 Fox
28.2 This TV
Translators (see article)
Affiliations Fox (since 1986)
Owner Northwest Broadcasting
(Mountain Licenses, LP)
First air date October 31, 1982; 31 years ago (1982-10-31)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
28 (UHF, 1982-2009)
Digital: 30 (UHF)
Former affiliations independent (1982-1986)
UPN (secondary, 1995-1997)
Transmitter power

20

kW
Height 601 m
Facility ID 58684
Transmitter coordinates 47°34′44″N 117°17′46″W / 47.57889°N 117.29611°W / 47.57889; -117.29611
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.myfoxspokane.com

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.

History[edit]

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.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
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.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

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. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 30 to its analog-era UHF channel 28.[2][3]

News operation[edit]

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.[4] 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.

Programming[edit]

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 Gospel Truth with Andrew Wommack, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, Family Feud, RightThisMinute, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Steve Harvey, Bethenny (until September 2014), The Simpsons, Two and a Half Men, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, and The Arsenio Hall Show.

News team[5][edit]

Anchors

  • Kjerstin Ramsing bell - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • Kelsey Watts - weekends at 10:00 p.m.

The Weather Authority

  • Leslie Lowe - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • Dave Law - meteorologist; weekends at 10:00 p.m.

SWX Sports

  • Sam Adams - senior sports anchor; weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • Michelle Dapper - sports anchor; weekends at 10:00 p.m.
  • John Fritz - sports anchor; fill-in anchor and sports reporter

Reporters

  • Patrick Erickson- general assignment reporter
  • Dylan Wohlenhaus - North Idaho reporter

Translators[edit]

KAYU is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:

References[edit]

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