KFFX-TV

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KFFX-TV
Kffx logo.png
Pendleton, Oregon/Tri-Cities, Washington
Branding Fox 11
Channels Digital: 11 (VHF)
Affiliations Fox
This TV (DT2)
Owner Northwest Broadcasting
(Mountain Licenses, LP)
First air date January 11, 1999
Call letters' meaning FoX[1]
Sister station(s) KCYU-LD
Former callsigns KAUP (construction permit only)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
11 (VHF, 1999-2009)
Digital: 8 (VHF)
Transmitter power 60 kW
Height 472 m
Facility ID 12729
Transmitter coordinates 45°44′49″N 118°2′15.6″W / 45.74694°N 118.037667°W / 45.74694; -118.037667
Website www.myfoxtricities.com

KFFX-TV, Fox 11, is a Fox affiliate serving the Tri-Cities, Washington (Richland/Pasco/Kennewick) area. Licensed to Pendleton, Oregon, and owned by Northwest Broadcasting, it also operates a satellite station in Yakima, KCYU-LD channel 41. On satellite, KFFX-TV is normally available on DirecTV although they have been in a contract dispute since August 13, 2012; Dish Network carries KCYU-LD instead. It operates from studios on Falls Avenue in Kennewick.

History[edit]

KFFX-TV signed on the air January 11, 1999. It was the first full-powered VHF station in what had previously been a "UHF island." Distinctively, it is one of two markets where Fox is on VHF, while the other major networks are on UHF; the other one is Austin, Texas (KTBC).

It was also the first station on the Tri-Cities side of the market not to be a satellite of a station in Yakima. Before KFFX-TV's sign-on, cable companies piped in KAYU-TV in Spokane, which operated KCYU as a satellite.

Translators[edit]

KFFX-TV is rebroadcast on two low-powered translators.[2][3]

Programming[edit]

KFFX-TV's 10PM newscast, Fox First at Ten, is produced by KNDO in Yakima, with KNDU in the Tri-Cities providing local stories.

KFFX-TV also offers the "Laugh Pack" line-up of back to back sitcoms between 5 and 8 PM each Monday through Friday along with many other popular shows including American Idol, Glee and Fringe.

Digital television[edit]

KFFX-TV has been digital-only since February 17, 2009,[4] when KFFX-TV's digital broadcasts moved to VHF channel 11. As the station's transmitter site typically becomes inaccessible to standard vehicles in early November, Northwest Broadcasting provided the station's broadcast engineers with snowmobiles on February 16, 2009 to complete the final post-transition installations.

On April 21, 2009, KFFX-TV added a digital subchannel which includes This TV. [5]

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