|El Paso, Texas/Las Cruces, New Mexico|
|Branding||KFOX 14 (general)
KFOX 14 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Coverage you can count on|
|Channels||Digital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 14 (PSIP)
|Owner||Sinclair Broadcast Group
(KFOX Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||August 1979[specify]|
|Call letters' meaning||FOX network|
|Former callsigns||KCIK (1979-1982)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
14 (UHF, 1979-2009)
|Former affiliations||independent (1979-1986)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
KFOX-TV is a Fox affiliated television station based in El Paso, Texas. It broadcasts its digital signal on channel 14. It is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Its transmitter is located in El Paso. On cable, it is seen on channel 8.
The station debuted on the air in August 1979 as KCIK-TV, a non-profit Christian programming outlet. KCIK was El Paso's first UHF television station, and was founded by the late Pete E. Meryl Warren III, who subsequently started KJLF-TV (now KTFN) channel 65 in 1991. It was sold to new owners in 1982, and switched to commercial independent programming (while still airing some religious programming). By 1987 KCIK became a Fox network affiliate, and remains so to this day.
Pete Warren and Alex Blomerth had been involved in a church outreach using a leased cable TV channel 8. In 1979 they signed on over the air channel 14 using the studios and facilities of the cable channel. The studios were in an old church building at 3100 North Stanton Street.
The station signed on from an existing tower on a peak of the Franklin Mountains north of Comanche Peak (channel 4) and Ranger Peak (channel 9) that had been built in the early seventies for a planned expansion of channel 13 (then KELP-TV now KVIA-TV) but never used. The site was very high, in fact the highest in Texas at 6,880 feet above sea level but had no road access. A tramway was installed. KELP-TV and the unbuilt KCOS were to use the new site, as were some FM stations. TV didn't use the site. The local two way radio jobber began to use the site for radio repeaters. KCIK-TV moved to the site in 1979 using a transmitter than had been used on a channel 30 station in Puerto Rico.
The station changed its call letters to KFOX-TV in January 1994. In August 1996, Cox Broadcasting acquired KFOX-TV, and turned it into a major player in the El Paso television market. In the early 2000s, KFOX-TV became the first station in the El Paso market to transmit a digital television signal. KFOX was supposed to become an affiliate of the Retro Television Network on a digital subchannel, starting in late 2008. After a delay, for unknown reasons, KFOX launched RTN on its digital subchannel on January 15, 2009.
On July 20, 2012, one day after Cox purchased four television stations in Jacksonville, Florida and Tulsa, Oklahoma from Newport Television, Cox put KFOX-TV and sister stations in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Steubenville, Ohio and Reno, Nevada (all in markets that are smaller than Tulsa), plus several radio stations in medium to small markets, on the selling block. On February 25, 2013, Cox announced that it would sell the four television stations to Sinclair Broadcast Group. The sale was approved by the FCC on April 29, and it was finalized on May 2.
Also in April 2013, Titan TV Broadcast Group filed to sell its El Paso station, CBS affiliate KDBC-TV, to one of Sinclair's partners, Cunningham Broadcasting. However, nearly all of Cunningham Broadcasting's stock is controlled by trusts in the names of the children of the principal owners of Sinclair. As a result, Sinclair will, in effect, own a duopoly in the El Paso market. At this present time it is not yet clear whether KDBC's operations will be combined with KFOX or remain with NBC affiliate KTSM-TV (which is in the process of being sold to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group).
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|14.1||720p||16:9||KFOX-HD||Main KFOX-TV programming / Fox|
On Thursday May 21, 2009, at 6:25 a.m., 12:25 p.m. and 6:25 p.m., KFOX's analog signal was shut off for 2 minutes for a DTV test.
KFOX-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 14, at midnight on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. However, the station is participating in the analog nightlight service on its analog channel 14, informing viewers of their options and how to make the transition. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 15. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 14.
In September 1997, KFOX debuted El Paso's first prime time newscast, KFOX News at Nine. Since then the station has won nearly 300 awards for journalistic excellence, including Emmy's, Edward R. Murrow's and Katie Awards. In January 2004, KFOX launched its three-hour morning newscast, The KFOX Morning News. Additionally, on October 8, 2008, KFOX launched a 6 p.m. newscast, which moved to 5 p.m. on January 2, 2012 and expanded to one hour. In the fall of this year KFOX14 News will additionally add a newscast at Noon. The station is unusual among Fox stations as it has no sports department; Fox owned-and-operated station WOFL in Orlando, Florida and Journal Broadcast Group station WFTX-TV in Cape Coral, Florida are the only other Fox stations in the country whose news operation does not include a sports department.
- FOX News (1997–1999)
- KFOX News (1999–2008)
- KFOX 14 News (2008–present)
- Good for You! (1982–1987)
- El Paso's No. 1 Independent Station (mid-late 1980s)
- See the Difference (1997–2007)
- Coverage You Can Count On (2007–present)
- Erika Castillo - weeknights at 5 and 9 p.m.
- Shelton Dodson - weekday mornings
- Stephanie Guadian - weekday mornings KFOX Morning News (5-8 a.m.)
- John Purvis - weeknights at 5 and 9 p.m.
- Gina Benitez - weekends at 9 p.m.
KFOX Severe Weather Team
- Sandra Diaz (AMS Seal of Approval; member, NWA) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5 and 9 p.m.
- Brad Montgomery - weather anchor; weekday mornings KFOX Morning News (6-9 a.m.)
- Joshua Zuber - weather anchor; weekends at 9 p.m., also general assignment reporter
- Veronica Macias - general assignment reporter
- Samantha Manning - Las Cruces bureau reporter
- Ruben Veloz - weekday morning reporter
- Genevieve Curtis - general assignment reporter
- Malone, Michael (February 25, 2013). "Sinclair to Acquire Five Cox Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KFOX
- KFOX's Analog Signal shut off Tomorrow for DTV tests
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- KFOX14 Station Biographies
- KFOX Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KFOX
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KFOX-TV