|City of license||Longview, Texas|
|Branding||Fox 51 (general)
Fox News East Texas (news)
|Slogan||It's First, It's Fast|
|Channels||Digital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 51 (PSIP)
|Translators||KFXL-LD 29 Lufkin|
|Owner||White Knight Broadcasting
(operated by Communications Corporation of America; to be sold by Mission Broadcasting, to be operated by Nexstar Broadcasting Group thereafter)
(Warwick Communications, Inc.)
|First air date||September 9, 1984|
|Call letters' meaning||KFXK: FoX
KFXL: FoX Low Powered or FoX Lufkin
|Sister station(s)||KETK-TV, KTPN-LD|
|Former callsigns||KLMG-TV (1984-1991)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
51 (UHF, 1984-2009)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW (digital)|
|Height||361 m (digital)|
KFXK-TV is the Fox-affiliated television station serving East Texas that is licensed to Longview. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on UHF channel 31 (or virtual channel 51.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter in New London, Texas. The station can also be seen on Suddenlink channel 12 and Longview Cable Television channel 8. There is a high definition feed offered on Suddenlink digital channel 705 and Longview Cable Television digital channel 235.
Owned by White Knight Broadcasting, KFXK is sister to MyNetworkTV affiliate KTPN-LD and both are operated through a local marketing agreement by the Communications Corporation of America. That arrangement makes the two stations sister to NBC affiliate KETK-TV and all three share studios on Richmond Road (near the Texas 323 Loop) in Tyler. Because KFXK's full-power signal does not reach farther into the southern part of the market, its signal is relayed on low-powered KFXL-LD (channel 29) in Lufkin.
The station began life as CBS affiliate KLMG-TV on September 9, 1984. It made national news because the owner, Clara McLaughlin, was the first black woman to own a television station in United States history. She bought a school building near Interstate 20 in Longview and turned it into the station's studios. KLMG was intended to be part of a network of stations in East Texas entitled the East Texas Television Network. To this end, McLaughlin also held construction permits for KLNL on channel 19 in Nacogdoches, KLPH-TV on channel 42 in Paris, and KLDS on channel 20 in Denison. However, this plan did not pan out and none of the other stations ever came on the air. KLMG wound up in bankruptcy just a few years after it opened and the news department was closed.
KLMG switched its call letters to KFXK and affiliation to Fox in April 1991, leaving the market without a CBS affiliate for 13 years - until 2004 when KLSB, a satellite of NBC affiliate KETK, moved to low-power channel 53 in order for a new CBS affiliate, KYTX, to sign on. By 1998, KFXK had signed on the KFXL signal, giving the Lufkin-Nacogdoches area its first Fox affiliate.
In January 2013, both KFXK and KFXL began to operate under the same station.
On April 24, 2013, ComCorp announced the sale of its entire group (including KETK) to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group. KFXK and KTPN will be sold to Mission Broadcasting. Nexstar will continue to operate KFXK and KLPN under a shared service agreement, with sister station KETK.
|51.1||31.1||720p||16:9||KFXK-DT||Main KFXK-TV programming / Fox HD|
|51.2||31.2||480i||4:3||KLPN||Digital simulcast of KTPN-LD|
KFXK launched a full-power digital signal on UHF channel 31 on July 30, 2006, the station began testing high definition broadcasts of Fox programming on October 20, 2006, with Fox programs being broadcasting in that format full-time five days later on October 25. On February 1, 2008, Longview Cable Television added the KFXK high definition digital feed and KLPN-LP on digital cable channels 250 and 252. KFXK shut down its analog signal on UHF channel 51 on June 12, 2009.
As CBS affiliate KLMG, the station made two attempts at producing local newscasts; both were subsequently canceled. In 1998, KETK-TV began producing a weeknight 9 p.m. newscast on KFXK as the first primetime news program in the Tyler-Longview market. The newscast initially received strong ratings, garnering a 3 share in only a month and a half of its debut, however, ratings fell subsequently after its original anchors left the station. The newscast was plagued with logistical problems, when Fox Sports programming scheduled during primetime hours resulted in the delay of the newscast, causing KFXK to air the program on a tape delay to allow KETK to produce its own 10 p.m. newscast on schedule. This occasionally led to the same meteorologist being seen on both stations simultaneously, causing some viewer confusion and giving away the fact that the KFXK newscast was not always live every night. This, coupled with the declining ratings, eventually caused station management to cancel the newscast.
On January 28, 2008, KFXK teamed with KETK once again to produce another primetime newscast titled Fox News East Texas, which airs weeknights at 9 p.m. for a half-hour. KETK reportedly planned on producing a two-hour weekday morning newscast to be titled Good Day East Texas, which would have debuted at the same time, a morning newscast did not debut on the station until September 2011, when the station launched a 7-9 a.m. newscast on weekday mornings that is produced by KETK.
- Kris Betts - weeknights at 9 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Ben Hill - weekday mornings (7-9 a.m.)
Fox 51 Live Doppler SkyWatch Weather
- Scott Chesner - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 9 p.m.
- Katie Green (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings (7-9 a.m.)
- Kyle Roberts - meteorologist; weeknight fill-in
- Danny Elzner - sports director; weeknights at 9 p.m.
- Phil Kuchinsky - sports anchor; weeknight fill-in
- Casey Claiborne - video journalist
- Neeha Curtis - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Roger Gray - general assignment reporter
- Rachel Rollar - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Cody Spain - general assignment reporter
- Fox51.com - Official Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KFXK
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KFXL-LD
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KFXK-TV