|San Luis Obispo / Santa Maria /
Santa Barbara, California
|City of license||San Luis Obispo|
|Branding||Fox 11 (general)
Central Coast News (newscasts)
|Channels||Analog: 24 (UHF)
Digital: KCOY-DT 19.2 (UHF)
Virtual: 12.2 (PSIP)
|Owner||News-Press & Gazette Company
(NPG of California, LLC)
|First air date||November 6, 1998|
|Sister station(s)||KEYT-TV, KCOY-TV,
|Former channel number(s)||KSBB-LP 17 (UHF repeater)|
|Transmitter power||2.03 kW (analog)
130 kW (KCOY-DT2 digital)
|Height||448 m (analog)
579 m (KCOY-DT2 digital)
|Facility ID||33870 (analog)
63165 (KCOY-DT2 digital)
|Public license information:||Profile
KKFX-CA is the Class A television service Fox-affiliated television station for the Central Coast of California that is licensed to San Luis Obispo. It broadcasts an analog signal on UHF channel 24 from a transmitter near Serrano and U.S. 101 in the Los Padres National Forest. Owned by News-Press & Gazette Company, it is the sister station to ABC affiliate KEYT-TV. It also operates CBS affiliate KCOY-TV (owned by Cowles Publishing Company). The two share studios on West McCoy Lane in Santa Maria. It can be seen on cable channel 11, hence the FOX 11 branding. Although KKFX continues to broadcast in analog, a standard definition digital signal can be found on the KCOY-DT2 digital sub-channel. This broadcasts from a transmitter on Tepusquet Peak in the Los Padres National Forest east of Santa Maria.
While the station does not broadcast over-the-air in high definition, an HD feed is provided directly to cable and DirecTV. KKFX-CA signed-on for the first time on November 6, 1998 as the area's Fox affiliate. KTTV in Los Angeles was the default station for the Central Coast area before KKFX signed-on. Until July 1, 2006, this station could also be seen in Santa Barbara on KSBB-LP channel 17 but was switched to a repeater of KEYT-TV. On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel Communications entered into an agreement to sell its entire television stations group to Providence Equity Partners. The sale was finalized on March 14, 2008. However, Providence Equity Partners did not keep KKFX and sister station KCOY due to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) restrictions. As a result, they were resold to the Cowles Publishing Company. On May 7, 2008, the deal between Cowles and Newport Television closed.
On September 20, 2013, News-Press & Gazette Company, owner of KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara, announced that it would purchase KKFX-CA, as well as Monterey sister stations KION-TV and KMUV-LP. NPG will also take over some of the operations of sister station KCOY, which Cowles will retain, under a shared services agreement. The sale was completed on December 13.
Man on the Couch and Central Coast Deals
Man on the Couch is a promo that consists of a man sitting on a couch and showing previews for upcoming shows on KKFX and KCOY, as well as on KION and KCBA (due to common ownership or management by Cowles). Each program preview consists either of a man commenting on the preview or saying the time slot and the branding. All four station's schedules are shown on its website, although Man on the Couch's website itself is hosted by KION.
Central Coast Deals is a marketing promo shown on KKFX, KCOY, KION, KCBA, and KMUV. The promo consists of a deal that appears to attract consumers and giving gift certificates that generally is 50 percent off the discount price of what would be the normal price of a gift certificate. It is noted that it is exclusive to those four stations.
Central Coast News This Morning, which airs weekdays from 6 to 7 on KCOY and on KKFX from 7 to 8, is by far the largest on the Central Coast. The station is the only one to have weekday morning live reporters. It has a larger on-air morning staff than counterparts in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. There is a nightly 10 o'clock newscast seen this station that uses a similar graphics package as sister station and fellow Fox affiliate KCBA. KKFX shares the Central Coast News branding with sister stations KION-TV and KCBA in Salinas. On September 21, 2009, KKFX launched the area's only weeknight 7 o'clock newscast. Note that KKFX uses additional news personnel from KCOY. See that article for a complete listing.
Previously, call sign KKFX, beginning 1981, belonged to a Seattle AM radio station at 1250 kHz which called itself "K-Fox".
- "Clear Channel Agrees to Sell Television Station Group to Providence Equity Partners" (Press release). Clear Channel Communications. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
- Deals - 10/8/2007 - Broadcasting & Cable
- Cowles Company expands into California
- "KCOY to ‘share services’ with KEYT parent company under planned station purchases". Santa Maria Times. September 23, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
-  NewsChannel 3 Owner Completes Purchase of Fox 11, KEYT, 13 December 2013, Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- KKFX's Official Website
- KCOY's Official Website
- Man on the Couch's Website
- Central Coast Deals
- KKFX-CA/KION-TV/KMUV-LP Asset Purchase Agreement
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KKFX-CA