|Branding||KMPH Fox 26 (general)
KMPH News (newscasts)
|Slogan||We're your station!|
|Channels||Digital: 28 (UHF)
Virtual: 26 (PSIP)
26.2 This TV
|Owner||Sinclair Broadcast Group
(KMPH Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||October 11, 1971|
|Call letters' meaning||Mike,
|Sister station(s)||KFRE-TV, KBAK-TV, KBFX-CD|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
26 (UHF, 1971-2009)
|Former affiliations||independent (1971-1986)|
|Transmitter power||219 kW|
KMPH-TV is a television station in Fresno, California broadcasting digitally on television channel 28, and is licensed to nearby Visalia. It is the Fresno-area affiliate of the Fox Broadcasting Company. It is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group and is sister station to KFRE-TV, the Central Valley's CW affiliate. Prior to October 2009, KMPH was the flagship station of Pappas Telecasting Companies. The station's studios are co-located with KFRE on McKinley Avenue in East Fresno (several blocks from Fresno Yosemite International Airport), and the transmitter site is on Big Baldy Mountain in nearby Tulare County.
This station formerly operated KMPH-CA in Merced, California on channel 17. KMPH-TV can also be picked up in and around the Bakersfield area. However, local Fox affiliate and sister-station KBFX-CD (itself once a KMPH repeater) has more exclusive rights in the Bakersfield television market. The television station's airwaves extend northward to Mariposa, California and the southern Sierra Nevada, and sometimes can be received to the south in Kern County for those who live about north of Bakersfield.
KMPH began broadcasting on October 11, 1971 as an independent station, the first television station founded by the Pappas brothers, Mike, Pete, and Harry. The funding for KMPH came from General Manager Harry Pappas' plan of having hundreds of investors each investing a small amount of money needed to construct the station, rather than having one investor providing all the capital; as a result, the Pappas brothers had a combined ownership stake of only 30.5%, with the other 69.5% controlled by other investors. Throughout the early- to mid-1980s, KMPH was one of the top independent stations in the country. The TV station can be received 100 miles/150 km from Visalia before its move to an office in Fresno in the early 1990s.
Pappas signed an affiliation deal with Fox for KMPH and one of its two other UHF start-ups, KPTM in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1986. (The other Pappas-owned station, WHNS in Greenville, South Carolina, took the Fox affiliation from WAXA two years later.). KMPH and KSEE are the two stations in Fresno to keep the same network affiliation unaffected by the network swaps of ABC and CBS in 1985 and the network changes of The CW Television Network and My Network TV in 2006. The Fox affiliation remains on KMPH to this day.
On May 10, 2008, 13 of Pappas' stations, including KMPH, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As a result of the bankruptcy, Pappas Telecasting had until February 15, 2009 to sell these stations. On January 16, 2009, it was announced that most of these stations, including KMPH, would be sold to New World TV Group, after the sale received United States bankruptcy court approval. On April 2, 2009, 22 station employees were laid off. Eventually, the New World TV Group formed a new holding company known as the Titan TV Broadcast Group (unrelated to the similarly named smaller-market radio station owner Titan Broadcasting), which completed its purchase of most of the Pappas stations involved in the bankruptcy on October 15, 2009. TTBG announced the sale of most of its stations, including KMPH-TV, to the Sinclair Broadcast Group on June 3, 2013. The FCC approved the sale on September 19, and the sale was officially close on October 3. With the completion of the sale, KMPH reunites with Bakersfield Fox affiliate, KBFX-CD, which was a former repeater of KMPH, before being sold in 2005.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|26.1||720p||16:9||KMPH-TV||Main KMPH-TV programming / Fox|
KMPH-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 26, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 28. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 26.
In recent years KMPH has discontinued cartoons, relocating the 4Kids TV schedule to KFRE, which aired the 4Kids TV lineup on Sunday mornings until December 28, 2008. (Under that technicality, since the mid-1990s, Fox allowed its affiliates (especially the newer ones formerly owned by New World) to preempt Fox Kids programming by sending it to another local station, a practice continued through the end of the 4Kids TV block.)
KMPH airs 34.5 hours of local news each week, including the longest-running 10 p.m. newscast in the Fresno market, as well as the "Great Day" morning show which debuted October 6, 2003 featuring long-time anchor Kopi Sotiropolous and Bay Area native Anchor, Kim Stephens, also a midday newscast. In the spring[when?] of 2007, "Great Day" expanded to five hours; it now runs from 5-10 a.m. Newsreader Liz Gonzalez joined the morning newscast in 2007.
In January 2006, KMPH also produced a half-hour newscast for sister station KFRE that aired every night at 11 p.m., but due to low ratings, KMPH canceled that newscast in mid February 2007. A few months later, KFRE news anchor Allison Ruddell re-joined KMPH as the "Midday" anchor.
On September 30, 2009, KMPH became the second television station in Fresno (behind KFSN) to produce and broadcast its local newscasts in high definition, and the first to bring high definition live reporter shots. With the switch came new graphics (using elements of the FOX O&O HD Graphics) and new music. 
- The News (1978-1980)
- The TV-26 Ten O'Clock News (1987–1988)
- The Ten O'Clock News (1988–2000)
- KMPH News (2000–present)
- TV-26, Where You Belong (1977)
- TV-26, Get to Know Us (late 1970s)
- 26 News is Everywhere (late 1970s; promo used for newscasts)
- The Valley's Only Primetime News (1987–1988)
- Central California's Only Primetime Newscast (1988–1993)
- Dedicated to Keep Your Family Informed (1993–1998)
- We're your Station! (1992–present)
Current on-air staff
- Monty Torres – weeknights at 10 p.m.
- Ashley Ritchie – weeknights at 10 p.m.
- Kopi Sotiropulos – weather and news anchor; weekday mornings on Great Day (5-10) and weather anchor at 11:30 a.m.
- Kim Stephens – weekday mornings on Great Day (5-10) and weekdays at 11:30 a.m.
- Justin Wills – newsreader, weekday mornings on Great Day (5-10 a.m.); also fill-in anchor and general assignment reporter
- Rich Rodriguez – weekends at 10 p.m.; also general assignment reporter
- Liz Gonzalez - weekends at 10 p.m.; also general assignment reporter
- Kevan Ramer (AMS Seal of Approval) – chief meteorologist; weeknights at 10 p.m.
- Jim De La Vega – weather anchor; weekends at 10 p.m.
- Ralph Wood – sports director; weeknights at 10 p.m.
- Nick King - sports anchor/reporter; weekends at 10 p.m.
- Eric Rosales – general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Erika Cervantes – general assignment reporter
- Ellina Abovian - general assignment reporter
- Clayton Clark – live reporter, weekday mornings on Great Day (5-10 a.m.)
- Kristine Frazao - Sinclair Nationial Correspondent
- Sheila Gray - Sinclair Nationial Correspondent
Valley Life (weekdays at 11 a.m.)
- Alysia Sofios – host
- Anna Laurel – anchor/reporter
- Vic "The Brick" Jacobs – sportscaster (now at KLAC AM 570 in Los Angeles)
- Sean Thomas – reporter (now at Russia Today RT in Moscow)
- Lloyd Lindsay Young – weathercaster
- Rich Dixon, anchor/reporter – Now a college professor
- Nicole Garcia – weekends at 10 p.m.; also general assignment reporter
- (, 1973 Broadcasting Yearbook: The Facilities of TV)
- (cf. , Pappas Saga Turning Into Tragedy)
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- "Sinclair Buys 6 Titan Television Stations". TVNewsCheck. June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KMPH
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KMPH-TV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KMPH-CD
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KMPH-TV