|Decatur–Dallas–Fort Worth, Texas
|City of license||Decatur, Texas|
|Branding||Estrella TV KMPX 29|
|Channels||Digital: 30 (UHF)
Virtual: 29 (PSIP)
(Liberman Television of Dallas License, LLC)
|First air date||September 15, 1993|
|Call letters' meaning||MetroPleX|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
29 (UHF, 1993–2009)
|Former affiliations||Daystar (1993–2004)
Spanish independent (2004–2009)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
KMPX, virtual channel 29 (UHF digital channel 30), is an Estrella TV owned-and-operated television station that is licensed to Decatur, Texas, United States which also serves Dallas, Fort Worth and the surrounding metropolitan area. The station is owned by Liberman Broadcasting. KMPX maintains offices located on Gateway Drive in Irving, and its transmitter is located in Cedar Hill.
The channel 29 allocation in the Dallas-Fort Worth market was originally planned to be used to sign on KLIF-TV (which was to have stood for "Oak Cliff") in 1953; the Federal Communications Commission granted a construction permit for that station to legendary radio broadcaster Gordon McLendon. Had KLIF-TV signed on, it would have been a sister station to radio station KLIF (570 AM). The broadcast license was issued that year, but the station never went on the air; the KLIF-TV license was cancelled in 1955. Since television sets were not required to include UHF tuners until 1964, McLendon apparently had second thoughts about developing a station that might not have any viewers.
There are unconfirmed reports a station on channel 29 went on the air in 1964 from downtown Dallas as KAEI-TV, running a financial news format. However, poor reception reportedly led to that station's demise that same year, and in 1966, three applicants tried to take over channel 29 while the station remained dark.
After years of debating, KMPX signed on the air on September 15, 1993 as the flagship station of the religious broadcast network Daystar. In 2004, Daystar acquired PBS member station KDTN (channel 2) from North Texas Public Broadcasting. It was then sold to Liberman Broadcasting, and became a Spanish language independent station featuring programming distributed by the company. In 2009, KMPX became a charter owned-and-operated station of Liberman's Estrella TV network.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|29.10||Audio simulcast of KZZA|
|29.11||Audio simulcast of KYDA|
|29.12||Audio simulcast of KNOR|
|29.13||Audio simulcast of KBOC|
KMPX shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 29, 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. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 30. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 29.
- "Estrella TV Inks Affil. Deal With Sunbeam". Mediaweek. April 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-11.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KMPX
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- KMPX-TV Official website
- DFW Radio/TV History
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KMPX
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KMPX-TV