|KNDX: Bismarck, North Dakota
KXND: Minot, North Dakota
Fox 24 (former branding)
|Channels||Digital: KNDX: 26 (UHF)
Virtual: 26 (PSIP) /
KFYR 5.2 / KQCD 7.2 (PSIP)
Digital: KXND: 24 (UHF)
Virtual: 24 (PSIP) /
KMOT 10.2 / KUMV 8.2 (PSIP)
|Translators||KNDX-LD 38 Dickinson (relays KNDX)
KXND-LP 38 Williston (relays KXND)
|Owner||Prime Cities Broadcasting, Inc.
(non-license assets owned by Gray Television, license pending sale to Legacy Broadcasting)
|First air date||KNDX: November 7, 1999
KXND: November 15, 1999
|Call letters' meaning||
KNDX: North Dakota FoX
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
26 (UHF, 1999-2009)
24 (UHF, 1999-2009)
|Former affiliations||Fox (1999-2014)
|Transmitter power||KNDX: 50 kW
KXND: 50 kW
|Height||KNDX: 300 m
KXND: 238.9 m
|Facility ID||KNDX: 82611
KNDX, channel 26, was a television station for Bismarck, North Dakota. It broadcast a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 26 (or virtual channel 26.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter near St. Anthony. Formerly owned by Prime Cities Broadcasting, the station's offices were located on East Broadway Avenue in Bismarck. The station was purchased in 2014 by Gray Television, with its broadcast license currently administered by Gray under a local marketing agreement (LMA) between Gray and Prime Cities, with Fox programming being transferred to KFYR-TV, also owned by Gray, as a digital subchannel (KFYR's 5.2).
KXND, channel 24, in Minot, North Dakota operated as a semi-satellite of KNDX for the northern portion of the Bismarck/Minot market. KXND simulcasted all network and syndicated programming from KNDX, but aired separate commercials and station identifications. This outlet broadcast a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 24 (or virtual channel 24.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter southwest of Minot. The station maintained an advertising sales office on 32nd Avenue SW in Minot. The station could also be seen on cable channel 4 in most areas and Midcontinent channel 3 in Williston. There was a high definition feed provided on Midcontinent digital channel 604 (603 in Williston) and SRT digital channel 504.
KNDX was broadcast on translator KNDX-LD (virtual channel 38.1 via PSIP) in Dickinson (previously K38HS) and KXND was broadcast on translator KXND-LP (virtual channel 38.1 via PSIP) in Williston (previously K38HA).
The two stations were formerly affiliates of Fox; in 2014, as part of Gray Television's acquisition of the NBC North Dakota chain from Hoak Media Corporation, Excalibur Broadcasting—a shell company affiliated with Gray, attempted to acquire KNDX/KXND, and have Gray operate them under shared services agreements. However, due to growing scrutiny surrounding such agreements and virtual duopoly operations, Gray instead acquired the stations' non-license assets, moved Fox programming to sub-channels of its state-wide network of NBC affiliates, and made KNDX/KXND go dark on June 13, 2014, pending their sale to a minority owned broadcaster.
Because they were granted original construction permits after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997 , the stations did not receive companion channels for digital television stations. Instead, on June 12, 2009, which was the end of the digital TV conversion period for full-service stations, KNDX and KXND were required to turn off their analog signals and turn on their digital signals (called a "flash-cut").
|26.1 / 24.1 / 38.1||16:9||720p||Main KNDX/KXND programming / Fox|
The stations signed on in 1999 bringing Fox network programming to Western North Dakota for the first time. Prior to KNDX/KXND's inception, cable television subscribers in Bismarck and Minot received now-defunct Foxnet on cable for Fox programming, while areas east of Bismarck received Fox from KJRR in Jamestown. Prior to K38HA's inception, cable television subscribers in the Williston area received Denver's KDVR on cable for Fox programming. Dickinson also received KDVR, especially as they were in Mountain Time Zone, until K38HS signed on. Rural cable subscribers south of Dickinson have received and continue to receive KEVN-TV from Rapid City for Fox programming. At the outset, KNDX and KXND also carried UPN programming during late nights; this ended when UPN shut down in 2006.
Until 2005, KNDX and KXND were known collectively as West Dakota Fox. That year, the stations changed their monikers in favor of the station identities for their area.
LMA with KBMY/KMCY
From 2002 until 2008, KNDX/KXND was in a local marketing agreement, or LMA, with KBMY and KMCY, the ABC affiliates of Bismarck and Minot respectively. The LMA between both stations allowed KBMY/KMCY to share the facilities, staff, and some equipment of KNDX/KXND.
The LMA with Forum Communications Company (the owners of KBMY/KMCY) ended in 2008, when they decided to originate programming for KBMY/KMCY remotely from their television facilities of WDAY-TV, Forum's flagship ABC station in Fargo.
On November 20, 2013, Excalibur Broadcasting announced it would purchase KNDX/KXND for $7.5 million. Gray Television also announced its purchase of Hoak Media, owners of the NBC North Dakota chain; Gray Television was to have operated KNDX/KXND under an LMA following the sale, making them sister stations to KFYR-TV. On March 25, 2014, Prime Cities requested that the FCC dismiss the sale to Excalibur; this occurred the next day. On May 1, 2014, Gray purchased KNDX/KXND's non-license assets and assumed control of the stations through a local marketing agreement. The LMA will end for the full-power KNDX and KXND licenses if Gray purchases another television station in the market, but will remain in place for repeaters KNDX-LD and KXND-LP, which Gray intends to acquire outright.
At midnight on June 13, 2014, the full power signals of KNDX & KXND went off the air, and Fox programming were moved to a DT2 subchannel of KFYR, and its satellite stations. KNDX & KXND full-power signals will then be sold off to minority interests, pending approval from the FCC, which under this arrangement would allow the station to continue operating on the conditions that it would continue to operate the station independently (under minority, female and/or non-profit ownership) and not make any partnerships or sharing arrangements with other broadcasters.
On August 27, 2014, Gray announced that it would sell KNDX/KXND to Legacy Broadcasting, a new broadcasting company controlled by Sherry Nelson and daughter Sara Jane Ingram.
Prime Cities has been involved in retransmission consent negotiations with Midcontinent Communications and Dish Network, along with DirecTV which have been described by those providers as contentious, and have resulted in removals of the channels from each of the services, including DirecTV, which does not currently carry them. The stations were removed from Midcontinent on April 8, 2012, and were kept off that system for a month until a new carriage agreement was signed on May 16.
- "Gray Buying Hoak, Prime Stations For $342.5M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- Paxson, Ann Thomas (March 25, 2014). "Re: Prime Cities Broadcasting, Inc. Request for Dismissal of Group Application for Assignment of Broadcast Station License(s)…" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
- "Application Search Details". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
- "Gray Adds North And South Dakota TVs". TVNewsCheck. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
- "KNDX/KNDX website notice of channel changes". Retrieved 12 June 2014.
- Gray retains MMTC as broker for former SSA’d stations, rbr.com, Retrieved 13 June, 2014.
- "Gray Sets Buyers For Its Six SSA Stations". TVNewsCheck. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
- Official KNDX website
- Official KXND website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KNDX
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KXND
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KNDX-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KXND-TV