|City of license||San Bernardino, California|
|Channels||Digital: 38 (UHF)
Virtual: 30 (PSIP)
|Owner||Ion Media Networks, Inc.
(Ion Media Los Angeles License, Inc.)
|First air date||October 16, 1969|
|Call letters' meaning||PaXsoN|
|Former callsigns||KHOF-TV (1969-1983)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
30 (UHF, 1994-2009)
|Former affiliations||independent (1969-1983, 1985-1992, 1994-1995)
Silent (1983-1985, 1992-1994)
Pax TV (1998-2005)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
KPXN-TV is a television station licensed to San Bernardino, California, broadcasting on digital channel 38 in the Greater Los Angeles. It is now owned by ION Media Networks (previously Paxson Communications) and is the local affiliate of the Ion Television network.
KPXN signed on on January 7, 1994 as KZKI. An investor group called "Sandino Communications" built KZKI, 'Sandino' being short for the city of license of San Bernardino. Sandino sold KZKI to Paxson Communications in 1995 for $18 million dollars in cash and debt assumption. Channel 30 first went on the air as KHOF-TV in October 1969. The station was a Christian broadcast outreach of Faith Center Church in Glendale, California, of which Dr. Gene Scott was the pastor. The church already owned and operated KHOF-FM radio (now KKLA) in Los Angeles. In the 1980s KHOF came under the scrutiny of the Federal Communications Commission because of its fund raising operations. Eventually, the FCC revoked KHOF-TV's license. After losing court challenges to the FCC action, KHOF-TV left the air in May, 1983.
In order to not keep Channel 30 dark until a new permanent licensee could be selected from the many applications the FCC anticipated, they decided to allow an interim broadcaster to operate on the channel. In 1984, Angeles Broadcasting was granted an interim license and in January 1985, returned channel 30 to the air as KAGL-TV. The station continued to broadcast religious programming and later some general programming as well. Because KAGL utilized the old KHOF transmitter, still owned by Faith Center, KAGL provided Dr. Scott four hours of evening time and some daytime hours to continue the "Festival of Faith" programs he televised on KHOF.
In 1992, KAGL left the air. The FCC shut down the station so that KZKI, the new licensee, could construct a new transmitter. KZKI aired religious shows, infomercials, and some movies in the four years between that time and the launch of PAX TV (later i, now ION) in 1998.
In the late 1990s, KPXN began airing rebroadcasts of the weekday editions of "The Channel 4 News at 11PM" at 11:30pm. KPXN badged the newscast as "The Channel 4 News at 11:30 on PAX30." The 6pm news was called "The Channel 4 News at 6pm on PAX30," which aired at 7:00pm. KPXN stopped airing the newscasts in 2006.
KPXN's analog service on channel 30 was the last station transmitting from Sunset Ridge in the Mount San Antonio range. At one time, KDOC. Ch 56 (now on Mt. Wilson), KSCI, Ch 18 and KRCA, Ch 62 (both now on Mt. Harvard) used to broadcast on Sunset Ridge as well. KPXN's digital transmitter, KPXN-DT, channel 38 transmits from Mt. Harvard.
Until the expansion of the network's schedule past 1am in early 2011, the station aired one hour of Bible teaching programming nightly at 1am from the Los Angeles University Cathedral, which is taught by Dr. Scott's widow, Melissa Scott. The program was part of Ion's national schedule via a time brokering agreement.
Digital television 
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
KPXN-DT broadcasts on digital channel 38.
|347||ION WEST||DIRECTV KPXN|
Analog-to-Digital Conversion 
KPXN-TV shut down its analog signal, on June 12, 2009, as part of the DTV transition in the United States. The station remained on its pre-transition channel 38 using PSIP to display KPXN-TV's virtual channel as 30.
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