|Columbia/Jefferson City, Missouri
|City of license||Columbia, Missouri|
|Branding||Fox 22 (general)
ABC 17 News (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 22 (UHF)|
|Affiliations||Fox (since 2009)|
|Owner||News-Press & Gazette Company
(NPG of Missouri, LLC)
|First air date||2004|
|Call letters' meaning||K Q "F o X"|
|Sister station(s)||KMIZ, KNPN-LD|
|Former callsigns||KZOU-LP (2004-2009)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
|Former affiliations||UPN (2004-2006)
|Transmitter power||11.8 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KQFX-LD, branded as "Fox 22", is the low-powered Fox-affiliated television station for Mid-Missouri that is licensed to Columbia. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 22 from a transmitter in off Cedron Rd near the Moniteau and Cooper County line. Owned by the St. Joseph-based News-Press & Gazette Company, the station is sister to the ABC-affiliate KMIZ. Syndicated programming on KQFX includes Two and a Half Men, The Office, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Inside Edition.
The low-power station went on air in 1990 as K11TB; it would gain Fox by 1997. In October 2003 the station moved to channel 38 (K38II) and increased its power to cover both Columbia and Jefferson City from its tower site near Ashland. During its Fox era, it used "KQFX" (then a fake callsign) as part of its brand. K38II remained on the air until June 12, 2009, when the license for sister KZOU-LP became KQFX-LD digital 22 and took the Fox programs. This was the only new television broadcast in Mid-Missouri when the "digital transition" occurred. FOX 22 now reaches the vast majority of Mid-Missouri homes with an antenna and is available on all cable and satellite systems in Mid-Missouri.
Before 14 June 2009, this license was KZOU-LP and carried UPN programs (and later MyNetworkTV as "My Zou 32"). K38II picked up the call letters shortly after KZOU became KQFX-LD. K38II became KZOU-LP on 22 June 2009 to keep the call letters. On September 3, 2010, the FCC cancelled KZOU-LP's license.
With the debut of its high definition newscasts and the market's only 6:30 p.m. newscast, KMIZ now offers four hours of local news every weekday. It also broadcasts a half-hour newscast on KQFX every night at 9:00 p.m. On September 2, 2013, KMIZ added a weekday 9:00 a.m. and noon newscast.
- FCC Call Sign History
- JW Sells KMIZ-KQFX Columbia (Mo.) to NP&G from Broadcasting & Cable (July 26, 2012)
- KMIZ Columbia Adding 9:00 a.m., Noon News TVNewsCheck, August 21, 2013.