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Fargo/Grand Forks, North Dakota
United States
City of license Valley City, North Dakota
Branding KX4 (general)
Valley News Live (newscasts)

People You Know, News You Trust (news)

Your Hometown CBS Station (general)
Channels Digital: 38 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
Subchannels 4.1 CBS
Independent (future)
Affiliations CBS
Owner Parker Broadcasting
(operated under a LMA by
Gray Television, sale to Major Market Broadcasting pending)

(Parker Broadcasting of Dakota, LLC)
First air date July 12, 1954 (1954-07-12)
Call letters' meaning KX Television
(former owner)
John Boler
(station founder)
Sister station(s) KVLY-TV
Former channel number(s) Analog:
KXJB: 4 (VHF, 1954-2009)
KXJC-LP: 35 (UHF, 2001-2003)
Transmitter power 382 kW
Height 573 m
Facility ID 49134
Transmitter coordinates 47°16′45″N 97°20′26″W / 47.27917°N 97.34056°W / 47.27917; -97.34056
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.valleynewslive.com

KXJB-TV, channel 4, is the CBS affiliate for Fargo, North Dakota, serving eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Licensed to Valley City, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 38 (or virtual channel 4.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter tower near Galesburg. The station can also be seen on cable channel 4 in most areas of the market. There is a high definition signal offered on Midcontinent digital channel 604 and Cable One digital channel 460.

KXJB is owned by Parker Broadcasting in Plano, Texas and operated by Gray Television (the parent company of NBC affiliate KVLY-TV) under a local marketing agreement. The station shares its facilities with KVLY-TV at the intersection of South University Drive and I-94 in Fargo. In addition to its main studio in Fargo, KVLY and KXJB operate a news bureau and sales office in the US Bank building in downtown Grand Forks.

Syndicated programming on KXJB includes Extra, Jeopardy!, Inside Edition, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, among others.

The 2,060-foot (630 m) high KXJB-TV mast, located near Galesburg, North Dakota, was the second tallest man-made structure on Earth; at the time, only the KVLY-TV mast near Blanchard was taller. The KVLY tower is located just 6 miles (10 km) from the KXJB tower.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
4.1 1080i 16:9 KXJB-DT Main KXJB-TV programming / CBS

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KXJB-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, on February 16, 2009, the day prior to the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were set to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later rescheduled for June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 38.[2][3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 4.


KXJB-TV used this logo for most of the 1970s and into the 1980s.
When West Acres Shopping Center first opened, KXJB-TV broadcast its daytime variety programs from a studio in the mall. In 1973, Sally Hilleboe and Jim Adelson hosted "The Alley."

KXJB signed on July 1, 1954, owned by John Boler. It was co-owned with the KX Television network in western North Dakota until 1971. The station has always been a CBS affiliate, and is the only major station in Fargo that has never changed its affiliation. It was also an affiliate of the NTA Film Network. When West Acres Shopping Center opened in 1972, KXJB-TV had a studio in the mall, located roughly where the food court is today. The station broadcast its daytime local-origination programs from the mall and also its early evening newscast. The West Acres studio was closed in less than two years.

In November 2005, KXJB became the second major network affiliate in Fargo (after KVLY-TV) to broadcast in high-definition.

KXJB Logo used from 2004-present

In 2006, KXJB and KVLY were each sold to different owners: KXJB to Parker Broadcasting and KVLY-TV to Hoak Media. The LMA with KVLY (Hoak Media) will continue. Hoak's acquisition of KVLY was approved by the FCC on November 17, 2006. The sale of KXJB was approved in January 2007. As part of the agreement, KXJB televised the North Dakota state high school hockey tournaments in 2006 since KVLY, the normal broadcaster, was carrying Olympic coverage.

On November 20, 2013, Parker Broadcasting announced the sale of its stations, including KXJB-TV, to Excalibur Broadcasting. The deal was concurrent with the sale of most Hoak Media stations (including KVLY-TV) to Gray Television; Gray and Excalibur will continue the shared services agreement between KVLY and KXJB.[4] However, upon the closing of the sale on June 13 and in the wake of the FCC announcing heightened scrutiny of local marketing agreements, Excalibur dropped its plans to acquire the station.[5]

On August 27, 2014, Gray announced it had found a buyer for KXJB in Major Market Broadcasting (MMB), a minority-owned company whose operations include San Francisco Bay Area station KAXT-CD and the South Asian television network Diya TV. The sale to MMB fulfills Gray's earlier mandate to spin off ownership of KXJB and 5 other stations Gray had also been operating via service agreements (in Grand Junction, Lincoln, Monroe, Bismarck, and Minot) to what it termed "socially disadvantaged" buyers — that is, groups under minority, female, and/or non-profit ownership — who would operate the stations independently and without partnerships or operations sharing agreements with other broadcasters.[6][7] Gray has continued to provide certain services to KXJB in the interim, after which it plans to move its CBS programming to a multicast subchannel of KVLY, leaving MMB to provide its own operations and programming for KXJB.

KXJC 35 Grand Forks[edit]

KXJB-TV's tower location (along with KVLY) was intended to provide a clear signal to both the Fargo-Moorhead and Grand Forks areas. All of eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota is considered one giant television market, though some Fargo-based stations don't provide a good signal to Grand Forks.

In July 2000, Catamount Broadcasting purchased the construction permit for KXJC-LP, channel 35, from Central Plains Media (G.I.G., Inc.) KXJC signed on for the first time in November 2000 as a locally-focused CBS affiliate for Grand Forks. The station was known as "CBS 35" and was carried on Midcontinent cable channel 21 in Grand Forks. KXJB was still carried on Midcontinent cable channel 4 in Grand Forks while KXJC was on the air. ABC affiliate WDAZ-TV has been the only station airing a full schedule of news for the Grand Forks area.

Although it was considered a separate station in its own right, it was a semi-satellite of KXJB. It simulcasted most of KXJB's network and syndicated programming (although it had some shows not seen on KXJB such as The Jerry Springer Show and Jenny Jones), but produced separate weeknight newscasts and aired its own commercials and station identifications.

KXJC also had a FCC construction permit to increase power from 10,000 watts to 60,000 watts, which would have expanded the coverage area for its over-the-air signal to reach Grafton and Thief River Falls, MN.

In April 2003, KXJC went silent and its license was later cancelled. The move came several months after an agreement for NBC affiliate KVLY-TV to manage KXJB was announced.

Cable carriage[edit]

From 1968 until the mid-1980s, KXJB was carried by cable systems across neighboring Manitoba and Ontario. This included Winnipeg, which is several times larger than the station's entire American coverage area. These arrangements ended in 1986, when the Canadian cable companies were granted permission to replace most of the North Dakota stations with network affiliates from Detroit due to complaints about poor reception.

After an ice storm on April 6, 1997 caused the KXJB-TV mast to collapse, some cable systems replaced KXJB with KXMB Bismarck, KXMC Minot, KDLO Watertown, KCNC Denver, KCCO Alexandria, KCCW Walker or KDLH Duluth (depending on location) either temporarily or permanently, to maintain CBS service.[8]

2008 dispute with Cable One[edit]

On January 4, 2008 the HD (digital) signals of KXJB and KVLY were pulled from Cable One.[9] The dispute over retransmission payments lasted until November 21, 2008. KVLY and KXJB HD signals were restored on Cable One on November 21, 2008. The analog versions of the two stations remained on Cable One throughout the dispute.[10]

2009 dispute with DirecTV[edit]

In January 2009, negotiations between KXJB and DirecTV for a retransmission agreement broke down and KXJB asked DirecTV to cease carrying its programming starting at 5pm on January 8, 2009. This left approximately 25,000 DirecTV subscribers in the Fargo-Moorhead area without a CBS affiliate.[11][12] An agreement was finally reached March 19, 2009 to allow broadcasting to begin 8am March 20, 2009- just in time to air NDSU's first ever trip to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.


KXJB was one of only three CBS stations not to air the Late Show with David Letterman when it premiered, though Fox affiliate KVRR aired The Late Show until KXJB began airing it in 1994. Sioux City, Iowa affiliate KMEG also declined to alter its syndicated lineup, along with the lame duck CBS affiliate WITI in Milwaukee, which would switch to Fox a year after.[13] This led Sioux City to become known as the "home office" on The Late Show. KMEG began airing the show in 1994.[14]

KXJB has operated 24-hours a day, six days a week, since November 2007. The station signs off at 2:05 a.m. on Sundays. The station does not show a test pattern; instead, a skycam of downtown Fargo is seen along with the broadcast of NOAA Weather Radio's Fargo Office.


Main article: Valley News Live
Valley News Live logo

KXJB has struggled in newscast ratings in the past several years. It usually was third or fourth after WDAY, KVLY, and sometimes KVRR. KXJB does have a 5:00pm newscast like its competitors, and Jeopardy! has aired for many decades at 5:00, but it is the only station with a newscast at noon. Since KVLY began operating KXJB in August 2003, the evening newscast was moved from 6:00pm to 5:30pm (Central Time) and the CBS Evening News moved from 6:00pm to 5:30pm to help make KXJB more competitive. It's very rare for a network television station in the Central Time Zone to have a newscast at 5:00pm (6:00pm Eastern Time) instead of 5:30pm (6:30pm Eastern Time). The station had called itself "CBS 4" for many years, but in 2004 began calling itself "KX4," which had been its nickname for a time in the 1970s and 1980s.

In April 2007, KVLY-TV and KXJB-TV began simulcasting weekend newscasts, and in November, the stations began simulcasting news during weekdays along with rebranding as Valley News Live. KXJB uses its "4" bug, while KVLY uses the "11" bug during newscasts.


KXJB-TV serves its large coverage area with three translators. All are owned by local municipalities.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KXJB
  2. ^ Congress delays digital TV conversion, The Forum, Fargo, ND, February 5, 2009
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  4. ^ "Gray Buying Hoak, Prime Stations For $342.5M". TVNewsCheck. November 20, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ Gray closes Hoak deal; completes refinancing., rbr.com, Retrieved 13 June, 2014.
  6. ^ "Gray Sets Buyers For Its Six SSA Stations". TVNewsCheck. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Gray retains MMTC as broker for former SSA’d stations, rbr.com, Retrieved 13 June, 2014.
  8. ^ Carrington and New Rockford on the Midcontinent Cable system received KCNC and KXMC on May 15, 1997 through January 30, 1998 on Prevue Guide Listings.
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  11. ^ More than 25,000 lose KXJB signal on DirecTV as sides fail to reach agreement [3]
  12. ^ [4] We apologize for not airing this channel. Shown DirecTV online program guide.
  13. ^ Briggs, Tracey Wong (1993-08-30). "There's no stopping 'Letterman' in Fargo". USA Today. p. 3D. 
  14. ^ Hopkins, Tom (1994-08-29). "Sioux City picks up Letterman". Dayton Daily News. p. 11B.