Albert Lea, Minnesota-
Mason City, Iowa
|City of license||Rochester|
|Branding||Fox 47 (general)
Fox 47 News
Me-TV 47.2 (on DT2)
|Channels||Digital: 46 (UHF)
Virtual: 47 (PSIP)
(operated through SSA
by Quincy Newspapers)
(SagamoreHill of Minnesota Licenses, LLC)
|First air date||August 1987 |
|Call letters' meaning||derived from former sister station KXLI in St. Cloud|
|Former callsigns||KXLT (1987-1989)|
|Former channel number(s)||47 (UHF analog, 1987-2009)|
|Former affiliations||Independent (1987-1998)|
|Transmitter power||220 kW|
KXLT-TV is the Fox-affiliated television station for Southeastern Minnesota and Northeastern Iowa. Licensed to Rochester, Minnesota, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 46 (virtual channel 47.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter in Grand Meadow Township, Minnesota. Owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting, KXLT is operated through a shared services agreement (SSA) by Quincy Newspapers. This makes it a sister station to NBC affiliate KTTC and the two outlets share studios, on Bandel Road Northwest in Rochester, along U.S. 52. Syndicated programming on KXLT includes Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, and 30 Rock among others.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|47.1||720p||16:9||KXLT-DT||Main KXLT programming/Fox HD|
KXLT signed-on in August 1987 as a full-time satellite of St. Cloud-based Independent KXLI. It was the market's first independent station, as well as the area's first new commercial station in 33 years. Its programming consisted mostly of low-budget syndicated fare and cartoons, though for a time it also aired Minnesota North Stars hockey. However, it found the going difficult, not in the least because KMSP-TV in Minneapolis was already available on cable.
KXLT attempted to create the Minnesota Independent Network (MIN) along with KXLI, KTMA in Minneapolis and KVRR in Fargo, North Dakota. After a significant amount of planning and initial work, the plan fell through. Unable to find additional revenue, KXLT and KXLI both went off the air in 1988, but returned in 1990 airing mostly religious programming and infomercials.
During the KXLI simulcast, KXLT operated at lower-than-licensed power due to KXLI's financial problems. KXLI and KXLT were sold to Paxson Communications in 1996 which converted both stations to an all-infomercial format under Paxson's "inTV" network. In 1997, Paxson decided to sell KXLT to raise money to launch the Pax network (today's Ion Television). Late that year, Shockley Communications purchased KXLT.
On January 19, 1998, Shockley relaunched the station as a Fox affiliate. Previously, cable systems on the Minnesota side of the market carried WFTC (and before it KMSP) from the Twin cities, while those on the Iowa side carried KDSM-TV from Des Moines. Shockley instantly invested in the station, upgrading it to full power operations and moving to new studios in November of that year. In 2001, Shockley Communications was bought by Quincy Newspapers, owner of KTTC. However, Quincy could not buy KXLT due to Federal Communications Commission rules governing duopolies.
The FCC does not allow two of the four highest-rated stations to be owned by one person. Additionally, Rochester/Austin/Mason City has only six full-power stations, not enough to legally permit a duopoly in any case. Nevertheless, Quincy took over KXLT's operations under a shared services agreement. As part of the arrangement, Quincy provides all technical support, promotions, commercial production, and master control for KXLT. Shockley would later sell the station to current owner SagamoreHill Broadcasting in 2005. It ceased broadcasting regular analog programming on channel 47 at noon on February 17, 2009  with it remaining on-air for a few more days airing "nightlight" service. KXLT's digital facility on channel 46 has been fully operational since 2004.
Through a news share agreement in place since 2001, KTTC produces a thirty minute newscast seen Sunday through Friday nights on KXLT. Known as Fox 47 News at Nine, the program originates from a secondary set at the Bandel Road Northwest studios that features a unique graphics package and news music theme.
KXLT uses most of KTTC's on-air personnel but maintains separate news anchors who can report for then NBC affiliate. At some point in 2009, CBS affiliate KIMT added the market's second prime time local news show at 9 to its MyNetworkTV-affiliated, second digital subchannel. This newscast could be seen for a half hour competing with KXLT's broadcast. Eventually, the effort would be reduced to a five minute weather cut-in featuring an updated forecast.
On March 21, 2011 a day after KTTC preformed an upgrade to high definition news production, KXLT performed the switch. With the launch to HD came an updated set of graphics (separate from the NBC station) that are similar to Quincy-owned WSJV in South Bend, Indiana. KTTC is the only station in the market to operate its own Doppler weather radar and this device is based next to the main studios in Rochester. It also maintains an Austin Bureau, within the Riverland Community College campus, on 8th Avenue Northwest.
- Mary McGuire - Sunday through Thursday news anchor; also multimedia journalist
- Nicole Goodrich - Friday news anchor; also reporter
- Randy Brock (CBM Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights
- Jonathan Kegges - Sunday meteorologist
- Pat Lund - Sports Director; weeknights
- Eric Lear - Sunday sports; also sports reporter
- Courtney Sturgeon - Austin Bureau
- Kimberly Davis - fill-in news anchor
- Chuck Sibley - Chief Photographer
- Dymanh Chhoun - photographer
- Jess Abrahamson
- Devin Bartolotta
- Robin Wolfram
- Daniel Wolfe
- Ali Killam
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says August 1, while the Television and Cable Factbook says August 10.
- TV's digital conversion begins in Rochester, Post-Bulletin, Feb 17/2009
- MyFox47.com - Official KXLT-TV Website
- m.myfox47.com KXLT-TV mobile
- MeTVRochester.com - Official Me-TV Rochester Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KXLT-TV