|Eureka Springs/Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Arkansas
|Channels||Digital: 34 (UHF)
Virtual: 34 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||34.1 MyNetworkTV/Antenna TV
Antenna TV (secondary)
(Tribune Broadcasting Fort Smith License, LLC)
|First air date||June[when?] 2000|
|Call letters' meaning||K X North West Arkansas (viewing area)|
|Former callsigns||KWBS-TV (2000-2004)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
34 (UHF, 2000-2009)
|Former affiliations||Pax TV (2000-2003)
Lick TV (2003-2004)
The WB (2004-2006)
Me-TV/RTV/Tuff TV (2009-2012)
Univision (via KXUN-LP) (DT2, until 2012)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KXNW, channel 34, is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station (with secondary affiliation with Antenna TV) for the Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Arkansas market, licensed to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. While Eureka Springs also is located in the Springfield, Missouri market, A.C. Nielsen considers this station to be part of the Fort Smith/Fayetteville market.
The station is owned by the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of the Tribune Company, as part of a duopoly with CBS affiliate KFSM-TV (channel 5); it is operated out of KFSM's facility on North 13th Street in downtown Fort Smith.
Channel 34 began operations in 2000 as KWBS-TV, which stood for WB Springfield; however, original station owner Equity Broadcasting decided to make another new station, KWBM (channel 31) the WB affiliate for Springfield, and KWBS instead affiliated with Pax (now Ion Television). KWBS dropped the Pax affiliation in 2003 in favor of the Equity-owned Lick TV network, a short-lived network that broadcast wrestling events. However, one year later the station dropped the network and finally affiliated with The WB as its northwest Arkansas affiliate; this was accompanied by a call change to KWFT.
After it was announced in January 2006 that The WB and UPN would close down to form The CW that September, KWFT changed its calls to KBBL-TV on July 6, 2006, but its Fort Smith repeater retained the KWFT-LP call sign, which it still uses to this day. The KBBL-TV call letters were almost certainly not inspired by the KBBL-TV of The Simpsons, even though both stations are located in a DMA with the same name as the Simpsons' fictional hometown. Equity likes to use former radio call letters from its hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas as TV call letters, and KBBL was once used by a Little Rock radio station.
Around the same time as the call change, KBBL-TV was announced as joining the Retro Television Network (then owned by Equity) after The WB ceased operations, but as a result of KPBI-CA (channel 46) losing its Fox affiliation to KFTA-TV (channel 24) and joining MyNetworkTV, channel 34 changed its call letters to KPBI on September 22, 2006 and began to carry KPBI-CA's programming schedule (KFDF-CA, the station that was originally scheduled to join MNTV, ended up becoming the RTV affiliate). As of October 30, 2011, KPBI has dropped RTV in favor of Me-TV programming.
After failing to find a buyer at a bankruptcy auction, KPBI was sold to Pinnacle Media in August 2009 (after having initially been included in Silver Point Finance's acquisition on June 2 of several Equity stations), with Pinnacle assuming control under a local marketing agreement on August 5. Pinnacle Media officially took ownership on November 3, 2009 and was restructured into Riverside Media in August 2010 with a change in the minority (40 percent) ownership in the company.
It was announced on August 12, 2009 that KPBI would switch to RTV, which had been dropped from KFDF in January after the network severed its ties with Equity. The area's MyNetworkTV affiliation subsequently moved to a new digital subchannel of KFSM-TV, which today airs on KXNW.
Purchase by Local TV and then by Tribune
On September 1, 2011, Local TV, the owners of CBS affiliate KFSM, filed papers with the Federal Communications Commission to purchase KPBI for $784,000 through a "failing station" waiver. This is necessary because the Fort Smith-Fayetteville DMA has only seven "unique" full-power television stations (though ABC affiliate KHOG-TV is a satellite of Fort Smith-based parent KHBS, the FCC considers the parent and its satellite together as one unit). That number of unique full-power stations is normally not enough to legally support a duopoly. The sale to Local TV was completed on January 5, 2012; on that day, the station's callsign was changed to KXNW. Immediately upon consummation, all remaining Me-TV and RTV programming was dropped in favor of a simulcast of KFSM digital subchannel 5.2, which carries MyNetworkTV programming during primetime hours on weeknights, syndicated programming during the daytime hours and at select time periods on weekend mornings and afternoons and a part-time affiliation with Antenna TV on weekdays from 1-7 a.m., Saturdays from 1-8 a.m., and 6 p.m.-6 a.m. and Sundays from 6-8 and 9-10 a.m., and 12-6 a.m. In addition, KXNW's digital subchannel 34.2 dropped Univision and began simulcasting KFSM's CBS-affiliated main channel 5.1.
On July 1, 2013, Local TV announced that its stations would be acquired by the Tribune Broadcasting. The sale was completed on December 27. With the completion of the deal, KFSM and KXNW became Tribune's smallest stations by market size (previously, the company's New Orleans duopoly of WGNO and WNOL-TV held this distinction).
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|34.1||480i||4:3||KXNW-DT||Main KXNW programming / MyNetworkTV/Antenna TV|
|34.2||KFSM-DT||Simulcast of KFSM-TV|
Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997, the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. Instead, at the end of the digital TV conversion period for full-service stations, KPBI was required to turn off its analog signal and turn on its digital signal (called a "flash-cut").
As of December 2008[update], this station was scheduled to go dark on in 2009. According to the station's DTV status report, "On December 8, 2008, the licensee's parent corporation filed a petition for bankruptcy relief under chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code... This station must obtain post-petition financing and court approval before digital facilities may be constructed. The station ceased analogue broadcasting on February 17, 2009, regardless of whether digital facilities are operational by that date. The station filed authority to remain silent if so required by the FCC."
While the DTV Delay Act extended this deadline to June 12, 2009, Equity applied for an extension of the digital construction permit in order to retain the broadcast license after the station goes dark.
On March 12, 2012, KXNW began airing a weekday morning newscast at 7 a.m. and a nightly newscast at 9 p.m. that are produced by KFSM. The latter newscast competes with the primetime newscast which airs weeknights on KFTA-TV (which does not currently air a newscast on weekends). Although KFSM upgraded its newscast productions to high definition during summer 2012, the KXNW newscasts remain in downscaled 4:3 standard definition since neither its main channel nor its simulcast on KFSM-DT2 is transmitted in HD. As of October 24, 2012, the KXNW newscasts are the only ones in the Fort Smith–Fayetteville market that are seen in neither widescreen nor high definition.
- Heather Lewis – weekday mornings; 7 a.m.
- Daren Bobb – weeknights; 9 p.m.
- Ashley Beck – weeknights; 9 p.m.
- Mitch Roberts – weekday mornings; 7 a.m.
- TBD – weekends
Max 5 Weather
- Garrett Lewis (NWA and AMS Seals of Approval) – chief meteorologist; weeknights at 9 p.m.
- Joe Pennington – meteorologist; weekday mornings at 7 a.m.
- TBD – meteorologist; weekends
- Chis Brece – sports director; weeknights at 9 p.m.
- Bobby Swafford – sports anchor; weekends, also sports reporter
- Mallory Cooke – general assignment reporter
- Jocelyn Pruna – general assignment reporter
- Allison Woods – weeknights
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- "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. August 14, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2009.
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- Company Completes Final Steps of Transaction Announced in July, Tribune Company, 27 December, 2013
- RabbitEars TV Query for KXNW
- "Final DTV Channel Plan from FCC97-115". Transmitter.com. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
- "FCC DTV status report". Fjallfoss.fcc.gov. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
- News Team, 5NewsOnline.com
- 5NewsOnline.com - Official KFSM/KXNW-TV Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KXNW
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KXNW-TV