|Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colorado|
|Branding||FOX 21 (general)
FOX 21 News
SOCO CW (on DT2)
|Slogan||Southern Colorado's Nine O'Clock News Hour telling it like it is|
|Channels||Digital: 22 (UHF)
Virtual: 21 (PSIP)
21.2 The CW
|Owner||Sinclair Broadcast Group
(KXRM Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||January 22, 1985|
|Call letters' meaning||Extreme (X) Rocky Mountain|
|Former channel number(s)||21 (UHF analog, 1985–2009)|
|Former affiliations||Independent (1985–1986)
UPN (secondary, 1995–1999)
The Tube (on DT2)
RTV (on DT2, 2007–2008)
|Transmitter power||51 kW|
KXRM-TV, virtual channel 21, is the FOX-affiliated television station for Central and Southern Colorado that is licensed to Colorado Springs. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal over an antenna located atop Cheyenne Mountain. FOX21 reaches Colorado Springs on channel 21 and via Comcast Cable channel 3. The signal is also viewed on Direct TV and Dish Network on channel 21. Owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, the station is sister to the CW affiliate KXTU-LD and the two share studios on Wooten Road.
KXRM-TV first signed on the air as an independent television station on Jan. 22, 1985. Its call letters were chosen in part to reflect the region in which it operates- the last two letters stand for "Rocky Mountains."
The station tried to sign-on Christmas Eve 1984 but technical glitches prevented that from happening. It would launch January 22, 1985 as Southern Colorado's first new independent station in 31 years. It became a charter Fox affiliate on October 6, 1986.
The station was locally-owned until 2000 when it was bought by Raycom Media. After Raycom merged with The Liberty Corporation, KXRM was one of several stations that were spun off to Barrington Broadcasting.
On October 11, 2007, the station began airing programming from the Retro Television Network (RTV) on its second digital subchannel. Previously, this aired The Tube (a 24-hour music channel) until the network suspended operations October 1. On September 15, 2008, KXRM replaced RTV programming on 21.2 with a simulcast of KXTU. This served to increase KXTU's coverage area; KXTU did not go digital until 2010, and even in digital its coverage area is effectively limited to El Paso and Pueblo counties.
The station began airing a prime time newscast at 9 on March 11, 2001. KXRM established its own in-house news department. in 2006 after previously functioning as a duopoly with KKTV. KXRM-TV became one of the initial group of independent television stations to agree to affiliate in 1987. The station hosts a 4-hour morning show from 5–9 that has been recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association as one of the best morning shows in the market. Its weeknight prime time broadcast airs from 9:00 p.m. until 10:05 p.m. to produce a top-of-the-hour weather forecast at 10. There is currently no sports department.
- FOX 21 News (2001–present)
- "We Light Up Your Life" (1985–1988)
- "It's On FOX 21!" (1990–1992, local version of FOX slogan)
- "Southern Colorado's Nine O'Clock News Hour" (2000–2009)
- FOX 21 News, Telling Like It Is (2009–present)
- Joe Cole – weeknights at 9:00 p.m.; also vice president of news operations and news director
- Niki Weirich – weeknights at 6:30 and 9:00 p.m.
- Kimberly Price – weekday mornings (5:00–9:00 a.m.)
- Justin Chambers – weekday mornings (5:00–9:00 a.m.)
- Mike Hunt – weekends at 9:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Terry Gerbstadt (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) – chief meteorologist; weeknights at 6:30 and 9:00 p.m.
- Justin Chambers (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) – meteorologist/anchor; weekday mornings (5:00–9:00 a.m.)
- Jeff Womack – meteorologist; weekends at 9:00 p.m.; also general assignment reporter
Reporters and Producers
- Craig Coffey – weekday morning reporter (5:00–9:00 a.m.)
- Abbie Burke – general assignment reporter
- Sam Baranowski – general assignment reporter
- John Martin – general assignment reporter
- Shane Crigger – evening producer, executive producer (6:30 and 9:00 p.m.)
- Dago Cordova – weekday morning producer (5:00–9:00 a.m.)
- Majo Mansilla – weekday morning producer (5:00–9:00 a.m.)
- Kristyn Leon – 6:30 p.m. producer
- Three Markets Go Retro with Retro Television Network. Broadcastingcable.com. Retrieved on 2013-07-22.
- KXRM takes KXTU under its digital wing. Springstvtalk.blogspot.com (2008-09-17). Retrieved on 2013-07-22.
- Malone, Michael (February 28, 2013). "Sinclair's Chesapeake TV Acquires Barrington Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
- 2013 National Edward R. Murrow Award Winners. RTDNA. Retrieved on 2013-07-22.
- Our Team. Coloradoconnection.com. Retrieved on 2013-07-22.