First air date
|October 31, 1982|
Former channel number(s)
|HAAT||601 m (1,972 ft)|
Public license information
KAYU-TV (channel 28) is a television station in Spokane, Washington, United States, affiliated with the Fox network. Owned by Imagicomm Communications, the station has studios on South Regal Street in Spokane, and its transmitter is on Krell Hill southeast of the city.
After beating out Springfield Television for the construction permit in 1981, Spokane native Robert Hamacher, a former employee of KREM-TV and later an executive at KSTW in Tacoma, put KAYU on the air on October 31, 1982. The first program to air was an episode of Rawhide. It was Spokane's first independent station and the first new commercial station to sign on in the area since KREM-TV began broadcasting 28 years earlier. It is also the oldest non-Big Three station in the eastern part of the state. It joined Fox as a charter affiliate on October 9, 1986.
On October 1, 1989, KAYU-TV launched two low-power semi-satellites: K53CY in Yakima (known on-air as "KCY") and K66BW in the Tri-Cities (branded as "KBW"). Both stations aired most of KAYU's programming (with the exception of select programs that KAYU did not have the rights to show in those markets), though with local commercials. K53CY was replaced in 1993 by K68EB, though it continued to go by "KCY" outside of station identifications.
Hamacher's company, Salmon River Communications sold KAYU-TV, along with K68EB (which was soon renamed KCYU-LP), KBWU-LP (the former K66BW), and KMVU in Medford, Oregon, to Northwest Broadcasting, a company controlled by Brian Brady, in 1995. KCYU and KBWU remained semi-satellites of KAYU until 1999, when full-power sister station KFFX-TV signed on from Pendleton, Oregon, and became their program source.
On December 17, 2019, Apollo Global Management acquired the entirety of Brian Brady's television portfolio, as part of a larger transaction that saw it also acquire Cox Media Group. While the company was initially to be known as Terrier Media, it had been announced in June 2019 that Apollo would also acquire Cox's radio and advertising businesses, and maintain the existing Cox Media Group name for the combined company. Brady holds an unspecified minority interest in the company, which gave KAYU an in-state sister station in Seattle's CBS affiliate KIRO-TV.
On March 29, 2022, Cox Media Group announced it would sell KAYU-TV and 17 other stations to Imagicomm Communications, an affiliate of the parent company of the INSP cable channel, for $488 million; the sale was completed on August 1.
KAYU-DT2 (My 28 Spokane)
KAYU-TV's 28.2 subchannel broadcasts MyNetworkTV in early prime time; the remainder of the subchannel's schedule consists of Antenna TV programming. Comcast Xfinity carries the subchannel on digital channel 117.
Syndicated programming on KAYU-TV includes Tamron Hall, Family Feud, 25 Words or Less, Sherri, Two and a Half Men, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, Last Man Standing, The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon, among others. KAYU also carries Litton Entertainment's Go Time E/I block.
KAYU presently broadcasts 13½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 2½ hours each weekday and a half-hour each on Saturdays and Sundays).
KAYU currently broadcasts a 10 p.m. newscast produced by NBC affiliate KHQ-TV (channel 6), which airs for 35 minutes on weeknights and a half-hour on Saturdays and Sunday evenings. The station also airs a half-hour show called Washington's Most Wanted, a statewide version of the former Fox series America's Most Wanted, featuring profiles of wanted criminals in Washington state, hosted by KCPQ weeknight anchor David Rose and produced by KCPQ.
On April 8, 1991, KAYU began broadcasting a 10 p.m. newscast, produced by CBS affiliate KREM (channel 2) under a news share agreement. Lower-than-expected ratings caused KREM to drop out of the news share agreement in 1993, upon which KHQ-TV signed a news share agreement with KAYU. The KHQ-produced newscast ceased production April 14, 1995. In 1999, KAYU began producing an in-house 10 p.m. newscast, that ran until 2004; in its final two years, ABC affiliate KXLY assisted in content and talent.
In 2004, KAYU laid off its news staff and partnered with KHQ for the second time to produce the newscast, which was renamed Fox First at Ten. The reduced overhead allowed the newscast to make money in its second month on air. On January 5, 2015, KAYU became the second news station in Spokane to air their news from 7:00–9:00 a.m. called Good Day Spokane, after KREM had debuted a morning news extension on KSKN the year before.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|28.1||720p||16:9||KAYU-HD||Main KAYU-TV programming / Fox|
|28.2||MyNetTV||Antenna TV & MyNetworkTV|
KAYU-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 28, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 30 to channel 28.
KAYU-TV is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:
|City of license||Callsign||Channel||ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter coordinates||Owner|
|Bridgeport||K24LM-D||24||0.071 kW||261 m (856 ft)||10819||Chief Joseph Community Services, Inc.|
|K25NY-D||25||261 m (856 ft)||10815|
|Cashmere||K13ER-D||13||0.002 kW||−231 m (−758 ft)||69503||Upper Wenatchee TV Association, Inc.|
|Coulee City||K11WY-D||11||0.03 kW||138 m (453 ft)||198096||Coulee City|
|Leavenworth||K09ZA-D||9||0.01 kW||−126 m (−413 ft)||187541||Leavenworth Non-Profit TV Association|
|Malaga||KWVC-LD||8||0.199 kW||413 m (1,355 ft)||2500||Apple Valley TV Association, Inc.|
|K10DK-D||10||0.002 kW||188 m (617 ft)||64468||T.V. Reception Improvement District|
|Omak, etc.||K31AH-D||31||0.65 kW||763 m (2,503 ft)||58689||Imagicomm Spokane, LLC|
|K19AU-D||19||0.93 kW||724 m (2,375 ft)||58687|
|K08AP-D||8||0.003 kW||4,371 m (14,341 ft)||68511||Methow Valley Communications District|
|Riverside||K08CY-D||8||0.002 kW||−222 m (−728 ft)||64492||T.V. Reception Improvement District|
|Tonasket||K10DL-D||10||0.015 kW||20 m (66 ft)||64463|
|Bonners Ferry, ID||K17NZ-D||17||0.383 kW||863 m (2,831 ft)||6535||Boundary County TV Translator District|
|Coeur d'Alene, ID||K27NC-D||27||4 kW||464 m (1,522 ft)||168364||Imagicomm Spokane, LLC|
|Coolin, ID||K11UN-D||11||0.016 kW||71 m (233 ft)||53515||Priest Lake Translator District|
|K33QB-D||33||0.1 kW||−112 m (−367 ft)||53512|
|Juliaetta, ID||K23OT-D||23||0.178 kW||11 m (36 ft)||32922||Juliaetta Television Association|
|Lewiston, ID||K18LH-D||18||1.16 kW||280 m (919 ft)||198068||Imagicomm Spokane, LLC|
|Sandpoint, ID||K33LW-D||33||0.75 kW||862 m (2,828 ft)||189692|
|K02RJ-D||2||0.1 kW||796 m (2,612 ft)||5816||Blacktail TV Tax District|
|Polson, MT||K05NE-D||5||12 m (39 ft)||5826|
KAYU-TV is carried on cable systems in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, both of which are double the size of the station's American coverage area. One result of this is that stations in Calgary and Edmonton air American shows on Pacific Time, even though Calgary and Edmonton are both on Mountain Time. KAYU-TV is one of five local Spokane area television stations seen in Canada on the Shaw Direct satellite service. It can also be seen on local cable systems in eastern British Columbia. KAYU-TV is one of two Spokane-based stations that can be viewed in The Bahamas via cable, alongside KXLY-TV.
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