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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
|Branding||Fox 28 (general)|
Fox 28 News (newscasts)
My 28 Spokane (on DT2)
|Slogan||Everybody's Watching Fox 28|
|Channels||Digital: 28 (UHF)|
Virtual: 28 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||28.1: Fox (1986–present)|
28.2: MNTV/Antenna TV
(sale to Cox Media Group pending)
(Mountain Licenses, L.P.)
|First air date||October 31, 1982|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
28 (UHF, 1982–2009)
30 (UHF, until 2009)
|Transmitter power||445 kW |
|Height||601 m (1,972 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KAYU-TV, virtual and UHF digital channel 28, is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Spokane, Washington, United States and also serving Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The station is owned by Mountain Broadcasting, LLC, a subsidiary of Northwest Broadcasting. KAYU's studios are located on South Regal Street in Spokane, and its transmitter is on Krell Hill southeast of Spokane.
On cable and satellite, the station can be seen in high definition on Comcast Xfinity channel 103 in the Spokane area, Charter Spectrum channel 1206 in the Coeur d'Alene area and the Palouse, and channel 28 (in both standard and high definition) on Dish Network and DirecTV.
The station is also carried on cable systems in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, both of which are double the size of KAYU'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. It is one of five local Spokane area television stations seen in Canada on the Shaw Direct satellite service. It can also been seen on local cable systems in eastern British Columbia.
The station was founded in 1982 by Spokane native Robert Hamacher and his company, Salmon River Communications. It was Spokane's first independent station, as well as the first new commercial station to sign on in the area since KREM-TV (channel 2) hit the airwaves 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 in 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. The station also operated a semi-satellite in Wenatchee known as KCWT channel 27 from 1986 until 1990, that station is now defunct.
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 in 1995. KCYU and KBWU remained semi-satellites of KAYU until 1999, when sister station KFFX-TV signed on from Pendleton, Oregon and became their parent station; both stations (now KCYU-LD and KBWU-LD) continue to carry KFFX's programming to this day.
In February 2019, it was announced that Apollo Global Management would acquire Northwest Broadcasting and Cox Media Group's stations (which will continue operating under the Cox Media Group name). The sale will make KAYU a sister station to Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO-TV.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|28.1||720p||16:9||KAYU-HD||Main KAYU-TV programming / Fox|
|28.2||MyNetTV||MyNetworkTV & Antenna TV|
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-DT2 (My 28 Spokane)
KAYU-TV's 28.2 subchannel broadcasts MyNetworkTV in early primetime; the remainder of the subchannel's schedule consists of Antenna TV programming. Comcast Xfinity carries the subchannel on digital channel 117.
KAYU presently broadcasts 12 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (2½ hours on weekdays and ½ hours on weekends).
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 produced an in-house 10 p.m. newscast that ran until 2004. ABC affiliate KXLY (channel 4) assisted in content and talent for a short time. In 2004, KAYU partnered with KHQ for the second time to produce the newscast, which was renamed Fox First at Ten. 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 started aired their news on KSKN at that timeframe back in September 2014.
KAYU-TV is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:
- K05NE-D Channel 5 Polson, Montana
- KWVC-LD Channel 8 Malaga 
- K08AP-D Channel 8 Pateros 
- K08CY-D Channel 8 Riverside
- K09UP-D Channel 9 Colville
- K09ZA-D Channel 9 Leavenworth
- K10DK-D Channel 10 Malott
- K10DL-D Channel 10 Tonasket
- K11UN-D Channel 11 Coolin, Idaho
- K13ER-D Channel 13 Cashmere 
- K16KZ-D Channel 16 Quartz Creek, etc., Montana
- K18LH-D Channel 18 Lewiston, Idaho
- K19AU-D Channel 19 Omak
- K28OG-D Channel 28 Kalispell & Lakeside, Montana
- K31AH-D Channel 31 Omak
- K35BJ Channel 35 Tonasket
- K41IW-D Channel 29.6 Polson, Montana
- K44CK Channel 44 Chelan
- K46HZ-D Channel 46 Bonners Ferry, Idaho
- K46KE-D Channel 27 Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
- K48HB-D Channel 23 Juliaetta, Idaho
- K50LB-D Channel 35.6 Polson, Montana
- K51EF-D Channel 51 Coolin, Idaho
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- Smith, Craig (November 18, 1994). "Seahawk Notebook -- 54,500 Not Enough To Lift TV Blackout". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
The game will be carried on Fox network affiliates in Spokane (KAYU, Channel 28), Portland, KPDX, Channel 49) and Yakima (KCY, Channel 68).
- "Michigan investor buys KAYU TV". The Spokesman-Review. August 2, 1995. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
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- "Apollo Global Management Acquires Cox's Television Stations Plus Radio & Newspapers In Dayton". RadioInsight. February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
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- RabbitEars TV Query for KAYU
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- CDBS Print
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- RabbitEars TV Query for KAYU
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- "For the first time, 7:00-9:00 a.m. morning news in Spokane". The Changing Newscasts Blog. 2014-08-31. Retrieved 2015-01-04.