|Channels||Digital: 29 (UHF)|
Virtual: 58 (PSIP)
|Branding||Fox 58 (general)|
Eyewitness News (newscasts)
|Affiliations||29.2:[notes 1] TBD (O&O)|
58.3: Comet (O&O)
58.4: Stadium (O&O)
|Owner||Sinclair Broadcast Group |
(Sinclair Bakersfield Licensee, LLC)
|Founded||August 23, 1989|
First air date
|November 1, 1990|
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
58 (UHF, 1989–2010)
Call sign meaning
|K Bakersfield Fox|
|HAAT||1,113.2 m (3,652 ft)|
|Translator(s)||KBAK-DT 58.2 (33.2 UHF) Bakersfield|
Public license information
KBFX-CD, virtual channel 58 (UHF digital channel 29), is a low-powered, Class A Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Bakersfield, California, United States. Owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, it is a sister station to CBS affiliate KBAK-TV (channel 29). The two stations share studios on Westwind Drive west of Downtown Bakersfield; KBFX's transmitter is located atop Breckenridge Mountain.
KBFX signed on November 1, 1990 as K58DJ, a low-powered relay translator of KMPH, Fresno's Fox affiliate. It changed its call letters to KMPH-LP in 1995. Later, the Fox network wanted to include a new separate affiliate station for the Bakersfield market; as a result, in 1998, channel 58 was relaunched as KBFX-LP. Among the features on the new station was a KBAK-produced 10 p.m. newscast, "Fox 58 News @ 10". It was so successful that KBAK's then-owner Westwind Communications bought the station in 2005 from KMPH's owners, Pappas Telecasting.
In January 2011, KBFX began airing its local news in high definition.
Fisher Communications announced on April 11, 2013 that it would be acquired by Sinclair Broadcast Group, pending Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval. The deal was completed on August 8, 2013. On October 3, 2013, Sinclair announced the completion of the sale of four stations owned by Titan TV Broadcast Group, including KMPH, which reunites KBFX as sister-stations for the first time in eight years.
KBFX is the only Bakersfield television station to never change its affiliation, having always been a Fox affiliate.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|58.1||720p||16:9||KBFX-HD||Main KBFX-CD programming / Fox|
The analog signal went off the air in August 2010. KBFX just recently launched their new digital transmitter on RF channel 29. This signal carried This TV on its subchannel, which maps to virtual channel 29-2.
- Per ATSC standards, a station on channel X must map to channel Y if another station on channel Y maps to channel X; channel 58.2 (an HD simulcast of 58.1) already exists on KBAK.
- "Digital TV Market Listing for KBFX". RabbitEars.info. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
- Television & Cable Factbook 1993 Edition (PDF). 1993. p. B-12. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
- "Sinclair acquiring Fisher Communications". bakersfieldnow.com. April 11, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
- Colman, Price (April 10, 2013). "Sinclair poised to buy Fisher stations". TVnewscheck.com. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
- "Sinclair Broadcast Group Closes On Fisher Communications Acquisition". All Access. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-10-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- RabbitEars TV Query for KBFX
- Minium, Harry (August 27, 2014). "ODU's opener with Hampton to be televised in 66 markets". HamptonRoads.com. The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
- Official website
- KBFX-CD in the FCC's TV station database
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KBFX-CD