KFJX

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KFJX
KFJX "Fox 14"
Pittsburg, Kansas/Joplin, Missouri
United States
City Pittsburg, Kansas
Branding Fox 14
Slogan The Four-States' Own Fox
Channels Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 14 (PSIP)
Translators KOAM-TV 7.2 (VHF) Pittsburg, KS
Affiliations Fox
Owner SagamoreHill Broadcasting
(SagamoreHill of Missouri Licenses, LLC)
Operator Morgan Murphy Media
First air date October 18, 2003 (14 years ago) (2003-10-18)
Call letters' meaning Kansas and mix of FoX and Joplin
Sister station(s) KOAM-TV
Former channel number(s) 14 (UHF analog, 2003–2009)
Transmitter power 5.6 kW
Height 335.8 m (1,102 ft)
Facility ID 83992
Transmitter coordinates 37°13′15″N 94°42′26″W / 37.22083°N 94.70722°W / 37.22083; -94.70722
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website fox14tv.com

KFJX, virtual channel 14 (VHF digital channel 13), is the Fox-affiliated television station for the Four State Area region of Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri in the United States, licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas and also serving Joplin, Missouri. The station is owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting; Morgan Murphy Media, which owns CBS affiliate KOAM-TV (channel 7, also licensed to Pittsburg), operates KFJX under joint sales and shared services agreements. The two stations share studio and transmitter facilities on U.S. 69 south of Pittsburg, with a secondary facility located on South Range Line Road in Joplin.

Although KFJX broadcasts a digital signal of its own, it is simulcast in high definition on KOAM's second digital subchannel from the same transmitter site. On cable, the station is carried on channel 14 on most cable systems in the market, except on Suddenlink, where it is carried on channel 6, and Mediacom, where it is carried on channel 11.[1][2]

History[edit]

The station signed on the air on October 18, 2003; the station was launched primarily to bring a Fox affiliate to the area, since the closest Fox affiliates were located in Kansas City (WDAF-TV), Springfield (KSFX-TV, now independent station KOZL-TV) and Tulsa (KOKI-TV). KFJX may have also been launched in response to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group KODE-TV/KSNF duopoly, which began in 2004.

Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997 [1], the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station and would have originally had to make a "flash cut" turning off its analog transmitter and turning on its digital transmitter. Instead on February 17, 2009, KFJX began broadcasting a digital signal on channel 13, which was the former digital assignment of KOAM, after receiving FCC permission to do so. Until the new June 12, 2009 digital conversion deadline, KFJX continued to broadcast its analog signal on channel 14 before signing it off permanently.

In June 2010, the DirecTV satellite system added Joplin locals to their channel line-up. KFJX and sister station KOAM were unable to come to an agreement with DirecTV to have stations carried.

KFJX is the only Joplin–Pittsburg commercial television station that never has changed its affiliation, having been a Fox affiliate since signing on.

Newscasts[edit]

The station airs a nightly 9 p.m. newscast, produced by KOAM, that debuted on April 5, 2004, and expanded to include a weekend edition in the fall of 2005. On June 1, 2010, the weekday edition of Fox 14 News at Nine expanded to an hour. In the spring of 2012, KFJX began airing a rebroadcast of the KOAM Morning News starting at 7:00 a.m. It was briefly discontinued but has since resumed.

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