KFYF

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KFYF
KFXF 2008.jpg
Fairbanks, Alaska
United States
Branding Fox 7
KXD (on DT2)
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
Subchannels 7.1 Fox
7.2 CBS
Translators KFXF-LD 22 Fairbanks
Affiliations Fox
Owner Tanana Valley Television Company
First air date April 20, 1992; 24 years ago (1992-04-20)
Last air date January 2017 (2017-01)
Call letters' meaning Fox Fairbanks
Former callsigns K07UU (1992–1995)
KFXF (1995-2017)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
7 (VHF, 1992–2009)
Digital:
22 (UHF, until 2009)
Former affiliations Both secondary:
CBS (April–August 1996)
UPN (2000–2006)
Transmitter power 6.1 kW
Height 268 m
Facility ID 64597
Transmitter coordinates 64°55′18.9″N 147°43′3.7″W / 64.921917°N 147.717694°W / 64.921917; -147.717694
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.tvtv.com

KFYF was a television station located in Fairbanks, Alaska, United States. The station was owned by Tanana Valley Television Company. KFYF's transmitter was located at north of Fairbanks and its programming was also seen on low-power digital translator KFXF-LD on UHF channel 22.

History[edit]

Channel 7 in Fairbanks was originally assigned to KSEV in 1984; it was not known whether it would be an independent or network station. KSEV never signed on, and it wouldn't be until 1992, when founder/owner Bill St. Pierre and a group of investors formed Tanana Valley Television, that channel 7 would begin broadcasting. The group put a low-power station, K07UU, on the air April 20, 1992 as the area's first commercial station (and fifth in general after KJNP-TV in 1981) since 1955, when KTVF and KATN started; until then, they had been the only two major network stations. The station upgraded to a full-power license with the call letters KFXF on February 27, 1995. It was the only Fairbanks television station that had never changed its affiliation.

In its early years, K07UU/KFXF ran programming from Canadian music channel MuchMusic during the overnight hours, and for a time in 1993-94 carried the NBA on NBC. Until K13XD (now KXDF-CD) went on the air in August 1996, KFXF also carried a handful of CBS shows, such as 60 Minutes, The Young and the Restless and Late Show with David Letterman (as well as the championship game of the 1996 NCAA Final Four and 1996 Masters), after KTVF relinquished their longtime affiliation with the network for NBC on April 1. The station also ran UPN programs from 2000 to 2006, when that network merged with The WB to form The CW, which is shown on a digital subchannel of KATN. KFXF considered becoming a secondary affiliate to Fox's sister network MyNetworkTV, but passed on it.

In September 2010, KFXF became the first network station in Fairbanks to broadcast primetime programming in high-definition.

In July 2012, Tanana Valley Television took over the operations of NBC affiliate KTVF under a shared services agreement. KTVF retained its own studios on International Drive in Fairbanks, but some internal operations were moved to KFXF's studios. This resulted in Fairbanks' commercial stations being controlled by just two companies.

On November 8, 2016, Northern Lights Media, the subsidiary of Gray Television that operates Anchorage stations KTUU-TV and KYES-TV, announced that it would buy KFXF-LD, KXDF-CD (then known as KXDD-CD) and KTVF for $8 million in cash, pending FCC approval.[1] The sale was completed on January 13, 2017.[2][3] The full-power KFXF license was not included in the sale; on January 11, 2017, Tanana Valley Television informed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it had taken the station dark.[4] The call letters were changed to KFYF on February 9, 2017.[5]

On March 2, 2017, Tanaha Valley Television surrendered the KFYF license to the FCC,[6] which cancelled it on March 10.[7]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[8]
7.1 720p 16:9 KFYF-DT Main KFYF programming / Fox
7.2 480i K13XD-D Simulcast of KXDF-CD

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KFYF (as KFXF) shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, in January 2009. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 22 to VHF channel 7.[9][10] The station has applied to increase power to 6.1 kilowatts. K13XD, as a low-power station, was not legally required to go digital at this time.

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