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|Channels||Digital: 34 (UHF)
Virtual: 34 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||34.1 Ion Television
34.3 Ion Life
|Owner||Ion Media Networks, Inc.
(Ion Media Spokane License, Inc.)
|First air date||August 1, 1999|
|Call letters' meaning||PaX TV (predecessor network to Ion Television)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
34 (UHF, 1999-2009)
|Transmitter power||104 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KGPX-TV is an Ion Television network television station in Spokane, Washington, United States, owned and operated by Ion Media Networks. It broadcasts on channel 34 (digital) from a transmitter atop Browne Mountain southeast of Spokane. The station received no separate digital channel allotment.
The station's current programming consists of the Ion national feed including religious programs, plus paid infomercials and local advertising spots. The network programing on Friday includes Qubo in the afternoon and Ion Life in the early evenings.
On April 2, 1998, the FCC granted an original construction permit to Paxson Communications (the current Ion Media Networks) for a full-service television station serving Spokane. On May 15, 1998 the FCC issued the call letters KBEU. It was the fourth television station granted such a permit on channel 34 since 1984. The previous station, low-power K34DU, reportedly signed on in 1997 and is mistakenly thought to have been the same station as KGPX.
Two months after the original construction permit was granted, the station changed its call letters June 12, 1998 to KGPX to reflect the new Pax network (the predecessor to Ion Television), of which the station was to be a part. KGPX signed on the air August 1, 1999. KGPX's license was issued on June 30, 2000.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|34.1||720p||16:9||ION||Main KGPX-TV programming / Ion Television|
KGPX-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 34, on June 12, 2009, and "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation UHF channel 34. Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997.
KGPX twice attempted to secure a companion digital allocation on channel 43 through a complex Negotiated Channel Election Arrangement with 19 other stations in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, but was denied by the FCC due to interference issues.
Other channel 34 stations in Spokane
KGPX was the fourth television station to be granted an original construction permit on channel 34 in Spokane, Washington.
- KSMW, owned by Matlock Communications, Inc., was granted an original construction permit on April 9, 1984, to expire in 18 months. Matlock Communications did not build the station in the time allotted and was denied an extension of the permit.
- KRSK, owned by Robin C. Brandt, was granted an original construction permit on September 14, 1987, to expire December 1, 1989. Brandt also filed for an extension of the permit, but it was returned, and the original permit was allowed to expire.
- K34DU, owned by Browne Mountain Television, was awarded an original construction permit on June 1, 1992, beating three competitors. They were unable to construct the station in the time allotted and were granted five extensions of the construction permit. They are reported to have actually gone on the air in 1997, but in June 1998, with KGPX having been granted a construction permit for a full-service station on channel 34, K34DU applied for and was granted displacement relief, to move to channel 42. The application was dismissed in October 1999 and the station was never licensed.