|Wichita Falls, Texas/Lawton, Oklahoma
|Branding||Texoma's Fox (general)
Fox: Texoma's News at 9 (newscasts)
|Slogan||Texoma's Only Primetime News|
|Channels||Digital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 18 (PSIP)
18.2 Escape (TBD)
18.3 Grit (TBD)
(Mission Broadcasting, Inc.)
|Operator||Nexstar Broadcasting Group|
|First air date||May 14, 1985|
|Call letters' meaning||named for "Janet T. Lee" early majority shareholder (not as supposed as a variable of Lubbock Fox affiliate KJTV-TV)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
18 (UHF, 1985–2009)
|Former affiliations||independent (1985–1986)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KJTL, virtual channel 18, is the Fox affiliate located in Wichita Falls, Texas also serving Lawton, Oklahoma owned by Mission Broadcasting, and its operated by Nexstar Broadcasting Group, in a virtual duopoly with NBC affiliate KFDX channel 3. KJTL's transmitter is located near Grandfield, Oklahoma.
The station originally signed on the air on May 14, 1985 as an Independent station owned by Wichita Falls Television airing movies, sitcoms, cartoons, dramas, and westerns. It originally operated from studios located on Call Field Road in Wichita Falls. In 1986, KJTL became one of the early affiliates of the then-new Fox television network. Wichita Falls Television then sold the station to BSP Broadcasting in 1989. BSP sold both KJTL and KCIT in Amarillo to Epic Broadcasting Corporation in 1991. Epic then sold KJTL and KCIT to Wicks Broadcast Group in 1995. Wicks Broadcast Group sold the station to current owner Mission Broadcasting in 1999.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|18.1||720p||16:9||KJTL-DT||Main KJTL programming / Fox|
|18.2||480i||4:3||BOUNCE||Escape (Launch date TBD)|
|18.3||Grit (Launch date TBD)|
On June 15, 2016, Nexstar announced that it has entered into an affiliation agreement with Katz Broadcasting for the Escape, Laff, Grit, and Bounce TV networks (the last one of which is owned by Bounce Media LLC, whose COO Jonathan Katz is president/CEO of Katz Broadcasting), bringing one or more of the four networks to 81 stations owned and/or operated by Nexstar, including KJTL and KFDX-TV.
KJTL shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 18, 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 remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 15. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 18.
Syndicated programming on the station includes: The Martha Stewart Show, Rachael Ray, Judge Joe Brown, Judge Alex, Divorce Court, America's Funniest Home Videos, The Dr. Oz Show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Deal or No Deal, Everybody Loves Raymond, My Name Is Earl, The Office, Two and a Half Men, Family Guy and King of the Hill, with weekend telecasts of Cold Case, House M.D., Bones and Boston Legal.
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says May 18, while the Television and Cable Factbook says May 14.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KJTL
- "Bounce TV, Grit, Escape, Laff Multicast Deal Covers 81 Stations, 54 Markets". Broadcasting & Cable. June 15, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.