KJTL

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KJTL
KJTLFox.png
Wichita Falls, Texas/Lawton, Oklahoma
United States
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)
Subchannels 18.1 Fox
18.2 Grit
18.3 Bounce TV
18.4 Escape
Affiliations Fox (1986–present)
Owner Mission Broadcasting
(Mission Broadcasting, Inc.)
Operator Nexstar Broadcasting Group
First air date May 14, 1985; 31 years ago (1985-05-14)[1]
Call letters' meaning named for "Janet T. Lee" early majority shareholder (not as supposed as a variable of Lubbock Fox affiliate KJTV-TV)
Sister station(s) KFDX-TV
Former channel number(s) Analog:
18 (UHF, 1985–2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1985–1986)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 263 m
Facility ID 7675
Transmitter coordinates 34°12′5″N 98°43′45″W / 34.20139°N 98.72917°W / 34.20139; -98.72917
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.texomashomepage.com

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.

History[edit]

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.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
18.1 720p 16:9 KJTL-DT Main KJTL programming / Fox
18.2 480i 4:3 BOUNCE Grit
18.3 Bounce TV
18.4 Escape

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.[3]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

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.[4] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 18.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says May 18, while the Television and Cable Factbook says May 14.
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KJTL
  3. ^ "Bounce TV, Grit, Escape, Laff Multicast Deal Covers 81 Stations, 54 Markets". Broadcasting & Cable. June 15, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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