KRXI-TV

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KRXI-TV
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Reno, Nevada
United States
BrandingFox 11 (general)
KTVU Fox 2 News (during newscast simulcasts)
ChannelsDigital: 44 (UHF)
(to move to 23 (UHF))
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
Translators17 K17CA-D Carson City
21 KRXI-TV1 Reno
29 K46HL-D Susanville, etc., CA
32 K50HJ-D Litchfield, CA
35 K35FL-D Silver Springs
Affiliations11.1 Fox
11.2 Charge!
11.3 Antenna TV
OwnerSinclair Broadcast Group
(KRXI Licensee, LLC)
FoundedAugust 21, 1992
First air dateJanuary 1, 1996 (22 years ago) (1996-01-01)
Call letters' meaningReno and XI
(Roman numeral 11)
Sister station(s)KAME-TV, KRNV-DT
Former callsignsKRXI (1996–2002)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
11 (VHF, 1996–2009)
Former affiliationsDT3:
Grit (until 2018)
Transmitter power950 kW
600 kW (CP)
Height836 m (2,743 ft)
854 m (2,802 ft) (CP)
Facility ID48360
Transmitter coordinates39°35′23″N 119°55′41″W / 39.58972°N 119.92806°W / 39.58972; -119.92806
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile
CDBS
Websitefoxreno.com

KRXI-TV is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Reno, Nevada, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 44 (or virtual channel 11 via PSIP) from a transmitter facility on Peavine Peak. The station can also be seen on Charter Spectrum channel 11 and in high definition on digital channel 781.

KRXI is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, which also operates primary sports-formatted independent station and secondary MyNetworkTV affiliate KAME-TV (channel 21, owned by Deerfield Media) and NBC affiliate KRNV-DT (channel 4, owned by Cunningham Broadcasting) through separate joint sales and shared services agreements. However, Sinclair effectively owns KRNV as the majority of Cunningham's stock is owned by the family of deceased group founder Julian Smith. KRXI and KAME share studios on Brookside Court in Reno on the eastern side of the Reno–Tahoe International Airport, while KRNV maintains separate facilities on Vassar Street in Reno.

History[edit]

The station began operations on New Year's Day 1996, taking the Fox affiliation from KAME which was owned by a separate subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. KRXI-DT2 added RTV on January 7, 2008.[1] The station was depicted in the episode "Drive" of The X-Files as part of a police chase that took place during the show.

On July 20, 2012, one day after Cox Media Group purchased four television stations in Jacksonville, Florida and Tulsa, Oklahoma from Newport Television, Cox put KRXI-TV (along with the LMA for KAME-TV) and sister stations in Steubenville, Ohio, Johnstown, Pennsylvania and El Paso, Texas (all in markets that are smaller than Tulsa), plus several radio stations in medium to small markets, on the selling block.[2] On February 25, 2013, Cox announced that it would sell the four television stations and the LMA for KAME to Sinclair Broadcast Group.[3] The sale was approved by the FCC on April 29, 2013.[4] The sale was finalized on May 2, 2013.[5] Sinclair would subsequently purchase the non-license assets of a third Reno station, KRNV-DT, on November 22, 2013.[6] Sinclair could not buy KRNV-DT outright because Reno has only six full-power stations—three too few to legally permit a duopoly. With the sale of KRNV's license to Cunningham, Sinclair now controls half of those stations. The sale also created a situation in which a Fox affiliate is the nominal senior partner in a duopoly involving an NBC affiliate and a "Big Three" station.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channels Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
11.1 720p 16:9 KRXI-HD Main KRXI-TV programming / Fox
11.2 480i 4:3 RTV Charge!
11.3 Antenna TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KRXI-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 44.[8] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 11.

Programming[edit]

In addition to the Fox network schedule, syndicated programs featured on KRXI-TV include Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly, TMZ on TV, and The Real among others.

News operation[edit]

KRXI simulcasts newscasts from former sister station and current Fox owned-and-operated station KTVU in Oakland, California. It includes an hour-long prime time news (weeknights at 10:00 p.m.).[9] All newscasts are presented in high definition from KTVU's studios at Jack London Square in Downtown Oakland. During the nightly news at 10:00 p.m., there were local weather cut-ins provided by AccuWeather meteorologists (weeknights at 10:40 p.m. and weekends at 10:40 p.m.). These forecast segments, taped in advance, originate from headquarters on Science Park Road in State College, Pennsylvania.[10] Both of the weather cut-ins ended on June 17, 2014 (weeknights) and on June 20, 2014 (weekends), in favor of the local weather and news cut-ins provided by KRNV-DT.

On October 4, 2010, KRXI partnered with the Independent News Network (INN) to produce a weeknight newscast called Fox 11 News: Eleven at Eleven, with the slogan "Local News. Less Time." Initially it aired in an abbreviated format for fifteen minutes (including commercials). This was unlike traditional broadcasts seen in the time slot on Reno's big three stations. The newscast then changed to a half-hour format, in addition to altering the slogan to "Local News. Your World." The newscast was taped in advance from INN's facilities on Tremont Avenue in Davenport, Iowa. The news anchors, meteorologist, and sports anchor were provided by the centralized news operation and other personnel from INN filled-in as needed. The newscast ended on April 4, 2014, in favor of the 11:00 p.m. newscast on KRNV-DT.

KRXI maintained two local reporters based in Reno who contributed content to the show. This was the first time the station had ever had a news department of its own even though it was very small with a skeleton crew based out of the station's studios. Fox 11 News Eleven at Eleven was streamed live on KRXI's website and there was also on demand video of the weeknight broadcasts.

Following the sale of KRXI to Sinclair and the company's subsequent acquisition of the non-license assets of KRNV-DT, Sinclair stated its intention to end KRXI's news share agreement with KTVU in favor of locally produced newscasts.[6] However, Cox discontinued its agreement to air the morning and noon newscasts on May 14, 2014.[11] The local morning newscast was added on August 25, 2014. The local noon newscast was moved from KRNV-DT to KRXI-TV on June 1, 2015 to comply with FCC rules stipulating that a company providing more than 15% of a station's programming per-week would have an "attributable interest" in the station, thus counting as ownership.

Notable current on-air staff[edit]

  • Mark Hyman – national political commentator for Sinclair Broadcast Group's Behind the Headlines (2013–present)
  • Frank Somerville – anchor and reporter (1996–present)

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RTN Announces New Affiliate in Reno". Archived from the original on November 14, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-09.
  2. ^ "Cox Puts Four TV Stations on Block After Acquiring Four From Newport - 2012-07-20 18:05:04 | Broadcasting & Cable". Broadcastingcable.com. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  3. ^ Malone, Michael (February 25, 2013). "Sinclair to Acquire Five Cox Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  4. ^ (PDF) http://licensing.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/Auth_Files/1542556.pdf. Retrieved May 1, 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  5. ^ "Sinclair Broadcast Group". Sbgi.net. 2013-05-02. Archived from the original on 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  6. ^ a b "KRNV-TV Sold to Sinclair Broadcast Group". KTVN Channel 2 News. November 22, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
  7. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KRXI". Rabbitears.info. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  8. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  9. ^ Winslow, George (2008-04-16). "Q&A: Sterling Davis, Cox Television". Multichannel News. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
  10. ^ [1] Archived April 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ McConico, Matt (May 14, 2014). "KTVU Morning & Noon Newscasts". KRXI Fox 11 News. Retrieved June 1, 2014.

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