KWKT-TV

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KWKT-TV
KWKT logo
Waco/Killeen/Temple, Texas
Branding Fox 44 Central Texas
Slogan So Fox 44 (general)
The Most Powerful Name in Local News (news)
Channels Digital: 44 (UHF)
Affiliations Fox
MyNetworkTV (DT2; repeater of KYLE-TV)
Estrella TV (DT3)
Owner Nexstar Broadcasting Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date March 13, 198
Call letters' meaning Waco-Killeen-Temple
Sister station(s) KYLE-TV
Former channel number(s) Analog:
44 (UHF, 1988-2009)
Former affiliations Secondary:
The WB (2003-2006)
MyNetworkTV (2006-2015)
Transmitter power 100 kW
Height 557.6 m
Facility ID 12522
Transmitter coordinates 31°18′53″N 97°19′36″W / 31.31472°N 97.32667°W / 31.31472; -97.32667
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.mycentx.com

KWKT-TV, channel 44, is a Fox-affiliated television station[1] serving the Waco/Killeen/Temple area. The main studio operations for the station is located on Woodway Drive in Woodway, Texas (with a Waco address), while the Transmitter is near Moody, Texas.

History[edit]

KWKT signed on the air on March 13, 1988. The station started as exclusive Fox affiliate, but in 2003 added a secondary affiliation with The WB. KWKT aired Fox as a primary affiliate from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., with WB shows airing from 1:00 to 3:00 a.m. Following the merger of UPN and The WB into The CW in 2006, the station added a secondary affiliation with MyNetworkTV.

On October 31, 1994, KYLE-TV, signed on as a repeater of KWKT.

KWKT aired Fox Kids from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. from 1990 to 2001, and then continued on Saturday mornings until 2002, when it was replaced by 4KidsTV. Syndicated shows replaced the weekday block until 2003, when Kids' WB moved into the time slot, and was also aired on Sunday mornings. This block lasted until 2006 and was replaced by Daytime WB. As the two were not chosen to join The CW, Kids' WB was dropped in 2006, then eventually 4Kids after Fox ended the block in December 2008. E/I programming now airs for a half-hour each Monday-Saturday at 7:00 a.m., consisting solely of syndicated low-profile E/I syndicated programming.

On April 24, 2013, ComCorp announced the sale of its entire group (including KWKT) to Nexstar Broadcasting Group.[2] The sale was completed on January 1, 2015.[3]

On May 7, 2015, Nexstar announced that KYLE would become a separate station with a primary MyNetworkTV affiliation starting on July 1. On that date, KWKT began simulcasting KYLE on its second digital subchannel to reach the entire Waco-Temple-Bryan market.[4]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
44.1 720p 16:9 KWKT-DT Main KWKT-TV programming / Fox
44.2 480i 4:3 Simulcast of KYLE-TV / MyNetworkTV
44.3 KWKT-ES Estrella TV

Newscast[edit]

On January 28, 2008, KWKT premiered a half-hour primetime newscast at 9:00 p.m. titled Fox News Central Texas. The pre-taped newscast is produced by sister station KFXK-TV in Longview, Texas.[6][7]

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