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KXLY 2019 ABC Logo.png
Spokane, Washington
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
United States
CitySpokane, Washington
Branding4 News Now
MeTV Spokane–Coeur d'Alene (on DT2)
SloganWorking 4 You
Memorable Entertainment Television (on DT2)
ChannelsDigital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
TranslatorsKXMN-LD 9 Spokane (4.1 PSIP)
KXMN-LP 11 Spokane
KUMN-LD 19 Moses Lake
(for others, see article)
Affiliations4.1: ABC (since 1976; also secondary 1953–1954)
4.2: MeTV
4.3: Heroes & Icons
OwnerMorgan Murphy Media
(Spokane Television, Inc.)
First air dateFebruary 22, 1953 (66 years ago) (1953-02-22)[1]
Call letters' meaningThe XL Network
(KXLY (AM) was a flagship station for a regional network)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
4 (VHF, 1953–2009)
Former affiliationsPrimary:
CBS (1953–1976)
DuMont (1953–1955)[2]
ABC (February–July 1976)
UPN (January 2006)
MyNetworkTV (2009–2012)
Transmitter power23.3 kW
Height936 m (3,071 ft)
Facility ID61978
Transmitter coordinates47°55′18″N 117°6′52″W / 47.92167°N 117.11444°W / 47.92167; -117.11444
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

KXLY-TV, virtual channel 4 (VHF digital channel 13), is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Spokane, Washington, United States and also serving Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The station is owned by the Spokane Television Group, a subsidiary of Morgan Murphy Media. KXLY-TV's studios are located on West Boone Avenue in Spokane, and its transmitter is located on Mount Spokane. KXLY's MeTV-affiliated second digital subchannel is also seen in the YakimaTri-Cities market on sister stations and fellow ABC affiliates KAPP (channel 35.2) and KVEW (channel 42.2).

On cable and satellite, KXLY can be seen in high definition (HD) on Comcast Xfinity channel 104 in the Spokane area, Charter Spectrum channel 1200 in the Coeur d'Alene area and the Palouse, and channel 4 (in both standard and HD) on Dish Network and DirecTV.

The station is also carried on cable systems in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, both of which are double the size of KXLY's American coverage area. One result of this is that stations in Calgary and Edmonton air American shows on Pacific Time, even though Calgary and Edmonton are both on Mountain Time. It is one of five local Spokane area television stations seen in Canada on the Shaw Direct satellite service. It can also been seen on local cable systems in eastern British Columbia.


KXLY-TV logo; 1966

Although KHQ and KXLY were both granted authorization by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to build television stations on July 11, 1952,[3] KXLY was the second to sign on, going on the air with broadcast tests on January 16, 1953,[4] with regular programming beginning on February 22.[5] KXLY had initially hoped to have its television station on the air by Christmas of 1952,[6] but adverse weather conditions on Mount Spokane delayed the launch.[7] It was owned by northwestern broadcast pioneer Ed Craney along with Spokane's oldest radio station, KXLY (AM 920). Just a few months after signing on, Craney sold KXLY-AM-TV to Northern Pacific Radio and Television Corporation.

KXLY-TV was a primary CBS affiliate owing to its sister radio station's long affiliation with CBS Radio[8] sharing ABC with KHQ-TV. Channel 4 also carried some programming from DuMont[9] until as late as April 1955.[2] ABC programming,[10] along with partial DuMont shows that KXLY-TV did not carry, moved to KREM when it signed on in 1954.

At first, channel 4 enjoyed a good partnership with CBS. The network worked well with early KXLY executives Dick Jones, Bob Struble, and James Agostino to help the station become a dominant player in the Spokane television market in the 1950s and 1960s. Morgan Murphy bought the station in 1961.[11]

However, the station's relationship with CBS faltered in later years when it started airing several network shows out of pattern. On February 19, 1976, CBS sent KXLY-TV a "notice of termination",[12] with CBS spokesman Barry Richardson stating that the network was ending its 23-year association with KXLY-TV "because we made a business judgment that we could get wider exposure for our programs with another station". This would become a rare first in which a major television network would strip a station of its affiliation without first announcing a new affiliate.[13] On August 8, the affiliation switch went into full effect,[14] with CBS programming moving to KREM (KREM wanted to wait until ABC finished airing the network's coverage of the 1976 Summer Olympics to make the switch).[15] KXLY then picked up KREM's old ABC affiliation,[16] although it began the transition in February 1976 when it began airing the then-new Good Morning America while airing CBS shows throughout the day. Ironically at this time, ABC jumped to number one in the ratings for the next several years. This meant KXLY ended up broadcasting the highest-rated networks (first CBS, then ABC) throughout the 1970s. Its radio sister remained with CBS for another 30 years (the radio station is now an ABC Radio Network affiliate, like its TV cousin).

KXLY-TV is the only station in the Spokane market to broadcast from Mount Spokane, to the northeast of the city. The site (located in a state park) was originally developed with the expectation that Spokane's other TV stations would want to follow suit. When this did not occur, KXLY built a translator (K09FZ on channel 9, later becoming K11VT Channel 11, then KUUP-LP) to serve non-antenna-rotator-equipped households from the mountain ridge south of Spokane used by the other stations. On May 24, 2006, it became KXMN-LP and from September 5, 2006, until the national DTV transition in February 2009, it broadcast MyNetworkTV programming. From the digital transition date forward, the South Hill transmitter rebroadcasts KXLY ABC 4—both in analog on VHF Channel 11 and as 4.1 (ABC HD) and 4.2 (MyNetworkTV/MeTV) over a VHF channel 9 HD digital translator. In June 2017, KXLY-TV added Channel 22, a 15,000 watt fill-in transmitter atop Krell Ridge on Spokane's South Hill. This new digital signal adds stronger service for Spokane's Downtown, Northside, South Hill and Spokane River Valley antenna household locations.

Programming from MeTV was added on September 3, 2012.[17] KXLY-DT2 stopped carrying MyNetworkTV on October 1 and has since carried MeTV exclusively.

HD race[edit]

On March 11, 1999, KXLY-DT signed on the air as Eastern Washington's first digital television signal on VHF Channel 13. Much like the first black and white television broadcasters, this initial effort was launched utilizing a low power digital transmitter and antenna co-located at the Boone Avenue studio location in downtown Spokane. The station's first authentic telecasts began with its 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. newscasts March 26, 1999.

Later behind the scenes that year, engineers assembled the new ABC High Definition satellite equipment to ready the station for ABC's foray into HD with Monday Night Football. By September 27, 1999, KXLY-DT had permanently moved its digital transmissions to the top of Mount Spokane and increased its power to the FCC maximum of 23,300 watts. That evening marked the region's first broadcast of HD pictures with the airing of Monday Night Football.

On April 20, 2006, the race to HD live local newscasts in the Spokane television market began when KXLY-TV became the first station in Eastern Washington to broadcast a local news segment in HD, an experiment the station continued to explore by showing one pre-taped news segment in HD each Tuesday night during its 6:00 p.m. broadcast until it switched to showing full HD newscasts on August 3, 2008.

On May 16, 2008, KHQ announced that it would leap ahead of KXLY in becoming the first station to produce HD newscasts beginning August 8, 2008. After months of KHQ marketing this milestone, on August 1, 2008, KXLY shocked KHQ when it made a surprise announcement that starting on August 3, 2008, a mere two days later, it would begin producing all news broadcasts in HD.[18] The date was chosen to beat KHQ to the milestone of being the first station in Eastern Washington to broadcast HD local news.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Station Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[19][20][21]
KXLY-TV 13.1 (4.1 PSIP) 720p 16:9 KXLY-HD Main KXLY-TV programming / ABC HD[22]
13.2 (4.2 PSIP) KXMN-SD MeTV HD[23]
13.3 (4.3 PSIP) 480i KXLY-SD Heroes & Icons
KXMN-LD 9.1 (4.1 PSIP) 720p KXLY-HD Simulcast of KXLY-DT1 / ABC HD
9.2 (4.2 PSIP) KXMN-SD Simulcast of KXLY-DT2 / MeTV HD
9.3 (4.3 PSIP) 480i KXLY-SD Simulcast of KXLY-DT3 / Heroes & Icons
KXLY-LD 22.1 (4.1 PSIP) 720p KXLY-HD Simulcast of KXLY-DT1 / ABC HD
22.2 (4.2 PSIP) KXMN-SD Simulcast of KXLY-DT2 / MeTV HD
22.3 (4.3 PSIP) 480i KXLY-SD Simulcast of KXLY-DT3 / Heroes & Icons
KXMN-LP Ch 11 analog 4:3 Analog simulcast of KXLY-TV / ABC

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KXLY-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, on February 17, 2009, the original target date when 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 VHF channel 13.[24][25] Through the use of Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP), digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 4.


KXLY currently clears the entire ABC schedule, as well as local news, paid programming, and syndicated entertainment programming including Live with Kelly and Ryan, The Dr. Oz Show, Rachael Ray, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Inside Edition, and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

News operation[edit]

Logo for "4 News Now", featuring a play button motif similar to that of KXLY's sister station WISC-TV.

KXLY broadcasts 23 hours of news a week, with a two-hour morning program, Good Morning Northwest, from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., and its evening newscast at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m and 11:00 p.m. Unlike most ABC affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, KXLY does not produce midday news or broadcast Saturday nights at 11:00 pm, leaving the 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. newscasts as KXLY 4's only news offerings on Saturdays.

On December 22, 2008, KXLY began producing high-resolution weather segments for sister stations KAPP/Yakima and KVEW/Kennewick. Both stations discontinued their 6:00 p.m. newscast, the 11:00 p.m. newscast was reduced to five minutes and weekend newscasts are now produced at KXLY. This includes all weather and sports reports for weekdays and weekends. In addition to this move, 17 employees from KVEW and KAPP, were laid off.[26][27]

On July 1, 2019, KXLY switched its logo and title from "KXLY 4" to "4 News Now". In the move, KXLY received a new studio, replacing the one that was used for 2 decades.[28]

Notable former on-air staff[edit]


KXLY is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:

Translators in Montana are located in the Mountain Time Zone.


  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says February 22, while the Television and Cable Factbook says January 16.
  2. ^ a b "KXLY-TV (Channel 4 - CBS Du Mont) Today's Program". Daily Interlake. Kalispell, MT. 1955-05-30. p. 7.
  3. ^ "Television Closer in City; KHQ and KXLY Get Go-Ahead" Archived 2015-09-12 at the Wayback Machine The Spokesman-Review, July 12, 1952. Retrieved: May 20, 2012.
  4. ^ "KXLY-TV Tries Test Pattern, Film" Archived 2016-03-16 at the Wayback Machine Spokane Daily Chronicle, January 17, 1953. Retrieved: May 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "KXLY Schedules Sunday Telecast" Archived 2016-03-17 at the Wayback Machine Spokane Daily Chronicle, February 16, 1953. Retrieved: May 20, 2012.
  6. ^ "TV Possible by Christmas, Craney of KXLY believes" Archived 2016-03-12 at the Wayback Machine Spokane Daily Chronicle, July 21, 1952. Retrieved May 20, 2012.
  7. ^ "KXLY-TV Abandons Video Objective" Archived 2017-11-07 at the Wayback Machine The Spokesman-Review, December 25, 1952. Retrieved: May 20, 2012.
  8. ^ "Network TV Shows Arrive in Spokane With Little Delay" Archived 2016-03-23 at the Wayback Machine Spokane Daily Chronicle, January 14, 1953. Retrieved: May 20, 2012.
  9. ^ "KXLY-TV Plans DuMont Shows" Archived 2016-03-22 at the Wayback Machine Spokane Daily Chronicle, January 9, 1953. Retrieved: May 20, 2012.
  10. ^ "KREM to Relay ABC Telecasts" Archived 2017-02-02 at the Wayback Machine Spokane Daily Chronicle, December 22, 1954. Retrieved: May 20, 2012.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-11-07. Retrieved 2017-05-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "CBS Plans to Terminate KXLY-TV Affiliation" Archived 2016-03-14 at the Wayback Machine Spokane Daily Chronicle, March 3, 1976. Retrieved: May 20, 2012.
  13. ^ "KREM-TV to Join CBS Chain" Archived 2016-03-14 at the Wayback Machine Spokane Daily Chronicle, March 29, 1976. Retrieved: May 20, 2012.
  14. ^ "On Sunday: TV Stations Switching" Archived 2013-05-09 at the Wayback Machine Spokane Daily Chronicle, August 6, 1976. Retrieved: May 20, 2012.
  15. ^ "Timing decided for TV shift" Archived 2016-03-14 at the Wayback Machine The Spokesman-Review, March 30, 1976. Retrieved: May 20, 2012.
  16. ^ "“Early Summer” – KXLY Set to Join ABC" Archived 2016-03-14 at the Wayback Machine Spokane Daily Chronicle, May 6, 1976. Retrieved: May 20, 2012.
  17. ^ Where to Watch Me-TV
  18. ^ http://www.kxly.com/global/story.asp?s=8776270 Archived 2017-11-07 at the Wayback Machine KXLY 4 News flips the switch on full HD
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  23. ^ http://metvnetwork.com/wherewatch.php?marketID=194
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  25. ^ CDBS Print
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  29. ^ "Off-the-air with Richard Brown". spokesman.com. 2007-12-03. Archived from the original on 2015-08-31. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  30. ^ "Richard Brown, Chief Communications Officer for the Mayor, shows off a souvenir while the judges panel is introduced during Swinging with the Stars at TCU Place in Saskatoon, January 24, 2015". theprovince.com. 2015-01-26. Retrieved 2015-08-29.[permanent dead link]
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