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FOX Youngstown Logo.png
Youngstown, Ohio
United States
Branding Fox Youngstown (general)
27 First News (newscasts)
Slogan Investigative. In-Depth. In The Valley.
Channels Digital: 19 (UHF) &
WKBN-DT 41.2 (UHF)
Virtual: 19 (PSIP)
Subchannels 19.1 Fox
19.2 GetTV
19.3 Laff
Owner Nexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
Founded April 14, 1989; 28 years ago (1989-04-14)
Call letters' meaning Warren and Youngstown's FoX
Sister station(s) WKBN, WYTV
Former callsigns W62BT (1989–2000)
WYFX-LP (2000–2011) W40AM (WLFX)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
62 (UHF, 1998–2011)
Mercer, PA
Transmitter power 15 kW
650 kW (WKBN-DT2)
Height 232 m
440 m (WKBN-DT2)
Class LD
Facility ID 68398
73153 (WKBN-DT2)
Transmitter coordinates 41°3′24″N 80°38′44″W / 41.05667°N 80.64556°W / 41.05667; -80.64556
Website wkbn.com

WYFX-LD is the Fox-affiliated television station for the Mahoning Valley of Northeastern Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania. Licensed to Youngstown, Ohio, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 19 from a transmitter near the city's Pleasant Grove section. Owned by Nexstar Media Group, WYFX is sister to CBS affiliate WKBN-TV and ABC affiliate WYTV. The latter, however, is actually owned by Vaughan Media and operated by Nexstar through a shared services agreement (SSA) and a joint sales agreement (JSA). All three outlets share studios on Sunset Boulevard near Youngstown's Pleasant Grove section.

Even though WYFX broadcasts a digital signal of its own, its low-powered broadcasting radius does not reach the entire market. Therefore, it is simulcast on the second digital subchannel of WKBN displaying as virtual channel 27.2.[1]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming [2]
19.1 720p 16:9 WYFX-HD Main WYFX-LD programming / Fox
19.2 480i 4:3 GetTV GetTV
19.3 LAFF Laff


WYFX-LP, along with repeater WFXI-LP (channel 17) in Mercer, Pennsylvania, were launched in 1998 as the area's first full-time Fox affiliates. (WFXI-LP shared its call letters with the Fox affiliate in Morehead City, North Carolina; both stations were owned by Piedmont Television until 2007, but were otherwise unrelated.) Previously, WYTV showed some Fox Sports events from 1994 until 1998, while Fox's prime-time programming was seen on cable via WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh, or from the network's Cleveland affiliates, first WOIO-TV, then from WJW-TV after WOIO switched to CBS. With digital television in its infancy at the time, WYFX and WFXI were started with their own signals as opposed to future stations WFMJ-DT2 and WYTV-DT2, which were both launched on new second digital subchannels of WFMJ-TV and WYTV respectively. This resulted in WYFX and WFXI having their own licenses with the FCC. Because of duopoly rules at the time, which would be partially repealed only two years later, both stations were launched as low-power stations (though WFXI converted to a class A license in 2002).

The two were originally branded "Fox 40/62", followed by "Fox 31/62" and finally "Fox 17/62" for most of their first ten years. In 2008, the stations started slowly re-branding themselves as "Fox Youngstown" in some advertisements, despite still using the "Fox 17/62" logo. This was done because the on-air branding of "Fox 17/62" would be rendered useless once they would be forced to sign-off their analog signals in 2012. Low-power and class A analog signals have a later deadline for sign-off than the June 12, 2009 sign-off for full-powered analog signals like WKBN. Additionally, WYFX and WFXI are carried on different channel positions on cable.

A new logo was introduced for the start of the 2008-2009 fall season, similar to the old logo except that the "17 / 62" designation, as well as the WYFX calls, are removed. Some advertisements still used the "Fox 17 / 62" branding for some time afterward, but as of October 2008, the stations had all but fully renamed itself as "Fox Youngstown". A completely redesigned logo would debut in February 2009, matching WKBN's then-newly redesigned logo, and by that point the station was completely known by the new branding.

On February 8, 2009, WKBN did a "dual HD" test airing both college basketball on 41.1 and the Gatorade Duel (the qualifying race for the Daytona 500) on 41.2 in a possible attempt to broadcast both signals in high definition full-time. Previously, WKBN-DT2 was aired in standard definition with special sporting events (such as additional games from the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship) using 41.3 in HD. WKBN had to compress both signals to the 720p format in order to make it possible. That station began broadcasting both channels in high definition full-time the next day making WKBN the eighth station nationally to broadcast two subchannels in high definition on the same signal. This continued until October 4, 2011, when New Vision moved the WYFX-HD transmission to the WYFX-LD antenna.[3]

WFXI-CA was closed down on October 1, 2009, with the license being returned to the FCC the next day.[4][5] However, current television listings continue to display WFXI-CA.[6] Although WYFX would not normally qualify for must-carry due to being a low-power station, it is carried on all Mahoning Valley cable systems as part of the compensation for carrying WKBN. It is noticeably absent from Comcast systems in New Castle, Pennsylvania, which, despite being considerably closer to Youngstown, is part of the Pittsburgh market.

On May 7, 2012, LIN TV Corporation announced that it would acquire the New Vision Television station group for $330.4 million and the assumption of $12 million in debt. Along with the outright ownership of WYFX-LD and sister station WKBN-TV, the agreement included the acquisition of New Vision's shared services agreement with PBC Broadcasting (whose station licenses would be transferred to Vaughan Media as part of the deal), giving LIN operational control of WYTV.[7] LIN and Vaughan also entered into a joint sales agreement for WYTV.[8] On October 2, the FCC approved the proposed sale to LIN TV.[9] The transaction was completed on October 12, 2012.[10]

On March 21, 2014, Media General announced that it would purchase LIN Media and its stations, including WKBN-TV, WYFX-LD, and the SSA and JSA with WYTV, in a $1.6 billion merger.[11][12] The FCC approved the deal on December 12, 2014, but a condition of the deal requires Media General to end the JSA between WKBN-TV and WYTV within two years due to tighter regulations on such deals; Media General is not required to divest itself of WYFX-LD, since low-powered stations do not count against FCC ownership limits.[13] The merger was completed on December 19.[14]

On December 31, 2015, WYFX activated 19.3, which became the Youngstown affiliate for Laff. WYFX then activated 19.2 for GetTV on February 1, 2016.


Syndicated programming on this station includes Swift Justice with Jackie Glass, and Divorce Court among others.


On January 23, 2006, WYFX's First News at 10 on Fox 17/62 (produced by WKBN) became the area's only hour-long prime time broadcast on weeknights while remaining thirty minutes on weekends. After a rebranding occurred in 2008, the title changed to First News on Fox. For a period, WYFX's show competed with another newscast seen at the same time on MyNetwork affiliate WYTV-DT2 that was produced by its parent ABC station.

There is also a two-hour weekday morning show seen on WYFX while WKBN broadcasts The Early Show. Known as First News This Morning on Fox, the program is essentially an extension of the CBS affiliate's show offering a local alternative. On May 6, 2010, WKBN and WYTV upgraded their combined news operation to high definition. Local news seen on Fox affiliate WYFX was also included in the change. There are news and weather sharing partnerships with WNCD-FM 93.3, WAKZ-FM 95.9, WMXY-FM 98.9, WBBG-FM 106.1, WKBN-AM 570, and WNIO-AM 1390.


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