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KKFX FOX 11.png
San Luis Obispo/Santa Maria/
Santa Barbara, California
United States
CitySan Luis Obispo, California
BrandingFox 11 (general)
Fox 11 News (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 24 (UHF)
Virtual: 24 (PSIP)
TranslatorsKCOY-DT 12.2 (19.2 UHF) Santa Maria
KSBB-LP 17 (UHF) Santa Barbara
Affiliations24.1: Fox
24.2: CBS
24.3: Grit
OwnerNews-Press & Gazette Company
(NPG of California, LLC)
Foundedc. 1995
First air dateNovember 6, 1998 (20 years ago) (1998-11-06)
Former callsignsK24EJ (1995–2000)
KKFX-LP (2000–2001)
KKFX-CA (2001–2015)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
24 (UHF, 1998–2015)
Transmitter power0.325 kW
Height445 m (1,460 ft)
Facility ID33870
Transmitter coordinates35°21′37.9″N 120°39′24.6″W / 35.360528°N 120.656833°W / 35.360528; -120.656833
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

KKFX-CD, virtual and UHF digital channel 24, is a low-powered, Class A Fox-affiliated television station licensed to San Luis Obispo, California, United States and serving the Central Coast of California. Owned by the News-Press & Gazette Company (NPG), it is a sister station to Santa Barbara-licensed ABC affiliate KEYT-TV (channel 3); NPG also operates Santa Maria-licensed CBS affiliate KCOY-TV (channel 12) under a shared services agreement (SSA) with owner VistaWest Media, LLC. KKFX and KCOY share studios on West McCoy Lane in Santa Maria; KEYT maintains separate facilities at 730 Miramonte Drive on TV Hill, overlooking downtown Santa Barbara. KKFX's transmitter is located near Serrano and US 101 in the Los Padres National Forest; the station can be seen on channel 11 on most cable systems in the market, hence the Fox 11 branding.

Although KKFX identifies as a station in its own right, it is officially licensed as a translator of KCOY. In addition to its own digital signal, KKFX is simulcast in high definition on KCOY's second digital subchannel from a transmitter on Tepusquet Peak in the Los Padres National Forest east of Santa Maria. KCOY, in turn, is simulcast on KKFX's second digital subchannel.


KKFX-CD signed on for the first time on November 6, 1998 as the area's Fox affiliate. KTTV in Los Angeles was the default station for the Central Coast area before KKFX-CD. Before July 1, 2006, this station could also be seen in Santa Barbara on KSBB-LP channel 17, but it switched to a repeater of KEYT-TV. On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel Communications entered into an agreement to sell its television station group to Providence Equity Partners; the sale was finalized on March 14, 2008.[1] However, Providence Equity Partners did not keep KKFX and sister station KCOY due to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) restrictions; as a result, they were resold to the Cowles Publishing Company.[2] On May 7, 2008, the deal between Cowles and Newport Television closed.[3]

On September 20, 2013, News-Press & Gazette Company, owner of KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara, announced that it would purchase KKFX-CA as well as Monterey sister stations KION-TV and KMUV-LP. NPG also took over some operations of KCOY that Cowles retained under a shared services agreement;[4] the sale was completed on December 13, 2013.[5]

On January 20, 2015, KKFX began broadcasting over the air in high definition[6] and providing an HD feed directly to cable and DirecTV. On that same date, KKFX-CA returned to the airwaves in Santa Barbara on low-power KSBB-LP channel 17.[6]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
24.1 720p 16:9 FOX-DT Main KKFX-CD programming / Fox
24.2 1080i KCOY-HD Simulcast of KCOY-TV / CBS
24.3 480i 4:3 Grit TV Simulcast of KCOY-DT3 / Grit


Syndicated programming on KKFX includes Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, The Simpsons (which also airs first-run episodes), Two and a Half Men, Last Man Standing and The Big Bang Theory.


Fox 11 News in the Morning airs weekdays on KKFX from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. A nightly hour-long newscast is included.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Clear Channel Agrees to Sell Television Station Group to Providence Equity Partners" (Press release). Clear Channel Communications. 2007-04-20. Archived from the original on 2007-04-25. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
  2. ^ "-deadurl=yes Deals - 10/8/2007 - Broadcasting & Cable".
  3. ^ "MSN - Outlook, Office, Skype, Bing, Breaking News, and Latest Videos". www.msnbc.msn.com.
  4. ^ "KCOY to 'share services' with KEYT parent company under planned station purchases". Santa Maria Times. September 23, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  5. ^ [1] NewsChannel 3 Owner Completes Purchase of Fox 11, KEYT, 13 December 2013, Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  6. ^ a b Scholl, Claire (2015-01-20). "CBS, Fox Now Over-The-Air in Most of SB, SLO Counties". KEYT. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  7. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KKFX

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