KFFX-TV, Fox 11, is a Fox affiliate serving the Tri-Cities, Washington (Richland/Pasco/Kennewick) area. Licensed to Pendleton, Oregon, and owned by Northwest Broadcasting, it also operates a satellite station in Yakima, KCYU-LD channel 41. On satellite, KFFX-TV is normally available on DirecTV although they have been in a contract dispute since August 13, 2012; Dish Network carries KCYU-LD instead. It operates from studios on Falls Avenue in Kennewick.

Digital channels

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP short nameProgramming [3]
11.1720p16:9KFFX-HDMain KFFX-TV programming / Fox
11.2480i4:3This TVThis TV

History

Channel 11 signed on the air January 11, 1999. The station originally had the call letters KAUP; on April 25, the call letters were changed to KFFX-TV.[4] It was the first full-powered VHF station in what had previously been a "UHF island." Distinctively, the Tri-Cities is one of two markets where Fox is on VHF, while the other major networks are on UHF; the other one is Austin, Texas (KTBC).

It was also the first station on the Tri-Cities side of the market not to be a satellite of a station in Yakima. Before KFFX-TV's sign-on, Fox programming was seen in the Tri-Cities on KBWU-LP (channel 66), a low-power semi-satellite of KAYU-TV in Spokane; KCYU-LP was also a semi-satellite of KAYU before the launch of KFFX. KAYU was also piped in by area cable companies. KBWU (which originally had the call sign K66BW,[5] though it was referred to as "KBW" outside of station identifications) had been on the air since October 1, 1989;[6] that station, now KBWU-LD (channel 36), is now a translator of KFFX.

Initially, the KFFX-TV license was owned by Communication Properties; Northwest Broadcasting, through its Mountain Broadcasting subsidiary, operated the station under a local marketing agreement.[7] Northwest filed to acquire KFFX outright in November 1999; however, the sale, approved on September 27, 2000, was not completed until January 14, 2003[8] because Northwest was required to divest another full-power television station in the Tri-Cities market, KBKI (channel 9, later known as KCWK) in Walla Walla, in order to complete its purchase of KFFX. KBKI was ultimately acquired by Pappas Telecasting.[9]

KFFX has been digital-only since February 17, 2009. [10] As the station's transmitter site typically becomes inaccessible to standard vehicle in early November, Northwest Broadcasting provided the station's broadcasts engineers with snowmobiles on February 16, 2009 to complete the final post-transition installations.

On April 21, 2009, the station added a digital subchannel which includes This TV. [11]

Translators

KFFX-TV is rebroadcast on two low-powered translators.[12][13]

Programming

KFFX airs a 10PM newscast, Fox First at Ten, produced by area NBC affiliate KNDO/KNDU.

KFFX also offers the "Laugh Pack" line-up of back to back sitcoms between 5 and 8 PM each Monday through Friday along with many other popular shows including American Idol, Glee and Fringe.