KVHP, channel 29 (PSIP), is a Fox-affiliated television station in Lake Charles, Louisiana. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 30 (virtual channel 29.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter in rural northwestern Calcasieu Parish 5 miles northwest of Edgerly (located halfway between Lake Charles and Beaumont, Texas, allowing the station's signal to reach both markets), while the station maintain studios on Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles. Syndicated programs seen on this station include Two and a Half Men, The Dr. Oz Show, Jeopardy!, How I Met Your Mother, Rachael Ray,Modern Family, The Queen Latifah Show, and Steve Harvey.

KVHP also operates as an affiliate of The CW on its HD2 subchannel.

History

The station first signed on the air on December 12, 1982 as an independent station with the slogan "Make a U-Turn to KVHP, Channel 29". KVHP became a charter affiliate of the upstart Fox Broadcasting Company on October 9, 1986.

In 2003, KVHP established a low-power repeater station for the Beaumont area, KUIL-LP (channel 64), which served as the Fox affiliate for southeast Texas and held a secondary affiliation with UPN (KUIL-LP lost its Fox affiliation to KBTV-TV in January 2009 and became a MyNetworkTV affiliate).[2] KVHP also operated another Texas-based repeater, KVHP-LD (channel 44) in Jasper; in March 2011, KVHP-LD ceased to serve as a translator of KVHP and began relaying programming from Beaumont ABC affiliate KBMT.

On July 28, 2009, KVHP began carrying programming from The CW Television Network on digital subchannel 29.2 (which had broadcast the main channel's programming in standard-definition prior to joining the network), after KVHP owner National Communications assumed promotional and advertising control of cable-only CW Plus affiliate "WBLC" from Suddenlink Communications.

On March 10, 2016, National Communications, Inc. agreed to sell KVHP to KVHP License Subsidiary, LLC (subsidiary of American Spirit Media) for $2 million.[3][4] American Spirit Media will enter into a shared services agreement and studio lease agreement with Raycom Media (owner of local NBC affiliate KPLC) to operate KVHP when the acquisition is completed.[5] The application[6] was Accepted for Filing on March 18 by the Federal Communications Commission.[7]

Digital television

Digital channels

This station's digital channel is multiplexed:

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming[8]
29.1720p16:9KVHP-HDMain KVHP programming / Fox
29.2480i4:3KVHP-SDCW Lake Charles
29.3480i4:3KVHP-SDEscape future

Analog-to-digital conversion

KVHP shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 29, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 30.[9] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 29.

Newscasts and local programming

KVHP aired news capsules and newscasts for a time during the late 1980s and early 1990s, before dropping them for a number of years. The station began airing local newscast once again in 1999, when it established an in-house news department and began producing a primetime newscast at 9 p.m. Within a year of the news department's launch, the station expanded its news programming and began producing a two-hour morning show and an hour-long 5 p.m. newscast. KVHP's newscasts were never considered a serious threat to the ratings dominance of NBC affiliate KPLC and by 2004, KVHP's news department was shut down with local news dropped from the station's lineup entirely.

Soon afterward, the station's only locally produced program consisted of a half-hour public affairs program called On the Air with Fox 29, which aired twice on Sundays and has since been cancelled. On April 27, 2009, KVHP began broadcasting a tape-delay of Baton Rouge ABC affiliate WBRZ's weeknight 6 p.m. newscast, under the repackaged title Fox 29 News from the Capital at 9 p.m. on Monday through Friday evenings; the WBRZ rebroadcast was dropped in 2011.

On May 7, 2012, KVHP reinstated an in-house news department with the launch of a half-hour midday newscast at noon on weekdays (currently titled Fox 29 News Express). On February 29, 2016, the station premiered an evening newscast, Fox 29 News at 9, following Fox's primetime lineup. The attempt is expected to be short lived once KPLC takes over the operations of KVHP and converts it into a KPLC-produced newscast.