|Branding||Fox 23 Tulsa
Fox 23 News (news)
Solving Problems. (news)
Accurate. Dependable. (weather)
|Channels||Digital: 22 (UHF)
|Owner||Newport Television, LLC|
|First air date||October 26, 1980|
|Call letters’ meaning||OKlahoma
(possible disambiguation from Oklahoma City Fox station KOKH)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
23 (UHF, 1980-2009)
|Former affiliations||independent (1980-1986)|
|Transmitter Power||1000 kW|
KOKI-TV, commonly referred to as "Fox 23" is the Fox affiliate in Tulsa, Oklahoma, owned by Newport Television. KOKI broadcasts from its studios on South Memorial Drive in Tulsa, and its transmitter is located in Broken Arrow. KOKI is a typical Fox station with about 35 to 40 hours a week of news along with syndicated first run court/reality shows, off-network sitcoms and dramas, Fox primetime network programming and Saturday morning infomercials, and sports.
The station broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 22, using its former analog channel assignment of 23 as its virtual channel via PSIP. On cable, KOKI-TV can be seen on channel 5 on Cox Tulsa.
KOKI is a relative newcomer to the field of local newscasts in Tulsa. KOKI began offering local newscasts in 2002, but has made significant gains in news viewership.
Channel 23 signed on in its current incarnation on October 26, 1980 as an Independent station. Another station, call-letters KCEB, occupied the Channel 23 slot in the 1950s, and was an affiliate of the DuMont Television Network. That station signed off shortly after the failure of the DuMont network in December 10, 1954.
The station was owned by a local group of businessmen known as "Tulsa 23, Ltd." back in 1980. The programming was a blend of old movies, westerns, a few old sitcoms, drama shows, and cartoons. They were known as "Tulsa 23 - Oklahoma's Independent". As the only full time independent general entertainment the station had good ratings. But the programming was lower budget than most stations being the owners were local and did not have deep pockets.
In 1983, Time-Life Inc. (now Time Warner), the parent company of pay cable channel Cinemax filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit against KOKI over the use of the slogan "We Are Your Movie Star" (which Cinemax had used at that time). That October, KOKI won its case in Tulsa Federal District Court.
The station affiliated with the fledgling Fox network in 1986, but it remained essentially an independent station since Fox only provided a couple of hours of network programming a day (not programming seven nights a week of programming until 1993), eventually becoming branded as FOX23. In the late winter/early spring of 1990, KOKI was sold to Clear Channel Communications. Under Clear Channel ownership, the programming was improved to include more recent sitcoms, better movies, and some first-run talk shows.
In the 1990s, KOKI moved toward more talk, reality and court shows and away from the classic sitcoms during daytime. More recent sitcoms were added to the schedule during the evening hours. The station began a Local Marketing Agreement with then-independent station KTFO (channel 41) in 1994, shortly before that station (now a MyNetworkTV affiliate) affiliated with UPN in 1995. As the children's shows disappeared from syndication, KOKI moved toward even more talk and reality syndicated shows.
In 2001, Clear Channel moved the broadcast buildings for KOKI, KMYT-TV and its radio stations from South Yale to a newly converted state-of-the-art building located at 31st and South Memorial Drive, formerly home to a Burlington Coat Factory store.
KOKI-DT broadcasts on digital channel 22.
|23.1||KOKI-DT||Main KOKI/Fox HD programming|
On June 12, 2009, KOKI abandoned its previous analog channel assignment of channel 23, and moved its digital channel assignment to channel 22. However, digital television receivers will continue to display KOKI's virtual digital channel as 23.
KOKI clears the entire Fox network schedule (nightly primetime, Saturday late night, and Fox Sports programming, the Weekend Marketplace informerical block on Saturday mornings, and the political talk show Fox News Sunday). However, Fox News Sunday airs one hour later than on most affiliates airing at 10AM due to a three-hour block of Degrassi: The Next Generation, a Canadian teen drama, on Sunday mornings. KOKI, like most Fox stations, airs a mix of talk/court/reality shows in the daytime and sitcoms in the evening. KOKI is one of numerous Fox stations that carry Judge Judy (which airs before the 5PM newscast) and Seinfeld (which airs in late night). The station also airs The Insider and TMZ on TV weeknights after the late airing of The King of Queens, and airs weekend telecasts of the sitcoms it airs on weeknights.
The station is also the 'official station' of the Oklahoma State Cowboys, airing shows involving the team, including the weekly shows of the head coach of the university's basketball, baseball and football teams, hosted by sports director Steve Layman. The shows are also syndicated on Oklahoma City's Fox affiliate KOKH (which is the 'official station' for the Cowboys for the Oklahoma City market). The station is also the Tulsa area home of The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon airing each Labor Day on KOKI, it is one of a few stations not affiliated with NBC, CBS or ABC to air the telethon.
In the February 2008 Nielsen ratings, Fox 23 News had significant growth in all newscasts. Fox 23 News at Nine was ranked 2nd overall in late news behind KOTV and ahead of KTUL and KJRH. Fox 23 was named the number one Fox affiliate in the country, according to the November 2007 Nielsen ratings. 
Prior to its full-scale newscasts in 2002, KOKI provided only daily, three-minute updates during daytime and Fox primetime programming from a small closet studio. At the time, it was one of only a few Fox stations not owned by the network with some local news presence, albeit KOKI's was a minor one. The station also produced First Weather on FOX23, a five-minute weathercast that aired nightly at 10PM, with one-minute updates at 10:35 and 11:05PM.
The station launched its news department with the debut of FOX23 News at 9:00, a nightly hour-long local newscast that premiered on February 3, 2002 immediately following Fox's telecast of Super Bowl XXXVI, becoming the first independently produced newscast in the Tulsa market outside of the major-network affiliates (NBC affiliate KJRH (channel 2); CBS affiliate KOTV (channel 6); and ABC affiliate KTUL (channel 8)), since now-sister station KMYT (then KGCT) dropped local news in the early 1980s. In June of the same year, KOKI added a daily early evening newscast at 5:30pm. Then a year later, a daily 5:00pm newscast was added, creating an hour-long block of news weekdays from 5:00-6:00pm, allowing the station to compete with KJRH, KOTV and KTUL.
KOKI launched a four-hour weekday morning newscast (FOX23 News This Morning) in April 2006, airing from 5:00-9:00am; it is now the only four-hour fully local morning newscast in the Tulsa market (although KOTV did run a four-hour morning newscast until 2008, when the 8-9AM hour of Six in the Morning was moved to sister station KQCW). Upon the morning newscast's launch, KOKI moved its syndicated children's program block to Sunday mornings. Two months later, it launched an hour-long noon newscast, with KOTV as its only competition (KJRH's midday newscast airs one hour earlier and KTUL does not air news at midday).
KOKI currently broadcasts 37 hours of local news per week (seven hours on weekdays, two hours on weekends), more than any other television station in the Tulsa market, or any individual station in Oklahoma. Its current news schedule can be compared to that of the former New World-owned stations that are now Fox-owned, as well as those formerly owned by Fox and now owned by Local TV, LLC. The main difference being that KOKI does not currently carry weeknight 6PM or nightly 10PM newscasts, or any weekend newscasts in the mornings and/or early evenings.
Beginning Jan. 18, Fox 23 will add a 10 p.m. newscast to go head-to-head against other Tulsa stations. It won't alter its 9 p.m. news hour.
KOKI has also gained a reputation in the Tulsa area for its investigative team, the Solving Problems investigative unit. The station is one of several Fox stations carrying investigative reports. The team is assigned to help people with various problems, and has uncovered numerous scams. Originally called the FOX23 Problem Solvers, the unit was rebranded to its current name in 2007, in order to avoid confusion with NBC affiliate KJRH's similarly-named investigative unit, now known as the 2NEWS Problem Solvers.
(as of December 19, 2009)
FOX23 Local Weather First
FOX23 Sports Buzz