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KFXL: Lincoln, Nebraska
KTVG: Grand Island, Nebraska
Branding Fox Nebraska, KFXL
Slogan we're your station!
Channels Digital:
KFXL: 51 (UHF)
KTVG: 16 (UHF)
Affiliations Fox
Owner KFXL: Omaha World-Herald
KTVG: Hill Broadcasting Company, Inc.
(both operated under LMAs by Pappas Telecasting Companies)
(KFXL: Lincoln Broadcasting, LLC)
First air date KFXL: June 26, 2006
KTVG: February 19, 1993
Call letters’ meaning KFXL: FoX
(reflecting affiliation)
TeleVision Grand Island
Sister station(s) KHGI-TV, KWNB-TV
Former callsigns KFXL:
KOWH (2006)
KCWL-TV (2006-2009)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
51 (UHF, 2006-2009)
17 (UHF, 1993-2009)
Former affiliations KFXL:
The WB (2006)
The CW (2006-2009)
UPN (secondary, ?-2006)
Ion Television (secondary, 2000s)
Transmitter Power KFXL: 14 kW
KTVG: 1000 kW
Height KFXL: 125 m
KTVG: 186 m
Facility ID KFXL: 84453
KTVG: 27220
Transmitter Coordinates KFXL:
40°51′10″N 96°40′36″W / 40.85278°N 96.67667°W / 40.85278; -96.67667
40°43′44″N 98°34′13″W / 40.72889°N 98.57028°W / 40.72889; -98.57028 (KTVG-TV)

KFXL-TV/KTVG-TV, known on-air as Fox Nebraska, is the Fox affiliate for Lincoln, Nebraska and most of central Nebraska. KFXL-TV is licensed to Lincoln, Nebraska, broadcasts on digital channel 51, and is owned by Lincoln Broadcasting, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Omaha World-Herald). KTVG-TV is licensed to Grand Island, Nebraska and broadcasts on channel 16 (PSIP 17.1). The stations broadcast out of the KHGI-TV studio located in Axtell, Nebraska. The rights to Fox in the Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney market are owned by Pappas Telecasting Companies (the owner of KHGI); KFXL/KTVG has contracted with Pappas for marketing, sales and programming services.[1].[2]

Since June 12, 2009, KFXL-TV has also been carried in high definition on the digital subchannels KHGI-DT2 in Kearney, Nebraska; KWNB-DT2 in Hayes Center, Nebraska; and KWNB-LD2 in McCook, Nebraska. The KWNB-DT2 signal broadcasting from Hayes Center also serves most of the North Platte market, putting KFXL in direct competition in North Platte with that market's local Fox affiliate, K11TW, which currently only broadcasts an analog signal.





KFXL signed on June 26, 2006 as KOWH (referring to its owner)[1], an affiliate of The WB Television Network.[3] Previously, The WB was seen either via another Pappas-operated station, KXVO from Omaha[1], or a cable-only WB 100+ station, KWBL; KOWH took KWBL's place on cable systems in central Nebraska, including Charter Communications in Hastings, Grand Island, and Kearney. As with KWBL, KOWH's programming utilized the WB 100+ schedule, with no live programming.

Logo as CW affiliate KCWL-TV, used from 2006 to 2009

Five months before KOWH's sign-on, The WB and UPN announced that they would close and form The CW Television Network. Pappas had obtained the affiliation for KOWH by the time it signed on[1], and to reflect this affiliation, the station changed its callsign to KCWL-TV on August 2, 2006. Similarly to its WB affiliation, KCWL operated as a member of The CW Plus.

On September 1, 2006, KCWL was added to the primary cable system in Lincoln, Time Warner Cable, on channel 18 in their low basic cable tier.[3]

Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997[4], the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. Instead, on June 9, 2009, three days before the end of the digital TV conversion period for full-service stations, KCWL-TV turned off its analog signal; on June 12, the station turned on its digital signal.[2]

However, on June 3, 2009, Pappas Telecasting announced that KCWL would cease to be a CW affiliate upon the shutdown of the analog transmitter, leaving the Lincoln-Kearney-Hastings market without such a station. Instead, on June 12, the station's digital signal signed on as Fox affiliate KFXL-TV, at which point the station began to carry the same programming as KTVG and KSNB-TV.[2] Lincoln had been served by two analog translators of KTVG, as well as Omaha Fox affiliate KPTM, which includes Lincoln in its station ID. Steve Harry, general manager of KCWL, stated that the move was made to increase viewership of his station due to most viewers in Lincoln choosing KXVO, which Time Warner had continued to carry, over KCWL for The CW programming.[2] Harry stated that as a Fox affiliate, Fox Nebraska would be in a better position to increase viewership in Lincoln due to the stronger signal, boosting its status as the city's default Fox station rather than KPTM.

Although KFXL is identified as the primary station in the Fox Nebraska network, KTVG is actually the originating feed which is carried by satellite providers and relayed by translators; KFXL actually rebroadcasts the KTVG signal. [5]


A construction permit was granted on April 10, 1986 for KTVG. However, the station did not take to the air until February 19, 1993. It has served as a Fox network affiliate since its sign-on. It was the market's only Fox station until the mid 1990s, when KSNB-TV, which had previously carried ABC programming from KHGI-TV, became a satellite of KTVG.

Former logo for KSNB/KTVG until the relaunch of KFXL in July 2009.

During the early 2000s, KTVG and KSNB would pick up a secondary affiliation with Pax, renamed i on July 1, 2005 and Ion Television on January 29, 2007. This affiliation has since been discontinued.

It was also during this time that the station carried programs from UPN -- that was until that network came together with The WB to form The CW.

The time brokerage agreement between Pappas Telecasting and Colins Broadcasting Corporation (the licensee of KSNB) expired without renewal on November 30, 2009. As a result, KSNB was removed from Fox Nebraska and shut down on December 1, 2009.[6]

High-definition programming

KSNB and KTVG began broadcasting network programming in high-definition on January 1, 2009 prior to the broadcast of the Orange Bowl.

KTVG-TV, KHGI-DT2, KWNB-DT2, and KWNB-LD2 all carry Fox programming in high definition. However, the network's flagship station, KFXL-TV, continues to broadcast solely in 480i standard definition.


In addition to the digital full power stations listed above, Fox Nebraska can also be seen over three low-power repeaters—all of which are located on the UHF dial.

Station Channel Founded On-Air
City of
WCWH-LP 40 1992
(As K40GX)
2002 McCook 126450 16.6 kW KTVG via Dish Network
KOAZ-LP 48 2001
(As K48HF)
2003 O'Neill 128007 9.9 kW KTVG via Dish Network
KHJP-LP 29 2004  ?? Valentine 130904 10.1 kW KTVG via Dish Network

KFXL-TV was rebroadcast on KUVR-LD, channel 29, in McCook until mid-June 2009, when KUVR-LD became KWNB-LD and began rebroadcasting KWNB-TV. However, through the use of digital multicasting, Fox programming continues on a digital subchannel as KWNB-LD retransmits both the 6.1 ABC feed and 6.2 Fox feed of KWNB-TV.

Two additional repeaters, K18CD and KWAZ-LP channel 35 in Lincoln, carried KFXL's programming (and that of KTVG prior to June 12, 2009) until December 1, 2009; both repeaters, as with KSNB, were owned by Colins Broadcasting Company. (A third Colins-owned translator, K17CI in Beatrice, Nebraska, had left the air on June 12, 2009.)[6]

Cable/satellite coverage


KFXL is on Time Warner Cable channel 18 in Lincoln and Dish Network local channel 51.


KTVG can be found on Charter Communications in Kearney and Grand Island. Galaxy Cablevision customers in Grand Island and Hall County also have access to the station. KTVG is also the choice station for Antilles Wireless customers in Kenesaw. All of these carry the station on channel 4. KTVG can also be found on Charter channel 3 in Hastings and Glenwood Communications channel 17 in Blue Hill. Lastly, Great Plains Cable Television customers in Hayes Center can find the station on channel 29. It is also carried on numerous smaller cable systems across central Nebraska. Its signal is also available as the Fox station on the Lincoln DirecTV and Dish Network local feeds. DirecTV carries the station on channel 17 while Dish Network carries the station on channels 17 and 7553.


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