KXAN-TV owned by Nexstar Media Group and launched on Feb 12, 1965 is an NBC affiliate that shares duopoly with KBVO linked with MyNetworkTV. Nexstar also manages operations of KNVA linked with CW through an LMA. The studios for the three sisters are located on Western Martin Luther King, Jr while KXAN has its transmitter installed at West Austin Antenna Farm north of West Lake Hills. It is available on Suddenlink, Grande Communications and Charter Spectrum on ch 4 via cable.
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Sisters: KBVO, KNVA and KBVO-CD
KHFI-TV owned by Kingsbury family was launched on Feb 12, 1965 and was the second television in Austin; KTBC was the first broadcaster developed 12 years ago. The ideal situation for KHFI would be to hook with CBS however, the contractual commitments kept its status independent until 1966 when it signed with NBC. Unlike other stations in the Austin market, it didn’t adopt any secondary affiliation. Kingsbury’s later welcomed Henry Tippie as partner in 1973 as the FCC gave KHFI the green signal to move to ch 36. It changed its callsign to KTVV and also augmented its transmission power to 5m watts to extend its coverage capacity to more than double of the previously covered areas. LIN Broadcasting got their hand on the Kingsbury’s asset in 1979. The calls were changed to KXAN on Oct 15, 1987. LIN setup KNLO on Sep 6, 1991 to improve the signal strength of KXAN and the renamed its KAXM-TV. On Aug 3, 2009 KXAM (former KNLO) again changed its identity to become KBVO on Aug 3, 2009.
KXAN today is also of the two channels in Austin to retain their original network affiliation. Following the network swap between KBVO and KTBC. KBVO on Oct 21, 2009 later hooked with MyNetworkTV on Oct 21, 2009. KXAN’s current transmission facility was built in 1996 and old tower constructed in 1964 was abandoned. LIN was merged into Media General on Dec 19, 2014.
KXAN shares 31 hours of local news each week including five hours on weekdays and 3 hours on Sat and Sun. The syndicated programs Rachel Ray, Wheel of Fortune, Dr. Phil and Jeopardy. You can watch KXAN-TV live stream online. Here is the website: https://www.kxan.com/