|Pittsburg, Kansas/Joplin, Missouri|
|Channels|| Analog: 14 (UHF) |
|Owner|| Surtsey Media, LLC|
(operated by Saga Communications, Inc.)
|First air date||October 18, 2003|
|Call letters' meaning||mix of FoX & Joplin|
|Transmitter Power||5000 kW|
KFJX was founded in 2003 as the FOX affiliate for the Pittsburg, Kansas/Joplin, Missouri market. It's owned by Saga Communications' Surtsey Media subsidiary & is a sister station to KOAM-TV.
KFJX was launched primarily to bring a FOX affiliate to the area, since the closest FOX affiliates were located in Kansas City, Springfield & Tulsa. KFJX may have also been launched in response to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group KODE-TV/KSNF duopoly, which began in 2004.
It airs a 9 PM newscast daily, produced by KOAM. That newscast debuted April 5, 2004 & expanded to include a weekend edition in the Fall 2005.
Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21 1997, the station did not receive a companion channel for a DTV station. Instead, on or before February 17 2009, which is the end of the DTV conversion period for full-service stations, KFJX will be required to turn off it's analog signal & turn on it's DT signal (called a "flash-cut"). The FCC recently granted KFJX permission for permanent post transition operation on ch. 13, KOAM-DT's pre-transition DT channel.