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KXLY 2019 ABC Logo.png

Spokane, Washington
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
United States
CitySpokane, Washington
ChannelsDigital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 4
Branding4 News Now
MeTV Spokane–Coeur d'Alene (on DT2)
SloganWorking 4 You
Memorable Entertainment Television (on DT2)
Affiliations4.1: ABC (since July 1976; also secondary 1953–1954 and February–July 1976)
4.2: MeTV
4.3: Heroes & Icons
4.4: Start TV
4.5: Dabl
4.6: QVC
4.7: HSN
OwnerMorgan Murphy Media
(Spokane Television, Inc.)
First air date
February 22, 1953 (68 years ago) (1953-02-22)[1]
Former channel number(s)
4 (VHF, 1953–2009)
CBS (1953–1976)
DuMont (1953–1955)[2]
UPN (January–September 2006)
MyNetworkTV (2009–2012)
Call sign meaning
The XL Network
(KXLY (AM) was a flagship station for a regional network)
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID61978
ERP23.3 kW
HAAT936 m (3,071 ft)
Transmitter coordinates47°55′18″N 117°6′52″W / 47.92167°N 117.11444°W / 47.92167; -117.11444
Translator(s)KXMN-LD 9 Spokane (4.1 PSIP)
KXMN-LP 11 Spokane
KUMN-LD 19 Moses Lake
(for others, see below)
Public license information

KXLY-TV, virtual channel 4 (VHF digital channel 13), is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Spokane, Washington, United States and also serving Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The station is owned by the Spokane Television Group, a subsidiary of Morgan Murphy Media. KXLY-TV's studios are located on West Boone Avenue in Spokane, and its transmitter is located on Mount Spokane. The station's MeTV-affiliated second digital subchannel is also seen in the YakimaTri-Cities market on sister stations and fellow ABC affiliates KAPP (channel 35.2) and KVEW (channel 42.2).

On cable and satellite, KXLY is available in high definition (HD) on Comcast Xfinity channel 104 in the Spokane area, Charter Spectrum channel 1200 in the Coeur d'Alene area and the Palouse, and channel 4 (in both standard and HD) on Dish Network and DirecTV.

The station is also carried on cable systems in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, both of which are double the size of KXLY's American coverage area. One result of this is that stations in Calgary and Edmonton air American shows on Pacific Time, even though Calgary and Edmonton are both on Mountain Time. It is one of five local Spokane area television stations seen in Canada on the Shaw Direct satellite service. It can also been seen on local cable systems in eastern British Columbia.


KXLY-TV logo (1966)
KXLY-TV logo (1966)

Although KHQ and KXLY were both granted authorization by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to build television stations on July 11, 1952,[3] KXLY was the second to sign on, going on the air with broadcast tests on January 16, 1953,[4] with regular programming beginning on February 22.[5] KXLY had initially hoped to have its television station on the air by Christmas of 1952,[6] but adverse weather conditions on Mount Spokane delayed the launch.[7] It was owned by northwestern broadcast pioneer Ed Craney along with Spokane's oldest radio station, KXLY (AM 920). Just a few months after signing on, Craney sold KXLY-AM-TV to Northern Pacific Radio and Television Corporation.

KXLY-TV was a primary CBS affiliate owing to its sister radio station's long affiliation with CBS Radio[8] sharing ABC with KHQ-TV. Channel 4 also carried some programming from DuMont[9] until as late as April 1955.[2] ABC programming,[10] along with partial DuMont shows that KXLY-TV did not carry, moved to KREM when it signed on in 1954.

At first, channel 4 enjoyed a good partnership with CBS. The network worked well with early KXLY executives Dick Jones, Bob Struble, and James Agostino to help the station become a dominant player in the Spokane television market in the 1950s and 1960s. Morgan Murphy bought the station in 1961.[11]

However, the station's relationship with CBS faltered in later years when it started airing several network shows out of pattern. On February 19, 1976, CBS sent KXLY-TV a "notice of termination",[12] with CBS spokesman Barry Richardson stating that the network was ending its 23-year association with KXLY-TV "because we made a business judgment that we could get wider exposure for our programs with another station". This would become a rare first in which a major television network would strip a station of its affiliation without first announcing a new affiliate.[13] On August 8, the affiliation switch went into full effect,[14] with CBS programming moving to KREM (KREM wanted to wait until ABC finished airing the network's coverage of the 1976 Summer Olympics to make the switch).[15] KXLY then picked up KREM's old ABC affiliation,[16] although it began the transition in February 1976 when it began airing the then-new Good Morning America while airing CBS shows throughout the day. Ironically at this time, ABC jumped to number one in the ratings for the next several years. This meant KXLY ended up broadcasting the highest-rated networks (first CBS, then ABC) throughout the 1970s. Its radio sister remained with CBS for another 22 years until September 1998, at which time it became an ABC Radio Network affiliate, like its TV cousin.

KXLY-TV is the only station in the Spokane market to broadcast from Mount Spokane, to the northeast of the city. The site (located in a state park) was originally developed with the expectation that Spokane's other TV stations would want to follow suit. When this did not occur, KXLY built a translator (K09FZ on channel 9, later becoming K11VT Channel 11, then KUUP-LP) to serve non-antenna-rotator-equipped households from the mountain ridge south of Spokane used by the other stations. On May 24, 2006, it became KXMN-LP and from September 5, 2006, until the national DTV transition in February 2009, it broadcast MyNetworkTV programming. From the digital transition date forward, the South Hill transmitter rebroadcasts KXLY ABC 4—both in analog on VHF Channel 11 and as 4.1 (ABC HD) and 4.2 (MyNetworkTV/MeTV) over a VHF channel 9 HD digital translator. In June 2017, KXLY-TV added Channel 22, a 15,000 watt fill-in transmitter atop Krell Ridge on Spokane's South Hill. This new digital signal adds stronger service for Spokane's Downtown, Northside, South Hill and Spokane River Valley antenna household locations.

Programming from MeTV was added on September 3, 2012.[17] KXLY-DT2 stopped carrying MyNetworkTV on October 1 and has since carried MeTV exclusively.

HD race

On March 11, 1999, KXLY-DT signed on the air as Eastern Washington's first digital television signal on VHF Channel 13. Much like the first black and white television broadcasters, this initial effort was launched utilizing a low power digital transmitter and antenna co-located at the Boone Avenue studio location in downtown Spokane. The station's first authentic telecasts began with its 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. newscasts March 26, 1999.

Later behind the scenes that year, engineers assembled the new ABC High Definition satellite equipment to ready the station for ABC's foray into HD with Monday Night Football. By September 27, 1999, KXLY-DT had permanently moved its digital transmissions to the top of Mount Spokane and increased its power to the FCC maximum of 23,300 watts. That evening marked the region's first broadcast of HD pictures with the airing of Monday Night Football.

On April 20, 2006, the race to HD live local newscasts in the Spokane television market began when KXLY-TV became the first station in Eastern Washington to broadcast a local news segment in HD, an experiment the station continued to explore by showing one pre-taped news segment in HD each Tuesday night during its 6:00 p.m. broadcast until it switched to showing full HD newscasts on August 3, 2008.

On May 16, 2008, KHQ announced that it would leap ahead of KXLY in becoming the first station to produce HD newscasts beginning August 8, 2008. After months of KHQ marketing this milestone, on August 1, 2008, KXLY shocked KHQ when it made a surprise announcement that starting on August 3, 2008, a mere two days later, it would begin producing all news broadcasts in HD.[18] The date was chosen to beat KHQ to the milestone of being the first station in Eastern Washington to broadcast HD local news.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[19][20][21]
4.1 720p 16:9 KXLY-HD Main KXLY-TV programming / ABC
4.2 KXLY4.2 MeTV
4.3 480i KXLY4.3 Heroes & Icons
4.4 KXLY4.4 Start TV
4.5 KXLY4.5 Dabl
4.6 KXLY4.6 QVC
4.7 KXLY4.7 HSN

Analog-to-digital conversion

KXLY-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, on February 17, 2009, the original target date when full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 13.[22][23] Through the use of Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP), digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 4.


Syndicated programming on KXLY-TV includes Live with Kelly and Ryan, The Dr. Oz Show, Rachael Ray, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Inside Edition, and Entertainment Tonight, among others. MeTV programming, simulcast with KXLY-DT2, appears occasionally.

News operation

Logo for "4 News Now", featuring a play button motif similar to that of KXLY's sister stations WISC-TV and WKBT-DT
Logo for "4 News Now", featuring a play button motif similar to that of KXLY's sister stations WISC-TV and WKBT-DT

KXLY broadcasts 23 hours of news a week, with a two-hour morning program, Good Morning Northwest, from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., and its evening newscasts at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m and 11:00 p.m. Unlike most ABC affiliates in the Pacific time zone, KXLY does not produce midday news or broadcast Saturday nights at 11:00 pm, leaving the 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. newscasts as KXLY 4's only news offerings on Saturdays.

On December 22, 2008, KXLY began producing high-resolution weather segments for sister stations KAPP/Yakima and KVEW/Kennewick. Both stations discontinued their 6:00 p.m. newscasts, the 11:00 p.m. newscasts were reduced to five minutes and weekend newscasts are now produced at KXLY. This includes all weather and sports reports for weekdays and weekends. In addition to these moves, 17 employees from KVEW and KAPP were laid off.[24][25]

On July 1, 2019, KXLY switched its logo and title from "KXLY 4" to "4 News Now". In the move, KXLY received a new studio, replacing the one that had been used for two decades.[26]

Notable former on-air staff


City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Owner
Brewster K14SF-D 14 0.04 kW 689 m (2,260 ft) 68524 48°1′11.5″N 119°58′41.2″W / 48.019861°N 119.978111°W / 48.019861; -119.978111 (K14SF-D)) Methow Valley Communications District
Dryden K10LG-D 10 0.018 kW 649 m (2,129 ft) 69513 47°35′59.4″N 120°30′33.3″W / 47.599833°N 120.509250°W / 47.599833; -120.509250 (K10LG-D)) Upper Wenatchee Valley TV Association
Leavenworth K05MU-D 5 0.01 kW −126 m (−413 ft) 187540 47°36′59.4″N 120°40′42.3″W / 47.616500°N 120.678417°W / 47.616500; -120.678417 (K05MU-D)) Leavenworth Non-Profit TV Association
Malott & Wakefield K08CW-D 8 0.013 kW 188 m (617 ft) 68527 48°19′35.5″N 119°42′17.2″W / 48.326528°N 119.704778°W / 48.326528; -119.704778 (K08CW-D)) T.V. Reception Improvement District
Mazma K19JC-D 19 0.05 kW −339 m (−1,112 ft) 188836 48°32′19.5″N 120°18′47.8″W / 48.538750°N 120.313278°W / 48.538750; -120.313278 (K19JC-D)) Methow Valley Communications District
Omak K33NM-D 33 0.017 kW 774 m (2,539 ft) 64471 48°27′14.5″N 119°18′34.1″W / 48.454028°N 119.309472°W / 48.454028; -119.309472 (K33NM-D)) T.V. Reception Improvement District
Omak K35MN-D 35 0.051 kW 766 m (2,513 ft) 64461 48°27′14.5″N 119°18′34.1″W / 48.454028°N 119.309472°W / 48.454028; -119.309472 (K35MN-D)) T.V. Reception Improvement District
Spokane KXMN-LD 9 0.2 kW 536 m (1,759 ft) 167856 47°34′34″N 117°18′2″W / 47.57611°N 117.30056°W / 47.57611; -117.30056 (KXMN-LD)) Morgan Murphy Media
Spokane KXLY-TV (DRT) 22 15 kW 540.8 m (1,774 ft) 61978 47°34′34″N 117°18′2″W / 47.57611°N 117.30056°W / 47.57611; -117.30056 (KXLY-TV (DRT)) Morgan Murphy Media
Riverside K10DM-D 10 0.002 kW −222 m (−728 ft) 64459 48°29′49.5″N 119°30′49.1″W / 48.497083°N 119.513639°W / 48.497083; -119.513639 (K10DM-D) T.V. Reception Improvement District
Tonasket K08CX-D 8 0.015 kW 20 m (66 ft) 64460 48°46′52.5″N 119°23′14.2″W / 48.781250°N 119.387278°W / 48.781250; -119.387278 (K08CX-D) T.V. Reception Improvement District
Wenatchee K26IV-D 26 0.35 kW −65 m (−213 ft) 167861 47°22′51.4″N 120°17′20.2″W / 47.380944°N 120.288944°W / 47.380944; -120.288944 (K26IV-D) Morgan Murphy Media
Wenatchee K30KA-D 30 0.65 kW 776 m (2,546 ft) 167860 47°16′26.4″N 120°24′22.2″W / 47.274000°N 120.406167°W / 47.274000; -120.406167 (K30KA-D) Morgan Murphy Media
Winthrop-Twisp K12BA-D 12 0.035 kW 507 m (1,663 ft) 68507 48°19′4.5″N 120°6′58.2″W / 48.317917°N 120.116167°W / 48.317917; -120.116167 (K12BA-D) Methow Valley Communications District
Bonners Ferry, ID K11HM-D 11 0.044 kW 863 m (2,831 ft) 6538 48°36′37.7″N 116°15′31.6″W / 48.610472°N 116.258778°W / 48.610472; -116.258778 (K11HM-D) Boundary County TV Translator District
Coeur d'Alene, ID KMNZ-LD 31 1.75 kW 457 m (1,499 ft) 167859 47°43′53.6″N 116°43′50.6″W / 47.731556°N 116.730722°W / 47.731556; -116.730722 (KMNZ-LD) Morgan Murphy Media
Coolin, ID K10KR-D 10 0.016 kW 71 m (233 ft) 53514 48°35′35.7″N 116°54′32.8″W / 48.593250°N 116.909111°W / 48.593250; -116.909111 (K10KR-D) Priest Lake Translator District
Grangeville, ID K16LS-D 16 0.221 kW 615 m (2,018 ft) 9891 46°04′8.5″N 116°27′57.5″W / 46.069028°N 116.465972°W / 46.069028; -116.465972 (K16LS-LD) Friends of KSPS
Juliaetta, ID K09DF-D 9 0.007 kW 9 m (30 ft) 32923 46°34′43.6″N 116°41′29.5″W / 46.578778°N 116.691528°W / 46.578778; -116.691528 (K09DF-D) Juliaetta Television Association
Lewiston, ID K23NQ-D 23 3 kW 286 m (938 ft) 167857 46°27′2.9″N 117°2′50.1″W / 46.450806°N 117.047250°W / 46.450806; -117.047250 (K23NQ-D) Morgan Murphy Media
Heron, MT K06QF-D 6 0.05 kW 240 m (787 ft) 182005 47°57′17.6″N 115°40′14.9″W / 47.954889°N 115.670806°W / 47.954889; -115.670806 (K06QF-D) Trout Creek-Heron-Noxon TV District
Kalispell & Lakeside, MT K30PT-D 30 1.26 kW 794 m (2,605 ft) 5825 48°0′39.8″N 114°21′51.4″W / 48.011056°N 114.364278°W / 48.011056; -114.364278 (K30PT-D) Blacktail TV Tax District
Libby, MT K24KJ-D 24 0.431 kW 84 m (276 ft) 37215 48°26′19.8″N 115°31′40.5″W / 48.438833°N 115.527917°W / 48.438833; -115.527917 (K24KJ-D) Libby Video Club, Inc.
Plains & Paradise, MT K07QH-D 7 0.03 kW 33 m (108 ft) 52777 47°31′29.7″N 114°57′31.4″W / 47.524917°N 114.958722°W / 47.524917; -114.958722 (K07QH-D) Plains-Paradise TV District
Polson, MT K03DJ-D 3 0.032 kW 7 m (23 ft) 5828 47°40′38.8″N 114°8′33.2″W / 47.677444°N 114.142556°W / 47.677444; -114.142556 (K03DJ-D) Blacktail TV Tax District
Trout Creek, etc., MT K10QH-D 10 0.019 kW 239 m (784 ft) 181559 47°57′17.9″N 115°40′14.9″W / 47.954972°N 115.670806°W / 47.954972; -115.670806 (K10QH-D) Trout Creek-Heron-Noxon TV District
Troy, MT K10AF-D 10 0.035 kW 559 m (1,834 ft) 68191 48°29′7″N 115°48′19.7″W / 48.48528°N 115.805472°W / 48.48528; -115.805472 (K10AF-D) Troy T.V. District
Troy, MT K11KP-D 11 0.035 kW 553 m (1,814 ft) 36302 48°29′7″N 115°48′19.7″W / 48.48528°N 115.805472°W / 48.48528; -115.805472 (K11KP-D) Lake Creek TV District


  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says February 22, while the Television and Cable Factbook says January 16.
  2. ^ a b "KXLY-TV (Channel 4 – CBS Du Mont) Today's Program". Daily Interlake. Kalispell, MT. 1955-05-30. p. 7.
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  17. ^ Where to Watch Me-TV
  18. ^ Archived 2017-11-07 at the Wayback Machine KXLY 4 News flips the switch on full HD
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  28. ^ "Richard Brown, Chief Communications Officer for the Mayor, shows off a souvenir while the judges panel is introduced during Swinging with the Stars at TCU Place in Saskatoon, January 24, 2015". 2015-01-26. Retrieved 2015-08-29.[permanent dead link]
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