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KXLY-TV (digital channel 13) is the ABC network affiliate in Spokane, Washingtonmarker. KXLY-TV is owned by Spokane Television Group, a subsidiary of Morgan Murphy Media, it is one of five local Spokane TV stations seen in Canadamarker on the Shaw Direct satellite provider.


KXLY-TV signed on the air in early 1953, (with help from Gonzaga Universitymarker alumnus Bing Crosby) as Spokane's second television station. It was a primary CBS affiliate, sharing ABC with KHQ-TVmarker. It also carried some programming from DuMont up until as late as April 1955.. ABC programming, along with partial DuMont shows that KXLY-TV did not carry, moved to KREM-TVmarker when it signed on in 1954.

At first, KXLY, whose AM sistermarker was also affiliated with the CBS Radio Network at the time, enjoyed a good partnership with CBS. The national affiliate worked well with early KXLY executives Dick Jones, Bob Struble, and Jimmy Augustino, to help the station become a dominant player in the Spokane television market in the 1950s and 1960s.

However, the station's relationship with CBS faltered in later years when it started airing several CBS shows out of pattern by delaying or pre-empting them. On August 8, 1976, CBS dropped KXLY as an affiliate and moved its programming to KREM. KXLY then picked up KREM's old ABC affiliation. 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 network (first CBS, then ABC) throughout the 1970s.

KXLY's sister station is KXMN, which was launched on September 5, 2006 to become Spokane's MyNetworkTV affiliate.

HD race

On March 11, 1999, KXLY-DT signed on the air as Eastern Washington's first digital television signal on 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 pm and 6 pm 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 Monday, September 27, 1999, KXLY-DT had permanently moved its digital transmissions to the top of Mt. Spokane and increased its power to the FCC maximum of 23,300 watts. That evening marked the region's first broadcast of high-definition pictures with the airing of ABC Monday Night Football.

On April 20, 2006, the race to high-definition live local newscasts in the Spokane television market began when KXLY became the first station in Spokane to broadcast a local news segment in high definition, an experiment the station continued to explore by showing one pre-taped news segment in HD each Tuesday night during its 6 pm 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, just a mere two days after the announcement, it would begin producing all news broadcasts in high definition. The date was chosen in order to beat KHQ to the milestone of being the first station to broadcast high definition local news in the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene market.


KXLY is the only station in the Spokane market to broadcast from Mount Spokane, well 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 to serve non-antenna-rotator-equipped households from the mountain ridge south of Spokane used by the other stations. With most viewers now receiving KXLY via cable or satellite, that translator was repurposed to become KXLY-LP, which continues to broadcast analog ABC programming on Channel 11 beyond the FCC's mandated full-power analog shut down.

On December 22, 2008, KXLY started producing the newscasts for sister stations KAPPmarker/Yakimamarker and KVEWmarker/Kennewickmarker. Both stations discontinued its 6 pm newscast, the 11pm newscast was reduced to 5 minutes and weekend newscasts now broadcasts from KXLY. This includes all weather and sports reports for weekdays and weekends. In addition to this move, 17 employees from KVEW and KAPP, were laid off.


KXLY currently features ABC programming, as well as local news, paid programming, and syndicated entertainment programming including Live with Regis and Kelly, The Rachael Ray Show, Deal or No Deal, Entertainment Tonight, and The Insider.

Digital Television

This station's digital channel is VHF 13, multiplexed:Digital channels
Channel Programming
4.1 KXLY ABC 4 programming
4.2 KXMN (My Network TV)

Post analog shutdown

After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion on February 17, 2009 , KXLY-TV remained on its current pre-transition channel number, 13. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display KXLY-TV's virtual channel as 4.


KXLY is rebroadcast on the following translator stations.

Translators in Montanamarker are in the Mountain Time Zone.


KXLY's newscasts, titled "kxly4 HD News", are featured at these following times:

  • Good Morning Northwest HD (5-7 AM)
  • kxly4 HD News @ 5 (5-5:30 PM)
  • kxly4 HD News @ 6 (6-6:30 PM)
  • kxly4 HD News @ 6:30 (6:30-7 PM)
  • kxly4 HD News @ 11 (11-11:35 PM)

  • kxly4 HD News @ 6 (6-6:30 PM)
  • kxly4 HD News @ 11 (11-11:35 PM)

  • kxly4 HD News @ 6 (6-6:30 PM)
  • kxly4 HD News @ 11 (11-11:35 PM)


Current On-Air Personalities

  • Kalae Chock - Good Morning Northwest HD (Mon-Fri)
  • Mike Gonzalez - Good Morning Northwest HD (Mon-Fri)
  • Mark Peterson - Good Morning Northwest HD (Mon-Fri)
  • Dave Erickson - kxly4 HD News Mon-Fri)
  • Robyn Nance - kxly4 HD News (Mon-Fri)
  • Tori Brunetti - kxly4 HD News Saturday & Sunday Evenings

Meteorologists/Weather Anchors:
  • Kris Crocker - Chief Meteorologist & KAPP-TVmarker/KVEW-TVmarker Chief Meteorologist
  • Kate Derning Hudson - Fill-in Meteorologist
  • Mark Peterson - Morning Weather
  • Jared Richardson - Weekend Weather & KAPP-TVmarker/KVEW-TVmarker Weekend Forecaster

Sports Anchors:
  • Derek Deis - Sports Director
  • Ben Kaplan - Weekend Sports Anchor
  • Keith Osso - Fill in Sports Anchor
  • McKay Allen
  • Annie Bishop (North Idaho Reporter)
  • Tori Brunetti (Weekend Anchor)
  • Tania Dall
  • Jeff Humphrey (son of NBC correspondent Don Harris)
  • Erik Loney
  • Melissa Luck (Executive Producer)
  • Colleen O'Brien (Good Morning Northwest)
  • Keith Osso (Sports)
  • Sally Showman

Weekly Guests:
  • Michael Foley
  • Jaime Johnson
  • George Lee
  • Johnny Warren

Former On-Air Personalities

Former Reporters:
  • Heather Bosch 1994-1995 General Assignment Reporter/NewsRadio 920 Anchor.
  • Tom Grant 1999-2001 General Assignment Reporter.
  • Lucinda Kay General Assignment Reporter ????-2006.
  • Cyndy Koures General Assignment Reporter -1980's-1990's. Morning Drive Anchor and Reporter, Senior Reporter. Currently Executive News Producer for NBC Montana Stations owned by Bonten Media.
  • Travis Mayfield mid 2000s.
  • Dave Meany 2000s.
  • Mary Nam ????-2003
  • Patrick Preston 2001-2005.

Former Anchors:
  • Ron Bair Anchor 1970's. Deceased.
  • Susanna Baylon Evening Anchor 2000-2006.
  • Richard Brown : Anchor/Managing Editor 1998-2007. Currently anchors 3pm-6pm weeknights on CKOM Radio in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada.
  • Rob Daugherty Evening Anchor 1980s.
  • Rick Douglas Evening Anchor 1987-1992.
  • Mike Fitzsimmons Anchor 1970s.
  • Barry Judge Evening Anchor 1990s.
  • Karen Kelly Evening Anchor 1980s-1990s.
  • John Langeler 2006-2009. Weekend Anchor/Reporter.
  • Teresa Lukens Sunday morning anchor with husband Rick Lukens from 1990's to 2008.
  • Renee McCullough Former Good Morning Northwest Anchor.
  • Elaine Murphy Evening Anchor 1980s.
  • Dina Napoli Anchor/Reporter late 1980s to early 1990s.
  • Matt Templeman Former Good Morning Northwest Anchor.
  • Darin Watkins Weekend Anchor/Reporter.
  • Debra Wilde Anchor 2000-2006.
  • Mark Wright Anchor 1990s

Former Weather Anchors:
  • Tim Adams Currently the Chief Meteorologist for KNDO-TVmarker/KNDU-TVmarker in Yakima and Tri Cities.
  • Laura Ashley Former Chief Meteorologist late 1990s to early 2000s.
  • Elizabeth Gardner Former weather meteorologist 1995-1998.
  • Paul Horton Currently Morning & Midday Meteorologist for KPHO-TVmarker in Phoenix, AZ.
  • Leslie Lowe 2002-2008.
  • Steve Mumm Chief Meteorologist 1980s to early 1990s.
  • Daryl Romeyn 1989-2003.
  • Dave Sweeney

Former Sport Anchors:
  • Kayla Anderson Sports Reporter.
  • Mike Boyle Weekend Sports Anchor 2000-2002.
  • Allison Leep Weekend Sports Anchor 2004-2008. First woman sports anchor in Spokane.
  • Rick Lukens Former Sports Director and Sunday morning anchor.
  • Bud Nameck Sports Director 1982-1995.
  • Dennis Patchin Sports Anchor from 1984-1995 and Sports Director from 1995-2009. He is still going to work for the station for the 6:30 p.m. news if the station needs him. Stepped down as sports director in July 2009.

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • KXLY Television Newsreel (1953-1960)
  • The World Today/The World Tonight (1960-1964)
  • The News/Nite Edition (1964-1971)
  • NewsScene (1971-1973)
  • News 4 (1973-1976, 1981-1986, 1996-2001)
  • Total News 4 (1976-1981, 1991-1996)
  • KXLY News 4 (1986-1991, 2001-2007)
  • kxly4 News (2007-2008)
  • kxly4 HD News (2008-present)

Station Slogans

  • Making the Northwest Difference (1991-1998)
  • The Inland Northwest's #1 Source for Breaking News (1998-2001)
  • First 4 Local News (1996-2001)
  • See the Difference (2001-2005)
  • Uncovering More (2005-2007)
  • Never Miss a Story (2007-present)

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