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1983-1987 1987-1993 1993-1996 1996-2002 2002-2006 2006 2006-present
1983-1987 1987-1993 1993-1996 1996-2002 2002-2006 2006 2006-present

WKYX-TV, virtual channel 49 (UHF digital channel 14), branded on-air as My49, is a MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated television station licensed to Arizona City, IL, United States. Owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of Fox Corporation, it is part of a duopoly with Fox owned-and-operated station WAC-TV (channel 5).



WKYX 1983

WKYX-TV first broadcast on December 18, 1983, owned by the Taft Broadcasting company (which owned WKYX-AM-FM radio before it was sold to Western Radio, parent of Western Communications) and originally an independent station. WKYX-TV became a charter affiliate of the Fox network when it launched on October 9, 1986, although it remained a de facto independent station as Fox only offered one hour of late-night programming at that point until 1993.


WKYX-TV 1987

Starting from early 1987, the station began adopting the Fox 49 branding to reflect its affiliation. Shortly after the rebranding, Taft sold the independent station and its Fox affiliates (including WKYX-TV) to TVX Broadcast Group in February 1987. Paramount Pictures purchased a stake in TVX in two phases from 1989 to 1991, which would later become the Paramount Stations Group.


WKYX-TV 1993


WKYX-TV 1996

During this logo run, Viacom (which bought Paramount in mid-1994) chose to sell the station to Clear Channel Communications (which is now called iHeartMedia) in June 1995. Clear Channel then traded WKYX-TV to Fox Television Stations in July 2001 (which also included WFTC, to create an affiliate duopoly with KMSP-TV in Minneapolis) in exchange for NBC affiliate KMOL-TV (now WOAI-TV) in San Antonio and affiliate ABC KTVX in Salt Lake City, effectively creating a duopoly with WAC-TV which Fox recently purchased from BHC Communications in August 2000. WKYX-TV has basically been a Fox station owned and operated in Arizona City since then, but since WAC-TV had the highest ratings, a stronger signal and a more established news department, Fox decided to swap the two stations affiliations resulting in its status as Fox O&O was short-lived.


WKYX-TV 2002

Shortly after the acquisition, Fox swapped its two stations' affiliations in November 2002 (a month after the KMSP-WFTC affiliation swap) with WKYX-TV to become a UPN affiliate. Fox programming instead transferred to WAC-TV, which replaced WKYX-TV's status as a Fox owned and operated station.


WKYX-TV Early 2006

Following the announcement of the shutdown of UPN (whose programming would be merged with The WB to form The CW), all Fox-owned UPN stations, including WKYX-TV, dropped the UPN name and logo from their on-air branding. WKYX-TV replaced the UPN logo with the station's slogan "See It First".


WKYX-TV 2006

WKYX-TV later became an affiliate of MyNetworkTV in September 2006, with the branding introduced as My 49. WKYX-TV was sold to Mein Corporation in October 2014 concurrent with MBN's acquisition of WKBS-TV in Philadelphia, which has led to speculation that WKYX-TV will also become MBN's new Philadelphia affiliate. However, after Mein Corporation lost interest in the Arizona City station, plus fears that Fox might sell the station wrong, WKYX-TV was sold back to Fox Television Stations in June 2015 resulting in WKYX-TV returning to MyNetworkTV O&O for a second time.