KXVA-TV History

Sage Broadcasting started KIDZ-FOX in Abilene under STAR Broadcasting. Later, STAR Broadcasting was dissolved and only Sage Broadcasting remained. In 2000, KIDZ-FOX in Abilene changed its call letters to KXVA-FOX in Abilene and KIDZ became a UPN network.

On January 1, 2008, Bayou City Broadcasting began operating the stations as LMA and on July 31, 2008, became the official owner of the stations.

The KXVA analog transmitter was turned off on Feb 17, 2009 and KXVA began digital transmission.

In 2011, the KABB-FOX San Antonio news was added at 9 p.m. on KXVA so the station would have a “news” presence. In late 2011, local 5-minute news updates were implemented to start the 9 p.m. newscast and the San Antonio news was joined in progress.

In 2012, Bayou City Broadcasting upgraded all operations for KXVA to HD.

On January 1, 2013 the station was acquired by London Broadcasting Company. Plans immediately went into effect to improve the physical location of the station, as well as prepare for a full local news launch and staffing was upgraded to achieve revenue goals. KXVA leased a new location on the Winters Freeway in Abilene and moved in just prior to Christmas.

In late 2013, the race was on to hire a full news and production staff to plan and launch local news programming on January 27, 2014 at 9 p.m. in Abilene. On July 8, the London Broadcasting stations were purchased by Gannett Company, Inc. In August, KXVA developed the concept and debuted a local high school football show: The West Texas Scoreboard. September 22 saw the launch of the 6:30 p.m. newscast in Abilene. When Gannett split in late June 2015, KXVA became part of the new broadcasting company, TEGNA.

Continued growth of our news offerings is always a priority. On October 5th of 2015, an all-new morning show debuted in the Big Country named Wake Up West Texas. This show airs 5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. and features a high level of current local news from the West Texas region, as well as the latest in regional and national news with a heavy emphasis on social media trending news, events, and activities.

On August 2nd 2016, KXVA was rebranded as the all new FOX 15. News was moved from 6:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the 9 p.m. news was moved to 10 p.m. to go head to

head against the other broadcast channels offering local news. An all new website, FOX15Abilene.com debuted as well.

Today, KXVA continues to perfect news operations and compete to become THE news source for the Big Country. Under the leadership of TEGNA, additional growth has taken place in the newsroom and technology has received a boost with emphasis on web and social media activities. Sales operations now have the full arsenal of G/O Digital offerings to provide to local clients and continue to grow revenue through an assortment of annual projects. The station is actively involved in numerous community oriented projects throughout the year and believe in giving back to the communities that we serve. These activities include the live broadcast of the FOX 15 Christmas Lights Parade and the West Texas Fair and Rodeo Parade, just to name a few.