KMPX, virtual channel 29 (UHF digital channel 30), is an Estrella TV-affiliated television station licensed to Decatur, Texas, United States and serving the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex. The station is owned by Tegna Inc., as part of a duopoly with Dallas-licensed ABC affiliate WFAA (channel 8). KMPX's offices are located on Gateway Drive in Irving, and its transmitter is located south of Belt Line Road in Cedar Hill. Master control and most internal operations are based at the WFAA Communications Center Studios on Young Street in Downtown Dallas.
KMPX is the largest primary Estrella TV affiliate by market size that is not owned and operated by the network's parent company Estrella Media.
Prior history of UHF channel 29 in Dallas-Fort Worth
The UHF channel 29 allocation in the Dallas-Fort Worth market was originally planned to be used to sign on KLIF-TV (which was to have stood for "Oak Cliff"); on January 15, 1953, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted a construction permit for that station to legendary radio broadcaster Gordon McLendon.
Had KLIF-TV signed on, it would have been a sister station to radio station KLIF (570 AM). KLIF-TV was intended to operate from the Cliff Towers Hotel in Dallas, which formerly served as the studios of KLIF radio and would later house KGKO (1480 AM, now KNGO) and KKSN (730 AM, now KKDA). The broadcast license was issued that year, but the station never went on the air; the KLIF-TV license was cancelled in 1955. Since television sets were not required to include UHF tuners until the All-Channel Receiver Act went into effect in 1964, McLendon apparently had second thoughts about developing a station that might not have any viewers (another unrelated television station using the KLIF-TV call letters was later planned to sign on 1967, but also never launched).
Channel 29 signed on the air in June, 1964 from downtown Dallas as KAEI-TV, which was owned by Automated Electric Incorporated and ran a format of automated stock quotes for eight hours a day. However, poor reception reportedly led to that station's demise later that same year. In 1966, three applicants tried to take over channel 29—Grandview Broadcasting (which later took itself out of the running), Overmyer Communications (who later applied for the UHF channel 27 license) and Maxwell Electronics (whose application was terminated in 1967 and would later sign on KMEC-TV (channel 33, allocation now occupied by KDAF) in October 1967)—while the station remained dark. In 1985, three applicants vied for a license to operate a television station on channel 29, including the Wise County Messenger newspaper, owned by former WBAP-TV (channel 5, now KXAS-TV) anchor Roy Eaton.
KMPX station history
After years of debating, KMPX first signed on the air on September 15, 1993 as the flagship station of the religious broadcast network Daystar. It was founded by Daystar founders Marcus and Joni Lamb, under the licensee Community Television Educators of DFW Inc. In 2003, Daystar acquired Denton-licensed PBS member station KDTN (channel 2) from North Texas Public Broadcasting.
KMPX was then sold to Liberman Broadcasting, a sale that was finalized on January 13, 2004; after Liberman took over on that date, the station was converted into a Spanish-language independent station featuring programming distributed by the company. On September 14, 2009, KMPX became a charter owned-and-operated station of Liberman's Estrella TV network, which carries some programming seen during the station's tenure as an independent.
|TV stations in Texas|
|KBTX-DT3, Bryan||KVIA-DT4, El Paso||KNIC, Blanco||KUPB, Midland||K24GP, Lubbock||KTSM-DT2, El Paso|
|KTLE-LD, Odessa||KVAT-LD, Garfleld||KXOF-CD, Laredo||KUNU-LD, Victoria||K26KJ-D, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua-El Paso, TX||KLMV-LD, Laredo|
|KGNS-DT3, Laredo||KVDF-CD, San Antonio||KTFO-CD, Austin||KUVN, Garland||KHLM-LD, Houston||KVAW, Eagle Pass|
|KWTX-DT2, Waco||KETF-CD2, Laredo||KTFV-CD, McAllen||KINT, El Paso||K17MJ-D, San Antonio||KMPX, Decatur|
|KEYU, Borger||KYAZ, Katy||KEUS-LD, San Angelo||KLDO, Laredo||K20JT-D, Corpus Christi||KWDA-LD, Dallas|
|KTAB-DT2, Abilene||KAZD, Lake Dallas||KCRP-CD, Corpus Christi||KORO, Corpus Christi||KZHO-LD, Lake Jackson|
|KXTX, Dallas||KNWS-LP, Brownsville||KSTR, Irving||KANG-LP, San Angelo||KTBU, Conroe|
|KTLM, Rio Grande City||KTFN, El Paso||KWEX, San Antonio||KETK-DT2, Jacksonville|
|KEYE-DT2, Austin||KFTH, Alvin||KXLN, Rosenberg||KZJL, Houston|
|KTMD, Galveston||KNVO, McAllen||KVUE-DT2, Austin|
|K47DF-D, Corpus Christi||KBZO-LD, Lubbock||KMBH, Harlingen|
|KVDA, San Antonio||KAKW, Killeen|
|TV stations in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas|
| KDTN 2 (Daystar)|
KDFW 4 (FOX)
KXAS 5 (NBC)
WFAA 8 (ABC)
KTVT 11 (CBS)
KERA 13 (PBS)
KPFW-LD 18 (IND/Religious)
KBOP-LD 20 (Infomercial)
KTXA 21 (IND)
KNAV 22 (Hot TV)
KUVN 23 (UNI)
K25FW 25 (HSN)
KODF 26 (Hot TV)
KDFI 27 (MNTV)
KHPK 28 (SBN)
KMPX 29 (ESTRELLA)
KWDA-LD 30 (Rel)
K31GL 31 (SBN)
KDAF 33 (CW)
KJJM-LD 34 (HSN)
KVFW 38 (Infomercial)
KXTX 39 (TMD)
KLEG 44 (TVC)
KTXD 47 (STADIUM)
KSTR 49 (UNIMAS)
KHFD 51 (EICB)
KFWD 52 (SON)
KAZD 55 (MeTV)
KDTX 58 (TBN)
KPXD 68 (ION)