KQDS-TV, virtual channel 21 (UHF digital channel 17), is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Duluth, Minnesota, United States, and also serving Superior, Wisconsin. The station is owned by Red River Broadcasting. KQDS-TV's studios are located on London Road in Duluth (along I-35), and its transmitter is located west of downtown in Hilltop Park. Master control and some internal operations are based out of the studio facilities of sister station, fellow Fox affiliate and Red River flagship KVRR on South 40th Street and South 9th Avenue in Fargo, North Dakota.

Duluth, Minnesota/Superior, Wisconsin
United States
CityDuluth, Minnesota
BrandingFox 21 (general)
Fox 21 News (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 17 (UHF)
(to move to 18 (UHF))
Virtual: 21 (PSIP)
Subchannels21.1 Fox
21.2 Antenna TV
TranslatorsSee below
OwnerRed River Broadcasting
(KQDS Acquisition Corporation)
FoundedDecember 9, 1991
First air dateSeptember 20, 1994
Call letters' meaningQuality Duluth-Superior
(from former sister station KQDS-FM)
Former callsignsKNLD (1994–1999)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
21 (UHF, 1994–2009)
Former affiliationsIndependent (1994–1999)
Transmitter power1,000 kW
Height299 m (981 ft)
297 m (974 ft) (CP)
Facility ID35525
Transmitter coordinates46°47′37″N 92°7′4″W / 46.79361°N 92.11778°W
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile


The station first signed on the air on September 20, 1994, as KNLD. Very few people knew the station was actually on the air at this time, as it transmitted at low power with an extremely limited schedule of programming, usually airing only for only four hours per day each morning—the minimum required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to cover the license. The station was Duluth's first independent station. While the Northland had grown large enough to support an independent station at least a decade earlier, it is a very large market geographically. UHF stations do not cover large areas very well. Additionally, the major stations in the market need sizable networks of translators to adequately cover the market, and the cost of building a translator network scared off perspective owners. By the 1990s, cable television—a must for acceptable television in much of this market—had gained enough penetration to make an independent station viable.

Although its lineup once included Big Ten college football, most of the station's schedule was filled with programming from the Shop at Home Network by the late-1990s.

In 1998, Red River Broadcasting (via sister company KQDS Acquisition Corporation) purchased KNLD and several area radio stations including KQDS (1490 AM), KQDS-FM (94.9 FM), WWAX (92.1 FM) and KZIO (94.1 and 104.3 FM), and later changed the television station's call sign to KQDS-TV. The new owners immediately set about giving the station a technical overhaul, but not without controversy. They had won a construction permit for a new tower to replace its old transmitter facility located adjacent to Duluth Central High School, which would give it a coverage area comparable to the other Duluth stations. However, some school and city officials expressed concern about the danger of ice falling from the tower onto the school's parking lot. Eventually, Red River agreed to build the tower further from the parking lot than initially planned.

On September 1, 1999, KQDS-TV activated its new transmitter tower, along with the sign-on of eight translators. That same day, the station became the Duluth–Superior market's first Fox affiliate. Prior to affiliating with the network, Fox programming was available in the market only through cable systems that had carried the network through either Foxnet or Fox's affiliates in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul market (KMSP-TV from 1986 to 1988 and WFTC from 1988 onward). Some areas of the market received Fox on cable via KVRR from Fargo (KQDS' sister station), WLUK from Green Bay, WGKI from Cadillac, Michigan, or even WKBD from Detroit prior to that station disaffiliating from the network in 1994.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
21.1 720p 16:9 KQDS-DT Main KQDS-TV programming / Fox
21.2 480i 4:3 ANTENNA Antenna TV

Analog-to-digital conversion

KQDS-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 21, on February 1, 2009.[2] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 17, using PSIP to display KQDS-TV's virtual channel as 21 on digital television receivers.


Syndicated programs broadcast on KQDS include Divorce Court, Family Feud, The People's Court and The Big Bang Theory among others.

News operation

In its early years as a Fox affiliate, KQDS entered into a news share agreement with NBC affiliate KBJR to produce a 9 p.m. newscast; the program was broadcast out of KBJR's studios on South Lake Avenue in Duluth, and was anchored by Mark Mallory with weather and sports segments respectively helmed by meteorologist Paul Heggen and sports anchor Tom Hansen. The program was canceled after about nine months due to low ratings, and was replaced by a half-hour simulcast of CNN Headline News. KBJR would not produce a primetime newscast again until September 2002, when that station launched a UPN affiliate on its second digital subchannel.

In its first ratings period in May 2007, KQDS placed third among all evening newscasts in the Duluth market. The station drew more viewers than KBJR's Northland's NewsCenter Tonight at 9 and KDLH's 10 p.m. newscast. In August of that year, after just six months on the air, KQDS's news operation was nominated for three Upper Midwest Emmy Awards in the categories of "Best Newscast", "Best News Special" and "Investigative Series". In July 2009, KQDS registered its best newscast ratings period to date, placing third with about 8,650 viewers (about 2,000 fewer viewers than KBJR's 10 p.m. newscast). In the fall of 2009, the station won two regional Emmy Awards for "Best Newscast" and "Overall Station Excellence". On June 28, 2010, KQDS debuted a half-hour weeknight newscast at 6 p.m.[3]

Notable former on-air staff


Red River Broadcasting owns and operates seven translators that relay KQDS-TV's programming to areas of the market outside its primary signal contour. All of the translators, except for K31GH and K39GG, had construction permits to air low-powered digital signals, but the permits expired without any of the stations converting from analog to digital transmission. To comply with FCC mandates related to the digital television transition, all of the stations had to obtain new permits and convert to digital by September 1, 2015 in order to remain on the air.[4] On April 24, 2015, it was announced that the conversion date for standard LPTVs and translators still broadcasting in analog had been suspended until further notice, due to economic problems that may arise from the then-upcoming spectrum auction. After the auction's completion in 2017, the FCC announced on May 12 of that year that all analog low-power stations and transmitters must convert by July 13, 2021.[5]

All translators except for K39GG have been upgraded to digital as of November 1, 2016, and via PSIP, remap to virtual channel 21.

Call letters Channel City of license Transmitter location
K15GT-D 15 Hibbing, Minnesota southwest of downtown
W32CV-D 32 Ironwood, Michigan Hurley, Wisconsin
K29EB-D 29 Grand Rapids, Minnesota northwest of Taconite
W45CI-D 45 Ashland, Wisconsin east of city
K31GH-D 31 Hayward, Wisconsin east of city
K20NR-D 20 International Falls, Minnesota east of city
K22MR-D 22 Virginia, Minnesota Midway

An additional translator relaying KQDS-TV's programming is owned by a third party, EZ-TV, Inc.

Call letters Channel City of license
K38MJ-D 33 Max, Minnesota

Defunct translator

Call letters Channel City of license Transmitter location
K39GG 39 Aitkin, Minnesota
(in the Minneapolis market)
east of Rabbit Lake Township along the Crow Wing and Aitkin county line

K39GG went silent sometime in June 2018, and the station's license was cancelled by the FCC on June 27, 2018. KQDS stated the translator's viewership was insufficient to support its continued operation. It also was located in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul television market, claimed by KMSP-TV, and Fox has strictly enforced stations remaining in their DMA boundaries since the early 2010s in their affiliation agreements for ratings tabulation purposes.[6]


  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KQDS
  2. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations Archived 2013-08-29 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Fox 21 News adding 6 p.m. newscast". Duluth News Tribune. April 7, 2010. Retrieved April 7, 2010.
  4. ^ FCC Sets Deadlines for LPTV, TV Translator and Class A Stations To Convert to Digital - And Gives Hints When Television Spectrum May Be Reclaimed for Broadband Broadcast Law Blog July 19, 2011
  5. ^ "The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau Announce Procedures for Low Power Television, Television Translator and Replacement Translator Stations During the Post-Incentive Auction Transition" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. May 12, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "Exhibit 1 - Suspension of Operations" (PDF). Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018.

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Channel 17 digital TV stations in the United States

The following television stations broadcast on digital channel 17 in the United States:

K17BA-D in Yreka, California

K17BN-D in Needles, California

K17BV-D in Redwood Falls, Minnesota

K17CA-D in Carson City, Nevada

K17CG-D in Ukiah, California

K17CL-D in Pahrump, Nevada

K17DA-D in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

K17DF-D in Crowley Lake, California

K17DG-D in Rural Summit County, Utah

K17DL-D in Branson, Missouri

K17DM-D in Myton, Utah

K17DS-D in Clarendon, Texas

K17DT-D in Elko, Nevada

K17DU-D in Christmas Valley, Oregon

K17ED-D in Payette, Idaho

K17EU-D in Holyoke, Colorado

K17EV-D in Omak, Washington

K17EZ-D in Rogue River, Oregon

K17FA-D in Willmar, Minnesota

K17FK-D in Montoya & Newkirk, New Mexico

K17FQ-D in Fremont, Utah

K17FR-D in Walker Lake, Nevada

K17FU-D in Marshfield, Missouri

K17GC-D in Pitkin, Colorado

K17GD-D in Paso Robles, California

K17GE-D in Dove Creek, etc., Colorado

K17GJ in Twentynine Palms, California

K17GK-D in Arlington, Oregon

K17GT-D in Price, Utah

K17GV-D in Rainier, Oregon

K17HA-D in Astoria, Oregon

K17HB-D in Winnemucca, Nevada

K17HE-D in Susanville, etc., California

K17HI-D in Amarillo, Texas

K17HM-D in Wendover, Utah

K17HQ-D in Hatch, Utah

K17HR-D in Emery, Utah

K17HT-D in Hanksville, Utah

K17HV-D in Tropic/Cannonville, Utah

K17HW-D in Green River, Utah

K17HX-D in Minersville, Utah

K17HY-D in Ridgecrest, etc., California

K17IA-D in Escalante, Utah

K17ID-D in Cherokee & Alva, Oklahoma

K17IE-D in Navajo Mountain School, Utah

K17IF-D in Oljeto, Utah

K17IG-D in Hoehne, Colorado

K17IH-D in Montezuma Creek-Anet, Utah

K17II-D in Logan, Utah

K17IL-D in Ellensburg, etc., Washington

K17IP-D in Huntsville, etc., Utah

K17IZ-D in Everett, Washington

K17JA-D in Basalt, Colorado

K17JC-D in Orderville, Utah

K17JD-D in Mount Pleasant, Utah

K17JE-D in Mayfield, Utah

K17JF-D in Bluff, etc., Utah

K17JG-D in Ferndale, etc., Montana

K17JH-D in Mexican Hat, etc., Utah

K17JI-D in Fresno, California

K17JJ-D in Cortez, Colorado

K17JK-D in Cane Beds, Arizona/Hildale, Utah

K17JN-D in Enid, Oklahoma

K17JP-D in Big Timber, etc., Montana

K17JR-D in Lewiston, Idaho

K17JS-D in Philipsburg, Montana

K17JT-D in Fishlake Resort, Utah

K17JV-D in Boulder, Utah

K17JZ-D in Bondurant, Wyoming

K17KB-D in Belgrade, etc., Montana

K17KC-D in Meeteetse, Wyoming

K17KF-D in Cambridge, Idaho

K17KR-D in Winthrop, Washington

K17KU-D in Saco, Montana

K17KW-D in Gettysburg, South Dakota

K17KX-D in Anton, Colorado

K17KZ-D in Harlowton, etc., Montana

K17LB-D in Perryton, Texas

K17LM-D in Yuma, Arizona

K17MB-D in Circleville, Utah

K17MC-D in Caineville, Utah

K17MI-D in Eads, etc., Colorado

K17MJ-D in San Antonio, Texas

K17MK-D in Elk City, Oklahoma

K17MV-D in Richfield, etc., Utah

K17NF-D in Brookings, South Dakota

K17NJ-D in Rockaway Beach, Oregon

K17OB-D in Plevna, Montana

K40FJ in Midland, Texas

K41JT-D in Kilauea Military Camp, Hawaii

K42IN-D in Enterprise, Utah

K46GL-D in Red River, New Mexico

K47FX-D in Carlsbad, New Mexico

K47MI-D in Frost, Minnesota

K47OQ-D in Alexandria, Minnesota

K48EG-D in Arlee, Montana

K48MB-D in Thompson Falls, Montana

K50HU-D in Flagstaff, Arizona

KAAS-TV in Salina, Kansas

KABH-CD in Bend, Oregon

KAID in Idaho City, Idaho

KAID in Cascade, Idaho

KAZQ in Albuquerque, New Mexico

KBMY in Bismarck, North Dakota

KDOR-TV in Bartlesville, Oklahoma

KDSD-TV in Aberdeen, South Dakota

KEEN-CD in Las Vegas, Nevada

KGLU-LD in Ottumwa, Iowa

KHJL-LD in Rapid City, South Dakota

KIDU-LD in Brownwood, Texas

KISU-TV in Pocatello, Idaho

KJJC in Great Falls, Montana

KJRW in Eureka, California

KLBY in Colby, Kansas

KLDF-CD in Lompoc, California

KMIZ in Columbia, Missouri

KMOL-LD in Victoria, Texas

KMTR in Eugene, Oregon

KODG-LP in Palm Springs, California

KPCB-DT in Snyder, Texas

KPHO-TV in Phoenix, Arizona

KPTS in Wichita, Kansas

KQDS-TV in Duluth, Minnesota

KQTI-LD in Ogden, Utah

KSBB-CD in Santa Barbara, California

KSLA in Shreveport, Louisiana

KTWO-TV in Casper, Wyoming

KVAT-LD in Austin, Texas

KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas

KWSU-TV in Spokane, Washington

KYNE-TV in Omaha, Nebraska

KYTL-LD in Twin Falls, Idaho

KZCO-LD in Denver, Colorado

W17CT-D in Manteo, North Carolina

W17DF-D in Muskegon, Michigan

W17DG-D in Miami, Florida

W17DJ-D in Huntsville, Alabama

W17DL-D in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

WALE-LD in Montgomery, Alabama

WAND in Decatur, Illinois

WBXZ-LP in Buffalo, New York

WCMV in Cadillac, Michigan

WDEM-CD in Columbus, Ohio

WDYI-LD in Macon, Georgia

WEAR-TV in Pensacola, Florida

WEPH in Tupelo, Mississippi

WEWA-LD in Wewahitchka, Florida

WFXR in Roanoke, Virginia

WGBD-LD in Green Bay, Wisconsin

WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana

WJMB-CD in Butler, Pennsylvania

WKCF in Clermont, Florida

WKOP-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee

WKPC-TV in Louisville, Kentucky

WKTD-CD in Portsmouth, Virginia

WKYC in Cleveland, Ohio

WLAX in La Crosse, Wisconsin

WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina

WNCN in Goldsboro, North Carolina

WNMF-LD in Morristown, New Jersey

WODH-LD in Gainesville, Florida

WPGF-LD in Memphis, Tennessee

WPHL-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

WPXQ-TV in Block Island, Rhode Island

WQCW in Portsmouth, Ohio

WSYR-TV in Syracuse, New York

WTCT in Marion, Illinois

WUMN-LD in Minneapolis, Minnesota

WUNE-TV in Linville, North Carolina

WUVG-DT in Athens, Georgia

WVEO in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

WVXF in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands

WXMI in Battle Creek, Michigan

WXVT-LD in Cleveland, Mississippi

WYIN in Gary, Indiana

WYTU-LD in Milwaukee, WisconsinThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly broadcast on digital channel 17 in the United States:

K17LN-D in Gold Beach, Oregon

Channel 21 virtual TV stations in the United States

The following television stations operate on virtual channel 21 in the United States:This table is sorted ascending by call sign; click on any of the arrows to change how the table is sorted.

The following station, which is no longer licensed, formerly operated on virtual channel 21:

K41MM-D in Pateros, Washington

KDUG-LD in Hemet, California

Fox 21

Fox 21 may refer to:

Television stations in the United States:

WHNS Greenville, South Carolina

WFXR Roanoke, Virginia (as "Fox 21/27")

KXRM-TV Colorado Springs, Colorado

KQDS-TV Duluth, Minnesota

WBOC-DT2, Salisbury, MarylandOther uses:

Fox 21 Television Studios, a unit of 20th Century Fox Television

Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Grand Rapids is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 10,869 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Itasca County.The city of Grand Rapids is named for the 3.5-mile (5.6 km) long local rapids in the Mississippi River, which was the uppermost limit of practical steamboat travel during the late 19th century. Today, those rapids are hidden below the dam of the Blandin Paper Mill.

International Wolf Center

The International Wolf Center (IWC) is a research and educational organization based in Ely, Minnesota, United States, that, in its own words, "advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future." The Wolf Center operates an interpretive center in Ely open to the public, where visitors can view captive "ambassador wolves" in natural surroundings through large windows, and can learn about wolves through a variety of exhibits and programs. This organization lies within Superior National Forest. It also sponsors research symposia and offsite educational programs, publishes International Wolf magazine, and provides information about wolves via its website.

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KDLH is a CW-affiliated television station licensed to Duluth, Minnesota, United States, serving northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 33 (or virtual channel 3 via PSIP) from a transmitter west of downtown in Hilltop Park.

Owned by Quincy Media, it is part of a duopoly with dual NBC/CBS affiliate KBJR-TV (channel 6) and its semi-satellite KRII (channel 11). KDLH and KBJR share studios on South Lake Avenue in Canal Park, downtown Duluth.

Throughout most of the station's history, KDLH had long been the Twin Ports' CBS affiliate. In its latter years, it was operated by Quincy through a shared services agreement with then-owner SagamoreHill Broadcasting, making it sister to KBJR and KRII. Following the end of KDLH's SSA on August 1, 2016 (resulting from the station's sale from Malara Broadcast Group, concurrent with the sale of KBJR by Granite Broadcasting), CBS programming was moved to KBJR-DT2 and KDLH switched exclusively to The CW.


KQDS may refer to:

KQDS-FM, a radio station (94.9 FM) licensed to serve Duluth, Minnesota, United States

KQDS-TV, a television station (digital channel 17) licensed to serve Duluth, Minnesota

KJOQ, a radio station (1490 AM) licensed to serve Duluth, Minnesota, which held the call sign KQDS from 1988 to 1997 and from 1999 to 2017


KVRR, virtual channel 15 (UHF digital channel 19), is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Fargo, North Dakota, United States. It is the flagship television property of Red River Broadcasting, which has owned the station since its inception. KVRR's studios are located at the intersection of South 40th Street and South 9th Avenue in Fargo, and its transmitter is located near Rollag, Minnesota. KVRR also handles master control and some internal operations for sister station and fellow Fox affiliate KQDS-TV in Duluth, Minnesota.

The station's programming is simulcast on three full-power satellite stations: KJRR (VHF channel 7) in Jamestown, North Dakota, KBRR (VHF channel 10) in Thief River Falls, Minnesota (serving Grand Forks) and KNRR (VHF channel 12) in Pembina, North Dakota (which also covers parts of southern Manitoba, Canada, including Winnipeg).

On cable, the station (or one of its satellite stations) is available in most of the market on channel 10 in standard definition, and on Midco digital channel 610 and Cable One digital channel 1010 in high definition.


KZIO (104.3 / 94.1 FM) is a radio station located in Duluth, Minnesota that serves as a satellite station to Minnesota Public Radio's AAA station KCMP, with inserts for local weather, underwriting messages, and a local music program that airs on Sunday evenings. Established in 1995 as WRSR, the station is owned by American Public Media Group's Minnesota Public Radio. Its former owner was Red River Broadcasting, which also owns KQDS-TV channel 21 and formerly owned KQDS Now KJOQ 1490, KQDS-FM 94.9, and WWAX-FM 92.1 before deciding to sell their radio assets through 2015 into 2017. The studios under RRB ownership were located at Grandma's Marketplace in Canal Park in Duluth.

List of Antenna TV affiliates

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List of Fox television affiliates (by U.S. state)

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The station's advertised channel number follows the call letters. In most cases, this is their virtual channel (PSIP) number.

Stations listed in boldface are owned and operated by Fox through its subsidiary Fox Television Stations (excluding owned-and-operated stations of MyNetworkTV, unless the station simulcasts a co-owned Fox O&O station via a digital subchannel).

List of television stations in Wisconsin

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Terry Collins

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WFTC, virtual channel 9 (UHF digital channel 29), is a MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated television station licensed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States and serving the Twin Cities television market. The station is owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of Fox Corporation, as part of a duopoly with Fox owned-and-operated station KMSP-TV (channel 9). The two stations share studios on Viking Drive in Eden Prairie, and a transmission tower in Shoreview.

WFTC rebroadcasts its signal on full-power satellite station KFTC (virtual and UHF digital channel 26) in Bemidji (with transmitter near Lake Bemidji State Park) and several low-power stations across Minnesota.

WFTV (Duluth)

WFTV Channel 38 was the first television station in Duluth, Minnesota.

The station signed on in 1953 carrying programming from all four TV networks of the time, ABC, CBS, NBC, and the DuMont Television Network. It shared office space with WEBC radio and transmitted from the former WEBC-FM tower on Duluth's Observation Hill.WFTV faced challenges from the beginning, being a UHF station in an era when most television sets only included VHF tuners; set manufacturers were not required to include UHF tuning until 1964. Most Northland residents needed a converter to watch WFTV, and the picture quality left much to be desired even with one. Additionally, the Duluth market is a very large market geographically, and UHF stations do not carry well across large areas. As a result, the station never thrived; only the revenue from its radio sister kept it afloat.

In March 1954, VHF stations WDSM-TV and KDAL-TV - both co-owned with other radio stations in the market - signed on and took the NBC and CBS affiliations. This left WFTV with ABC and DuMont. Saddled with affiliations with the two weakest and smallest networks, as well as a weak signal, WFTV could not compete and left the air shortly thereafter.

Duluth would be a two-station market until WDIO-TV signed on in 1966. The market would not get another major UHF station until 1999 when KQDS-TV upgraded and affiliated with the FOX network.

The bottom portion of the tower used by WEBC-FM and WFTV still stands, and is used today for telecommunications. Channel 38 was originally used for WDSE's digital signal, but went empty again in 2009 when WDSE moved digital operations to channel 8.

The WFTV callsign was adopted by the ABC affiliate on Channel 9 in Orlando, Florida, which was previously WLOF, in 1963.


WLUC-TV is a dual NBC/Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Marquette, Michigan, United States, serving the Central and Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 35 (or virtual channel 6 via PSIP) from a transmitter on South Helen Lake Road in Republic Township southeast of unincorporated Republic. The station can also be seen on Charter Spectrum channel 6. Owned by Gray Television, WLUC has studios on US 41/M-28 in Negaunee Township.

WLUC is relayed on translator station W14EM-D channel 14 (also mapped to virtual channel 6 via PSIP) from the top of the Landmark Inn in Marquette in order to extend its primary signal; the translator is used for areas of Marquette that get a poor reception from the station's main transmitter.

Broadcast television in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin, including the Twin Ports (DuluthSuperior)
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International Falls
Adjacent locals
Broadcast television in the Central and Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, including Marquette and Escanaba
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Fox Network Affiliates in the state of Wisconsin

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