KPXH-TV

KPXH-TV, virtual channel 14 (VHF digital channel 25), is a Ion Television owned-and-operated station licensed to Harlingen, Texas, United States and serving the Rio Grande Valley area in southern Texas. The station is owned by the Ion Media Networks subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company. KPXH's offices are located on Morgan Boulevard in Harlingen, its transmitter is located in Santa Maria, Texas.

History

Channel 14 in Harlingen first signed on as KHMB (Harlingen, McAllen and Brownsville), a independent station owned by locally-based Ravenshaw Family Ministries and founded by Rev. Alan Ravenshaw. Originally, KHMB maintained a schedule consisting entirely of religious programming, which included shows such as The 700 Club and The PTL Club, programs by televangelists Richard Roberts and Jimmy Swaggart, and locally produced religious shows. In September 1983, KHMB transitioned into a hybrid format similar to that offered by the independent stations owned at the time by the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), incorporating a selection of secular classic television series featuring sitcoms and westerns from the 1950s and early 1960s, many of which had not been airing in many other U.S. markets. KHMB also aired several syndicated cartoons such as The Transformers and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero on Saturday mornings.

KHMB became a charter affiliate of the United Paramount Network (UPN) in the runup to its January 1995 debut, which was a move by Ravenshaw to boost the station's advertising sales and popularity. However, the station would eventually become unprofitable for a variety of reasons, including a severe lack of major secular syndicated programming and poor advertising sales. In 1997, the station was sold to Paxson Communications and dropped UPN in favor of Paxon's all-infomercial InTV service ("border blaster" WB affiliate XHVRG-TDT (now a Spanish-language independent owned by Grupo Intermedia) would run UPN as a secondary affiliation from 1997-1998 and then XHHUPN-TV (now CW affiliate XHRIO-TDT) would run the UPN affiliation from 1999-2005). On August 31, 1998, KHMB changed it's call letters to KPXH-TV and became a charter station of the family-oriented Pax TV network (later formatted as a general entertainment service as i: Independent Television, now Ion Television), with programming from Christian television network The Worship Network airing during the overnight hours.

KPXH-TV rebroadcast newscasts from NBC affiliate KVEO-TV (channel 23) from 2001 to 2005.

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