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KDVR (channel 31) is a television station in Denver, Colorado, United States, affiliated with the Fox network. It is simulcast full-time over satellite station KFCT (channel 22) in Fort Collins. The two stations are owned by Nexstar Media Group alongside CW owned-and-operated station KWGN-TV (channel 2). Studios and offices are located on East Speer Boulevard in Denver’s Speer neighborhood. KDVR’s transmitter is located atop Lookout Mountain, near Golden, while KFCT’s transmitter lies atop Horsetooth Mountain just outside Fort Collins.


KFCT covers areas of northern Colorado, being that area’s only full-power television station, that receive a marginal to non-existent signal from KDVR, though there is significant overlap between the coverage areas of both KDVR and KFCT’s signals otherwise (including in Fort Collins proper and the nearby cities of Greeley, Windsor and Longmont). On-air references to KFCT are limited to Federal Communications Commission (FCC)–mandated hourly station identifications during newscasts and other programming. Aside from the transmitter, KFCT does not maintain any physical presence locally in Fort Collins.

Sports programming

Since 1994, with the startup of Fox’s own sports division, KDVR has been involved in the Denver pro sports teams through Fox Sports. KDVR is given at least two Denver Broncos games to be aired (when an NFC team plays at Empower Field at Mile High); starting in 2014, with the institution of the NFL’s “cross-flex” rules, games that involve the Broncos either playing another AFC opponent or games on the road can be arbitrarily moved from KCNC to KDVR, and since 2018, via Fox’s exclusive contract, all Thursday Night Football games air on KDVR. The station aired the Broncos’ second Super Bowl championship in Super Bowl XXXIII, as well as the team’s appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Since 1996, through Fox’s MLB broadcast contract, select Colorado Rockies games have aired on KDVR, including the team’s appearance in the 2007 World Series. In addition, when Fox held the NHL over-the-air broadcast contract from 1995 to 1999, games involving the Colorado Avalanche were also televised on KDVR. During the Avalanche’s 1996 Stanley Cup run, games 1 and 3 were aired on KDVR.

On August 7, 2014, KDVR entered into a partnership with the Denver Broncos to broadcast head coach John Fox’s weekly analysis show (which had been airing on KMGH-TV as The John Fox Show since 2012); the program, which moved to KDVR under the new title Fox on Fox on September 5 (preempting the second half-hour of the 9:00 p.m. newscast on Fridays), is hosted by sports director Nick Griffith.

News operation

KDVR presently broadcasts 66½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 11½ hours each weekday and 4½ hours each on Saturdays and Sundays). On KDVR only, it has the highest output of local newscasts on a single channel in Colorado (combined with sister KWGN-TV however, Nexstar’s media properties in Denver have a combined output of 100 hours of local newscasts).

During breaking news coverage of the fatal crash of a news helicopter rented by KOMO-TV in Seattle on March 18, 2014, the station briefly aired a Twitpic image of an adult penis sticking out from unzipped pants (immediately following images of Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands, and a baked food dish) as Good Day Colorado co-anchor Kurt Yuhnke searched for user-submitted pictures from the crash’s aftermath on social media during the segment; some of the four anchors could be heard gasping, as master control operators quickly tossed back to the studio while Yuhnke switched to a photo from the crash site. In a statement apologizing for the incident, KDVR/KWGN news director Ed Kosowski clarified that the photo “did not come from the tablet” being used by Yuhnke and stated that the station would be “taking immediate steps to prevent such an accident from happening again.” On June 1, 2014, KDVR debuted #COpolitics – From the Source, an unconventionally formatted Sunday morning political discussion program that is taped at The Source food market in Denver.

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